Former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was charged with domestic violence and false imprisonment in connection with allegations he assaulted his ex-fiancee while she held their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said Thursday.

McDonald was also charged with child endangerment and violating a court order, the Santa Clara (Calif.) County district attorney's office said. The false imprisonment charge is a felony while the other counts are misdemeanors.

Prosecutors said police responded to a domestic disturbance at a home around 4 a.m. on May 25 and found McDonald had broken into the woman's bedroom and assaulted her.

He was arraigned on Thursday but did not enter a plea. He is due back in court in August.

The 49ers let McDonald go in mid-December just a month after Santa Clara County prosecutors declined to file charges against him in a separate domestic violence investigation stemming from an arrest on Aug. 31 at his home.

Goodell says Brady ruling coming soon

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said a decision on Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for having Super Bowl footballs deflated "is coming soon" and could happen as soon as next week, according to CNBC.

Tour de France

Crash takes out race leader

The yellow jersey seems to be an unlucky charm at this Tour de France.

German rider Tony Martin started Thursday's sixth stage in the lead and ended it in the hospital after breaking his collarbone in a crash that he caused near the finish line. He became the second race leader to pull out of the race, after Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara fractured two vertebrae in his lower back on Monday.

The crash also dragged down defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and fellow Tour contender Nairo Quintana, but they escaped with cuts and bruises. Czech rider Zdenek Stybar rode away amid the chaos to clinch his first Tour stage win.

With Martin out, 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome moved into the overall lead.

College Athletics

Flag decision satisfies NCAA

The NCAA will end a nearly 15-year ban on South Carolina hosting sanctioned championship events following the decision to remove the Confederate flag from the state's capitol grounds.

Gov. Nikki Haley signed the legislation Thursday. Within minutes of announcement, NCAA Board of Governors Chairman Kirk Schulz issued a statement commending South Carolina's lawmakers for taking the action.

The ban applied to all championship events with predetermined host sites, such as the men's basketball tournament. Events that were assigned to home teams, such as the baseball tournament, were exempt from the ban.


College basketball: Memphis granted Austin Nichols a conditional release, clearing the way for the Tigers' leading scorer last season to transfer. Nichols averaged 13.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this past season. He becomes the third Memphis player to transfer since the end of the season.

Track and field: Justin Gatlin finished in 9.75 seconds and easily won the 100 meters at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland. Gatlin remains unbeaten in the 100 since 2013.

Motorcycle racing: Ryan Villopoto, six-time champion in motocross and Supercross, announced his retirement from racing, saying he's still in severe discomfort from a crash in April that left him with tailbone and back injuries.

Auto racing: Matt Crafton took his ninth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, winning at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta when the race stopped early because of a wreck that damaged the catch fence.