Louisville basketball Coach Rick Pitino told a jury that a woman accused of demanding millions from him initiated sex by whispering to him and unzipping his pants in an empty Italian restaurant.
Pitino testified in Louisville, Ky., that he met Karen Cunagin Sypher on July 31, 2003, at the restaurant where he'd gone following a golf outing. Pitino, who's married, said he bought Sypher a drink and the two exchanged small talk after the restaurant closed.
When he got up to leave, Pitino said she whispered something, opened his pants and the two then had sex "very briefly."
"Unfortunate things happen," Pitino said.
Sypher is charged with extortion, asking for cash, cars and a house to stay quiet about the sexual liaison. She has pleaded not guilty, claiming Pitino sexually assaulted her. Police and prosecutors have said her assault claim lacked merit.
A packed federal courtroom watched Pitino's testimony. Sypher, sitting a few feet away at the defense table, appeared unfazed.
The Anaheim Ducks signed defenseman Cam Fowler, the 12th overall pick in June's entry draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Fowler, 18, recorded eight goals and 55 points in 55 games last season with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League, helping them win their second consecutive championship. Fowler won gold as a member of Team USA at both the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2009 IIHF U-18 World Championship, where he was selected the tournament's top defenseman.
NASCAR team owner Jack Roush remains hospitalized in serious but stable condition after walking away from a plane crash in Wisconsin on Tuesday night. In a statement, Roush Fenway Racing says Roush is under observation for facial injuries he sustained in the accident.
The team says Roush's passenger, friend Brenda Stricklin, was treated and released from a Wisconsin hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Roush — an aviation buff who survived another crash in 2002 — was attending the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. According to the EAA, a Beechcraft Premier business jet registered to Roush Fenway Racing, LLC was involved in a landing accident at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Tiger Woods and Anthony Kim have joined the field for next week's Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Woods is the defending champion and has never finished lower than fourth at the Bridgestone Invitational. It will be Kim's first appearance on the PGA Tour in three months after taking time to heal a torn ligament in his left thumb, which required surgery.
Kevin Coble, one of Northwestern's top basketball players, has chosen to skip his senior season after sitting out with a broken left foot last year.