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Petrino didn't call 911

Moments after their motorcycle accident, Bobby Petrino and a female employee told a passer-by not to call 911, then got a ride back to Fayetteville where the Arkansas football coach was met by a state trooper who provides his personal security during the season.

New details of the immediate aftermath of Petrino's crash were in a 911 call released Friday by the state police. The passer-by, Larry Hendren, describes coming upon the accident scene Sunday evening just after Petrino and Jessica Dorrell "were getting up out of the ditch." He said Petrino was "walking, but it looked like his face was bleeding quite a lot."

"The rider and the passenger of the motorcycle declined us to call 911," Hendren told a dispatcher. "They got into a vehicle and headed toward the hospital."

Petrino was taken to a Fayetteville intersection by another passer-by. There, Dorrell left in her own car while Petrino was met by Capt. Lance King, his personal security guard during the season. King took Petrino to a hospital, where he was treated for broken ribs and a cracked neck vertebra.


Serena wins, Venus loses

Reigning U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur put the latest matchup in the Williams sisters' sibling rivalry on hold by rallying past Venus Williams at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.

The second-seeded Stosur won five of the last six games of the match for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in the quarterfinals on a chilly, windy Friday at the season's first clay-court event. Stosur now has a chance at knocking out both Williams sisters on consecutive days when she meets Serena in today's semifinals.

Serena Williams advanced when opponent Sabine Lisicki twisted her left ankle early in the opening set and had to withdraw after five games.


Isner evens Davis Cup match

John Isner defeated Gilles Simon, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5, Friday, pulling the United States even with France after opening singles in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Roquebrune, France.

The Americans needed a strong performance from Isner after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat 19-year-old Ryan Harrison, 7-5, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, to give France the lead.


Sanchez seeks reversal

Former WBC Youth Lightweight champion Guillermo Sanchez looks to end a three-match losing streak tonight. The Buffalo southpaw (13-5-1, 5 KOs) faces Ronny Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif.

Sanchez hasn't won since April 22, when he took out Eddie Ramirez via unanimous decision to win the WBC Youth Lightweight crown. Rios has won via stoppage twice in his last three bouts.

From News Staff and wire service reports