Coach should have opted for the cannoli. University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino acknowledged having consensual sex after-hours in an Italian restaurant with a woman named Karen Sypher six years ago. Pitino is married with children. Sypher’s story differs from Pitino’s, alleging that he forced himself on her that night and that she got pregnant. She has since been charged with extortion. Pitino allegedly told police that he gave Sypher $3000 for an abortion but his attorney later claimed the money in question was for insurance. Pitino’s status at Louisville remains uncertain, however his contract allows him to be terminated for “moral depravity.” Ironically, Pitino’s website, rickpitino.com, contained a restaurant review section. No word on whether the adult reviews are found at the back of the website behind the swinging doors.
The Yankees are coming, the Yankees are coming. Never mind that, they’re already here. The largest payroll in baseball is finally living up to its potential. Since the All-Star break, the Yankees are 20-6. Over that stretch, they boast separate seven and eight game- winning streaks, including a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. With less than fifty games remaining, the Yankees have the best record in baseball. Since the American League won this year’s All-Star Game, the Yankees would get home field advantage in the World Series if they make it that far. Now if they can only sell those vacant $2,000 seats behind home plate.
After losing six straight, the Red Sox have rediscovered their mojo, however it came at the expense of a Kevin Youkilis five-game suspension. After being beaned in consecutive games by Detroit Tiger pitching, Youk had had enough. The imposing 6’1”, 220 lbs. Youkilis charged the mound Tuesday, tackling then rolling around with pitcher Rick Porcello. Porcello should not be confused with Porcini, the Italian restaurant where Pitino and Sypher allegedly rolled around.
Tiger Woods is good. After winning the Buick Open and Bridgestone Invitational in consecutive weekends, he goes for his third straight victory at the year’s final major: the PGA Championship. Last Sunday, Tiger came from three strokes behind to beat Padraig Harrington. The final round came down to a semi-controversial ending when a PGA Tour referee warned the final group of Harrington and Woods they were on the clock as they were 17 minutes behind schedule. Isn’t that like fast forwarding through the end of Casablanca? Let them play! After the official warning, Tiger birdied the 16th and Harrington finished with a triple bogey, dropping out of contention. Tiger later criticized the official for calling time on the twosome. Several media outlets incorrectly reported that Tiger was fined for his statements. Tiger announced that he had heard from the Tour for his comments but was not fined. Considering he could probably buy the Tour, it was probably a wise move to let Woods go unpunished.
The Phillies welcomed a healthy Pedro Martinez to their starting rotation this week. With plenty of early run support, the three-time Cy Young Award winner pitched five strong innings to earn his first victory in almost a year. Martinez threw 99 pitches, allowing three runs and striking out five. Despite his failed stint with the New York Mets, Pedro could give the Philadelphia rotation the boost, and the Jheri curl, they need heading into the post-season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves named former Lakers assistant coach, Kurt Rambis, their next head coach. Rambis reportedly signed a four-year, $8 million deal. Rambis replaced Kevin McHale as the ninth coach in T’Wolves history. Only one of those coaches, Flip Saunders, has a winning record. With limited talent and the unsigned Ricky Rubio threatening to play in Spain, Rambis will be hard-pressed to become their second.
US Soccer is slowly becoming accustomed to heartbreak. While they’re not in jeopardy of failing to qualify for the 2010 World Cup just yet, Wednesday’s loss to Mexico didn’t help. After taking a 1-0 lead early in the match, US allowed a goal midway through the first half, then an 82nd minute goal to Mexico’s Miguel Sabah to seal defeat. The United States has not won a soccer game in Mexico in 24 tries. With Honduras’ victory over Costa Rica, things have become crowded atop the North, Central America and Caribbean division with all four teams battling for three spots. US Soccer next plays El Salvador on September 5 in what appears to be a must-win game.