Selected Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles was selected the WNBA’s defensive player of the year for the first time on Thursday. Fowles received 19 of 40 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. She edged Indiana’s four-time defensive player of the year Tamika Catchings (18). Connecticut’s Tina Charles and Fowles’ Sky teammate Epiphanny Prince received the remaining votes. Fowles was second in the league in rebounding at 10.2 per game, including a league-best 7.3 defensive boards. She was also tops with 2.0 blocks per game.
Arrested Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in New Mexico after authorities said he was driving more than 100 mph, officials at the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Brown confirmed that Unser, 49, was arrested around 3 a.m. just outside of Albuquerque, where he lives. Brown said Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going around 101 mph before sheriff’s deputies caught up to him.
• Authorities in suburban Detroit say Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace was charged with drunken driving and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon after a traffic stop. Bloomfield Township, Mich., police said that the 37-year-old Wallace was arrested about 3 a.m. Saturday after officers observed a Cadillac Escalade being driven erratically. Police said they found an unloaded pistol in a backpack. Officers say Wallace was given a blood-alcohol test and he was above Michigan’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Reported The lawyer for a man who threw a banana at a black NHL player says his client deeply regrets what he did and had no idea his actions could be seen as racist. Lawyer Faisal Joseph says Chris Moorhouse was caught up in the drama of a tense game featuring his favorite hockey team and threw the banana at the Philadelphia Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds in hopes of preventing the winning goal. The Detroit Red Wings won in a shootout in the game played in London, Ontario.
Retained The Cleveland Indians picked up manager Manny Acta’s contract option for 2013. Acta kept the Indians in contention for much of this season before injuries overwhelmed the young club, which finished second in the A.L. Central. Cleveland went 80-82, an 11-game improvement over last season. Acta is 149-175 in two seasons with Cleveland.
Signed The Washington Capitals signed left wing Jason Chimera to a two-year, $3.5 million contract extension. The deal will pay Chimera $1.8 million next season and $1.7 million in 2013-14.