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Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:16:02 EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees passed for 357 yards and two scores and the New Orleans held on for a 23-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons to give Saints coach Sean Payton a triumphant return from his bounty ban. Roman Harper intercepted a tipped fourth down pass in the end zone with under a minute left. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-2 victory and three-game sweep over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. Hamels gave up just two hits, both homers, and two runs over eight innings. ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia likes this view a whole lot better. After being forced to rally the last two years to capture Southeastern Conference East titles, the Bulldogs seized the early lead in the division race with a 41-30 victory over South Carolina. ATLANTA (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 25 points, Candice Dupree added 15 and the Phoenix Mercury won their third straight game with a 79-71 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. Angel McCoughtry finished with 25 points for the Dream. The loss ended Atlanta's three-game winning streak.

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