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BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

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

- SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Questions abound regarding Notre Dame star Manti Te'o and his supposed girlfriend and her supposed death. The biggest one is this: Was he part of the hoax or a victim?

- NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt believes the uncertainty surrounding Manti Te'o could affect when he is selected in April by an NFL team.

- Lance Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey in which the cyclist acknowledges doping is broadcast in the first of two installments. Interview at 9 p.m.

- LONDON - Thirteen years after he stood on the podium in Sydney, Lance Armstrong is stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics because of doping.

- SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Frank Gore has carried the 49ers through good times and mostly bad the last eight seasons. He's perfectly happy if he's not getting all the attention heading into Sunday's NFC title game.

- FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons have good reason to respect the dual-threat skills of San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

- FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Patriots Rob Ninkovich defensive end has a knack for finding loose footballs. His next chance comes in the AFC championship game against Baltimore.

- OWINGS MILLS, Md. - If the Ravens need a field goal in the waning seconds, rookie kicker Justin Tucker might be the only one not thinking of Billy Cundiff's miss last year.

- NEW YORK - The NBA announces the results of fan voting for next month's All-Star game in Houston. The game will be loaded with players from Los Angeles, Boston and Miami. Announcement about 7 p.m.

- LONDON - The New York Knicks play the Detroit Pistons in the NBA's second regular-season game in London. Game starts 3 p.m.

- LOS ANGELES - The Lakers face the defending champion Miami Heat, with Pau Gasol expected to return to the Los Angeles lineup after a concussion. Game starts 10:30 p.m.

- GRAPEVINE, Texas - NCAA President Mark Emmert addresses his group's convention, where several reform measures are on the agenda following high-profile scandals. Emmert news conference after 6:30 p.m.

- LA QUINTA, Calif. - Phil Mickelson opens his season in the Humana Challenge, fighting lingering flulike symptoms that limited his practice time. Also in the field is U.S. Open winner Webb Simpson.

- ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson share the first-round lead of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. Tiger Woods is five shots back, with Rory McIlroy eight behind.

- MINNEAPOLIS - No. 9 Minnesota plays No. 5 Michigan, the first game at Williams Arena featuring two top 10 teams since 1977. Michigan beat Minnesota that day. Game starts 7 p.m.

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

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Amid Eric Decker rumors, Ravens front office now shifts attention to offensive line

Following the signing of veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens were rumored to be a potential suitor for Eric Decker after his release from the New York Jets. 

Although receiver is a position that must improve, Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti recently made it clear that the team needs to address the offensive line now. 

The Ravens offensive line faces major changes after right tackle Ricky Wagner signed with the Detroit Lions this offseason, center Jeremy Zuttah was traded to the 49ers, and guard Marshal Yanda is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. 

In the 2016 draft, the Ravens took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley with the 6th overall pick. Stanley had an impressive rookie campaign, earning AFC North Rookie of the Year in a season where he only allowed three sacks while blocking for Flacco. 

The team added some young talent in this year's draft as well, taking guard Nico Siragusa (No. 122) and Jermaine Eluemunor (No. 159) both in the fourth round. 

However, it is unsure if either rookie is ready to be thrown into the starting offensive line right away.

The Ravens front office may have just made a big splash when signing Jeremy Maclin, but they aren't quite done fixing an offense that has suffered many departures over the years. 

RELATED: JEREMY MACLIN GETS FREE CRAB CAKES FOR LIFE

 

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In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

In addition to signing a two-year deal with the Ravens, WR Jeremy Maclin is getting free crab cakes for life

Like they said in Wedding Crashers: "Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!"

When word got out last week that veteran WR Jeremy Maclin was meeting with the Ravens to possibly pen a deal, one Maryland restaurant took matters into their own hands. 

Jimmy's Seafood, a well known seafood restaurant in Dundalk, Maryland, tweeted at Maclin and presented him with a delicious incentive. 

On Monday, Maclin signed a two-year deal with the Ravens. Maclin was also in talks with the Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles, but I guess he prefers crab cakes over buffalo wings and cheese steaks. 

Soon after the deal became official, Maclin responded to Jimmy's Seafood's tweet.

The restaurant has strong relationships with many current and former Ravens such as Tony Jefferson, Torrey Smith and Jonathan Ogden.

CEO of the restaurant, John Minadakis, isn't too worried about supplying the wide receiver with as many crab cakes as he would like.

"How many crab cakes can one person eat?" Minadakis said. "It's not going to take us out of business. That's for sure."

The restaurant is even willing to offer up the same deal to other potential Ravens prospects like Eric Decker, who was released from the Jets on Monday.

Whether or not their offer had that much of an effect on Maclin's decision, the man will be eating good for a very long time. 

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