“There’s Always Next Year.” For These Orioles, It’s Really True.

No doubt, the end hurt—and it arrived earlier than expected. The scenes of a sudden finish late Tuesday night to an otherwise joyous, six-month season told the entire story. Adley Rutschman just stared at the Texas Rangers jumping up and down near the pitcher’s mound. So did Gunnar Henderson and everyone else in the visiting dugout after the Orioles lost 7-1 in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.

Can the O’s Save Their Season? They’re Going to Fight For It

Gunnar Henderson stood in front of his locker Sunday night after the Orioles’ 11-8 loss to the Texas Rangers, wearing the scars from it. A fresh bruise marked the corner of his right eye and dirt sprinkled across the chest of his orange jersey—the result of a head-first slide into home plate in the first inning in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. It “felt like a razor” hit his face, he said, as he hit the ground and his helmet went flying. And that was when things were going well.

Maryland native Frances Tiafoe returns to D.C. as top American tennis star

In what Frances Tiafoe has described as a Cinderella story, the 25-year-old from Hyattsville by way of first-generation African immigrants from Sierra Leone — one of whom was the maintenance head of a junior tennis facility in College Park, where Tiafoe first started playing the sport — is an elite player himself. He is ranked 10th in the world and is the United States’ top men’s tennis star.

Loyola women’s lacrosse team is thriving because of its plan to play without a plan

Loyola women’s lacrosse coach Jen Adams, one of the top players of all time in her days at Maryland roughly 20 years ago, gives her players latitude on the field, and it has a practical application in addition to keeping everyone happy. “When we on the sideline have no idea what they’re about to do,” Adams said after coaching practice the other day, “it’s very difficult for the opposition to figure it out.”

Finally, There’s Reason to Believe in the Orioles Again

After the Orioles postponed their home opener by 24 hours to Friday in expectation of severe storms that never quite came (what’s the deal with weatherpeople?), O’s manager Brandon Hyde had some unexpected time to enjoy around Camden Yards on Thursday night. So he casually played catch on the field and took a walk outside the stadium. When he was recognized on his stroll, he felt and heard the optimism. “There’s a lot more people that come up to you in a positive way about your club,” Hyde said.
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