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Ware up and walking on crutches after broken leg

Louisville guard Kevin Ware was up and walking on crutches Monday, April 1, 2013 and coach Rick Pitino said his player's spirits have been boosted by the outpouring of support from friends and fans.

Ware isn't in any pain after a two-hour surgery Sunday night, March 31 to repair a horrifying fracture in his right leg. Doctors reset the bone and inserted a rod, and are monitoring him to make sure there's no infection, Pitino said.

"He's doing terrific, in great spirits," Pitino, who visited Ware on Sunday night and again Monday morning, said on a conference call. "He'll be with us in Atlanta."

Ware broke his leg in the first half of Sunday's Midwest Regional final when he landed awkwardly after trying to contest a three-point shot, breaking his leg in two places. He was taken off the court on a stretcher as his stunned teammates openly wept.