National Sports Digest
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Louisville coach Rick Pitino says he is the victim of an extortion attempt and has forwarded the information to the FBI.
A statement released by the university Saturday said Pitino reported the threats to authorities last month and that the FBI is investigating. The statement does not specify the nature of the threats.
Pitino says in the statement that he did not plan to go public, but he recently learned that the person has gone to the media with “false, defamatory and outrageous allegations in an attempt to pressure me to cave in to this scheme.”
Pitino says he plans to “vigorously defend my reputation and the character of my family.”
NORMAN, Okla. ó Big 12 freshman of the year Willie Warren has no interest in leaving Oklahoma for the NBA. Warren and his mother met with coach Jeff Capel for about 40 minutes Saturday, and the 6-foot-4 guard confirmed that he plans to remain with the Sooners for another season.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. ó Brian Gay moved a round away from his second career PGA Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke leadin the Verizon Heritage.
Gay has made only one bogey at Harbour Town Golf Links and missed just five of its narrow, tree-lined fairways through three rounds to stand at 13 under.
Lee Janzen, who hasn’t won on tour since the second of his U.S. Open victories in 1998, had two late birdies for a 69 that kept him in third, four shots behind.
– LUTZ, Fla. ó Nick Price moved into position for his first Champions Tour victory, shooting a 4-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.
AVONDALE, Ariz. ó Michael Strahan has some advice for disgruntled Arizona receiver Anquan Boldin: Be quiet.
“I know he’s not happy here but complaining about it in the press really doesn’t help you,” Strahan said.
Strahan said, “Playing in Arizona’s not so bad. He could be with T.O. (Terrell Owens) in Buffalo. It’s colder up there.”
Boldin, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is upset that he hasn’t gotten a new contract and has said he wants to be traded. Earlier this week, coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged the Cardinals would listen to offers.
– BUFFALO, N.Y. ó Running back Dominic Rhodes agreed to a two-year contact with the Bills, giving Buffalo an established starter while Marshawn Lynch opens next season serving a three-game suspension.Rhodes is an eight-year veteran who became a free agent this offseason after spending last year with Indianapolis.