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Morning roundup: Giants' Eli Manning retires after 16 seasons, 2 Super Bowls

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement on Friday. Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011. [AP Photo/Adam Hunger]
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement on Friday. Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl titles in 2007 and 2011. [AP Photo/Adam Hunger]

Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic church case

The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis.

Attorneys for about two dozen men suing the church say in court filings that the 276 documents they obtained through discovery show that the NFL team, whose owner is devoutly Catholic, aided the Archdiocese of New Orleans in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”

“Obviously, the Saints should not be in the business of assisting the Archdiocese, and the Saints' public relations team is not in the business of managing the public relations of criminals engaged in pedophilia," the attorneys wrote in a court filing. "The Saints realize that if the documents at issue are made public, this professional sports organization also will be smearing itself."

The Saints organization and its attorneys emphatically disputed any suggestion that the team helped the church cover up crimes. In a statement Friday, the Saints said the archdiocese sought its advice on how to handle media attention that would come from its 2018 release of its list of more than 50 clergy members “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

Giants: In a roughly seven-minute speech touched with a little humor and almost no emotion, 39-year-old Eli Manning officially ended his career Friday at a packed news conference surrounded by his family, friends and former teammates and coaches.

Arrest: Free agent Antonio Brown was released on bail Friday after a night in a Florida jail, where he turned himself in to face charges that he and his trainer attacked the driver of a moving truck that carried some of his possessions from California.

TENNIS

Gauff upsets Osaka; Serena Williams ousted

Coco Gauff, ranked No. 67, took the latest step in her quick progression, becoming the youngest player in the professional era to eliminate the defending women's champion at the Australian Open, beating former No. 1 Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4, top advance to the fourth round. Gauff is just 15.

Serena Williams, 38, faltered down the stretch for her earliest exit at Melbourne Park in 14 years, a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-5 loss to 27th-seeded Wang Qiang of China. It pushed Williams' gap between Slam trophies to three years.

Roger Federer pulled out a victory, pushing back from way down in the final-set tiebreaker, grabbing the last six points and getting to the fourth round at Melbourne Park by edging John Millman 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (8).

MLB

Keuchel apologizes for Astros' sign-stealing

Former Tulsa Kelley pitcher Dallas Keuchel has become the first member of the 2017 Houston Astros to offer a public apology for the team's sign-stealing scheme during their run to the World Series championship.

Speaking Friday at the fan convention for the Chicago White Sox, who signed the left-hander to a $55.5 million, three-year contract in December, Keuchel said he felt what happened was blown out of proportion, but he was sorry.

"I'm not going to go into specific detail, but during the course of the playoffs in `17, everybody was using multiple signs," Keuchel said, "I mean, for factual purposes, when there's nobody on base, when in the history of major league baseball has there been multiple signs?

"It's just what the state of baseball was at that point and time," the former AL Cy Young Award winner said. "Was it against the rules? Yes it was, and I personally am sorry for what's come about, the whole situation."

Mets: Luis Rojas began his tenure as manager of the New York Mets by thanking his famous father, Felipe Alou.

Rojas was introduced by the Mets on Friday as the replacement for Carlos Beltran, whose tenure was cut short last week after just 84 days.

Felipe Alou was a three-time All-Star who managed Montreal for 10 seasons and San Francisco for four. Rojas had been the Mets quality control coach last year and was elevated after the newly hired Beltran was implicated for his role as a player in 2017 in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.

Elsewhere

LSU: Coach Ed Orgeron agreed to a new contract extension worth more than $7 million annually and runs through the 2026 season, the university announced on Friday.

LPGA: Madelene Sagstrom birdied seven of the first nine holes and shot a 10-under 62 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Raton, Florida.

PGA: Ryan Palmer had a round as magnificent as the weather at Torrey Pines, making 11 birdies for a 10-under 62 on the North Course in San Diego to build a two-shot lead over Brandt Snedeker in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Wire reports

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