Coffee Companion for August 2, 2012

Each morning, 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 has accomplished the unthinkable in his Olympic career. Read why he has more work to do before it's all said and done.

** Phelps earned the second seed in the preliminary meet for the 100-meter butterfly competition. Check out our coverage from London.

** Police in Aberdeen have been tightlipped regarding Vi Ripken’s recent abduction. But the mayor remains confident that the answers will come.

** Kevin Cowherd says that Ravens fans’ top concern for Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals should be the readiness of Haloti Ngata.

** Defensive end Pernell McPhee is recovered from surgery to his knee and now appears to be playing free from pain at Ravens camp.

** Safety Ed Reed addressed the media for the first time since reporting to Owings Mills last week. Read why he’s so focused on the upcoming season.

** With Dennis Pitta’s hand injury suffered at training camp, fellow tight end Ed Dickson is ready for whatever extra reps come his way. “It’s going to get me in better shape,” Dickson said.

** Wrapping up the Ravens coverage for the day, check out some highlights from training camp, including quarterback Joe Flacco’s sustained red-zone success.

** Twenty games in as many days came to an end for the Orioles today. This weekend, however, could very well answer some of the major question marks surrounding the team.

** Orioles starter Zach Britton got rocked in the Bronx on Wednesday in the team’s 12-3 loss to the Yankees. Britton’s future with the Orioles now seems to be in some jeopardy.

** Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy put together a gem of a start Wednesday night for High-A Frederick. Pitching against Lynchburg, Bundy allowed just one earned run in 6 2/3 inningson the mound. 

** Wednesday at the plate was forgettable, to say the least, for the Orioles. They even managed to make a bit of history in the shellacking at the hands of the Yankees.

** With Omar Quintanilla heating up, the Orioles have a bit of a logjam at second base. Manager Buck Showalter says it’s a good problem to have. Robert Andino’s return from the disabled list makes things plenty interesting.

** Former Raven Jamal Lewis was arrested Tuesday night, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Lewis was booked and released at Clayton County (Ga.) Jail. He has been charged with child abandonment.

** InsideMDSports.com analyzes the next step for the Harrison twins as they continue their progress toward a college decision.

** Ed Dickson doesn’t think he’s being arrogant. But he does think he has a chance to beat Rob Gronkowski’s tight-end touchdown record set last season.

** North Baltimore Aquatic Club’s Allison Schmitt stole Olympic gold for the second time. This time, Schmitt did it as the anchor of the United States’ 800-meter freestyle relay team.

** Tensai’s recent Tout on the video sharing service that partners with the WWE created some uproar recently. How should WWE superstars use social networking sites like this one?