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Sadness for Baltimore Ravens as Jaylon Ferguson, Tony Siragusa die

Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for career sacks at Louisiana Tech and played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, died late Tuesday. He was 26.

Police said the cause of death was still to be determined.

“On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Northern District patrol officers responded to a home in the 400 block of Ilchester Avenue for a report of a questionable death,” Baltimore police said. “Once there, officers located 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, unresponsive, being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics. No signs of trauma was found or foul play suspected.”

Ferguson, nicknamed “Sack Daddy,” was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2019 and played his whole pro career with them. He appeared in 38 games and had 4 ½ sacks.

• Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a stout Baltimore defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He was 55. Siragusa, known as “the Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Siragusa’s fun-loving personality helped him transition to broadcasting after his playing career. He finished with 22 sacks.

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Teenage swimmers

and Ledecky win

Katie Ledecky extended her record haul of medals from the world championships to 21, two more than any other female swimmer managed before. All but three of them are gold.

Ledecky, 25, claimed her 18th gold at a worlds in Budapest, Hungary, as the U.S. won the women’s 4×200 freestyle-relay final, clocking the fastest split (1:53.67) to help the Americans triumph in a championship-record 7:41.45.

Claire Weinstein, Leah Smith, Ledecky and Bella Sims were 2.41 seconds ahead of Australia and 3.31 ahead of Canada.

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