Boston HeraldDespite moving more than 1,000 miles from Boston, an ex-mob boss remained an ardent supporter of the New England Patriots while in witness protection.

Members of an Atlanta-based Patriots fan club tell WPRI-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, that Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme  attended at least three of the group’s game watching parties under an assumed name during the past two seasons. …

John Gray, president of the Atlanta fan club says he feels bad for Salemme’s victims, but “when you’re a Patriots fan — you’re family.”

Salemme was arrested last week in Connecticut on charges he murdered a witness in 1993.

My dear, sainted mother was one of those people that believe there was some good in all people. She may have raised a baby boy who grew up to be a determined, grudge-holding cynic, filled with resentment who is convinced of the irredeemable badness in the human soul. But not her. She had a genius for finding the good in others, and one of her most-used catch phrases when talking about some incorrigible asshat or other was “Oh, he means well.”

Well, after reading this, maybe St. Irene of Dorchester was right. Maybe there is some good in all of us. I mean, Cadillac Frank Salemme is a vicious, heartless, blood-thirsty thug who planned murders with Whitey Bulger, once blew up a mob informant’s attorney’s car, shook down film crews working in Boston and Providence, did federal time for extortion, racketeering and loansharking, and just last week, while in the Witness Protection Program, he was charged with the 1993 murder of an unnamed witness.

But on the other hand, he did keep rooting for the Patriots. Sure, he’s got blood on his hands, but he was standing side-by-side with other Pats fans at viewing parties, cheering on Malcolm Butler’s interception and —

Never mind. I can’t finish that thought. The fans of New England don’t need him in our ranks. Even my mom wouldn’t find anything to like about this maniac. If there’s any justice in the world, he’ll live out the rest of his life behind bars, and hopefully as a Ravens fan.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Marcell Dareus

Marcell Dareus

At Bills training camp on Wednesday, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus talked with reporters about his four-game suspension. According to Dareus, the suspension stems from a missed drug test — which contradicts reports Tuesday that it was for a positive marijuana test.

“I really don’t have much to say. Words really don’t mean anything now,” Dareus said after practice Wednesday. “It’s all action. And that’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to come back and do the best I can.”

Dareus missed the first game of last season because of a suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The violation stemmed from May of 2014 when the Alabama State Police arrested Dareus for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Dareus also made headlines when he crashed his Jaguar into a tree near a busy suburban intersection in the spring of 2014. In April of 2015, the misdemeanor charges were dropped because he reached a plea agreement.

On the field, Dareus had only two sacks last season, but in September the Bills signed Dareus, who was the third overall pick in 2011, to a six-year contract extension worth a reported $104 million.

“We’re going to hold him accountable from here on out. And he’s going to hold himself accountable,” Bills general manager Doug Whaley said. “He’s got to take a step himself. And it’s got to be on him.”

Added coach Rex Ryan: “There’s going to be some people that are cynical of him. There’s going to be people that will never give him the benefit of the doubt anymore. But for the majority of people, it’s more of a show-me thing. And I believe that moving forward this young man will learn from this experience and become a better person for it.

“We all care a great deal for Marcell. We want to see this be a thing that’s behind him once and for all, that this never happens again to him.”

Dareus will miss games against the Ravens, Jets, Cardinals and Patriots. The Bills defense could desperately use Dareus because rookies Shaq Lawson and Reggie Ragland have suffered major injuries and veteran Manny Lawson reportedly faces a one-game suspension.

Corbin Bryant is expected to start in place of Dareus. Last season, Bryant started nine of the final 10 games because of a season-ending knee injury to Kyle Williams.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

And so the tangled web that Ryan Lochte wove begins to unravel.

I’m not one to say “I told you so,” which is to say I am the one to say, “I told you so” every chance I get. And when the Thorn Star went out on a limb, against his own country and willing to call shenanigans against a fellow American because I could not buy what Lochte was selling, I was right. I got in on the ground floor of Lochte Lied, Inc. and the investment is already paying dividends.

While Lochte’s teammates/fellow (alleged) armed-robbery victims Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz are being detained by Brazilian authorities for further questioning, he is back in the States changing his story. That traffic stop where their cab got pulled over by gunmen posing as cops has become they stopped for gas and got held up outside the men’s room. That cocked gun pressed to his forehead is now a gun pointed in his general direction. Olympic Village security video shows the swimmers causally coming back to the residences, and the time stamps support none of Lochte’s claims.

Now we have a report of surveillance video from the gas station showing one of them kicking a bathroom door in and fighting with a security guard? Ryan Lochte’s story doesn’t hold water (pun completely intentional) and his inconsistencies are being exposed, just as I predicted they would. Because he too much of an empty-headed dope to keep a lie straight.

