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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jimmy Graham caught seven passes for a career-best 146 yards and two touchdowns, cornerback Jabari Greer made a diving, touchdown-saving pass breakup on a late fourth-down play, and the New Orleans Saints held on to hand the Atlanta Falcons their first loss, 31-27 on Sunday. Graham and his Atlanta counterpart, veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, both were superb in a game that showcased all the intensity of one of the NFL's most passionate rivalries.

WACO, Texas (AP) — Pierre Jackson had 25 points and seven assists for Baylor, and the Bears rolled to a 78-47 victory over Jackson State on Sunday. Jackson, the senior guard named the preseason Big 12 player of the year, scored the game's first five points — on a free throw, a jumper and a tip-in in the first 3 minutes — and the Bears never trailed.

ALCORN, Miss. (AP) — Alcorn State beat Oakwood 85-41 Sunday in the season opener for the Braves. Oakwood, who plays out of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, counted the game as an exhibition match.

AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A chaotic race at Phoenix blew NASCAR's championship fight wide open Sunday, moving Brad Keselowski to the brink of a first Sprint Cup title for himself and team owner Roger Penske. Keselowski heads into next week's season finale with a 20-point lead over five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

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