WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: MLB playoffs: San Francisco at NY Mets, 8 p.m. (ESPN) NBA preseason: Oklahoma City at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA preseason: Orlando at Cleveland, 7 p.m. (NBA TV) NBA preseason: Utah at Phoenix, 10 p.m. (NBA TV) College football:Georgia Southern at Arkansas State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
TUESDAY’S RESULTS: MLB playoffs: Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
AROUND THE WEB:
— Legends of golf gathered on Tuesday to pay their respects to Arnold Palmer in a memorial service at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson were some of the game’s greatest in attendance.
Nicklaus was one of the speakers at the service and spoke about Palmer’s incredible character.
“He was an everyday man,” Nicklaus said. “Everyone’s hero. Arnold managed to remove the ‘I’ from icon and instead let the world share in his greatness.”
“Remember when Arnold Palmer touched your life, and touched your heart,” Nicklaus said to end his speech, “please, don’t forget why.”
Other speakers included CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz, retired LPGA golfer Annika Sorenstam, Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders and Royal & Ancient Golf Club former chief executive Peter Dawson.
Palmer won 62 PGA Tours and seven majors championships.
People turned out in droves to honor Palmer. Monitors were set up in several locations on campus for those who couldn’t get into the basilica, and giant screens were set up for spectators to watch the service.
Palmer’s longtime friend, singer Vince Gill, sang and ended the service with Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend.”
“This man was my favorite person,” Gill said of Palmer. “Not my favorite golfer, my favorite person I ever met.”
Palmer died at the age of 87 on Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh.
— Andy Murray told reporters he was stalked by a hotel maid who followed him to many of his European tennis events and entered his hotel room and stroked his arm while he slept.
“At one of the tournaments I played, a maid in the hotel … I had a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on, on the door, and she came in and sat on my bed and started stroking my arm at about 7 in the morning when I was still sleeping, and then turned up at a couple more tournaments in the hotels that I was playing at in Rotterdam and Barcelona,” the Wimbledon champ said, via the Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t know if that’s a fan thing — that’s a bit extreme — but that happened.”
— Odell Beckham Jr. said he is no longer enjoying playing football.
“Football is my sanctuary,” the Giants wide receiver said Tuesday, per ESPN. “It’s where I go to escape. It’s where I’m most happy. I’m not having fun anymore.”
These comments came one day after Beckham was held to a career-low 23 yards on three catches in a 24-10 loss to the Vikings.
Beckham is no stranger to emotional outbursts, and Giants coach Ben McAdoo said last week Beckham needs to be “less of a distraction” with his behavior.
MEDIA CHECK-IN: Baseball analyst John Kruk is parting ways with ESPN.
“ESPN and John Kruk have mutually agreed to end our relationship at this time,” ESPN said in a statement given to The Big Lead. “We’re thankful to John for his memorable contributions to our baseball coverage over the years — a run which included roles on our signature MLB franchises ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ and ‘Baseball Tonight.’ We wish John all the best.”
Kruk announced his move on Twitter:
ESPN and I have mutually agreed to part ways. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done for me and my family.
— John Kruk (@JohnKruk) October 4, 2016
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “First and foremost, that’s about as pathetic as it gets between the lines” — Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, on a fan throwing a can of beer at fellow outfielder Hyun Soo Kim while he tried to make a catch during Tuesday AL wild card playoff game in Toronto
ON THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY: In 1967, Jim Lonborg threw a complete game shutout over the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series for a 5-0 Red Sox win.
We had an impromptu visit from Peter King from SI / MMQB to our Fenway Studios and decided to talk some NFL and Patriots with him.
Pete talks with The Senator, Phil Perry about the Patriots trading for Dwayne Allen, ruling out a return to New England for Martellus Bennett. They also talk about the potential future of Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo and some of the big names in NFL free agency
Pete, Thornton and Price give their final thoughts and predictions for the Super Bowl.
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.
Kirk, Gerry, and Alex Reimer discuss whether or not Isaiah Thomas will win a title in Boston.
