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RAVENS, COACH punished FOR WORKOUTS

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — The Ravens forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts.

The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000 Thursday, and the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines.

When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.

"It's completely me," Harbaugh said. "It was my decision. I told the team that not one coach or player should have any anxiety over this."

In a statement, the Ravens said: "We made a mistake and we are sorry for that. We accept the NFL discipline."

Baltimore's June 1-3 voluntary workouts were scrapped.

MORE NFL: Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the league's commitment to concussion research in a letter to the 32 team owners. In the wake of a congressional study that concluded that NFL officials tried to strong-arm the National Institutes of Health into taking away a project from a researcher the NFL feared was biased, Goodell called for "continued and robust support of independent medical research." …Titans second-round pick Kevin Dodd will be out until the start of training camp after having surgery on his right foot. Dodd, an outside linebacker from Clemson, is expected to bolster the Titans pass rush.

ET CETERA

broadcasting: Chris Berman, a legendary ESPN sportscaster who joined the company a month after its inception in 1979, is leaving after the 2016 football season, according to reports. Berman, 61, is in the final year of his contract. ESPN declined comment.

CYCLING: Matteo Trentin won the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia, 152 miles from Muggio to Pinerolo, while Steven Kruijswijk held on to a comfortable overall lead.

soccer: Ted Dumitru, a former South African national team coach whose 40-year career took him from communist Romania to Turkey, Germany, the United States and across Africa, died Thursday at 76. Early in his career, after fleeing Romania, Mr. Dumitru took charge of the Rochester Lancers and New York Apollo.

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Sports in brief 05/26/16 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 11:14pm]
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