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The scheduled meeting between Raiders coach Tom Cable and managing general partner Al Davis didn't take place Tuesday, as Cable and his assistants spent a second straight day on player evaluations.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the meeting will take place at some point, though there isn't a firm date and time.

Davis and Cable met briefly Jan. 4; one day after the Raiders completed a 5-11 season. At the time, Cable said he and Davis agreed to meet sometime this week to discuss Cable's future as the Raiders coach.

Cable just completed his second season as the Raiders coach. The Raiders victory total matched the most of any Raiders team since 2002, when the Raiders won 11 regular-season games and reached the Super Bowl.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Former Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel has spoken to the New York Giants by telephone about their vacant defensive coordinator's job but is giving the Kansas City Chiefs the first shot at hiring him.

Crennel's agent, Joe Linta, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Crennel talked to the Giants on Monday.

Linta said Crennel is focused on becoming the Chiefs' defensive coordinator.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley has yet to clarify the status of current defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who is still on the staff.

Last week, the Chiefs hired former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator. Weis previously was the offensive coordinator in New England under Bill Belichick at the same time Crennel coordinated the defense.

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke took issue Tuesday with criticism he was less than genuine in interviewing minority candidates before Seattle hired Pete Carroll as its coach.

Speaking moments after he introduced Carroll as the eighth coach in Seattle's 34-year history, Leiweke said he offered the Seahawks president's job to former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy last month. The offer came soon after the Seahawks forced Tim Ruskell to resign as president and general manager Dec. 3.

"That's not to defend myself with the Rooney Rule. Tony would have made a heck of a president. That was the first call I made," said Leiweke, who has been doing the interviews for the team's coach, GM and president vacancies on behalf of team owner Paul Allen.


FLACHAU, Austria — Lindsey Vonn landed in an unaccustomed spot — sprawled on the course instead of standing on the victory podium.

She fell during the first run of a World Cup slalom Tuesday night that was won by Marlies Schild of Austria.

Vonn straddled a gate halfway down the course and lost her right ski. Despite the fall, Vonn kept her lead in the overall World Cup standings. She was coming off wins in speed races over three straight days last weekend, a first for an American.

Vonn has skied with a brace on her lower left arm since bruising it during a crash in the giant slalom last month.

Vonn said she will put in extra slalom training this week for next weekend's technical races in Maribor, Slovenia.

Schild finished in a combined 1 minute, 37.89 seconds for her second win of the season and 22nd of her career. Germany's Maria Riesch was second and Austria's Kathrin Zettel was third. Sarah Schleper was the fastest American, finishing 17th.

Pro Hockey

PITTSBURGH — FSN Pittsburgh has indefinitely suspended a longtime hockey producer for not quickly showing a replay that could have caused a short-handed goal to be awarded to Flyers forward Simon Gagne against the Penguins on Thursday.

The producer, Lowell MacDonald Jr., is the one-time lead hockey producer at ESPN and is the son of former Penguins forward Lowell MacDonald.

Gagne's shot appeared to cross the goal line while Penguins goalie Brent Johnson was covering it during the second period of the Flyers' 7-4 victory, but the on-ice officials did not signal a goal. TV replays made available to NHL officials in Toronto were inconclusive.

Moments after play resumed, FSN Pittsburgh aired a replay from an overhead camera that showed the puck crossing the goal line.


NEW YORK — Goose Gossage watched Mark McGwire's televised confession to steroids use and was happy his former teammate came clean. That's where the praise ended, with the Hall of Fame reliever saying there should be no place in Cooperstown for McGwire or any other player who used performance-enhancing drugs.

"I definitely think that they cheated," Gossage said Tuesday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "And what does the Hall of Fame consist of? Integrity. Cheating is not part of integrity."

For Gossage, Hank Aaron still holds the career record of 755 home runs and Roger Maris owns the season record of 61. The Goose tosses out the fantastic figures posted by Barry Bonds, McGwire, Sammy Sosa as part of a "cheating era," dismissing them as if they were scuffed baseballs being rolled to the clubbies. He equated them with Pete Rose, barred from the Hall ballot because of his lifetime ban for betting on Cincinnati while managing the team.

LAGUNA NIGEL, Calif. — The ball Alex Rodriguez hit for his 500th home run will be auctioned off online.

SCP Auctions said bidding will begin Jan. 20 for the ball recovered by a college student at the old Yankee Stadium when A-Rod hit No. 500 on Aug. 4, 2007.

SCP also sold the balls Barry Bonds hit for his 755 and 756th home runs.


NEW YORK — Leaders at the U.S. Olympic Committee would consider bidding to bring a Winter Games to America as part of a larger effort to repair the federation's international standing.

"Nothing's off the table at this point," chairman Larry Probst said during an interview at Associated Press headquarters Tuesday, when asked about a possible 2022 bid.

The USOC has been quiet about future bids since Chicago finished dead last in the running to host the 2016 Summer Games that were awarded to Rio de Janeiro. A bid for the 2020 Summer Games is widely viewed as unlikely given Chicago's recent failure, at the cost of $70 million, and a similar early exit by New York in the race for the 2012 Olympics.

Probst and the USOC's new CEO, Scott Blackmun, said they're exploring the winter bid along with all options that would improve the USOC's strained relationship with the International Olympic Committee. Many saw Chicago's loss as a slap at USOC leadership by IOC members.

Winter Olympics aren't as popular with bid cities as the Summer Games. In some circles, the thought of hosting a Winter Olympics — or a Youth Olympic Games — could be viewed as a step toward eventually bringing a Summer Olympics back to the United States.

Pro Basketball

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Kings leading scorer Kevin Martin is ready to return to practice after recovering from surgery on his left wrist.

The Kings said Tuesday that Martin is cleared for full contact participation. He will practice Wednesday and join the team on its upcoming six-game road trip beginning Friday in Philadelphia.

Martin averaged 30.6 points through the first five games before injuring the wrist.

College Football

LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech on Tuesday asked a judge to throw out fired coach Mike Leach's lawsuit, saying state law gives the university immunity from legal action.

The university contended Leach is barred from suing the university without a waiver of sovereign immunity from the Texas Legislature.

Attorneys for Leach, who was fired last month amid allegations he mistreated a player who had suffered a concussion, also filed additional claims Tuesday, including that the school violated the Texas Whistleblower Act in dismissing the coach.

One of the attorneys, Paul Dobrowski, said at a news conference that a sovereign immunity defense isn't permissible under a whistleblower claim. In a statement read by another attorney, Ted Liggett, Leach said he expects to be "vindicated," and will "vigorously prosecute" his claims.

— The Associated Press

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