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Falcons lose Neal for the season...A record win for Mike Bryan at US Open...Hawks sign Hunter

September 7, 2018

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal will miss the remainder of the season after hurting his left knee in last night’s 18-12 loss at Philadelphia. The loss is a major blow to the Atlanta defense. Neal, a leader on the defense who was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2017, started every game last season. He had 113 tackles with one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams and defensive end Trent Murphy are cleared to play in Buffalo’s season opener at Baltimore on Sunday after both missed time with injuries. Williams missed two weeks after hurting his right knee against Cleveland. Murphy missed a majority of training camp with a groin injury and also missed much of the Bills’ spring practices while recuperating tearing two ligaments in his left knee while with Washington last preseason.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Nose tackle Eddie Goldman and the Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. General manager Ryan Pace calls it a “key extension for the future of the Bears.” He says Goldman is an “anchor” for the defense. The Bears open Sunday night at Green Bay in coach Matt Nagy’s first game.

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan has won a record 18th Grand Slam doubles title and his second straight with Jack Sock, beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo at the U.S. Open, 6-3, 6-1. Bryan won his first 16 majors with twin brother Bob, who then was sidelined with a hip injury. Mike Bryan also became the oldest Grand Slam doubles champion in the professional era, at 40 years and 4 months.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed guard R.J. Hunter, bringing him back to the city where he was a college star playing for his father. Hunter was the career scoring leader at Georgia State, where he memorably hit a 3-pointer in the NCAA tournament to finish off an upset of Baylor. His father, Ron, is still the Panthers’ coach. Hunter was a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics in 2015 but has yet to make much of an impact while also playing for Chicago and Houston in the NBA. He is averaging 2.6 points in 44 career games, with just one start.

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