San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of dragging his girlfriend and punching her in the head, leaving her with a ruptured eardrum, authorities said. The Santa Clara County (Calif.) District Attorney charged Foster on Thursday, when he was also arraigned in San Jose. Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor possession of a high-capacity magazine. Foster was accompanied to court by 49ers teammate Richard Sherman. He did not enter a plea and was released after posting $75,000 bail. He declined to answer media questions outside court, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Kaepernick workout postponed
After arranging for Colin Kaepernick to work out for the Seattle Seahawks this week, team officials postponed the trip when the quarterback declined to say he would stop kneeling during the national anthem next season, a league source told ESPN. Seattle still is considering bringing in Kaepernick for a tryout, and no decisions are final, a source said . . . The NFL rejected linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s appeal and imposed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers, the fourth year in a row he'll miss the start of a Cincinnati Bengals season . . . Star wide receiver Jarvis Landry is close to finalizing a multiyear contract extension with the Cleveland Browns, who believe the three-time Pro Bowler can hasten their turnaround. According to NFL.com, the two sides are working on a five-year, $75.5 million deal.
Favre talks about concussions
Brett Favre says he might have had ‘‘thousands’’ of concussions during his Hall of Fame career. Favre, who played from 1992-2010 and was known for his aggressive approach to football, said on NBC’s ‘‘Megyn Kelly Today’’ that he is experiencing short-term memory issues. Favre, 48, has become an advocate for concussion research and said he had three or four known concussions during his lengthy career. Favre added that he worries about developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as he ages . . . The Buffalo Bills placed Richie Incognito on their reserve/retired list in a move confirming the offensive guard’s intention to abruptly quit football after 11 seasons.
Prokhorov sells 49 percent of Nets
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov completed the sale of a 49 percent interest in the team to Joe Tsai, who could become the controlling owner in three years. The NBA’s Board of Governors unanimously approved the sale to Tsai, the co-founder of China-based global internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Prokhorov will remain the controlling owner for now . . . The New York Knicks fired their coach Jeff Horncek. The Knicks lost more than 50 games and missed the playoffs both seasons under Hornacek. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis also was fired . . . The Orlando Magic fired coach Frank Vogel. Vogel was with the Magic for two years, going 54-110 . . . Thunder guard Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double for 2nd straight season. His season averages were 25.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. He ranks fourth in NBA history with 104 career triple-doubles, three behind Jason Kidd . . . Washington Wizards forward Mike Scott, a key member on the team’s second unit, entered the NBA concussion program after sustaining a blow to the head in the team’s Wednesday night regular-season finale against the Orlando Magic. In another development, the Wizards announced the signing of free agent Ty Lawson, a point guard who had previously attracted the team’s attention as he played in the Chinese Basketball Association this season. Lawson, 30, will be eligible for Washington’s playoff run . . . The NBA set an attendance record for the fourth straight season, surpassing 22 million for the first time. The league says 22.1 million fans attended games in the regular season, eclipsing 21.9 million during the 2016-17 season. The NBA also announced a record for average attendance at 17,987, improving from last season’s high of 17,884. The league says it set records for online merchandise sales — up 25 percent from last season — and a 9 percent increase in social media followers.
UConn players drafted in first round
Three UConn players were selected in the first round of the WNBA draft at Nike’s New York headquarters. Gabby Williams was taken by the Chicago Sky with the fourth pick. Azura Stevens, who decided to forego her final year of eligibility at UConn, was taken sixth by the Dallas Wings. The New York Liberty picked Kia Nurse at No. 10. The Las Vegas Aces made South Carolina star A’ja Wilson the top overall pick. The Atlanta Dream traded forward Bria Holmes to the Connecticut Sun for two second-round draft picks. The Dream acquired the No. 15 overall pick as well as a second-round pick in 2019.
NHL suspends Doughty one game
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty was suspended for one game by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier during Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. Doughty will miss Game 2 on Friday night in Las Vegas . . . Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will miss six to eight weeks after additional tests confirmed the fracture in his right elbow. The fracture will not require surgery . . . Detroit Tigers pitcher J ordan Zimmermann is expected to make his next start on Tuesday after being hit on the jaw by a line drive against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night. Zimmermann said that the swelling in his jaw had gone down and he didn't have a headache, and he planned on beginning his usual routine between starts.