Sheahan plays ‘Tinky Winky’
Riley Sheahan, the Red Wings’ top pick in the 2010 NHL draft, was reportedly wearing a purple Teletubbies costume when he was pulled over on a drink driving charge in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A copy of the arrest report obtained by Michigan news Web site MLive.com showed that a breathalyzer test indicated the 20-year-old Canadian had a blood-alcohol content of 0.30 when he was stopped for driving the wrong way on Oct. 29. That is almost four times the legal limit. MLive reported that Sheahan was also carrying the identification of Brendan Smith, another Detroit prospect who is expected to join the team. Sheahan was also charged with providing police with false information. Sheahan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Nov. 6. The purple costume on the Teletubbies children program belongs to Tinky Winky.
Pettitte back with Yankees
Andy Pettitte is to return for another season with the New York Yankees after the 40-year-old left-hander signed a one-year deal, Major League Baseball’s American League East champions said on Wednesday. The deal is worth about US$12 million, according to a report on the team’s Web site. Pettitte, a five-time World Series winner with the Yankees, went 5-4 with a 2.87 earned run average (ERA) this year after ending a one-year retirement to rejoin the club. He missed nearly three months on the disabled list with a fractured left ankle suffered on a batted ball, but returned in September for three regular season starts, holding opponents scoreless in two of them, and pitched in the playoffs. Pettitte, who also pitched three seasons for the Houston Astros, has a career record of 245-142 with a 3.86 ERA and has won a major league record 19 times in the postseason.
Mardy Fish ‘improving’
The US’ Mardy Fish is to miss the Australian Open in January as he continues to recover from health issues related to heart surgery, his agent said on Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who had an operation in May to correct a form of arrhythmia in his heart, is “improving” and plans to return to the ATP Tour in February at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. “The good news is that Mardy’s health is improving and he is back on the court, slowly getting back into his regular workouts,” Fish’s agent, John Tobias, said in an e-mail as he confirmed Fish’s comeback date. Fish has not played since the US Open in September, when he was forced to pull out before his fourth-round match against Roger Federer because of heart palpitations. Fish began the year ranked eighth, but has fallen to 27th after an interrupted season. He is still the third-ranked US player and with very few ranking points to defend in the first two months of next year, he is likely to return to the Tour inside the world’s top 32.
Upton goes to Braves
Outfielder B.J. Upton, one of the year’s most prized free agents, has agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on a five-year, US$75 million deal, the Atlanta Constitution reported on Wednesday. The deal with the former Tampa Bay Rays center-fielder, which would be the largest free-agent contract ever given by the Braves franchise, was pending a physical, the newspaper said. Upton, 28, had spent his entire career with the Rays, who took him with the second overall pick of the 2002 amateur draft. The slick fielding, right-handed hitting outfielder had a .246 batting average with a career-high 28 home runs and 31 stolen bases last season.