In Wednesday’s edition of “Headlines” on Dennis & Callahan, Steve Buckley brought three stories to the table as he filled in for Kirk Minihane.
- The first story related to the Aaron Hernandez case, with a Boston Herald report noting that some evidence — including multiple cell phones and iPads – cannot be used because the police overstepped their search warrant’s boundaries.
“An iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Bold cellphone, and three iPads with GPS tracking capability were taken from Hernandez’s North Attleboro home June 18, 2013, by police investigating the slaying of Odin L. Lloyd the day before,” wrote the Boston Herald. “Judge E. Susan Garsh said the warrant let police look for one cellphone with Hernandez’s Connecticut number and did not apply to the five devices, or make any mention of GPS devices.”
Despite the apparent break for Hernandez, all three hosts remained confident that the remaining admissible evidence — including video of Hernandez walking into his home with a gun after Lloyd’s death — would be enough to get him convicted.
“There’s still a lot of evidence,” Gerry Callahan said. “He’s not walking.”
- The final story focused on the reaction to Monday’s tribute to Robin Williams at the Emmys. One of the videos shown saw Williams borrow a woman’s scarf, wrap it over her face and act like a woman from Iran, which led some on Twitter to call the video offensive.
They then played the video, with all three finding the video harmless.
“That sounds awfully offensive,” Callahan said sarcastically. “I can’t believe they let that through the censors.”
WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Pirates, 12:35 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Yankees at Tigers, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Albine Christian at Georgia State, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Arsenal vs. Besiktas, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: US Open, 11 a.m. (Tennis Channel), 1 p.m. (ESPN). 6 p.m. (ESPN)
“I’m committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that’s to win championships,” he said.
Love has yet to play in the postseason, after his first spending six seasons with the perennially rebuilding Timberwolves.
The 25-year-old now will team with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the team that immediately becomes the favorite to win the Eastern Conference.
Love said James started recruiting him — or at least buttering him up — when they were teammates on the U.S. Olympic team in 2012.
“Sitting next to me, a locker really close to me and he would always tell me how good he thought I was,” Love said. “For me I would just kind of brush it off and shake it off because I was standoffish because I didn’t know him well.”
Eventually Love started to come around and realize, “One day maybe I could play with LeBron James.”
That became a reality this summer, after the Timberwolves realized they needed to get something in return for a player who made it clear he would leave next offseason as a free agent.
That created some hard feelings in Minnesota, and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Love’s fit in Cleveland.
“I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he’s going to be the third player on the team,” Taylor said. “I don’t think he’s going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he’ll get blame if they don’t do well.
“He’s around a couple guys that are awful good. I’m not saying Kevin isn’t good. I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I’m not sure that’s how it’s going to work in Cleveland. I would guess they’re going to ask him to play more defense — and he’s foul prone.”
A six-time offender of the player safety rules, Meriweather was suspended for two games last season as well but had the penalty reduced to one game on appeal.
First-year Washington coach Jay Gruden questioned the penality, saying Meriweather and Smith lowered their heads at the same time on the incomplete pass, while acknowledging Meriweather’s spotty record.
“Unfortunately, for Brandon, he’s got a history of these types of events,” Gruden said. “Whether or not it was significant enough to warrant a suspension is what they decided. ‘¦ He tried to lower his target, I thought. I thought it was a legitimate football play, but the NFL didn’t see it that way.”
Smith said in a tweet that he does not think Meriweather should be suspended.
– After a story on the USC website hailed safety Josh Shaw as a hero for jumping off a second-floor balcony and dragging himself to a pool to rescue his 7-year-old nephew from the water, the school is investigating, prompted by tips calling the story into doubt.
“We’re looking at it,” coach Steve Sarkisian said after Tuesday’s practice. “Josh is adamant with what occurred, and we’ll continue to vet some of the other stories that have come across our desk or across our phones, and see where we can go from there.”
Shaw, who was selected as a team captain Saturday shortly before the incident, suffered two high ankle sprains and is out indefinitely.
“Josh Shaw has been a good leader for us,” Sarkisian said. “He’s given me no reason not to believe what he has told us that occurred, but we do need to know. I think it’s important to know in the direction we’re headed.”
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 27, 1967, in another memorable game during the Impossible Dream season, the Red Sox held off the White Sox, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader after which Sox right fielder threw out Ken Berry at home in the ninth inning?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player. It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made — and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make — but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, in a team statement, on the trade of offensive lineman Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers