Slinging out the morning links:
And now we have two weeks to let the anticipation dissipate: Seattle and Pittsburgh are going to the Super Bowl in Detroit, Jerome Bettis' hometown. Two blowouts provided a humdrum end to a mostly low-key playoff tournament, and the morning line for XL is in: Steelers by 3 1/2, which sounds like a pretty healthy number to me. Perhaps too healthy.
Historic blowout: Raptors roll into L.A., and Kobe Bryant rolls all over them with 81 points all on his own. Apart from Wilt Chamberlain's fabled 100-pointer, no one has had a more prolific night in the NBA than Bryant's last night.
On the subject of odds, the Leafs have lost five in a row and it sure sounds like changes are coming, with a trade more likely than a coaching change. As for Dick Pound, he's calling the NHL's doping policy "seriously flawed" after Bryan Berard got a two-year ban from international hockey, but not the league.
Canada beats Mexico at the CONCACAF women's tournament to motor into the semifinal round, thils the men's side managed a 0-0 draw in a friendly yesterday against the Germany-bound United States and Freddy Adu in his international debut.