Sports briefs

Published: Sunday, Jan. 16 2011 11:17 p.m. MST

Ex-Raiders coach Cable files grievance

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A person familiar with the fines says former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grievance to recover $120,000 that the team penalized him during the final year of his contract.

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 Raiders announced on Jan. 4 that they would not exercise a $5 million, two-year option to keep Cable as coach.

Raiders senior executive John Herrera declined comment.

Cable did not keep his job despite leading the Raiders to an 8-8 finish in 2010. That marked the first time Oakland did not lose at least 11 games in a season since winning the 2002 AFC championship

Everton draws with Liverpool in EPL

LONDON — American goalkeeper Tim Howard cost Everton a victory in its Premier League match against local rival Liverpool by giving up the equalizing penalty kick in a 2-2 draw at Anfield.

Howard bundled over Argentine midfielder Maxi Rodriguez in the area in the 67th minute and Dirk Kuyt converted the penalty kick to get the home side a point.

The result left Liverpool winless in three games under Kenny Dalglish, the former club star who replaced Roy Hodgson as manager.

Manchester United survived the second-half ejection of right back Rafael to hold Tottenham to a 0-0 draw, keep its unbeaten run intact and remain top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City on goal difference.

Tottenham needed a win to go above Chelsea into fourth place and almost took maximum points when Rafael van der Vaart's curling shot in the 80th flew narrowly over.

City beat Wolverhampton 4-3 on Saturday and third-place Arsenal also won, 3-0 at bottom side West Ham, to move two points behind the joint leaders. United has two games in hand over City and one over Arsenal.

In the other matches, Birmingham drew 1-1 with Aston Villa and Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan scored in second-half stoppage time to earn Sunderland a 1-1 draw at home to local rival Newcastle.

Lochte beats Phelps for 200m IM title

AUSTIN, Texas — Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in the 200-meter individual medley Sunday in the last of their head-to-head showdown in the Austin Grand Prix.

Lochte finished in 1 minute, 59.26 seconds, well off his world record of 1:54:10. Eric Shanteau edged Phelps to finish second in 2:01:13. Phelps was third.

Brent Hayden won the 100 freestyle in 49.91. Ricky Berens finished second, and Lochte was third.

Fifteen-year-old Missy Franklin beat Olympian Katie Hoff in the 200 backstroke in 55.48. Franklin also won the 200 IM in 2:14:68.

CONCACAF wants 4th spot at World Cup

PANAMA CITY — CONCACAF will lobby for a guaranteed fourth spot in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The soccer organization's executive committee said Sunday that CONCACAF — the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football — has earned the right to increase its allotment of World Cup slots from 3 1/2. A decision is expected at a meeting of the FIFA executive committee in March.

"We believe that CONCACAF deserves another full place at the World Cup finals due to the performances of our teams on the field and the actions of our confederation off it," CONCACAF President Jack Warner said. "We are unified in our efforts to make this happen."

— Associated Press

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