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BOSTON - New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Boston Red Sox in the second inning Wednesday night after umpires found a foreign substance on his neck.

Pineda's ejection occurred 13 days after the right-hander had brown goo on the lower part of the palm of his pitching hand during a 4-1 win over Boston at Yankee Stadium.

That sparked a debate about pitchers' use of sticky substances to get a better grip in cool weather. The game time temperature Wednesday was 50 degrees.

CHICAGO - There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.

The famed marquee had a message, too.

"Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field," it read.

MESA, Ariz. - Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of competitive swimming for the simplest of reasons: he missed it.

The 22-time Olympic medallist says he's been having fun and smiling a lot during training in his hometown of Baltimore. Having shed the weight he piled on since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps will resume his career starting Thursday at a meet in Arizona. He'll swim the 100-meter butterfly, having dropped his plans to compete in the 100 freestyle the same day.

WINNIPEG - Criminal charges have been recommended following a peewee hockey brawl in Winnipeg, but police say they haven't decided if there will be any arrests.

Const. Jason Michalyshen said Wednesday that Crown prosecutors reviewed the case and suggested charges.

He wouldn't detail the recommendations.

The Winnipeg Free Press has reported that justice officials believe assault charges should be laid against a coach and two 12-year-old players.

TORONTO - She was a freestyle ski pioneer, a perennial X Games winner who championed women's ski halfpipe becoming an Olympic event. Now, Sarah Burke's legacy will live on in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Burke, who tragically died at age 29 from a training accident in 2012, headlined the 2014 class named for induction Wednesday.

CALGARY - The Western Hockey League will vote next week on the sale of two franchises.

The Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats have both entered agreements to transfer ownership, the WHL said Wednesday in a statement.

Rick Brodsky, the Cougars' owner since 1994, intends to sell the team to a group of Prince George businessmen and former WHL players headed by Greg Pocock.

The Prince George Citizen has reported NHL defencemen and Cougar alumni Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer are part of the new ownership group which bought the team for almost $7 million.

TORONTO - The Raptors have talked the talk. Now they have to walk the walk in Brooklyn.

Toronto backed up their GM's two-word foray into the world of trash-talk by evening their first-round playoff series with the Nets at one game apiece via a 100-95 win Tuesday night. The series now switches to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for Game 3 Friday and Game 4 Sunday.

"It's going to be a new frontier," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Wednesday prior to flying to New York. "We've been a good road team in hostile situations, hostile gyms. Our guys have responded."

DETROIT - Even when the Red Wings stole Game 1 on the road against the Boston Bruins, Detroit defenceman Brian Lashoff and his teammates expected things to get tight and for the series to go long.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy," Lashoff said.

TORONTO - Light-heavyweight Ryan (Darth) Bader will face Brazilian Rafael (Feijao) Cavalcante at UFC 174 in Vancouver in June.

The 205-pound fight is slated to be on the main card June 14 at Rogers Arena. The main event has Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson defending his flyweight title against No. 4 contender Ali Bagautinov of Russia.

Bader (17-4) is 9-4 in the UFC with the losses coming to elite fighters in Jon (Bones) Jones, Tito Ortiz, Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida and Glover Teixeira.

Most recently he won a decision over Anthony Perosh.

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Police say a 27-year-old man has lost an eye after fans of Cyprus' top two teams threw rocks at each other before a key championship match.

Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Wednesday that nine fans and six police officers were also injured during the incident. The violence occurred along a highway leading to the capital Nicosia, shortly before APOEL Nicosia played AEL Limassol on Tuesday.

Angelides said police used tear gas to disperse fights involving several dozen fans, while nine people have so far been arrested. Three cars were also damaged.

GENEVA - FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as the 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers.

The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, led by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.

"The ethics committee should not rest until there is a conclusive answer," Pieth wrote in a report to FIFA board members, some of whom agitated last month to remove Garcia from the case.

TORONTO - The Grey Cup-champion Saskatchewan Roughriders were the only team to surpass the CFL's 4.4-million salary cap in 2013, the league announced Wednesday.

According to the CFL, the Roughriders' spent $4,417,975 in salaries last year. As per league rules, the club will be fined $17,975, or one dollar for each dollar it was over the cap.

The CFL conducts field audits of all eight clubs twice per year, once during the regular season and once following its completion.

NEW YORK - The Calder Trophy voting for the NHL's top rookie will have a Tampa Bay Lightning flavour to it.

Lightning forwards Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat were named as finalists for the trophy along with Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche. Tampa Bay is the first club to have multiple nominees for the award since Chicago's Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews finished first and third, respectively, in 2008.

The award winner will be named June 24 at the NHL awards banquet.

LOS ANGELES - After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for post-season heroics to one simple trait.

"Well, you just try to shoot it on net," Marleau said. "This one was not a hard shot by any means, but you just get it to the net."

