November 3, 2009 in Sports

In brief: Raiders will ‘evaluate’ allegations

From Staff And Wire Reports
 
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Raiders to look into new charges against ex-Idaho coach Tom Cable.
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Football: The Oakland Raiders will undertake a “serious evaluation” of allegations that coach Tom Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women.

The team released a statement in response to 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.

Cable acknowledged striking Sandy Cable with an open hand in a statement Sunday. Cable said the altercation happened more than 20 years ago and was the only time he’s ever touched a woman inappropriately. He stood by that statement Monday, declining to answer any questions on the topic.

This is the second allegation of violance against Cable. Former assistant Randy Hanson accused him of assault during training camp. The district attorney declined to file charges.

•Browns lose GM: The Cleveland Browns are without a general manager after George Kokinis left the club under unexplained circumstances.

After reports surfaced that Kokinis was fired, the team issued an awkwardly worded statement saying the GM “is no longer actively involved with the organization.”

The Browns also denied reports that Kokinis was escorted from their team headquarters.

•Florida suspends Spikes: Top-ranked Florida will be without star linebacker Brandon Spikes for the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

Coach Urban Meyer suspended Spikes after the defensive captain apparently attempted to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey in a 41-17 victory.

Martin’s 48 points help Kings to OT victory

Basketball: Kevin Martin scored 48 points and Beno Udrih hit a game-tying layup in the closing seconds of regulation to give the Sacramento Kings a 127-116 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in their home opener.

Spencer Hawes added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and Udrih scored 16 for the Kings, who gave new coach Paul Westphal his first win with the team.

Zach Randolph had 30 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out in overtime.

•Knicks find first win of season: David Lee scored a season-high 28 points, Al Harrington had 13 of his 24 in the fourth quarter, and the New York Knicks earned their first victory of the season by beating the visiting New Orleans Hornets 117-111.

Chris Paul had season highs of 32 points and 13 assists for the Hornets.

Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni says guard Nate Robinson could miss two weeks because of a sprained right ankle.

•Wolves reward Brewer, Love: The Minnesota Timberwolves have exercised contract options for next season on Corey Brewer and Kevin Love.

The moves announced were expected. They guarantee Brewer a $3.7 million salary in his fourth year and Love a $3.6 million salary in his third year.

•Preseason All-America team announced: Luke Harangody, the senior forward from Notre Dame, was the leading vote-getter on the Associated Press’ preseason All-America team.

The 6-foot-8 Harangody received 57 votes from the 65-member national media panel and was followed in the balloting by Kansas teammates Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins.

Junior forwards Patrick Patterson of Kentucky, who had 35 votes, and Kyle Singler of Duke, who had 30, rounded out the team.

Judge approves sale of Coyotes to NHL

NHL: The Phoenix Coyotes’ bumpy six-month journey through U.S. Bankruptcy Court has come to an end with a judge’s approval of the sale of the franchise to the NHL.

The NHL’s bid totals about $140 million. The official figure listed in the sale order is $128.4 million, but that does not include the $11.6 million the NHL has agreed to spend to purchase claims of nearly all the unsecured creditors in the case.

•Doughty leads Kings rally over Coyotes: Drew Doughty scored the go-ahead goal with 4:51 remaining and the Los Angels Kings rallied to beat the Phoenix Coyotes 5-3 in Glendale, Ariz.

Ryan Smyth scored twice, Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who won for the first time in five games this season when trailing after two periods. Los Angeles snapped a two-game losing streak.

Ovechkin ‘week to week’: The Washington Capitals say Alex Ovechkin is “week-to-week” with an upper-body injury.

Boise State to host 2012 Indoor Nationals

Miscellany: Boise State will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s National Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The university announced that the March event will be held at the Jackson Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa.

•New members to Golf’s Hall of Fame: Lanny Wadkins, Jose Maria Olazabal and Christy O’Connor Sr. were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.

Joining them posthumously was former President Dwight Eisenhower.

•Serena sets mark: Serena Williams has set the record for single-season prize money in women’s tennis by topping $6.5 million in 2009.

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