CHICAGO - There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance.
The famed marquee had a message, too.
"Happy Birthday, Wrigley Field," it read.
MESA, Ariz. - Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of competitive swimming for the simplest of reasons: he missed it.
WINNIPEG - Criminal charges have been recommended following a peewee hockey brawl in Winnipeg, but police say they haven't decided if there will be any arrests.
Const. Jason Michalyshen said Wednesday that Crown prosecutors reviewed the case and suggested charges.
He wouldn't detail the recommendations.
The Winnipeg Free Press has reported that justice officials believe assault charges should be laid against a coach and two 12-year-old players.
TORONTO - She was a freestyle ski pioneer, a perennial X Games winner who championed women's ski halfpipe becoming an Olympic event. Now, Sarah Burke's legacy will live on in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Burke, who tragically died at age 29 from a training accident in 2012, headlined the 2014 class named for induction Wednesday.
CALGARY - The Western Hockey League will vote next week on the sale of two franchises.
The Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats have both entered agreements to transfer ownership, the WHL said Wednesday in a statement.
Rick Brodsky, the Cougars' owner since 1994, intends to sell the team to a group of Prince George businessmen and former WHL players headed by Greg Pocock.
The Prince George Citizen has reported NHL defencemen and Cougar alumni Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer are part of the new ownership group which bought the team for almost $7 million.
TORONTO - The Raptors have talked the talk. Now they have to walk the walk in Brooklyn.
Toronto backed up their GM's two-word foray into the world of trash-talk by evening their first-round playoff series with the Nets at one game apiece via a 100-95 win Tuesday night. The series now switches to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for Game 3 Friday and Game 4 Sunday.
"It's going to be a new frontier," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said Wednesday prior to flying to New York. "We've been a good road team in hostile situations, hostile gyms. Our guys have responded."
DETROIT - Even when the Red Wings stole Game 1 on the road against the Boston Bruins, Detroit defenceman Brian Lashoff and his teammates expected things to get tight and for the series to go long.
"We knew it wasn't going to be easy," Lashoff said.
TORONTO - Light-heavyweight Ryan (Darth) Bader will face Brazilian Rafael (Feijao) Cavalcante at UFC 174 in Vancouver in June.
The 205-pound fight is slated to be on the main card June 14 at Rogers Arena. The main event has Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson defending his flyweight title against No. 4 contender Ali Bagautinov of Russia.
Bader (17-4) is 9-4 in the UFC with the losses coming to elite fighters in Jon (Bones) Jones, Tito Ortiz, Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida and Glover Teixeira.
Most recently he won a decision over Anthony Perosh.
NICOSIA, Cyprus - Police say a 27-year-old man has lost an eye after fans of Cyprus' top two teams threw rocks at each other before a key championship match.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said on Wednesday that nine fans and six police officers were also injured during the incident. The violence occurred along a highway leading to the capital Nicosia, shortly before APOEL Nicosia played AEL Limassol on Tuesday.
Angelides said police used tear gas to disperse fights involving several dozen fans, while nine people have so far been arrested. Three cars were also damaged.
GENEVA - FIFA's reputation depends on resolving allegations about Qatar's selection as the 2022 World Cup host, according to the governing body's anti-corruption advisers.
The expert panel chaired by Swiss law professor Mark Pieth gave its full support on Wednesday to a FIFA investigation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, led by ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia.