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Coach Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort claiming that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

U of L foundation hires firm to review escort allegations

An independent Louisville affiliate has hired a law firm to review an escort’s allegations that former men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players. The University of Louisville Foundation announced the hiring Thursday of the Stites & Harbison law firm. The foundation invests donations to the university.

Super regionals: Cal State Fullerton advances to College World Series

David Olmedo-Barrera led off the 11th inning with a home run and lifted Cal State Fullerton to a 4-3 win over Louisville on Monday night at Louisville, Kentucky, and into the College World Series for the first time since 2009. His second homer of the game was down the left-field line. It was initially ruled a home run by third-base umpire Heath Jones, then the call was upheld after a replay review to give Fullerton the win in the deciding game of the Louisville Super Regional.

Michigan State continues improbable tourney run

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Travis Trice vowed a day earlier that he wasn’t going to cry should the Michigan State Spartans continue their improbable run to the Final Four. The senior guard’s vow lasted no more than 10 seconds once the final horn sounded following Michigan State’s 76-70 overtime victory over Louisville in a thrilling NCAA tournament East Regional final Sunday.

Michigan State, Louisville in familiar position with eyes on Final Four

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino are Final Four regulars, and one of them will be back this year even though both of their teams were counted out weeks ago. Seventh-seeded Michigan State and fourth-seeded Louisville meet today to settle the NCAA tournament’s most-busted bracket.

Seventh-seed Dayton beats Louisville

ALBANY, N.Y. – Dayton and coach Jim Jabir have a new best day. Andrea Hoover scored 26 points and the seventh-seeded Flyers (28-6) continued their improbable run in the NCAA tournament with an 82-66 win over third-seeded Louisville in the regional semifinals on Saturday.

Louisville beats NC State; on to Elite Eight

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Montrezl Harrell is not ready for the end of his college career at Louisville just yet. Anton Gill helped make sure it continues at least one more game. Harrell scored 24 points, Gill keyed a late-game surge with seven points off the bench, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

No. 13 Georgia runs over No. 20 Louisville

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – When quarterback Hutson Mason went down with an injury in the second quarter, Georgia coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs turned to Plan B. “Just give it to Nick,” Richt said.

Bluegrass State bragging rights on line Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Top-ranked Kentucky has been so dominant that discussion has shifted toward whether the Wildcats are capable of going unbeaten. Kentucky’s players acknowledge the lofty talk even as they try to tune it out, especially since they still have to clear fourth-ranked Louisville (11-0) in today’s annual battle for Bluegrass State bragging rights.

Sky win OT thriller, force third game

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to even the best-of-3 Eastern Conference finals Monday. Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points and Allie Quigley added 16 for the fourth-seeded Sky, who rallied from 14 points down to earn their first home playoff victory. Both of Chicago’s victories in the first round against Atlanta came on the road.

Petrino’s controversial career comes full circle

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 53-year-old coach is out to show he is worthy of a second chance with the school he left for the NFL.

Jimmy V pairings set

Villanova will play Illinois and Indiana will meet Louisville in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 9 at Madison Square Garden. Illinois replaces fellow Big Ten school Maryland, which had scheduling issues. Maryland will be in the 2016 event. The men’s basketball doubleheader will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, an initiative by ESPN to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated over $8 million for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record $1.8 million in 2013. The V Foundation honors Jim Valvano, who led NC State to the 1983 national championship and died from cancer in 1993. – AP

UNC women win away from reunion with Hatchell

Diamond DeShields escaped two close calls with injury to score 19 points, leading North Carolina one win closer to a sweet reunion with healing coach Sylvia Hatchell by beating top-seeded South Carolina 65-58 in the Stanford Regional semifinals on Sunday in Stanford, Calif. Brittany Rountree converted a pair of free throws with 1:14 left and two more at the 36.4-second mark to help seal it for the No. 4 seed Tar Heels (27-9).

A year after injury, Kevin Ware to leave Louisviile

A year after his gruesome leg injury in the NCAA tournament, Kevin Ware is transferring from Louisville. Ware became Louisville’s rallying point on the way to the national title after he broke his leg in a win over Duke in the finals of the Midwest Regional last season. He had a rod inserted in the leg and tried to come back this season. But he averaged 1.7 points over nine games and eventually took a medical redshirt. He wasn’t seen with the team over the past several weeks. On Saturday, the day after Louisville’s season ended with a loss to Kentucky, the junior from the Atlanta area announced his decision. “We wish Kevin Godspeed,” coach Rick Pitino said. – AP