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The Ravens want a healthier team. At training camp, it’s clear how much they’re willing to change.

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The Ravens Want A Healthier Team. At Training Camp, It’s Clear How Much They’re Willing To Change.

Fourteen years ago, at the first training camp practice of his NFL career, Calais Campbell remembers walking out onto the Cardinals’ fields under the late-morning Arizona sun, full pads on. A few hours later, he’d do it all over again: more hitting, more sweat, more toil.

“The times have changed a lot over the years,” the Ravens’ veteran defensive lineman said Tuesday, smiling at the bygone era of two-a-days, “and the game has changed a lot.”

The first full-team practice of Ravens training camp that Campbell all but bounced through Wednesday would have been unimaginable to his rookie-year self. But it also would have been understandable.

After suffering through one of the most injury-riddled seasons in recent NFL history, the Ravens entered camp this year with a new preseason plan. Practices were moved from the morning to the afternoon. Stretching will be emphasized. One-on-one work will be de-emphasized. Some practices will be shorter. Everything will be more considered, more science-driven, even if team officials acknowledge that nobody can be fully protected from injury over the course of a camp.

For much of Wednesday’s practice, the Ravens worked out with the cadence of a pregame warmup. Players mostly lined up against air during the 90-minute session, focusing on playbook installation and skill work, with the offense and defense set up on their own fields. By the time practice wrapped up with only the day’s second 11-on-11 period, quarterback Lamar Jackson had attempted just 14 passes in team drills. In the final days of last year’s training camp, when the practices are longer, he was averaging between 30 and 40.

“We’ve kind of reorganized practices, especially the first four or five practices,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “We’re going to ramp our way into some of the team stuff, try to get a lot of the football movement things in, try to get our timing down as much as we can. The challenge is, your guys got to go full-speed on air, and that’s a little bit of a challenge. So you’ve got to put yourself in that setting mentally, where you go full-speed. So we were pushing them a little bit to do that because it’s a little harder with our defense over there. I thought they did a good job with it.”

The Ravens had every reason to change things up after last year. According to the analytics website Football Outsiders, the team had more “adjusted games lost” — a metric that accounts for the relative value of starters — because of injuries in 2021 than any team over the past two decades, even when prorated for a 16-game season.

Only four Ravens starters played in all 17 games, and one of them, outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, tore his Achilles tendon in the season finale. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley, running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters, all of whom suffered season-ending injuries in the preseason, have yet to be cleared to return to practice.

After the season, Harbaugh vowed that the Ravens would “look at everything” and “change a lot.” Keeping the roster healthy, he said this offseason, was “priority one,” along with fielding a competitive team.

“I don’t know if we’ve reached any conclusions about why the injuries happened,” Harbaugh said at the NFL owners meetings in March. “Nobody has those conclusions. We’ve listened. We’ve seen all the studies. We talked to all the NFL people, all the studies they’re doing. And there really are no answers that you can say definitively, ‘This is the cause and effect.’ But we’ve looked at everything we’ve done. Like we said, we turned over every stone. We’ve changed a lot of what we’re doing.”

Some of the changes were in-house: In February, the Ravens hired Adrian Dixon as their new head athletic trainer, part of Harbaugh’s plan to make the team’s rehab program “cutting edge.” In Tennessee, Dixon had designed and managed the Titans’ rehabilitation and treatment programs for injured players.

But the most visible changes to the Ravens’ training camp — and perhaps the most significant — will affect the team’s schedule over the next month. Start with the timing of the practices themselves. After several years of morning starts, the Ravens bumped their sessions to the afternoon. Wednesday’s started at 2:35 p.m., and most will start about 1:35 p.m., meaning players will ramp up to two-and-a-half-hour practices in the most unforgiving part of Maryland summer days.

“We did a lot of homework,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “We did a lot of studies and we really looked at it really hard. We just wanted to do the best we could. We don’t know exactly — you can never say for sure what causes anything, but we just feel like this gives us the best chance to have the best practices and to get our guys the most ready that they can be for practice.

