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Dietrich homers in Marlins 6-4 win over Braves

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer to help the Miami Marlins end the Atlanta Braves' winning streak at seven games, winning 6-4 Saturday night.

Dee Gordon had two hits, two walks and three stolen bases — one shy of tying the Marlins' single-game franchise high, which he has done on two separate occasions.

Atlanta's Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 28 games in the first inning and has reached base in 44 straight. He also hit a solo home run in the sixth, his 32nd.

Brian Ellington (4-2) earned the win in relief and A.J. Ramos recorded his 39th save in 42 chances.

Aaron Blair (1-6) allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings.


Falcons' Jones returns to practice, Neal set for debut

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Julio Jones has joined practice for the first time this week, increasing his chances to play in the Falcons' game at New Orleans Monday night.

After being held out on Thursday and Friday with a calf injury from last week's win at Oakland, Jones was limited in Saturday's practice. Coach Dan Quinn says the All-Pro receiver is no longer is bothered by the ankle injury that slowed him before the calf injury.

Rookie strong safety Keanu Neal is expected to make his debut against the Saints. Neal, the first-round pick from Florida, had preseason arthroscopic knee surgery and missed the first two games.

Defensive end Brooks Reed (shoulder) was limited and receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) had full clearance.


Ole Miss rolls to 45-14 win as Georgia's Chubb hurts ankle

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly faked the handoff and then took off running toward the end zone. A few seconds and 41 yards later, the quarterback had cruised through the middle of the Georgia defense and into the end zone untouched.

It was pretty much that easy for the Rebels all afternoon. Ole Miss finally built a lead it couldn't give away.

No. 23 Ole Miss rolled to a 45-14 victory over No. 12 Georgia on Saturday, building a 31-0 lead by halftime and a 45-0 advantage by midway through the fourth quarter.

Kelly threw for 282 yards and two touchdowns. Ole Miss (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) broke a 10-game losing streak in the series dating to 1996.

"I can't think of a time in my lifetime where a team has done that to Georgia," said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze.

Georgia (3-1, 1-1) lost its first game under new coach Kirby Smart and looked overmatched. To make matters worse, star running back Nick Chubb sprained an ankle in the second quarter and didn't return.


Terrell leads W. Michigan past Georgia Southern, 49-31

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Zach Terrell threw four touchdown passes and Western Michigan won its fourth straight to open the season by beating Georgia Southern 49-31 in a non-conference showdown Saturday night.

Terrell threw three TD passes in the second quarter, including a 37-yard strike to Michael Henry and a 35-yard pass to Corey Davis, and Darius Phillips returned a Georgia Southern kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to give the Broncos (4-0) a 35-17 advantage at intermission.

Terrell completed 18 of 27 pass attempts for 270 yards and Jamauri Bogan gained 104 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown on the ground. Henry finished with eight receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

Favian Upshaw was 4 of 6 for 103 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern (3-1), but had one pass picked off. Kevin Ellison was 5 of 9 for 65 yards and a touchdown and ran for a team-high 46 yards.


Savannah St. tops Bethune-Bookman 16-10 in OT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Darrell Bonner recorded the key interception in overtime, and Cantrell Frazier won it with a 9-yard score to give Savannah State a 16-10 overtime win over Bethune-Cookman Saturday night.

Bethune-Cookman (0-3, 0-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic) got the ball first in extra time, but a fumble and penalty backed up the Wildcats to second-and-25 at the 30-yard line. Bonner intercepted Akevious Williams, and Frazier's lone carry of the game on second-and-goal snapped a 16-game losing streak between the schools for Savannah State (1-2, 1-0).

Uriel Hernandez's 52-yard field goal attempt for Bethune-Cookman with 1:34 left in regulation came up short.

Hernandez connected on a 39-yard attempt to give the Wildcats a 3-0 first quarter lead. John Barron hit a 36-yarder for Savannah State to tie it at 3 midway through the second, and Jeremiah Harris Jr. caught a 26-yard pass from T.J. Bell later in the quarter to put the Tigers in front 10-3.

Williams scored on a 2-yard run to tie it at 10 with 7:19 left in regulation.


Blackmon pick-six sparks Kennesaw State past Duquesne, 36-28

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dante Blackmon picked off a Dillon Buechel pass and returned it 57 yards for a second-quarter touchdown to spark Kennesaw State to a 36-28 win over Duquesne as the Owls won their road opener Saturday.

Freshman Daniel David threw for a pair of second-half touchdowns to Justin Sumpter, including a 67-yard strike early in the third quarter.

Duquesne (2-2) took the lead in the first quarter when Gary Wooten forced a Micah Reed fumble that Carter Henderson returned 16 yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 lead.

Buechel was 21 of 37 with two touchdowns for Duquesne, but he also threw four interceptions. A.H. Hines carried 25 times for 91 yards.

David was 7 of 10 for 172 yards for the Owls (2-1) and Chandler Burks was 7 of 14 with an interception. Combined the pair threw for 312 yards. Sumpter finished with seven catches for 165 yards.


Johnson, Chappell tied for Tour Championship lead

ATLANTA (AP) — Dustin Johnson overcame a double bogey with a birdie on the final hole Saturday for a 1-under 69 and a share of the lead going into the final round of the Tour Championship.

Chappell trailed by as many as four shots on the front nine. He took the lead on the 17th hole with a 10-foot birdie as Johnson went from rough to rough to sand to a double bogey. Chappell shot a 68.

They were at 8-under 202, just two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Ryan Moore, who each shot 66.

Johnson can win the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus with a victory or by finishing second alone. McIlroy has to win and needs Johnson to finish in a two-way tie for second or worse.


Ledecky wins 4th straight USA Swimming athlete of year award

ATLANTA (AP) — Katie Ledecky, who swept the 200, 400 and 800-meter freestyles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, won USA Swimming's athlete of the year for a record fourth consecutive time and was honored for her world-record victory in the 800 free.

The awards were presented Saturday night at the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in downtown Atlanta.

Ledecky earned four golds and a silver medal in Rio. She became the second woman since Debbie Meyer in 1968 to sweep the freestyle events at the same Olympics. She also swam the anchor leg on the winning 4x200 free relay and the second-place 4x100 free relay.

Ledecky collected the Phillips 66 Performance Award for the fifth straight year. She won the 800 free by 11 seconds.

The USA Swimming Award was given to Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for his and USADA's efforts in providing fair sport for clean athletes. The award is the highest honor given annually by the national governing body.

Dave Durden of the University of California at Berkeley, who coached five members of the U.S. Olympic team, received the American Swimming Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

Olympians Haley Anderson and Jordan Wilimovsky earned open water athletes of the year following fifth-place finishes in Rio.