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geno smith signs with giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Giants are giving former Jets quarterback Geno Smith a chance to learn from Eli Manning. The team on Monday announced it signed Smith and cornerback Valentino Blake, who also excels on special teams.

A second-round draft choice out of West Virginia in 2013, Smith, 26, has been a bust after a good rookie season. He missed most of last season after surgery for an ACL injury in October.

"Geno has a great, positive attitude, and he's looking forward to learning and competing in our QB room," general manager Jerry Reese said.

Smith believes he can learn from Manning and develop under coach Ben McAdoo and quarterbacks coach Frank Cignetti.

"I think it will work out tremendously for me," Smith said. "And it's also an opportunity to be on a real good team, a winning team, get healthy — it's just a perfect scenario for me. I couldn't have written it up any better myself."

The Giants signed backup Josh Johnson, a former Buc, last week. Ryan Nassib is a free agent.

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Raiders sign former FSU, Gator standouts

The Raiders signed former FSU quarterback EJ Manuel as a backup and former UF linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Manuel was picked 16th overall by Buffalo in 2013, but started just 17 games in four seasons. Jenkins started 34 games with Miami the past four years. He will compete to fill the void of departed free agent Malcolm Smith. … The Steelers bolstered their depth behind running back Le'Veon Bell, signing former Chief Knile Davis to a one-year contract. … The Browns signed free agent kicker Brett Maher to compete with Cody Parkey. Maher spent the past three seasons in the Canadian Football League.

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Kerber surpasses Serena for top ranking

Angelique Kerber took overt No. 1 in the WTA rankings, claiming the spot from Serena Williams. Williams won the Australian Open in January and hasn't played since because of an injured left knee. She will miss the Miami Open that begins today. Also missing the Miami Open with injuries are Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Rafael Nadal, who has never won the tournament, and Roger Federer are on opposite sides of the draw. Federer won the BNP Paribas Open title Sunday in Indian Wells, Calif.

ET CETERA

soccer: U.S. forward Bobby Wood pulled out of World Cup qualifiers against Honduras in San Jose, Calif. on Friday and at Panama on Tuesday due to back problems. Wood aggravated his sore back in Hamburger SV's match in the Bundesliga on Saturday. … Real Salt Lake of the MLS fired coach Jeff Cassar. Director of goalkeeping Daryl Shore is the interim coach. Real Salt Lake is 0-2-1, and winless in its past 10 matches dating to the 2016 season. … Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was voted the Czech Republic footballer of the year for a record ninth time. ... Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, 29, the youngest coach in the Bundesliga, was named the German federation's coach of the year for 2016.

MMA: The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was found guilty of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend. Nevada jurors deadlocked on two attempted-murder counts against Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, 35, but convicted him of 29 felonies.

college football: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will practice this spring as the program assesses the fallout from his arrest last month. Mayfield was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting arrest in Arkansas.

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Sports in brief 03/20/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 11:30am]
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