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Petrino returns to work after crash

Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino didn't hide how lucky he felt returning to practice Tuesday, hours after being released from the hospital following a weekend motorcycle crash.

Petrino, speaking for the first time since his Sunday night accident, arrived at Razorback Stadium wearing a neck brace and with multiple scrapes and red spots showing on his nose and face.

The 51-year-old said he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which occurred on Arkansas Highway 16 in Madison County -- about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville. State law does not require that an adult rider wear a helmet, but Petrino said he plans to wear one in the future.

Petrino, an avid motorcycle enthusiast, said he noticed the sun in his eyes moments before the accident. He also said he broke four ribs in his upper chest and cracked the outside of the C-2 vertebra in his back.

"I'm very fortunate," Petrino said. "I feel very lucky to be here and be in good health."

Petrino was released from the hospital late Tuesday morning before heading to work for the start of Arkansas' already scheduled spring practice. He spoke to the media and answered questions briefly before heading to the press box to observe practice, which his doctors cleared him to do.


Heat clinch playoff berth

LeBron James scored a season-high 41 points, Mario Chalmers added 19 and the Miami Heat clinched a playoff spot with a 99-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.

James scored 14 straight Miami points in the fourth quarter, helping the Heat finish off a four-game season sweep of Philadelphia and extend their home-court winning streak to 16 games. Chris Bosh scored 17 points and Udonis Haslem grabbed 11 rebounds for Miami, which won despite Dwyane Wade sitting out with a bruised left knee.

Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia.

In other NBA action, Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points, DeMar DeRozan had 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat Charlotte 92-87, snapping a six-game losing streak to the lowly Bobcats to win back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 24-25.

Greg Monroe had 22 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the depleted Orlando Magic, 102-95. The Magic were without starters Dwight Howard, Jameer Nelson and Ryan Anderson because of injuries.

From News Staff and wire service reports