The morning links, looking pretty hirsute:
Marcos Baghdatis, who is a Gillette commercial waiting to happen, took favoured David Nalbandian to five sets tonight (today? tomorrow morning? I dunno, it just happened) in Melbourne. And won. So they're going crazy in Cyprus this morning (this afternoon?) as their favoured son is into the Australian Open final on Sunday (Saturday? Let's just say in a few days).
Ron Artest has finally been traded, although I won't believe it until he shows up
at one of the Maloofs' crap tables in a Kings uniform. Oh, and this is hardly news, but the Bulls shot 51 per cent and beat the Raptors. One more NBA: The Pistons -- supposedly down and out when Larry Brown left -- run their record to 35-5, a significant mark in Detroit.
Randy Starkman has just a great read on Pat Quinn's role as the park-bench sage of Salt Lake City 2002.
Billy Beane and the A's are taking a $500,000 chance on Frank Thomas, which segues to this little tidbit: only three weeks till pitchers and catchers can report to spring training.
Oh, and thanks to the Mighty MJD for this one: Houston's new MLS team nickname. Go 1836 Go! (Now here's an idea -- in the spirit of Real Salt Lake, what's Toronto's name going to be when we get one? Over at the Voyageurs board, they're pushing for the Blizzard.)