7 tennis players make all-state
TRAVERSE CITY — Seven area athletes have earned all-state honors from the Michigan High School Tennis Coaches’ Association.
Traverse City Central’s No. 1 doubles team of Hayden Drury and Caleb Heimburger were selected as first-teamers in Division 1, as was TC St. Francis’ Sam Holmes and Harbor Springs’ Sam Dart in Division 4.
Drury and Heimburger were 37-6 this season, while Holmes was 23-7 and Dart 22-5.
Central’s Skylar Norgaard was honorable mention in Division 1, as were St. Francis’ Blake Bandrowski and Jay Jones in Division 4.
Norgaard is 24-19 at No. 1 singles for Central, which finished seventh in the state. Bandrowski and Jones were 27-12 at No. 1 doubles for St. Francis, which took sixth in the state finals.
Jeter and Yankees reach $12M deal
NEW YORK — In a sign of confidence Derek Jeter will return to shortstop next season, the New York Yankees agreed Friday to a $12 million, one-year deal with their captain.
Jeter, who turns 40 next June, was limited to 17 games this year after breaking his ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He spent four stints on the disabled list in the most frustrating season of his 19-year career.
“This entire season has been a nightmare for me physically,” he said after the Yankees said his season was over. “I truly believe with a full offseason, working out and getting my strength back that I can get back to doing what I always have.”
Nats’ Williams says he’s ‘aggressive’
WASHINGTON — When he was earning Gold Gloves and making All-Star appearances and winning a World Series as a player, new Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams certainly made an impression on Jayson Werth.
“The roughneck that played third base for all those years,” is the way the outfielder put it Friday.
Now that Williams has his first chance to run a team, he wants to combine the way he played the game with modern elements of the game such as advanced scouting to aid fielders and hitters.
Settlement set in NFL retiree case
MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge in Minnesota gave final approval Friday to a $50 million settlement in the complicated court fight over publicity rights for retired NFL players, calling it a “one-of-a-kind, and a remarkable victory for the class as a whole.”
The NFL and the retired players reached the agreement in March, and U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson gave preliminary approval in April. But 19 players had filed objections, with some saying direct payments won’t be made to the former players and that varying benefits will be unfairly distributed.
More than 2,000 players opted out of the settlement, and will have the opportunity to pursue their own claims against the NFL. Those cases will be allowed to immediately go forward.