A letter from the NCAA tells Kentucky coach

John Calipari

he must participate in next week's hearing on alleged major violations at Memphis, even though he isn't considered "at risk" in the probe.

The University of Kentucky provided letters between the new Kentucky coach and NCAA yesterday in response to an open records request by the Associated Press and other news organizations.

Calipari explains in one letter than he wouldn't be able to attend next Saturday's hearing in Indianapolis, because of a previously scheduled trip to China. But in a response last week, the NCAA's director of the committee on infractions tells him he needs to participate anyway, either through phone or video conference.

Calipari responded Wednesday that he would join the hearing by phone.

In other college news:

* New Mexico football coach Mike Locksley, on the job less than 6 months, has been accused of sexual harassment by a Sylvia Lopez, a former administrative assistant, who transferred out of the football office last month and quit the university on May 15.

* Former Duke starting quarterback Zack Asack was kicked off the team for an undisclosed violation of team policy. He was suspended for the 2006 season for plagiarism and returned in '07 as Thaddeus Lewis' backup.


* Ruslan Chagaev failed a "medical requirement," forcing his challenge for Nikolai Valuev's WBA heavyweight title in Helsinki, Finland, to be called off a day before the fight. Finnish officials gave no further details.


* Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who is returning to cycling after a 3 1/2-year retirement, fell again at the Giro d'Italia after bumping wheels with the rider in front of him. He remains 12th overall. Spain's Carlos Sastre captured the 19th stage and Russia's Denis Menchov all but wrapped up the Giro title, as the race ends tomorrow in Rome. Meanwhile, Armstrong's financially strapped Astana team likely will survive for another few weeks, but it's unclear whether it will run in the Tour de France next month.

* Australian sprint ace Robbie McEwen revealed on Twitter that he will miss the Tour de France after breaking his shinbone in Belgium and having surgery.

* Italian cyclist Marta Bastianelli was banned for 2 years for a doping violation before the Beijing Olympics.

Philly File

* Villanova and ESPN Radio (950-AM) extended their agreement through 2012 to air all men's basketball and football games.

* Villanova senior Frances Koons finished second and sophomore Amanda Marino fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Eastern Regional track and field championship meet at Greensboro, N.C.

Sport Stops

* Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield must wait until next week for a judge to rule whether his suspension for a failed drug test should be overturned. Mayfield's attorneys acknowledged that NASCAR told Mayfield he had tested positive for amphetamines.

* The United States won the Nations Cup at the Rome horse show after Richard Spooner rode Cristallo in a flawless round to avoid a jump-off with France.

* The World Anti-Doping Agency and swimming's governing body appealed to sports' highest court to restore American Jessica Hardy's 2-year doping ban. She tested positive for an anabolic agent at the U.S. Olympic trials last July and missed the Beijing Games. *