Geno Auriemma says accusations are 'beyond false'


Geno Auriemma says accusations are 'beyond false'

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A woman who works as an NBA security official has filed an employment discrimination lawsuit saying she was removed from an assignment to the 2012 Summer Games in London after she spurned an advance from Connecticut and women's national coach Geno Auriemma. Kelley Hardwick filed her suit Monday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, naming Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball as defendants. Auriemma called her account "beyond false" and said he would defend himself "to the fullest." Hardwick is a former detective with the New York police department who started working for the NBA in security back in 2002. Her suit says that as part of her job duties, she managed security for the U.S. women at international basketball events, including the Olympics in 2004 and 2008. It was at one of these tournaments, a 2009 trip to Russia, that she says she met Auriemma. According to the lawsuit, one night after Auriemma wedged his way into a conversation with Hardwick and a co-worker in a hotel lounge, he followed her to the door of her room and tried to kiss her. "Plaintiff was startled but, utilizing her training as a police officer and security professional, reacted quickly by shoving him away and stating, What are you doing? You better check yourself before you get hurt!'" the suit says. Hardwick says in the suit she told supervisors about the incident, but that nothing was done. In subsequent international trips, according to the suit, Auriemma avoided her but was uncomfortable with her being there. In March, Hardwick says she learned of a conference call involving NBA officials in which Auriemma demanded that she be taken off the security assignment for the London Games. In his statement, Auriemma said, "This claim is beyond false. I will defend myself to the fullest, and I'm confident that the truth will ultimately prevail. In the meantime, I remain focused on representing the United States this summer and getting our team ready to compete for the gold medal." Auriemma is one of the elite coaches in women's basketball and has guided the Huskies to seven national titles -- including four perfect seasons. His election as the Olympic coach was announced in April 2009 and he led the national team to a world championship in 2010 that earned the U.S. an automatic bid to the London Games. Auriemma, who has won 804 games at Connecticut -- including an NCAA record 90 straight from 2008-2010 -- was an assistant on the 2000 Olympic team that won a gold medal in Sydney. As part of the lawsuit, Hardwick also says that the NBA discriminated against her due to her gender, that she was denied promotions, raises, and employment opportunities because she was a woman. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league doesn't comment on pending litigation. USA Basketball also declined comment. Hardwick is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as back pay.

Redskins make Jordan Reed second highest paid tight end in NFL


Redskins make Jordan Reed second highest paid tight end in NFL

The Redskins have locked up another key member of the team for the prime seasons of his career. The team has announced that Jordan Reed has signed a contract extension.

According to multiple media reports the deal is worth about $50 million over five years. Reed, a third-round pick in 2013, is scheduled to make $1.6 million this year on the final season of his four-year rookie contract.

His new contract will make him the second highest paid tight end in the NFL behind Jimmy Graham of the Seahawks.

Reed had a breakout season in 2015, leading the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.

Five stats to know after Capitals' Game 4 loss to Penguins


Five stats to know after Capitals' Game 4 loss to Penguins


Five stats to know following the Capitals' Game 4 loss to the Penguins:

3 vs 7: The Capitals won 3 times and scored 12 goals in their first 3 games this postseason. They have 2 wins and 11 goals in their last 7 playoff games since. Then there’s the power play. Washington was 8 for 17 with the man advantage their first 3 games. Since then, the Capitals are 1 for 22, an average of 4.5 percent

Slip the jab: The Capitals outhit the Penguins 132 to 75 in the first 3 games this series. Things changed in Game 4. Despite Kris Letang out to suspension, Pittsburgh outhit Washington 47 to 41.

MV-Carlson?: If someone told you that John Carlson would lead the Capitals in playoff points, would you be concerned? Carlson leads Washington with 10 points and has the same number of playoff goals as Alex Ovechkin. Carlson scored 8 goals in the regular season. Ovechkin had 50.

Tangled Weber: Mike Weber misplayed the puck leading to the Penguins Game 4 overtime goal. The Capitals have certainly missed Brooks Orpik. They are 1-4 without the veteran defenseman this postseason and have 0 power play goals in 16 opportunities. 

Trend is over: Entering Game 4, the Capitals were 4-0 this postseason when scoring first. Pittsburgh had lost 6 consecutive playoff home overtime games. Heck, the Capitals were 18-0-1 this season when Tom Wilson scored a point. All those streaks are done. The Penguins won a home overtime playoff game for the first time since 2009 when they defeated ... the Capitals.

Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Willie Henry


Three things to know about Ravens fourth-round pick Willie Henry

As we profile Ravens draft picks, here are three things to know about fourth-round pick (132) defensive tackle Willie Henry:

1. Henry becomes the fourth young defensive tackle the Ravens have drafted early since 2013

They took Brandon Williams in 2013 (Round 3). They drafted Timmy Jernigan in 2014 (Round 2).  They drafted Carl Davis in 2015 (Round 3).

General manager Ozzie Newsome loves drafting defensive tackles. It keeps with the Ravens’ desire to build a deep defensive line that can rotate players in and out, and relentlessly dominate the line of scrimmage.

2. Henry is another player chosen to strengthen the Ravens’ pass rush

With 6 ½ sacks last season, Henry displayed excellent quickness for a player weighing 300-plus pounds. He can bring pressure up the middle. If Henry shows well during training camp, he and Jernigan could be the defensive tackles of choice in third-and-long situations.

3. The Harbaugh family obviously likes Henry

After playing for Jim Harbaugh at Michigan, Henry will play for John Harbaugh with the Ravens. Obviously, the Ravens had inside info on this draft pick. We’ll see how much it pays off.