Louisville coach Rick Pitino says there is "absolutely no truth" to the rumors that he is returning to the NBA.

Pitino released a statement Saturday saying neither he nor anyone representing him has contacted the Sacramento Kings' about their vacant coaching job.

He says the rumors are hurting the Kings and misleading players he is attempting to recruit to Louisville.

Pitino just finished his eighth season with the Cardinals, going 31-6 and winning the Big East regular-season and tournament titles. The Cardinals lost to Michigan State in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament.

  • Former SMU coach Jimmy Tubbs, who was fired after two seasons in 2006 when an internal investigation revealed NCAA violations, has died. He was 60. SMU spokesman Brad Sutton said Tubbs died Saturday. No cause of death was given.

    Men's tennis

    Stanford 4, Pepperdine 1: The ninth-ranked Cardinal avenged its second-round loss from last year by defeating the No. 17 Waves in the NCAA Tournament.

    Women's tennis

    No. 9 Cal 4, No. 31 Texas 1: The host Bears (19-4) bounced back after losing the doubles point to defeat the Longhorns (17-8) in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship.

    No. 13 Stanford 4, Wichita State 0: The host Cardinal (18-4) cruised to a shutout of the Shockers (21-6) in the opening round.

    Baseball

    UCLA 9, Cal 4: The visiting Bears (21-27, 7-16 Pac-10) scored two runs in both the third and ninth innings, but it wasn't enough offense in falling to the Bruins (24-23, 14-9).

    Stanford 17, New Mexico 5: Brent Milleville drove in a career-high seven runs and hit two of the host Cardinal's five home runs as Stanford (24-21) rolled to a nonleague rout over the Lobos (33-17).

    Saint Mary's 7, Santa Clara 5: Troy Channing went 2-for-4 with four RBI and Kyle Barraclough earned his fourth win of the season in relief as the host Gaels (28-25, 9-11 West Coast Conference) beat the Broncos (18-29, 5-12).

    Softball

    No. 4 Washington 11, No. 12 Cal 3: Elia Reid hit a three-run home run for the visiting Bears (35-18, 10-10 Pac-10) in a regular-season-ending loss to the Huskies (41-10, 14-7 Pac-10).

    No. 2 UCLA 8, Stanford 0: The visiting Cardinal (44-9, 13-8 Pac-10) was shut out by the conference champion Bruins (41-9, 16-5).

    Men's volleyball

    NCAA Championship: Jordan DuFault had 14 kills, including the final one in the fifth set and UC Irvine (27-5) won its second title in three years, beating USC (21-11) 3-2 in Provo, Utah.