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NFL Suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 Games

Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The National Football League suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay on Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league.

The suspension is the result of a two-month investigation by the NFL into Hardy’s domestic violence case, which was eventually dismissed after the victim, his former girlfriend, chose not to cooperate with authorities in North Carolina.

“The NFL's investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the league said in a statement. “First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub. Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.

Hardy will be eligible to return to the field in Week 12 when the Cowboys take on his former club, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving Day.

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Panthers Sign CB Charles Tillman

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year deal Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the deal is worth $3.05 million.

The 34-year-old Tillman played all 12 of his previous NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Tillman is reunited with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who served as the Bears defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

"I think Coach Rivera was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here," Tillman said. "He's a guy that I had a lot of respect for when I was in Chicago. I love his leadership and his qualities as a coach, and he's done a good job with the Panthers. There's a good group of guys here: Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, and Cam Newton. I got a good vibe here.

"This is a similar defense, and Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Eric Washington were also in Chicago, so there is familiarity."

Tillman has 42 forced fumbles, 36 interceptions, and eight defensive touchdowns throughout his career.

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Panthers Sign DT Cole to 1-Year Deal

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers signed defensive tackle Colin Cole to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton, the contract is worth $1.05 million with an $80,000 signing bonus.

After missing the 2011-12 seasons due to a major ankle injury, Cole returned to the NFL in 2013 with the Panthers.

The 35-year-old Cole has played in 31 games for Carolina, starting 23 of them.

"It's hard to get and maintain a job in this business. We're so happy to be a part of this organization and this community. It's a blessing," Cole said. "I'm the oldest player on this team, and I'm just happy to have the ability to continue my career. It's been a long road, but as long as they'll allow me to play, I'll continue to play."

The past two seasons with Carolina, Cole has been used in a four-man rotation at tackle with Dwan Edwards, Kawann Short, and 2013 first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei.

Cole was set to become a free agent on March 10 if he had not reached a deal with the Panthers.

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Carolina Panthers Cut DeAngelo Williams

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- DeAngelo Williams says he will no longer be a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Williams, the all-time leading rusher in franchise history, told WBTV in an exclusive interview that general manager David Gettleman and head coach Ron Rivera informed he he will not return next season.

"We sat down, and he told me, 'The fact of the matter is we're going to have to release you,' " Williams stated in the interview. "I said, you know, 'Why?' and he said, 'Because we don't run the ball enough. Just like you said back before the season started, we don't run the ball enough to keep you and Jonathan Stewart both, so we're going to release you."

Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart began to get majority of touches towards the end of last season. Over the last seven games, Stewart ran for 679 yards, where as in six games last season, Williams ran for just 219 yards.

In nine seasons, Williams 32, has rushed for 6,846 yards and 77 touchdowns.

The Panthers released a statement that Williams has not officially been released.

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Domestic Violence Charges Against Panthers' DE Greg Hardy Dismissed

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Domestic violence charges against Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy have been dismissed after his accuser did not make herself available to help with the case.

Hardy's appeal was set to begin on Monday, but his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, was a no-show for the hearing.

"Without her testimony, in this particular instance, the State could not proceed," the district attorney's office said.

Hardy played just one game for the Panthers in 2014 after he was placed on the inactive roster. He was then placed on the commissioner's exempt list before Week 3 until his case was resolved.

Despite appearing in just one game last season, the Panthers still paid Hardy $13.1 million after the team used the franchise tag on him during the 2013 offseason. reports that the Panthers will not pursue Hardy as he is now set to hit the free agent market.

Had he been found guilty, Hardy would have been subject to a minimum six-week suspension by the NFL under the league's new code of conduct policy.

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Seahawks Rip Panthers to Advance to NFC Championship

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Russell Wilson threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns to lead the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks past the No. 4 seed Carolina Panthers 31-17 Saturday in their NFC divisional playoff game.

The game was tight at first. Nobody scored until 56 seconds were remaining in the first quarter when Doug Baldwin caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Wilson. Carolina answered back on their next drive when Cam Newton led the team on a 79-yard drive ending with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

Seattle would score a touchdown on their next drive, but Carolina's Graham Gano kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired sending the Panthers into the half down four.

The third quarter was a defensive battle with neither team scoring. Seattle erupted in the fourth quarter for 17 unanswered points, the final seven coming off a Kam Chancellor 90-yard pick-six to seal the game.

Newton completed 23 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.

Seattle becomes the first team since since New England in January 2006 to win a playoff game the year after winning a Super Bowl.