“It’s also better from a nutrition standpoint, to be able to kind of get them ready … in the morning. I like the teaching tempo of the thing, because we get a meeting, we get a walk-through before practice goes, so that helps us. But we’ll see how it goes. Nothing’s written in stone.”

Harbaugh said Wednesday that he was impressed with the team’s conditioning, though the cloud cover in Owings Mills kept the Ravens’ fields relatively cool. Even when temperatures do spike to the mid-90s, the heat and humidity should be somewhat mitigated by a more accommodating practice regimen. Harbaugh said this offseason that every third practice will be shorter and more “execution oriented,” with fewer repetitions between the first-team offense and defense.

Cornerback Marlon Humphrey said Wednesday that in a team-wide presentation, Ravens football performance coach Sam Rosengarten broke down the players’ new daily schedule, explaining why some periods were critical to recovery, why mornings were conducive to strength training, why they needed fuel to get them through each day. Campbell noted that the Ravens are using biometric data to measure their workload in practices and better optimize their on-field performance.

“With the injuries that we had last year, I think that was a high priority,” Campbell said Tuesday. “We have a great team of people who work through that information, so it was cool. But [Harbaugh] did share it with us. We went through the whole process, the why. For the leaders, I think it was huge for us to kind of get an understanding of why we’re making the changes, because this is definitely a big change. Everyone naturally wonders why, but then you see this is the data behind it, so it’s just trying to be at our very best and be the most efficient with our work.”

Inside linebacker Patrick Queen joked Tuesday that he enters every camp with “high hopes of everything,” but inevitably, before long, “your legs are gone.” Some things in camp just can’t be avoided, injuries among them. After last season, though, the Ravens would rather be safe than sorry.

As safe as they can get, anyway.

“Training camp is … one of those necessary evils,” tight end Mark Andrews said Tuesday. “But this is a time where you can really grow.”

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India Covid Update: Active cases decreased by 4,271 in the space of 24 hours.

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India has reported nearly 16,000 new Covid cases and 68 deaths, with 24 reconciled by Kerala, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The 8 a.m. data also showed that active cases fell by 4,271 in 24 hours to 1,19,264, or 0.27% of the total number of infections.

The 15,815 new coronavirus infections and 68 deaths pushed the overall figures to 4,42,39,372 cases and 5,26,996 deaths, the data showed.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.54%, the health ministry said.

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Chicago White Sox are forced to juggle the lineup yet again with CF Luis Robert out with a sprained left wrist

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Chicago White Sox Are Forced To Juggle The Lineup Yet Again With Cf Luis Robert Out With A Sprained Left Wrist

Luis Robert looked to jump-start the Chicago White Sox offense in the sixth inning of a scoreless game Friday against the Detroit Tigers, attempting to steal second base.

Robert slid headfirst but didn’t get to the bag as he made contact with the left leg of second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was trying to make a tag.

Robert twisted and lay on his back in pain. After being checked out by the training staff, he exiting with a sprained left wrist.

X-rays were negative, the Sox said Friday. Robert’s status remained day to day, manager Tony La Russa said before Saturday’s game against the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He said it felt tight, some soreness,” La Russa said.

AJ Pollock shifted to center field with Robert not in Saturday’s starting lineup.

It was another day of juggling for the Sox, who have dealt with injuries throughout this season.

Leury García returned to shortstop after missing the previous three games because of hip and back soreness. García is filling in for Tim Anderson, who went on the injured list Tuesday with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand. Anderson likely will miss about six weeks.

“We got a lot of practice over two years (dealing with injuries), and it’s a collective thing,” La Russa said. “Players know it’s part of the game. Games still count. You concentrate on what you have, not what you’re missing. “We respect the fact that the (injured) guys, we wish we had them.”

