Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fl.) -- Jaromir Jagr tied Phil Esposito for fifth on the all-time scoring list in NHL history on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
"I?watched many times this year the series between the Russians and Canada in 1972, and he was a dominating player there,"?Jagr said of Esposito. "After I watched the tapes, I respect him a lot more because he turned the series around. He was the guy. In that time, he was the best in the world. It’s a big honor for me to tie him."
At 10:24 into the first period, Jagr beat Lightning goalie Ben Bishop over his stick-side shoulder to score his 717th career goal.
Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Feb. 26 from the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks.
He now trails Marcel Dionne (731 goals) for fourth all-time.
Dustin Bradford/Getty Images(DENVER, Co.) -- The Denver Broncos will not allow their leading receiver of the past three seasons to see the light of free agency.
The Broncos are expected to use the franchise tag on Demaryius Thomas, according to the Denver Post. Furthermore, the team will use the "nonexclusive" tag, which means Thomas is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Broncos can match any offer or the signing team must compensate Denver with two first-round picks.
Under the franchise tag, Thomas is expected to be paid$12.797 million. Thomas had been receiving an average of $2.8 million per year under his rookie contract.
Thomas, 27, has caught at least 92 passes each of the last three seasons while totaling at least 1,400 yards through the air. He has also posted double-digit touchdowns in all three years. Last season, he set the Bronco's single-season record with 1,619 yards receiving.
Al Bello/Getty Images(OAKLAND) -- The Oakland Raiders made a gamble last year that LaMarr Woodley would bring a strong veteran presence to the middle of their defense.
It went bust. The Raiders are expected to cut Woodley this week, according to CSN Bay Area.
Woodley, 30, signed a two-year $12 million dollar contract with the Raiders after spending the first seven seasons of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, Woodley missed 10 games last season due to a biceps injury. Even when he did play, he failed to make an impact as he recorded five tackles for the 3-13 Raiders.
Oakland will likely have the second most cap space heading into free agency with over $60 million available. In addition, to comply with the CBA rules for minimum cash spending, the Raiders must spend at least $20 million dollars this season towards their salary cap.
(NEW YORK) -- The New York Rangers have completed a deal to acquire one of the top scoring defenseman in the NHL.
The Rangers have acquired Keith Yandle, as well as defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman John Moore, top prospect Anthony Duclair, a 2016 first-round pick, and a 2015 second-round pick.
Yandle has had two 50 point seasons in his career and recorded at least 30 points over the last seven seasons, including 41 so far this season.
The Coyotes will assume 50% of the salary remaining on Yandle’s contract. He has one year remaining on his deal; he's scheduled to make $5.75 million next season.
The Rangers are 38-17-6, 82 pts, sitting at 3rd in the Eastern Conference.
Rob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards will not be ready to pitch Opening Day for the team according to manager, Mike Scioscia.
Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in a week as he continues to make progress from August knee surgery. The Angels remain hopeful he could be pitching in games two or three weeks into the season.
"It's not going to be Opening Day, let's put it that way," Scioscia said Sunday. "He knows it, and it's great that he's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff's not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready. He's working very hard to be ready Opening Day, but he's not going to be ready Opening Day."
Before the injury, Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA in 28 starts for the team.
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- LeBron James missed two free throws with under five seconds remaining in overtime and James Harden missed his second one on purpose in the Rockets 105-103 win over Cleveland on Sunday.
Harden led the way with for Houston with 33 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
"That's a very good team over there," Harden told ABC after the game. "We were battling through injuries all season. We wanted to come out here and prove that we were a good team."
James, who finished with 37 points in the loss, could have given the Cavaliers the lead, but missed both free throws.
"There is no excuse. I missed free throws," James said. "I missed the two biggest ones of the game to put us up with seconds on the clock and I didn't come through. I failed my teammates."
The game featured some shoving from both sides and players scrambling on the court for loose balls, but James said that he wasn't bothered by it.
"It was old-school basketball," James said. "When you have two teams with the same aspirations and trying to get better every day, it can get like that."
Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys have informed the agent of Dez Bryant that the team will place the franchise tag on the All-Pro wide receiver, Vice President Stephen Jones confirmed.
The Cowboys have to notify the league by 4 p.m. ET Monday, which will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015. The Cowboys will not use the exclusive franchise tag on Bryant, but if a team wants to take Bryant away from the Cowboys, they would have to give up two first-round picks if Dallas decides to not match an offer sheet.
In five seasons with Dallas, Bryant has caught 381 passes for 5,424 yards and 56 touchdowns. No player in team history has more catches, yards or touchdowns than Bryant in the first five years of his career.
Jerry Markland/Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) -- The pressure is off Jimmie Johnson early this season after he took home the checkered flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
Johnson held off Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the second Sprint Cup race of the year.
"I'm just so excited that the guys — we have new guys — could understand what I was complaining about and the things I didn't like about my race car," said Johnson, who started 38th.
"This thing was just bad fast. I had a blast racing with the 4. He was awfully strong today. I think track position there at the end set things in place," Johnson continued. "We had the restart we needed to, cleared the 88 and off we went."
Johnson increased his chances of making the Chase this year with the win as well.
"Takes pressure off in some ways," Johnson said. "We don't have the questions of are you going to win this year. It's nice to dodge that."
Last weekend's Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano finished in fourth and was followed by Matt Kenseth.
“We raced hard," Logano said. "We raced up toward the front all day, just those Hendrick cars are fast."
"I did everything I could to maintain on restarts and being aggressive," Logano continued. "Overall we're still having a good start to the season."