Brady throws 2 TDs, Patriots beat Falcons 30-23
ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Brady threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns as the New England Patriots held off a furious Atlanta comeback Sunday night, beating the Falcons 30-23 to improve to 4-0 for the first time since their near-perfect season in 2007.
New England built a 30-13 lead before the Falcons rallied.
They had a chance to tie it up in the final minute, but Matt Ryan's fourth-down pass went off the hands of Roddy White in the end zone with 36 seconds remaining.
The Patriots seemed in control when LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run, and Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to rookie Kenbrell Thompkins.
Thompkins finished with six catches for 127 yards — nearly as much as the first three games of his career. Julian Edelman chipped in with 118 yards on seven receptions.
Atlanta (1-3) is two games below .500 for the first time since 2007.
Gattis homers as Braves beat Phillies 12-5
ATLANTA (AP) — Evan Gattis had a two-run homer among his three hits, Elliot Johnson drove in five runs and the NL East champion Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 12-5 on Sunday to cap their best regular season in nine years.
The Braves won their first division title since 2005. Atlanta will have home-field advantage against the Dodgers in the NL division series, which begins Thursday at Turner Field.
Atlanta (96-66) finished with its best record since also winning 96 games in 2004. After the victory, players gathered for a photo around a 2013 banner that was placed on a stand in front of the mound.
Chris Johnson apologizes after incident in dugout
ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Johnson says he has apologized to Braves first-base coach Terry Pendleton for throwing his helmet in the dugout following Atlanta's 5-4 loss to the Phillies on Saturday night.
Johnson grounded out to shortstop Jimmy Rollins to end the game. Johnson was out on a head-first slide at first base. He remained face down for a few seconds before returning to the dugout and flipping his helmet toward the bench.
Pendleton twice grabbed Johnson's jersey with both hands, pulling the third baseman close to him. The two exchanged words.
Johnson said Sunday "I'm in the wrong" and needed to apologize because the helmet hit someone. He says he and Pendleton met Sunday and says "We're all good."
McCoughtry leads Dream to WNBA Finals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta to its third WNBA Finals spot in four years, scoring 27 points in the Dream's 67-53 victory over the Indiana Fever on Sunday.
Seeking their first title, the Dream swept the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals. They will face Western Conference champion Minnesota, which swept Phoenix.
Dream center Erika de Souza added 12 points and eight rebounds. Atlanta dominated inside, making 14 layups, scoring 48 points in the paint and controlling the glass, 43-33.
Tamika Catchings led Indiana with 24 points and six rebounds. The short-handed Fever were trying to become the first team to win consecutive titles since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002.
Atlanta dominated the second half behind smothering defense. Indiana shot 28.1 percent for the game and went 7 for 32 after intermission. All-Star Shavonte Zellous was held to six points, nearly nine below her regular-season average.
T25-GEORGIA-PASSING THE TEST
No. 6 Georgia gets through tough opening month
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia came through the opening month just fine.
The mission now: Keep the foot on the pedal.
The Bulldogs moved up to three spots to No. 6 in The Associated Press rankings Sunday after a thrilling 44-41 victory over LSU, their second triumph over a Top 10 team this season.
The schedule gets much easier the rest of the way, with only one game remaining against a ranked opponent — No. 18 Florida, which already lost its quarterback to a season-ending injury.
Georgia got an injury scare in its win over the Tigers, losing star running back Todd Gurley to a sprained ankle in the first half. Gurley watched the rest of the game in a walking boot, but coach Mark Richt says the sophomore is day to day.
Vols to wear 'Smokey gray' against No. 6 Georgia
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will have a new look for its game Saturday with No. 6 Georgia.
Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Sunday night in an interview on "The Nation," a Knoxville-based radio show, that the team would wear its "Smokey gray" uniforms for the Georgia game. The university confirmed it immediately afterward on its football team's official Twitter account.
When Tennessee unveiled this alternate uniform in its preseason Media Day event, Jones said the Vols would wear it one home game this year without specifying a particular date. The uniform features jerseys and pants in a color it calls Smokey gray, a nod to the team's mascot. Jones noted before the season that Tennessee's 1914 team wore gray jerseys and went undefeated.
Created: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:15:47 EST
Updated: Mon, 30 Sep 2013 04:15:47 EST