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Ravens' Urschel distinguished himself as a lineman, student and teacher

Ravens' Urschel distinguished himself as a lineman, student and teacher

There’s plenty that distinguishes Ravens rookie offensive lineman John Urschel from his teammates, including his prodigious academic career and potential in the field of mathematics.

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Five memorable Baltimore Orioles All-Star Game moments

Five memorable Baltimore Orioles All-Star Game moments

Whether it counts or not, the All-Star game is a fun time for fans to be proud of their players, and players to showcase their skills to a national audience. The Orioles have had plenty of memorable All-Stars, and those players typically have a big...

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Coffee Companion (7/11): Orioles hold on against Nats

Coffee Companion (7/11): Orioles hold on against Nats

Last night's Orioles game was a lot like the Scores Hockey game last night, in that we got out to an early lead and won a close one. So, there you go. This is the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headlines.

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Rain floods Triple-A Norfolk's stadium, turns outfield into a kiddie pool

Rain floods Triple-A Norfolk's stadium, turns outfield into a kiddie pool

Want to know what it looks like when a storm cell drops almost 2 inches of rain in one hour on a baseball stadium? Of course you do.

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Coffee Companion (7/10): Orioles lose as trade rumors swirl

Coffee Companion (7/10): Orioles lose as trade rumors swirl

I'm afraid this is a little later than usual, but by design. It's hard coming back for a full week after a holiday weekend, and now is when you start feeling it. So here's the Coffee Companion, your excuse for a second or third cup this morning and the place where we recap the daily sports headlines from the previous day.

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High-A Frederick features several second-tier trade chips for Orioles

High-A Frederick features several second-tier trade chips for Orioles

Last week’s trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Oakland Athletics, which sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a prospect package that includes top 10 prospect Addison Russell, kicked off the MLB trade season in spectacular fashion. This week, we’ll go through the Orioles system level by level and highlight players of value who could have new homes by the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline if the Orioles want to make a move.  

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Netherlands, Argentina have tough act to follow after Germany blowout

Netherlands, Argentina have tough act to follow after Germany blowout

Yesterday in one sentence: I have a scarf that says “Not in the face” in both Brazilian and English; I bet one of the Brazilian players wished they knew how to say it in German to stop that beating yesterday.

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Coffee Companion (7/9): Even without game, Nats-O's dominates headlines

Coffee Companion (7/9): Even without game, Nats-O's dominates headlines

Some of you blessed readers tried to make me feel bad yesterday about a particularly hot take, but nothing can make me feel as bad as the Brazilians feel, so I am all set. This is the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headlines.

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All-Stars, left-handed pitchers are Orioles' top trade chips in Double-A Bowie

All-Stars, left-handed pitchers are Orioles' top trade chips in Double-A Bowie

Last week’s deal between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics, which sent pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a prospect package that included top 10 prospect Addison Russell, kicked off baseball's trade season in spectacular fashion. This week, we’ll go through the Orioles system level by level and highlight players of value who could have new homes by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline if the Orioles want to make a move.  

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David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments

David Ortiz goes on defensive after Buck Showalter's comments

David Ortiz didn’t let Buck Showalter’s comments about the Red Sox checking their own backyard go by without taking offense, because of course he didn’t.

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Orioles affiliate celebrating Christmas in July with 'Manny Claus'

Orioles affiliate celebrating Christmas in July with 'Manny Claus'

The Bowie Baysox are celebrating Christmas in July with “Manny Claus,” and you can too.

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Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg laments Orioles fans at Nationals Park

Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg laments Orioles fans at Nationals Park

Washington Nationals star pitcher Stephen Strasburg seemed a bit sad about vocal Orioles fans during the Nationals' 8-2, 11-inning loss in Washington last night.

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Without Neymar, Brazil needs perfect performance against Germany

Without Neymar, Brazil needs perfect performance against Germany

Yesterday (the weekend) in one sentence: The quarterfinal round was, sadly, as predictable as the last 16, but there’s a chance teams might play more openly in this round.

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Coffee Companion 7/8: Orioles' stars slug team to extra-inning win

Coffee Companion 7/8: Orioles' stars slug team to extra-inning win

The Orioles and Nationals gave local fans a good opening game and, dare I say it, might have played a game worthy of an actual rivalry Monday night. Here are the highlights in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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Orioles have little depth to trade from in Triple-A Norfolk

Orioles have little depth to trade from in Triple-A Norfolk

Last week’s trade between the Cubs and Athletics, which sent pitchers Jeff Samardziga and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a prospect package that includes top-10 prospect Addison Russell, kicked off the MLB trade season in spectacular fashion. This week, we’ll go through the Orioles system level by level and highlight players of value who could have new homes by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline if the Orioles want to make a move.  

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Ray Lewis featured on Oprah Winfrey Network show searching for water in Africa

Ray Lewis featured on Oprah Winfrey Network show searching for water in Africa

Ray Lewis was always viewed as something of a messianic figure here in Baltimore.

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Four Double-A Bowie players named Eastern League All-Stars

Four Double-A Bowie players named Eastern League All-Stars

Four Double-A Bowie players will represent the Orioles organization in the Eastern League All-Star Game next week in Altoona, Pa.

