Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino says his program will survive allegations in a book by an escort claiming ex-Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits, some of their fathers and players.

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Pitino defends program

Louisville coach Rick Pitino insists his program will survive allegations in a book by an escort claiming former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits, some of their fathers and players.

Pitino said Tuesday the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

He told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Pitino’s comments twice drew applause from about 1,200 people who welcomed him with a standing ovation.

It initially appeared the Hall of Fame coach would sidestep any comments about the firestorm that has developed this month, joking the NCAA told him not to “say anything about anything.”

But unlike previous interviews in which Pitino said neither he nor assistants were aware of the alleged activities described in the book, he questioned the program’s need for them in light of the development of recent star players.

“From our end of the thing, I don’t get the ‘why?’ It doesn’t make sense,” said Pitino, reiterating his adherence to NCAA regulations. “I know as far as I’m concerned, every coach has had rights and wrongs in their life. But every coach that has sat next to me … knew what I was about as far as NCAA rules are concerned.”


Title is on the line Wednesday

The Minnesota Lynx host the Indiana Fever in the deciding game of the best-of-five WNBA Finals on Wednesday.

It is the first deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals since the Fever lost to the Phoenix Mercury in 2009. Minnesota is seeking its third title in five years.


Rose to miss more time

The original plan called for Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose to be cleared for full activity Wednesday, two weeks after surgery repaired his fractured left orbital bone.

Instead, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said the 27-year-old player “most likely” will miss all eight exhibition games. And given the organization’s big-picture approach and conservative nature regarding injuries, Rose’s participation for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers is in jeopardy.

“They still want him to be a little bit careful just with the swelling, make sure that his vision is back to where it’s supposed to be, to where it was before he got hit, before they want him to get anything going on with his blood pressure spiking is how I understand it,” Hoiberg said.

• Washington Wizards forward Alan Anderson, 32, had a second operation on his left ankle, and no time frame for his return has been determined.

• Superstar LeBron James and Cleveland’s four other projected starters sat out as the Cavaliers dropped to 0-4 in the exhibition season with a 110-101 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks.

James was given the night off by coach David Blatt as the Cavaliers played their second game in two nights. James came to Quicken Loans Arena, but didn’t feel well and was sent home.

• Lamar Odom, 35, former NBA player and reality-TV performer, was hospitalized after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel, authorities said.

Odom, a former Los Angeles Laker and member-by-marriage of the Kardashian family, was in a Las Vegas hospital and there was no immediate word on his condition, officials said.

European soccer

Dutch team fails to advance

The Dutch charmed the world with their free-flowing Total Football during the 1970s. In 2015, they are a Total Loss.

With a second straight home defeat, 3-2 to already-qualified Czech Republic, the Netherlands failed to reach the 24-team European Championship final tournament for the first time since 1984. Meanwhile, neighbor and perennial rival Belgium moved to the top of the FIFA rankings and qualified for Euro 2016 as the Group B winner with a 3-1 victory over Israel.


• In tennis, 17-time major winner Roger Federer of Switzerland lost his opening match at the Shanghai Masters in China. Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain beat Federer 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3.