A state prosecutor in Kentucky said yesterday a complaint filed by a woman in an alleged extortion attempt of Louisville coach Rick Pitino won't be prosecuted because it lacks supporting evidence.
Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney David Stengel said he was taking no action on the complaint Karen Cunagin Sypher filed to the police department's sex-offense unit last week. The report has not been released publicly.
Sypher has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to extort money from Pitino and lying to the FBI. She is accused of demanding college tuition for her children, her house to be paid off and, eventually, $10 million.
* The NHL and NBC agreed to a 2-year extension of their television contract that will keep the league on the network from the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park through the end of the 2010-11 season.
* The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to a 2-year deal with defenseman Andrew Alberts, who played for the Flyers last season.
* Center John Tavares signed a 3-year entry-level contract with the New York Islanders, who took the 19-year-old standout first overall in last month's draft.
* Saint Joseph's baseball team will play its 25-game home schedule in 2010 at Campbell's Field in Camden. The site also will host the Atlantic 10 postseason tournament.
* Construction workers have agreed to end a weeklong strike that threatened to derail the completion of already tightly scheduled projects for the World Cup in South Africa, union officials and employers said. Workers agreed on a pay increase of 12 percent, below the earlier demand of 13 percent, and work at sites across South Africa is to resume today.
* Rick Dutrow, the trainer of last year's Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, is appealing a 30-day suspension issued by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission for violating doping rules. Dutrow argues in the appeal that the commission violated his due process rights and that the suspension was "not based on substantial evidence."
* Richard Gasquet has been cleared to resume playing by the International Tennis Federation despite testing positive for cocaine. The ITF's doping ban of 2 months, 15 days ended yesterday. He tested positive at a tournament in Miami in March. *