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The new thinking around College Park is that moving the Terps out of the Atlantic Coast Conference after 62 years as a founding member is turning out to be a nice thing. The football team went 7-5 in the regular season, finishing third in their division, while beating longtime nemesis Penn State and gridiron giant Michigan. The women’s basketball team, fresh off a Final Four visit last year, is on a serious roll.

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  The chess team at the University of Maryland Baltimore County is arguably the dominant sports program in Maryland. The team will compete in the 15th annual college final four in New York City later this month. The tournament is governed by the United States Chess Federation. UMBC has made it every year and won it six times.

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Spring can be cruel to football fans, as the NFL's draconian salary cap occasionally forces them to prematurely say goodbye to players they've come to know and love. 

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LeBron James proclaimed he was stunned that his 10-year-old son was already the subject of recruitment by college basketball coaches. James has to be acting if he wants to convince anyone that he’s not aware that recruiting of kids is going on. How could he not? The practice of attempting to attract youthful talent into the pipeline of sports has gone on for well over a century, back to the dawn of intercollegiate athletics.

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Sad to say, a group of kids who desperately needed encouragement and positive reinforcement got the worst lesson of all last week: that the adults they thought they could trust to give them a moment of joy had instead exploited them.

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The reason for sports rivalries are often as varied as the rivalries themselves, but for University of Maryland fans, there was little reason to dislike North Carolina men’s basketball coach Dean Smith save for the best one: He always won. During the 36 years he was in charge in Chapel Hill, Smith’s Tar Heels were the Road Runner to Maryland’s Wile E. Coyote.

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It doesn’t matter whether you watched the Super Bowl or not, if you live in one of the more than 100 million households in this country that have either cable or pay television, you’ve been paying for the Super Bowl and a whole lot more.

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  It’s hard to imagine New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leading the team’s Bible study, if, in fact, such a thing exists. But, after the last week, it might not be a bad idea for Brady to get himself immersed in the Good Book, or at least with the seventh verse of the sixth chapter of Galatians.

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As we’ve said here before, the lure of sports for many is its simplicity. Sports are compelling to many because, in a world filled with nuance and shades of gray, where the good guy and the bad guy are often indecipherable, athletics are nice and neat. In that story line, our guys can do no wrong and whatever they do in pursuit of success is acceptable.

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In those first minutes and hours after the Ravens’ 35-31 loss to New England Saturday, there was a palpable sense of sorrow around town. And it was understandable. For three hours, fans had been taken on the proverbial roller coaster ride.

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