Ex-Yankee charged with manslaughter
Jim Leyritz, a 10-year Major League Baseball veteran who sparked the New York Yankees to a 1996 World Series victory, faces manslaughter driving while intoxicated charges after a fatal crash Friday.
Former major league catcher Leyritz, who turned 44 on Thursday, posted 11,000 dollars bond and was released from jail after being arrested following the early morning incident in a bar district at nearby Fort Lauderdale.
The Miami Herald and Miami TV stations reported that Leyritz refused a drunk driving test and that a passenger in the car struck by Leyritz's vehicle, a 30-year-old woman, was knocked out of the car and died at the scene.
Two-time National Football League all-star safety Bob Sanders signed a five-year contract extension Friday, a deal that will keep him with the Indianapolis Colts through 2012 and makes him one of the league's highest-paid players at his position.
The deal is worth US$37.5 million and includes US$20 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Sanders' average salary of US$7.5 million under the extension is nearly US$1 million more than what Pittsburgh's Troy Polamalu got in his new deal in July, and the guaranteed money is more than what Ed Reed got when he signed an extension with the Ravens in June 2006.
Red card appeals
Chelsea defender Ashley Cole and Aston Villa's Zat Knight both had appeals to overturn red cards dismissed by the Football Association on Friday.
The two players were sent off during the 4-4 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Knight was ejected in the 44th minute for a challenge on Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack, while Cole was shown a red card in the 90th for handball.
Both fouls led to penalty kicks, which were converted.
The two were suspended for one match each.
Stripped of license
Kentucky Derby winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela, whose career has been marred by a history of substance abuse and suspensions, has been stripped of his conditional jockey license after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
A notice of the termination of Valenzuela's license was issued Friday by the California Horse Racing Board.
"Consuming or being under the influence of alcohol is a violation of Mr. Valenzuela's conditional license," the board's executive director Ingrid Fermin said in a statement.
Eager for Beckham
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes that a bit of David Beckham's talent rubs off on his young players.
Beckham will join the Arsenal squad at its training ground, which is close to his English home, to maintain his fitness before the Los Angeles Galaxy begins its season on March 29.
"He will come in January to practice with us, occasionally with the first team or the reserves," Wenger said Friday. "He can always give good advice and we will help him to keep fit. The youngsters will look up to him, of course."
Beckham is hoping to play his 100th game for England on February 6 in a friendly against Switzerland, the first match for England coach Fabio Capello.
The 32-year-old midfielder's last game for the Galaxy was a friendly against the Wellington Hurricanes in New Zealand on December 1.
Wenger said he once considered signing the midfielder himself, but "for years he was at Manchester United and it was impossible." He said he has long respected Beckham for his behavior on and off the field.
Ex-Yankee charged with manslaughter