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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NFL preseason: Giants at Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (WBZ-TV)
NFL preseason: Eagles at Jets, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Raiders at Seahawks, 10 p.m. (Fox)
College football: Colorado at Hawaii, 12:59 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: North Carolina at South Carolina, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Florida International at UCF, 6 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Oklahoma State at Central Michigan, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Michigan at Utah, 8:30 p.m. (FS1)
College football: TCU at Minnesota, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Duke at Tulane, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
MLB: Tigers at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Giants at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Sky at Liberty, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
WNBA: Mystics at Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: Euro 2016 qualifying, Italy vs. Malta, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)
Tennis: U.S. Open, 1 p.m. (ESPN), 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

— It’s been a rough season for Red Sox fans, and not just because the team is struggling to another last-place finish in the American League East. Fan safety has become a major issue this summer, and every time things start to quiet down, another incident occurs. During Wednesday’s 13-8 loss to the Yankees at Fenway, a man was injured trying to catch a foul ball and was taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to be evaluated for a concussion.

According to reports out of Fenway, the fan was sitting in the last row of lower box seats when he reached for a foul ball in the seventh inning and flipped backward over a railing. He landed on a concrete walkway that separates the lower and upper boxes.

The fan was treated by emergency medical personnel before being taken away on a stretcher, leaving a blood-stained shirt behind.

The Red Sox released a statement indicating the man was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday night.

Earlier this season, a woman was seriously injured when she was hit in the head by a broken bat during a game against the Blue Jays. During a July game against the Yankees, a Sox fan was hit in the head by a foul ball and needed stitches to close a gash on her forehead. On Monday, Yankee Brian McCann lost his bat on a swing and it hit a woman in the arm.

In Atlanta on Saturday, a 60-year-old man fell to his death from the upper deck, reportedly while booing Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez.

— It’s been a challenging first season in the NFL for Washington general manager Scot McCloughan, and his wife isn’t helping matters.

Amid reports that the front office is divided about parting ways with Robert Griffin III, the oft-injured quarterback who lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins, McCloughan’s wife accused ESPN reporter Dianna Russini of using sexual favors to gain information.

Jessica McCloughan on Wednesday issued an apology, although the statement did not mention Russini by name.

“I deeply apologize for the disparaging remarks about an ESPN reporter on my personal Twitter account,” the statement read. “The comment was unfounded and inappropriate, and I have the utmost respect for both the reporter and ESPN. I regret that my actions have brought undeserved negative attention to the [Washington] organization and its leadership. My comments in no way reflect the opinions or attitudes of the organization and I regret that my behavior has in any way negatively impacted the team and its loyal fan base.”

Responded ESPN: “Dianna is an excellent reporter who should never have to be subjected to such vulgar comments. We are obviously extremely disappointed by today’s developments.”

— The University of Nebraska fired its newly hired public address announcer because of an old Facebook post criticizing the firing of Cornhuskers football coach Bo Pelini last November.

Jon Schuetz was hired earlier this month after the school fired Patrick Combs following Combs’ arrest on suspicion of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly women. Schuetz in turn was let go just weeks after his hiring. He said he understands the school’s decision, while declining to discuss his since-deleted post.

“They were correct to do it,” said Schuetz, who has been an Omaha sportscaster for the past 15 seasons. “I own it. It should be a lesson to everybody: Be very careful what you say on social media.”

Added Schuetz: “There were people who went to bat for me to get me into the mix for this. I feel like I let them down.”

The post called athletic director Harvey Perlman a “disgrace” and wondered, “When will he be held to account?”

Said the school in a statement: “After reviewing the post, highly critical of university leadership and, after thorough internal discussion, we visited with Jon, who was extremely apologetic and agreed with our decision that he cannot represent the university in such a public capacity.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 3, 2005, which Red Sox reliever picked up the save in a 7-6 victory over the Orioles and in the process became the first pitcher in team history to appear in at least 70 games three years in a row?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think it is time for America to being the Olympics back home.” — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in a conference call after meeting with International Olympic Committee members about the 2024 Summer Games

STAT OF THE DAY: 7-2 — The Yankees’ record against the Red Sox at Fenway Park this season, following Wednesday’s 13-8 New York victory

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Mets batter Ruben Tejada gets an inside-the-park home run when Phillies right fielder Domonic Brown falls head over heels into the stands after failing to catch the looper down the line.

Orioles left fielder Steve Pearce races back to the wall and leaps over it to steal a home run from the Rays.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mike Timlin

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Electric blues guitar legend Freddie King, who died in 1976, was born on this day in 1934.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rusney Castillo, and who should play where. Also, the current outfield in context with Sox history.
Mikey Adams and Lenny Megliola discuss the state of the Red Sox after a 13-8 loss to the Yankees. Pablo Sandoval and other notable fat ballplayers are discussed, in addition to some of the positives with the team
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.
We discuss Bob McNair's now infamous quotes about the Patriots, and how his comments, uniformed as they may be, are probably representative of other NFL owners, and thus the reason Roger Goodell can push forward with this situation without worrying about blowback from the owners.

