The morning links, unseasonably mild:
Cuba loses to the Dominican Republic, but it's once again the anti-Castro messages in the stands and the sky that overshadow the day. Meantime, David Ortiz hits the ball out of the park and Venezuela wins, and South Korea beats up on the U.S. -- the Americans might be eliminated from the semifinals before they play their next game -- as the World Limited Overs Baseball Classic rolls on.
LotN, NHL: Jonathan Cheechoo's three goals (including one shorthanded, and a bit of everything else) help the Sharks beat L.A.
LotN, NBA: Chris Kaman goes wild with 24 and 23 (8 and 9 in the fourth quarter alone; and don't forget the three blocks and four steals) as the Clippers beat the T-Pups.
Chelsea will get Michael Ballack, and Jose Mourinho says that Ballack and Frank Lampard will form a "dream pair". And although I reckon it won't end the speculation that the two can't co-exist -- I'm not at all convinced they can, or even will get the chance to end the argument -- according to this report, Barcelona isn't interested in acquiring Lampard. (For more on the Ordinary One, and an ironic, to be sure, "I'm Not the Best Coach in the World" headline, go here).
And a video bonus: This is athletic. (Thanks to Cathal for the link; and isn't that Ryerson in the background of one clip?).