Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– The big story of the week is the computer hacking scandal that led to the dissemination of nude photos of a number of celebrities.

Minihane wondered if the hosts felt “dirty” looking at the photos, knowing they were stolen.

“I felt a little dirty doing it, but I did it anyway,” Callahan said. “They both looked awesome, I’m talking about Kate Upton and Justin Verlander.”

Added Callahan: “My reaction is the hacker guy, he’s anonymous, he’s on the run, the FBI’s chasing him, I want him to come right here, to 20 Guest Street, I want to hire him. Because we have people who can’t transfer a voice mail. This guy can break into the private accounts of famous actresses. … That guy, he’s evil, but he’s smart. That’s what we want, some smart, evil guy.”

Said Dennis: “I wonder if he’s doing something profitable with his life and this skill set.”

The hacker claims to have photos of 101 celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence.

“I will say this, Jennifer Lawrence has a young face. … Like the sixth time I looked, I started feeling a little disturbed. It was weird,” Minihane joked.

– Joan Rivers remains on life support in a New York City hospital after going into cardiac arrest last week. The 81-year-old was said to be undergoing throat surgery when she was stricken.

“She had a great life,” Minihane said. “It sounds like it’s going to end here in the next couple of days.”

Said Callahan: “Is [daughter] Melissa going to survive without her? Isn’t Melissa like 50 now. And they act like, ‘Oh my God, the poor orphan child.’ ”

– Martin Scorcese reportedly will direct a movie about the Ramones in time for the 40th anniversary of the legendary punk rock group’s first album, which was released in 1976.

“I think they’re a little overrated,” Minihane said. “People say they like them, like Gerry ‘€¦”

Callahan said the Ramones put on “the greatest concert.”

“It’s the greatest show,” Callahan said. “And you know what it is, it’s an hour, not 3 1/2, like [Bruce] Springsteen, dragging the frigging thing out all night.”

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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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MLB: Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
Basketball: FIFA World Cup, United States vs. New Zealand, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Tennis: US Open, 11 a.m. (ESPN), 7 p.m. (ESPN)


Broncos receiver Wes Welker, out since being concussed in his team’s preseason game against the Texans on Aug. 23, returned to practice Monday.

Welker, who has suffered three diagnosed concussions since last November, ran routes as part of a practice for starters who did not play in Denver’s final preseason game on Thursday night.

Coach John Fox would not say if he expected to have Welker available for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Colts.

“He’s still in the [concussion] protocol,” Fox said. “He’s still exercising. I feel good about his progress. We’ll keep you posted.”

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Welker was injured when he was drilled by Texans defensive back D.J. Swearinger after catching a pass and trying to duck the hit. Swearinger was penalized 15 yards, although the league later declared the hit unworthy of punishment.

Quarterback Peyton Manning, however, was penalized for getting in Swearinger’s face after the next play, receiving the first taunting penalty of his career and later an $8,268 fine.

– According to reports out of Houston, J.J. Watt is set to become the highest-paid defensive player in league history, agreeing to a six-year extension that could be worth $100 million.

The Texans in May picked up a fifth-year option that would pay Watt a salary of $6.969 million next season. The new deal, which runs through 2021, reportedly gives Watt an annual salary of $16.6 million — also an NFL record for a defensive player.

Watt has 36.5 sacks in three seasons. He was named 2012 Defensive Player of the Year one year after he was selected with the 11th pick in the draft.

Watt expressed his desire for a new deal during the preseason, although the Texans had no obligation to accommodate him.

– Bo Porter lasted less than two seasons as manager of the Astros, as the organization decided to go in a “new direction” Monday.

The Astros were a franchise-worst 51-111 last year and entered Monday with the second-worst record in the American League at 59-79.

“I recognize that our win-loss record is largely a product of an organizational strategy for which I am responsible,” general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement. “Rather, I made this decision because I believe we need a new direction in our clubhouse.”

Added the GM: “What we will seek going forward is a consistent and united message throughout the entire organization. It is essential that as an organization we create an atmosphere at the major league level where our young players can come up and continue to develop and succeed.