Seattle will take on the winner of Sunday's playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers next weekend in the NFC  Championship game.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 1/10/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL Playoffs - AFC Divisonal Game: New England Patriots 35 - Baltimore Ravens 31

NFC Divisonal Game: Seattle Seahawks 31 - Carolina Panthers 17

NCAAM: (1) Kentucky 70 (15-0) - Texas A&M 64 (9-5)(F/2OT)

(3) Virginia 62 (15-0) - (13) Notre Dame 56 (15-2)

(18) North Carolina 72 (12-4) - (5) Louisville 71 (14-2)

(6) Gonzaga 79 (16-1) - Santa Clara 57 (7-10)

(8) Villanova 81 (15-1) - DePaul 64 (9-8)

Oklahoma State 69 (12-3) - (10) Texas 58 (12-4)

(11) Maryland 69 (15-2) - Purdue 60 (10-7)

(12) Kansas 86 (13-2) - Texas Tech 54 (10-6)

Kansas State 66 (9-7) - (16) Oklahoma 63 (11-4)

(17) Iowa State 74 (12-2) - (14) West Virginia 72 (14-2)

(19) Seton Hall 68 (13-3) - Creighton 67 (9-8)

(20) VCU 89 (13-3) - St. Joseph's 74 (6-8)

(21) Baylor 66 (12-3) - TCU 59 (13-3)

Indiana 69 (12-4) - (22) Ohio State 66 (13-4)

(23) Arkansas 82 (13-2) - Vanderbilt 70 (11-4)

Western Kentucky 72 (10-5) - (25) Old Dominion 65 (13-2)

NHL: Nashville Predators 3 (28-9-4, 60 pts) - Minnesota Wild 1 (18-17-5, 41 pts)

Boston Bruins 3 (22-15-6, 50 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 1 (16-19-7, 39 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (25-10-6, 56 pts)- Montreal Canadiens 1 (26-12-3, 55 pts)

Ottawa Senators 5 (17-16-8, 42 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (16-21-4, 36 pts)

Washington Capitals 3 (22-11-8, 52 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 1 (22-11-9, 53 pts)

New York Islanders 5 (28-13-1, 57 pts) - Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (18-19-3, 39 pts)

Calgary Flames 1 (22-18-3, 47 pts) - Vancouver Canucks 0 (23-14-3, 49 pts)

New York Rangers 3 (24-11-4, 52pts) - San Jose Sharks 1 (22-16-5, 49pts)

Winnipeg Jets 5 (21-14-7, 49pts) - Los Angeles Kings 4 (19-13-10, 48pts) - SO

NBA: Charlotte Hornets 110 (15-24) - New York Knicks 82 (5-35)

Los Angeles Clippers 120 (25-12) - Dallas Mavericks 100 (26-12)

Philadelphia 76ers 93 (7-29) - Indiana Pacers 92 (15-24)

Detroit Pistons 98 (13-24) -  Brooklyn Nets 93 (16-21)

Toronto Raptors 109 (25-11) - Boston Celtics 96 (12-23)

 Chicago Bulls 95 (26-12) - Milwaukee Bucks 87 (20-19)

Houston Rockets 97 (26-11) - Utah Jazz 82 (13-25)

San Antonio Spurs 108 (23-15) - Minnesota Timberwolves 93 (5-31) 

Portland Trailblazers 103 (29-8) - Orlando Magic 92 (13-27)

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Panthers Run Over Cardinals 

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will continue roolling along into the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

The Panthers (8-8-1) dominated the Cardinals 27-16 Saturday, holding Arizona to 77 total yards of offense.

Jonathan Stewart took advantage of a Cardinals defense that has lost its edge over the past few weeks to the tune of 123 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the first quarter. 

The Cardinals (11-6) limped into the playoffs after losing starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to knee injuries. Ryan Lindley, who was forced into the starting role the past three weeks, committed two crucial interceptions.

The Cardinals defense could no longer carry the team as missed tackles proved to be Arizona's undoing. The Panthers kept the Cardinals off balance with power runs and quick passes to the backs and receivers in the seam on the way to racking up 386 yards of total offense. 

The Panthers will play at Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. Green Bay will host Carolina if the Lions win.

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Arians Names Lindley Starter for Playoff Game Vs. Panthers

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians announced after Thursday's practice that Ryan Lindley will start the team's playoff game Saturday against the Carolina Panthers.

"Ryan will start at quarterback. Drew (Stanton) is not going to be able to play," Arians said.

Lindley is 0-2 this season as a starter and is 1-5 during his career.

Stanton is out for his third straight game due to a right knee injury.

Only seven quarterbacks since 1970 have started a playoff game with one or fewer regular season wins as a starter. The last one of those to win a game was the Houston Oilers Gifford Nielson in 1979.

In the three games Lindley has participated in this season, he's completed 45 of 93 passes for 562 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Panthers Ready for Cardinals

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The back-to-back NFC South champions have won four games in a row and are looking forward to the opportunity even though they come into the playoffs with a losing record.

"They play good football," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said of the Cardinals.  "They do good things on offense, defense, and special teams."

Arizona has not announced a starter for Saturday's game with Drew Stanton still questionable after coming off a sprained knee injury.

"He's progressing and nothing's really changed," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said.  "We've got our fingers crossed that possibly he could go later in the week."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 0-2 against the Cardinals in his career.

"One thing that I remember is that we had somewhat of a lackluster performance, whether you wanna call it those guys doing their job better than we did ours, what have you," Newton said of his three picks in their last game against eachother. "We lost and that's pretty much it."

Carolina has lost three straight playoff games.

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