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Former Giants punter Dave Jennings, 61

Former New York Giants punter and radio analyst Dave Jennings has died. He was 61. The Giants announced that Jennings died at his home in Upper Saddle River yesterday morning. The most prolific punter in franchise history, Jennings had battled Parkinson’s disease, a chronic degenerative neurological disorder, since 1996. Jennings played for the Giants from 1974 to ‘84. He holds the franchise records for punts (931, or 405 more than second-place Sean Landeta‏) and yards ‏(38,792). A four-time Pro Bowl selection, he punted a career-high 104 times in 1979, which was the Giants’ record until Brad Maynard had 111 punts in 1997. ‏(AP‏)

Woods to rest elbow, skip AT&T National

Tiger Woods’ sore left elbow will keep him out of competition until the British Open. Woods says on his website that he had his left elbow checked out when he returned home from the U.S. Open at Merion. He says doctors found a strain to his left elbow and advised him to take a few weeks off for rest and treatment. He will not be playing the AT&T National next week at Congressional, which benefits his foundation. Woods is the defending champion at that tournament. The British Open will be held from July 18 to 21 at Muirfield. ‏(AP‏)

Astros sign No. 1 overall pick

The Houston Astros say they have signed right-handed pitcher Mark Appel of Stanford, the No. 1 overall draft pick earlier this month. Terms were not disclosed yesterday ahead of a news conference with the hurler. The 21-year-old Appel is an Astros fan who grew up in West Houston before moving to California at the age of 12. ‏(AP‏)