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Coffee Companion (7/24): Ray Rice suspension loomed large over first day of camp

Coffee Companion (7/24): Ray Rice suspension loomed large over first day of camp

Well, that was a weird first day of camp. A typically exciting occasion was played under clouds overhead, literally and figuratively, and the action on the field was almost an afterthought. I expect that, and the lack of oppressive heat, will...

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Kevin Gausman topped Toronto's top young arm in donut-eating contest

Kevin Gausman topped Toronto's top young arm in donut-eating contest

Kevin Gausman’s predilection for miniature powdered donuts was part of his legend long before he arrived in Baltimore. He ate them regularly before every game, and Adam Jones famously filled his locker with them during his first spring...

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What they're saying about Ray Rice's two-game suspension

What they're saying about Ray Rice's two-game suspension 

The Internet — that living, breathing mob of opinion that builds on itself and creates consensus in a matter of moments — was true to form Thursday morning, and didn't leave much nuance in relation to Ravens running back Ray Rice's...

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It's not hard to understand Browns fan's passion, however misguided

It's not hard to understand Browns fan's passion, however misguided 

When I was growing up, my grandpops sometimes took me for lunch at John Unitas’ Golden Arm restaurant out on York Road.

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Coffee Companion (7/24): Orioles lose, veterans arrive for Ravens camp

Coffee Companion (7/24): Orioles lose, veterans arrive for Ravens camp

Your regular blogger got stuck in traffic this morning on his way to Ravens Training Camp, so he didn't have time to read about what happened in the local sports world yesterday. Lucky for you, that's why we write the Coffee Companion, which recaps the previous day's headlines.

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Urination on Art Modell's grave 'disappointing and disrespectful,' cemetery says

Urination on Art Modell's grave 'disappointing and disrespectful,' cemetery says 

Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns jersey videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell’s grave, a spokeswoman said.

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Orioles' midseason top 10 prospects

Orioles' midseason top 10 prospects 

With the MLB trade deadline approaching (and Ravens training camp, which will pull me away from minor league parks for the rest of the summer), now is as good a time as any to provide you with a snapshot of the Orioles minor league system. This list was compiled with multiple looks at each player, plus conversations with industry sources who have seen the Orioles system. Players are ranked not only on their potential, but the realistic impact they can have at the major league level.

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Coffee Companion (7/23): Orioles win out west again

Coffee Companion (7/23): Orioles win out west again

One of the problems with West Coast games is not knowing what happened before the morning. I thought I was in some kind of twilight zone with another 4-2 win, but they did it again. Read that and the rest of the morning headlines in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the daily sports headlines.

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Bud Norris fired up after Mike Trout strikeout

Bud Norris fired up after Mike Trout strikeout 

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Coffee Companion (7/22): Jones homers twice for Orioles

Coffee Companion (7/22): Jones homers twice for Orioles

I'm proud to say that I fell asleep before the Orioles game started last night. What did I miss? Well, I'm glad I get to find out every morning writing the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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Ex-Terp Darrius Heyward-Bey excited about Steelers opportunity

Ex-Terp Darrius Heyward-Bey excited about Steelers opportunity

Since former Maryland standout wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Raiders, he's had to start over a few times.

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Orioles look to replicate past success out west

Orioles look to replicate past success out west

The Orioles' series loss in Oakland this week kicked off the season's most treacherous road trip in disappointing fashion.

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John Harbaugh voices over commercial featuring mini statue of himself

John Harbaugh voices over commercial featuring mini statue of himself 

There hasn’t been much to laugh at regarding the Ravens this offseason (unless you practice schadenfreude or are a Steelers fan, or perhaps both), but I didn’t expect it to be coach John Harbaugh who gave us something to chuckle at heading into training camp.

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Lil John Harbaugh statue video

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Coffee Companion (7/21): Ravens prepare to open training camp

Coffee Companion (7/21): Ravens prepare to open training camp

It's a pretty tough bid to have the Orioles go to the West Coast right after the break. We know they're playing, but it's not the same as sitting down at 7 and watching them every night. Oh well. At least it was a nice weekend. Here's the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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Dominant storylines of Ravens training camp

Dominant storylines of Ravens training camp

It's finally here. (Can we say "finally"?) I guess the week without baseball has stoked this Blitz blogger's need for sports so badly that I mean it when I say training camp is finally here. The boys can strap up and hit each other, meaning John Harbaugh won't be able to say he can't judge the defense yet. But that's not the only question that can be answered. With just a handful of days left before the Ravens begin training camp for the 2014 season, this week's Five for Friday features five dominant storylines you won't stop hearing about this summer. -- Jon Meoli

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NBA veteran Metta World Peace drops track about Baltimore

NBA veteran Metta World Peace drops track about Baltimore

NBA veteran Metta World Peace hasn't been seen in the NBA since the New York Knicks waived him in February, but it appears he's been in the recording studio since then — and he's showing some love to Baltimore while in there.

