Coffee Companion: July 11, 2012

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.

** Michael Phelps’ work ethic was blasted by U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary, who said it was a “shame” Phelps didn’t work as hard as others.

** The NL routed the AL in theAll-Star game last night, 8-0.

** Orioles closer Jim Johnson was a rare bright spot for the AL, tossing a 1-2-3 eighth.

** The Orioles plan to activate catcher Taylor Teagarden and outfielder Endy Chavez from the 15-day disabled list on Friday.

** LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri denied reports that the Orioles top draft pick Kevin Gausman will return to school, calling the report “premature.”

** NBA Free Agency starts today. You can track the free agents here.

** A rival coach breaks down the Ravens.

** Matt Vensel looks at potential Ravens targets still available in free agency.

** A Terps wide receiver target says Maryland could make his top 5.

** Michael Andretti gives hope to Grand Prix of Baltimore.

Tom Brady gets into surprise staring contests at a pharmacy:


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