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Louisville says basketball coach Rick Pitino not interested in NBA

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville coach Rick Pitino is not considering a return to the NBA, the school said.

The school denied reports by Yahoo Sports and that said Pitino inquired about Sacramento's coaching vacancy. A spokesman said Pitino was in his office Friday but did not believe it was necessary to address the situation.

Pitino, 56, just finished his eighth season with the Cardinals, leading them to a 31-6 record, Big East regular-season and tournament titles and region final berth in the NCAA Tournament. He has coached twice in the NBA. He went 90-74 with the Knicks from 1987-89 and 102-146 with the Celtics from 1997-2001.

The Kings have not interviewed replacements for Kenny Natt, who finished the season after Reggie Theus was fired.

Kentucky: Patrick Patterson withdrew from the draft and will return for his junior season. Last season, the 6-9 forward averaged 17.9 points and 9.3 rebounds and was named to the All-SEC first team.

Football: The GMAC Bowl (in Mobile, Ala.) replaced the Humanitarian Bowl (Boise, Idaho) in the ACC's postseason lineup. The GMAC will have the ninth pick of eligible teams while the EagleBank Bowl (Washington, D.C.), which had the final pick last year, moves up to eighth.

Men's tennis: Maciek Sykut set one school record and tied another to lead host Florida State past Jacksonville State 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. His doubles victory gave him 173 combined wins, surpassing Jason White. The singles win was his 92nd, tying White. FSU faces Auburn, which beat USF 4-0. … Antoine Benneteau and Jeff Dadamo won singles and doubles matches to lead host Florida past Marist 4-0. The Gators face Miami, which beat Columbia 4-0.

Women's golf: FSU shot 297 and is tied for 16th at the East Region in Gainesville. The top eight advance, and the Seminoles' 604 is 12 back entering today's final round. Three-time All-American Caroline Westrup shot 4-over 74 and is tied for 24th. UF shot 301 and is 17th at 606.

Softball: Becca Heteniak pitched a one-hitter and hit a two-run homer to lead top-seed DePaul past USF 4-0 in the Big East semifinals in Louisville, Ky. The Bulls (34-22) must wait until Sunday to find out if they make the NCAA tournament.

Louisville says basketball coach Rick Pitino not interested in NBA 05/08/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 8, 2009 10:26pm]
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