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Pitino had liaison and paid for abortion

August 12, 2009

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College basketball
Former Celtics coach Rick Pitino told police he had sex with and paid for an abortion for the woman accused of trying to extort him for $10 million, the Courier-Journal of Louisville (Ky.) reported on its website last night. Pitino, the Louisville men’s coach, told police he had been drinking in a Louisville restaurant and had sex with Karen Sypher in August 2003. The police report said he denied allegations by Sypher that he raped her after the restaurant closed. He said later he gave her $3,000 for an abortion. Sypher went to police to report the rape allegations last month. A Kentucky prosecutor said the complaint she filed with a police sex-offense unit wouldn’t be prosecuted because it lacked supporting evidence. Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort up to $10 million from Pitino and lying to the FBI. Sypher is married to the team’s equipment manager, Tim Sypher, but divorce papers were recently filed. Tim Sypher served as Pitino’s personal assistant with the Celtics from 1997-2001.

Baseball
Grimsley, steroid investigators meet
Former pitcher Jason Grimsley, a key figure in the federal investigation of steroids in baseball, met with prosecutors yesterday at the courthouse in Washington where a grand jury is looking into whether Roger Clemens lied to Congress. Former Houston-area gym owner Kelly Blair also was at the federal courthouse, giving testimony in the probe into whether Clemens misled a congressional committee last year when the seven-time Cy Young Award winner denied under oath using steroids or human growth hormone. Grimsley did not comment after spending a little more than an hour meeting with prosecutors. Grimsley pitched for seven major league teams from 1989-2006, and federal agents searched his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., in June 2006. In a statement that year, IRS Special Agent Jeff Novitzky said Grimsley implicated nine players - including Jose Canseco, Lenny Dykstra, and Rafael Palmeiro - in doping. Clemens was not among the players named by Grimsley. Blair spent some 90 minutes testifying before the grand jury. Blair said previously that he used to take steroids himself and once provided Andy Pettitte’s father with HGH for medical reasons, but he has denied supplying Clemens or any professional athletes with the substances.

Moyer rips Phillies after bullpen shift
Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer lashed out at team management, saying he felt “misled’’ by the club and “disheartened’’ by its decision to demote him to the bullpen. Moyer was dropped from the rotation to make room for Pedro Martinez, set to return to the majors tonight against the Cubs. Moyer, 46, leads the NL East-leading Phillies in wins and losses with a 10-9 record. His 5.47 ERA is among the highest in the majors . . . Cardinals pitcher Todd Wellemeyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow, a day after the team scratched him from a scheduled return to the rotation . . . Chris Duncan and Gil Velazquez homered as the visiting Pawtucket Red Sox topped the Charlotte Knights, 4-0 . . . Michael Petrosino’s home run highlighted Peabody Western’s 7-5 win over Portsmouth (N.H.) in the New England Regional Little League tournament at Bristol, Conn.

Basketball
Lakers’ Gasol has surgery on finger
Lakers center Pau Gasol had surgery on his left index finger after an injury during practice with Spain’s national team in Madrid. He will be sidelined at least three weeks. The Spanish basketball federation said Gasol damaged a ligament in his nonshooting hand Monday while blocking a shot . . . The Wizards signed forward-center Fabricio Oberto. The 6-foot-10-inch, 245-pound Oberto averaged 3.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in four seasons with San Antonio . . . In WNBA action, Shameka Christon scored 11 points and the New York Liberty rallied in the second half for a 65-61 victory over the turnover-prone Sparks at Los Angeles . . . Deanna Nolan scored 23 points as the Detroit Shock topped the host Washington Mystics, 81-77 . . . Rebekkah Brunson had 19 points, leading the Sacramento Monarchs past the host San Antonio Silver Stars, 90-73.

College football
Hokies star Evans will miss the season
Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans will miss the upcoming season after the starting tailback tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice. Evans led the team with 1,265 yards and scored 11 touchdowns last season. He set a school record with 253 rushing yards against Maryland, and was the MVP of the Orange Bowl after gaining 153 yards . . . Harvard was picked to win its third straight Ivy League title in the league’s preseason media poll.

Miscellany
Despite stiff back, Gordon ready to roll
Jeff Gordon, who is currently fourth in the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship standings, said he will be ready to race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, even though the four-time NASCAR champion has a stiff back from his spectacular accident at Watkins Glen Monday . . . Michael Schumacher called off his much-anticipated Formula One comeback because of injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident earlier this year. Schumacher was set to replace injured Ferrari driver Felipe Massa temporarily . . . Ryan Riley tied the course record with an 8-under-par 63 to win the Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship at Franconia GC in Springfield. Riley finished the two-day event at 13-under 129 . . . Robert Linn of Enfield, Conn., fired an even-par 72 to take medalist honors at the US Senior Amateur qualifier at the Golf Club of New England in Stratham, N.H. Also qualifying were Jack Bracken (73) of Avon, Conn.; Paul Nunez (75) of Holliston; and Alan Bouchard (75) of Falmouth, Maine . . . The US defeated Chile, 4-0, in its final crossover game at the Women’s Junior World Cup field hockey tournament at Harvard University.