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University of Maryland president Wallace Loh has proposed to break with tradition once again, by allowing the sale of beer and wine to the general public at the football and basketball arenas on campus beginning in the fall.

With the possible exception of the moment when the people at Coke went back to the original formula, few things have been as universally celebrated in this country than American Pharoah’s win in the Belmont Saturday.

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Know how you hear about the launch of a new product or the opening of a big summer blockbuster movie…and your reaction is a big yawn. 

That’s largely the feeling from this corner over last week’s news that executives of soccer’s international governing body were arrested on corruption charges.

I guess I’m supposed to be upset or at least concerned that 14 FIFA officials were indicted on charges of bribery, money-laundering and racketeering involving tens of millions of dollars over the past two decades.

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It was a pretty good fall and winter in College Park, as University of Maryland teams marked their first seasons in the Big Ten by exceeding expectations in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.

And it’s shaping up to be a pretty good spring there, too. By the time you hear this, the men’s lacrosse team may have joined the women’s team in winning a national championships.

Coach Cathy Reese’s women’s team won its second straight title – a record 13th overall – with a 9-8 victory over former ACC rival North Carolina Sunday.

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If your interest runs deeper than touchdowns, tackles and fantasy stats, you have to admit that loving the NFL of late feels rather unsavory. Just last week, a league-authorized investigation found probable cause that support staff of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots may have altered the size of the footballs that were used during playoff games. And it may have happened with the knowledge and/or instruction of their heartthrob quarterback Tom Brady.

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For the last seven decades, it’s been baseball, more than our other major sports, that has led the way in terms of its connection to the broader American social fabric. And nowhere was that association on greater display than last week during the unrest that rocked Baltimore to its core.

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The player being discussed most frequently in the glacial walk-up to the selection of college talent by professional teams is Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

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Ah, the first week of April in Baltimore, a time when the senses are stirred anew by the smell of freshly mown grass on the Camden Yards diamond and the sound of bat hitting ball, along with the sight of piles of nervously bitten fingernails.

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By this time next week, the 2014-15 college basketball season will be but a memory. And with the Maryland men’s advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, that memory is a pleasant one. But, over the weekend, the Terps and coach Mark Turgeon got news that could make next season tip way past pleasant all the way to delirious.

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In a couple of weeks, when a new men’s college basketball champion is crowned, CBS will air its annual montage of tournament highlights over a song called “One Shining Moment.” And you can bet that one of those moments will be the one where Georgia State coach Ron Hunter having already torn his Achilles tendon celebrating his team’s entry into the 68-team field the previous Sunday, fell off the office chair rigged for him to roam the sidelines.

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