Pat Bowlen

Pat Bowlen

Longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has resigned control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer’s disease, the team announced Wednesday. Team president Joe Ellis will accept control of the Broncos.

“In recent years, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has taken a reduced role with his team while courageously and privately battling Alzheimer’s disease,” the team said in a statement.

“The Broncos are very saddened that Mr. Bowlen is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations due to his condition. We continue to offer our full support, compassion and respect to ‘Mr. B,’ who has faced Alzheimer’s disease with such dignity and strength.”

Ellis started as Denver’s marketing director from 1983 to 1985. He rejoined the team in 1998 as its executive vice president of business operations. Ellis was named chief operating officer in 2008 and team president in 2011.

Bowlen, 70, purchased the Broncos in 1984. Denver reached six Super Bowls and won two in his 30 years in charge. Bowlen told The Denver Post in May 2009 that he was dealing with short-term memory loss. He told the team Tuesday his condition had worsened to Alzheimer’s.

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

The Bulls are back in the mix for Kevin Love.

According to ESPN.com, Chicago is making a late push to try to get into discussions with the Timberwolves for the All-Star forward. But the Cavaliers continue to remain confident in their chances to outbid any other team.

Cleveland reportedly is willing to offer No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and a future first-round pick for Love.

The Cavaliers continued to juggle the finances Tuesday when they sent the guaranteed contract of guard Carrick Felix, a future second-round pick and cash to the Jazz for guard John Lucas III and forwards Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas. The trade gives the Cavs more flexibility and trade assets to make a future move that could be related to acquiring Love. The combined salaries of Lucas, Thomas and Murphy total more than $3 million.

A trade for Love may have to wait, however.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Wiggins will sign his rookie contract with the Cavs, preventing any potential trade involving the team’s top pick for 30 days.

Meanwhile, LeBron James had cupcakes delivered to his neighbors to apologize for the traffic jams caused by his return.

“Dear Friend,” read a card that came with the cupcakes. “We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
The guys discussed Jake Peavy's 1-9 record this season.

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The triumphant return of Kirk Minihane.

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Clippers interim CEO Richard Parsons testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit from his position if Donald Sterling remains owner of the team.

Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Parsons said he not only fears the possibility of Rivers’ departure, but also the loss of some key players, including Chris Paul.

“Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”

Sterling was active in court Tuesday as well. The Clippers owner filed a new lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court that names Shelly Sterling, the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Sterling said they committed fraud and violated corporate law in their attempt to sell the team to Ballmer.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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

Gun used by Boston Marathon bomber linked to alleged heroin dealer

Stephen Silva, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is believed to have provided the handgun used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier during the manhunt, according to reports.

“So he’s in trouble,” Dennis said.

Silva initially appeared in federal court on charges related to heroin trafficking and possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number.

“I love the fact that they’re onto these bums and they’re not messing around,” Callahan said. “These rats will all turn on each other and pretty soon we’ll know the lineup — because Dzhokhar doesn’t get a turn, he’s the last one — of witnesses and friends that will point the finger and say, ‘He did it, he knew what he was doing, he was doing it for Allah,’ and it’s going to be a slam-dunk case.”

Auschwitz selfie teen shows no regrets in appearance with Meghan McCain

Breanna Mitchell, the Alabama teenager who tweeted a smiling selfie from Auschwitz concentration camp, told Meghan McCain in an appearance on TakePart Live that she has no regrets.

Mitchell said she had studied the Holocaust with her late father and made the trip in his memory.

“That’s way she smiled in front of Auschwitz. You have a problem with that?” Minihane said sarcastically.

Callahan said: “It is the most embarrassing picture. You can see the barracks, or whatever you call them, in the background.”

“You can see the camps right behind her,” Minihane said. “She’s got her iPad or iPhone in her hand and she’s smiling like a dope.”

Nearly 80 cats hoarded in Arizona home retrieved by police

Police and animal rescue workers removed 79 cats from an Arizona home on Monday.

According to police, the house was foreclosed and and sold July 17 after previous homeowner Jean Whitaker was cited three days earlier for failure to maintain premises.

Authorities reportedly found that a number of the cats were dead, and there was some human excrement on the floor.

“Maybe they were saving it to play stoolball,” Callahan said, joking about the story regarding the English sport in Tuesday’s Boston Globe.

Said Dennis: “Imagine what that house must’ve smelled like.”

Starbucks barista faces firing over small tattoo

A Starbucks barista in Michigan is facing a difficult dilemma. The woman, whose first name, Kayla, was only provided, was told by her employer that she must get rid of her tattoo in 30 days or resign.

Kayla, 27, said she had the tattoo, which she described as a little heart that can be covered with a thumb, when she was hired by Starbucks five years ago.

Starbucks said the company policy bars baristas from having visible tattoos.

“They do a fine job, the baristas,” Callahan said. “They go to school and learn and get the orders right, but don’t they often kind of look, I don’t know, they look eccentric.

“Don’t they often have earrings, nose rings, fake glasses? You can’t have a little heart tattoo on your hand?”

Said Minihane: “You have to have the fake, non-prescription glasses.”

“They’re very nice people there,” Callahan said.

Minihane questioned their sincerity, saying: “They’re almost too nice.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Welcome to Wednesday’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.

