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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

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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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.
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.

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[0:00:52] ... Because the details are a little a little sketchy on this. But Adrian Peterson of the vikings has been indicted in Houston. Apparently four. What they called negligent in. What was the other term that they ...
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Ray Rice is receiving scorn the public should be heaping on plenty of others. (Getty Images)We're all frauds.



KIRK MINIHANE

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Dale and Holley's final drive recaps some of the moments of one of the darkest days in our country's history.

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[0:11:46] ... had tea. And had they won and I wasn't sorry to see Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson went up but it would have killed me to see them yankees pull that one -- know others. And from that day ...




Dale and Holley's final drive recaps some of the moments of one of the darkest days in our country's history.

[0:09:52] ... images I will carry forever. It was a World Series game at Yankee Stadium Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees. Game three. First two games were in Arizona. Game three was back at Yankee Stadium. And the president of the United States was called on to deliver the first pitch tonight. Production ...
[0:11:46] ... had tea. And had they won and I wasn't sorry to see Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson went up but it would have killed me to see them yankees pull that one -- know others. And from that day ...




We play attorney and tackle four of the biggest cases in pro sports.

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[0:08:45] ... and it was like it wants to use it during the game. Bill Belichick became Peter King should of called -- here. I asked the league I got to make them fall. I got to get ...
[0:11:31] ... was raised like like now that trip around his neck. I get Sean Payton -- welcome back to the league. Like he was a victim somehow -- right to get deals like over zealous as he ...






We play attorney and tackle four of the biggest cases in pro sports.

[0:04:29] ... it. Mean my dad my brother them on my dad Jonathan -- Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross. You we're all Brothers and sisters. On I think I think we all understand that alone time you know com. ...
[0:08:05] ... -- here's this is Gerri it's going to be votes by gates Bill Belichick what say you subsequently that with the memo. That Ray Anderson out and out in 2006 season. And that was -- there ...
[0:08:45] ... and it was like it wants to use it during the game. Bill Belichick became Peter King should of called -- here. I asked the league I got to make them fall. I got to get ...
[0:11:31] ... was raised like like now that trip around his neck. I get Sean Payton -- welcome back to the league. Like he was a victim somehow -- right to get deals like over zealous as he ...






Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Three for All on Middays with MFB with Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz. To hear the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

– During WEEI’s radio broadcast of Wednesday’s Red Sox-Orioles broadcast, Merloni, serving as analyst alongside Joe Castiglione, was supposed to drop some U2 references after being challenged by his co-hosts earlier in the day. Merloni initially forgot, but in the ninth inning he was reminded and dropped a couple of references to the band’s songs, such as saying the Red Sox “still haven’t found that they’re looking for” when referring to the closer situation.

“Too bad you didn’t have a really tall guy named Joshua: ‘Man, that guy’s a tree in the left-handed batter’s box,’ ” Benz said.

– Former boxer Mike Tyson, in Toronto to promote his one-man stage show, responded angrily when a talk-show host brought up the fact that he’s a convicted rapist. Tyson unleashed a series of expletives on live TV — including calling CP24 host Nathan Downer a “rat piece of [expletive]” — before Downer ended the interview.

“He didn’t want to go there. Mike was trying, it was like internally he was trying to talk himself out of just crossing that bridge and being like, ‘I hate you, I want to eat your children, I want to bite your ear off,’ ” Fauria said.

Said Merloni: “He was kind of like, ‘I’m in a good place right now, but you’re bringing me back, man, and this ain’t good for you. That guy, any idea how close he was to death? Tyson was close to being where he was like 10 years ago right there.”

– During Thursday morning’s Dennis & Callahan show, Kirk Minihane voiced his displeasure with how his co-hosts were running the show, calling them “losers” while Gerry Callahan encouraged him to continue his rant.

“Where did the rage come from?” Benz asked.

“I was just laughing out loud,” Fauria said.

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Former Vikings Linebacker and current Radio Color Analyst Pete Bercich joins to the guys to preview Pats-Vikings

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[0:02:52] ... question can -- pages give benefits in line you know lost the Logan Mankins and the way they reacted to -- Miami front forces dominated the patriots in the second half. And Mike Zimmer now that ...
[0:04:58] ... Rudolph's a gut coral Paterson. So I guess the question is can Matt Cassel and he can he make those throws at me. You know he's getting it went to great game last week but can ...
[0:10:03] ... that is speed vs from the vikings or radio network guys that Christian Fauria clipped in the festival but that didn't play and -- ...