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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionMixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night-Roy Nelson vs. Minotauro Nogueira (Friday 2pm from Abu Dhabi live on UFC Fight Pass); Auto Racing: NASCAR Southern 500 (Saturday 6:30pm from Darlington, SC live on FOX); Tennis: ATP Tour U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships (Thursday 7pm Friday 2pm Saturday 3pm from Houston live on Tennis Channel)

10. Katt Williams (Friday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Lewis Black (Thursday-Saturday Warner Theatre); Mick Foley (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Comedy Factory), Guy Torry (Thursday-Saturday Baltimore Comedy Factory); Privateer Festival (Friday-Sunday Fells Point); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday 5pm War Memorial Plaza); Bay Bridge Boat Show (Friday-Sunday Bay Bridge Marina); Decanter Wine Festival (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Draft Day“, “Oculus” and “Rio 2” out in theaters (Friday); The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug“, “August: Osage County“, “Grudge Match” and “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a trailer that has made me want to see a movie LESS than Draft Day. But since Monday was the 25th anniversary of a REALLY good movie about a Cleveland sports franchise, let’s just remember that.

9. Avicii (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Aaron Lewis (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Phil Vassar (Friday 6:30pm Rams Head Center Stage); Carolina Chocolate Drops (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Ashley Monroe (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Emmylou Harris (Friday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Rick Ross (Friday 9pm Echostage); Dirty Dozen Brass Band (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Southern Soul Assembly feat. Marc Broussard/JJ Grey/Anders Osborne/Luther Dickinson (Saturday 8pm Howard Theatre)

You know what drives me nuts? I hate the idea of Avicii but I actually like some of his tunes.

I love Carolina Chocolate Drops. I also love Charm City Devils. I feel like if someone started a band called Cool Colorado Demons, I’d probably like them too. It’s a CCD thing.

I could use much more Dirty Dozen Brass Band in my life.

Marc Broussard is a totally unfair type of talented.

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Diggs says Maryland offense “more comfortable” even without healthy QB’s

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Postgame Quotes – Maryland Spring Game

Red Team 13, White Team 13

Junior Linebacker Cole Farrand

On the team’s depth:

“We’re definitely getting depth. Everyone that’s on the field wants to play and the second team wants to play. Everyone is fighting for position out here. The intensity was great out here, and it was just a good game.”

On the offense:

“Today [the offense] was doing a really good job of establishing the running game. It’s usually a hard point for the offense; they’re usually more of a passing offense. They’re definitely establishing a run game very well and they were using it to their advantage.”
Junior Defensive Lineman Darius Kilgo

On players who have stepped up:

“I feel like Quinton Jefferson has definitely stepped up. He’s become a great player. Nate Clarke has also done a great job.”

On preparing for the season:

“We definitely want to work hard, get in the weight room and condition to get ready for the fall.”

On the tie:

“I don’t feel too good about it. I guess we’re all getting steak and lobster, but that’s how it goes.”
Sophomore Running Back Albert Reid

On what the running backs need to work on:

“We need to stay on our blocks; technique, fundamentals. We need to get all that together so we can come out in August and be ready to play. We have a big season coming up.”

On the running game:

“Every time something went wrong on the field, we came to the sideline and talked it over, went back on the field and got better. That’s all we need, is chemistry. We have to come together, talk on the field and execute.”
Sophomore Running Back Brandon Ross

On his improved play late last season:

“I went down earlier in the season and it was just a matter of getting my opportunities again, and that was how I emerged late in the season.”

On the offensive line:

“They’re coming along well. It’s a process of trying to make progress every day. What we need to do is work hard in the summer, so when camp comes around we’re ready to go.”

On combining with Albert Reid:

“It could be something special. We’ve just got to keep working and stay healthy.”

Sophomore Wide Receiver Stefon Diggs

On his game:

“I had an OK game. Ricardo played big, O-line blocked well and we just played as a collective unit on both sides of the ball.”

On how the offense is progressing:

“We feel comfortable because we know what we’re doing. Last year, we knew what we were doing but we weren’t very comfortable, but this year we’ve got a year under our belt, so now we know how the plays work, how we work off other guys and what we can bring to the table.”

On the quarterback situation:

“I know for a fact that both quarterbacks are great. They both do a great job. They both study film and do what quarterbacks are supposed to do. They both are great quarterbacks. You’ve got to work around those guys and do what you can to help your team. I look forward to seeing who gets the job.”

On the offense is different than last year:

“We’ve got a lot more threats; Deon Long, Nigel King, Marcus Leak… I feel as if we’re going to have an electrifying offense. We’ve got two great quarterbacks that can bring things to the table so we feel comfortable out here.”

- Terps -

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Edsall impressed with Terps’ effort in Spring Game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Statement:

“I thought it was really good tonight. I was very impressed with the effort and intensity and the hitting that took place. The kids really came out and got after it. I was impressed with the people that were out here. What a great night and the weather cooperated. I couldn’t be more pleased with what has taken place in the 15 days we had during the spring. It culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone out here.”

