During a week in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL indefinitely for punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator in February, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, a day after he met with his lawyer about an offseason domestic issue.
In May, Hardy was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The Pro Bowler was convicted on two domestic violence charges in mid-July but immediately appealed the decision. When he was arrested, the police officer filling out the report noted that Hardy grabbed and threw the woman around.
Two months before the domestic violence incident, Hardy signed a one-year franchise tag deal for $13.1 million.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera only talked about Hardy’s practice performance, and would not comment on his legal problems.
“I couldn’t tell you that,” Rivera said of the potential pressure Hardy is facing. “The only thing I can tell is he practiced very well.”
Carolina expects Hardy to play in the team’s home opener Sunday against the Lions. Neither the league nor the Panthers have suspended Hardy, and a decision most likely will not be made until the legal process comes to an end.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
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Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.
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The guys opened the show discussing the Ravens win and the Goodell fall out.
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– Multiple reports indicate former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family were involved in a drunken fight at a house party in Anchorage. Palin and her husband, Todd, were invited to a champion snowmobile racer’s birthday party and took their kids along.
A brawl ensued after the family showed up, and daughter Bristol, of “Dancing with the Stars” fame, was at the middle of it, allegedly throwing multiple punches.
Said Dennis: “It was like an intrasquad scrimmage.”
Callahan wondered about the weather in Alaska because of the snowmobiler’s party. “Is there snow there now?” he asked.
FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)
AROUND THE WEB:
– On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.
Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.
Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.
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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.
“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.
– Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.
Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.
“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”
Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.
The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.
“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”
– Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.
“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.
Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.
Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.
Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’t say that we have limitless money, but we’ve got a lot of money to spend and we’re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” – Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason
We discuss the breaking news that Vikings runningback Adrien Peterson has been indicted for child abuse charges, and a bad week gets worse for the NFL and it's image.
[0:00:00] ... Speaking of AdrianPeterson. This is just broken in the last few minutes. Sources told fox 26 TV in Houston. That Minnesota Vikings running back AdrianPeterson has been indicted in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson's Houston attorney Rusty Hardin. Of course you ... [0:00:52] ... Because the details are a little a little sketchy on this. But AdrianPeterson of the vikings has been indicted in Houston. Apparently four. What they called negligent in. What was the other term that they ... [0:03:33] ... are here here's here's another story sources tell. The factor. NFL player. AdrianPeterson. Has been indicted by a Montgomery County grand jury were told the charges stem from allegations Peterson who plays for the vikings. ... [0:04:55] ... they do so. For for Ray -- mean we know that story. AdrianPeterson's case. That may be. That may be worse. -- may be worse if if we find out that you know AdrianPeterson who talk about how strong years. And we know how big he is. Doing something to a child. To an innocent child ...