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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Monday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EST:

- AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey on Monday transforms his quiet neighborhood into a destination for media awaiting word of an apology and for onlookers snapping photos.

- MELBOURNE, Australia - Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka are among those set to play on Day 2 of the Australian Open. Play starts 7 p.m.

- The AP releases its latest Top 25 rankings in men's and women's college basketball. The men's poll is set for a change after losses by No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Michigan.

- NEW YORK - Hall of Famer Steve Young calls the group of NFL players at his former position a ``Camelot of quarterbacking.'' The current crop across the league is deep and dynamic.

- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - One win from a second straight Super Bowl appearance, the Patriots turn their attention to the AFC championship game rematch with the Ravens.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Baltimore Ravens will reprise their coveted role as underdogs in the AFC championship game against the Patriots, who are 10-point favorites in Sunday's game.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers are one victory from the Super Bowl they've planned for all along, ever since losing by a field goal in overtime of last year's NFC championship game.

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Mike Smith and quarterback Matt Ryan finally have their first postseason wins. There is, however, little time to relish the last-second, 30-28 win over Seattle.

- MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In a game between two of the NBA's best teams this season, the division-leading Los Angeles Clippers play the Memphis Grizzlies. Game starts 8 p.m.

- ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Nike signs a sponsorship deal with No. 1-ranked Rory McIlroy for a reported $200 million. The company now represents golf's two biggest stars in McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

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Have a cool idea? The Ravens might just give you $200,000 for it

Have a cool idea? The Ravens might just give you $200,000 for it

The Ravens are trading in the kicks for pitches all in the name of charity. In a new partnership with Light City Baltimore, the popular football team is utilizing their resources to give back to their community through an exclusive pitch competition for eligible local companies.

The pitch competition, officially titled, the Baltimore Ravens Innovation Challenge at Light City will be held on April 6. The Ravens are looking for start up companies with innovative ideas in need of a little investment push. The applications are live on their website with an upcoming deadline of March 6.

Eligibility includes:

  • Based in Baltimore City or Baltimore County

  • Annual revenue under $5 million

  • Must not be in industries the Ravens have category exclusive partners, including beer and financial services.

Only a lucky six will be selected to pitch to the panel of judges which includes investors and Ravens personnel. Perhaps the ones to impress most are the live audience who also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite. Like most competitions, there can only be one winner and this lucky company will win the $200,000 sponsorship package.

The package includes:

  • LED signage at M&T Bank Stadium

  • Digital advertising on the Ravens website

  • Print advertising in the Ravens yearbook

  • Game day publications

  • Exposure at Ravens Walk, Ravens training camp and the Ravens Flock Festival.

Furthermore, the winning company will work directly with the Ravens to execute the sponsorship.

So, for all you entrepreneurs out there, put on your thinking caps and let your lights shine.

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Ronnie Stanley to be featured on Animal Planet with his 'not-so-adoptable' dog

Ronnie Stanley to be featured on Animal Planet with his 'not-so-adoptable' dog

BY GISELLE JOHNSON, CSNMA

It seems the love has only grown between Ravens' offensive Ronnie Stanley and his newly adopted dog, Lola.

During the summer, Stanley and Lola stole hearts through a touching story of overcoming the odds. Stanley, the Ravens' No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, set out to make an "unadoptable" dog part of his family.  

Now, they’re back to steal our hearts once again. The dynamic duo will be featured on Animal Planet’s “Stars to the Rescue” to tell their story. Catch a sneak peak of the love with this clip on the Animal Planet Facebook page.

Thanks to the advice from several of his Ravens teammates, Stanley found himself at BARCS (Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter), during the offseason. When Stanley saw Lola, a then six year old retriever-terrier mix named Winter, it was love at first sight.

Now you can share their love when Stanley and Lola's full episode airs on Feb. 25 at 8 pm.

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