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Falcons show offense is more than just Julio Jones in win over Saints

Star receiver Julio Jones had just one catch, but the Falcons still recorded 442 yards behind the stellar play of Tevin Coleman and Devonta Freeman.

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18mJerry Crasnick and James Walker

Gordon's homer tops Marlins' tribute to Fernandez

Playing with heavy hearts a day after the death of Jose Fernandez, the Marlins returned to the field and won one for their teammate Monday, sparked by Dee Gordon's emotional leadoff home run.

Jose Fernandez honored with emotional tribute (1:16)
Marlins leave hats on mound for Fernandez (0:34)
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14hBill Barnwell

Stacking the NFL's best defenses

Teams that have started Joe Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Carson Wentz, Sam Bradford, Shaun Hill, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett have a combined ZERO losses. It's a time to praise defenses.

Marty Smith goes inside the program with Clemson (2:53)
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12hCraig Custance

How the World Cup will be won

Team Europe is a big underdog against Canada in the World Cup final. How will the series play out? Who will be the heroes? Craig Custance explores.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will participate in non-contact drills to start training camp and his surgically-repaired shoulder will be reevaluated in mid-October to judge the next step in his recovery. Said Olynyk: "It's day-to-day, week-to-week, see you how you feel, testing the strength, testing the limits and go from there."


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant discuss reaching 100 RBIs for the first time in his career. He said he was thinking about it after landing on 99 last year.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints rank 1st in the NFL in total offensive yards since the start of 2012, with 398 more yards than the Broncos, according to ESPN Stats and Information. They rank last in defensive yards allowed, with 831 more yards allowed than the Giants.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"Most of the credit goes to the offensive line," Devonta Freeman said of the holes being opened.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Unfortunately the Saints have become way too familiar with starts like this year's 0-3. Drew Brees said it's not easy to overcome, but he said that's why they want out and got the kind of guys they got. Guys who won't cash it in at the first sign of adversity.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"I thought our running backs were awesome tonight," Matt Ryan said of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

P Ryan Quigley to be among the 9 players that GM Steve Keim said the Cardinals will bring in for a tryout Tuesday. They're expected to sign Quigley to replace P Drew Butler, who's out "some time" with a sprained Achilles and foot injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Drew Brees: It's accountability. Young guys need to have it, veteran guys need to have it. Everyone needs to figure out what they can do better. And can't beat themselves. Said they won almost every category besides the turnover ratio, 2-0 -- and they were two huge ones.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

The Mariners blow a lead in the ninth, but win in the 11th on Robinson Cano's long home run to right off Luke Gregerson. The Mariners are now tied with the Tigers as both teams become big Blue Jays fans when they start a series with the Orioles on Tuesday. The Astros? Now 3.5 back but with three teams ahead of them, they're just about cooked.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Dan Quinn said Mohamed Sanu has a shoulder injury. Tried to come back in but couldn't


Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Deion Jones on if he could have scripted a better return to his hometown of New Orleans: "Probably not." Jones had a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown and spotted his family in the crowd afterward.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Bartolo Colon said he wished he had lost to Jose Fernandez instead.


Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons beat Saints 45-32 to close out NFL Week 3. The ViewFromVegas is they did it as 3-point road underdogs and +135 on money line. It was the seventh outright upset of the weekend (and that doesn't include Patriots, who were 'dogs earlier last week before closing pick 'em on Thursday night).

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons sit atop the NFC South now at 2-1 after a 45-32 win over the rival Saints (0-3) Monday night. Devonta Freeman with 152 rushing yards on just 14 carries, while Tevin Coleman had three touchdowns on 12 carries. Matt Ryan and the offense clicked even with Julio Jones managing just one catch for 16 yards. Rookie Deion Jones with a 90-yard interception return for touchdown in return home to New Orleans. Falcons now will face Carolina (1-2) at home on a short week Sunday.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons RBs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman took this game over in New Orleans...Freeman produced 152 yards rushing and Coleman added three touchdowns on the ground. The Falcons controlled the line of scrimmage and created running lanes all night in the 45-32 win over the Saints.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Another epic loss for the Saints as they fall to 0-3 -- 45-32 to the Falcons. The Saints actually outgained Atlanta 474 yards to 442, but they were the ones who committed two game-changing turnovers (a botched punt return for a fumble in the first quarter, then an interception returned 90 yards for a TD by Atlanta LB Deion Jones in the fourth).

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said things will slowly get better, but it's tough and it's going to hurt for a long time.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Most receiving yards for tight ends in Week 3: Coby Fleener 109, Jimmy Graham 100.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Travis d'Arnaud said he was crying behind the plate too when Dee Gordon homered and then crossed the plate in tears.


James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins' Dee Gordon (left) and Giancarlo Stanton (center) thanked the Mets for being first class in the way they handled a very tough situation with them tonight.

Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

The ball can touch the ground and still be in possession -- but first the receiver has to gain possession. That didn't happen on the interception, and the overturn was the correct decision.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (left) said he knows he wasn't supposed to wear his "RIP" tribute shirt for Jose Fernandez during warmups, "but that's a fine I'm willing to take."

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Looks like Matt Ryan has some protection now on his left hand after last sack.

James Walker ESPN Staff Writer 

Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (left) said today's game was "bigger than baseball." This was an emotional night and the team fought through it.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins discusses an emotional night and defeat for the Mets.