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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Red Sox bust the block

A wild baseball weekend is shaping up: the Boston Red Sox are about to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the San Diego Padres for a package of prospects. Helluva move when you don't touch your major league roster and pick up that kind of player. And then there are the New York Yankees: about to re-sign Derek Jeter for $19 million a year and three years, and you know how I feel about that, so a bit more of a response would be nice. Word is they're looking at inking Carl Crawford and dealing one of Nick Swisher or Brett Gardner is a good start, and the Cliff Lee chase is heating up. The Texas Rangers are also chasing Lee and looking at dealing for Zach Greinke, 2009's AL Cy Young award winner.

Qatar are going to build a 46,000 capacity stadium in a town with a population of 5,400.  Sometimes the jokes come without saying them.

How valuable is Dion Phaneuf to the Toronto Maple Leafs? Leafs have lost just 15 of 37 games he's played in regulation.  On the downside, they've won just 3 of 13 without him.

In English Premier League action, leaders Manchester United were to visit Blackpool, but the game has been postponed after a run of bad weather. The game of the day should be fourth place Manchester City hosting surprising sixth place Bolton, but a lot of interest in seeing whether Chelsea starts pulling it together in a month where they'll face United and Arsenal on back to back weekends. They're hosting Everton today.

The Ultimate Finale goes tonight from The Palms in Las Vegas. Michael Johnson faces Jonathan Brookins for a UFC contract at 155lb. I think Brookins has more game overall, and a bigger gas tank, and wins this one.  Catch it - free - on Rogers SportsNet Ontario at 8:30pm (Eastern).

Jayson Stark says that after Cliff Lee and - gasp! - Carl Pavano, the list of available free agent pitchers turns into gambles and reclamation projects.  Stark quotes a pair of baseball execs who laugh at the suggestion Lee is going anywhere but to the YankeesKen Rosenthal says the Rangers would be better off losing out on Lee.

Red Nation Online says that Toronto FC are in a solid salary cap position for a New York Red Bull-style reload for 2011.  Forgive me if I'm taking a firm "I'll see it when I believe it" approach.

Until winning its World Cup bid for 2022, here's what 113th ranked Qatar was best known for, a moment that came just weeks ago.

Everything you needed to know about Hip Hop.  Awesome.
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