Gerry, Kirk, and Trenni react to the Celtics loss against the Suns.
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
Rob Bradford is joined by Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Craig Breslow, who is one of the foremost authorities among professional athletes when it comes to understanding how charities work. Not only does Breslow head up his own charity, the Strike 3 Foundation, but also proactively has taken the Boston Globe to task via a letter to the editor after a 2013 article criticizing the allocation of funds for high-profile athlete's charities. Breslow digs into the recent controversy surrounding Tom Brady's affiliation with Best Buddies, explaining why the recent Globe article was misguided.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox left fielder, who had five hits in the Sox win in Baltimore.
Hour 4. Bradford joins the show to defend the fact that he attends Ortiz’s charity event for free. Alex doesn’t think it was unethical to out Hernandez.
Hour 3. Kirk goes on his second rant of the day. Minihane orders Alex’s and Gerry’s mics to be turned off and hosts the show by himself.
Hour 2. The guys talk discuss Hernandez’s gay lover with Reimer. Reimer says there aren’t a lot of straight guys looking to experiment. Bradford tells Mut he paid for his wife to attend the Ortiz charity event.
HOUR 3 - ESPN layoffs continue. One time Fauria didn't know Sage Steele's name so he called her "Rashard." ESPN has pretty much decided to punt on hockey. Marcus Smart responds to Jimmy Butler. Glenn dreams of the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in the offseason.
HOUR 4 - The guys kept us updated on the wave of ESPN firings. Paul was blocked by Pete Abe. Fauria still hates Dan Dakich. Will Gerald Green be a factor, again, tonight? The lawyer for Kyle Kennedy (Aaron Hernandez' rumored gay lover) Larry Army gave a press conference.
Some house cleaning is being done at ESPN as reports of employee cuts begin to come out. And how pissed/not pissed should Matt Barnes be?
We sit down with the manager of the Sox, John Farrell, for our weekly interview.
The article didn't actually reveal anything that wasn't already public record, but the Globe "expose" on Brady and his relationship with the Best Buddies charity certainly has everybody around here talking about it.
We spend some time talking Sox as news of the rain cancellation comes down. A few more thoughts on the spat in Baltimore and Dustin Pedroia, plus David Price takes to twitter for his "media session".
Kirk Minihane, Springsteen super fan, is joined by Garry W. Tallent, founding member of the E Street Band. Kirk and Garry talk about what it's like on tour with Bruce, how the band goes about selecting songs for the tour, Garry's projects away from the band, and Garry's upcoming solo tour that will bring him to the New England area.
Kirk Minihane, future radio hall of famer, sits down with current radio hall of famer Howie Carr. Kirk and Howie talk about Howie's latest book Kennedy Babylon. If you like famous people engaging in sex scandals, hard drug taking, and murder this is the podcast for you. Its a fascinating look at Boston's most famous family and the problems that took the family down.
Kirk Minihane, host and overlord of the morning show, brings Gerry Callahan and producers Chris and Ken into the studio to hear his show proposal. Kirk is thinking about making some changes to the morning show and wants to hear his crew's opinion.
Ken Laird and Chris Curtis are in after a Reimer Wednesday edition of K&C to recap a virtuoso Kirk Minihane off-the-rails performance
Buck and Reimer debate over whether it’s appropriate to speculate about Aaron Hernandez’s sexuality. Buck says his sources don’t corroborate what Michele McPhee and the Daily Mail have reported about the disgraced ex-NFL star’s love life. Reimer disagrees with the Boston Globe's assertion that there's a homophobic element to the Hernandez story.
Buck and Reimer share their coming out stories and discuss the different ways they decided to reveal their sexualities. Buck waited until more than 30 years into his career, whereas Reimer announced he was gay during his second appearance on WEEI. On that note, Buck presses Reimer on whether he's exploiting his sexuality to further his career.
Hour 4. Crazy Al calls in for the second day in a row. A terrible caller tries to make a point. The Arkansas inmates had interesting last meals. Tomase’s epic acceptance speech.More from this show
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