March 04, 2014
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Most coveted NHL trade target ...

If he hasn't already Ryan Kesler may want to consider packing for a move. Of all the names out there who could realistically be dealt by Wednesday's deadline, [Kesler] remains No. 1 on the most desired list. ... Bob McKenzie: We also know he's got the No. 1 highest price on the trade market right now of anybody. And that defined price is three significant components. No. 1, a 20 to 25-year-old established National Hockey League centre, who could immediately step into the lineup and fill much of the void created by the loss of Kesler. No. 2, a top-end prospect. Preferably a forward, but if it was a defenceman it would give the Canucks flexibility to trade one of their existing defenceman down the road. And No. 3, a first-round pick. (TSN) Comment

Contract problems loom for Peyton

The Broncos found out the good news on Peyton Manning's neck Monday -- though complications may be on the horizon in another form. Per a league source, the Broncos have yet to approach Manning about a possible restructuring. With a cap number of $17.5 million and a base salary of $15 million, the Broncos could easily create more than $9 million in cap space by converting $14 million of Peyton's salary to a signing bonus. The problem is that it would drive Peyton's 2015 and 2016 cap numbers from $21.5 million in each year to more than $26 million in each year. Unless Peyton is inclined to take less (right, wrong, or otherwise, he's never been inclined to do that), the Broncos need to figure out how to balance the remaining $53 million in cash and $60.5 million in cap dollars under the five-year deal Peyton signed nearly two years ago. (Pro Football Talk) Comment

Legend of Syndergaard growing

Big Noah Syndergaard has passed another big test with flying colors. If [Syndergaard] had jitters facing major league hitters for the first time, they didn't show over 30 pitches against the Braves on Monday. Over two shutout innings, the Mets' top pitching prospect allowed one hit and struck out two on a sun-splashed day at the Disney complex, where the Mets rallied for a 6-2 exhibition victory. The Braves were impressed. ... Syndergaard got Braves leadoff hitter Jason Heyward to swing and miss at a 98 mph heater for strike three, highlighting a 12-pitch first inning for the right-hander. Syndergaard surrendered a one-out single to Ryan Doumit in the second inning, but retired Tommy La Stella and Mark Hamilton to end his afternoon of work. "Today was a big test," manager Terry Collins said. (New York Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Yao Ming stands out at a political conference in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

Watch LeBron James explode for a career-high 61 points on the Bobcats last night.

Game To Watch

What will LeBron do for an encore? Find out when the Heat travel to Houston to face the Rockets, 8:00 p.m. ET.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Brooklyn Dodgers
  • 1984 -- Pee Wee Reese is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1989 -- Javier Sotomayor establishes a then-world record in the high jump (2.43m). He would break his own record years later.
  • 1996 -- Utah's John Stockton becomes first NBA player to collect 11,000 career assists.

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