Indicted The estranged wife of a longtime aide to Rick Pitino was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of trying to extort money from the Louisville men’s basketball coach and lying to the FBI. Karen Cunagin Sypher, 49, faces a combined maximum penalty of seven years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted of the two charges, federal authorities said. Sypher is the estranged wife of Louisville equipment manager Tim Sypher. Karen Sypher’s attorney, Thomas Clay, said she would plead not guilty.
•Mitchell “Ed” Karam, one of two Detroit-area gamblers charged with conspiring to fix horse races and University of Toledo games, is also accused of committing bank fraud in a land deal. Karam, 76, and Kashif Payne, 24, both entered not guilty pleas in federal court in Detroit.
Rewarded Utah has rewarded men’s basketball coach Jim Boylen with a raise and new contract after just two years on the job. Utah announced that Boylen has signed a five-year deal that will pay him $850,000 annually with potential for $1 million with incentives.
Died Men’s soccer coach Julio Mazzei, who helped persuade Pele to play in the U.S. and coached the Cosmos to a NASL title in 1982, has died in Santos, Brazil, after a nine-year fight with Alzheimer’s. He was 78.
On team Distance runner Kara Goucher heads the U.S. women’s marathon team that will compete at the world championships at Berlin in August. Goucher, of Portland, earned her spot by finishing third at the New York City Marathon in November. She was the first American to finish among the top three women in New York since 1994.
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