Champions League play resumes again today with another pair of games, two more going tomorrow, to round out the quarter-finalists. Manchester United host Olympique Marseille after they played a stale 0-0 draw at home, while Bayern Munich host defending champion Inter Milan with Inter on the ropes after a 1-0 home loss meaning they've got to win to advance. Both games are 3:45 kickoffs with the North American time change, Setanta's got Man U/Marseille and TSN is carrying the Bayern/Inter tilt. I'm hammering Man U at -1 +109.
Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports says that the Seattle Mariners would be wise to deal Felix Hernandez to the New York Yankees, especially if they can pull a package of Jesus Montero, one of Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova and another prospect. It'd be a tonne to give up, but makes a lot of sense for both teams.
The MLS season is about to kick off tonight, with the Seattle Sounders hosting LA Galaxy at what will be a rocking Q-West Field. GolTV Canada has coverage here. Nigel Reed looks at the Easter Conference here, while Jason DeVos previews the West. SI.com busts out 10 potential break-out players for 2011.
Not sure what it means for his status the rest of this season, but good to hear that Sidney Crosby was at least back on skates for the first time since his concussion(s) in early January.
Check out the funniest sports headline fails, in pictures.
Fascinating interview with former WWE star Chris Nowinski with The Sports Guy on concussions. Nowinski - Harvard educated - has become a champion for concussion research after getting his bell rung in the ring one time too many. Interesting to hear that soccer players have as high a concussion rate as pro-football players (gridiron varietal). Never would have thought, and while I've played for decades, only a couple times do I remember (okay, that sounds funny) ever feeling foggy, and one was after landing on my head when a guy cut under me while in the air. Bill Simmons mentioned that Malcolm Gladwell - author and big thinker - said pro football will be dead in 30 years because sideline technology will be able to instantly diagnose head injuries among kids, and parents will pull their kids out of the game. Interesting.
The next round of Colin Cowherd's Rock Band tourney is on and has some juicy matchups. The Doors vs. The Eagles is not one of them. Hate both, the Doors slightly less so. Torn on Van Halen vs. Guns N Roses, it must be said. Thinking VH for sheer longevity and depth of work, and they're leading 51%-49% at the moment. If the vote were for bigger circus, which band wins?
What is more shocking: a WNBAer gets off Tweets about the earthquake in Japan being essentially karma at work for Pearl Harbor, or that anyone noticed what a WNBAer tweeted at all?
Barcelona star Lionel Messi took a shot to the knee on the weekend and his status is up in the air. Talk about a potential game changer in the Spanish and European soccer landscape down the stretch run.
Pittsburgh Penguins owner Mario Lemieux is suggesting in a letter that team fines might be a deterrent to players crimes on the ice. To his credit, Lemieux notes that his own team would have been heavily fined for a couple suspensions of its players, and says "we all have to take responsibility if we are going to improve the game.'"
Might Peyton Manning end up a free agent, and a New York Jet? Think we might all get a little tired of the "Mannings Take Manhatten" stories? I really should trademark that name right now.
Foo Fighters have a movie debuting today at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. Here's a preview.
Not sure if I've ever seen a faster goal in soccer history than this one. Or, Goalie Fail.
Epic Meal Time, Deleted Scenes - Part 2.