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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald as San Jose police investigate him on suspicion of a sexual assault on Monday. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke (BAHL'-kee) said the decision was prompted by a pattern of poor decision making, adding that "we expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions." The Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced last month that it declined to file charges against McDonald in a domestic violence investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest.
UNDATED (AP) — Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York have turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') and his staff handled evidence in the Ray Rice case. Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press about the handover of material on condition of anonymity because details of the investigation won't be made public until former FBI director Robert S. Mueller (MUHL'-ur) releases his report. One of the sources says the report is expected to be completed this month.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Paul Chryst (krist) is the new head football coach at Wisconsin after going 19-19 in three seasons at Pittsburgh. The 49-year-old Chryst had two prior stints as an assistant coach for the Badgers. He was part of the Wisconsin staff from 2005-11, helping the Badgers to five double-digit victory seasons and two Rose Bowls.
UNDATED (AP) — West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck is joining the NCAA as executive vice president of regulatory affairs. The NCAA is creating a new position for Luck that will bring academic and membership affairs, the eligibility center and enforcement under one umbrella. He will oversee day-to-day operations in all NCAA regulatory functions.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have acquired outfielder Wil Myers, catcher Ryan Hanigan and minor league pitchers Jose Castillo and Gerardo Reyes from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher Rene Rivera. Myers was the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year but was limited to 87 games this year due to a right wrist injury, hitting .222 with six home runs and 35 RBIs.
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