Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is getting divorced.

He filed a divorce petition in Pima County Superior Court on Thursday, the same day the 73-year-old coach said he would extend his leave from the team through the end of the season, Olson's lawyer, Leonard Karp, said yesterday.

"The marriage has been irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation," Karp said.

He said Christine Olson, the Hall of Fame coach's second wife, is still living in Tucson.

Olson announced his leave Nov. 4, saying the reasons were personal and not health-related. In a statement released by the university Thursday announcing the leave extension, Olson said he plans to coach the Wildcats for the 2008-09 season.

Athletic director Jim Livengood, in Chicago with the team, said, "It's a personal family matter and should be addressed appropriately."

The No. 22 Wildcats (5-2) play Illinois today.

Olson has coached Arizona for 24 seasons and posted a 589-187 record with 23 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.


* Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun was publicly reprimanded by the Big East for comments he made about the officiating in UConn's win over Northeastern a day earlier, a game in which he received two technical fouls and was ejected.

* Kansas star Brandon Rush apologized for failing to appear in court on Thursday for traffic charges.

* Michigan point guard Jerret Smith will miss today's game at Duke so he can complete some academic obligations.

In games last night:

* At Virginia, Penn Charter product Sean Singletary scored 21 points to lead the Cavaliers (7-2) over Longwood, 76-57.

* At Manhattan, Antoine Pearson made a three-pointer as the clock ran out to give the Jaspers (5-3) a 65-62 win over St. Peter's in the teams' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener.

In women's games:

* At Maryland, Marissa Coleman had 22 points and 12 rebounds, and four other players scored in double figures for as the No. 3 Terrapins (12-1) routed Northern Iowa, 91-37.

* At Duquesne, Olayinka Sanni's 29 points led No. 13 West Virginia (8-1) to a 91-64 win. *