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Thursday's Sports in Brief

DETROIT (AP) Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit's starting rotation and the Tigers advanced to the World Series for the second time in seven years by beating the New York Yankees 8-1 Thursday for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.

Miguel Cabrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sabathia, who was unable to prevent the Yankees from getting swept in a postseason series for the first time in 32 years.

Scherzer took a no-hit bid into the sixth against a New York starting lineup that was again without Alex Rodriguez, who flied out with two on in the sixth as a pinch hitter.

Tigers designated pitcher Delmon Young was selected series MVP after batting .353 with two homers and six RBIs.

In NLCS, the wild-card Cardinals moved within one win of the World Series when Adam Wainwright threw seven innings of four-hit ball and St. Louis roughed up Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in an 8-3 rout to take a 3-1 lead in the NL championship series in St. Louis.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Albert Pujols had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, and the Los Angeles Angels first baseman should be ready for the start of spring training.

The Angels confirmed the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's report on the surgery, describing it as a minor cleanup procedure.

NEW YORK (AP) - Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey has had abdominal surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.

The team says Dr. William Meyers performed the operation Thursday morning in Philadelphia to repair a core muscle injury.

PRO FOOTBALL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The NFL Players Association filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by then-Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court, the union questioned why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering then-New Orleans teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season.

The filing cited media reports about White's ``smash-for-cash'' program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits.

EASTON, Pa. (AP) - An accidental heroin overdose killed Garrett Reid, the son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, a coroner said.

Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek said a toxicology test confirmed the presence of heroin in Garrett Reid's body. Investigators revealed they found a used syringe and spoon in his room, along with a gym bag filled with dozens of syringes and needles, many of them unopened.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) - Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs hasn't ruled out the possibility of making his season debut Sunday against the Houston Texans.

``There's no plan in place,'' Suggs said. ``I've got to take it day by day. Come Sunday I may or may not be out there.''

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will wait until shortly before the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish take the field against Brigham Young on Saturday to decide whether to start quarterback Everett Golson, who sustained a concussion, or to replace him with Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix.

PRO HOCKEY

TORONTO (AP) - The NHL and the players' association agree on one thing: Thursday was a bad day at the negotiating table.

Any optimism that existed following the NHL's offer earlier this week of a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue was dashed when the union countered with three proposals that were quickly rebuffed.

No new talks have been scheduled.

CYCLING

BRUSSELS (AP) - Johan Bruyneel intends to fight charges he was a central figure in doping programs within Lance Armstrong's teams provided his defense hasn't been ``permanently prejudiced'' by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's accusations.

Bruyneel, Armstrong's former manager, was a key figure in USADA's report what it says was systematic doping on the American cycling teams he oversaw. While Armstrong chose not to contest the USADA charges, Bruyneel is opting for arbitration.

SYDNEY (AP) - Cycling Australia was rocked by another doping revelation, with Stephen Hodge quitting as vice president after admitting to doping during his time as a professional rider.

``During a stage of my career as a professional cyclist I took performance enhancing drugs - a decision I am not proud of,'' Hodge wrote in a letter to CA.

CA fired road racing coordinator Matt White earlier this week after it was revealed he was involved in doping while a teammate of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal team in 2003. The admissions follow the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's damning report into Armstrong's career.

OBITUARY

HOUSTON (AP) - Slater Martin, the defensive-minded Hall of Fame guard who won four NBA titles with the Minneapolis Lakers and one with the St. Louis Hawks, died Thursday. He was 86.

Martin died at a skilled nursing facility in Houston after a sudden illness, daughter-in-law Becky Martin said. She said he was admitted to the nursing home Monday.

Martin was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982.

GOLF

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) - Bud Cauley shot an 8-under 62 to share the lead with Marco Dawson at the McGladrey Classic.

The McGladrey Classic is the penultimate PGA Tour event on the schedule that counts toward the money list, and Dawson is at No. 216 with only $62,026 in 20 tournaments. The top 125 earn full cards for next year, so Dawson likely has to win to avoid a return to Q-school.

Two guys on the bubble - Boo Weekley (No. 121) and Rod Pampling (No. 124) joined Greg Owen at 64. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, the tournament host, was in a group at 65 that included Sea Island neighbor Zach Johnson, David Toms and Camilo Villegas, who is No. 152 on the money list.

PERTH, Australia (AP) - Spain's Alejandro Canizares and New Zealand's Michael Hendry each shot 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead in the Perth International.

AUTO RACING

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Speedway hasn't been kind to championship contenders this season.

Just weeks after Dale Earnhardt Jr. sustained a concussion during a tire test on the track's repaved surface, Denny Hamlin slammed into the wall at 202 mph during a day of testing Thursday. The hit was so hard that he was encouraged by NASCAR to seek an evaluation in the infield care center even after driving back to the garage.

TENNIS

MOSCOW (AP) - Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and 2011 U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur advanced to the Kremlin Cup quarterfinals with straight-sets victories, while top-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov bowed out of the men's event.

VIENNA (AP) - Janko Tipsarevic reached his 13th quarterfinal of the season by defeating Ernests Gulbis 6-3, 6-4 at the Erste Bank Open.

Tipsarevic will face Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia in the quarterfinals. Bedene edged Donald Young of the United States 7-6 (4), 6-7 (2), 6-3.

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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