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TURF WARS

The Baltimore Ravens don't like the artificial turf at Tulane's baseball field.

So they've moved to the Saints' facility instead.

The San Francisco 49ers were already training at the Saints' complex in nearby Metairie.

The AFC champions were forced to practice in the outfield of the baseball facility Wednesday because Tulane has broken ground on a new football stadium. Coach John Harbaugh, star linebacker Ray Lewis and several other players said it was ``hard on the legs.''

After the Ravens approached the league about practicing on grass, the NFL arranged for them to follow the 49ers at the Saints training fields.

- Barry Wilner

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DeMaurice Smith: The NFLPA once audited the NFL for $100 million

DeMaurice Smith: The NFLPA once audited the NFL for $100 million

The NFL Players Association once audited the NFL for a nine-figure amount, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told the Sports Junkies during an in-studio appearance on Friday.

"We have the right to audit revenue, so we went through a huge fight where we found $100 million," Smith said.

"That they were trying to hide?" Jason Bishop asked.

"Yes," Smith said. "As some would say, you bend over in the street to pick that up."

"It was labeled as — they came up with a new term — called 'waived gate,' that doesn't appear anywhere in the collective bargaining agreement, and it just said, 'Oh, simply, that's not money that goes into revenue,'" Smith continued. "Well, yes it is. And then they made us a ridiculous offer to settle for pennies on the dollar, we had to go to trial, we go to trial and we win the case."

The process that ended up uncovering that huge sum is something that happens on a regular basis, according to Smith.

"We send our auditors to audit revenue every year," Smith said.

As for whether the person who discovered the $100 milliion was rewarded for his efforts, Smith left little doubt.

"Yes, he got a bonus."

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Raiders QB Derek Carr takes smart approach, praises Suggs before matchup

Raiders QB Derek Carr takes smart approach, praises Suggs before matchup

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was wise enough not to antagonize Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs before they face each other Sunday.

Carr didn’t play against Suggs last season, as the Raiders beat the Ravens, 37-33, one week after Suggs suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Carr shredded the Ravens’ defense in Oakland, completing 30 of 46 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns.

A year later, Suggs is back, sharing the team lead in sacks (three) with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, and the Ravens are unbeaten (3-0) heading into Sunday’s game against the Raiders (2-1) at M&T Bank Stadium. Asked about Suggs during his weekly press conference, Carr said he expects to see a bust of Suggs in Canton, Ohio one day.

“Man, he’s a Hall of Famer to me,” Carr said of Suggs, via the Raiders’ website. “The guy is ridiculous. I have the utmost respect for him. I loved him when he was in college. I love watching him play in the NFL. I’m excited to compete against him because he’s just one of those guys, he’s one of the best to ever do it. So it’s exciting to play against him. Obviously, you hope he doesn’t hit you. It’s fun to watch him hit everybody else, hopefully he doesn’t get to me.”

What Carr did against the Ravens last year was no fluke. He has established himself as one of the NFL’s top young quarterbacks at age 25. Among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 100 passes this season, Carr has the sixth highest quarterback rating (99.1), trailing only Matt Ryan (119.0), Philip Rivers (109.4), Drew Brees (105.1), Matthew Stafford (105.0),  and Carson Wentz (103.8).

The Ravens hope to hit Carr often, especially with outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil returning for his first game since foot surgery. However, if Suggs and the Ravens don’t generate a strong pass rush against Carr, he could shred them again.

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