Breakers swimmer on Team Michigan
Traverse City Breakers swimmer Julia Brunner has been selected to represent Team Michigan at the Mid-States Quadrangular Championships on Jan. 5-6 in Indianapolis.
Brunner, 14, was chosen to be part of the Michigan contingent that will face off against other all-star teams from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in the two-day meet at the Indiana University Natatorium. In the quadrangular format, the four fastest swimmers in each event are selected to compete against their counterparts from other states. Brunner will swim five events for Team Michigan — the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly, and 200 individual medley.
Detroit’s Pettigrew out vs. Giants
ALLEN PARK — Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.
Pettigrew hurt an ankle during Detroit’s 18-16 loss to Baltimore on Monday night. His absence leaves the Lions without a key offensive player. Pettigrew has 41 catches for 416 yards and two touchdowns this season. Without him, Detroit may look to Joseph Fauria to play a bigger role in the offense.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson was limited in practice Friday because of lingering knee issues. He’s officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, along with cornerback Chris Houston and linebacker DeAndre Levy.
Cornerback Darius Slay is doubtful because of a knee problem.
Hairston’s career over at N. Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — P.J. Hairston’s career is over at North Carolina.
The school said Friday that it won’t seek Hairston’s reinstatement from the NCAA after the junior committed several rule violations. Hairston hasn’t played all season while the school and NCAA worked to resolve eligibility questions, many stemming from the use of cars linked to a felon and party promoter in Durham earlier this year.
Hairston has practiced with the team and has been on the bench for home games.
Orioles’ Patton out for 25 games
NEW YORK — Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton was suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.
Patton told The Baltimore Sun that he took an Adderall pill four days before the season finished, trying to improve his short-term focus.
“I took one because I was stupid,” Patton told the Sun.
“It was the end of the season. It was just a stupid mistake.”
“I don’t have trouble focusing all the time, it just enhances focus in certain situations, and I was just tired, basically. I don’t want to list that as an excuse. I know I took a banned substance. It was just a poor lapse in judgment,” he said.
The 28-year-old left-hander, a veteran of five major league seasons, was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA this year in 56 relief appearances.