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BALTIMORE (AP) - More than 100 people participated in a silent protest before the start of the Baltimore Ravens game as the national anthem played inside the M&T Bank Stadium.
 
The Baltimore Sun reports that the protesters stood outside the stadium with their fists raised, then knelt down before the Ravens played the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Nearly 50,000 people have signed an online petition asking for the removal of a statute of retired Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis after he joined other NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
 
The petition on change.org says the anthem honors the United States and its veterans.  It reads: "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting."
 
A Maryland Stadium Authority spokeswoman told The Baltimore Sun extra security has been added to M&T Bank Stadium, including the plaza where Lewis' statue is located.

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The combat veteran who sings the national anthem for the Baltimore Ravens has decided to step down.

The decision by Joey Odoms follows the decision by Ravens players and others on NFL teams around the country to take a knee during the playing of the anthem.

President Trump has called for the team owners to fire those players.

On his Facebook page Odoms said this was an ethical decision.

He told WJZ News that he was not offended by the player’s actions but did not want to get mixed up in the controversy.

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PHOENIX (AP) - Condolences poured in for retired NFL player Todd Heap and his family on Saturday, a day after police say the former Pro Bowl tight end accidentally ran over his 3-year-old daughter with a truck, killing her.
    
Heap was moving the truck at his home in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb, on Friday when he struck the girl, police said. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.
    
The Baltimore Ravens, Heap's longtime former team, called the accident "knee-buckling news and an overwhelming tragedy."
        

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Funeral services will be held tomorrow for heavy weight boxing champion Muhammad Ali in Louisville, Kentucky. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with East Coast sports writer and commentator Mike Lurie about his legacy.

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MIAMI (AP) - Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tray Walker is in critical condition after police say he was involved in a dirt bike crash in Miami.

Miami-Dade Police say Walker was riding a Honda dirt bike with no lights and wearing dark clothing when he collided with a Ford Escape at about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The Ravens say Walker is at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Police are investigating.

Walker was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft. He played in eight games last season, mostly on special teams.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Sports Legends Museum in Baltimore has closed down after failing to reach a new lease agreement with the Maryland Stadium Authority.

The Baltimore Sun reports the museum, which is located adjacent to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, will close immediately.

Mike Gibbons, who is the executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, says the museum will look for a new location. The foundation runs the Sports Legends and Babe Ruth birthplace museums.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old boy at a vacation rental home in Delaware.
 

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The former Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck has pleaded to 4th degree rape after being charged with having sex involving a 15 year old boy.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the judge told her she would face up to 15 years in prison.

The 48-year old Shattuck was indicted on a number of charges including third-degree rape and unlawful sexual contact with a minor.

The paper reports that she began the affair last summer through Instagram. 

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The Daytona 500 did not feature Kurt Busch this year. The NASCAR driver is the first to be suspended by the organization for domestic violence. The incident follows on the heels of the suspension of Ravens football player Ray Rice. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with East Coast sports writer Mike Lurie about why there appeared to be less outcry over Busch than Rice.

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