Falcons rip Bucs...Dwyer out of jail...Another unhappy NFL sponsor...Cards, Dodgers win

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ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan was 21 of 24 for 286 yards and three touchdowns as the Atlanta Falcons hammered Tampa Bay 56-14. Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a touchdown, bringing back a punt 62 yards to put the Falcons ahead 35-0 midway through the second quarter. Julio Jones had nine receptions for 161 yards and two TDs for the 2-1 Falcons, who dropped the Buccaneers to 0-3.

PHOENIX (AP) — Police say Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances in July, and punched her in the face the next day. The details surfaced in a law enforcement report a day after Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges and deactivated from all team activities. He spent a night in jail and made a brief court appearance before being released on bail early yesterday.

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s CEO has made a double-edged statement on the NFL's problems handling domestic violence, calling some players' behavior "repugnant" but saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') is "a man of integrity." Pepsico is one of the league's biggest advertisers and sponsor of last year's Super Bowl halftime show. The league and its teams have come under fire over the past two weeks over how it is dealing with several players with domestic violence allegations against them.

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to lead the NL Central by 2 ½ games over Pittsburgh, and the Los Angeles Dodgers head the NL West by 2 ½ games over San Francisco. Tony Cruz hit an RBI single in the bottom of the 13th to give the Cardinals a 3-2 win over Milwaukee. Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) and Dee Gordon supplied RBI doubles in a five-run seventh that allowed the Dodgers to erase a 4-1 deficit and beat the Cubs 8-4 in Chicago.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Ron Washington has admitted being untrue to his wife of 42-years in his first public statement since resigning as Texas Rangers manager 13 days ago. He apologized to his wife, Gerry, who sat nearby while Washington made a 3 1/2 minute statement yesterday. The 62-year old Washington says he is embarrassed for breaking the trust of his wife, calling it a low time in his life.

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