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PHOENIX - The Arizona Cardinals say they first learned of the domestic abuse accusations against backup running back Jonathan Dwyer on Wednesday afternoon.

By evening, citing "the serious nature of these allegations," the team had deactivated Dwyer from all team activities.

The quick reaction came with the backdrop of intense criticism of the NFL's handling of a spate of such cases.

Dwyer, led to the jail in handcuffs on Wednesday, was charged with three counts, including "aggravated assault causing a fracture" involving the unidentified 27-year-old victim.

Wednesday's Games

MLB

American

Baltimore 6 Toronto 1

N.Y. Yankees 3 Tampa Bay 2

Kansas City 6 Chicago White Sox 2

Cleveland 2 Houston 0

Minnesota 8 Detroit 4

L.A. Angels 5 Seattle 0

Texas 6 Oakland 1

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National

Colorado 16 L.A. Dodgers 2

San Francisco 4 Arizona 2

Miami 4 N.Y. Mets 3

Atlanta 3 Washington 1

Chicago Cubs 3 Cincinnati 1

St. Louis 2 Milwaukee 0

Philadelphia 5 San Diego 2

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Interleague

Pittsburgh 9 Boston 1

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CONCACAF Champions League

MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact may have three victories from their first three CONCACAF Champions League matches, but clinching a spot in the tournament's knockout stage still isn't a given.

Montreal recorded a narrow 1-0 win against a largely inexperienced New York Red Bulls side on Wednesday at Saputo Stadium to increase its lead atop its group to six points. The team's final group stage game goes Oct. 22 in New York.

Should Montreal lose that game, especially by a large margin, the Impact could come crashing out of the competition despite its three wins.

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles had every right to experience a letdown just one night after clinching their first AL East title in 17 years.

It would have made perfect sense, except that the players — and Steve Pearce, in particular — are simply having too much fun.

Pearce homered twice and drove in four runs as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Panthers finally made a decision on Greg Hardy: the Pro Bowl defensive end will not play anymore games for Carolina until his domestic violence case is resolved.

The team removed Hardy from its active roster Wednesday, ending three weeks of indecision regarding his playing status. He played Week 1, sat out Week 2 and there was uncertainty about this week.

TORONTO - A tweet from Jermain Defoe. A plea from Michael Bradley.

The Toronto FC stars may not have been aligned, but they both had something to say Wednesday.

Defoe, from his perch in England, took to social media to announce he will be back in Toronto on Monday. Previously the club had told reporters that the 31-year-old with the wonky groin — and a question mark over his future — would be back Saturday.

GENEVA - Bayern Munich scored a 90th-minute goal to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona had an easier time edging APOEL 1-0.

Bayern defender Jerome Boateng's powerful shot appeared to deflect off teammate Mario Goetze, rising up and beyond the dive of his former City teammate Joe Hart, who had denied the 2013 champion with a series of saves.

The goal brought Bayern coach Pep Guardiola racing down the touchline to celebrate with Boateng.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jameis Winston will be a spectator in the first half of Florida State's showdown against Clemson Saturday after making "offensive and vulgar" comments about women — the latest embarrassment in a growing list of poor decisions off the field.

Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox announced in a joint statement Wednesday that the quarterback also will undergo internal discipline, but did not provide details of the punishment.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was declared out, back in, then out again as he faces a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

This time, he could be gone for the season.

"We made a mistake," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said, "and we needed to get this right."

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Redblacks have just one win through their first 10 games, but in quarterback Henry Burris's view the defence has been a bright spot this season for the CFL expansion squad.

"They've been standing on their head and have done a great job for us," the veteran quarterback said Wednesday. "It gives us comfort knowing that all we have to do is handle our side.

NEW YORK - The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

And of more immediate impact — this weekend — the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field.

BALTIMORE - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman is appealing his six-game suspension that Major League Baseball imposed for throwing at the head of a Baltimore hitter.

MLB penalized Stroman on Wednesday and also fined the 23-year-old rookie an undisclosed amount.

The suspension had been set to start on Wednesday night when the Blue Jays played at Baltimore. Because Stroman is appealing, no penalty will take effect until there is a resolution.

TORONTO - Steven Caldwell, Toronto FC's captain and resident Scot, won't be voting on the future of Scotland on Thursday.