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David Lough's putout of David Ortiz reminiscent of 'Major League'

David Lough's putout of David Ortiz reminiscent of 'Major League'

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Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey represent Orioles on midseason top prospect lists

Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey represent Orioles on midseason top prospect lists

Orioles right-handed pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey are the team’s only two representatives in the midseason Top 50 lists released by Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America on Monday.

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Split announce booth eliminated for this week's Orioles-Nationals games

Split announce booth eliminated for this week's Orioles-Nationals games

Just a reminder from your friendly neighborhood sports blogger: when the Orioles play the pair of two-game series with the Washington Nationals this week, it will be your familiar commentators explaining the action for you.

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Coffee Companion (7/7): Orioles-Red Sox war of words in Boston

Coffee Companion (7/7): Orioles-Red Sox war of words in Boston

I'd say it can't get much worse than today -- the first day after a long July 4 weekend -- but that's insulting to Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. This is going to be such a tough day though, so don't be surprised if it takes an extra shot of caffeine to make it. Slug it down with the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's sports headlines.

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Argentina-Belgium has offensive stars to restart World Cup excitement

Argentina-Belgium has offensive stars to restart World Cup excitement

Yesterday in one sentence: The gap between the Americans’ loss and these matches didn’t really help anyone’s World Cup fever sustain itself, as France and Germany was kind of boring and Brazil won the battle against Colombia but lost the war as Neymar will miss the rest of the tournament with a fractured vertebra.

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France-Germany, Brazil-Colombia to kick off World Cup quarterfinals in style

France-Germany, Brazil-Colombia to kick off World Cup quarterfinals in style

Yesterday in one sentence: The gaps in the World Cup schedule, as a very smart person pointed out to me, need to be filled with something, even if it’s MLS games. It was too weird without soccer this week, and now there are more days without it than with it until the end of the World Cup.

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Former Oriole Nate McLouth catches Big Ten fever in Washington

Former Oriole Nate McLouth catches Big Ten fever in Washington

It's hard to believe something this wonderful got lost in the insanity of Maryland officially joining the Big Ten, but it did, and for that I apologize.

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Nate McLouth gets into the Big Ten spirit

Nate McLouth gets into the Big Ten spirit

Former Oriole Nate McLouth donned a Michigan football helmet and squared off with the Michigan State mascot Monday to mark the University of Maryland joining the Big Ten.

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Alfredo Aceves, who pitched for Orioles in spring, banned 50 games for positive drug test

Alfredo Aceves, who pitched for Orioles in spring, banned 50 games for positive drug test

Anyone familiar with pitcher Alfredo Aceves' history in Boston knows the Orioles dodged a bullet when Aceves, a non-roster invitee to spring training this year, didn’t make the 25-man roster.

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Orioles' Adam Jones surges in All-Star voting as his candidacy is debated

Orioles' Adam Jones surges in All-Star voting as his candidacy is debated

A fast-rising Adam Jones was fifth in the outfield balloting for the American League when results were last released Monday, and MLB tweeted today that he's been gaining on Toronto's Melky Cabrera and Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, both of whom were ahead of him and one of whom will likely occupy a third starting spot with Angels' Mike Trout and Blue Jays' Jose Bautista.

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Coffee Companion (7/3): Orioles wait out wet win

Coffee Companion (7/3): Orioles wait out wet win

My apologies to everyone at the Orioles game last night — the weather was basically because I was in Frederick. However, since it was a minor league game, and not a close one at that, they ended the game at the first sight of bad weather and I was home sleeping well before your game resumed. Which is why I'm up early for the Coffee Companion, where we recap the local sports headlines every weekday.

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Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll

Ravens' Joe Flacco ranked 12th-best quarterback in NFL in ESPN poll

ESPN's Mike Sando sure knows how we like to fill our Ravens downtime — with talk of just how elite quarterback Joe Flacco is.

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Orioles' special-edition All-Star hat not that special

Orioles' special-edition All-Star hat not that special

The MLB All-Star Game has typically featured players in normal game uniforms, but this year’s game will feature special-edition hats that are, sadly, anything but special for the Orioles.

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Coffee Companion (7/2): Homer-happy Orioles stay hot

Coffee Companion (7/2): Homer-happy Orioles stay hot

The only thing harder than the U.S. being out of the World Cup is that there's no soccer for two days. When it rains, it pours. If it's any consolation, I am back with the Coffee Companion, which recaps the previous day's local sports headlines.

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Soccer fans turn out throughout Baltimore to watch World Cup action

Soccer fans turn out throughout Baltimore to watch World Cup action

A few hundred soccer fans gathered at Power Plant Live! on Tuesday to watch the United States play Belgium in the 2014 World Cup’s round-of-16 game.

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Coffee Companion (7/1): A B1G celebration and an even bigger U.S. soccer game

Coffee Companion (7/1): A B1G celebration and an even bigger U.S. soccer game

As a B1G guy (an intern from Iowa), I'd like to personally welcome Maryland to our great conference. While it's official today, it probably won’t feel official until Oct. 4., when you guys play Ohio State. In other news, a lot more sports things happened yesterday, so catch up here at the Coffee Companion, where we recap yesterday's sports headlines.

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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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