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Coffee Companion (4/29): Some running back talk and O's analysis

The Orioles' scheduled day off and the evening rain was a good opportunity to catch up on chores, spend quality time with your family, or do other things that don't involve watching sports. That's why blogger Jon Meoli restarted the Coffee Companion — where every morning, Monday through Friday, he'll run back the local sports headlines from the previous day.

- The Orioles were off last night, so this will be a brief and Ravens-centric Coffee Companion. There's a lot of running back talk, with Jeff Zrebiec's position-by-position overview featuring the position Tuesday. That position could be important in the draft, depending Ray Rice's situation. His arraignment was pushed back to Thursday. Meanwhile, Aaron Wilson caught up with one of the potential running back draftees, Towson’s Terrence West.

- There was some Orioles news yesterday, including an online poll that said announcers Gary Thorne and Jim Palmer are the third-best announcers in baseball. Additionally, Dan Connolly had an interesting theory on why the Orioles didn't replace Chris Davis on the roster after Sunday’s DL announcement. Also on Monday’s day off, Peter Schmuck graded the Orioles, and Eduardo Encina checked in on their thoughts on replay.

- The NBA is holding a Tuesday news conference regarding the racist comments allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Moving on

- The Penguins held off a late Columbus comeback to earn a 4-3 Game 6 win and a 4-2 series win, while the Kings and Wild both won Monday night to level their series at three apiece. In the NBA, the Heat showed solidarity with the Clippers by removing their warm-ups and leaving them at mid-court Monday, then completed a sweep of Charlotte. Atlanta took a 3-2 lead over Indiana, and the Spurs pulled level at two games apiece with Dallas.

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