ATLANTA (AP) - Deion Jones made a leaping interception in the end zone with 1:25 remaining and the Atlanta Falcons held on for a crucial 20-17 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night, setting up a three-way race for the NFC South title. Matt Ryan shook off three interceptions to guide the Falcons to Matt Bryant's 52-yard field goal with 3:49 to go, snapping a 17-all tie.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The New Orleans Pelicans say reserve center Alexis Ajinca has had surgery on his right knee and his recovery is expected to take four to six months, virtually ending his chances of playing this season. The 7-foot-2 Ajinca, whose status was updated by the club on Thursday, has been inactive so far this season while trying to determine if he could rehabilitate patellar tendinitis without surgery.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama State has promoted assistant Donald Hill-Eley to head coach. Eley was the Hornets' interim coach after Brian Jenkins was fired following a 0-5 start. The interim tag was removed Thursday.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - South Alabama has hired Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell to lead its football program. Athletic director Joel Erdmann announced the hire Thursday. Campbell replaces Joey Jones, who had been the program's only coach since its startup a decade ago.
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