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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Tom Cable apparently will have to wait at least another day before meeting with owner Al Davis to discuss his status as Oakland Raiders coach.

The two had originally planned to meet Monday after Cable spent a week evaluating the team with his assistants. But no meeting had been held as of Monday evening and one was not expected later at night.

Cable's job status is in question after he went 5-11 in his first full season as coach and failed to develop JaMarcus Russell into a legitimate NFL quarterback.

CLEVELAND — He's secured the coach, lured Philadelphia's general manager to Cleveland and brought some stability to the wobbling Browns.

After one week, Mike Holmgren is loving his new, powerful gig.

"I'm the big boss," he said, chuckling. "I get the say in everything."

Holmgren continued Cleveland's makeover on Monday by hiring Tom Heckert away from the Eagles to be the Browns' new GM. The 42-year-old Heckert had been with the Eagles since 2001, spending the past four seasons as their top personnel executive.

Heckert helped build Philadelphia into a perennial NFC power, but did not have complete control over the team's roster. Those decisions belonged to Eagles coach Andy Reid.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut ticket prices for 2010, hoping to lure back some of the 17,000 season-ticket holders who didn't renew last year.

The Jaguars have reduced season tickets in two sections in the upper deck by $90, reduced season tickets in four sections in the lower bowl by $100, and reduced season tickets in two club sections by $300.

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano decided the defensive upgrades needed this offseason include a new coordinator.

The Dolphins on Monday announced the firing of defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni, whose unit backslid in the second year of the Bill Parcells regime.

Miami ranked 22nd in yards allowed after finishing 15th a year earlier. One problem was big plays — the Dolphins gave up 14 scoring passes of 20 yards or more, second-highest in the NFL.

College Football

CORVALLIS — Oregon State football coach Mike Riley has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2019.

The extension, announced by the university late Sunday, effectively quashes rumors that Riley might be a candidate for the Southern California job. Pete Carroll is expected to leave the Trojans to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

At the American Football Coaches Association convention in Orlando, Fla., Riley told The Associated Press on Monday he was never contacted by USC and had no intentions of leaving Corvallis.

"I'm very pleased to say I'm going to be at Oregon State for a long time," he said. "That's about as long as I'm going to coach probably. I wanted to get it out there that I was going to stay, regardless of whatever happened (at USC). I know that there were a ton of rumors out there and I thought that it was best to just get it all behind me."

The 56-year-old Riley is in his second tenure with the Beavers. He held the job in 1997-98, coached the San Diego Charges from 1999-2001, and has been at Oregon State since 2003. He has led the Beavers to six bowl games, winning five.

Riley grew up in Corvallis. His father was an assistant coach under Dee Andros.

SEATTLE — Steve Sarkisian appears perfectly content in the Pacific Northwest.

Despite rumors in Los Angeles that Sarkisian might be a potential successor to Pete Carroll at Southern California, the Washington coach says he's has not heard from the Trojans.

In a text message to The Associated Press late Sunday night, Sarkisian said USC had not contacted him about their coaching vacancy that became official when Carroll accepted the head job with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday morning.

Washington athletic director Scott Woodward said Monday night he also hadn't been told of anyone contacting Sarkisian.

A former Southern California assistant football coach stated in legal documents that he received prescriptions from team and university doctors he used to feed his addiction to painkillers, reported Monday.

The Web site reported Dave Watson said in a deposition that he told then-Trojans coach Pete Carroll of his addiction in February 2008, but was allowed to keep his job and use a vehicle provided by USC.

Watson was involved in a car accident in May 2008, in which he pleaded no contest to DUI charges and received three years' probation, reported. The driver of the car Watson hit is now suing Watson and USC.

Pro Basketball

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State forward Anthony Randolph will be sidelined perhaps two months or more with a serious ankle injury.

Randolph, a second-year pro averaging 11.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season, underwent an MRI exam Monday on his injured left ankle that revealed a tear of two outside ligaments in the ankle and a sprain in another ligament. He also has an avulsion fracture where the muscle pulled away from a piece of bone, which had prior damage from a previous sprain.

The Warriors say Randolph will wear a walking boot for three weeks and then be re-evaluated, but coach Don Nelson hinted the injury will be "pretty close" to season-ending.

Randolph left Friday night's 108-101 home victory over Sacramento late in the first quarter with the injury. Randolph collapsed to the floor after Tyreke Evans missed a driving layup at the buzzer and lay on the ground for several moments before teammates helped him off the court.

PHOENIX — Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat Monday night shortly before the Bucks' game against the Phoenix Suns.

Skiles, who spoke to the media shortly before the game and showed no signs of illness, was hospitalized for precautionary purposes, a team spokesman said.

— The Associated Press

Skiles, 45, is in his second year as Milwaukee's coach. Last season, he guided the team to a 34-48 record. This season, the Bucks were 15-19 coming into Monday night's game.

Skiles also coached the Suns from 1999-2002 and the Chicago Bulls from 2003-2008.

He played 10 seasons in the league with Milwaukee, Indiana, Orlando, Wasbington and Philadelphia.

Men's Basketball

LOS ANGELES — Point guard Jio Fontan has enrolled at Southern California after transferring from Fordham, where he was the Atlantic 10's rookie of the year last season.

Fontan will be eligible to play for the Trojans after the first semester of next season, the school said Monday.

He played in five games at Fordham this season before leaving school last month around the same time coach Dereck Whittenburg was fired.

Fontan averaged a team-best 15.3 points and 4.7 assists last season, starting all but one game as a freshman. He graduated from St. Anthony H.S. in Jersey City, N.J., where he played under coach Bob Hurley.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida lawmaker has called for an investigation into who phoned a hot line with a bogus claim that Tiger Woods' children were being abused.

The anonymous accusation last month was quickly rejected by Florida officials. But Republican state Sen. Ronda Storms wants officials, if possible, to prosecute the person.

A Department of Children and Families spokesman said Monday that a false report is difficult to prove unless the person confesses, but it result in civil or criminal penalties.

"False reporting is a very serious offense and takes precious time away from vulnerable citizens who truly need protection," spokesman Joe Follick said. "It is a crime and a frustration to the investigator and healthy families."

Woods has not been seen in public since Thanksgiving, when he was in an accident near his home in the exclusive, gated community of Windermere in an Orlando suburb. He announced on his Web site Dec. 10 that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the PGA Tour to focus on repairing his marriage after admitting his infidelity.


NEW YORK — Fox will announce Tuesday that it is launching its second all-soccer network in the United States on March 1.

The new network, called Fox Soccer Plus, will televise matches of the European Champions League, England's Premier League, the English Football Association Cup and the Italian Serie A.

Fox Soccer Channel began operation in 1997 and changed its name to FSC five years ago.

"As America's interest in the world's game is increasing, the launch of Fox Soccer Plus will complement and enhance our current programming on Fox Soccer Channel," new FSC general manager David Nathanson said.

The new network will draw content from Setanta USA, whose sublicenses with Fox are expiring, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail won't be included in the announcement.

Fox, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, is negotiating with cable carriers to determine what tiers the new network will be placed on. The new network will be broadcast in high definition; Fox also has been preparing to start high definition telecasts of FSC.

Fox has been televising the Premier League in the U.S. since 1998 and sublicenses some of the games to Setanta USA and ESPN2, which is televising 48 matches this season.

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