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NEW YORK — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 NFL seasons, the team announced Wednesday, Jan. 22. "For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," co-owner, president and CEO John Mara said in a statement. "Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise's history.
Major League Baseball doesn't plan to force the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox to vacate their recent World Series titles, commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday. In an interview with Fox Business Network, Manfred said the sign-stealing scandal that has enveloped the Astros and implicated the Red Sox doesn't change anything. "I think the answer from our perspective is to be transparent about what the investigation showed and let our fans make their own decision about what happened," Manfred said.
Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday in balloting submitted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Jeter received votes on 396 of the 397 ballots, falling one vote short of joining former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera as a unanimous selection in balloting revealed on the MLB Network. Jeter, a shortstop, was named on 99.7% of the ballots. Walker, an outfielder, received 76.6% and was elected by six votes over the minimum. The requirement for induction is 75%.
The NFL will test an alternative to the onside kick during the Pro Bowl on Sunday. While kickoffs no longer are used in the exhibition game, the teams will have two options at their disposal after scoring on the previous drive.
ST. PAUL -- Florida's Noel Acciari chipped in the game-winning goal with 5.6 seconds left as the Panthers won for the first time ever in regulation at Minnesota, beating the Wild 5-4 on Monday night, Jan. 20. Mark Pysyk fired in a long shot in the closing seconds that Aaron Ekblad tipped and then Acciari redirected in for his 18th goal, giving Florida its season-high fifth consecutive victory.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Michael Porter Jr. had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, Nikola Jokic finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-100 in Minneapolis on Monday night, Jan. 20. Jerami Grant scored 19 points and Will Barton added 18 for Denver, which has won seven straight against the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Josh Okogie scored 16 and Andrew Wiggins 15 for Minnesota, which has lost six straight. Allen Crabbe had three points in his first game for the Timberwolves.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan had a simple explanation for his team's run-heavy approach in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. "If it is working, you stay with it," Shanahan said at the on-field podium. Raheem Mostert made the strategy pay off, as he rushed for a franchise-record 220 yards and scored four touchdowns, and the 49ers pummeled the Green Bay Packers on both sides of the ball to notch a 37-20 victory in the NFC title contest at Santa Clara, Calif.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Andrew Landry recovered from a few late mistakes and held off a spirited charge by Mexico's Abraham Ancer to win The American Express on Sunday, Jan. 19. Three straight bogeys on the back nine wiped out Landry's five-stroke lead, leaving him tied with Ancer as he approached the 17th tee, but he finished birdie-birdie to win by two. Landry shot 5-under 67 on the day, putting him at 26-under 262 for the tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Patrick Mahomes passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns while adding 53 yards and another score rushing Sunday, Jan. 19, as the Kansas City Chiefs advanced to their first Super Bowl in 50 years by downing the Tennessee Titans 35-24 at Kansas City, Mo. Mahomes rallied the Chiefs from a 10-point, first-half deficit to their eighth straight victory by going 23 of 35, while also rushing eight times. The win in the AFC Championship Game was the first in three appearances for Kansas City, which lost in overtime to New England at home last year.
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers used defense, rebounding and balanced scoring to move into a tie for second place in the Big 10 Conference on Sunday, Jan. 19, with a 64-56 win over visiting Minnesota. The Scarlet Knights (14-4, 5-2) held the Golden Gophers (10-8, 4-4) to 35.8% shooting from the field, including 9 of 28 from the 3-point line, and won the rebounding battle 45-35. That included 20 offensive caroms that were converted into 18 points.