1. SAME, BUT DIFFERENT
Reviewing -- Dallas' Brett Hull is in the crease, a goal is allowed, Buffalo loses. Bandits' Tracey Kelusky is in the crease, a goal is disallowed, Buffalo loses. Do I detect a trend here?
2. TOO HOT TO HANDLE
An anonymous buyer has paid $418,250 for the baseball that was used in the final play of Game Six of the 1986 World Series. The purchaser might want to be careful; Red Sox players will tell you that it's tough to hang on to that particular object.
3. GENEROUS GESTURE
Royals outfielder Jeff Francoeur reportedly tossed a $100 bill into the stands Thursday with a note that said, "Buy some beer on me." Even with ballpark prices the way they are, the happy fans were able to purchase three frosty large brews.
4. NICE VIEW
San Jose State plans to join the Mountain West Conference in 2013. School officials are being reminded that an elevated green on a bayside golf course doesn't constitute a mountain range.
5. PAGING DR. O'NEAL
Shaquille O'Neal received his doctorate Saturday from Miami Shores University. He's now replaced Julius Erving as the top doc among NBA alumni.
-- Budd Bailey