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Gators' Powell has suspension overturned

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida coach Jim McElwain says the Southeastern Conference has overturned receiver Brandon Powell's suspension for throwing a punch.

Powell was ejected in the fourth quarter at Tennessee for seemingly swinging at safety Rashaan Gaulden. Replays showed Gaulden dramatically flopped as Powell turned in his direction. The official flagged Powell for unsportsmanlike conduct and kicked him out of the game.

Under league rules, Powell also would have been suspended for the first half Saturday against Vanderbilt.


Purdue OL Patterson charged with battery

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue offensive lineman Martesse Patterson was arrested Wednesday and charged with a felony count of battery causing serious bodily injury.

According to online court documents, bail was set at $1,000 cash with a $10,000 surety. A no-contact order also was issued.


Former Iowa star QB Duncan dies at 79

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The University of Iowa says that former All-American quarterback Randy Duncan has died of cancer. He was 79.

Greg Brown, who along with Duncan started the Duncan, Green, Brown and Langeness law firm in 1992, confirmed to The Associated Press that Duncan died Tuesday night in Des Moines.


Malzahn hands play-calling to OC Lashlee

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Gus Malzahn has made one of the tougher calls of his career after Auburn's 1-2 start.

The coach whose offense propelled the Tigers into two national championship games turned the play calling reins over to offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee starting with last Saturday night's win over LSU.


Star power all over Louisville-Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Receiver Ray-Ray McCloud can't wait to see how teammate Deshaun Watson responds when No. 3 Louisville plays at Clemson on Saturday.

McCloud knows the maddeningly calm and careful Watson will be primed to show the Cardinals and Heisman Trophy front-runner Lamar Jackson who is truly on top of the Atlantic Coast Conference.


Charges dismissed against LSU's Godchaux

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore says he is dismissing domestic abuse and child endangerment charges against LSU defense end Davon Godchaux.

Moore says the woman who had accused the player of grabbing her hair and shoulder when she tried to leave his residence made inconsistent statements to investigators, and physical evidence at the scene did not support the charges. Moore says the woman also asked that charges be dropped, but stresses that was not the reason for his decision.


Spartans' Reschke to miss extensive time

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State's linebacker corps looked pretty deep a couple weeks ago. Not so much anymore.

Jon Reschke is expected to miss a substantial amount of time with an ankle sprain, and linebacker Riley Bullough is day to day after missing last weekend's loss to Wisconsin with an unspecified injury.


UNC LB accused of assault: I'm no rapist

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) A North Carolina football player facing charges of sexual battery and assault on a female student says the two had consensual sex and that he did not rape or drug her.

In his first public comments, Allen Artis said Tuesday he isn't a rapist and is eager to get the case behind him. One of his attorneys, Kerry Sutton, also said Artis has passed a polygraph test about the February incident.


Minnesota DE Devers out vs. Penn State

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota freshman defensive end Tai'yon Devers will miss the game at Penn State because of a left ankle injury.

Devers has forced a fumble on all three of his sacks this season, including a highlight-reel hit last week on Colorado State's Collin Hill that knocked off the quarterback's helmet. Devers was hurt later in the game.


Death of Arizona OL Hemmila accidental

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona offensive lineman Zach Hemmila's death has been ruled accidental and a result of the combination of two prescription drugs.

A report released Tuesday by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office says the cause of death was "combined toxic effects" of an opiate painkiller and an anti-anxiety medication.

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