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Attorney says lies possible in Pitino case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The attorney for the woman convicted of trying to extort Louisville coach Rick Pitino says prosecution witnesses might have lied at trial.

James Earhart made the allegation in a motion filed in U.S. District Court asking for 45 days to investigate and request a new trial. The motion says "a key witness or witnesses" in the case of Karen Cunagin Sypher might have committed perjury.

Sypher was convicted this month of extortion, lying to the FBI and retaliating against a witness. Prosecutors said Sypher demanded millions in cash, cars and a house from Pitino to stay quiet about their one-night stand in 2003 at a Louisville restaurant.

More jurisprudence: Seton Hall settled a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by former men's coach Bobby Gonzalez, but terms are confidential. School officials cited off-court problems when they fired him March 17. … Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy settled a defamation lawsuit with cab driver Mohamed Jiddou and valet Michael Strother stemming from a dispute over a ride in 2008 in Cincinnati. Settlement details were not released.

Auburn: Sophomore forward Ty Armstrong will have left knee surgery next week.

Ohio State: Junior center Zisis Sarikopoulos will stay in his native Greece to play professionally.

Football

Colorado State: Freshman quarterback Pete Thomas will start Sept. 4 against Colorado.

Michigan: Cornerback Troy Woolfolk was taken to a hospital after being injured during practice. His father, Butch, said Woolfolk dislocated an ankle and had bone and ligament damage.

Oklahoma: Linebacker Austin Box (back) is out 3-6 weeks.

USC: Former assistant Todd McNair appealed to the NCAA about its ruling against him in the Reggie Bush case. A report from the committee on infractions said McNair acted unethically and condemned his professed ignorance of Bush's dealings with sports marketers.

Attorney says lies possible in Pitino case 08/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 12:33am]
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