From The Rundown



UM, IT LOOKS LIKE WE MADE CANADA ANGRY
And maybe Santa, too. (That can't be good.) After giving Germany the business (8-2 on Tuesday), Canada slobber-knocked Russia (7-3 last night). It's the first time they've beaten them in the Olympics in 50 years. In all, 14 of the 20 players on the Canadian roster had at least a point. Yet Sidney Crosby went without one, which is odd. But so did Alex Ovechkin, which is less odd, given the final score.

More from The Rundown, including the "D" in Big D, the throng at the 16th, and the tweet sounds of Ozzie Guillen, after the jump.

KOBE-STOPPER
The Mavs held Kobe Bryant to just 20 points last night, but that shouldn't surprise you. Because against Dallas this season, Kobe averaged just 16.3 points per game. In a four-game season series, that's his lowest against any team since the 13.5 he averaged against the Clippers in his first season as a full-time starter (see: 1998-99). And the fact that the Lakers lost last night shouldn't surprise you either. They end up splitting the season series with the Mavs 2-2. Against the top eight teams in the league this season, they're just 7-8. Against everybody else, they're 36-7.

THEIR FILL OF PHIL
One of the most famous, exciting, non-golf-like holes in all of golf is on full display this week at TPC Scottsdale. That would be the 162-yard, par-3 16th - the one that's completely surrounded by bleachers. And plenty of those bleacher bums love two things: cocktails and Phil Mickelson. He's won here twice (see: 1996, 2005) and played his college golf at Arizona State. And Lefty loves him some Scottsdale. The best round of his career came here in 2005 - the only 60 he's ever carded on Tour. (9:10 am ET)

"Let me start with this. That's why the world is all screwed up. I want to say (bleep) off, but I can't. All of a sudden we're worrying about something that is personal. I wanted to do something that is fun off the field. All of a sudden, they're making a big deal of this thing."
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