COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Joe Torre still needs a pinch or two, just to make sure.
"It's still sort of unbelievable," he said. "Cooperstown was always something way out there. OK, I know where it is. Doesn't mean I'm going there to visit, much less be inducted. I never had a goal of getting to the Hall of Fame."
That's exactly where he's headed Sunday.
Torre will be inducted with fellow former managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa in what is a banner year for the baseball shrine. Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and slugger Frank Thomas also will enter.
VANCOUVER - Lirim Hajrullahu is a CFL rookie, but he made kicking field goals in pressure-packed situations look easy Friday night.
Hajrullahu kicked five field goals — the best single-game performance of his young career — and accounted for most of his team's scoring as the upstart Winnipeg Blue Bombers thumped the B.C. Lions 23-6 at B.C. Place Stadium.
"It was great that we won the game and the guys trusted in me," said Hajrullahu, a 24-year-old St. Catharines, Ont., native who played the past five seasons at Western University.
VANCOUVER - Geroy Simon was serenaded by B.C. Lions fans as the club retired his No. 81 jersey Friday night.
Simon, the CFL's all-time leading receiver who played 12 of his 15 seasons with B.C., was added to the team's Ring of Honour at B.C. Place Stadium during a half-time ceremony as the Lions hosted the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
He retired in the spring after helping the Saskatchewan Roughriders win the 2013 Grey Cup in his lone season playing for them.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Derek Jeter stood on the dugout steps, stone-faced as a statue, when Ichiro Suzuki approached after rounding with the bases with his first home run since last August.
Only when the Japanese star was inches away did the New York Yankees captain crack a wide smile and offer a fist bump.
PHOENIX - A former WWE champion known as Daniel Bryan chased two burglary suspects he saw exiting his Phoenix home this week and subdued one until officers arrived, investigators said.
According to police, Bryan Danielson and his wife, Brianna, drove into the carport of their Arcadia home and saw a door to the house start to open.
That's when Danielson and his wife, a fellow former WWE star known as Brie Bella, ran inside to check on their dog, Josie.
TORONTO - Toronto FC officially parted ways with on-loan goalkeeper Julio Cesar on Friday, saying the Brazilian international had returned to Queens Park Rangers.
The 34-year-old Cesar joined Toronto in February and made seven league appearances with a 3-4-0 record and two shutouts. He earned MLS Save of the Week honours in Week 7.
The Cesar loan was always a marriage of convenience.
MONTREAL - Canadian amateur golfers came close to making a splash at the RBC Canadian Open on Friday.
Ultimately, of the five Canadian amateurs competing in the second round, only 23-year-old Taylor Pendrith made the cut.
Despite shooting a 5-over 75 in the second round to erase the stellar 5-under 65 he shot on Thursday, Pendrith squeaked into the next round at even par, 10 strokes behind leaders Jim Furyk and Tim Petrovic.
MONTREAL - It was almost as if Jim Furyk, Graham DeLaet and Matt Kuchar were a team when they went on a birdie spree in the second round of the US$5.7 million RBC Canadian Open on Friday.
The threesome were all smiles after they combined for 22 birdies (and only three bogeys), while Furyk and DeLaet tied the course record with 63s in near-perfect scoring conditions at Royal Montreal's usually daunting Blue course.
Furyk, who birdied four straight holes early in his round, emerged with a share of the tournament lead at 10-under 130 with veteran Tim Petrovic, who shot 66.
GLASGOW, Scotland - Patricia Bezzoubenko watched the Maple Leaf go up and wiped a tear from her eye.
It was a remarkable moment for the rhythmic gymnast who has lived most of her life in Russia but was overjoyed to win gold for Canada on Friday.
"Gosh, so proud of my country and for my coaches and my parents," she said with a shy smile.
HAMILTON - Henry Burris isn't the least bit surprised that he's a former Hamilton Tiger-Cat.
The veteran quarterback spent two productive seasons with Hamilton, twice leading the CFL in passing and last year guiding the franchise to its first Grey Cup berth since '99. Yet Burris never felt he was one of coach Kent Austin's "guys" and was convinced midway through the '13 campaign that he wouldn't be back in 2014.