Caldwell, whose home is in England thanks to his earlier club career there, is not on the electoral roll in Scotland but is keeping an eye on the referendum on Scottish independence.

"Obviously I'm watching it keenly and I have a lot of people that who be affected by it — family and friends," he said after practice Wednesday.

CALGARY - Veteran Canadian women's hockey defenceman Tessa Bonhomme is retiring from international competition.

Bonhomme made her international debut at the 2004 Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, N.Y., and finished her career with 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) in 107 games. She is the fifth-highest-scoring defenceman in the history of Canada's senior women's team.

What a difference the return of Zach Collaros has made for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

The Ticats (3-7) have won two of three games since their starter came back after missing five contests with concussion-like symptoms. And in the East Division this season, that's enough to move Hamilton into a first-place tie with the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes (both 3-8 records).

Hamilton could easily be 3-0 over that span, save for a letdown Sept. 7 when the Alouettes outscored the Ticats 31-10 in the second half to claim a 38-31 victory.

CALGARY - In order to rise to the top of the coaching ladder, three longtime NHL assistants are dropping a couple of rungs first.

Almost half the teams in the Western Hockey League will start this season with new coaches, with Tim Hunter, Bob Woods and Jamie Kompon coming directly from the NHL.

Hunter, an assistant coach last season with the Washington Capitals, is the new head coach and general manager of the Moose Jaw Warriors. Woods has taken on both roles with the Saskatoon Blades after spending last year as an assistant with Anaheim.

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating the illegal distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments Thursday on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his obstruction of justice conviction thrown out.

As training camps open around the NHL, the San Jose Sharks have two former captains but neither one wearing the "C" and six teams have new head coaches, while the Toronto Maple Leafs have the same one amid promises of a changing culture.

The Boston Bruins are up against the salary cap even after losing winger Jarome Iginla, and the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings don't know when goaltender Jonathan Quick will be 100 per cent healthy after off-season wrist surgery.

BALTIMORE - The NFL players' union appealed Ray Rice's indefinite suspension Tuesday night.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL's personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.

MINNEAPOLIS - After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas.

Tuesday's Games

MLB

American

Baltimore 8 Toronto 2

Tampa Bay 6 N.Y. Yankees 1

Minnesota 4 Detroit 3

Cleveland 4 Houston 2

Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 5

Texas 6 Oakland 3

Seattle 13 L.A. Angels 2

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National

N.Y. Mets 9 Miami 1

Washington 3 Atlanta 0

Chicago Cubs 7 Cincinnati 0

Milwaukee 3 St. Louis 2 (12 innings)

Colorado 10 L.A. Dodgers 4

San Francisco 2 Arizona 1

San Diego 5 Philadelphia 4

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Interleague

Pittsburgh 4 Boston 0

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BALTIMORE - Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.

The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse.

"The guys are having a great time, and they earned it," said Duquette, the team's executive vice-president of baseball operations. "We've got some more work to do, and these guys know it, but congratulations to them on the division crown. They did a great job."

PARIS - Real Madrid started the defence of its Champions League crown with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Basel on Tuesday, while Liverpool celebrated its return to Europe's top club competition with a dramatic 2-1 win against Bulgarian side Ludogorets.

Madrid's win should end talk of crisis following a poor start to the club's domestic season.

Goals by Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and a Basel own-goal secured the 10-time champions' a very comfortable victory in Group B.

International basketball's governing body said Tuesday that players will be allowed to wear religious head coverings, such as hijabs or turbans, on a trial basis in some competitions.

FIBA's central board met over the weekend at the men's world cup and voted to allow a two-year testing phase that would let players wear head coverings.

Previous FIBA rules only allowed a player to wear a 5-centimetre headband to control hair and sweat. That drew objections that the group was discriminating against Muslim and Sikh players, who wear head coverings for religious reasons.

TORONTO - What do you do when the man who signs your paycheque takes a swipe at you or your co-workers?

If you're a Toronto FC player, you say nice things about Tim Leiweke and then politely disagree.

Leiweke, the outgoing president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, has made headlines since taking over the job in June 2013. Nothing has changed with the news that he will be stepping down by June 2015.

No matter when he leaves, part of Leiweke's legacy will be determined whether Toronto FC makes the MLS playoffs — as he has promised it will.