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POLICE: FORMER UK STAR COMMITS SUICIDE

BASKETBALL

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Mel Turpin, a former All-America center at Kentucky and an NBA player, committed suicide Thursday, police said. He was 49.

Police and the coroner were called to his North Lexington house Thursday afternoon.

Coroner Gary Ginn said Turpin committed suicide, but he would not say how. He also would not say whether Turpin left behind a suicide note.

Margaret Burrus, his sister, tearfully told reporters outside her home that her brother was diabetic and trying to keep it under control.

"I didn't know he was depressed or anything," she said. "I would have never said that he would have done this."

The 6-foot-11 Turpin, dubbed "The Big Dipper," was All-SEC for UK from 1980-84.

CHARGES DENIED: Karen Cunagin Sypher, charged with trying to extort $10 million from Louisville coach Rick Pitino, denied the charges in a one-sentence court brief.

TV DEAL: The ACC and ESPN announced a 12-year all-sports deal through 2022-23, reportedly for $1.86 billion.

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TENNIS

Attendance mark set

A world record tennis crowd watched Kim Clijsters defeat Wimbledon champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2 in an exhibition in Brussels. The crowd of 35,681 at King Baudouin Stadium surpassed the 30,472 at the Houston Astrodome for the Battle of the Sexes between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

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TRACK

Sprinter suspended

Olympic and world 100-meter champion Shelly-Ann Fraser tested positive for a painkiller, oxycodone. The president of Fraser's track club says the test came May 23 in Shanghai. "It actually makes you perform more slowly," Bruce James said.

BOLT WINS: Usain Bolt won the 100 meters in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 9.82 seconds to match the year's fastest time.

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ET CETERA

NHL: Capitals RW Eric Fehrre-signed for two years, $4.4 million. ... The Sabres re-signed free agent G Patrick Lalime for one year. ... John Torchetti joined the staff of new Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay. Both are former Lightning assistants. ... Former Sharks G Evgeni Nabokov signed with Russia's SKA St. Petersburg on a four-year deal.

SAILING: Defender BMW Oracle Racing announced that San Francisco is the only U.S. port being considered to host the 34th America's Cup match.

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