Named All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter has been selected Sports Illustrated’s sportsman of the year, becoming the first member of the New York Yankees to win the award. Jeter led the Yankees to their first World Series title since 2000 and his fifth overall while having one of the best seasons of his career. He batted .334 and made a career-low eight errors in winning his fourth Gold Glove.
Rewarded Utilityman Mark Teahen of the Chicago White Sox has won the 2009 Hutch Award for his efforts on and off the field. The award goes to a player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of former major league pitcher and manager Fred Hutchinson, who died from cancer in 1964 at age 45.
Awarded NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has awarded nearly $1 million in education grants to school districts in California, North Carolina and Oklahoma. The grants totaling $922,000 include $347,000 toward science and technology needs, $357,000 for outdoor classrooms, playgrounds and athletic facilities and $27,000 for accelerated reading programs.
Staying Infielder Alex Cora is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing to a $2 million, one-year contract. Cora can earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 80, 90, 100 and 110 starts.
Split Announcer Chip Caray has called his final baseball game for TBS. Network spokesman Jeff Pomeroy confirmed that TBS and the announcer have decided to part ways.
Sitting Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said that quarterback Matt Ryan will miss at least one game with a turf toe injury. Chris Redman, who took over for Ryan in Sunday’s 20-17 win over Tampa Bay, will start against the Eagles.
Out The slumping New York Giants placed linebacker Antonio Pierce on injured reserve with a bulging disk in his neck.
•Browns Pro Bowl nose tackle Shaun Rogers is done for the season with a lower leg injury.
Arrested Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason was arrested and charged with punching a man at a strip club in Charlotte, N.C.
Agreed Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said.
Died Former Williams College men’s basketball coach Al Shaw has died at age 102. The school said Shaw died Sunday at a hospital in North Adams, Mass., several days after suffering a stroke. Shaw coached the Ephs from 1949 to 1973.