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Bears release McDonald after

domestic violence arrest

The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby. Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said McDonald was taken into custody at 7 a.m. yesterday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. The Bears released a statement 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. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

Brady appeal deadline to pass

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 today's 10-day deadline. 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.


Stephens ousts Venus in French

Venus Williams was beaten in the first round of the French Open yesterday by Sloane Stephens, a match between Americans going in opposite directions. The 22-year-old Stephens won 7-6 (5), 6-1 over the seven-time major champion Williams, who at 34 was the oldest woman in the field. Maria Sharapova was unfazed by the boos she heard when leaving the court without doing a post-match interview. Battling a cold, the defending champion beat Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4.


Rubin loses in NCAA tennis final

Noah Rubin, the Wake Forest freshman from Merrick, lost in the final of the NCAA tennis tournament yesterday to Ryan Shane of Virginia. Shane won 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Rubin finishes his freshman season with a record of 26-4, and had a 17-match winning streak snapped.

Park ties for 14th in NCAA golf

Annie Park of Levittown, playing for USC, tied for 14th place in the NCAA women's golf tournament at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida. -- AP


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