– A Pennsylvania man was charged by police on Wednesday because he repeatedly called 911 on July 30, telling first responders that he was lonely. Gregory L. Shaffer told emergency personnel different stories why he needed help each time they arrived on the scene.
Said Callahan: “I’m sure there’s a number you can call if you’re lonely. … Call the Samaritans, they’ll talk to you.”
Replied Minihane: “How pathetic is this?”
– A woman from Quincy was sentenced to prison for four years after she terrorized and threated actor Kevin Spacey for two years through mail and social media. A judge also ordered Linda Louise Culkin to pay Spacey $124,000 for the bodyguards he used during that time to protect himself.
Culkin already has served more than 18 months for her actions against Spacey.
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cubs, 2:20 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLB: Rangers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: UConn at South Florida, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Rapids at Real Salt Lake, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
AROUND THE WEB:
– Roger Goodell has had a target on his back since his mishandling of the Ray Rice situation, but at least one player has his back.
“I think he’s doing a great job,’ the Jets backup quarterback said after Thursday’s practice. “I think some situations are more complicated than others. You’re not going to get it right all the time the first time. These situations that [have arisen] are situations that we never dealt with before. I feel from a PR standpoint, just from a situational standpoint, it’s kind of new to everybody.”
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With a number of NFL players facing domestic abuse issues, Goodell is taking heat for not getting ahead of the situation and being harder on offenders.
“Nobody’s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity. So, you’ve got to give the man a chance. You’ve got to give him a chance. You’ve got to give everybody a chance to get it right. And you see that the other teams that are dealing with it now are making the right decisions based on what’s happened in weeks prior. So you’ve got to give people a chance, man. You’re not going to get it right on the first time.”
Vick said he’s looking forward to the league putting this controversy in the past. Of course, that will require the players to behave themselves, which has been a problem of late.
“It’s a lot of issues that are taking place. In due time, they’ll all be cleaned up,” Vick said. “It’s kind of hard right now. Hopefully, everything will resume [to] normal the next couple months. We just can’t continue to keep feeding into it. Every day there’s a new story that’s being written about and being talked about. We don’t seem to let it go. It’ll be all handled. . . . That’s what we have lawyers for. That’s what you have the commissioner for. You’ve got to let it die down. Other than that, [if] you keep talking about it, it’s going to continue to be an issue.”
– Ron Washington, who abruptly resigned as manager of the Rangers two weeks ago, made his first public statement since the move and offered some insight into what was behind it.
“I made a mistake and I’m embarrassed more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Washington said in a 3 1/2-minute statement. “I was not true to my wife, after 42 years. I broke our trust. I’m here today to own that mistake and to apologize to her, and to those I disappointed, and those who have trusted in me, and I let them down.”
Washington, who did not take questions, asked for everyone to respect the couple’s privacy.
“Today, I’m at a very low time in my life. I’m sorry for breaking the trust that I had with my wife and for disappointing my players, for disappointing my coaches, disappointing Major League Baseball, and for disappointing the Texas Rangers,” he said. “All I ask is for your forgiveness and your understanding.”
The 62-year-old also made it clear he would like to eventually return to the game.
“I was born to be a baseball player. I’m a baseball lifer,” he said. “I look to the future and getting back into the game and continuing my career.”
– The legendary Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews will allow its first female member in its 260-year history after 85 percent of club members who voted approved the move.
“I can confirm that The Royal & Ancient Golf of St. Andrews is now a mixed membership club,” R&A secretary Peter Dawson said.
Added Dawson: “This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men.”
The members voted to move quickly to allow a “significant” number of women to join in the next few months.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 19, 1977, which Red Sox rookie infielder singled in his first two plate appearances after going 4-for-4 the day before in his major league debut, giving him hits in each of his first six at-bats, an MLB record?
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