That's how good things happen for Marleau and the Sharks, who weathered the Los Angeles Kings' best game of the series and emerged on the brink of advancement.

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Tuesday's Games

NHL Playoffs

Montreal 4 Tampa Bay 3

(Montreal wins series 4-0)

Boston 3 Detroit 0

(Boston leads series 2-1)

N.Y. Rangers 4 Philadelphia 1

(New York leads series 2-1)

San Jose 4 Los Angeles 3 (OT)

(San Jose leads series 3-0)

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NBA Playoffs

Indiana 101 Atlanta 85

(Series tied 1-1)

Toronto 100 Brooklyn 95

(Series tied 1-1)

Washington 101 Chicago 99 (OT)

(Washington leads series 2-0)

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MLB

American League

Toronto 9 Baltimore 3

TORONTO - Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd tried to see the positives of the Nets' 100-95 Game 2 loss to Toronto.

"We're right where we want to be," he said in his pithy manner. "We had the opportunity to take the lead late in the game and we came up short."

"Again it's basketball," he added. "Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don't."

They went in more for Toronto in the fourth quarter Tuesday night. The Raptors shot 75 per cent — 12-of-16 — in the final 12 minutes to even the NBA playoff series.

TORONTO - When the Toronto Raptors gathered in a timeout huddle with just under six minutes to play Tuesday night, DeMar DeRozan sat forlorn and frustrated at the end of the bench.

He gazed at the floor, and fought to regain his composure.

It could have spelled disaster. Instead, DeRozan — calm restored — grabbed the game by the throat in the final three minutes to lead Toronto to a 100-95 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2 of their playoff series Tuesday.

MONTREAL - Lightning coach Jon Cooper wouldn't let his team go down without a fight.

Trailing 3-1 after 40 minutes in Game 4 and staring elimination in the face, Tampa Bay made a game of it late as it scored twice in the third period to put the Canadiens on their heels.

Montreal's Max Pacioretty, however, scored with less than a minute to play in the third on Tuesday night to lead the Habs to a 4-3 victory and complete a four-game sweep of the Lightning.

PHILADELPHIA - Never afraid to raise his fists, Dan Carcillo made his mark in the league as a puncher more than a post-season star.

Carcillo was a little of both for New York in Game 3.

Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis, Dan Girardi and Carcillo scored goals, leading the Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Friday in Philadelphia.

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens swept their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs, but not before the Tampa Bay Lightning made it interesting.

After the Canadiens blew a two-goal lead early in the third period, Max Pacioretty scored on a power play with 43 seconds left to play to lift them to a 4-3 victory and a sweep of their Eastern Conference quarter-final against the Lightning on Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON - Heading toward the plate after the 500th homer of this career, Albert Pujols glanced ahead and saw a throng of Los Angeles Angels teammates waiting right there to greet him.

He was pleased by the outpouring of support. He also had a message.

"I was pretty emotional running the bases and when I ... looked at all these guys coming out, it was hard," Pujols said. "But I just told them, 'We've got a game to win.'"

TORONTO - The series opener between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings.

It turned into a power game after that and Toronto's boppers were up to the task.

Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera belted three-run homers as the Blue Jays dumped the Orioles 9-3 on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre. Encarnacion got things started in the sixth inning, Lawrie would later give the Jays the lead and Cabrera added some insurance as Toronto improved to 11-9 on the season.

DETROIT - The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance.

Dougie Hamilton and Jordan Caron scored in the first period after the Red Wings had miscues on the ice and Tuukka Rask finished with a 23-save shutout, giving Boston a 3-0 win over the Red Wings and a 2-1 series lead in their first-round series.

Patrice Bergeron added an empty-net goal late in the third period, sealing the lopsided game.

TORONTO - Drake sits just down to his left. The front row is celebrity central. And Tuesday night, Mayor Rob Ford was wearing Raptors red.

Toronto coach Dwane Casey is only watching what's happening on court, however.

"Believe me I don't think about who's in the stands, who's sitting next to me," Casey said prior to Game 2 of the NBA first-round playoff series against the visiting Brooklyn Nets. "Drake's over there yelling at referees and I hear him but I don't see him. So my mind is on the court.

TORONTO - Don Cherry says he can't justify the hit Matt Cooke laid on Colorado's Tyson Barrie during Monday's playoff game between the Avalance and Minnesota Wild.

Cooke, who took out Barrie with a knee-on-knee hit in the second period of the Wild's 1-0 overtime win, was given a two-minute penalty on the play, but was later summoned for a hearing at the NHL office in New York.

"I have no excuse for Matt Cooke doing this. ... He sticks his knee out, plants his knee," Cherry said on his Coach's Corner segment of Hockey Night in Canada Tuesday as video of the hit was shown.