Ravens might open season outside Baltimore

March 19, 2013

The Baltimore Ravens could open the season on the road because of a scheduling conflict with baseball’s Orioles.

The NFL traditionally kicks off the season with the Super Bowl champion as the host team on the Thursday night after Labor Day. But the Orioles are scheduled to be home that night at Camden Yards, which is located close by M&T Bank Stadium.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday he has twice spoken with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig about switching the baseball game to the afternoon, with the Ravens’ opener beginning later than usual in the evening. Moving the NFL game to Wednesday night is not an alternative, Goodell said, because it is the first night of Rosh Hashanah. . . .

Goodell called it “unacceptable” to ask a college player at the scouting combine any questions about his sexual orientation.

Michigan quarterback-turned-receiver Denard Robinson, Colorado tight end Nick Kasa and Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell each indicated they were asked such questions in Indianapolis, and the New York attorney general has urged the NFL to investigate. Goodell said the league will make clear to the team at this week’s owners meetings in Phoenix “what they can ask and what they can’t.” . . .

The St. Louis Rams and free agent tackle Jake Long agreed to terms on a deal. Long was the first overall pick of the 2008 draft by the Miami Dolphins. . . .

The Tennessee Titans released veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, 37, because of his $5.5 million contract and a $7.5 million salary cap hit. Then they signed former Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, 30. . . .

The Bengals signed middle linebacker Rey Maualuga to a new contract. . . .

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said his team’s contract offer to Wes Welker was better than what the wide receiver got in Denver.

Welker got a two-year, $12 million deal with the Broncos. Kraft said Welker could have received $8 million in the first year of a two-year contract as opposed to the $6 million in Denver “and there is no guarantee that he plays the second year there.” . . .

Broncos safety Quinton Carter was confused by the rules of craps and wasn’t trying to cheat before he was arrested at a Las Vegas-area casino, his attorney said. . . .

The NFL agreed to pay $42 million as part of a settlement with a group of retired players who challenged the league over using their names and images without their permission. . . .

The Atlanta City Council voted to approve a financing plan to build a new stadium for the NFL’s Falcons, removing one of the last hurdles for the downtown project that will replace the 20-year-old Georgia Dome. . . .

The NFL has approved the terms and conditions of the Buffalo Bills’ recently negotiated 10-year, $271 million lease that includes significant upgrades to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

PRO BASKETBALL

The 76ers’ Andrew Bynum gamble was a bust. At least, for this season.

Philadelphia now has to decide if it will offer the former all-star center any kind of long-term deal without him ever playing a second for the franchise.

Bynum’s season is officially over, and he’s set for season-ending arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday. He has not played this season because of bone bruises in both of his knees. The 25-year-old is an unrestricted free agent and may never play a game for the Sixers.

HOCKEY

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur is back at practice after missing the last 12 games with a sore back.

Brodeur, 40, last played in a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals on Feb. 21.

HIGH SCHOOLS

Chicago Simeon Academy senior Jabari Parker was named the nation’s top male basketball player. The 6-foot-8 McDonald’s all-American, who has committed to play at Duke, received the Morgan Wootten player of the year award.

Taya Reimer, a 6-foot-3 standout from Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) High School set to play at Notre Dame, won the award for female players.

OBITUARY

Former Oklahoma football star Steve Davis and friend Wes Caves, a Tulsa businessman, died Sunday when the private jet they were flying crashed into three houses near the South Bend (Ind.) Regional Airport. Two passengers and a resident of one of the homes were injured.

Davis, who was 60, started every game during Barry Switzer’s first three seasons as head coach and won national championships in 1974 and 1975. Davis compiled a 32-1-1 record as a starter.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Todd Fox said Davis and Caves were licensed pilots. It is not clear which man was flying the plane.

— From news services

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