The morning links, where freezing rain never falls and the forecast is eternal sunshine, at least until playoff time:
Randy Starkman reports that no one seems to want to be Canada's flag-bearer in Turin because it might affect their performance, poor dears.
Today's best bet: Manchester United vs Burton Albion. It wasn't so long ago that the FA Cup final was the occasion for one of the best parties I could ever hope to attend. Okay, so I didn't get many invitations -- these days, neither does the FA Cup. Still, this third-round replay is one of those Goliath-home-to-David matchups, the non-league Brewers and their pedigreed manager Nigel Clough facing (dis)United at Old Trafford.
Yesterday's best bet: Carolina beats Flyers in a shootout, and so the Hurricanes are No. 1 in the NHL. A stirring third-period comeback gets the job done. 3 1/2 stars.
And at noon, keep an eye out here at JABS for the midseason Raptors bloggers e-mail roundtable, where four Raptors experts kick around the year so far for the guys in purple.