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RAIDERS COACH NOT CHARGED

Compiled from Times wires

NAPA, Calif. - Raiders coach Tom Cable won't face charges over allegations he assaulted one of his assistants.

"Our duty is to do the right thing for the right reasons," Napa County district attorney Gary Lieberstein said Thursday. "Under the facts and circumstances of this case, it would be a miscarriage of justice to pursue criminal charges."

Cable has denied the accusation from the beginning.

"The Raider organization waited patiently for a comprehensive legal process to conclude, and now this matter has been resolved," team spokesman Mike Taylor said.

The investigation stemmed from a coaches meeting at the team's training camp hotelAug. 5 in Napa. Cable called defensive assistant Randy Hanson into a meeting with defensive coordinator John Marshall and defensive backs coaches Lionel Washington and Willie Brown.

Hanson said Cable came up behind him and knocked him out of his chair and into a table, causing a broken jaw and two cracked teeth. Hanson also said Cable threatened to kill him before being pulled away.

Lieberstein said interviews with witnesses established that Cable did not punch Hanson or make verbal threats. He said the evidence showed that Cable became angry and rushed toward Hanson, but an assistant stepped between them. Cable ran into the other assistant, who bumped into Hanson and knocked him out of his chair. The witnesses also told authorities that Cable then grabbed Hanson by the shirt but never struck or threatened him.

Lieberstein said that the investigation was hampered because Hanson did not file a police report at the time.

The NFL has been monitoring the case to determine whether Cable violated its personal conduct policy. A coach or player can be disciplined for "violent or threatening behavior among employees, whether in or outside the workplace."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that criminal charges need not be brought for the NFL to discipline Cable.

The league said in a statement it would review the district attorney's investigation and decision, and decide whether to take action.

Stadium in L.A. gets final approval

INDUSTRY, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he signed a bill allowing construction of a 75,000-seat stadium developers hope will lure a team back to the Los Angeles area. The stadium would be in Industry, about 15 miles east of Los Angeles.

Developers have targeted the 49ers, Bills, Chargers, Jaguars, Rams, Raiders and Vikings. They said those teams are in stadiums that are either too small or can't be updated with luxury-box seats or other revenue sources a team needs to thrive.

Cardinals: Receiver Anquan Boldin missed his second practice with a sprained right ankle but worked out separately. His status has not been determined.

Dolphins: Linebacker Matt Roth, previously out all season with a groin injury, will sit out Sunday against the Saints with a left ankle injury sustained at his first practice Wednesday.

Eagles: Linebacker Omar Gaither will have season-ending surgery for broken bones in his left foot. He was hurt Sunday.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan said receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who missed a game with a sore left hamstring, has a "real shot" to play Sunday against the Raiders.

Steelers: Safety Troy Polamalu missed his second practice healing from the torn medical collateral ligament in his left knee but expects to play against the Vikings on Sunday. He returned Sunday after missing four games.

Roethlisberger case: A judge in Reno, Nev., denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping a woman at a hotel-casino in Lake Tahoe. Brent Adams also refused a request to sanction the woman's attorney for pursuing the case without sufficient evidence.

Blackout: A Raiders home game will not be shown around Oakland, Calif., for the third consecutive time because it failed to sell out within 72 hours of kickoff.

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