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The Daily Hilario: More Champions League, more Olympics

Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans. Now with added Arsenal, Bayern Munich, and Mario Balotelli.


If we learned one thing yesterday, it's that nobody, and I mean nobody, is better than Chelsea at playing against Barcelona with 10 men. And they say we ain't got no history...

More excellent olympic hockey on tap today as well, namely all four quarterfinals. Team USA play at noon EST, taking on the Czechs who unsurprisingly dismissed lackluster Slovakia yesterday. Finland vs. Russia should be a good one as well (Tuuuuuuuuukkaaaaa repping DP's All-Stars), while Canada and Sweden have easy matchups in Latvia (surprise!) and Slovenia, respectively.

BREAKING NEWS: Ted Ligety finally showed up and just destroyed the GS course in his first run.

In other news...

Does a player flop because he was mishandled, or had scouts simply been wrong about him in the first place? | ESPN
This one's technically about player development and analytics in baseball (specifically, the Anaheim Angels), but the concepts on discussion translate across all sports. Well worth your read.

What it's like to just miss an Olympic medal | NY Times
A wonderful little feature from the NYT about what it's like to finish fourth on the biggest international sports stage.

Just like Lampard's World Cup goal not given, it takes an egregious event to spur change | SB Nation
The IIHF will change their 'dislodged net' rule to match the NHL's after the disallowed goal for Russia against the USA.

Mass-start biathlon is hilarious, awesome, and is contested by cadres of Jason Bournes | SB Nation
A photo finish after 15km of skiing, shooting, surviving. Amazing.

ZLATAN | Deadspin

FOOTBALL (all times GMT):
19.45: Championship, 5th vs. 1st: Nottingham Forest vs. Leicester City
19.45: Champions League, round of 16, first leg: Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich
19.45: Champions League, round of 16, first leg: AC Milan vs. Atlético Madrid

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