Louisville coach Rick Pitino followed through on his promise to get a tattoo if the Cardinals won the NCAA men's basketball championship.
Pitino keeps promise
to players, gets tattoo
Rick Pitino is inked up.
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The 60-year-old Louisville men’s coach followed through Friday 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. The tattoo also includes “2013 NCAA champions” and the team’s record, 35-5.
After Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 in the title game April 8, guard Peyton Siva — a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle — said, “Our biggest motivation was to get Coach a tattoo.”
Father says Larkin
is likely to enter draft
It looks as if Shane Larkin will be making a relatively short stop in the Miami Hurricanes’ program.
Larkin’s father, baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, said the point guard will declare for the NBA draft Sunday unless he has a late change of heart. As a sophomore last season, Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists.
Meanwhile, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier announced he will return for his senior season and forward Hunter Mickelson is transferring from Arkansas to Kansas, where he will sit out next season and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Pitt suspends 3 players
after police raid house
Three Pittsburgh players have been suspended by coach Paul Chryst after their house was raided following a drug sting.
Police said tight end Drew Carswell, defensive lineman Khaynin Mosley-Smith and linebacker Eric Williams each will be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police said an undercover agent purchased several bags of heroin from another man, Darnell Reed-Young, at the players’ residence. Officers obtained a search warrant and said they discovered drug-packaging materials in several rooms and a scale with white residue in Carswell’s bedroom.
Notre Dame to play
Arizona State in 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 in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 5. The first playoff title game is set for Jan. 12, 2015.
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby participated in noncontact drills, his first practice with teammates since suffering a broken jaw when he was struck by a puck in a March 30 game. He was vague on when he will be cleared to play, and his status for next week’s playoff opener remains uncertain.
• Detroit, Minnesota and Columbus are competing for the last two playoff berths in the NHL Western Conference. Eight teams in each conference make the playoffs.
Detroit is in seventh place with 54 points, one ahead of Minnesota and Columbus. Each of those teams plays its last regular-season game Saturday.
• Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia outlasted Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Defending champion Sharapova next will face third-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany.
In the other semifinal, American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands will play second-seeded Li Na of China.
• Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain won back-to-back matches to advance to the semifinals of the Barcelona Open in his home country.
After rain forced several third-round matches to be pushed back, Nadal started the day by beating Benoit Paire of France 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 and later defeated countryman Albert Ramos 6-3, 6-0.
• Jockey Calvin Borel has been elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. This year’s Hall of Fame class also features horses Housebuster, Invasor, Lure, McDynamo and Tuscalee.
• Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has decided not to appeal a 10-match ban for biting an opponent during a Premier League match and will serve one of English soccer’s harshest sanctions for on-the-field misbehavior. Suarez bit the upper arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic during a 2-2 draw Sunday.
• UEFA penalized the English Football Association $1.7 million for scheduling matches during the Champions League in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
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