“Ultimately, I am responsible for creating that culture, and I will do everything in my power to do so — even when it means making difficult moves like the one we made today.”

Porter, who previously served as third base coach for the Nationals, reportedly had developed a strained relationship with Luhnow.

“During my time in Houston I dedicated myself to do everything I could to help this organization win, in the short term and for the long term,” Porter said in a statement. “I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in Houston with an organization in transition. I’m gratified we were able to bring some excitement to this city as a result of our improvement from 2013 to 2014.”

Tom Lawless was called up from the minors to take over as interim manager.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 2, 2001, with Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina one strike away from a perfect game, which Red Sox pinch-hitter singled to center field?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Yep, I am [excited]. I’m good to go. I’ll be playing.” – Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, on if he’ll be suiting up for Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dolphins

STAT OF THE DAY: 50 – Innings it took to decide a winner of a semifinal game in the Japanese National High School Rubber Baseball Tournament, as Chukyo High School outlasted Sotuko High in the game that ended Sunday morning, on its fourth day (and both pitchers pitched all 50 innings, each throwing about 700 pitches)

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jonathan Papelbon closes out a four-pitcher no-hitter for the Phillies against the Braves.

Earlier in the game, Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd makes a diving catch to keep the no-hitter alive.

Diamondbacks rookies show some skin as part of the team’s hazing of first-year players.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Billy Preston was born on this day in 1946.

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Jerry Spar
7th round draft pick Michael Sam was trying to be the first openly-gay player in the NFL. With only 7 days to go before the season opener, the Rams released him on one of the last round of cuts.

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The Patriots finally completed a deal that was speculated for weeks, when they traded back up QB Ryan Mallett to the Texans for a conditional 7th round pick. Mallett will be reunited with former New England quarterbacks coach Bill O'Brien.

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Hackers obtained hundreds private photo's of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence. Also, Market Basket is back in business, and Pete Frates and his wife Julie have a baby girl, Lucy.
The usual suspects had the day off so the hosts of The Real Post Game Show stepped to talk about the Pats. Logan Mankins and Ryan Mallett were both traded and Miami is 6 days away.

Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with guest hosts Butch Stearns, Steve DeOssie and Fred Smerlas. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player stricken with ALS who was the inspiration for the ice bucket challenge, became a father on Sunday. Frates’ wife, Julie, gave birth to the couple’s first child, a daughter they named Lucy.

Frates’ father, John, told WCVB-TV that the birth was “the perfect ending to the miracle month of August.”

“This is an awesome, awesome story that they have a baby girl,” Stearns said.

Added Stearns: “I don’t think any of us can imagine — there but for the grace of God go I with a disease like ALS, which, let’s be honest, is a death sentence. It’s just a matter of time. However, to me this story as it’s gone on is not about how Pete Frates and others are living with what is a death sentence. To me it’s about how they’re living. And this is the latest example.”

– A series of explicit photos appearing to show a nude Jennifer Lawrence hit the Internet as part of one of the biggest celebrity hacking scandals ever. A hacker reportedly claims to have accessed cloud storage that contains photos from the phones and computers of celebrities including Kate Upton, Candice Swanepoel, Cat Deeley, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Kirsten Dunst, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez and Rihanna.

“Why are they putting naked pictures of themselves in some cloud thing?” wondered Smerlas, adding: “What are you thinking about?”

Joked DeOssie: “Kim Kardashian actually hacked into the hackers to put hers there.”

– Following last week’s settlement in the Demoulas family feud, the Market Basket supermarket chain is returning to full operations.

“The story will fade out now, but it will be very interesting to see where Arthur T. takes this franchise now,” DeOssie said. “If he takes this and builds it into a bigger empire, more power to him. But if he takes this and all of a sudden in what has become a very competitive marketplace in New England now with places like Wegmans and Hannaford and Price Chopper and Stop & Shop and Shaw’s, now all of a sudden if he takes this and it goes south, where are all these people going to go?”

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