[0:00:01] ... So yesterday. The Houston Texans held their their kickoff luncheon like last night the patriots had their annual gala to benefit the Myra Kraft foundation. Yesterday to Houston Texans had their their kickoff luncheon. Their owner Bob McNair. Answered questions that were posed to him by 610 radio CBS Houston dot ...
[0:00:54] ... had to say. And it appeared but we're told is that the Houston Texans old the audio. And they were releasing the audio it's almost like Bob McNair is on food bop craftsman like that as well today they released the audio give them credit for that. Now we don't have the questions that were asked we don't have the follow ups they gave us little snippets here but I give him do you guys we've got forum here. First Bob McNair owner Houston Texans was asked what escalated to deflate gates situation. What escalated the whole thing is. That you know. Brady and the patriots were ...
[0:02:57] ... it up with well what if what if JJ watt was in Tom Brady's position. And was being accused of something in there wasn't any evidence. It's it is JJ watt I think he would have been cooperative. And it wouldn't be a question. But I mean I don't think JJ would you know destroy his cellphone. Okay. So we begin our this is where where you begin you you didn't read the wealth report. He didn't read it he hasn't had anybody explain it to him he doesn't know Ted Wells said that the patriots were cooperative Tom Brady was co whopper to wealth report. But I know. And I think that this is I'm I'm I'm really thankful for Bob ...
[0:04:50] ... difference. But what the drawback of the patriots winning all of their Super Bowls. By three or four points on the drawback is people look at and certainly don't mean. I didn't have twelve pro bowlers. That they're not really that it would help Calvin Johnson Dez Bryant type receiver. I don't have a JJ watt on defense. They don't have Bill Belichick great coach and all that stood up and get a system court how they doing this. And this may want a level ...






Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.

[0:01:29] ... game last night eight and these guys are down two runs got David Ortiz at the plate. Two guys on rookie Brett. Takes off for third base that just a couple of questions one the is ...
[0:06:23] ... and he deserves all the credit. Tori what what do you think Hanley Ramirez's biggest challenge will be the first base. Well I just feel like there's a lot of different. Full workday that that comes ...
[0:07:33] ... a little bit of time but he's got a great until instructor Brian Butterfield and other breaking it down. Is that to the basic minimum and I think he'll be able to do. I Torre subtle listener question. Got a question you wanna ask the manager just visit WEEI dot com slash Mohegan. To submit your question for our weekly interview with chosen you could be dining we John Farrell at Mohegan Sun during the post season so. Today's question comes from Glen Henrikson of sterling mass who wants that help. Did you ask John Farrell for advice on who should be playing at this stage of the season what do you make the personnel decisions on your ...





Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Red Sox interim manager Torey Luvollo.

[0:01:29] ... game last night eight and these guys are down two runs got David Ortiz at the plate. Two guys on rookie Brett. Takes off for third base that just a couple of questions one the is ...
[0:06:23] ... and he deserves all the credit. Tori what what do you think Hanley Ramirez's biggest challenge will be the first base. Well I just feel like there's a lot of different. Full workday that that comes ...
[0:07:33] ... a little bit of time but he's got a great until instructor Brian Butterfield and other breaking it down. Is that to the basic minimum and I think he'll be able to do. I Torre subtle listener question. Got a question you wanna ask the manager just visit WEEI dot com slash Mohegan. To submit your question for our weekly interview with chosen you could be dining we John Farrell at Mohegan Sun during the post season so. Today's question comes from Glen Henrikson of sterling mass who wants that help. Did you ask John Farrell for advice on who should be playing at this stage of the season what do you make the personnel decisions on your ...





Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.
Michael Holley is back and he has thoughts on what he's missed while he was gone... including Don Orsillo and NESN.

[0:09:09] ... a job if he'd just done that lets see that we've decided Hanley Ramirez and no one no longer be in the outfield. Has anybody said that before everybody like that before Jackie unless I don't ...
[0:10:06] ... a calling it the BBC outfield that's fine Miami now works for Bill Bradley bets and cast the other two high browser half an hour program across the street and but it still deviate throughout the way they're aligning it today is the way I wanna see the regular alignment day in and day out next season. What they're doing is preparing for next season if Hanley Ramirez is on this team and I think Dave Dombrowski will desperately trying to unload in this offseason. But a piece here is going to be first baseman is going to be a platoon first baseman. And maybe if you've got Christian Vasquez and Blake's why art on this team. Find out one of them to play first base on the days they're not catching the way they are approaching this thing seems so intelligent to me. And welcome to give Dombrowski to credit until I nova. Oh and and he deserves it because. Bench Eric that was asked that at a press conference do you have any plans to move Hanley Ramirez the first to try him out he said unequivocally no. And it's he wasn't gonna yell if you was still here. In ...
[0:11:58] ... you continue until he just can't go anymore you try to trade Hanley Ramirez but. The only the only issue I have with that is that he's going to be a platoon first baseman while. What ...
[0:12:55] ... was Jerry Jones called bring him. The person decide to bring in Hanley Ramirez is going awfully five year old scouting report. Well you know wanted to great hitters one of the great contemporary hitters who used to be five years ago. But if you look at its full time seasons and here we got we got another full time player slugging percentage under 500 we're slugger. Well hope he gets under 800. So what do you mitigating and talking about that price tag. It's still somebody. On Hanley Ramirez what do you say paid them yourself OK. You owe me. You know you got got the best of me five years ago we made another trade so once you. What do you say did you start off by saying. You can have Hanley Ramirez how much of his contractor I have to eat. Night somewhere there's a price there's a dollar figure and it might be ...






This could be the most brilliant piece of editing in the history of YouTube. Because I’ve seen every second of “Game of Thrones” and I can’t ever remember a moment where I wasn’t fantasizing about smashing in Joffrey’s face with a shovel or hoping another character would stick a lance through his heart. The closest we ever got was Tyrion slapping him across his sniveling rat face and of course his (spoiler alert) gagging on his wine with the dying words, “This pie is dry!” oozing out of his miserable mouth. So like I said, this clip should win the Internet award for editing because they almost make the little punk seem human.

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Jerry Thornton