Former Raiders coach Tom Cable files grievance

Former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover $120,000 that the team fined him during the final year of his contract.

A person familiar with the fines spoke to the Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. The story was first reported by ESPN.

The person did not say why the Raiders withheld the money from Cable’s paychecks. ESPN reported owner Al Davis was upset that the Raiders lost two days of organized team activities in June for violating NFL rules.


The grievance eventually will be heard by an arbitrator appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera and NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment.

Rob Ryan has agreed to become the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, two people with direct knowledge of the hire told the AP.

Ryan is the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan and the brother of New York Jets Coach Rex Ryan. The Cowboys are scheduled to face the Jets next season.

The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move.


Votto, Reds agree on deal

National League most valuable player Joey Votto has agreed to a $38-million, three-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds, buying out his arbitration years and giving the reigning NL Central champions some short-term budget security.

A person familiar with the negotiations told the AP about the deal Sunday on condition of anonymity because the contract had not yet been announced.

Votto made $525,000 last year and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

American League MVP Josh Hamilton is out of the hospital.

The Texas Rangers said in a statement that their slugging outfielder was discharged Sunday afternoon from the Medical Center of Arlington, five days after he was admitted for treatment of an early case of pneumonia.

The Oakland Athletics have made another move to boost their bullpen, agreeing to terms with free-agent left-handed reliever Brian Fuentes on a two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told the AP.

Fuentes still must pass a physical before he signs. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.

The 35-year-old Fuentes was 4-1 with 24 saves and a 2.81 earned-run average in 48 appearances and 48 innings with the Angels and Minnesota Twins in 2010.


Kostelic extends his lead

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia extended his runaway start to 2011, winning a men’s World Cup slalom on the Lauberhorn course at Wengen, Switzerland.

Kostelic had a combined two-run time of 1 minute 45.28 seconds to stretch his lead in the World Cup overall and slalom standings.

He also won the super-combined Friday at Wengen as part of a career-best 15-day stretch that includes four World Cup victories, plus second- and fifth-place finishes.

The women’s World Cup slalom race at Maribor, Slovenia, was called off less than two hours before its scheduled start because warm weather damaged the Pohorje course.

FIS has yet to decide whether the races will be rescheduled.

Washington State starting point guard Reggie Moore has been suspended indefinitely by Coach Ken Bone.

Moore last month received two misdemeanor citations in Whitman County involving marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The Whitman County prosecutor’s office said Moore was cited after a Dec. 11 search of a dormitory room.

The charges each carry mandatory minimums of one day in jail and a fine that usually ranges from $250 to $500.

Overwhelming favorite Blind Luck finished second behind Always a Princess in the $150,000 El Encino Stakes at Santa Anita.