“But the games still count, so players, staff, you compete with what you got. This sport is big enough. You’ve got 13 pitchers and 13 other players. You can deal with injuries if your mind is right, and our minds are right.”

The Sox found a way Friday, with Andrew Vaughn’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh serving as all the offense in a 2-0 victory.

While he didn’t factor in the decision, starter Michael Kopech had a night to remember. The Sox right-hander had a career-high 11 strikeouts in six hitless innings.

“He’s always got the talent and the stuff,” La Russa said Friday after the game. “He’s a pitcher. He located, threw breaking balls in different counts. He had a good breaking ball. Moved his fastball around and had life. Right there at the end, he had good command of his fastball to go with the other stuff he was throwing.”

Kopech said he was “dragging quite a bit” between his last two starts. He had a shorter sideline session leading up to Friday’s outing.

“It’s just been communication and we continue to do that and I think we are in a good spot,” Kopech said.

Kopech showed just how good, striking out the side in the second. He had another strikeout to begin the third, struck out two of the three he faced in the fourth, three of the four batters in the fifth and two of three in the sixth.

He left after 85 pitches. According to STATS, Kopech became the first Sox pitcher since at least 1974 to exit a game with a no-hitter of at least six innings pitched still intact.

While he wanted to remain in the game, Kopech said he understood the decision to have the bullpen take over. Javier Báez led off the seventh with a single to right-center against reliever Reynaldo López.

The Sox have been conscious of Kopech’s workload all season.

“I was born and raised with players, especially pitchers, you don’t do anything knowingly to jeopardize their career,” La Russa said. “You want them to pitch as long as they can, healthy. Been that way the whole time. Not going to change now. I like the fact he wanted to go back out there, I don’t blame him. And I also appreciate the fans wanting him to go back out there.”

Kopech said the communication has been good as he has made the move back to the rotation after working mostly as a reliever in 2021.

“We talked about playing it from start to start all year,” Kopech said. “That’s what we are going to continue to do. We are not looking too far ahead. See how I feel tomorrow and the day after and then good to go for five days from now after that. We’ll continue to go day by day. That’s an important thing in a 162-game season.

“Especially when we are trying to make a push to be in the playoffs. We are just taking decision-making slow. But I’m going to be transparent with them as they’ve been transparent with me.”

Kopech has pitched 104⅔ innings in 21 starts this season. He threw 69⅓ innings in 44 appearances (four starts) last season.

“Just getting a full season under my belt this year and being a competitor for — I don’t know how many starts I’m going to have but as many as I’m allotted,” Kopech said. “I think that will set me up for a good position moving forward.”

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A group of burglars drove a car through the front door of a Neiman Marcus in California early Saturday morning to steal merchandise from the luxury store, police said.

The burglary took place around 4:45 a.m. in the Beverly Hills store. Officers were immediately dispatched to the store after receiving a report of an alarm going off, police said.

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At the field, Carlos Correa hears boos. Away from it, Twins shortstop makes realization

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At The Field, Carlos Correa Hears Boos. Away From It, Twins Shortstop Makes Realization

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Carlos Correa can’t go to any road stadium without hearing the boos. It’s part of the territory now, not just for him, but for his 2017 Astros teammates. The Astros beat the Dodgers that year in the World Series, but later, their electronic sign-stealing scheme was revealed, drawing the ire of fans around the league.

Nowhere is it more pronounced than at Dodger Stadium, where Correa spent two days this week garnering the loudest boos and jeers he’s heard all season, along with frequent chants of “cheat-er, cheat-er” when he dug into the batter’s box.

It’s normal for Correa at this point, he said. And besides, he pointed out, last year was much worse.

“I don’t hate that they boo me,” he said. “I’ve learned to live with that.”

Last year, the shortstop didn’t even leave his hotel room when the Astros visited Los Angeles. This year, he realized something: It may seem as if he’s public enemy No. 1 at Dodger Stadium, but away from the ballpark, the reception he gets is quite different.

