Petrino 'very lucky' to be back at practice after crash
Bobby Petrino walked slower than normal, his face swollen and red. You couldn't miss the white brace around the Arkansas coach's neck.
But the fact that Petrino was even at Razorback Stadium on Tuesday, hours after being released from a hospital following a weekend motorcycle crash, was remarkable.
The 51-year-old spoke for the first time since Sunday night's accident, minutes before the Razorbacks opened practice. Petrino observed the session in the press box, cleared to do so by doctors after being released from a hospital late Tuesday morning.
The accident occurred on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County, about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville, and Petrino said he wasn't wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.
The avid motorcycle enthusiast said he plans to wear one in the future, particularly after suffering four broken ribs in his upper chest and cracking the outside of the C-2 vertebra in his back.
"I'm very fortunate," Petrino said. "I feel very lucky to be here and be in good health."
Petrino said he was returning home after an evening ride on the scenic road, a favorite of local motorcyclists. He had ridden in the area before but remembers noticing the sun in his eyes moments before the accident.
"I remember coming around the curve, I was noticing the sun was going to be in my eyes the rest of the way home," Petrino said. "And then there got to a point where I was not going to be able to maneuver the turn.
"It seemed like 15 seconds where I said, 'Oh no, here I go.'"
State police spokesman Bill Sadler said Tuesday that Petrino's accident report wasn't ready for release yet, but Petrino said he ended up in the ditch following the crash. Petrino said a passing car was waiting when he climbed from the ditch and took him to meet his state police escort before the two went the rest of the way to the hospital.
Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said Petrino, who just completed his fourth season with the Razorbacks, looked much different on Monday morning than he did at his Tuesday afternoon news conference.
"The human body is amazing, because each day it heals faster," Long said. "When I saw him yesterday, he looked markedly different than he does today. He looks much better today."
Nike unveils teams' new uniforms
For fans worried that Nike was going to give their favorite NFL team's uniform an extreme makeover, full-blown Oregon style, no need to fret. Going for a slightly sleeker but familiar look, the NFL unveiled its new uniforms Tuesday. "You look good, you play good," said Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, one of 32 players who modeled the uniforms. "Hopefully that kicks into effect this season." Commissioner Roger Goodell said the goal of the redesign was to combine "tradition with innovation." But only the Seattle Seahawks made significant alterations to their uniforms, adding some neon green trim down the sides of the pants and numbers. "Seattle has the hottest uniform right now," Saints running back Pierre Thomas said. "So I'm a little jealous."
Saints' appeals will be heard Thursday
Saints Coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt are set to have their NFL appeals heard Thursday regarding the punishment they've received for their roles in New Orleans' bounty system. League spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed the hearing schedule in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon. Aiello also said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has since taken a job as defensive coordinator with the St. Louis Rams, did not appeal his indefinite suspension. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for all of next season. Loomis was suspended for eight games, Vitt for six, and the Saints were fined $500,000 and docked two second-round draft picks.
U.S. women beat Brazil 3-0
Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to power the United States to a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday in Chiba, Japan. The exhibition tournament features three of the top four teams in the world. The United States is ranked No. 1, just ahead of Germany, while Japan is No. 3 and Brazil is No. 4.
Brazil: World Cup stadiums on schedule
Construction work at 2014 World Cup stadiums is on schedule in all 12 host cities, the Brazilian government said Tuesday. With 800 days to go until the World Cup, the government says five stadiums have more than 50 percent of work completed, while another five have more than 30 percent of construction ready. The report contrasts with numbers released last month by a government watchdog group which said only stadiums in Salvador and Fortaleza had more than 50 percent of work completed. Most stadiums are expected to be ready by the end of this year or the next.
Sports in the courts
Camacho charged with child abuse
Former champion boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho is facing a felony count of child abuse, and he turned himself in to Florida authorities this week on a warrant filed late last year. The 49-year-old Camacho posted a $5,000 bond at the Orange County Jail in Orlando on Monday and was released. According to the arrest affidavit, Camacho surrendered on a warrant that records show was filed by the state attorney's office in November. Camacho's attorney Linda George said the charge stems from a family dispute that turned into yelling and a neighbor called police. She says the boxer only recently learned of the complaint and reported to officials to resolve it.
The last word
Tiger Woods, who will play in his 18th Masters this week, recalling one of his first practice rounds at Augusta with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer:
"I'm trying to gain as much intel as I possibly can, and I'm asking them on every hole, 'What do you do here? What do you do here? What do you do here?' And I'm pretty sure they got sick of me."