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January 18, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — A record number of college football players are bypassing their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27 draft. Another 32 players have graduated but still have college eligibility. Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins have made their intentions known.

DALLAS (AP) — Scott Linehan is out as offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys. The news comes only days after coach Jason Garrett sent mixed messages about the oft-criticized assistant’s future. Garrett said in a statement released by the team today that he and Linehan had some open discussions this week and mutually agreed that a change was needed after five seasons.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) —Closer Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The deal, first reported by The Athletic, includes $2.5 million in available bonuses. Allen, a 30-year-old right-hander, had spent his entire career with the Cleveland Indians and is the franchise’s leader in saves with 149. But he struggled last season.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia can earn up to $6 million as part of his one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is guaranteed $3.5 million this season and can earn $2.5 million based on plate appearances. Garcia is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. He hit a career-high 19 home runs last season but slumped to .236 with 49 RBIs in 93 games. He hit a career-best .330 with 18 homers and 80 RBIs in 136 games in 2017.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Brooke Henderson of Canada played bogey free today on her way to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead in the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions, the winners-only start to the LPGA Tour season. Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE’-uh juh-TAN’-uh-garn) hit shots all over Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons and was not sure how she managed a 67. But it left her two shots behind and tied for second with Lydia Ko (68) and Eun-Hee Ji (69).

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