Mariota is AP Player of the Year...Peavy, Giants have deal...NFL moves start times

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UNDATED (AP) — Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH'-tuh) is The Associated Press college football player of the year receiving 49 of the 54 votes submitted by the AP Top 25 media panel. The Heisman Trophy winner easily outdistanced Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. Mariota set a Pac-12 record by accounting for 53 touchdowns and is highest rated passer in the country, throwing for 3,783 yards and just two interceptions.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) and the San Francisco Giants have finalized a $24 million, two-year contract, that was agreed to last week. After beginning 1-9 with Boston, the 33-year old Peavy went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA in 12 starts for San Francisco, helping the Giants to their third World Series title in five years.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reliever Jordan Walden and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $6.6 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. The 27-year old was acquired in a trade with Atlanta last month. He was 0-2 with a 2.88 ERA and three saves as a setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel last season.

NEW YORK (AP) — The division-deciding games at Green Bay and Atlanta will be played late Sunday afternoon. The NFL moved the Lions-Packers game for the NFC North to 4:25 p.m. EST. It also put the Panthers-Falcons game for the NFC South crown in that time slot.

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns have signed veteran quarterback Tyler Thigpen to help them get through their season finale at Baltimore. With quarterbacks Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') and Brian Hoyer injured, the Browns will likely start rookie Connor Shaw against the Ravens with Thigpen backing him up. Thigpen knows Cleveland's offense after spending time with them during training camp this summer.

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