February 04, 2014
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Manning's arm will continue to ... get stronger

Nearing 40 and with a good number of miles on him, many believe Peyton Manning next step is another one backward physically -- but not everyone. [Manning's] arm will continue to get stronger. ... I have written extensively about Peyton's triceps atrophy this season. Pictures demonstrated how bad Manning's muscle wasting truly was. This week, Peyton's arm strength was a hot topic on Radio Row and, as some predicted, there were a few errant throws that seemed to flutter during the Super Bowl. Broncos fans can rest assured that with more hard work, Manning will continue to recover his arm strength. I have referred to Manning's return as a medical marvel because most times the muscle strength doesn't return despite the hard work. In this case, we have documented significant recovery. (National Football Post) Comment

Lakers seek (Phoenix?) picks for Gasol

The Lakers have hit the road this week, taking off Monday for a three-game trip without the injured Pau Gasol -- but will he still be in Los Angeles when the team returns? The Lakers and Phoenix Suns have engaged in trade talks for Gasol, though there is one main holdup to a deal being consummated. The Lakers want a better first-round pick than what the Suns currently offer. The Suns (29-18) are surprisingly good this season, making their draft pick correspondingly low (23rd overall). They own at least one other pick in the NBA draft in June, Indiana's first-round selection, currently 30th overall. ... A trade could still happen with the Suns between now and the Feb.20 trade deadline, but the Lakers planned to field other offers for Gasol, according to an official familiar with the situation. (Los Angeles Times) Comment

Jets GM out to follow Super blueprint

Forgive Jets general manager John Idzik for his rooting interest in the Super Bowl. [Idzik] spent six seasons in the Seattle front office before becoming the Jets general manager in 2013. For Idzik, this is not only seeing some old friends hoist the Lombardi Trophy, but a validation of the work and philosophy of the Seahawks front office. Now, maybe that philosophy can have the same success with the Jets. This offseason is a critical one for the team and it will be a glimpse into how Idzik views team building. The Jets are expected to have $40 million in salary-cap space and possibly 12 draft picks. Idzik spoke last week about what he saw in Seattle from general manager John Schneider. The Seahawks did not chase many big-name free agents. Instead, they built the team mainly through the draft. (New York Post) Comment

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy and Blue Jackets right wing Cam Atkinson battle for the puck Monday. Columbus won the game 4-2. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Must-See Video

How good was Seattle's defense against Denver? Boomer Esiason says it was the best in Super Bowl history.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: Larry Bird
  • 1932 -- The first Winter Olympics held in the U.S. are opened in Lake Placid, N.Y., by the state's governor, Franklin D. Roosevelt.
  • 1969 -- The Raiders hire John Madden as their head coach, making him the youngest head coach in professional sports.
  • 1993 -- The Celtics retire Larry Bird's No. 33.
  • 2007 -- The Colts beat the Bears 29-17 to win Super Bowl XLI, giving Peyton Manning his first title.

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