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PROSECUTORS: PITINO ACCUSER EXTORTED BEFORE

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A woman charged with trying to extort Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino made an earlier, false claim of sexual harassment, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

According to documents, Karen Cunagin Sypher had consensual sex with an auto glass business owner in 2001 then was hired by him. When the relationship ended, she claimed to be pregnant and sued him for sexual harassment.

Prosecutors want the 2001 case, which did not result in criminal charges, to be introduced at Sypher's trial, which starts July 26. Generally, prior acts can be used as evidence only as a means to show motive, opportunity, intent or planning.

Sypher allegedly attempted to extort Pitino, lied to the FBI about it and falsely accused Pitino of rape in retaliation for his reporting the attempt. She is accused of having a consensual sexual encounter with Pitino in 2003, which the coach has admitted to.

About three weeks later, prosecutors say, Sypher told Pitino she was pregnant. That pregnancy was ended by an abortion, prosecutors said. Then six years later, she allegedly demanded college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and $10 million.

KANSAS: Two former athletic department officials face a federal charge. Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries allegedly knew more than $5,000 in tickets had been stolen but failed to report it. A school investigation found five employees and a consultant sold or used more than 17,000 men's basketball tickets and more than 2,000 football tickets worth about $1 million from 2005-10. An arraignment hasn't been scheduled.

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NHL

Veteran center signsdeal with Sabres

The Sabres signed C Rob Niedermayer, 35, to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. In 2009-10, his 16th season, he had 10 goals and 12 assists in 71 games for the Devils.

CAPITALS: D Jeff Schultz agreed to re-sign for $11 million over four years. Schultz, 24, led the league last season at plus-50, blocked a team-high 129 shots and had a career-high 20 assists in 73 games.

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ET CETERA

TRACK: Usain Bolt said he might give up the 100 and 200 meters, for which he holds the world records, after the 2012 Olympics. "I'm not going to be one of those athletes who go on to do track and field until they're 36," he said. "If I win (in London), then I probably have to try something else because people are probably tired of seeing me. I definitely want to try long jump before I retire."

AUTOS: Robert Kubica signed an extension with Renault through 2012 in the F1 series. The 25-year-old is sixth in points this year, his first for the departed Fernando Alonso after four seasons with BMW Sauber.

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