Monday's Morning Mashup: Cubs reportedly close to landing Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman

July 25, 2016 - 4:10 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. MONDAY'S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN, ESPN; WEEI-FM) Basketball: Women's exhibition, United States vs. U.S. Select team, 10 p.m. (NBA TV) Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Manchester United, 8 a.m. (ESPN2) AROUND THE WEB: [caption id="attachment_38718" align="alignright" width="150"] Aroldis Chapman[/caption] -- The Cubs already have the best record in baseball, and now they're apparently closing in on landing the game's most intimidating closer. According to multiple reports, Chicago is close to acquiring Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman in a deal for 19-year-old shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres. Chapman, who has 20 saves in 21 chances in his first season in New York and has touched 105 mph on the radar gun, confirmed to reporters that the Yankees have talked to his agent, and he expressed mixed feelings about leaving the Bronx. "It's tough. I feel comfortable here," he said through an interpreter. "I feel like part of the family here." The 28-year-old Cuban added that if he were traded, he'd consider returning as a free agent in the offseason. "Oh yeah, if there's a possibility, and God willing, yes," he said. The Yankees beat the Giants on Sunday to improve to 50-48, matching their season-best mark of two games over .500. They are 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Orioles and 4 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays for the second wild card, leaving some in New York to believe that ownership should give the team a chance to compete. "We're very much in this," Brett Gardner said. "There's no point in me sitting here campaigning for us to stay together." Said first baseman Mark Teixeira: "We don't want to see him go. We're trying to win games, and he's a big part of that." -- Four people were killed Sunday afternoon on an Arizona highway when their van collided with a bus carrying Cowboys staffers to a fan event in Las Vegas. None of the Cowboys employees were seriously injured. "All on the bus came through OK with some bumps and bruises," team spokesman Rich Dalrymple told ESPN. The staffers -- including DallasCowboys.com columnist Mickey Spagnola and the team's mascot -- collided on U.S. 93 about 30 miles north of Kingman, Arizona. The Las Vegas fan event was canceled. -- Two college football programs were reeling Sunday after the news that Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car crash in Wisconsin while returning from a kicking camp. Police said Sadler was driving the car, which went out of control on wet pavement and crashed into a tree. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye also was in the car and suffered minor injuries. Foltz, last season's Big Ten punter of the year, and Sadler, a first-team All-American as a junior in 2013 and a four-time Academic All-American who had planned to attend Stanford Law School this fall, had served as coaches at Kohl's Kicking Camp in Wales, Wisconsin. "Last night, we lost one of the best young men who I have ever had the honor to coach and who has ever worn the Nebraska uniform," Cornhuskers coach Mike Riley said in a statement Sunday. "Sam was universally loved and respected by everyone he touched and on whom he had a positive influence each and every day. His tragic loss is immeasurable to his family, his friends, his classmates, his teammates and his coaches and our thoughts and prayers are with all of them. The young men in our football program are hurting but I know that their strength of character and resolve will bring us together and we will honor Sam every day moving forward." Nebraska canceled its scheduled appearance at Big Ten media days this week in Chicago. Michigan State coach Mike Dantonio also released a statement regarding his former player, saying: "Mike impacted so many people not only as a football player, but also from an academic standpoint and in the community as well. The world has lost a rising star who dreamed big and was accomplishing those dreams, one after another. He was one of those people that brightened your day. I always say to try and be a light, and he truly was a light in this world. We will all miss him dearly. Once again, we find out that life is so fragile. The world will be a sadder and lonelier place without Mike Sadler in it. May he rest in peace." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his speech Williams lobbied for the induction of which two players? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "There are two misconceptions about me: I didn't work hard and everything I did I made look easy. Just because I made it look easy doesn't mean that it was. You don't become a Hall of Famer by not working, but working day in and day out." -- Ken Griffey Jr., at Sunday's induction ceremony for the Baseball Hall of Fame STAT OF THE DAY: 10-0 -- Rick Porcello's record at Fenway Park this season, after he picked up the win in Sunday's 8-7 victory over the Twins 'NET RESULTS: With the score tied in the ninth inning, Nolan Reimold blasts a home run to give the Orioles a walk-off win over the Indians. The White Sox get two ninth-inning walk-off wins over the Tigers on the same day, as Adam Eaton wins the continuation of Saturday's suspended game with a single to left field, then Melky Cabrera wins the regularly scheduled game, also with a single to left. Tigers left fielder Justin Upton leaps over the fence to steal a home run from White Sox batter Jose Abreu. Making his first major league start in center field, Michael Conforto lays out to make a great catch for the Mets' first out of the game against the Marlins. Pistons center Andre Drummond is on the receiving end of two ferocious dunks (by Sek Henry and D.J. Shumpert) during play in the Drew League. TRIVIA ANSWER: Negro League stars Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Woodley, former member of the Seekers, was born on this day in 1942. He's second from left in this video.

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