Coffee Companion -- 3/4

Baltimore Orioles starter Brian Matusz

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'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 -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.

Running it back:

NFL owners and players decided Thursday to keep the current CBA in place for an additional 24 hours so that negotiations can continue. ... An appeals court in the Dominican Republic granted Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon's request to be released on bail. ... Brian Matusz got his 2011 season underway with two scoreless innings in the Orioles' 2-0 loss against the Twins. ... Michael Phelps posted the fastest times in the world this year in both of his events Thursday at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. ... Jason Arnott scored the game-winner as the Capitals beat the Blues, 3-2.

Hitting the links:

1. Former Colts and Ravens say negotiations between owners and players have a familiar feel [Baltimore Sun]

2. Tom Zbikowski will return to pro boxing to keep active during the lockout [Baltimore Sun]

3. Comparing Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger [ESPN]

4. The Ravens are in an "enviable" position should there be a lockout [Ravens.com]

5. The health several Orioles is suddenly a hot topic [Baltimore Sun]

6. All eyes on Buck and his birds in Baltimore [Big League Stew]

7. Don't know which baseball team to root for? This flow chart will help [Interpretation by Design]

8. It's the bullpen for Orioles third-round pick Dan Klein [MASN]

9. Josh Bell doesn't care where he plays as long as he makes the Orioles [Baltimore Sun]

10. An inviting gallery of random baseball characters awaits you in this MLB photo day gallery [Big Lead]

11. ESPNU goes "All Access" with Maryland Terrapins basketball [Testudo Times]

12. Capitals rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth displays resilience in net [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"Some Ravens fans may also look at him as a boxer who plays football. Just kidding. Good luck Tom." -- reader The Proud Voice of Truth responds to my post about Tom Zbikowski's professional boxing debut

Video of the morning:

Charlie Sheen once hit a home run at Dodger Stadium [hat tip to LA Times]

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.