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Petrino's former mistress resigns

The former mistress of fired University of Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino has resigned from her position with the program, school officials announced Tuesday.

Jessica Dorrell's decision to step down as the football team's student-athlete development coordinator was mutual, and there are no immediate plans to fill the job, Athletic Director Jeff Long said in a statement.

Dorrell will be paid about $14,000 to settle "all matters between the parties."

As part of her resignation, Dorrell agreed she would not attempt to sell or profit from her affiliation with Razorback athletics, officials said.

Dorrell didn't immediately return a message seeking comment Tuesday night.

Long fired Petrino last week for not disclosing that he was having an extramarital affair with Dorrell, as required by conflict of interest rules at the school.


President honors NASCAR's best

President Obama is praising NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart for "one of the most dramatic finishes that we have ever seen."

Obama welcomed Stewart and other top NASCAR drivers to the White House to celebrate Stewart's come-from-behind championship, his third title. The president noted Stewart nearly wrote off the season during the summer but charged back to win five races in the postseason and edge Carl Edwards.

Stewart and Edwards tied in the final Sprint Cup Series standings, but Stewart won the title based on his five victories. Obama credited Edwards for handling "disappointment with grace and class."

Obama got to admire red and black versions of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet Impala. The president said, "Every year I try to take a lap. Nobody lets me do it."



* Carmelo Anthony had 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career triple-double, and the New York Knicks made 19 three-pointers in a 118-110 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. New York, which moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference and trails Boston by 3 1/2 games for the Atlantic Division lead, may have the services of forward Amare Stoudemire soon. Interim coach Mike Woodson said Stoudemire could return from a bulging disc in his back Friday in Cleveland. Stoudemire hadn't spoken about his health since he injured his back March 24 against the Pistons.

* Frankie Vatrano scored the winning goal in the third period to lead the United States to a 5-3 victory over Canada on Tuesday at the world under-18 hockey championship in Brno, Czech Republic. The three-time defending champion Americans (4-0) finished on top of Group A and earned a bye into the semifinals.

From News staff and wire service reports