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Raiders Coach Tom Cable discusses abuse allegations with Al Davis

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The coach's job status was not discussed.

November 05, 2009|Dylan Hernandez | Staff and Wire Reports

Coach Tom Cable said Wednesday that he has spoken with Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis about allegations that Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women.

"What we talked about is between us and we'll keep it that way," he said.

Cable said the conversation came within the last two days and that his job status was not discussed. Cable said he planned to coach the team for the rest of the season.

The Raiders are undergoing a "serious evaluation" of allegations made to ESPN by Cable's first wife, Sandy Cable, and former girlfriend, Marie Lutz, that the coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.

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The unbeaten Indianapolis Colts have lost starting linebacker Tyjuan Hagler for the rest of the season because of a ruptured biceps. . . . Former UCLA standout Jarrad Page, a three-year starter at free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs, will sit out the rest of the season because of a calf injury.

BASEBALL

Padilla's accident was at a gun range

The accident that forced Dodgers pitcher Vicente Padilla to go to a hospital in his native Nicaragua on Tuesday took place at a shooting range, a representative for the Nicaraguan national police said. Padilla was released from the hospital the same day.

His right leg was grazed by a bullet when his bodyguard attempted to fix Padilla's gun and accidentally set it off, the representative, Vilma Reyes, said. Padilla's agent, Adam Katz, had said his client was hurt in a hunting accident.

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BASKETBALL

Lieberman gets D-League job

Nancy Lieberman is set to become the first female head coach of an NBA Development League team.

A news conference is scheduled today to introduce Lieberman as the first coach of the team that will begin play during the 2010-11 season in Frisco, a suburb about half an hour north of downtown Dallas.

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North Carolina women's coach Sylvia Hatchell says Jessica Breland's Hodgkin's lymphoma has gone into remission, though it's still unclear whether the senior will be able to play this season.

SOCCER

Liverpool's hopes suffer a big hit

Liverpool's chances of progressing in the Champions League took a big hit when the five-time European champions conceded late to draw 1-1 at Lyon, which advanced to the next round.

With Arsenal moving to the verge of qualification with a 4-1 win over AZ Alkmaar, Liverpool is in severe danger of becoming the first English club to fall at the group stage since Manchester United in 2005.

Also, Sevilla advanced to the knockout stage after its 1-1 draw at Stuttgart and Inter Milan scored twice in the last four minutes to revitalize its chances with a 2-1 win at Dynamo Kiev.

ETC.

Toyota pulls out of Formula One

Toyota is pulling out of Formula One racing, the world's largest automaker announcing that it needs to cut costs and focus on its core business.

Toyota follows Honda Motor Co. as the second major Japanese automaker to withdraw from the sport in the last 11 months. Honda pulled out last December amid worsening economic conditions. Brawn GP, which took over the old Honda team, won the 2009 F1 championship.

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De'Quan Muhammad, 18, has been charged with lying to police investigating the stabbing death of University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard. . . . Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes has asked to serve a full-game suspension for apparently trying to gouge the eyes of a Georgia running back and Coach Urban Meyer has obliged. . . . Roger Federer reached the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors at Basel by beating Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-3. . . . Golfer Anthony Kim says he will not be going to the Dubai World Championship in two weeks to compete for the $7.5-million bonus pool, citing his desire to come home to the United States after a grueling schedule. . . . Disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy was a free man after serving most of a 15-month sentence in a gambling scandal. . . . Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Kari Lehtonen is expected to miss six to eight weeks after having a second back surgery. . . . Natalie Darwitz scored twice to help the U.S. women's hockey team beat Sweden, 3-2, and set up a Saturday final against Canada in the Four Nations Cup at Vierumaki, Finland.

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