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.

** The Ravens have until 4 p.m. today to reach a deal with Ray Rice. If no deal is reached, Rice will play this season under the $7.7 million franchise tag. Matt Vensel took a look this weekend at other contracts of top NFL running backs, and how Rice might stack up.


** The Orioles were baffled Sunday by Detroit's Justin Verlander in a 4-0 loss to the Tigers. Dan Connolly wants to know if the O's should be buyers at the MLB trade deadline.

** Rookie reliever Steve Johnson, a Baltimore native, lived out his dream yesterday by pitching for the Orioles. Kevin Cowherd writes about the St. Paul's graduate's major league debut. Johnson was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday's game to make room for Monday starter Chris Tillman.

** After hitting a walk-off home run in the 13th inning Saturday in the Orioles' win over the Tigers, Taylor Teagarden uttered a celebratory expletive on live TV. The O's catcher discussed his national TV oops with Dan Connolly.

** Jason Hammel, the Orioles' best starting pitcher of the first half, will undergo surgery to remove cartilage in his right knee today and miss at least a month of the season.

** Ring Posts blogger Adam Testa says that last night's WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view was strong if unspectacular.

** Maryland guard targets Aaron and Andrew Harrison will lead their Houston Defenders AAU squad in an exhibition game tonight against Nike Baltimore Elite at Baltimore City Community College.

** Don Markus writes that the legacy of the Dream Team has cast a shadow over the 2012 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

Best of the local blogs

** Baltimore Beatdown continued its 2012 Ravens Players to Watch series with a look at Ray Rice.

** Baltimore Sports & Life conducted a Maryland basketball Q&A with Mike Miller of NBC Sports.

** Camden Depot looks back at the Orioles' 2012 draft from a financial perspective.

** Maryland Basketball: Where Are They Now? writes about former Terps Sarunas Jasikevicius and Ekene Ibekwe playing for Lithuania and Nigeria, respectively, in the 2012 Olympics.

** Testudo Times' Profiles in Terpage takes a look at offensive lineman Pete White.

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