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Sports briefs: 49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence



Tuesday, September 02, 2014
49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff’s Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL’s fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

Wlodarczyk’s world record provides ISTAF highlight

BERLIN (AP) — Olympic champion Robert Harting delighted home fans by winning the discus at the ISTAF athletics meet Sunday, only to be overshadowed by Anita Wlodarczyk’s world record in the women’s hammer throw.

Wlodarczyk of Poland threw 79.58 meters on her second attempt to knock 16 centimeters off Betty Heidler’s previous mark from 2011.

The European champion and Olympic silver medalist continued threatening the 80-meter mark with her next efforts at the IAAF Word Challenge meet.

Harting claimed the discus with a throw of 68.21 meters, 18 days after he claimed his second European title in Zurich. It was his 12th win of the season.

Lithuania’s Virgilijus Alekna ended his impressive career with a throw of 61.84.

Moore rallies Lynx past Mercury 82-77

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Maya Moore scored 13 of her 32 points in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Lynx avoided elimination by beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday.

Diana Taurasi scored 23 for the Mercury, who will host Game 3 on Tuesday night. The Lynx are three-time defending Western Conference champions.

Tied at 75 with 23.3 seconds left, Seimone Augustus hit a 15-foot jumper and was fouled by DeWanna Bonner. Augustus, who finished with 23 points, converted the three-point play, and after Candice Dupree missed a 15-footer on the other end, Moore hit two free throws to put it out of reach for Minnesota.

The Lynx went on a 13-0 run early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead since they scored the first point of the game. Augustus scored off a feed from Moore to put Minnesota on top 66-65 with 6:19 to play.

Auffarth wins eventing at World Equestrian Games

CAEN, France (AP) — Sandra Auffarth of Germany won the individual gold medal in eventing at the World Equestrian Games by riding a clear round on Opgun Louvo in the show jumping portion on Sunday.

Auffarth, a bronze medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, cleared every obstacle at Stade d’Ornano in 89 seconds, well below the allowed time of 93 seconds. She held off compatriot and Olympic champion Michael Jung by 0.3 points.

“It’s really unbelievable for me, but I’m so proud of my horse,” Auffarth said. “It was a big atmosphere. Of course, I was a little bit nervous, but I knew that my horse is a good show jumper, so I was quite relaxed.”

William Fox-Pitt of Britain, a runner-up at the 2010 games in Lexington, Kentucky, was first after Saturday’s cross-country portion but lost any hope of winning by dropping a hurdle after 10 seconds. He finished third overall, 2.3 points behind Auffarth.

“He was fantastic yesterday,” Fox-Pitt said of his horse. “Perhaps today he was a little bit kind of heavy-legged, a little bit less reactive than he normally is.”

Eventing is an Olympic discipline made up of three portions: dressage, cross country and show jumping.

Auffarth was leading after Friday’s dressage test. Her performance also contributed to Germany’s victory in the team competition, ahead of Britain and the Netherlands.

Zara Phillips, the 2006 world champion and granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, made no mistake in show jumping to finish 11th overall and help Britain secure the silver medal.

The World Equestrian Games end on Sept. 7.