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NO PROOF BECKHAM HEARD SLURS

The NFL has found no evidence to substantiate allegations that Panthers players directed homophobic slurs at Giants WR Odell Beckham before Sunday's game, the Washington Post reported.

Barring new information surfacing to corroborate the accusations, the league will not discipline any Panthers players based on those allegations of slurs.

The NFL suspended Beckham for one game without pay for a series of on-field confrontations with Carolina CB Josh Norman during the Giants' home loss to the Panthers. The league in particular cited a helmet-to-helmet hit that Beckham delivered to Norman at the end of a play on which another Giants player was tackled.

Arbitrator James Thrash upheld the suspension Wednesday by rejecting Beckham's appeal. Beckham later issued a written apology.

The Giants promoted WR Ben Edwards from the practice squad to Beckham's roster space.

BILLS: Coach Rex Ryan said he doesn't expect RB LeSean McCoy to play Sunday because of an injured right knee.

COLTS: Coach Chuck Pagano wasn't happy about WR T.Y. Hilton criticizing the team's playcalling in Sunday's loss to the Texans. "We got a sign in our locker room that says, 'What you see, hear and say here stays here,' " Pagano said. "I don't think any of us should air our dirty laundry outside this building, to be quite frank and honest with you."

COWBOYS: WR Dez Bryant sat out practice for a second straight day because of foot and ankle injuries.

FALCONS: RB Tevin Coleman, the team's second-leading rusher, slipped in the shower and suffered a concussion Wednesday. He's now in the concussion protocol program, coach Dan Quinn said.

SAINTS: QB Drew Brees said he has every intention of playing Sunday despite a right foot injury. Coach Sean Payton hasn't named a starter.

VIKINGS: RB Adrian Peterson was held out of practice for the second straight day because of a sprained left ankle.

BASEBALL

2B Murphy to sign with Nats

The Nationals have agreed to a three-year deal with 2B Daniel Murphy, ESPN reported. Murphy, 30, batted .281 with a .322 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage in 130 games for the Mets last season. He homered in a record six straight postseason games for the NL champs.

COURTS: A woman charged with shaking down Yankees GM Brian Cashman pleaded guilty in New York to extortion, perjury and criminal impersonation. Louise Neathway was sentenced to five years' probation.

ET CETERA

DOPING: The International Association of Athletics Federations said a task force will visit Russia on Jan. 10-11 to inspect the response to the scandal that caused it to be banned from competition.

MMA: Anderson Silva, 40, will return to the UFC on Feb. 27 after finishing his one-year suspension for steroid use.

NHL: Contract talks with pending free agent winger Mikkel Boedker will take place in the near future, Coyotes GM Don Maloney told AZ Central.

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