Hall of Fame baseball catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge on Thursday, two months after police found him asleep in his 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 lawyer, Stephen White, said his client wanted to accept responsibility for what he did. "He stepped up to the plate," White cracked.
New Lenox police said an open bottle of vodka was on the floor of Fisk's truck when police found him on Oct. 22.
Slugger Hideki Matsui, 38, retired from baseball, saying he was no longer able to perform at the level that earned him a World Series MVP with the Yankees and three Central League MVPs in Japan.
The free agent batted .282 with 175 homers and 760 RBIs in 10 seasons with the Yankees, Angels, Athletics, and Rays. He had six RBIs in his finale with the Yankees, Game 6 of the 2009 World Series.
TENNIS: Andy Murray's 2013 season was off to a shaky start, as he lost, 6-3, 6-4, to Janko Tipsarevic in the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Two early breaks in each set helped Tipsarevic dispatch the third-ranked Murray in the opening match. The ninth-ranked Serb next faces Nicolas Almagro. Fifth-ranked David Ferrer beat sixth-ranked Tomas Berdych, 6-2, 6-4, to set up a semifinal against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament last year.
HARNESS RACING: The U.S. Harness Writers Association named top money-winner Tim Tetrick driver of the year for a record third time. Tetrick drove seven division champions in 2012, including horse of the year Chapter Seven and pacer of the year Captaintreacherous.
NOTEWORTHY: Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and American tennis player Serena Williams, who dominated the London Olympics, were selected as athletes of the year in worldwide online voting conducted by the U.S. Sports Academy in conjunction with NBC Sports.
- Staff and wire reports