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Former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino sues Adidas

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino is suing Adidas and says the sportswear maker "outrageously conspired" to funnel money to the family of a Cardinal recruit without his knowledge.

Pitino's lawsuit filed Tuesday comes a day after Louisville's Athletic Association fired him for cause after acknowledging the program's involvement in a national federal bribery investigation of college basketball. Ten people, including an Adidas executive, were arrested in the probe but Pitino is not named in the federal complaint.

Hours after his firing Monday, Adidas terminated its personal services agreement with Pitino.

The AP Top 25 Poll

Poll Release: Mar 14
(###) Number of first place votes
RankteamRecordPointsPV Rank
1Villanova (59)31-31,6192
2Gonzaga (6)32-11,5204
3Kansas28-41,4781
4Arizona30-41,4277
5North Carolina27-71,2786
6Kentucky29-51,2758
7Duke27-81,25014
8UCLA29-41,2073
9Oregon29-51,1945
10Louisville24-898110
11SMU30-495112
12Baylor25-78779
13West Virginia26-884211
14Notre Dame25-968222
15Purdue25-765213
16Iowa State23-1056823
16Florida State25-856816
18Cincinnati29-552015
19Wichita State30-443620
20Florida24-838817
21Butler23-835918
22Saint Mary's (Cal.)28-430419
23Michigan24-11252-
24Virginia22-1023821
25Wisconsin25-915124

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Xavier adds a year to coach Chris Mack's contract

CINCINNATI (AP) — Xavier added a year to coach Chris Mack's deal on Tuesday, keeping him under contract through the 2022-23 season.

Mack is 17 wins away from becoming Xavier's all-time winningest coach as he enters his ninth season. Last season, the Musketeers recovered from a series of injuries to their top players and reached the Elite Eight before losing to Gonzaga. They return the nucleus of that team, including top scorer Trevon Bluiett.