Petrino mistress is on paid leave
Arkansas put the former mistress of Bobby Petrino on paid leave Friday and disclosed that she used a $20,000 “gift” from the disgraced former coach to buy a car in her first week on the job.
University spokesman Steve Voorhies said Jessica Dorrell, a 25-year-old football department employee, had been placed on leave, but declined further comment, calling it a private personnel issue.
The move came as Petrino said he would not appeal his firing and seek any of the $18 million buyout that was part of his contract.
• In Opelika, Ala., a jury convicted former Auburn player Antonio Goodwin of first-degree robbery.
Goodwin is the first of four former Auburn players standing trial on first-degree robbery charges in an armed home invasion in March 2011.
• In Helena, Mont., former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf was formally charged with four felonies on accusations that he broke into an acquaintance’s home to steal prescription painkillers, then robbed a second home two days after being released from jail.
Pacers pitcher sets mark in loss
In Aiken, USC Aiken lost a doubleheader to No. 6 Armstrong Atlantic State, 7-2 in the first game and 6-1 in the second.
In Game 1, USC Aiken starter India Kornegay struck out seven batters to become the Pacers’ all-time strikeout leader.
Kornegay (19-9), who now has 444 career strikeouts, passed Samantha Blair, who had 437 in her career from 2004-07.
Kornegay has 225 strikeouts on the season, tying her with Stacie Oakley (2005) for most strikeouts in a single season at USC Aiken.
In Game 1, USC Aiken’s Cortney Sadler hit her third home run of the season.
USC Aiken is now 24-13, 9-7 in the Peach Belt Conference.
Armstrong Atlantic State is 39-8, 15-1 PBC.
Malnati returns to top in eGolf
In Southport, N.C., former Missouri golfer Peter Malnati was back on his game in the third round of the eGolf Tour’s Championship at St. James Plantation,
Malnati, the first-round leader with 9-under-par 63, dropped back with 76 in the second round, but had 70 on Friday to take the 54-hole lead.
Malnati has a one-shot lead over three golfers – Joshua Brock (65), Jordan Holey (67) and second-round leader T.J. Howe (75).
Malnati is at 7-under 209.
Of the three locals to make the cut, David Robinson is tied for 10th place (76 for 212), Alex Hamilton is tied for 37th (73 for 220) and Stephen Poole is tied for 48th place (75 at 222).
Top seed makes it to semifinals
In Copenhagen, Denmark, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, breezed into the semifinals of the e-boks Open by defeating Alize Cornet, of France, 6-0, 6-3.
Wozniacki will face Petra Martic who beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
• In Casablanca, Morocco, third-seeded Pablo Andujar, of Spain, won two matches to reach the semifinals of the Grand Prix Hassan II.
Andujar first defeated Potito Starace, of Italy, 6-3, 6-0 in a second-round match delayed by rain, then ousted fellow Spaniard Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 in the quarterfinals
Andujar will next play Flavio Cipolla, of Italy, who beat Benoit Parie, of France, 6-3, 6-4.