Brandin Cooks

Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks announced Thursday his intention to make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft. (Steve Dykes / Getty Images / November 23, 2013)

Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks is making himself available for the NFL draft.

The Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's top receiver, Cooks set Pac-12 Conference records with 128 catches for 1,730 yards for the Beavers this season. His receiving yards were tops in the country.

His 16 touchdown catches this season are a school record.

The first-team All-American finishes his Oregon State career with 226 catches for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns (a school-record 24 via catch). He has 3,863 all-purpose yards.


Texas A&M receiver Mike Evans is making himself available for the NFL draft.

Evans, a redshirt sophomore, was a consensus All-American and a Biletnikoff Award finalist this season.

He had 69 receptions for a school-record 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also set a school record with 279 yards receiving against Alabama this year.

He broke his own record when he had 287 yards receiving against Auburn later in the season.


Nadal reaches Qatar semifinals

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal was the only seed remaining in the Qatar Open after he beat seventh-seeded Ernests Gulbis, 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals at Doha.

Nadal is set to play German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk. The 162nd-ranked Gojowczyk defeated fellow German qualifier Dustin Brown, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), to reach his first tour semifinal.

The other semi will pit Florian Mayer of Germany against Gael Monfils of France.

Mayer defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 6-4, and Monfils took out Daniel Brands of Germany, 6-2, 6-1.


Indian wild card Yuki Bhambri advanced to his first ATP quarterfinals in the Chennai Open in India after third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy retired during their match.

Bhambri was dominating 16th-ranked Fognini when he conceded the match because of a left quadriceps strain when Bhambri was leading, 6-1, 5-5.


Russia beats U.S. in junior hockey