Welcome to Wednesday’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.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Indians at Twins, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Royals at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Giants at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Washington Mystics, 11:30 a.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: New York Liberty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
MLS: Chicago Fire at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Liverpool vs. AS Roma, 7 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: Exhibition, Tottenham at Toronto FC, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Manchester City at Sporting Kansas City, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Exhibition, Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Manchester United, 11 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A lawyer for Aaron Hernandez said during a hearing Tuesday that a dispute with the Patriots over team records has been resolved, and Hernandez’s trial for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd was set for Jan. 9.

Attorney Michael Fee said during a hearing in Fall River Superior Court that the issue with the Patriots was settled, although it was not clear if the team had turned over the requested files, which consist of a nine-page scouting report and a summary of a psychological assessment produced by an outside company. The team already had agreed to provide 317 pages of personnel records, including medical and training information.

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Hernandez’s defense team had said the full team records were necessary for its preparation for trial, saying they may have critical information about the former tight end’s mindset.

Patriots attorney Andrew Phelan said the scouting reports contain trade secrets and have no relevance to Hernandez’s case, and he noted that the team had offered the defense the opportunity to review the psychological assessment summary but not reproduce the forms. He suggested the defense contact the company that wrote the original report for the full assessment.

Judge Susan Garsh set Jan. 6 as the date for the start of jury selection, indicating that jurors will be selected from a pool of 1,000 candidates.

Hernandez also has been charged with a double-homicide in Boston in 2012.

– The Giants on Tuesday announced the hiring of former receiver David Tyree as director of player development, and the move was met with criticism by the Human Rights Campaign due to Tyree’s past ant-gay comments.

Tyree, best known for his “helmet catch” against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, said in 2011 that he would trade in the catch if it would stop gay marriage. He also denied scientific evidence existed to support claims that people are born gay.

“The idea that someone can change their sexual orientation or gender identity is ludicrous, and the New York Giants are risking their credibility by hiring someone who publicly advocates this junk science,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. “His opposition to basic legal equality aside, David Tyree‘s proselytizing of such dangerous practices goes against the positive work the Giants organization has done in recent years.”

The Giants said in response to the criticism that Tyree “was expressing his personal view, and that is not the view of the Giants organization.”

Jay Paterno is suing Penn State, accusing the school of irreparably damaging his career by failing to indicate that his firing last year was not related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Paterno, who for 12 years served as quarterbacks coach for his father, Joe Paterno, was dismissed by then-head coach Bill O’Brien in January 2012. Offensive line coach Bill Kenney also was fired and is part of the lawsuit.

The two allege that “the terminations ‘€¦ had the effect of branding and stigmatizing plaintiffs as participants in the Sandusky scandal, and, by so doing, maligned plaintiffs’ heretofore stellar reputations.” They are seeking more than $1 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Paterno claims he was refused interviews for head coaching vacancies at UConn and James Madison along with several broadcasting positions. He has not worked since leaving Penn State. Kenney, however, did land another position, as offensive line coach at Western Michigan.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 23, 2002, which Red Sox player hit three two-run home runs in a 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays and tied a major league record with five home runs in two games?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Everything adds up pretty clearly to Tony Dungy being a homophobe. He does not agree with people being gay. He has a moral problem with me marrying my partner of 11 years and he does not want that in the locker room.” – Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler, during a Tuesday appearance on Middays with MFB, on Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam

STAT OF THE DAY: 9 – Consecutive losses for Red Sox starter Jake Peavy, who fell to 1-9 on the season with Tuesday’s 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): In his first game with the Yankees since being acquired from the Padres earlier in the day, Chase Headley hits a walkoff single in the 14th inning to beat the Rangers.

Jonathan Lucroy hits a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to lift the Brewers over the Reds.

This umpire in Texas has a good time with his strikeout calls.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Nomar Garciaparra

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Tony Joe White was born on this day in 1943.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Christian Fauria won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. (AP)

Christian Fauria won two Super Bowls with the Patriots. (AP)

It was revealed on Tuesday’€™s edition of Middays with MFB that Christian Fauria is almost irresponsibly casual about being the owner of two Super Bowl rings.

Fauria, who won Super Bowl XXXVIII and XXXIX with the Patriots, admitted Tuesday that he regularly misplaces his prized rings and didn’€™t know where they were for months until finding them Tuesday in a backpack with a broken zipper.

“It’€™s happened before, and whenever this happens I know that nobody stole them,” Fauria said. “€œI know that they’€™re somewhere in the house and it’€™s going to be a matter of time before I accidentally bump into them, and sure enough, there they are.”

Fauria said that he has a case for the rings, but that he keeps his watches in that case. The Super Bowl rings had been in an old backpack he brings to work, with Fauria saying they were there since January at the earliest. They were in a pouch where he keeps his pens and pencils, but didn’€™t realize it until Tuesday.

“I didn’€™t lose them; I just wasn’€™t sure where they were,”€ he said.

With his co-hosts giving him grief for keeping something so important in an old backpack, Fauria said he likes to have the rings with him.

“€œYou never know when you’€™re going to need a Super Bowl ring,”€ he joked. “Maybe you can’€™t get into a restaurant, maybe you’€™ve to get into a club, maybe you’€™ve got to talk your way out of a ticket. You pull out a Super Bowl ring, you get into the club, you get the first table, you get out of the ticket.”

Replied Lou Merloni: “€œSo you bring a backpack to the club a lot?”

For audio of the segment, click here.

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WEEI