And as always when a conspiracy begins to come apart, questions get answered. Others spring up. The mind plays tricks on you. You play tricks back. It’s like unraveling a big, cable knit sweater, that someone keeps knitting … and knitting … and knitting …

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
Curt Schilling is in studio with Gerry and Gary and the guys discuss the current look of the Sox front office and their recent moves.
Callahan, Tanguay and Curt Schilling talk plenty of Pats in the 8am hour Thursday including a look at the rest of the field in the AFC.
Gerry, Gary and Curt talk about the Patriots second preseason game and what the QB breakdown should be between Brady and Garoppolo.

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[0:08:17] ... never say it but if he is intention is to never play Tom Brady in the pre season games. Would you question that no I would either you know same feed down played crawl out to ...
[0:10:25] ... it went against the saints and bears which you'll live to watch college football deal called football it is. They do without pre season with a 40 public increased pre season games that they play these ...

Curt Schilling is back in studio to talk Red Sox with Gerry and Tango as the Red Sox finished up a two-game sweep of the Orioles in Baltimore

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[0:05:33] ... and he is able to just ignore that suits out. Have four World Series weren't Saint Louis its game for the Red Sox have a chance that sweep the cardinals and change history. And Derek close ...
[0:06:09] ... Two cent to. What you want you to win. You're pitching the World Series. Okay and that team I've never seen a team so convinced it was going to win and you guys before the Saint ...
[0:06:42] ... any disrespect but we. We were wondering whether we were in the World Series our upcoming games the question was how many gay could the cardinals beat us wants. What's because they had Woody Williams on ...

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Red Sox at Tigers, 1:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: White Sox at Indians, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Mets at Giants, 11 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League Baseball World Series: Mid-Atlantic vs. New England, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Mexico vs. Latin America, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Australia vs. Europe-Africa, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League Baseball World Series: Northwest vs. Southeast, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Eagles at Steelers, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
NFL preseason: Vikings at Seahawks, 10 p.m. (NFL Network)
Olympics: Women’s volleyball semifinals, United States vs. Serbia, noon (NBC)
Olympics: Women’s basketball semifinals, United States vs. France, 6 p.m. (NBCSN)
Olympics: Track and field, 8 p.m. (NBC)


— Authorities in Rio de Janeiro continued their aggressive stance with the four U.S. swimmers who claimed to have been robbed at gunpoint Sunday while riding back to the Olympic village in a taxi, pulling two of them off a plane Wednesday evening and ordering them to provide testimony before they can leave the country.

According to ESPN, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz declined to speak with investigators upon advice from counsel, although the U.S. Olympic Committee released a statement saying the pair would “continue their discussions about the incident on Thursday.”

Ryan Lochte, who has been the only one of the four to go public with his accusations, told NBC that he has already returned to the United States as originally scheduled. Although Lochte previously interviewed with authorities, a Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered his passport be held as well — a ruling that appeared to come too late.

The fourth swimmer, Jimmy Feigen, remained in Rio, telling USA Today Sports he was “just trying to give local authorities what they need or what they want and get out of here.”

“It’s a hassle,” Feigen said. “But I’m safe. Everything’s fine. Until this goes in a direction where I can see it, I can’t comment.”

Lochte’s attorney criticized Brazilian authorities for their handling of the incident.

“My opinion is they are trying to use Ryan’s situation to use as a scapegoat to show that things down there are not as bad as it looks,” Jeff Ostrow told ESPN. “These types of things have happened with other people … but they don’t take half the interest they do with Ryan.”

— Meanwhile, the British track and field team discouraged its athletes from leaving the Olympic village after a British Olympic Association member reportedly was robbed at gunpoint during a night out in Rio.

Via The Guardian, an email to athletes Wednesday warned that “following a significant security incident overnight” the team is expected to follow some guidelines, including not wearing team apparel and not returning home in a taxi.

“Rio is NOT a safe environment, and the level of crime has spiked in the last few days,” the email read, adding: “Taxis cannot be considered safe late at night. If you are planning on going out after dark and have no way of returning other than via taxi, do not go out.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 18, 1967, Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro suffered a devastating injury when he was hit in the face by a fastball from which Angels pitcher?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was an awesome hour.” — Tianna Bartoletta, after her gold medal in the long jump started a run of six medals for American track and field athletes Wednesday night, including a first-ever sweep of the 100-meter hurdles

STAT OF THE DAY: — 4-2 — The Red Sox’ record at Camden Yards this season — where the Orioles are a league-best 39-19 — following Boston’s 8-1 victory Wednesday

‘NET RESULTS: Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson fires his bat in the dugout after striking out, which leads to a confrontation with manager John Gibbons.

Padres left fielder Ryan Schimpf hits the turf for an impressive catch against the Rays.

As Kevin Kiermaier warms up by swinging a weighted bat, Rays teammate Nick Franklin leans over behind him and gets hit in the head, leading to his early departure from the game.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jack Hamilton

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Johnny Preston, who died in 2011, was born on this day in 1939.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with John Farrell the manager of the Sox to get his weekly update on Papelbon, the retooled lineup, and MOOKIE!