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Ruthless Rewind: O's eye a new manager and more

[1] While the Orioles continue to make life tough for interim manager Juan Samuel, team management is looking for a full-time manager. Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine (left, photo by AP) are rumored to be on the O's radar, and MASN man Rick Dempsey has said he wants a shot at the job. (I'm partial to Valentine, mainly because his press conferences would be a blast.) The O's need to take their time and make sure they find the right guy. 2010 is a wash.

[2] Jake Arrieta made his major-league debut Thursday against the Yankees. With Arrieta, Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz all in the big leagues, the O's have run out of top pitching prospects to summon to Camden Yards. It's up to these young O's hurlers to get the team back to prominence, so enjoy watching them learn to fly. Hey, so there's at least one reason to go to the ballpark, right?

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[3] The Ravens were forced to cancel their last week of OTAs for violating NFL rules for offseason workouts. Some have tried to connect the dots between a few players snitching and the looming labor issues. Tuesday, when Derrick Mason was asked by a reporter about a potential player lockout, I turned off my recorder and walked away. I think I'm in denial.

[4] Some rookie pitcher named Stephen Strasburg struck out 14 batters Tuesday while winning his Nats debut. Strasburg dominated the Pirates —no big deal there — with a blinding fastball and a knee-buckling curve. This kid looked pretty good. You'd figure someone would have said something about him before Tuesday.

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[5] The U.S. team kicks off their World Cup quest Saturday against England. While respect for American fútbol is growing overseas, no one is giving the U.S. much of a chance in South Africa. OK, I'm not either; Spain and Brazil are too good. Personally, I think the U.S. needs some one-name players to excel on the world stage. How do "Lando" and "Clint" sound?

[6] Thanks to one of the worst Cup-clinching goals in NHL history, Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks were crowned champions Wednesday night. Kane's OT game-winner, shot from a foot off the goal line, was brutal. Michael Leighton's feeble save attempt will be infamous in Philly, but at least he didn't throw up in the Super Bowl — or on a little girl in the stands.

Matt Vensel is a content creator at b. Follow him on Twitter, @mattvensel.

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