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Cardinals lose Mathieu...Swinney win coaching honors...Rockies, Ottavino work out deal

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 21, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.



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TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — NFC West champ Arizona has lost safety Tyrann Mathieu for the season with a torn ACL. He injured his right knee in the closing moments of last night's win over Philadelphia after intercepting a pass. The "Honey Badger" was having an outstanding season and was the NFC defensive player of the month for November.

UNDATED (AP) — Clemson's Dabo Swinney is The Associated Press college football coach of the year after leading the top-ranked Tigers to an unbeaten regular season and the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. Swinney received 35 of 60 votes from the AP Top 25 media panel. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz was second with 10, while Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Houston's Tom Herman each received five votes.

DENVER (AP) — Right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino and Colorado have agreed to a $10.4 million, three-year contract. The 30-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May and the Rockies hope to have him back sometime around the All-Star break.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong is guaranteed $2 million in his one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and can earn $3.1 million more in performance bonuses. The 38-year-old right-hander went 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA this year in 22 starts and 11 relief appearances for the Giants.

MIAMI (AP) — South Florida coach Willie Taggart led the Bulls into today's Miami Beach Bowl against No. 25 Western Kentucky armed with a new three-year contract extension through the 2020 season. Taggart guided 8-4 USF to its first post-season game since 2010 on the strength of seven wins in their last eight games.

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