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08/05/2010 - 2:42pm
Sypher found guilty of extorting Pitino

Karen Cunagin Sypher was found guilty Thursday by a Kentucky jury of extorting University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Sypher demanded millions of dollars from the former Celtics coach to keep quiet about their 2003 sexual liaison at a Louisville restaurant.

 

Sypher was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the NBA and one count of retaliating against a witness. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 27 and faces up to 26 years in prison.

 

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08/05/2010 - 2:30pm
Pedro rejects offers to return to MLB

Pedro Martinez said he recently received offers from several teams that were "very tempting," but the former Red Sox ace has decided to remain retired. Speaking at a promotional event for Gillette in New York, Martinez told The Associated Press he was "really happy" to receive the offers the past two weeks from teams he did not identify. He said he will spend the rest of the year with his kids and go on vacations.

 

Martinez signed with the Phillies last July and went 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in nine starts, helping Philadelphia reach the World Series. He threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the Red Sox' home opener this season.


08/05/2010 - 12:11pm
Chung on D&H: 'Long way to go'

Patriots second-year safety Patrick Chung joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday from training camp in Foxboro. In being careful not say anything to get him in trouble with his teammates or coaching staff, Chung talked about what he needs to learn as he begins his second training camp as a pro. "Last year I didn't know anything," he said. "I've still got a long way to go. I have not made it, so I'm still working. ... I leave that to Bill [Belichick] to teach me all that stuff."

 

Chung was most passionate when talking about special teams. "I love special teams," he said. "That's all on [assistant coach Scott O'Brien] — wherever he wants to put me, he can put me, I'll play it. It's a legalized 40-yard fistfight. ... The person that crosses the line is trying to beat you and you're trying to beat them. Any chance you get in a legalized fight, then that's fine."

 

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08/05/2010 - 12:04pm
Welker takes a licking and keeps on ticking

FOXBORO -- In his biggest test to date in training camp, Patriots receiver Wes Welker took a pair of heavy hits from linebacker Jerod Mayo in full scrimmage drills Thursday morning. The first hit came as Welker was running a slant pattern off the right end while the second hit came as Welker ran a crossing route. In both cases Welker held onto the pass from Tom Brady and popped right up and made his way back to the huddle. 

 

Other fan highlights included bucket drills as quarterbacks Brady, Brian Hoyer and Zac Robinson attempted to land passes in a blue garbage bucket in the back left corner of the end zone from 20 and 30 yards out. Only Hoyer was able to find the target, though Brady hit the outside of the bucket several times from both distances. 

 

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08/05/2010 - 11:44am
Banta-Cain: Burgess deserves support

Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning for a brief interview in between the morning and afternoon sessions at training camp in Foxboro. Asked about fellow linebacker Derrick Burgess, who has yet to show up at camp or announce his future plans, Banta-Cain offered his support.

 

"I haven't spoken with him," Banta-Cain said. "I don't want to talk him into or out of anything. I think he's at a point of his career that I respect any decision that he makes and I support it. It's tough to play in the league as long as he has played. If he wants to hang it up, he deserves to do it. If not, it would be great to have him back out here. But I respect it either way."

 

Asked about concerns with the Patriots' ability to pressure the passer, Banta-Cain said there is hope with the younger players. "I think the guys that we have I'm confident in," he said. "...

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