Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday.
** Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis arrived at training camp Wednesday. Find out why you just might not recognize him this year.** Safety Ed Reed made his way to Owings Mills for training camp as well, shutting down talks that he may hold out for part of the preseason.
** There were also some new faces to go with the old at Ravens camp. The team signed three, including two linebackers.
** Kevin Cowherd says a new-look Lewis is even better for Ravens fans.
** When running back Ray Rice signed an extension recently, he came closer to his goal of being a Raven for life. He no longer considers himself a New Yorker, where he grew up. Now, he’s a proud Baltimorean.** Rice certainly isn’t complaining about the highly scrutinized guard competition at camp. He’s confident the eventual starters will open up holes for him to run through.
** Cal Ripken Jr.’s mother, Vi, was abducted from her home at gunpoint Tuesday. Though she was returned unharmed Wednesday morning, Orioles manager Buck Showalter details what a scary experience an abduction can be for those involved and their loved ones.** Orioles’ starter Miguel Gonzalez didn’t have it from the first pitch of Wednesday’s 10-1 loss to Tampa Bay, and the Raysmade him pay for it.
** Find out why the hole that Gonzalez put the Orioles into was too deep to climb out of.
** First baseman Mark Reynolds has been having a rough go of it at the plate lately. He compared the season to a day at the links and hopes to have a better “back nine.”
** Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman, have been through a lot together. In London, they’ve earned the right to mix business with pleasure.
** As has become his custom, Phelps will skip the opening ceremonies to prepare for his meets the next morning.
** Plenty of athletes in London have ties to Maryland. Study up on them with this helpful guide so you won’t miss a minute of someone with local ties.
** NBC’s Jim Bell breaks down how his network provides 5,535 hours worth of coverage from the Olympic Games — no easy task.
** One Olympian, Greece’s Voula Papachristou, never even made it to London. Her racist tweets were deemed enough to drop her from the Greek roster.
** Reports out of State College, Pa. are that Penn State and the NCAA weighed the possibility of a four-year ban on football.
** InsideMDSports.com blogs that Rashad Vaughn, a 2014 small forward from Minnesota, has been offered by Maryland.