PITTSBURGH (AP) - Rookie running back James Conner set up Pittsburgh's winning fourth-quarter touchdown pass in the Steelers' 17-13 exhibition victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Conner, the former University of Pittsburgh star who overcame Hodgkin's lymphoma and a serious right knee injury to reach the NFL, broke off runs of 17 and 19 yards, leading to Bart Houston's 6-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter. Conner was greeted with an ovation on the third series of the game when he made his first carry.
ATLANTA (AP) - Tyler Flowers' grand slam broke open a close game in Atlanta's six-run fifth inning, Sean Newcomb earned his first home win and the Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 Sunday. The Reds were denied their first series sweep in Atlanta since 2009.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Cheslor Cuthbert homered and drove in three runs, Alcides Escobar also had three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 7-4 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep. Kelvin Herrera gave up a run against the bottom of the Indians' order before finishing the game.
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Erik Jones and Matt Kenseth had to race each other hard at Bristol in a battle that had awkward undertones. Jones is replacing Kenseth at Joe Gibbs Racing next season, and Kenseth doesn't have a job lined up for 2018. Almost overnight, the veterans are being squeezed out of the Cup Series because of the difficult economic climate in racing.
MASON, Ohio (AP) - Garbine Muguruza cradled her smiling face in both hands and closed her eyes, taking it all in. The Wimbledon champion had added another title to her breakthrough summer - this one at the expense of a player who can't quite get to Number 1. Muguruza defeated Simona Halep 6-1, 6-0 for her first Western and Southern Open title on Sunday, needing only 56 minutes to extend her run of success. She also denied Halep yet another chance to move up to Number 1 in the WTA rankings.
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