Colleges Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino was put on paid leave, athletic director Jeff Long announced late Thursday, capping a stunning day in which it was revealed that Petrino had a 25-year-old female employee with him during a weekend motorcycle ride that ended in a crash. A police report showed that he had been riding with former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fund-raiser Jessica Dorrell. “My concern was to protect my family and a previous inappropriate relationship from becoming public,’’ said Petrino, 51, Thursday night in a statement released by the university. Petrino, who is married with four children, said at a news conference Tuesday that “no other individuals’’ were involved. Long said he wasn’t told until Thursday that Dorrell was with Petrino, and that he isn’t sure “what I’m going to find’’ as he reviews the situation. Dorrell is in charge of organizing the recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility for each incoming player . . . Brown named Providence native Jack Hayes its athletic director, effective July 1. He is currently director of athletics at Hofstra. Hayes will succeed Michael Goldberger, who will retire . . . Three more TCU football players were charged with felony marijuana delivery after a six-month sting. Defensive tackle D.J. Yendrey, linebacker Tanner Brock, and offensive tackle Ty Horn all face prison time . . . Sarah Allen became Quinnipiac’s single-season assists leader during a 14-4 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.), dishing out a game-high seven to give her 48 helpers in 10 games. The national single-season record is Hannah Nielsen’s 83, set in 23 games for Northwestern in 2009.
Non-US born players near record-high
Baseball The percentage of Major League Baseball players born outside the United States rose to its third-highest level ever, the commissioner’s office said Thursday. Among the 856 players on Opening Day rosters, 243 were born outside the 50 states. The 28.4 percentage is up from 27.7 last year and trails only 2005 (29.2) and 2007 (29.0). The Dominican Republic led with 95 players, four shy of its high in 2007. Venezuela set its high with 66, four more than last year. Canada (15) was next, followed by Japan (13). Puerto Rico’s total (11) was its fewest since MLB started tracking the data in 1995 and is down from 28 in 2009 . . . According to a study of major league contracts by the Associated Press, the New York Yankees maintain the highest payroll and topped $200 million on Opening Day for the fifth consecutive year. After the Yankees, there’s a drop to the Phillies at $174 million and the Red Sox at $173 million. The New York Mets went from $139.8 million at the start of last season to $96.4 million. The $43.4 million decrease is thought to be the largest in baseball history. Oakland, unhappy it hasn’t been able to get permission from MLB to build a ballpark in San Jose, has the lowest payroll at just under $53 million . . . Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said renovating Wrigley Field would be a “real win’’ for Chicago. Ricketts didn’t say how close the team and the city are to an agreement, but said he expects one at some point . . . General manager Mike Rizzo said the Nationals have no intention of trading pitcher John Lannan. The Nationals sent Lannan to the minors Tuesday, deciding to give the No. 5 spot in their season-opening rotation to Ross Detwiler. Lannan had a 3.70 ERA in 33 starts for Washington last season. In an e-mail to reporters Wednesday, Lannan wrote: “I believe that I belong in a big league rotation.’’ . . . Bill Hohn retired after 23 years as a major league umpire and was replaced by Todd Tichenor. MLB said umpires will wear patches this year honoring their late colleagues Marty Springstead and Harry Wendelstedt.
Prospective Seattle owner backs study
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NBA A venture capitalist who wants to build a sports arena to bring professional basketball back to Seattle will pay for a study to determine the impacts on traffic and parking following objections by his potential neighbor - the Seattle Mariners. Without disclosing its price, Chris Hansen pledged to pay for the study, which he hopes will be concluded in six to eight weeks by a private consultant . . . Authorities said former NBA player Loren Woods was arrested on DUI charges in Tampa. The 33-year-old refused a blood-alcohol test when he was arrested early Wednesday.
Williams sisters advance to quarters
Miscellany In Charleston, S.C., Venus and Serena Williams both reached the quarterfinals of the Family Circle Cup with straight-set victories . . . France captain Guy Forget picked injured Gilles Simon to play singles against John Isner of the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinal. Sixth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will open on clay against 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison at the Monte Carlo Country Club Friday . . . Bolton manager Owen Coyle said Fabrice Muamba has started walking again, less than three weeks after his on-field cardiac arrest during the FA Cup quarterfinals . . . Birgit Fischer’s doctor stopped the 50-year-old eight-time Olympic champion’s latest comeback attempt only one day before the German canoe and kayak Olympic trials. No details of Fischer’s medical condition were released . . . NHRA Pro Stock racer Bill “Grumpy’’ Jenkins, one of drag racing’s most influential stars, died March 29. He was 81. Jenkins won 13 NHRA national events and played an integral role in the formation of Pro Stock.