Major League Baseball should go on hiatus during the World Cup. Honestly, is anyone paying attention to a Monday night game in St. Petersburg? I was appalled that the bar I was at last night had the Orioles on even though no one was watching. How dumb. Anyway, here’s the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day’s sports headlines.

- Clint Dempsey’s early goal and John Brooks’ late winner gave the United States a tense, 2-1 win over Ghana to keep our nation’s World Cup hopes alive. It was wonderful, and I am glad to say I have restored my normal heart rate.

- The Orioles had a decidedly worse day, falling 5-4 to Tampa Bay after the inevitable news that Matt Wieters would get Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. The timing is such that it should allow him to be back for most of next season.

- Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn’s death had a lot of local impact. Gwynn was inducted into the Hall of Fame with Cal Ripken Jr. and was a mentor to Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

- Ravens minicamp begins today, and we recapped some of the storylines to watch. Aaron Wilson reports several cornerbacks will be in camp on a tryout basis, and we shed some light on Owen Daniels’ favorite off-field hobby.

-Ray Rice and his wife, Janay, met yesterday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in advance of the expected discipline for his legal issues.

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