The Twins had off days on Monday, during which he went to the aquarium with his wife and baby son, and Thursday, during which the family spent the entire day at nearby Disneyland.

So, how was the reception?

“You know what I realized?” Correa asked. “That in the stadium, when I go, they like boo and stuff and it’s an entertainment type of thing for everyone to just do that. But when they see me on the streets, they’re super nice and they ask me for pictures, and they ask me for memorabilia for the kids or for autographs.”

Normally, he said, when he sees someone approaching in a Dodgers hat or jersey, the people around him close in to create a protective shield, not knowing how the fan might react to seeing him. But on this trip, he’s usually heard something along the lines of, “Hey Carlos, I’m a fan! Can I take a picture with you?” to which he will oblige.

“In this trip here, I learned that because I also went to the aquarium in L.A. over there and I went to restaurants and stuff and people were super nice and super, super full, and I was just taking pictures with everyone. It was cool. So one thing I learned is it’s part of the entertainment when I go to the stadiums.”

KEPLER ‘LOOKS LIKE NORMAL SELF’

Max Kepler was 0-for-21 heading into Saturday’s game since returning from the injured list, but manager Rocco Baldelli said the right fielder “looks like his normal self,” to him.

Kepler was hit by a pitch in the foot last month, fracturing his right pinky toe and necessitating a stint on the injured list. Before he returned, Kepler described the injury as something that wouldn’t heal until the season is over, saying he would “have to deal with it and play through it.”

He’s been doing that since his return on Aug. 6.

“I don’t think the swings themselves and what he’s doing at the plate look too different. When a guy’s kind of working through some changes physically, I mean physical changes and maybe some minor soreness that he’s still dealing with and things like that, I think he’s still, obviously, still getting his feet under him from coming back from his toe injury,” Baldelli said. “But I also don’t think he looks like a guy that can’t go up there and hit a ball on the barrel. … I think he looks fine.”

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Cci Gives A Nod To The Acquisition Of Acc, Ambuja Cements By Adani Group

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In May, Adani Group announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Holcim Ltd’s India operations – Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd. At the same time, the Adani Group had made an open offer to the public shareholders of the two companies to acquire a 26% stake. everyone in the business.

The Indian Competition Commission (ICC) has given its approval for the acquisition of Holcim’s stake in Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd by Adani Group. In a tweet on Friday, the watchdog said it had approved “the acquisition of the stake in Holderind Investments, Ambuja Cements and ACC by Endeavor Trade and Investment.”

The proposed combination involves the acquisition of a 100% stake in Holderind Investments Ltd by Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd. Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd is a Mauritius-based company and belongs to the Adani Group.

Holderind Investments is owned by Holderfin BV and is part of the Swiss-based Holcim Group and is a holding company of cement manufacturers Ambuja Cements and ACC Ltd. Holderind Investments held a 63.11% stake in Ambuja Cements and a 4.48% stake in ACC, Ambuja held a 50.05% stake in ACC.

The regulator has also approved Endeavor’s open offer for a new acquisition of up to 26% each in Ambuja Cements and ACC. Transactions above a certain threshold require approval from the regulator, which keeps an eye on unfair trading practices in the market.

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The Chicago Bears’ 1st preseason game was made for rookie standouts. Jaquan Brisker, Trestan Ebner and Jack Sanborn delivered.

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The Chicago Bears’ 1St Preseason Game Was Made For Rookie Standouts. Jaquan Brisker, Trestan Ebner And Jack Sanborn Delivered.

Before his first NFL preseason game Saturday, Chicago Bears safety Jaquan Brisker had announced a goal of forcing a turnover. “Immediately,” the rookie told reporters earlier in the week.

Brisker only came close to a takeaway in the Bears’ 19-14 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs — and he said he actually needed a bit of time to get comfortable — but the second-round pick still could leave Soldier Field feeling pretty good about his debut.

