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Tribune News Service

Sports Budget for Friday, November 8, 2019

Updated at 8 a.m. EST (1300 UTC)

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^TOP STORIES<

^Bucs' first male cheerleader looks to pioneer new movement<

FBN-BUCS-CHEERLEADER-SPORTSPLUS:PT — Lorenzo Gilbert didn't follow football growing up. He ran track as a kid and played a little football with his brothers in Miami, but wasn't one to have his eyes glued to the television on Sundays rooting for any specific team or favorite players.

But now here he is, in the NFL, on the field, rooting for the Bucs at every home game.

Gilbert, 32, is the team's first male cheerleader, one of six rookies on the Buccaneers' 32-member squad and one of a suddenly growing number of male cheerleaders throughout the NFL.

1300 by Eduardo A. Encina in Tampa, Fla. MOVED

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^BASEBALL<

^A diamond in the rough: As team rebuilds, Orioles have big plans for its main jewel, Camden Yards<

BBA-ORIOLES-CAMDENYARDS:BZ — Orioles' executives, facing the challenge of marketing a team that has lost 100-plus games in each of the last two years, are banking partly on its remaining superstar — its popular stadium — to draw in fans with "major headliner concerts" and other events in the near future.

The club says it is exploring updates to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is still consistently rated among the best in Major League Baseball in fan and media surveys but lacks design elements — such as open concourses — that newer stadiums have adopted since Camden Yards opened in 1992.

1100 by Jeff Barker in Baltimore. MOVED

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^NFL<

^Sam Mellinger: Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland was nation's No. 1 hoops prospect as a 7th-grader<

FBN-MELLINGER-COLUMN:KC — You might know that a basketball hoop hangs in the Chiefs' practice locker room, above the entrance to the bathroom.

Someone has even taped what presumably is supposed to be a 3-point line — though it's straight, not arched — to the floor. A few basketballs are always available, and there is rarely a shortage of professional football players trying to convince someone — anyone — of their hoops skills.

Just the other day, receiver Mecole Hardman was trying trick shots. We made a bet. He now owes me a 10-minute interview because he missed.

850 by Sam Mellinger in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED

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^Mike Preston: Ravens, with their identity established, could be on the verge of big things<

FBN-PRESTON-COLUMN:BZ — The Ravens' immediate focus is on the Cincinnati Bengals but gaining momentum going into the postseason has to be a priority as well.

The Ravens proved on Sunday that they were one of the best teams in the NFL with a 37-20 victory against New England and they'll face even more stiff competition in the second half of the season when they play the Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams and their arch rival, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

1150 by Mike Preston in Baltimore. MOVED

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^Should Bears bench Trubisky? Making argument for — and against — sitting the starting QB.<

FBN-BEARS-TRUBISKY:TB — Mitch Trubisky still has his job as Bears starting quarterback, and with that power, he has a request for those working around the freshly remodeled Halas Hall.

Could they please turn off all the flat screens airing nonstop analysis of why the 2019 Bears have utterly failed to meet expectations?

The statement, given at Trubisky's weekly news conference, was immediately mocked on social media. Doesn't he know how to turn off a TV? But that kind of proved his point. He was, after all, answering a question about how he tunes out the outside negativity.

1950 by Colleen Kane in Chicago. MOVED

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^Panthers kicker Joey Slye's accuracy is dropping; he still wants his game-winning shot<

FBN-PANTHERS-SLYE:CH — During the fourth quarter of the Panthers' win Sunday against the Titans, the wind changed.

It's something that most people don't notice, or frankly care about it.

But for Joey Slye, it meant everything.

1100 by Alaina Getzenberg in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED

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^NBA<

Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Memphis at Orlando, 7 p.m. EST

Detroit at Indiana, 7 p.m.

Sacramento at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.

Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m.

New York at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at Denver, 9 p.m.

Brooklyn at Portland, 10 p.m.

Miami at LA Lakers, 10:30 p.m.

^NHL<

Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games:

Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo, 2 p.m. EST

Boston at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

^COLLEGE BASKETBALL<

^Mike Anthony: Andrea Hurley is the coach of UConn's Dan Hurley<

BKC-ANTHONY-COLUMN:HC — It's been more than a year and a half since Dan Hurley was named UConn men's basketball coach and trust me, despite the contents of the following few paragraphs, the family has settled into this phase of life quite well.

"All hell is breaking loose," Dan's wife, Andrea Hurley, said Oct. 30 upon arriving at the XL Center for the Huskies' exhibition against St. Michael's.

The couple's oldest son, Danny, a junior at Seton Hall, was scheduled for surgery on a broken hand for 6 a.m. the following day in New Jersey.

1300 by Mike Anthony in Hartford, Conn. MOVED

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Friday's games

TNS expects coverage from the following games featuring teams in the AP top 25:

Eastern Kentucky at No. 2 Kentucky, 7 p.m. EST

Colorado State at No. 4 Duke, 7 p.m.

No. 9 North Carolina at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.

UNC Greensboro at No. 3 Kansas, 9 p.m.

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