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Coffee Companion (8/9): Ravens sign Ricky; O's cough one up

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.  

Running it back:

Running back Ricky Williams agreed to a two-year deal with the Ravens on Monday. ... Sergio Kindle will finally make his Ravens debut against the Eagles, but tight end Ed Dickson is likely out for Thursday's preseason opener with a hamstring injury. ... Free-agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery will visit the Ravens on Tuesday. ... J.J. Hardy hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning Monday night, but the Orioles blew the lead and lost to the White Sox. ... Jo-Jo Reyes will make his first start for the Orioles on Tuesday. 

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston compared Ricky Williams to Bam Morris, who was busted for drug trafficking [Ravens Insider]

2. Ricky Williams isn't another Sammy Sosa [CSN Baltimore]

3. Ricky's fascinating run in South Florida is over [Sun Sentinel]

4. Williams talks about signing in Baltimore [Sun Sentinel]

5. Ricky to the Ravens is a stunner in a good way [Toy Dep't]

6. Williams is a good fit for both parties [Shutdown Corner]

7. Cam Cameron doesn't think Ricky is a risk [Ravens Insider]

8. More thoughts on Ricky and the Ravens [ESPN]

9. Jalen Parmele says his role won't change with Ricky Williams in Baltimore [Ravens Insider]

10. The Ravens have looked average, but they aren't the only team that is struggling [Baltimore Sun]

11. Ravens fans are suffering growing pains during the team's youth movement [Ravens 24x7]

12. Will the Orioles lose 100 games this season? [Orioles Insider]

13. Are Mark Reynolds' home runs worth it? [CSN Baltimore]

14. Randy Edsall is the lawgiver [Deadspin]

15. Here are five questions as the Terps open football practice on Tuesday [Tracking the Terps]

16. The Carmelo Anthony Summer Pro-Am tour rolled through Baltimore on Monday [Baltimore Sun]

Video of the morning:

Real or fake? I say fake [via The Big Lead]

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