The morning links, all around the world:
Antonio Davis received a five-game suspension -- pretty harsh, given his role in the whole thing. This was no Ron Artest situation; then again, short of returning to the days of cages around the court, what's the NBA to do? -- and the fellow in the stands fingered for "assaulting" Davis's wife Kendra in Chicago says he'll sue. Quite a story, this one, and Mike Ulmer in the Sun has a reminisce on the Davis's days in Raptorland.
Remember Theo Epstein? He's coming back to the Red Sox.
The Penguins are up for sale, the latest crazy twist in Sid Crosby's NHL baptism.
The fact is that we need someone to pick up the torch from the late Mr. Cochran and shine light on the fact that NFL's owners have a historic choice in front of them: They can rehire the Mike merry-go-round, or give people like Ted Cottrell, Norm Chow, and Jimmy Raye a shot. This decision is about justice, fairness, and basic hiring morality.
Today's best bet: Crystal Palace v Reading. Aki is back and my Eagles are playing pretty well but this is a big test facing the fizzy-pop league's leader and runaway promotion favourites. I'm calling 2-1 in the prediction league (disclaimer: I always call 2-1 in my prediction league. Makes it easier that way).
Yesterday's best bet: Buffalo at Vancouver. The Sabres give up three goals in the third period, and lose 4-1. Two stars.
Note: Starting today and Monday and on and on, e-mail me with your best bet for the day in sports, and a witty line or two on why it's so important, even if only to you. Basketball, cricket, kabbadi -- it's all fair game. I can't give you a prize, but you will earn my undying gratitude and your name up in bright pixels.