Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Francisco 49ers find themselves with another player in trouble with the law. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of domestic violence.
San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol confirmed the arrest occured following a call at 2:48 a.m. local time. McDonald later posted bail and was released from the Santa Clara Sherrif's Department. San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke said the team takes "such matters seriously" while a league source told ABC News the NFL is aware of the incident.
The 29-year-old defensive lineman reportedly had an altercation with his fiancé at a party celebrating his birthday. The fiancé showed police bruising on her body which led to McDonald's arrest. This incident comes in the same week that teammate Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL nine games for multiple off-field run-ins, including a DUI last September. McDonald was also arrested for DUI in 2010.
On Thursday, the NFL publicized new policies regarding domestic violence. First-time offenders will be suspended six games while a second arrest could mean a lifetime ban.
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Houston Texans have acquired quarterback Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots for a conditional sixth or seventh-round pick in 2016, a source said on Sunday.
Mallett had served as the primary backup for Tom Brady in each of the last two seasons after being drafted in the third round in 2011. A 6'6" quarterback out of Arkansas, Mallett will enter Houston as the backup for vetern Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Texans will wavie Case Keenum in order to make room for Mallett and still have rookie Tom Savage on the depth chart. It was a rookie in New England that led to the trade as Jimmy Garoppolo completed 46 of 79 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns in the preseason.
During limited action this year, Mallett was just 14-for-26 passing in three games one touchdown.
Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images(HAMPTON, Ga.) -- With only two races remaining before the NASCAR "Chase for the Cup", Kasey Kahne cemented his spot in the new postseason format, winning the Oral B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.
Kahne had to hold off Matt Kenseth on a green-white checkered, but got a good jump on the restart to take the checkered flag. Kenseth did end up qualifying for the Chase on points by finishing second. Denny Hamlin finished third while Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards rounded out the top-5.
The 34-year-old first took the lead off a restart with 23 laps remaining and again surged to the front of the pack on the final restart. Harvick, who won the Nationwide race on Saturday, led 195 laps but made contact with Joey Logano on the final restart denying him a weekend sweep.
Making his return to NASCAR three weeks after a crash that killed Kevin Ward, Jr. at a dirt track race in upstate New York, Tony Stewart blew out his right front tire on lap 172, ending his night in 41st place.
Jason O. Watson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Kansas City Chiefs have apparently found their quarterback of the future, signing Alex Smith to a four-year contract extension. Multiple media reports say the deal is worth approximately $68 million.
Smith was acquired last season in a trade with San Francisco for a third round pick in 2013 and 2014. The extension will keep the signal caller in Kansas City through the 2018 season as he still has one year remaining on his current contract.
"It was a priority of ours to get this deal done and keep Alex in a Chiefs uniform long-term," Kansas City general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "Alex is a proven leader on and off the field. He is a special individual with a lot of ability, and we are fortunate to have him here."
The 30-year-old posted one of the best seasons of his career last season, throwing for 23 touchdowns and a career-high 3,313 passing yards. In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith helped the team to an 11-4 record and a spot in the playoffs.
Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive end Michael Sam cleared waivers Sunday, according to ESPN.
Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history. He came up short when he was cut by the St. Louis Rams Saturday, when all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. That put Sam on waivers until noon Sunday, meaning any team in the league could have picked him up. But the deadline passed meaning Sam is now clear to join a NFL team's practice squad.
Sam was cut Saturday in favor of undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ethan Westbrooks. After he was cut, Sam commented on Twitter.
"The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known," Sam tweeted Saturday. "The journey continues."
Sam, who was selected by the Rams in the seventh-round of this year's draft, had 11 tackles and three sacks in four preseason games.
BananaStock(FONTANA, Calif.) -- Will Power captured the 2014 IndyCar Series title after finishing ninth in Saturday night’s race at Fontana.
The driver of the number 12 car finishes the year with three victories, eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes for 671 points. Helio Castroneves ends the season second in the championship standings, 62 points behind Power.
It is Power’s first series championships. He came into the final race in 2010 and 2012, leading in the points standings, but failed to clinch the title.
Tony Kanaan took home the checkered flag in the 500-mile race for his first win of the season. Scott Dixon finished in second followed by Ed Carpenter, Juan Pablo Montoya and James Hinchcliffe to round out the top five.
Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Orioles acquired infielder Kelly Johnson from the Boston Red Sox and outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in a pair of trades on Saturday night.
The Orioles received Johnson and minor league infielder Michael Almanzar from the Red Sox for minor league infielders Ivan De Jesus and Jemile Weeks. In 87 games this season with the New York Yankees and Red Sox, the 32-year-old Johnson is hitting .212 with six home runs and 23 RBIs.
Baltimore acquired De Aza from the White Sox for minor league pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. In 122 games this season, the 30-year-old De Aza is batting .243 with five homers and 31 RBIs. He has also swiped 15 bases.
iStockphoto(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Padres (54-70) edged past the Los Angeles Dodgers (76-60) in 10 innings on Saturday night, 2-1. It’s the first time in franchise history that the Padres have won three consecutive games in extra-innings.
With one out and Will Venable on second base, Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista took the first pitch he saw from Dodgers reliever Jamey Wright and singled home the go-ahead run.
Los Angeles’ Zack Greinke and San Diego’s Ian Kennedy were locked in a pitcher’s duel. Grienke allowed one earned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out eight while walking two. Kennedy gave up one earned run and four hits over seven innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked three.