SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.
McDonald was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said. He was released on bail.
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Police say the assault happened at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested.
Police did not disclose if the woman or the baby were injured.
The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday afternoon about the decision to let McDonald go.
”We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” General Manager Ryan Pace said in the statement. ”He was not able to meet the standard, and the decision was made to release him.”
Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline.
Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, the league and the players’ union can agree on delaying the hearing. The two sides don’t agree on much else.
The union asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeal because it said he lacked impartiality and he would be called as a witness.
Goodell will not withdraw from what he considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of the decision.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 for his Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday.
The Colombian driver’s earnings were part of a $13,397,315 overall purse. The check amounts were announced at the annual victory banquet Monday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Runner-up Will Power earned $792,555, and Charlie Kimball, who finished third, earned $564,055.
Scott Dixon, who finished fourth after starting on the pole, earned $615,805.
Montoya’s victory comes 15 years after his Indy 500 win in 2000. He left IndyCar for Formula One and later struggled in NASCAR for seven years before making a return to IndyCar in 2014.
Montoya, who also won the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to start the season, leads the IndyCar series standings.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday.
At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.
Hamilton drew some cheers when he came to bat after consecutive home runs by Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre. The 2010 AL MVP made his season debut, playing left field and hitting fifth against Cleveland after shoulder surgery in February.
Hamilton’s return comes after Texas acquired him from the Los Angeles Angels on April 27. Hamilton went to extended spring training in Arizona the day after the deal and spent the past two weeks playing 12 games in the minors.
He was activated from the 15-day disabled list and joined a team that had won five straight games and entered the day two games below .500.
”It’s perfect they had the mentality that we don’t need him to jump right in and be the guy he’s supposed to be,” Hamilton said. ”It lets me know they’re in a good place as a team. The chemistry is good.”
PARIS (AP) – A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was.
And, as it happens, the woman who beat Williams at the French Open on Tuesday, Sloane Stephens, is making a concerted effort, at her coach’s behest, to focus less on who is on the other side of the net.
Still, it was hard not to see the 22-year-old Stephens’ 7-6 (5), 6-1 dismissal of seven-time major champion Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field, as a statement about the directions their respective careers are heading.
For the 15th-seeded Williams, it was her second opening defeat in three years at Roland Garros.
It also was the fifth time in the last 13 Grand Slam tournaments she’s entered that she exited in the first round. Before that stretch, it happened once in 37 majors.
MADRID (AP) – Real Madrid fired coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday as the Spanish club again showed it won’t tolerate a season without a major trophy.
Ancelotti was let go despite being popular among both players and fans and having led Madrid to its 10th European Cup title just a year ago. This season the team finished second in the Spanish league – two points behind archrival Barcelona – lost in the Champions League semifinals to Juventus and exited the Copa del Rey against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid.
While the team did win the Club World Cup, that did little to appease Madrid’s notoriously impatient directors.
Club president Florentino Perez announced the firing after a board meeting, and said Ancelotti’s successor would be announced next week.
Perez said it had been a ”very difficult decision” because the Italian had in two years earned his personal affection – as well as that of the board and the fans – and ”now forms part of our history because with him we won our 10th cup.”