On the Chiefs’ fourth series, Brisker delivered a big hit against wide receiver Skyy Moore, took down running back Derrick Gore for a 2-yard loss and nearly intercepted Shane Buechele’s pass intended for Noah Gray. Sure, the plays were against second-stringers, but it was enough to leave an impression on Bears coach Matt Eberflus.

“The tackling. Deflecting the ball,” Eberflus said. “He should have had maybe a takeaway or two. But he was high-energy. Man, he likes to hit. I really liked that aggressive style for him, how he’s playing right now.”

The Bears’ two other Day 2 draft picks — cornerback Kyler Gordon and wide receiver Velus Jones Jr. — sat out with injuries. So the debut of Brisker, who is likely to start alongside veteran safety Eddie Jackson, was among the most notable Saturday.

“I had to get warmed up at first,” Brisker said. “It was great being in the stadium and playing next to great guys like Eddie and the rest of the defense. I thought it was a great experience for the first time.”

Brisker finished with four tackles, a tackle for a loss and a pass defended, one of a few rookie standouts on a day made for such performances.

Running back Trestan Ebner, a sixth-round pick out of Baylor, opened eyes with a versatile performance on offense and special teams. And undrafted rookie linebacker Jack Sanborn, a product of Lake Zurich High and Wisconsin, had a part in two second-half takeaways.

“Draft pick or no draft pick, it doesn’t matter — you want to earn the respect of the guys in this locker room and you want the coaches to see why they picked you or why they decided to let you come here,” Ebner said. “That means the most, when I can get love from these other guys and show them I’m meant to wear this ‘C’ on my head and I’m meant to be a part of this team.”

When Ebner returned to the sideline after leaving Chiefs defensive back Jaylen Watson in his wake with a nasty cut, his teammates told him, “Oooh, I didn’t know you could cut like that.”

“I didn’t know what they were talking about because to me it felt like I was just out there running,” Ebner said. “And then I saw it on the big screen, I was like, ‘Oh, that was a nice cut.’ ”

Ebner admitted he was rewatching the highlight of his 27-yard run on his phone when reporters approached him in the locker room after the game.

The run was part of a well-rounded day that included a 12-yard touchdown catch on a throw from Trevor Siemian, with Ebner pounding through three Chiefs defenders for the Bears’ first score of the preseason. Ebner also had two kickoff returns covering 53 yards, including a 34-yarder on the opening kickoff.

Ebner said he was nervous about getting in on offense, especially because the first-quarter running back reps went to Khalil Herbert with David Montgomery sidelined by a minor injury. But Herbert returned to the sideline between series to tell him what he was seeing, and that calmed his nerves.

Ebner has a lot of talent around him in the running back room with Montgomery and Herbert, and the Bears have several kickoff-return options too. So Ebner felt good about being able to show off his skill set.

“He’s very competitive,” Eberflus said. “He likes when the lights come on and you can see him compete in practice. He’s a strong runner and he’s obviously got a lot of good speed, too, so he can really turn it on to get the corner or take it the distance. So we’re excited where he is too. And he’s doing a better job blocking, finishing runs.”

The Bears had a short field before Ebner’s touchdown catch thanks to Sanborn’s interception of Buechele on the Chiefs’ opening drive of the second half. Sandborn returned the pick 13 yards to the Chiefs 27.

“I knew they were going to try to pick on the linebacker there in Cover-2,” Sanborn said. “I was fortunate enough to make a decent break and box out the receiver there and make a play.”

On the Chiefs’ third drive of the third quarter, Sanborn pounced on Gore’s fumble, which Mike Pennel forced, and the ensuing Bears drive ended in a Cairo Santos field goal.

Sanborn, who guessed he had “a lot” of family members and friends at the game, had five tackles, including a one for a loss, and two special-teams tackles, a good impression as he fights for a roster spot.

“I’m going to be that guy that will do whatever the coaches ask or whatever the team wants,” Sanborn said. “Just take it day by day and be consistent with everyone.”

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