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  • In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky..  The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)

    In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky.. The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)

  • In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky..  The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)

    In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky.. The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)

  • In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky..  The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)
  • In this photo provided by the University of Louisville Athletics and tweeted by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein early Friday, April 26, 2013, Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino sports an NCAA champions tattoo in Louisville, Ky..  The coach followed through on his promise to players to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA college basketball championship. (AP Photo/University of Louisville Athletics, Kenny Klein)

College basketball

Pitino keeps promise, gets ‘L’ tattoo

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Rick Pitino is now inked up.

The Louisville coach followed through yesterday on his promise to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA championship, adorning his left shoulder blade with the school’s old-English ‘L’ emblem in red. He got it done at Tattoo Salvation, a parlor east of campus, and the emblem is perpendicularly surrounded by the words “2013 NCAA champions, 35-5.”

Athletic department spokesman Kenny Klein tweeted pictures of a topless Pitino with the tattoo on his back and a close-up of the finished product. The NCAA championship trophy was nearby.

The 60-year-old Pitino revealed the design earlier in the week and his plans to get it done before the Kentucky Derby on May 4. He’s part owner of Goldencents, considered a strong Derby contender.

NBA

Thunder’s Westbrook out indefinitely, needs knee surgery

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely.

The Thunder announced the injury yesterday and said Westbrook would have surgery “in the coming days.” The team did not give a timeline for his return.

Westbrook was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder’s playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged into him trying for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook’s knee.

Westbrook, who is in his fifth season in the NBA, has never previously missed a game. He had the league’s longest active streak of consecutive games played, with 394 straight regular-season games. The All-Star has played in all 45 of Oklahoma City’s playoff games.

Westbrook averaged 24 points and seven assists in the first two games, both won by Oklahoma City.

BASEBALL

Blue Jays’ Johnson scratched from start

NEW YORK – The Toronto Blue Jays scratched Josh Johnson from his start against the New York Yankees because of right triceps tightness last night, and they sent left-hander Aaron Laffey to the mound in his place. The Blue Jays said the move is precautionary.

Johnson has struggled in four starts since coming to Toronto in an offseason trade with Miami that also netted Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Reyes is on the disabled list with an injured ankle.

The right-handed Johnson is 0-1 with a 6.86 ERA.

NFL

Packers sign Rodgers to contract extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. – The Green Bay Packers announced yesterday that they’d signed quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a contract extension. Though the team didn’t release details, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported it’s for five years and $110 million, which would be the highest salary in NFL history. The Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco $120.6 million over six years in March.

Rodgers has thrown for 21,661 yards and 171 touchdowns, and has had a quarterback rating of 101.2 or better in all but one season as a starter. His quarterback rating of 122.5 in 2011 is an NFL record.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Pittsburgh suspends three players following raid

PITTSBURGH – Three Pittsburgh football players were suspended by Coach Paul Chryst yesterday after their house was raided following a drug sting.

The police said junior tight end Drew Carswell, defensive tackle Khaynin Mosley-Smith and junior defensive back Eric Williams each will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The players’ home was raided early yesterday morning.

The police said an undercover agent purchased several bags of heroin from another man, Darnell Reed-Young, at the players’ residence. Officers then obtained a search warrant and discovered drug packaging materials in several rooms and a scale with white residue in Carswell’s bedroom.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Notre Dame to play home game at Cowboys Stadium

ARLINGTON, Texas – Notre Dame is going to get a preview of the stadium that will host the first championship game in the new College Football Playoff.

The Fighting Irish will host Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 5.

That game is part of the school’s “Shamrock Series” in which Notre Dame, last season’s BCS runner-up, plays home games in different parts of the country.

The Irish’s game against Arizona State, a night game that will be part of NBC’s package of Notre Dame games, will come a season before Cowboys Stadium is the site of the first title game under the new postseason system.

TENNIS

Sharapova edges Ivanovic to reach Stuttgart semis

STUTTGART, Germany – Top-seeded Maria Sharapova got through another tough test in outlasting Ana Ivanovic, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, yesterday to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix.

Sharapova, the defending champion, needed more than 3 hours to overcome Lucie Safarova a day earlier. This one was an hour shorter but perhaps just as intense.

Sharapova used this indoor clay-court tournament last year to warm up for the French Open, where she won the title.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, an American qualifier, beat Sabine Lisicki of Germany, 6-4, 6-2, a day after upsetting fourth-seeded Sara Errani in a match that lasted past 1:30 a.m.

The American next goes against second-seeded Li Na of China, who defeated fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-5.

TENNIS

Schiavone to face Scheepers in Morocco semifinal

MARRAKECH, Morocco – Francesca Schiavone of Italy moved into the semifinals of the Grand Prix SAR by defeating third-seeded Alize Cornet of France, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday.

Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, will face Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa, who routed seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France, 6-1, 6-2.

Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain also advanced by beating defending champion Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The unseeded Spaniard will meet Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, who edged Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

TENNIS

Simon reaches semifinals in Bucharest

BUCHAREST, Romania – Three-time champion Gilles Simon reached the semifinals of the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy yesterday, while top-seeded Janko Tipsarevic was upset.

The second-seeded Simon extended his unbeaten streak at the clay-court tournament to 16 matches by ousting Daniel Brands of Germany, 6-1, 7-5. The 10th-ranked Tipsarevic lost, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.

Simon will meet big-serving Czech Lukas Rosol, who stopped eighth-seeded Serb Viktor Troicki, 6-3, 6-1.

In the other semifinal, Garcia-Lopez will meet fifth-seeded German Florian Mayer, who ousted Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

GOLF

Faxon and Sluman lead Champions Tour team event

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Brad Faxon’s steady putting helped he and teammate Jeff Sluman to 10 birdies and a one-shot lead in the Champions Tour’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Faxon had seven birdies as the duo combined for a 10-under-par round in the better-ball team competition at the Club at Savannah Harbor.

Champions Tour points leader Bernhard Langer and teammate Tom Lehman were next and will be paired with Faxon and Sluman in today’s second round of the 54-hole event.

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson and partner Andy North finished the opening round in a three-way tie for third at 8-under. Craig Stadler and Kirk Triplett also teamed for a 64, along with Tom Kite and Gil Morgan.

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