The state trooper often assigned to protect Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from Petrino's wife, Becky, as they were arriving at the hospital, according to a memo.

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Memo details trooper’s actions

after Petrino motorcycle crash

The state trooper often assigned to protect Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from Petrino’s wife, Becky, as they were arriving at the hospital, according to a memo released Monday.

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Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King also said he called Petrino shortly before the police report that landed the coach in hot water was released to the public last week.

Petrino called Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long about 20 minutes after receiving that phone call, and he was put on paid leave later that night. Petrino, a married 51-year-old father of four, failed to disclose he had been riding with a female football-program employee about half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road April 1.

Arkansas State Police said King didn’t violate police policy or state law.

King said he called Petrino on April 1 to check on him after another trooper said Petrino’s motorcycle had been involved in an accident.

Two or three minutes later, King said, an unidentified female called him back and said Petrino had been in an accident. She asked King if he could meet them in a parking lot and take Petrino to the hospital.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the unidentified woman was 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, the employee who was riding with Petrino.

King helped Petrino, who was not wearing a helmet when he crashed, into his car and took him to a hospital.

“He was covered with scrapes and cuts, and had blood and had swelling around his face and head. He was complaining of neck trouble. He was hardly able to speak, only groaning,” King wrote in the memo, dated Friday.

A campus rally for Petrino supporters attracted about 200 Monday.

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Bubba Watson’s playoff victory over Louis Oosthuizen on the second extra hole of the Masters on Sunday wasn’t a ratings hit for CBS. According to USA Today, the overnight rating of 8.1 was the lowest for a final round since 2004 — the last time the event was played on Easter.

Last year’s Masters, won by Charl Schwartzel, generated an overnight rating that was 22 percent higher (10.4).

The 33-year-old Watson has his first major championship and, at No. 4 this week, is the highest-ranked American player.

“I’m not ready for fame,” Watson said. “I don’t really want to be famous or anything like that. I just want to be me and play golf.”


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There was no indication whether he would be ready to play when the Canucks open their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday in Vancouver.


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U.S. midfielder Clint Dempsey said he is talking to Fulham about his future with the English Premier League team with one season remaining on his contract.

Dempsey, 29, has scored a team-record 16 goals in league play this season. He scored in the 82nd minute to give Fulham a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Monday.


Olympic champion Lenzi dies

Mark Lenzi, the 1992 Olympic 3-meter springboard champion and a 1996 bronze medalist, died in Greenville, N.C. He was 43.

Lenzi’s mother, Ellie, said her son had been hospitalized the past two weeks because of fainting spells caused by low blood pressure.

Lenzi was a wrestler when he was captivated by diver Greg Louganis’ remarkable Olympics performance in 1984. Lenzi changed sports.

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