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NEW YORK (AP) — Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has appealed the one-game suspension he received from the NFL yesterday for his conduct during Sunday's game against Carolina, when he drew three personal foul penalties. Beckham and Panthers cornerback Josh Norman tangled from the beginning of the Panthers' 38-35 victory. At one point, Beckham delivered a diving helmet-to-helmet, blindside hit on Norman while blocking.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu (TY'-rahn MATH'-yoo) is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee after intercepting a pass in the closing moments of Sunday night's win over Philadelphia. It's the second serious knee injury for Mathieu, who hurt his left knee two seasons ago. The "Honey Badger" was having an outstanding season and was the NFC defensive player of the month for November.
MIAMI (AP) — Brandon Doughty passed for 461 yards and three touchdowns in leading No. 25 Western Kentucky to a 45-35 win over South Florida in the Miami Beach Bowl this afternoon. Anthony Wales rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns, including a 42-yarder with 5:05 left. The Hilltoppers trailed by 14 before earning their sixth straight win and ending the season 12-2.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Jim McElwain says that running back Kelvin Taylor, receiver Demarcus Robinson and defensive end Alex McCalister have decided to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. They join All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who declared his intentions to turn pro after the SEC championship game earlier this month. The decisions mean the 19th-ranked Gators will lose their leading rusher, leading receiver, best defensive back and one of their top pass rushers from this season.
UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State, Kansas and Oklahoma hold the top three spots in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week. The 12-0 Spartans received 64 of 65 first-place votes after scoring a 20-point win over Northeastern in their only game last week. Maryland and Virginia round out the top five and are followed by Xavier, North Carolina, Arizona, Butler and Providence.