On the running game:

“I limited what the defense could do. It was still good to see [from] them. That is what we have seen out of Brandon [Ross] and Albert [Reid] all spring along with how they run. The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball efficiently. When we do that it opens up the passing game. With the skill guys we have at wide receiver it will make us more productive and a chance to get big plays. They ran the way they have been running all spring.”

On Stefon Diggs:

“He is better this spring. He is more focused, not to say that he wasn’t before. He really wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He really understands the effort that has to go into being a good player. He was selected as one of the ten leaders on the team. I have created a leadership council; we aren’t going to have team captains this year. We will select game captains week by week. I had the coaches recommend a guy from their position who they felt could be a leader of their group and the team.”

“Stefon was the guy at wide receiver, Albert [Reid] at running back, C.J. [Brown] was the quarterback, Dave Stinebaugh the tight end, Sal Conaboy the offensive lineman, Darius Kilgo on the defensive line, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil at outside linebacker, Cole Farrand is the inside backer, J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] at the secondary, and Greg Parcher the long snapper. We let them know that. I think Stefon is making sure he can do everything he can to live up to the role he now has as part of that leadership council.”

On the quarterback play:

“With Ricardo [Young] the big thing I thought he did tonight was be inconsistent. We have to get more consistent. Dustin Dailey is a guy who got better this spring. [Shawn] Petty was a guy who they were able to but plays in with trick plays. That is something they did; it won’t be in our arsenal for the season. That was for the fans.”

On who stood out:

“There were some guys who made individual plays out there. J.J. [Jeremiah Johnson] made the pick; Zach [Dancel] made the pick. Some guys had sacks. We will have to take a look at film and evaluate the entire fifteen days. We will end up creating a depth chart out of those fifteen days and it will be something that we put together heading into the fall. We will then put in the newcomers, many of who were here today which is great to see, they have been working hard and lifting. Overall, I am pleased with what we did and got accomplished. We have some big things ahead of us for this summer.”

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Ross, Reid, Diggs shine in Maryland Spring Game

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Ross, Reid, Diggs shine in Maryland Spring Game

Posted on 12 April 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Running backs Brandon Ross, Albert Reid and wide receiver Stefon Diggs were the standouts Friday night as the Red and White teams played to a 13-13 tie before 8,200 fans at Byrd Stadium.

The game marked the end of spring practice for the Terrapins and coach Randy Edsall.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with what’s taken place for the 15 days that we had in spring, culminated tonight with a good effort from everyone that was out here,” Edsall said after the final whistle.

In 2012, the standouts on offense were two freshmen – Ross and Diggs – and that’s how it was in the 2013 spring game.

Ross (122 yards on 19 carries) and Diggs (eight catches for 159 yards and a score) accounted for the lion’s share of the White squad’s offense. The most memorable play of the night came when Diggs took a short pass to the right side, juked a defender and sprinted down the sideline for a 51-yard touchdown.

“He’s better this spring. He’s more focused,” Edsall said of Diggs. “He wants to be better. He doesn’t want to stay the same, he doesn’t want to regress. He understands the effort it takes to be a really good player.”

Reid ran for 135 yards and threw a touchdown pass for the Red team.

“That’s what we saw from Brandon and Albert all spring long in terms of how they run,” Edsall said. “The one thing we have to be able to do is run the ball effectively.”

Quarterbacks wore yellow jerseys and needed only to be touched to be downed, which explains in part why there were nine sacks.

Despite the lax rules, Edsall will wait until the Aug. 31 opener against Florida International to use starter C.J. Brown, who is still recovering from a torn ACL and saw light duty during spring practice.

Brown hurt his knee during summer practice last year. He was the first of four Maryland quarterbacks to sustain a season-ending injury, along with Perry Hills (knee), Devin Burns (foot) and Caleb Rowe (knee). That left Edsall no choice but to use converted linebacker Shawn Petty in the final four games.

Hills and Rowe, like Brown, are still working their way back into form.

Petty is currently listed on the depth chart as a second-team inside linebacker, although he was used for a few plays under center Friday night as part of a trick-play package devised by the White team. Ricardo Young took most of the snaps for the White team, completing 12 of 21 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. Young, a junior, began his career at Virginia Tech and played for New Mexico in 2011 before transferring to Maryland.

Red team quarterback Dustin Dailey, a sophomore, went 8 for 17 for 81 yards and two interceptions. Sophomore Zach Dancel picked off a Dailey pass and took it to the Red 17-yard line with 6:37 left to set up a game-tying, 40-yard field by Brad Craddock.

On the game’s final play, Brendan Magistro of the Red team had a 22-yard field goal try blocked.

Ross gained 52 yards rushing in the first quarter and had 100 at the half. The only score before intermission was a 24-yard field goal by Craddock.

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