Wakeup call: Have the Yanks ended the O's magic?


Wakeup call: Have the Yanks ended the O's magic?

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Monday, September 10:

The field for the Chase for the Sprint Cup is set, thanks to Jeff Gordon. (AP)

The Yankees throw a bucket of water on the Oriole miracle. (AP)

And now Baltimore will have to try and overtake the Yanks without Nick Markakis. (CSN Baltimore)

But it looks like the Yankees are going to have to hold on without Mark Teixeira. (AP)

Twitter can be a tool for good. Just ask B.J. Upton. (NBC's Hardball Talk)

And getting his wallet back was the end of a perfect day for B.J. (AP)

Who says Barry Zito was a free-agent bust? Not the Dodgers. (CSN Bay Area)

A reserve guard for Murray State decided to use his car to settle a dispute in a Wal-Mart parking lot, with predictable legal results. (AP)

The Big East may soon spread across four time zones, but the name's staying the same. (AP)

The fractured spine of Tulane defensive back Devon Walker was stabilized in surgery Sunday, but doctors say it's too soon to know if he'll be paralyzed from the injury he suffered in Saturday's game against Tulsa. (AP)

That'll teach Arkansas to lose to Louisiana-Monroe. (AP)

The Razorbacks' next opponent, No. 1 Alabama, thinks beating its latest cupcake (Western Kentucky) by only 35-0 shows the Crimson Tide are "pretty average . . . anytime we don't bring our best". (AP)

Rory McIlroy's for real. (AP)

Hakeem Olajuwon doesn't think super teams are good for the NBA. Kurt Helin of NBC's Pro Basketball Talk does . . . and he explains why.

Justin Timberlake's part of a group that's attempting to buy the Grizzlies. (AP)

Best Tweet of the day (and, sorry, I've forgotten its author): "Peyton shows rust from his layoff ThingsnoonewillbesayingMonday". (AP)

Aaron who? He's good, but he was no Alex Smith yesterday. (CSN Bay Area)

Move over Tom Dempsey, Jason Elam and Sebastian Janikowski. Make room in the record books for David Akers. (CSN Bay Area)

So much for all that fretting about the Jets' offense. (AP)

If you had Mario Williams in the pool to pick the first player to whine about the replacement refs, congratulations! (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

It's like Adrian Peterson had never been away. (AP)

Hmm. Maybe there was something to all that insufferable RGIII hype. (CSN Washington)

Griffin's going to need some tips on how to survive in Washington and Alex Ovechkin's just the guy to help, if he does say so himself. (CSN Washington)

Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years


Report: Aroldis Chapman, Yankees reach deal for $86M, 5 years

OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.

The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.

A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.

Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.

Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.

Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.

With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.

Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.

Fox Sports first reported the agreement.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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