Rick Pitino sues Louisville, claims breach of contract

In this Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino yells to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in Syracuse, N.Y. Rick Pitino has sued the school's University of Athletic Association for $38.7 million, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. The former Cardinals coach says the ULAA breached his contract by placing him on unpaid administrative leave without notice and firing him last month with no legally justified “cause.” Pitino's lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court seeks liquidated contract damages of $4.307 million through 2026. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi, File)
Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was fired amid a bribery investigation into college basketball.

Rick Pitino sued the University of Louisville Athletic Association Thursday for $38.7 million, saying it breached his contract by placing him on unpaid administrative leave without notice and firing him as basketball coach last month with no legally justified ‘‘cause.’’ The ULAA fired Pitino on Oct. 16, weeks after he was placed on leave when Louisville acknowledged it was being investigated in a federal bribery probe of college basketball. Pitino is not named in the federal complaint and has denied participation in and knowledge of alleged payments to a recruit’s family. University spokesman John Karman said the school is aware of Pitino’s lawsuit but won’t comment on pending litigation.

BC to sell beer, wine at Conte Forum

Boston College will sell alcoholic beverages in Conte Forum beginning with Friday’s men’s hockey game against Boston University. Beer and wine will now be available for purchase at select concession locations within the arena during basketball and hockey games, as part of a city-approved pilot program . . . Vasa Pusica scored 22 points and Devon Begley added 14 off the bench to lead host Northeastern over Harvard, 77-61, in college basketball. Bryce Aiken scored 26 points for Harvard . . . North Carolina State and Dave Doeren agreed on a five-year deal after the football coach had talked with Tennessee officials about the school’s opening. Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available and it was unclear if Doeren was formally offered the Tennessee job to replace fired coach Butch Jones . . . Clemson starting linebacker Tre Lamar will miss the top-ranked Tigers’ Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against No. 7 Miami because of continuing shoulder problems . . . Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which goes to college football's top senior or fourth-year senior quarterback. Rudolph leads the nation in yards passing and has thrown 35 touchdown passes for the 18th-ranked Cowboys . . . Washington State football coach Mike Leach met with Tennessee athletic director John Currie to discuss the Volunteers’ coaching vacancy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the meeting.


Spinal issues force Dorsett to quit

Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Dorsett decided to follow medical advice and end his hockey career because of spinal problems. Dorsett played in 515 NHL games with Vancouver, the New York Rangers, and Columbus. He underwent spinal surgery a year ago and was cleared to play this season, but recently began experiencing back and neck stiffness . . . The New Jersey Devils acquired Sami Vatanen from the Ducks in a trade that sent forwards Adam Henrique and Joseph Blandisi to Anaheim. The Ducks also get a 2018 third-round pick in the deal and would send back a 2019 or 2020 third-rounder if they’re able to re-sign Henrique . . . The Minnesota Wild claimed defenseman Nate Prosser off waivers from the St. Louis Blues. The move returned the nine-year NHL veteran to his home-state team for a third stint. Prosser appeared in only one game for the Blues this season.


Angels make trade with Ohtani in mind


The Angels acquired pitcher Jim Johnson and the Atlanta Braves’ remaining $1.21 million in international bonus signing allocation for minor league lefthander Justin Kelly, a deal that raises Los Angeles’s possible bonus offer to Shohei Ohtani to $1.315 million. Ohtani, coveted as a pitcher and an outfielder, could be posted as soon as Friday by the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan’s Pacific League and be available to any major league team willing to pay his team’s posting fee, expected to be the $20 million maximum . . . Versatile righthander Yusmeiro Petit agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, a deal that is pending a physical . . . Toronto Blue Jays television analyst Gregg Zaun was fired from Sportsnet for “inappropriate behavior and comments” toward female employees. Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said the company was terminating Zaun's contract immediately . . . Righthander Brad Boxberger was acquired by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league righthander Curtis Taylor. Boxberger was an AL All-Star in 2015, when he led the league with 41 saves, but has battled injuries the past two seasons.


Sounders return to MLS Cup final

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Victor Rodriguez scored on a nifty give-and-go with Will Bruin in the 22nd minute, Clint Dempsey added his third goal of the playoffs early in the second half, and the Sounders advanced to the MLS Cup soccer final with a 3-0 win over the Houston Dynamo in Seattle. The Sounders will play Toronto in the championship round and get the opportunity to become the first repeat MLS Cup champions since the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011-12 . . . Marc Leishman took advantage of an early start to shoot a 7-under-par 65 and move into a share of the second-round lead with Adam Bland at the Australian PGA Championship in Gold Coast. Masters champion Sergio Garcia was six strokes behind after a 71 while Adam Scott missed the cut by two shots after bogeying four of six holes on the back nine at Royal Pines and shooting 74 . . . Federal prosecutors asked for a 60-year prison sentence for former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser, who was caught with child pornography while under investigation for sexually assaulting female gymnasts. Nasser, who has pleaded guilty to molesting teens and younger girls, will be sentenced Dec. 7 . . . The Orlando Magic said forward Terrence Ross has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and a non-displaced fracture of the same leg, and will be out indefinitely . . . Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday . . . Skier Lindsey Vonn was the second-fastest in training for the season-opening women’s World Cup downhill this weekend in Lake Louise, Alberta. Vonn had a run of 1 minute, 48.29 seconds to finish 0.15 seconds behind the Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecka . . . Six Russian cross-country skiers found guilty in the Sochi Olympic doping investigation were barred from World Cup races. The International Ski Federation says it is ‘‘distraught over the magnitude of the systematic conspiracy.’’ The ski body imposed provisional bans on Alexander Legkov, Maxim Vylegzhanin, Evgeny Belov, Alexei Petukhov, Yulia Ivanova and Evgenia Shapovalova . . . USA Wrestling men’s freestyle coach Bill Zadick was named the National Olympic Coach of the Year by the US Olympic Committee. Zadick led the US to its first team title in the men’s freestyle discipline in 22 years at this year’s world championships in Paris.