Beckham appeal today...Cards get Leake...Mets snag an outfielder...Bulls lose Noah

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NEW YORK (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. will have the appeal of his one-game suspension heard today. The NFL says that former Washington and Philadelphia wide out James Thrash will be the hearing officer for the appeal by the New York Giants receiver. The league suspended Beckham for his conduct against Carolina Sunday, when he drew three personal foul penalties.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have filled a pitching void after losing starting pitcher John Lackey, working out a five-year, $80 million contract with free agent Mike Leake. The 28-year-old right-hander is 64-52 with a 3.88 ERA in six big league seasons. He was 11-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 190 innings for Cincinnati and San Francisco this year.

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Mets and outfielder Alejandro De Aza (day AH'-zah) have agreed to a one-year, $5.75 million contract, pending a physical. The left-handed-hitting De Aza batted .262 with seven homers, 31 extra-base hits and 35 RBIs in 325 at-bats for Baltimore, Boston and San Francisco this year. He is seen as a compliment to right-handed-hitting center fielder Juan Lagares (lah-GAH'-rehs).

CHICAGO (AP) — Bulls center Joakim (JOH'-lihm) Noah will miss at least two weeks because of a sprained left shoulder suffered in last night's loss to Brooklyn. He was on defense when a leaping Andrea Bargnani (bahrn-YAH'-nee) came down hard on Noah's left arm, bending it back awkwardly. Noah is averaging 4.5 points and 8.8 rebounds this season.

UNDATED (AP) — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey is the first non-Heisman Trophy winner in six years to be named The Associated Press college football player of the year. McCaffrey is the first Stanford player to win the award since it was first handed out in 1998, beating out Heisman winner and Alabama running back Derrick Henry for the honor. McCaffrey ran for 1,847 yards and eight touchdowns, caught a team-best 41 passes for 540 yards and four scores and averaged 28.9 yards per kickoff return with another score. He also threw two touchdown passes.

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