Falcons beat Saints...M's get Gordon from Fish...Sixers deal Okafor...Vols hire a football coach

December 08, 2017 - 5:35 am

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are within one game of the NFC South lead following a 20-17 victory over the first-place New Orleans Saints. Deion Jones clinched the win by intercepting Drew Brees (breez) in the end zone after Matt Bryant's 52-yard field goal broke a 17-17 deadlock with 3:49 remaining. New Orleans led 17-10 until Matt Ryan hit Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO') for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

MIAMI (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have bolstered their team speed and offensive production by getting Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins for three prospects. The deal starts the Marlins' latest payroll purge as the club tries to cut total player salaries by more than 20 percent to $90 million. Gordon hit .308 last season and has led the National League in stolen bases three of the last four years.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have swung a deal that sends struggling Jahlil Okafor (jah-LIHL OH'-kah-fohr) to the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets also receive Nik Stauskas and a 2019 second-round draft pick for forward Trevor Booker. Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft but has been dropped from the rotation this year, appearing in just two games.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has hired a new football coach, choosing Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to take over for Butch Jones. The hiring comes six days after former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer was named athletic director and put in charge of the coaching search. Jones was dismissed last month after going 34-27 with three bowl wins in four-plus seasons with the Vols.

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open following surgery on her left wrist. Tennis Australia said the 12th-ranked Kuznetsova and China's Sasai Zheng were the only players ranked in the top 100 who are confirmed as not playing the Jan. 15-28 tournament at Melbourne Park. Officials also say Serena Williams "is anticipated to return."

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