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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
On Wednesday at Churchill Downs, a crowd clad mainly in Louisville basketball shirts gathered at Barn 45 to watch Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino as he visited a horse of which he owns five percent. Pitino, a month removed from becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win Division I basketball national championship tournaments with two different schools, appeared at trainer Doug O'Neill 's barn shortly after 8 a.m. and joined an entourage following Goldencents.
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By Chris Korman and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
On Wednesday at Churchill Downs, a crowd clad mainly in Louisville basketball shirts gathered at Barn 45 to watch Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino as he visited a horse of which he owns five percent. Pitino, a month removed from becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win Division I basketball national championship tournaments with two different schools, appeared at trainer Doug O'Neill 's barn shortly after 8 a.m. and joined an entourage following Goldencents.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1996
Rick Pitino remembers walking out of his team's hotel in Springfield, Mass., one afternoon last November. The Kentucky Wildcats were on their way to play Maryland in the Tip-Off Classic, the opening game of the season.The hotel lobby was filled with Kentucky fans, offering, uh, encouragement for their beloved 'Cats. "It wasn't 'Beat Maryland,' " recalled Pitino. "It was 'Win it all.' That's the way it's been for us the whole season."Pitino was standing in a locker room at the Metrodome in Minneapolis late Saturday afternoon.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
A source familiar with the head coaching search at Florida International said Monday that Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli is no longer in the running at the Miami school. Spinelli was one of four candidates for the opening that was created when Richard Pitino, the son of national champion Louisville coach Rick Pitino, left for Minnesota. Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans -- the only head coach among the finalists -- has been offered the job, the source said. FIU had contacted Spinelli prior to the Final Four and interviewed him last weekend. FIU, which won 18 games under the 30-year-old Pitino, is facing possible sanctions from the NCAA after failing to meet Academic Progress Rate guidelines.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1997
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- As Tubby Smith walked across the floor at Rupp Arena after an exhibition game last week, he didn't notice the clot of older Kentucky basketball fans that had stayed to listen to the new coach's post-game radio show, broadcast over the public-address system.He was lost in thought. Nearly in the tunnel leading from the court, Smith finally realized that their polite cheers were for him. He looked up, smiled warmly and stopped to sign some autographs, shake some hands and hear the same things over and over.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2001
After their teams had each played eight games this season, Tubby Smith of Kentucky and Steve Lavin of UCLA began hearing the whispers. Eventually, they grew louder in Lexington and in Los Angeles, shouting the same name as a potential successor to both embattled coaches. Rick Pitino will not likely wind up going to either school, in part because he could decide to take the offer being made to him from Louisville this week or wait to talk with Michigan. But, there is also another reason why Smith and Lavin will remain in their current jobs, if they wish.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1998
They are a team without stars. No NBA lottery picks, as Antoine Walker was two years ago and Ron Mercer was last year; its coach is well-respected but not as renowned as Rick Pitino was when he got to Lexington or as revered as he became during his eight seasons there.They are a team without a nickname. No "Fiddlin' Five" or "Fabulous Five." No "Rupp's Runts" or "Unforgettables." When it comes to the lore of Kentucky basketball, the Wildcats who will play Stanford in the NCAA semifinals tomorrow in San Antonio are as nondescript as any team in school history.
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February 6, 2004
By the numbers 17 Consecutive losses for 1-22 Savannah State, the longest streak in Division I men's basketball. He said it "This was the first time in my life I ever tried to slow the pace of a game down." Rick Pitino, Louisville coach, after the Cards, without two starters, lost to Memphis, 62-58, Wednesday.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
A source familiar with the head coaching search at Florida International said Monday that Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli is no longer in the running at the Miami school. Spinelli was one of four candidates for the opening that was created when Richard Pitino, the son of national champion Louisville coach Rick Pitino, left for Minnesota. Norfolk State coach Anthony Evans -- the only head coach among the finalists -- has been offered the job, the source said. FIU had contacted Spinelli prior to the Final Four and interviewed him last weekend. FIU, which won 18 games under the 30-year-old Pitino, is facing possible sanctions from the NCAA after failing to meet Academic Progress Rate guidelines.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1996
Like three fraternity brothers at a reunion, Kentucky's Rick Pitino, Massachusetts' John Calipari and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim waxed sentimental about their long-standing relationships yesterday in a teleconference involving the Final Four coaches.Then there was Richard Williams, the former math teacher and little-known coach who has taken Mississippi State to its first-ever Final Four.Did he feel like an outsider in the midst of all these old friends?"Not really," Williams said. "I think we'll be playing in the same arena they're playing in."
