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Hall of Famer Fisk Pleads Guilty to DUI

San Jose State running back Jason Simpson, left, and defensive tackle Foloi Vae (93) celebrate with the trophy after their 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

San Jose State running back Jason Simpson, left, and defensive tackle Foloi Vae (93) celebrate with the trophy after their 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl NCAA college football game, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Joliet, Ill. — Hall of Fame baseball catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty yesterday to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge, two months after police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield.

Fisk, 64, was sentenced to one year of court supervision and must pay $1,250 in court costs. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling.

Fisk’s attorney, Stephen White, said in Will County court that Fisk wanted to accept responsibility for what he did.

“He stepped up to the plate,” White said.

New Lenox police found Fisk unconscious in the truck on Oct. 22 and said there was an open bottle of vodka on the floor. New Lenox is about 35 miles southwest of downtown Chicago.

Fisk became part of an unforgettable baseball moment while playing for the Boston Red Sox when he belted a 12th-inning home run that won Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. He played 11 seasons with the Red Sox and 13 with the Chicago White Sox. He is a native of Charlestown, N.H.

Matsui Retires

New York — Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui has retired from professional baseball, saying he is no longer able to perform at the level that earned him a World Series MVP with the New York Yankees and three Central League MVPs in Japan.

Matsui announced his retirement yesterday at a news conference in New York that was conducted only in Japanese and broadcast live in his home country.

Nicknamed “Godzilla,” the 38-year-old Matsui batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBIs for the Yankees, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. Before joining the Yankees in 2003, Matsui played 10 seasons for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

Always cool under pressure, Matsui hit a grand slam in his first game at Yankee Stadium and had six RBIs in his finale with the Yankees — Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.

NFL Football

Sanchez to Start for Jets

Florham Park, n.j. — Rex Ryan stepped to the podium, looked out at the cameras and opened his news conference with a warning. “You’re not going to believe this one,” the New York Jets coach declared without any hint of a smile.

In what has been a bizarre season, the Jets’ wacky quarterback situation took yet another twist. Greg McElroy has a concussion — which he didn’t reveal until yesterday — and will be replaced by Mark Sanchez as the starting quarterback in the season finale at Buffalo on Sunday.

McElroy, preparing to make his second NFL start in place of the benched Sanchez, was lifting weights yesterday morning and started experiencing headaches, Ryan said. McElroy went to the team’s training staff and then revealed he was suffering concussion-like symptoms after being sacked 11 times in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to San Diego last Sunday.

Ryan chose to start Sanchez over Tim Tebow because the team has just two practices and a walkthrough to prepare before the game.

Seattle’s Sherman
Wins Appeal

Renton, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal of a four-game suspension for use of performance enhancing substances, making him eligible for the NFL playoffs.

Sherman posted “I won,” on his Twitter account yesterday morning, followed by teammates tweeting their congratulations.

Sherman was steadfast since news broke of his pending suspension that he believed he would win on appeal. Sherman’s appeal was based on errors in the chain of custody of his sample and that there were mistakes made by the tester. Sherman made his appeal late last week.

Sherman is now eligible for the Seahawks season finale against St. Louis and the playoffs.

College Football

San Jose St. Takes
Military Bowl

Washington — David Fales completed 33 of 43 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns yesterday as No. 24 San Jose State completed a comeback season with a 29-20 win over Bowling Green in the Military Bowl.

Fales led the drive that set up Austin Lopez’s 27-yard field goal with 4:43 remaining, and De’Leon Eskridge’s 1-yard run with 2:34 left provided the insurance.

The Spartans finished 11-2 and are in the national rankings for the first time since 1975. They capped the year with a seven-game winning streak for their first 11-win season since 1940, a remarkable turnaround for a program that was 1-12 just two years ago and led Colorado to hire away coach Mike MacIntyre earlier this month.

Bowling Green finished 8-5.

NBA Basketball

Lakers’ Howard Fined

New York — Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard was fined $35,000 by the NBA yesterday for a flagrant foul against Denver’s Kenneth Faried.

Howard was ejected with 5:02 left in the third quarter in the Lakers’ 126-114 loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday night. He was called for a flagrant foul 2 when he jammed his hand in Faried’s face as the Denver forward drove the lane. Faried tumbled to the floor, but shook off the fall to stay in the game.

Tennis

Murray Drops Exhibition

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — Andy Murray’s 2013 season got off to a shaky start yesterday with a 6-3, 6-4 loss to Janko Tipsarevic in the opening match of the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament.

Two early breaks in each set helped Tipsarevic dispatch the third-ranked Murray. The Serb next faces Nicolas Almagro, a late replacement for Rafael Nadal, who pulled out of the tournament with a stomach bug.