Oakland head coach Cable avoids discipline from NFL after it investigates allegations

The NFL said it will not discipline Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable after looking into allegations of domestic violence and his altercation with an assistant coach.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday the league looked into Cable’s conduct and determined no punishment was warranted.

Cable was accused of breaking assistant coach Randy Hanson’s jaw and teeth in a training-camp fight. The Napa County district attorney did not file charges, so Aiello said the league saw no grounds to punish Cable.

Cable admitted slapping his first wife more than 20 years ago, but that did not warrant punishment because it happened before he joined the NFL. Cable also was accused of attacking a former girlfriend last year, but no charges were filed.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian said the team hopes to complete a new deal with defensive captain Gary Brackett before free agency opens March 5, but said it was unlikely the Colts would use the franchise tag.

Green Bay used its franchise tag on nose tackle Ryan Pickett, who will make just over $7 million next season.

Seattle announced it will use its franchise tag to retain control of kicker Olindo Mare.


BOYS’ HOCKEY: Shane Hearn scored three goals to lead Hebron Academy to a 9-0 win over North Yarmouth Academy at Hebron.

GIRLS’ HOCKEY: Courtney Dumont had three goals to lead North Yarmouth Academy to a 5-1 win over visiting Kents Hill at Travis Roy Arena.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL: Juliana Blais scored 10 points for Berwick Academy (5-13) in a 53-33 loss to the Pingree School (12-7) at South Hamilton, Mass.


NECBL: The Sanford Mainers announced that right-handed pitchers Colin Snow, Dustin Ramey and Kyle Davis are returning to the team for the 2010 season.


NHL: The Dallas Stars waived goaltender Alex Auld, a strong indication that Marty Turco won’t be moved before next week’s trading deadline.

The move leaves the Stars with two goalies: Turco, in the last season of his contract, and Kari Lehtonen.

The Phoenix Coyotes recalled goaltender Joel Gistedt from the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.


DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL: Seventh-seeded James Blake closed out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 first-round victory over fellow American Taylor Dent at the Delray Beach, Fla.

DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS: Janko Tipsarevic defeated Australian Open finalist Andy Murray 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 in the second round at Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


IRL: Veteran driver Davey Hamilton will run three IndyCar Series races for Luczo Dragon Racing, the team announced. He joins 2009 rookie of the year Raphael Matos as the team’s drivers.


SOLHEIM CUP: The LPGA Tour picked Rosie Jones to be the U.S. captain for the Solheim Cup next year in Ireland.


ALGARVE CUP: Lauren Cheney scored in the 61st minute as the United States beat Iceland 2-0 in the opening round at Vila Real Santo Antonio, Portugal.

U.S. MEN: Brian Ching scored on a diving header in the 75th minute and Sacha Kljestan got the go-ahead goal in the second minute of stoppage time as the U.S. beat El Salvador 2-1 in an exhibition at Tampa, Fla.


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