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Judge dismissed suit against Auriemma

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A discrimination and assault lawsuit filed against Connecticut women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma, the NBA and USA Basketball has been dismissed.

New York Supreme Court Justice Cynthia Kern said in a ruling that New York courts do not have jurisdiction because Auriemma lives in Connecticut.

The lawsuit was filed in June 2012 in state court in Manhattan by Kelley Hardwick, the NBA's director of security and a former New York police detective. Hardwick said in the suit that she was removed from the security detail for the USA women's basketball team at the London Olympics and that she also had resisted sexual advances by Auriemma, the coach of the U.S. team, during a trip to Russia in 2009.

Hardwick acknowledged that she was reinstated to the national team's security duty, but she argued that she had fewer responsibilities. She also contended that Auriemma screamed at her in front of the team.

Auriemma, whose Connecticut team won its eighth NCAA women's championship earlier this month, has denied the allegations.

"Mr. Auriemma categorically denied all the allegations against him," his lawyer, Kenneth Novikoff, said Wednesday.

Hardwick's attorney, Randolph McLaughlin, appealed the ruling to the New York Supreme Court's Appellate Division.
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