By Sam Page
February 29, 2016

Obligatory Curry

Today's edition is for the hockey fans. But first we have to get this pesky Stephen Curry domination from the weekend out of the way. Boy if you didn't see that Thunder-Warriors game Saturday, you seriously missed out. Enjoy the game-winner:

And here's the shot in NBA 2K form

(Another) Staal to the Rangers

Carolina traded captain Eric Staal on Sunday for two second-round picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela (Carolina will also retain 50% of Staal's salary in the deal). As a result, Staal will no longer get to play with brother Jordan. He will, however, now get to play with his brother Marc, a defenseman for New York.

Speaking of Rangers defensemen...how does this happen?

Kris Versteeg traded...again

The Hurricanes also traded Kris Versteeg, who goes to the Kings for prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional draft pick. You may remember Versteeg from previous trades. He was traded from Toronto to Philly (2011), from Philly to Florida (2011), from Florida to Chicago (2013), and from Chicago to Carolina (2015). 

Other deals...

Buzzer beater of the day

Today's Peanuts

(Photo credit: Karl DeBlaker/NHLI/Getty Images)

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faces reporters before a scheduled NFL football practice, in Foxborough, Mass. Tom Brady reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Patriots. The dea
Steven Senne, File

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Tom Brady reportedly has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the New England Patriots.

The deal will significantly lessen Brady's salary cap hit for 2016, which would have been about $15 million. He was due to make $9 million next season, plus a $6 million bonus, and $10 million in salary in 2017.

Brady, 38, has often redone his contract to help the Patriots' cap situation. The four-time Super Bowl champion has said he plans to play well into his 40s. The extension would allow him to do so in New England.

The agreement was first reported by ESPN.

Brady also renegotiated his contract in 2013 to help reduce cap hits. New England was $13.6 million under the 2016 cap of $155.27 million before extending Brady.

Brady, of course, is an all-time great who could wind up the NFL's leader in many career passing categories. He's been to six Super Bowls and 10 AFC title games, including the last five.

Some would say he is underpaid for the position given the championship pedigree and his two league MVP awards to go with three Super Bowl MVPs. In 2015, his cap hit of $14 million ranked 14th in the league, behind the likes of Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler. He might not rank even that high in 2016.

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Peyton Manning has not yet announced whether he will retire after his 18th NFL season, but if he chooses to continue playing it will reportedly not be for the Denver Broncos.

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports reports the Broncos are planning on parting ways with the 39-year-old quarterback. As the team’s front office calculates how much money it can spend on off-season contract negotiations without hitting the salary cap, it is reportedly not counting Manning’s $19 million salary against that number.

On Saturday, Woody Paige of The Denver Post reported Manning was expected to make a decision on his NFL future within a week, and that he was likely to choose retirement. His 2016 salary becomes guaranteed on March 9, setting an unofficial deadline for his announcement.

Paige reported it was “implausible” Manning would sign a one-year contract with another team.

NIESEN: Elway has excelled in building Broncos for life after Manning

Quarterback Brock Osweiler, who made seven starts in 2015 when Manning was injured, will become a free agent this off-season along with linebacker Von Miller and defensive tackle Malik Jackson. Getting Manning’s salary off the books will free up more money for the Broncos to spend on those players.

- Erin Flynn

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