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Bat causes commotion at Providence-Marquette game

Bat causes commotion at Providence-Marquette game

MILWAUKEE (AP) A bat caused some anxious moments during Saturday's game between Providence and Marquette, sending coaches, players and referees scrambling and delaying the game on a number of occasions.

The bat first appeared with about 11 minutes left, as it began flying near the court and circling over the crowd. At several points, it swooped near the court, sending referees and players scrambling - while the original ``Batman'' theme played on the loudspeaker.

The game resumed following an initial 4-minute delay, but play was stopped again seconds later as the bat nearly flew into the side of Providence center Sidiki Johnson's head, sending him to the court.

The bat continued to circle the court for the next few minutes. At one point, Providence coach Ed Cooley menacingly held up his clipboard waiting to swat it out of the air, and Marquette's Jamil Wilson threw a towel in the air trying to trap it.

The bat appeared several more times during the game. With 8:52 left, it flew towards a group of players near the Marquette bench, and they jumped out of the way.

Then, to cheers from the crowd, players and coaches, game personnel tried throwing towels at it to bring it down, but to no avail.

With 7:36 left, arena officials turned off the lights to try and ``get rid of the bat,'' public address announcer Bob Brainerd told the crowd. The lights stayed out for several minutes, and hundreds in the crowd waved their lit mobile phones in air, like a concert, as Whitney Houston's ``I Will Always Love You'' played over the sound system. That seemed to do the trick, as the bat was not immediately seen again.

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Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Ravens' Hayden Hurst hopes his story helps end stigma surrounding mental health

Hayden Hurst broke his silence on his struggles with depression and anxiety back in November following a documentary detailing how it affected his baseball career. The Baltimore tight end opened up even more about his experiences in an interview with First Coast News' Chris Porter and talked about his desire to end the stigma surrounding mental health. 

“I want to use my platform to help people,” he said. “For some reason, people equate mental illness with having to be ashamed. It’s something you shouldn’t talk about. I don’t think it’s anything to be ashamed of. Everybody goes through something. The best thing my parents ever did was just being available. There’s not really a right or wrong thing you can say or an answer that can change everything but just making sure you’re available and you’re understanding. If my story is going to change the narrative on this and people are going to talk about it more, then so be it.”

Before Hurst was selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Ravens, Hurst explained an unsettling incident in which he cut his own wrists and ended up in the hospital without even knowing it. 

“I woke up in the hospital,” Hurst said. “I didn’t know what happened. I had to have a friend fill me in. Apparently, I had been drinking and went into my apartment and cut my wrist. My friend found me in a puddle of blood. He called 911.”

It was at the moment he was hospitalized where Hurst realized he needed to ask for help. Now he spends his time, when he's not catching passes or blocking for Lamar Jackson, speaking to kids about his experiences and how important it is to ask for help. 

“I don’t have the answers to fix all of this. It’s still a trial and error to this day, but I will say I have much more good days than I do bad days. I’m not this superhero that’s portrayed on TV. I’m a regular person. I struggle with depression, anxiety and things like that.”

Hurst's foundation is hosting a golf tournament next week to help a Youth Crisis Center in Jacksonville, FL. 

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How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

How to add the Orioles card on the MyTeams app

If you're a fan of the Orioles, or a baseball fan in general, the MyTeams app has good news for you.

Much like Baltimore is undergoing a rebuild, the MyTeams app also added a new prospect of its own: the Orioles card, which can be added to your list of favorite teams and help you keep up with the latest news. Here's how to add it:

1. Make sure you have the MyTeams app (which is available in the App store and on Google play).

2. You can add the card by using the navigational button to swipe over to "Settings".

3. Once in settings click on "Edit/Reorder Teams".

From there you should see the Ravens under the Washington teams. The team will not appear in your carousel list unless you save it to your teams.

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