Lost in all the sports commotion this weekend is the U.S. Open, at which a wet course this morning is allowing players to score early. I hope it's like that at Pine Ridge today. Either way, here is the Coffee Companion, where every weekday morning, we recap the local sports headlines.
- Kevin Gausman’s second strong outing in row propelled the Orioles to a 4-2 win over division-leading Toronto. Nick Markakis had a pair of hits to move into seventh place on the Orioles hitting list.
- The team’s scouting director said he 'hit the jackpot' with his top three draft picks — third, fourth, and fifth-rounders — all of which officially signed yesterday. I think that’s a bit strong, but given 21 teams passed on Hunter Harvey and the Orioles did not, maybe he’s right.
- The World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia had everything that could reasonably be expected—goals, dives, drama, stadium malfunctions, and more. Brazil won, 3-1. ESPN’s Pablo Torre wrote an incredible game story.
- Maryland football got a pair of big commitments in the form of New Jersey four-star cornerback Kareem Ali Jr. and Texas three-star defensive lineman Mbi Tanyi.
- Two players with local ties, Towson’s Jerrelle Benimon and Delaware’s Davon Usher (Digital Harbor), worked out for the Wizards yesterday in advance of the NBA Draft.
- Former Pro Bowl defensive back Sam Madison is working with the Ravens this week.
Too hot to handle
- The Spurs again went into the Miami Heat’s building and blew them out of the gym, this time taking Game 4 with a 107-86 beatdown to head back to San Antonio with a chance to clinch a fifth title under coach Gregg Popovich.