A Nov. 5 wedding date by SI's 2009 Sportsman of the Year, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, 35, and actress Minka Kelly, 29. In August rumors surfaced of an engagement for the couple (above), who later were photographed vacationing in St. Barts, but Jeter denied the claim when he was grilled by late-night talk-show host David Letterman in November. The New York Post and Newsday have reported that the nuptials are now set to be held at Long Island's Oheka Castle, the second-largest private residence in the U.S., two days after the latest possible 2010 World Series date.
By the United States, the 2010 junior hockey championships, with a 6--5 overtime victory against Canada on Jan. 5 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The final saw Canada, which had won the last five junior titles, fight back from two goals down in the last three minutes of regulation to force an extra period before 19-year-old Washington Capitals prospect John Carlson—who hails from Natick, Mass., and plays for the AHL's Hershey Bears—scored the winner. "We played Canadian hockey," U.S. coach Dean Blais said afterward of his team's second title. "We played gritty."
At age 77 of cancer, Dr. Robert Jackson, who is largely credited with introducing arthroscopic surgery to sports in the Western world during the 1970s. In '64 Jackson, then a 32-year-old physician traveling with Team Canada for the Tokyo Olympics, met a Japanese doctor named Masaki Watanabe, who, in exchange for lessons in English conjugations, shared a noninvasive surgical method that he'd been utilizing on local senior citizens. Jackson brought the method back to the West and in '67 performed his first arthroscopies on players of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts, for whom he was team doctor; by the '80s the procedure had gone mainstream.
By AK-47-toting rebels, the Togolese national soccer team as it traveled to the African Cup of Nations in Angola on Friday. A cavalcade of police vehicles and two team buses—one carrying players, another loaded with luggage—had entered the territory of Cabinda when a 30-minute firefight erupted. A bus driver and two team officials were killed, and seven others were wounded in the attack. Witnesses say that the rebels, two of whom have been arrested and linked to a separatist group called FLEC, misidentified the baggage bus and attacked it first, allowing players to take cover under their seats. On Monday, against the wishes of some players, the Sparrow Hawks withdrew on orders from their government. Said prime minister Gilbert Houngbo, "We would not leave our team being exposed to similar risks."
To a reported $30 million, five-year deal by the Cincinnati Reds, lefthanded pitcher Aroldis Chapman, who defected from Cuba last July during an international tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The 22-year-old prospect first drew attention with his triple-digit fastball at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, and he impressed scouts at a 45-pitch workout in Houston last month. That appearance allayed concerns about his control, which was considered an issue after he walked 210 batters to go along with 379 strikeouts and a 24--21 record in Cuba's National Series. Chapman, compared by some with a young Randy Johnson, is expected to work into the rotation for the Reds, who outbid big spenders such as the Red Sox and the Angels to seal the deal.