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July 31, 2010
Rick Pitino never said a woman who claimed the Louisville basketball coach got her pregnant after a one-night stand had to get an abortion but did advise she "go out of town" to get medical care, his longtime aide told a Kentucky jury Friday. The aide, Tim Sypher , was testifying against the woman, his ex-wife Karen Cunagin Sypher , at her extortion trial. He testified about helping her get an abortion. The two divorced after she was indicted last year on charges of demanding cash and gifts worth millions from Pitino to keep secret their 2003 tryst on a restaurant table.
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January 3, 2010
Rick Pitino kept waiting for John Wall to lose his cool. Moments after Louisville quieted a record Rupp Arena crowd by taking a one-point lead over No. 3 Kentucky midway through the second half Saturday, Pitino thought for a second the freshman star finally might blink. Instead, Wall responded with six straight points to spark Kentucky's gritty 71-62 victory over its archrival - and win Pitino's admiration. "When a game gets a little tight like that ... it just shows you how great Wall is because it didn't faze him," Pitino said.
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By Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly | September 28, 2008
tuesday The Lucky One : by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, $24.99) The hero of Nicholas Sparks' new novel believes he's found a lucky charm in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met. The Letters: by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger (Bantam, $22) This epistolary novel explores the unraveling marriage of Sam and Hadley West, who separated after the death of their grown son, Paul. Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph: by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel (Ballantine, $26)
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2005
The Final Four has a tough act to follow. A one-possession game with less than a minute remaining, North Carolina-Wisconsin in Syracuse, N.Y., was the least dramatic affair of the past two days. The NCAA tournament got three overtime regional finals for the first time. The survivors move on to St. Louis, where one semifinal will pair the comeback kids of Illinois and Louisville. The other appeared headed to a clash between the game's two greatest bluebloods until Michigan State persevered in Austin, Texas.
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By Jeff Darlington and Jeff Darlington,ORLANDO SENTINEL | March 21, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In a dominating performance from start to finish, Louisville easily glided past Georgia Tech with a 76-54 win yesterday to advance into Thursday's Sweet 16 game against top-seeded Washington. The Cardinals led by double digits less than five minutes into the game, quickly ending fifth-seeded Georgia Tech's hope for a repeat trip to the national championship game. "Somebody told me this is a four-seed," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said of Louisville. "You're nuts.
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February 6, 2004
By the numbers 17 Consecutive losses for 1-22 Savannah State, the longest streak in Division I men's basketball. He said it "This was the first time in my life I ever tried to slow the pace of a game down." Rick Pitino, Louisville coach, after the Cards, without two starters, lost to Memphis, 62-58, Wednesday.
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By Amazon.com, Publishers Weekly | September 28, 2008
tuesday The Lucky One : by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central, $24.99) The hero of Nicholas Sparks' new novel believes he's found a lucky charm in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met. The Letters: by Luanne Rice and Joseph Monninger (Bantam, $22) This epistolary novel explores the unraveling marriage of Sam and Hadley West, who separated after the death of their grown son, Paul. Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph: by Alonzo Mourning with Dan Wetzel (Ballantine, $26)
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 1, 1991
NEW YORK -- It was a simple question, asked simply. Patrick Ewing, do you want to remain a New York Knick?"I haven't made up my mind yet," the dejected sixth-year center said last night after absorbing a season-ending 103-94 playoff loss to the Chicago Bulls.Ewing's unique contract stipulates that he could become an unrestricted free agent by the end of the 1991-92 season if he is not among the four highest-paid players in the NBA.Knicks president Dave Checketts says there already are three players making more than Ewing, so he will begin an administrative push to work out a lucrative contract extension with the player he has identified as the foundation of his rebuilding program.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2001
When Morgan State finished its men's basketball season three months ago, the school was sick of losing. Meanwhile, Butch Beard was tired of sitting around, drawing a check for 16 months since being fired from the Washington Wizards staff. It took awhile, but Morgan State hopes it took care of both situations by naming Beard as its head coach yesterday to replace Chris Fuller. No one knows if the former NBA player and coach - who led league rival Howard to an NCAA appearance in 1992 - can give the school its first winning season since 1979.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2001
After their teams had each played eight games this season, Tubby Smith of Kentucky and Steve Lavin of UCLA began hearing the whispers. Eventually, they grew louder in Lexington and in Los Angeles, shouting the same name as a potential successor to both embattled coaches. Rick Pitino will not likely wind up going to either school, in part because he could decide to take the offer being made to him from Louisville this week or wait to talk with Michigan. But, there is also another reason why Smith and Lavin will remain in their current jobs, if they wish.
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