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  • Karen Cunagin Sypher, second from left, walks with two unidentified women and her attorney James Earhart as she leaves the federal courthouse in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Sypher was convicted of extortion for demanding millions of dollars from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep their tryst at a restaurant secret. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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    Rick Pitino and the attorney for a woman accused of demanding millions from him to conceal a sexual tryst exchanged heated words before a jury Thursday, as the Louisville basketball coach tried to fend off accusations of rape and lying.

  • Karen Cunagin Sypher, second from left, walks with two unidentified women and her attorney James Earhart as she leaves the federal courthouse in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Sypher was convicted of extortion for demanding millions of dollars from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep their tryst at a restaurant secret. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    Pitino says he didn't immediately report threats

    Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino has finished testifying in the case of a woman who demanded millions from him after a sexual tryst, saying he didn't immediately report threatening phone calls because he didn't want his family to find out.

  • Karen Cunagin Sypher, second from left, walks with two unidentified women and her attorney James Earhart as she leaves the federal courthouse in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. Sypher was convicted of extortion for demanding millions of dollars from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep their tryst at a restaurant secret. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    Pitino tells jury he hoped to keep tryst secret

    Rick Pitino, worried that his wife and kids would find out he had a one-night stand with a woman he met in a bar, acknowledged Thursday that he didn't immediately tell police about demands for cars, cash and housing in order to keep the tryst secret.

  • Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, right, is accompanied by an unidentified man as he arrives at the federal courthouse to testify in the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, July 28, 2010.  Sypher is charged with trying to extort cash, cars and a house to stay quiet about a sexual liaison.  (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    Attorney: Pitino may testify Tuesday or Wednesday

    Rick Pitino's lawyer said the Louisville basketball coach might testify Tuesday or Wednesday in the case of a woman accused of trying to extort him.

  • Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, right, is accompanied by an unidentified man as he arrives at the federal courthouse to testify in the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher in Louisville, Ky., Wednesday, July 28, 2010.  Sypher is charged with trying to extort cash, cars and a house to stay quiet about a sexual liaison.  (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

    Trial starts in alleged extortion of Ky. coach

    A Kentucky woman lied repeatedly in an attempt to extort millions from the University of Louisville's basketball coach, then traded sexual favors and lied again to cover up her crime, federal prosecutors said at the start of her trial Monday.

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