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FALCONS-SAINTS

Freeman, Coleman lift Falcons past Saints, 45-32

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tevin Coleman rushed for three touchdowns, Matt Ryan passed for two TDs, and Deion Jones returned an interception 90 yards for a score to help the Atlanta Falcons beat the winless New Orleans Saints 45-32 on Monday night.

The game was played nearly 10 years to the day after the Saints' memorable return to the Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006, 13 months after Hurricane Katrina. But there would be no reprise of New Orleans' dominant and emotional 23-3 triumph a decade ago.

The Saints' depleted defense struggled to slow down Devonta Freeman, who rushed for 152 yards and caught five passes for 55 yards. Coleman also was effective in the passing game out of the backfield, with three receptions for 47 yards to go with his 42 yards rushing.

Ryan finished with 240 yards passing for Atlanta (2-1) which did not turn the ball over and moved into sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

Drew Brees put up his usual big numbers — 376 yards and three TDs passing — but his interception for a touchdown on a tipped pass early in the fourth quarter gave the Falcons a 45-25 lead that proved too much for New Orleans to overcome.

The loss dropped the Saints (0-3) in last place — a far cry from their 3-0 start in 2006.

PANTHERS-OFFENSIVE HICCUP

Coach Rivera: Missed opportunities, penalties hurt Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says two things became apparent to him after looking at tape of the Panthers' 22-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The coach said Monday that the "missed opportunities was probably the biggest thing, more so than anything else, and some of the penalties."

Rivera says the Panthers had some "really good things that went on, some really good plays, then you kinda look at them and it's almost silly to have those kind of penalties committed."

Rivera says those missed opportunities, as well as protecting quarterback Cam Newton, need to be corrected as Carolina opens a three-game stretch of NFC South division games starting Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

ARNOLD PALMER

Public ceremony for Palmer to be held Oct. 4

NEW YORK (AP) — The family of Arnold Palmer is waiting until after the Ryder Cup this week for a public farewell.

Alastair Johnston, the chief executive of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, said Monday at a news conference that a public ceremony to commemorate Palmer would be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4 at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

Johnston says the last thing Palmer would want is for a golf schedule to be interrupted.

He says the funeral will be later this week and limited only to family.

TEMPLE MEMORIAL

Tennessee State University holds memorial for famed coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University is hosting a public memorial service for famed track and field coach Ed Temple, who led the school's Tigerbelles to 13 Olympic gold medals.

Classes and meetings at the historically black university will be canceled Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to allow students, faculty and staff to honor the coach who helped break down track and field's racial and gender barriers.

Temple was head coach of the U.S. Olympics women's teams in 1960 and 1964 and assistant coach in 1980. He also worked to ensure that all 40 of his Olympians earned their degrees.

Temple was inducted into nine halls of fame, including the Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012.

Temple died Thursday at 89. The memorial service takes place in the Kean Hall Gymnasium.