• Bode Miller now has another sport in which he can fail indifferently. [The Big Picture]
• In defense of Manny Ramirez. [Boston Sports Media]
• Another excellent interview with Billy Beane at Athletics Nation. [Athletics Nation]
• In case you were curious about Tommy Lasorda's thoughts about Italy winning the World Cup. [Rebuilding Year]
• If you're up for some All-Star Game live-blogging, try here. [Mariner Housewife]
• In defense of ESPN's "social networking site. [FatMixx]
• The real reason Brad Penny is starting tonight. [The Big Lead]
• This is Joe Mauer's girlfriend. OK, a hot woman is one thing ... but Miss USA? Isn't that just pushing it? [Mr. Irrelevant]