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Giants GM talks with veteran QB... More college players declare for NFL draft... Source: Tulowitzki signs with Yankees

January 2, 2019

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Giants general manager Dave Gettleman says he and two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning have had a no-holds barred conversion about the longtime quarterback’s future with the team. Gettleman wouldn’t say whether Manning will be back for a 16th season, or whether his $23 million salary cap hit will play a role in the decision. Manning turns 38 on Thursday.

UNDATED (AP) — Washington safety Taylor Rapp has declared for the NFL draft, giving up his final year of eligibility after being a second-team AP All-America selection. Among others leaving school early to enter the NFL draft are Florida linebacker Vosean Joseph, Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown, Michigan cornerback David Long.

WASHINGTON (AP) —Alex Ovechkin has decided to skip the All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and will serve an automatic one-game suspension. The Washington Capitals say the league’s leading goal-scorer wants to take advantage of the adjoining bye week to prepare for the second half of the season. The NHL recently instituted an automatic one-game suspension for players who chose not to participate in All-Star Weekend.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. Tulowitzki idolized retired Yankees captain Derek Jeter and has worn No. 2 in his honor. He could take over at shortstop while Didi Gregorius recovers from Tommy John surgery last October.

NEW YORK (AP) — Former University of Southern California assistant basketball coach Tony Bland has pleaded guilty in a criminal case in which prosecutors said bribes were paid to steer top athletes to certain schools. Bland pleaded guilty today in Manhattan federal court to a single count of conspiracy to commit bribery. He was among four assistant coaches charged in the September 2017 crackdown on college basketball recruiting corruption.

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