| Jan 4, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday....
| Jan 25, 2013
| 7:16 PM
SANTA CLARA -- Jim Harbaugh's preparations for Super Bowl XLVII took an unexpected turn Friday morning when he called into a sports-talk radio show. Not just any show, however.
Harbaugh took notes while listening to sage advice from Pro Football Hall of...
| Feb 1, 2013
| 4:00 AM
Each day this week, Baltimore Sun reporter and blogger Matt Vensel will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, he looks at how Haloti Ngata could blast a big hole in the 49ers offensive line.
In today’s NFL, with...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon takes losses extremely hard and after another third-period collapse in Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Bruins, he begrudgingly fired coach Kevin Dineen and his assistant coaches following a dismal 3-9-4 start....
| Nov 12, 2013
So the secret is finally out: The National Football League is an anachronism. Not the game, which is as ever. But the league's culture.
The NFL's out-of-touch, out-of-time "context" has been on vivid display during the ongoing contretemps between...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:54 AM
This morning, as I’m sitting at my desk, sipping a Starbucks Pumpkin Latte and trying to write the intro to this column, there’s one thing that keeps going through my mind: Hype.
My coffee has a giant cardboard sleeve announcing the 10th...
| Apr 14, 2013
Pleasanton, Calif., is — no surprise here — a pleasant small city east of San Francisco Bay that was off the beaten track for much of the 20th century and avoided the redevelopment that destroyed the cores of many older cities. Its downtown...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 5:54 PM
Pat Summerall, who was half of one of the best known announcing teams in television sportscasting history as John Madden's broadcasting partner for more than two decades of NFL games, has died. He was 82.
Summerall, who lived in Southlake, Texas, died...
| Apr 21, 2013
Lady Gaga is back on her feet, a pilates studio owner says.
The "Poker Face" singer — who has been photographed getting around in a wheelchair since canceling her world tour in February to undergo hip surgery — worked out April 11 at...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 11:15 AM
Looking back, there were signs of trouble all along.
Coming into the season, Hampton had one returning starter on defense — defensive back Tyquon Wilkins. Most starters from 2012, like lineman Troy Garrett and Daunte Wilson, had graduated. But the...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 7:20 PM
On the first day Ed Orgeron became interim head coach of the USC football team, another coach, a former USC coach who had some success at the school, asked Orgeron if he wanted to chat and perhaps listen to some advice.
Orgeron looked at John Robinson...