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Texans outlast Colts…Garrett loses NFL appeal…Chisox get Grandal

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have reclaimed first place in the AFC South, moving one game ahead of Indianapolis with a 20-17 comeback win over the Colts. Deshaun Watson threw two touchdown passes to DeAndre Hopkins, including a 30-yard scoring play that put the Texans ahead, 20-17 early in the fourth quarter. Hopkins finished with 94 yards receiving, including a 35-yard scoring grab in the second quarter.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The NFL has upheld the indefinite suspension levied against Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for his actions against Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Mason Rudolph last Thursday. Garrett is banned for at least the final six regular-season games and any potential playoff games involving the Browns for pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and cracking him on the head with it in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 21-7 win. Garrett made his case to former player James Thrash, who didn’t find enough compelling evidence to lessen the punishment.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph is denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before his confrontation with Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett last week. ESPN cited anonymous sources in reporting that Garrett told the NFL during the appeal of his indefinite suspension that Rudolph used a racial slur just before a confrontation between the two players. An NFL spokesman says the league found no such evidence of the slur.

CHICAGO (AP) — All-Star catcher Yasmani Grandal has agreed to a $73 million, four-year contract with the White Sox. The 31-year-old hit .246 and had career bests with 28 homers and 77 RBIs for Milwaukee last season. Grandal comes to the American League after batting .241 with 141 home runs and 416 RBIs over eight big league seasons with the Padres, Dodgers and Brewers.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Webb Simpson birdied seven of his last 10 holes for a 7-under 65 on the Plantation Course and the opening-round lead at the final PGA Tour event of the year, the RSM Classic in Georgia. He began the birdie run on the par-5 18th and played the front nine in 6-under 30. Cameron Tringale and Kyoung-Hoon Lee shot 64 on Sea Island’s Seaside Course, and Rhein Gibson had a 66 on the Plantation layout.

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