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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Matt Ryan and Julio Jones connected for two touchdowns, Devonta Freeman ran for 141 yards and three scores, and the Atlanta Falcons beat Dallas 39-28 Sunday in the Cowboys' first game without Tony Romo and Dez Bryant.

Freeman's third score early in the fourth quarter capped a rally from a trio of 14-point deficits for the Falcons (3-0), who didn't win their third game until Week 10 last year, and Week 13 in 2013.

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Jones had his third straight 100-yard game to start the season, finishing with 164 and a clinching 2-yard score in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys (2-1) had a six-game winning streak in the regular season snapped in backup quarterback Brandon Weeden's ninth straight loss as a starter.

Weeden completed his first 16 passes to start the season, but the run ended with a second-quarter interception that turned the game in the Falcons' favor.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Ben Roethlisberger was carted off the field with a knee injury in the second half and Pittsburgh's defense came through to give the Steelers a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

Roethlisberger was scheduled to undergo an MRI on his left knee Monday.

Le'Veon Bell scored from a yard out in the first half in his first game back after a suspension, but the Steelers' focus will be on the status of their star quarterback.

Will Allen's interception with 1:56 left set up a field goal by Josh Scobee to put Pittsburgh ahead by six points.

Pittsburgh (2-1) averaged 32 points in its first two games but was held down well before Roethlisberger's leg got caught underneath him on a diving, sliding sack by Mark Barron.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Quarterback Cam Newton was troubled by what he said he heard from referee Ed Hochuli during the Carolina Panthers' 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Newton was upset over what he felt was a borderline late hit by Saints defensive tackle Tyeler Davison - but was even more baffled by the explanation he said he received from Hochuli.

After taking a hit near the sideline as he released the ball, Newton got up looking for a flag and turned toward Hochuli for explanation. The referee said something to the quarterback and Newton stopped in his tracks and looked back and laughed in disbelief.

''The response that I got was, `Cam you're not old enough to get that call,''' Newton said after the game. ''I'm looking at him like, `What?'

''Geez, I didn't think you had to have seniority to get a personal foul or anything like that.'''

NFL spokesman Michael Signora told The Associated Press that ''officials make decisions based upon the play on the field, and no other factors.''

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

UNDATED - Oregon is out of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time since 2009, snapping its streak of consecutive Top 25 appearances at 98.

The Ducks were blasted at home 62-20 by Utah on Saturday night. It was the most points ever allowed by the Ducks at Autzen Stadium and gave them two September losses for the first time since 2004.

The top six teams in the AP media poll were the same as last week with Ohio State No. 1, Michigan State No.2 and Mississippi No. 3.

One small difference, TCU was tied with Ole Miss last week. The Horned Frogs are now fourth after escaping from Texas Tech with a victory. Baylor is fifth and Notre Dame sixth.

Utah surged eight spots to No. 10 after beating the Ducks and received one first-place vote.

BASEBALL

WASHINGTON (AP) - NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into a fight during a game Sunday, when a Washington Nationals season that long ago spiraled out of control on the field did so in the dugout.

After a flyout in the eighth inning of what became a 12-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper headed to the dugout, where he and Papelbon, the team's closer, exchanged words. The argument escalated, and Papelbon reached out with his left hand and grabbed Harper by the throat.

Papelbon then shoved the outfielder toward the bench with both hands, before teammates pulled the pair apart.

''I mean, he apologized, so, whatever,'' Harper said with a shrug afterward in the clubhouse, messy smears of eyeblack on his cheeks. ''I really don't care.''

Asked whether he had tangled with a teammate before, Harper responded: ''Usually fighting the other team.''

Papelbon said: ''I'm in the wrong there. ... For me, I can't allow that to happen in the middle of a game. You can handle that after the games or allow the manager to handle that. So in that light of it, I'm wrong.''

CHICAGO (AP) - Jake Arrieta pitched seven dominant innings and also homered in his major league-best 21st win, and the Chicago Cubs stopped Pittsburgh's eight-game win streak with a 4-0 victory over the Pirates on Sunday night.

Arrieta (21-6) retired his first 18 batters before Gregory Polanco grounded a leadoff single into left field in the seventh. The right-hander homered in the second and struck out nine while improving to 15-1 with a dazzling 0.89 ERA in his last 19 starts.

Pittsburgh (95-61) and Chicago (90-65) each have clinched playoff spots and lead the NL wild-card standings, so the Pirates could see Arrieta again in the first game of the postseason on Oct. 7.

The Pirates could still catch St. Louis for the NL Central title. They trail the Cardinals by three games and open a three-game series at home against St. Louis Monday.

RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will announce he's retiring following the 2016 season at a news conference Wednesday, The Associated Press has learned.

Stewart-Haas Racing said Sunday night that Stewart and team co-owner Gene Haas will hold a news conference at the team shop this week. The topic was not disclosed, but a person familiar with Stewart's plans told AP the three-time NASCAR champion will announce his planned retirement.

The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because Stewart hasn't publicly disclosed his plans.

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) - Jeff Gordon kissed his wife and high-fived his two young children on pit road, a part of his life missing when he made his Cup debut in 1992.

What has been familiar for all 23 years of Gordon's career was starting a NASCAR race in the No. 24 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports.

He's never missed one - and now he's NASCAR's new Iron Man.

Gordon's latest milestone in a surefire Hall of Fame career came Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when he set the NASCAR record with his 789th consecutive start. The 44-year-old Gordon passed Ricky Rudd for the record. Rudd set the mark in 2002 when he broke Terry Labonte's streak of 655 consecutive races.

CYCLING

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With a payment and an apology, Lance Armstrong has settled a decade-long dispute with a promotions company that sought repayment of more than $10 million in bonuses it paid the former cyclist during a career that was later exposed to be fueled by performance-enhancing drugs.

Dallas-based SCA Promotions first pursued evidence of doping against Armstrong in 2005. Although the company paid Armstrong in 2006, the testimony in its lawsuit and arbitration case helped lay the foundation for later doping charges that ultimately got Armstrong banned from the sport and stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories.

SCA demanded repayment in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted using steroids and other doping methods. Although Armstrong's lawyers had insisted there was no legal ground for a ''redo'' on the previous voluntary settlement, an arbitration panel ordered Armstrong to pay a $10 million penalty for lying under oath in the original case.