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Manning era with Giants may end ugly

Posted 11/29/17

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eli Manning era with the New York Giants may be coming to an end.

And if it is, it is ending ugly.

The Giants announced Tuesday that the two-time Super Bowl MVP was being benched for the first time in more than 13 …

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Manning era with Giants may end ugly

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eli Manning era with the New York Giants may be coming to an end.

And if it is, it is ending ugly.

The Giants announced Tuesday that the two-time Super Bowl MVP was being benched for the first time in more than 13 years so they could evaluate the other quarterbacks on the roster over the final month of a lost-and-injury-filled season.

The decision to sit the 36-year-old Manning was totally unexpected, especially with five games left in the regular season.

It was clear the decision hurt and annoyed Manning, who has been the face of the Giants (2-9) since they made a bold draft day trade with the-then San Diego Chargers in 2004 to swap first-round picks and get the No. 1 overall selection to the Meadowlands.

Florida's Mullen fires Shannon

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Dan Mullen's first official day on the job included numerous staff changes.

Mullen dismissed defensive coordinator Randy Shannon and five other assistants Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Shannon had two years remaining on his contract that paid him $890,000 annually.

So the Gators will end up with four head coaches on the payroll in the future: Shannon, who was the former interim coach, as well as Mullen, Jim McElwain and Will Muschamp.

Florida has one payment remaining to Muschamp: $787,500 in 2018.

YAS Spartans seek support for championship game trip

The Youth Athletics of Sumter Spartans Pee Wee football team is seeking financial support and sponsors from the community to play in the Pop Warner National Championship to be held Dec. 1-9 at Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

The team has set up a GOFUNDME page at https://www.gofundme.com/sumter-pee-wee-road-to-disney.

Prior to going to Orlando, the Spartans will travel to Virginia Beach, Va., to play the Cleveland Rams from Clayton, N.C., in the region championship game on Saturday.

For more information, contact Ivan Sanders at (803) 464-8453.

Memphis fires Fizdale

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace says the overall product is why Memphis fired coach David Fizdale, not the decision to bench star center Marc Gasol for an entire quarter of the team's eighth straight loss.

Wallace also defended Gasol against criticism saying the center a "coach killer."

"There were bigger trends than just the relationship between the two of them," Wallace said Tuesday. "It just hasn't been going well for us after a good start. . And there was no indication that it was going to change magically any time soon."

The Grizzlies unexpectedly fired Fizdale on Monday , the coach hired away from his assistant's job with the Miami Heat with great fanfare in May 2016. But the Grizzlies are mired in their longest skid since 2009 and 7-12 overall after starting the season 5-1.

UCLA players working out on own

LOS ANGELES - UCLA's three suspended basketball players are working out on their own while they await a final decision on whether they'll be allowed to play for the Bruins this season.

Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that he doesn't think "we're talking about months" regarding a timetable to decide the fate of freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, all of whom were detained for shoplifting in China earlier this month.

As part of their indefinite suspensions, the players aren't allowed to suit up, practice or travel with the Bruins, who are 5-1 and dropped out of the Top 25 this week. Ball, Hill and Riley publicly apologized for their transgression while reading prepared statements at a campus news conference on Nov. 15.