Links here, get your links here, get 'em while they're hot. Okay, warm. Lukewarm? Fine. Get 'em while they're lukewarm. Turning to tepid:
Pat Riley is back on the sideline, just as Shaq makes his first start for the Heat since injuring his ankle early this season. But it's no coincidence, no sirree, not at all.
Tim Montgomery has received a two-year suspension and his 100-metre world record has been wiped out of the books.
The A's acquire Milton Bradley and trot out the old "it's a clean slate" line.
Alex Ferguson sounds more and more desperate, and Jose Mourinho is being investigated for being, well, Jose Mourinho (Ferguson, Mourinho, Pat Riley -- there's a paranoia triactor ripped from the headlines this week).
In the wake of the latest Di Canio outbreak, Lazio teammate Ousmane Dobo says he's outta there, and UEFA is talking about anti-racism sanctions, including club bans from domestic and international competition.
And here's something special: Longtime Star columnist Milt Dunnell, now retired, turns 100 on Christmas Eve, and the Star is publishing 10 of his most memorable missives. Today's is from 1951, and Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World" with a 2005 commentary looking back from Dunnell. Outstanding.
(I'm afraid I'm home sick and unless something momentous happens I'll be back later today with an update on the Christmas Book List and leave it at that. Tomorrow will be better, I promise.)