It's the morning links, just happy to be here:
Olympic flagellation update: Yesterday was Wayne Gretzky's big send-off before heading to Turin for another round of the self-fulfilling prophecy of that all-purpose sports media buzzword, "distractions". Meantime, Jeremy Wotherspoon is getting it from all sides, the poor man. And Angela Ruggerio, the American defenceman who is quoted as criticizing Canada's women's team for running up the score, hasn't mentioned any of that yet on her blog (Thanks to James Mirtle for those latter couple of links).
The Raptors win their third in a row, beating the Timberwolves, and they face the plummeting Knicks next, before going on all-star break (and not to put a whammy on 'em or anything, but look at the standings and the p-word is almost in sight).
Chelsea and Barcelona are a week away from renewing their Champions League rivalry, but it's never too early to let the games begin as Barca moans about the Stamford Bridge pitch. And from the Chelsea-rumoured-to-be-interested-in file, add Samuel Eto'o.
With big swells, ripped sails and a cracked head on a daggerboard, the Volvo Ocean Race is getting interesting.
And finally, a request from e-mailer Rusty Shackleford:
"You know how CBC is using studios here to broadcast coverage of Olympics? Well, last night ... did anybody catch Brian Williams as they came back to him from some spot and he obviously didn't know ? ... He was caught on camera for a couple of seconds practising what I can only surmise was his version of that Gene Simmons guy from KISS ... They quickly went to BLANK and then a commercial ... I wonder if any techos can get copies of this TONGUE WAGGING ... It was hilarious."