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Coffee Companion (7/18): Orioles to finally resume play

Coffee Companion (7/18): Orioles to finally resume play

I would want a decent-sized break in the middle if I played baseball every day from March to October too, but since I don't, I can fairly say that this week is unbearable and I'm glad sports are back tonight. You can tell how little has happened in the past day by all the analysis found in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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40-year old woman makes New Orleans Saints cheer squad [VIDEO]

40-year old woman makes New Orleans Saints cheer squad [VIDEO]

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Ravens ranked 19th-most valuable franchise, eight spots ahead of Steelers

Ravens ranked 19th-most valuable franchise, eight spots ahead of Steelers

Training camp hasn't started yet, but the Ravens have an early win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Coffee Companion (7/17): The slowest sports day of the year

Coffee Companion (7/17): The slowest sports day of the year

How bad was yesterday as a sports day? The ESPYs happened. Luckily, we had some local news, which you can always find the following day in the Coffee Companion.

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Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick

Mike Yastrzemski promoted to Double-A Bowie after one month at High-A Frederick

Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, Single-A Frederick announced, making him the club's first 2013 draft pick to reach that level.

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Former Oriole Luke Scott cut from Korean team after calling coach 'liar,' 'coward'

Former Oriole Luke Scott cut from Korean team after calling coach 'liar,' 'coward'

Former Oriole Luke Scott was cut from his Korean baseball team, SK Wyverns, Wednesday after reportedly calling his coach, Lee Man-soo, a “liar” and a “coward” in a public confrontation, according to Korean media reports.

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Like Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter honored with ovations, meatballs

Like Cal Ripken Jr., Derek Jeter honored with ovations, meatballs

It’s really not a big deal. Nothing, truly, can be a big deal in an All-Star Game with 79 All-Stars.

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Wainwright's pitch to Jeter just latest in series of questionable plays

Wainwright's pitch to Jeter just latest in series of eyebrow-raising plays

\Whether St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright grooved a pitch to New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in Tuesday night's All-Star Game or not, Jeter's first-inning double joins a dubious list.

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Coffee Companion (7/16): Orioles hitless in Jeter's final All-Star Game

Coffee Companion (7/16): Orioles hitless in Jeter's final All-Star Game

I'm not going to run down the All-Star Game, mostly because I decided to not really watch it, but let's just bask in the fact that we're very close to real baseball coming back. I miss real baseball, which you can tell there is none of judging by what fills the Coffee Companion this morning.

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Low-A Delmarva's Chance Sisco, Jon Keller named Orioles' minor league players of the month

Low-A Delmarva's Chance Sisco, Jon Keller named Orioles' minor league players of the month

Catcher Chance Sisco and right-hander Jon Keller, both of Low-A Delmarva, earned Orioles Player and Pitcher of the Month honors for June, respectively, the Shorebirds announced Tuesday.

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C.J. Fair throws down highlight dunk in NBA Summer League

C.J. Fair throws down highlight dunk in NBA Summer League

C.J. Fair wasn't selected in last month's NBA draft, but the Baltimore native and former Syracuse star has started to make at least something of an impression in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

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Cal Ripken Jr. says Orioles are 'executing and playing really well'

Cal Ripken Jr. says Orioles are 'executing and playing really well'

Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. joined ESPN's Mike & Mike morning show Tuesday to discuss all things baseball ahead of Tuesday's MLB All-Star Game, and he gave his thoughts on the first-place Orioles towards the end of the segment.

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All-Star Game just doesn't carry the same luster in today's era

All-Star Game just doesn't carry the same luster in today's era

Baseball's All-Star Game meant a great deal to me when I was a young fan.

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Adam Jones earns Orioles fans $7 off tickets with Home Run Derby performance

Adam Jones earns Orioles fans $7 off tickets with Home Run Derby performance

Adam Jones was one of the highlights from last night's Home Run Derby, even if he didn't make it past the second round.

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Coffee Companion (7/15): Jimmy Smith fallout, Cespedes wins Derby

Coffee Companion (7/15): Jimmy Smith fallout, Cespedes wins Derby

I struggle with the Home Run Derby, despite being a huge fan of three-hour batting practice sessions involving Cuban sluggers. There’s a very small percentage of baseball fans who feel like I do. If this, and the All-Star Game, are really for the kids, why have them at eight? It makes no sense. So all that happened, and all the rest of this stuff, as you’ll read in the Coffee Companion.

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Before opting out, veteran Randy Wolf threw pitch to suite level in Norfolk

Before opting out, veteran Randy Wolf threw pitch to suite level in Norfolk

Before he opted out of his minor league contract with the Orioles, veteran left-hander Randy Wolf unleashed a pitch that hit the suite level at Harbor Park in Norfolk. It seems like he did it on purpose.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Jon Meoli took over as Sports Blitz's lead blogger in April 2014. He joined the company as a reporter for the Towson Times in June 2011, after his graduation from Loyola University.

Other sports reporters and editors also occasionally contribute to The Blitz with their takes on the area sports scene.

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