IN OTHER NEWS:
Construction starts on the Nicaragua Canal | NBC News
Coming soon to a History Channel near you, the Central American Canal Wars!
SB Nation's best longforms of 2014 | SB Nation
All sorts of goodies in there.
Whoa, what's happening in Dortmund? | SB Nation
A look at the relegation-threatened, Champions League Round of 16 participants.
The unplanned Christmas tree | FloorCookies
My mother wrote this. It's about a tree. It's quite a lovely story.
FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
14.05: Premier League International Cup: Chelsea U21 vs. Norwich City U21 (hey, that's us)