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Former New York Jets Nick Mangold announces retirement, will sign one-day contract with team

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By Eric Mollo

Allen Kee/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Nick Mangold wore one uniform during his eleven-year NFL career. He took a year off after the New York Jets released him following the 2016 season, and now, he will retire a Jet.

Mangold announced his retirement on Twitter Tuesday morning, saying he will sign a one-day deal with the team on April 24.

Mangold, 34, had a decorated run as a Jet and was often regarded as one of the NFL’s top centers during his playing days. He made the Pro Bowl seven times and was named a first-team All Pro twice.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Mangold said:

“Everything that happened from pee-wee football to high school football to having the good fortune to play at The Ohio State University molded me for my opportunity to play for the New York Jets… In my 11 years as a Jet, there were plenty of ups and downs but, through it all, I wanted to be the Steady Eddie… My biggest regret is not bringing the Lombardi Trophy to New York but, as I retire, I will continue my efforts to bring the Trophy home in a different capacity. I have no idea what that capacity is but I’m sure I will figure something out in the future.”

Drafted in the first round in 2006, Mangold played in 164 games, missing the last eight of his final season in 2016 due to injury.

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Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant suggests interest in playing for former division rival New York Giants

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Scott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant expressed interest in continuing his career playing for a team in the NFC East division. One team that appeals to the former All-Pro: the New York Giants.

Speaking with 247Sports.com, Bryant called the prospect of playing for the Giants “crazy,” pointing to the team’s talent on offense and defense:

“The Giants got a helluva defense… They’re going to pay OBJ [Odell Beckham Jr.], so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [Shepard] … the tight end [Evan Engram], [Eli] Manning? Crazy. … That’d be crazy.”

Bryant also told 247Sports.com it would “be fun” to play for the Los Angeles Rams after they reached the playoffs last season for the first time in twelve seasons.

Bryant was released by the Cowboys last week after playing eight season for the team. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010 and made three Pro Bowls during his time in Dallas.

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Boston Marathon winner on slowing down for teammate: 'There was a ton of American pride on the line'

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Boston Marathon winner Desiree Linden said the moment she slowed down to wait for a fellow U.S. runner was actually a “turning point” for her in the race — and actually prevented her from dropping out of the grueling race.

“We closed the gap and we were back in it,” Linden said today on “Good Morning America” of teammate Shalane Flanagan. “So it was a great turning point for me and kept Shalane in it and gave us a chance.”

Flanagan, the 2018 New York City Marathon champion, took an unexpected bathroom break about one hour into Monday’s 26.2 mile race.

Instead of speeding ahead, Linden slowed down so she could help Flanagan back into the leaders’ pack.

“She talked about it and said, ‘Hey, I’m going to jump in there,’ and I said, ‘I’ll try and help you back and block the wind,’” she said, referring to position herself between Flanagan and the strong gusts. “I had offered before and I still wasn’t feeling great.”

Linden — a two-time Olympian and now first-time Boston Marathon winner –- actually told Flanagan early on in the race that she thought she would not finish.

As the race began Monday in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the temperature was 40 degrees with a wind chill of 29 degrees, and wind gusts reached 30 mph.

“It was tough conditions and everyone was kind of hurting,” Linden said. “I thought early on that I might be pulling the plug, so I just kind nudged her and said, ‘Hey, if I can block the wind or help at all, let me know.'”

“There was a ton of American pride on the line so it was just keeping our best people in the front,” she added of why she helped Flanagan during the race. “I was just trying to do what I could do.”

Instead of dropping out of the elite marathon, Linden, of Michigan, easily won the race in 2 hours, 39 minutes and 54 seconds, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

Flanagan, a four-time Olympian, told “GMA” the race conditions were the “most brutal, gnarliest” conditions she’s ever faced in a competition.

She credited Linden with keeping her in the race. Flanagan, of Oregon, finished in seventh place with a time of 2 hours, 45 minutes and 52 seconds.

“I’m so happy she just stuck with it,” Flanagan said of Linden. “I think just kind of having each other and having a great American field fueled us to keep going.”

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Scoreboard roundup 4/17/18

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By Eric Mollo

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
N-Y Yankees 12, Miami 1

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 8, Texas 4
Oakland 8, Chi White Sox 1
Seattle 2, Houston 1
Baltimore at Boston 11:05 a.m., postponed
Kansas City at Toronto 7:07 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado 6, Pittsburgh 2
Washington 8, N-Y Mets 6
Atlanta 2, Philadelphia 1
Cincinnati 10, Milwaukee 4
L-A Dodgers 10, San Diego 3
St. Louis at Chi Cubs 7:05 p.m., postponed

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION PLAYOFFS
Miami 113, Philadelphia 103
Golden State 116, San Antonio 101

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS

Toronto 4, Boston 2
New Jersey 5, Tampa Bay 2
Colorado 5, Nashville 3
San Jose 8, Anaheim 1

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