By Sam Page
March 07, 2016

Peyton Manning retires

Broncos QB Peyton Manning announced his retirement today at a press conference. He leaves with NFL records in passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539), and SI Kids appearances (I think). He's also going out on top after winning his second Super Bowl, despite a regular season in which he battled injuries and lost his starting job to Brock Osweiler.

So let's remember Peyton Manning the best way we know how, with this sculpture of him that once appeared on our Gotta-Get-It Guide cover:

Look at little baby Eli!

The Lakers beat the Warriors?!?

When the Lakers (.190 winning percentage) took on the Warriors (.917) it looked liked the biggest give-away game of the NBA season. That was, until the Warriors shot 4–30 from three-point range and turned the ball over 20 times. Yup, L.A. beat Golden State and it wasn't even close: 112–95. Stephen Curry was ice cold from deep, going 1–10 on his threes, while Jordan Clarkson and DeAngelo Russell lead the way for the Lakers with 25 and 21 points, respectively. 

Unsurprisingly, it was the first time in NBA history that a sub-.200 winning percentage team beat a .900+ team. And yet somehow, the Warriors, at 55–6 are still one game ahead of pace for the all-time Bulls record of 72–10. The Spurs also still have a shot at 53–9.

Piggy-back dunk

Nice defense, James Harden

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Mascot jump world record jump #Burnie. You're welcome

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You owe him big-time!

Today's Peanuts

The New York Giants have reportedly informed wide receiver Victor Cruz that he will be cut unless he agrees to a pay cut, reports ESPN’s Ed Werder.

Negotiations on a new deal are underway, Werder reports.

The Giants are looking to avoid paying him $7.9 million in base salary with a $9.9 million salary cap hit, which is the second-most on the team behind quarterback Eli Manning. Cruz is signed with New York through the 2018 season after inking a five-year, $43 million deal in 2013.

The sports world reacts to news of Peyton Manning's retirement

Cruz missed the 2015 season as he tended to a calf injury and underwent surgery. He has not played since being sidelined by a patellar tendon injury in October 2014.

In 2011, Cruz posted a career-high 1,536 yards with nine touchdowns, but declined in the seasons that followed as he dealt with injuries.

NFL free agency will begin on Wednesday.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta is expected to miss two to three months after suffering a left thumb injury, according to KSDK.com. According to general manager John Mozeliak, Peralta may have sustained a ligament tear and could be facing surgery.

“The medical team feels like right now the news is not going to be good,” Mozeliak said during Monday’s spring training game broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest. “It looks like the [ulnar collateral ligament] has been compromised. From where we stand, he’ll get one more opinion on it tomorrow, hopefully, and then from there, we’ll make a decision what that next step looks like.”

Peralta sustained the injury Saturday while attempting to field a ground ball and has left the Cardinals' spring training compound in Jupiter, Fla., to be examined by team doctors in St. Louis. If he takes the excepted amount of time to recover, Peralta could be out well into the third month of the season.

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“I would speculate you’re looking at sometime in the middle of June, end of June when you could expect him to return,” Mozeliak said. “A lot of it is, of course, on how therapy goes, but the overall operation itself is not overly complicated.”

Peralta played in 155 games last season and was named to his third All-Star team. He finished the season batting .275 with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs.

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