University of Arkansas officials said Jessica Dorrell, the former mistress of fired coach Bobby Petrino, has resigned her job as the team's...

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Petrino’s ex-mistress leaves

her athletic-department job

University of Arkansas officials said Jessica Dorrell, the former mistress of fired coach Bobby Petrino, has resigned her job as the team’s student-athlete development coordinator.

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Athletic director Jeff Long said the decision was mutual and added there are no immediate plans to try to refill the job.

Ex-Razorbacks volleyball player Dorrell will be paid approximately $14,000 to settle “all matters between the parties,” according to a university news release.

Petrino, 51, was fired last week after not disclosing their affair — a conflict of interest — and Dorrell, 25, had been put on paid leave.

The revelations about their relationship surfaced after they were involved in a motorcycle accident April 1.

In Long’s letter of termination to Petrino, he wrote, “You deliberately failed to tell me that you had engaged in an extra-marital affair with Ms. Dorrell over a period of several months leading up to your recommendation to hire her.”

Spring football might change

When the American Football Coaches Association board meets in Arizona next month, possibly proposing NCAA rule changes that would allow schools to scrimmage or practice against other programs during the spring is expected to be on the agenda.

“Based upon the buzz about this within the profession the last couple of months, I’m sure we’ll be talking about this when we meet,” said Tim Murphy, AFCA president and Harvard coach. “I think the NFL model would be a good way to do it, going through drills with another team. If you wanted to hold a scrimmage, you could do it but it would just be more complex.”

Basketball, soccer and field hockey are NCAA Division I sports allowed to have scrimmages or exhibition games before their first game. NCAA rules prohibit football programs from practicing or scrimmaging against other schools during spring ball.

Nick Saban of defending national champion Alabama is among the coaches who would prefer not to change spring football.

Company recalls T-shirts

Which way to the Southeastern Conference?

Aggieland Outfitters, which has three outlets in College Station, Texas, recalled T-shirts after the company was ridiculed online for having geographic mistakes.

The maroon shirt has an “SEC” logo emblazoned on a mapped section of U.S. states, ostensibly representing members of the conference. But North Carolina, which does not have a team in the SEC, is included and Missouri is not. Missouri and Texas A&M are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC later this year.


Bayern beats Real Madrid

Mario Gomez scored in the 90th minute to give Bayern Munich of Germany a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid of Spain in the first leg of their home-and-home, total-goals UEFA Champions League semifinal.

Four-time champion Bayern is seeking to become the first team to play the Champions League final at its own stadium.

Franck Ribery opened the scoring in the 17th minute for Bayern, and Mesut Oezil equalized for nine-time champion Real Madrid in the 53rd.

The other semifinal begins Wednesday, when Barcelona of Spain is at Chelsea of England.


Watson opts for family time

Masters champion Bubba Watson has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship, a PGA Tour event in Charlotte, N.C.

Watson told tournament officials he needs to spend time with his family after next week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where he will defend his title.

The Wells Fargo Championship starts May 3, with The Players Championship the following week.

Watson said that would be three weeks away from his wife and newly adopted son.


Clijsters to miss French Open

Belgian Kim Clijsters will skip the French Open and clay-court season to focus on adapting to grass ahead of Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

She is recovering slower than expected after tearing a hip muscle during the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida last month and plans to resume training in about three weeks.


President Obama lauded Tony Stewart, the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, for “one of the most dramatic finishes that we have ever seen” as drivers were honored at the White House.

Obama admired red and black versions of Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet Impala.

Obama said “every year I try to take a lap. Nobody lets me do it.”

• The Olympic torch will get a royal welcome at Buckingham Palace from Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton.

Buckingham Palace officials said the young royals, joined by Prince Harry, will be on hand when three torchbearers carry the flame through the palace grounds July 26 — the day before the opening ceremony of the London Games.

Palace officials also said Queen Elizabeth II will view the flame at Windsor Castle on July 10.

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