HONORS: Mark McGwire was name the NL Player of the Week for the final week of the season. McGwire, who hit five homers to finish the season with a record 70, won the award for the third time this season. He was 9-for-22 (.409) last week and wound up with an NL record 162 walks.

New York Yankees rookie outfielder Shane Spencer was named the AL player of the week after hitting six home runs and driving in 15 runs over seven games. Spencer's final-week surge helped the Yankees set an AL record with 114 wins this season. Spencer, who batted .440 and scored nine runs, hit two grand slams in the week.

BRONX MAKES PITCH TO YANKS: In a bid to keep the New York Yankees in the Bronx, Borough President Fernando Ferrer proposed spending $535 million to refurbish the 75-year-old stadium and invigorate the neighborhood surrounding the ballpark.

The proposal came one day after a New Jersey newspaper suggested two sites for a new home across the Hudson River. It also competes with a plan that would move the team to Manhattan.

BAYLOR FIRED: Don Baylor became the first offseason casualty as he was fired as manager by the Colorado Rockies. Baylor was the only manager the team had in its six seasons.

Despite the high-priced additions of pitcher Darryl Kile and second baseman Mike Lansing, the Rockies finished 77-85 - their first losing season in four years. The Rockies compiled a 440-469 record under Baylor. He was offered a position as vice president, reporting directly to Colorado owner Jerry McMorris, but he did not immediately accept it.

A'S PRESIDENT RESIGNS: Sandy Alderson announced his resignation as president of the Oakland Athletics to take the newly created position of executive vice president for baseball operations in the commissioner's office. He will oversee the development of baseball worldwide.

Alderson joined the A's in 1981 as general counsel. He was the general manager from 1983-97, twice being named AL executive of the year, and became the team's president last season.


NINER LINEMAN OUT: San Francisco 49ers left tackle Dave Fiore will miss the next eight to 10 weeks because of a serious knee injury. Fiore was scheduled to undergo surgery today after an MRI showed he dislocated his right kneecap and tore his medial collateral ligament. He was injured when he was caught in a pileup while pass blocking in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' victory over Atlanta on Sunday.


SENIORS CIRCUIT?: George Foreman and Larry Holmes - both grandfathers - met at the Houston Astrodome to announce their Jan. 23 bout, billed as the "Birthday Bash" because it will take place 13 days after Foreman turns 50. Foreman reportedly will receive $10 million and Holmes - who turns 49 on Nov. 3 - $4 million.


IRISH BOOSTER SENTENCED: A former Notre Dame booster who gave football players gifts and cash out of $1.2 million she took from her employer was sentenced to four years in prison for embezzling the money. Kimberly Dunbar, 29, was also ordered to pay back all of what she stole.