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Sports in brief: Zags open with Alberta

Basketball: Gonzaga entertains the University of Alberta in a men’s basketball exhibition game tonight at 6 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Alberta coach Greg Francis served as head coach of Canada’s junior national team, which included Bulldogs freshmen Mangisto Arop and Kelly Olynyk and Alberta freshmen Jordan Baker and Robert Dewar. In his first season as Alberta’s coach, Francis has just four returning players, including 2008-09 starters Scott Leigh, Harvey Bradford and Sahr Saffa.

The Golden Bears (4-4) are coming off wins over Lethbridge on Friday and Saturday.

Jim Meehan

Texas steps up to No. 2 in polls

Football: Texas took advantage of Alabama’s week off, as the Longhorns moved into the second spot in this week’s BCS standings and Associated Press Top 25.

Texas defeated Oklahoma State 41-14 on Saturday. Alabama, which was ranked No. 1 by the AP two weeks ago, slipped a spot for the second consecutive week despite remaining undefeated.

Florida, which defeated Georgia 41-17, remained in the top spot in the BCS and the major polls.

See complete polls on Scoreboard, B4

Women: Cable was physically abusive

Football: The former wife of Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable and a recent girlfriend claim Cable has a history of violent behavior toward women, and asked that he seek help for his anger.

Sandy Cable and Marie Lutz said in seperate interviews on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that the first-year head coach physically abused them at various times during their relationships.

Cable’s attorney, Donald Yee, said in a statement Sunday that ESPN refused to provide details about the story when the network asked for comment. Yee also questioned the network’s motives after waiting until Friday to contact the coach.

“In our view, ESPN has quite purposefully chosen not to provide a fair and balanced story,” Yee said. “To us, this represents ambush journalism and utterly fails to meet the standards and practices of responsible journalists.”

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said the network stands by its story.

“We’ve got nothing to say right now,” Raiders senior executive John Hererra said before the Raiders played at San Diego.

Cable acknowledged striking Sandy Cable with an open hand in a statement released to the Associated Press. Cable said the altercation happened more than 20 years ago and was the only time he’s ever touched a woman inappropriately.

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