Blue Jays expected to call up Gurriel Jr., option Mayza and Ngoepe

NEW YORK – Not only is Teoscar Hernandez staying put, but infield prospect Lourdes Gurriel Jr., is expected to join him as the Toronto Blue Jays juggle their roster with Kendrys Morales due to come off the disabled list Friday, multiple industry sources told Sportsnet.

Utility infielder Gift Ngoepe and left-hander Tim Mayza are expected to be optioned to triple-A Buffalo to make room, the sources told me and Hazel Mae.

The team didn’t announce any roster moves after Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the New York Yankees, but earlier in the day manager John Gibbons repeated that Morales would be activated Friday and hinted that Hernandez wasn’t going anywhere.

Hernandez, recalled last week when Josh Donaldson was placed on the disabled list, has nine hits, five of them for extra bases, in five games since being recalled.

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Adding Gurriel, mashing the ball at double-A New Hampshire with a .347/.382/.510 slash line through 12 games, gives Gibbons the potential for more production in the infield when either second baseman Devon Travis or shortstop Aledmys Diaz need a day off.

Ngoepe went 1-for-18 with a walk in 12 strikeouts over 12 games.

Gurriel, 24, signed a $22-million, seven-year deal in November 2016 and was ranked by Baseball America as the club’s fifth best prospect in 2018.

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Twitter Reaction: Farewell to English soccer’s ‘pioneer’

After 22 years, 10 major trophies and a tactical revolution in the English game, Arsene Wenger has announced that he is leaving Arsenal at the end of this current season.

Although the latter stages of his tenure were not as successful, longevity in sports should still be commended. What Wenger brought to England still has a lasting impact, as evident by the endless tributes.

Here are some of the best tweets, photos and reactions on the massive news.

“I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.

“I am grateful for having had the privilege to serve the club for so many memorable years.”

Arsène Wenger has announced he will step down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 20, 2018

Arsène Wenger: “To all the Arsenal lovers, take care of the values of the club. My love & support forever.”

— Get French Football (@GFFN) April 20, 2018

Arsene Wenger – Arsenal record

Most successful manager in Arsenal’s history – 10 major trophies

Won 3 PL titles (1997-98, 2001-02 & 2003-04)

Finished in PL top 4 in each of first 20 seasons at Arsenal

PL record: P823 W473 D199 L151 #PL

— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 20, 2018

Arsène Wenger has won 10 major trophies during his 22-year tenure at Arsenal

FA Cups
Premier League titles

Fantastic legacy

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 20, 2018

Arsene Wenger has won the FA Cup more times (7) than any other manager in history.


As many times as Liverpool and Chelsea have in their history.

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 20, 2018

Premier League wins:
Arsene Wenger: 473
Tottenham: 420

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Tie Domi details time he beat up chicken mascot after game

No one ever accused Tie Domi of backing down from a fight. Even if the fight was with a giant chicken.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, the former Maple Leafs pest revealed he once took on a man in a chicken costume after a game in Junior B, when he was only 14.

According to Domi, the chicken man was taunting him from the stands during the game.

“He’s hitting the glass, making all the fans laugh,” Domi said. “And I actually just beat up somebody, so I said to him, ‘You’re next.’ Went to the dressing room after the game was over. I took my skates off. I climbed back upstairs and there was the chicken waiting for me. And I beat the s— out of the chicken. He was six-foot-six. He had the head off, but everything else on. Beat the s— out of him.

“So then I was in the back of a cop car with my hockey gear on and the chicken in the front. The cop said, ‘Well, there’s nothing we really can do about this.’ It wasn’t like I looked for it. All game he was harassing me. Cop let me go. Teammates are waiting. I had to drive two hours in my equipment, because I went right on the bus.”

Sounds like an episode of Family Guy.

Domi fought 333 times over his 1,020 games in the NHL, which is the all-time record. Now we know his origin story.

If you want to relive the magic, BeakIncV2 has collected Domi’s 10 best tilts on YouTube so we can watch him beat the feathers off of real hockey players over and over again.

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Wizards’ Ty Lawson the wildest of wild cards vs. Raptors

Toronto Raptors

WASHINGTON – Just over a week ago, in the wee hours of April 11 in China, Ty Lawson was the property of the Shandong High Speed Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, having played 37 minutes in a Game 7 loss to the Guangsha Southern Lions in the league semifinals.

But his season wasn’t over. With the slim advantage of a 12-hour time change, executives from the Washington Wizards worked feverishly to secure the necessary clearances from the Golden Stars, the CBA and FIBA to sign the veteran NBA point guard minutes before 8:00 p.m. EST on April 11 for him to be eligible for the Wizards in their first-round playoffs series against the Toronto Raptors.

Even though this was all taking place in the middle of the night in China. Lawson was on the edge of his seat.

“I was excited,” he said after the Wizards practiced at Capital One arena Thursday in advance of Game 3 of the series which resumes Friday night. “Who doesn’t want to be in the NBA? I was excited. Once I got that call, I was on that plane.”

That plane got him to Los Angeles on April 12. A red-eye got him to Washington on Friday, April 13, in time for his first practice with his new team, and a charter got him to Toronto late Friday afternoon. That night a team official ran into Lawson wandering around the lobby of their hotel trying to stay up until midnight as he tried to adjust to his latest time zone.

Still groggy, he didn’t play in Game 1 of the series on Saturday, but the strangest part of Lawson’s journey came at the four-minute mark of Game 2 on Tuesday, when the 30-year-old heard his name …read more



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