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Giants and Manning discuss the future...Colts center expects to play...Washington’s Rapp declares for NFL draft

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 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 tomorrow.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly expects to play in Saturday’s wild-card round game at Houston. Kelly practiced today after sitting out Sunday’s regular-season finale with a stinger. He also missed three games earlier this season with a sprained medical collateral ligament and now wears a brace to protect his left knee.

SEATTLE (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. Rapp’s decision was expected after he received a high evaluation from the NFL College Advisory Committee. He is expected to be an early-round selection. Rapp didn’t play in the Rose Bowl due to a hip injury suffered in the Pac-12 championship game.

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have obtained a low-cost infield replacement, agreeing to a one-year contract with shortstop Troy Tulowitzki for the major league minimum $555,000. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations, who tells The Associated Press the deal is subject to a successful physical.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has decided to skip the All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest. 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 All-Star game is Jan. 26, and the Capitals don’t play again until Feb. 1 against Calgary. Ovechkin will serve an automatic one-game suspension, but it’s not clear when.

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