Petrino's wrecked motorcycle for sale on auction site
Former Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino's damaged motorcycle that he was riding during the crash that led to his ouster is for sale online. The 2007 Harley-Davidson's vehicle identification number matches that of the motorcycle listed in Petrino's accident report. It is up for auction on copart.com with a listed value of $16,000 and repair costs of $18,481.
Petrino crashed the motorcycle April 1 while riding on a rural highway about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. It was later revealed that the married father of four was riding with a 25-year-old female employee he had hired — a fact Petrino initially failed to disclose.
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Petrino eventually admitted to an inappropriate relationship with Jessica Dorrell and was fired April 10 for hiring her as well as giving her $20,000 in gifts.
Finchem: Masters staying on schedule
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday the Masters is "too important" for the tour to take it off its official schedule, even though Augusta National has never had a female member in its 80-year history. "We have concluded a number of times now — and we have certainly not moved off of this — that we are not going to give up the Masters as a tournament on our tour," Finchem said. "It's too important. And so at the end of the day, the membership of that club have to determine their membership. They are not doing anything illegal." The tour policy is not to co-sanction a tournament played on a golf course that does not allow women or minority members. Among the courses it lost when the policy was created included Cypress Point in California and Butler National outside Chicago. The tour does not run the Masters or any of the other three majors. "But we just elect to continue to recognize them as an official money event on the PGA Tour because we think it's that important to golf," Finchem said. "We don't get to determining whether their policies are right or wrong ... we made the conclusion that regardless of those policies, we are going to continue to play and recognize them as part of the PGA Tour."
Vikings: Peterson ahead of schedule
Adrian Peterson is progressing ahead of pace through his left knee rehabilitation. The Minnesota Vikings won't promise he'll play in their first game. Head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman said Wednesday that such a declaration "wouldn't be fair" to anyone. But Peterson left no doubt: He said he's "set" on being ready to take the field at full strength on Sept. 9 when the Vikings start the regular season. The Vikings opened part of Peterson's regular rehab drills to the media, with more than three-dozen reporters and photographers watching him run around at the indoor field at Winter Park. Peterson tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in a game last Dec. 24.
WKU names Stewart athletic director
Western Kentucky promoted Todd Stewart to athletic director after he had served in the role on an interim basis since March 22, the university announced Wednesday. Stewart will be introduced to the public and the media at a news conference Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Topper Club at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium.
Ex-Ole Miss coach gets assistant job
Former Arizona State and Mississippi men's basketball coach Rob Evans will be an assistant on Tony Benford's new staff at North Texas. Evans joins the Mean Green after spending last season at TCU and the previous four years at Arkansas. He recruited Benford to play at Texas Tech, where he spent 15 years as an assistant. Evans has more than 40 years of coaching experience. He took over the Ole Miss program in 1992 and has a 205-201 record in 14 seasons as a head coach.
McBride to sing anthem at Indy 500
Country singer Martina McBride will sing the national anthem at the May 27 Indianapolis 500. McBride's Web site announced her selection Wednesday. The Grammy-winning singer who has sold more than 18 million albums and had six No. 1 singles said singing the national anthem at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a "huge honor."
St. Louis Blues sale OK'd by NHL
The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman, the league announced Wednesday. The sale price was not disclosed, but is believed to be about $130 million. The Stillman group will become the eighth owner of the Blues since the franchise came into existence in 1966. The group is buying the team from a group headed by Dave Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners Worldwide.
NCAA suspends South Carolina coach
The NCAA suspended South Carolina men's soccer assistant Bert Molinary for his next tournament game for verbally abusing a referee during the Gamecocks' loss by penalty kicks to Wake Forest in last fall's NCAA opening game. The NCAA Division I men's soccer committee said Molinary would miss the next NCAA Tournament game in which he's involved, no matter where he is coaching. The committee reprimanded and fined Molinary for his actions. The committee said Molinary verbally abused the referee after being asked to go back to the coaches' area on the sideline during the match. Molinary apologized, saying his actions "did not reflect positively on the university, the men's soccer program and the NCAA." Molinary has been at South Carolina the past eight seasons and is the team's recruiting coordinator.
ACC, ESPN agree to deal through 2027
The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have extended their television deal through the 2026-27 season. The ACC and the network announced the extension Wednesday. A person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press that it's worth $3.6 billion over the 15 years. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial terms weren't released when the two sides announced the deal. The deal gives ESPN title sponsorship rights beyond football to the ACC's other championships, including men's and women's basketball. Those sponsorship deals are subject to the ACC's approval. The extension comes eight months after the ACC announced it was adding Pittsburgh and Syracuse, though it remains unclear exactly when those schools will leave the Big East and begin play in the ACC. It also comes as the league moves to an 18-game schedule in men's and women's basketball next season.
The last word
Arkansas recruit Antonio Carter, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
"Football is like my momma, I can't do without it."