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By The Associated Press
Associated Press
2009-08-19 07:18 PM
A former Harrah's employee has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of raping another worker and alleges that managers of the Lake Tahoe hotel-casino covered up the assault.

Stacy Dingman, the former director of hotels at Harrah's, is one of nine defendants named in the lawsuit filed last month in Washoe County District Court. She said she is the former best friend of the woman who claims the two-time Super Bowl winner raped her during a celebrity golf tournament in July 2008.

Brad Johnson, a Reno lawyer representing Dingman, said in the motion filed Monday that there is no evidence or witnesses to support any of the allegations in the lawsuit.

NAPA, California (AP) _ Tom Cable went on the defensive and the NFL said it would investigate reports that the Oakland Raiders coach got into a fight that sent one of his assistants to the hospital.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is looking into the situation to try to determine the facts of what happened.

A day after calling it "an internal issue that we are dealing with," Cable denied anything transpired at all with defensive assistant Randy Hanson earlier this month. Cable allegedly punched Hanson in the jaw.

A report filed with the Napa Police Department describes an unnamed 41-year-old Raiders assistant coach being treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for a jaw injury, which the victim alleges was caused by an unidentified member of the Raiders coaching staff on Aug. 5.

BASEBALL

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Ivan Rodriguez, the 14-time All-Star catcher who started his career with the Rangers at age 19, was acquired by Texas in a trade with the Houston Astros for minor league pitcher Matt Nevarez and two players to be named later.

The 37-year-old Rodriguez signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Astros in March and hit .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 93 games.

Rodriguez won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves with the Rangers and helped lead the franchise's only three playoff teams in 1996, 1998 and 1999, when he won the AL MVP award.

Rodriguez caught 1,426 games in Texas, second in club history to Jim Sundberg's 1,495. He hit .305 with 215 home runs and 829 RBIs with the Rangers.

GOLF

SYDNEY (AP) _ John Daly plans to return to the Australian Open a year after being fined for smashing a fan's camera into a tree during the tournament.

Golf Australia announced that the two-time major winner will join the field for the tournament at Sydney's New South Wales Golf Club from Dec. 3-6.

Daly will also play the Australian PGA Championship at Coolum, on Queensland state's Sunshine Coast, the week after the Australian Open.

Daly received a suspended fine from the PGA of Australia at the last Australian Open after taking a spectator's camera and throwing it at a tree at Royal Sydney's 9th hole. The 1991 PGA Championship winner and 1995 British Open champion recently returned to the PGA Tour following a six-month suspension for several off-course incidents.

CYCLING

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ Lance Armstrong brought traffic to a standstill after issuing a Twitter invitation for Scottish cyclists to join him on a casual bike ride.

"Hey Glasgow, Scotland! I'm coming your way," Armstrong wrote. "Who wants to go for a bike ride?"

More than 200 rode in pouring rain when the seven-time Tour de France winner turned up in the Paisley district of Glasgow. Joining Armstrong on his ride was former world champion Graeme Obree.

Armstrong told reporters he would compete in next year's Tour de France. After coming out of a three-year retirement, Armstrong finished third in this year's Tour.

He said he has no plans to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

HOCKEY

DETROIT (AP) _ The Detroit Red Wings signed Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the hopes that the veteran forward can help make up for some of the Red Wings' significant losses.

After falling one win short of repeating as Stanley Cup champions in June, the Red Wings watched as forwards Marian Hossa, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Samuelsson and Tomas Kopecky signed with other teams.

The 34-year-old Bertuzzi scored 15 goals and had 44 points last season, ranking sixth in both categories for the Calgary Flames. He played in an average of 67 games the past two seasons after a back injury stunted his career.

SAILING

UNDATED (AP) _ The sailing Sunderlands are at it again.

Abigail Sunderland wants to one-up older brother Zac when she sets sail in November in a quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone.

Unlike Zac, she plans to do it nonstop.

Abby, as her family calls her, turns 16 on Oct. 19. She wants to leave Marina del Rey in the Los Angeles area in early November.

Her father, Laurence, said that the family, which lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif., is negotiating with potential sponsors to help cover the $350,000 cost of the adventure.

On July 16, 17-year-old Zac Sunderland became the youngest person to sail around the world alone when he pulled into Marina del Rey.

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