Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines segment on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel.

Four injured as roller coaster derails at Six Flags Magic Mountain

A roller coaster hit a tree branch at the Six Flags Magic Mountain outside Los Angeles on Monday, dislodging the front car and leaving four injured. Nearly two dozen people were left hanging in the air for about three hours.

“I’d be like Larry David when he gets caught in a chair lift,” Minihane said.

Meterparel said: ”I think I would snap. I’d just lose my mind.”

Man chokes to death at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

A 47-year-old South Dakota man choked to death at a Fourth of July hot dog eating contest last Thursday after attempts to save him failed at the scene.

“He goes out doing what he loves, though,” Minihane said. “He was a serious competitive eater.”

Bradford said: ”Is there a line in the story that says he died doing what he loved?”

“No but I believe that,” Minihane responded.

The Custer Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event, canceled the pie-eating contest scheduled for the next day.

Fox 25 makes shake-up in leadership

Fox Television Stations recently announced a deal to send Fox 25 general manager Gregg Kelley from Boston to San Francisco. In exchange, KTVU’s Tom Raponi will head to the Hub.

KTVU is best known nationally for its infamous on-air gaffe when it fell victim to a racist prank following the fatal Asiana Flight 124 plane crash last year.

“That is an unbelievable clip,” Minihane said.

Bradford joked: ”I’m looking forward to the new Fox 25.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward has agreed to a four-year offer sheet with the Hornets at the maximum $63 million, according to

Hayward is reportedly expected to sign the offer sheet at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. The Jazz will have three days to match the offer or lose Hayward as soon as the offer sheet is signed.

According to ESPN, the Cavaliers were also considering offering Hayward a max deal before becoming front-runners for LeBron James.

Hayward and the Jazz discussed a possible negotiation back in October, but Utah reportedly held firm on its $12 million-per-year offer. Hayward was seeking four years at $13 million annually at the time.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Kevin Paul Dupont joined the show to discuss today's Globe sports page.
Kevin Paul Dupont joined the show to discuss today's Globe sports page.

[0:01:11] ... the lead you guys didn't like Brazil on top. You want more Red Sox instead. And that discussion that goes on all the time and sometimes quite aggressively. In the office in that was true at the New York Times and over there and -- do it. It might point to Chris was as long as newspapers exist. That discussion will exist ...
[0:02:18] ... was that they can go online -- and you'll find out about Red Sox and find out opera and find out about Celtics. Well Kevin -- say this is that I think it depends on how ...
[0:04:13] ... of the readers of your paper. -- why they care more the Red Sox think I get that so whatever that they care more about the Red Sox and the care more about Marcus mark I think that you more about Jon Lester. And they do about the story. I would agree with you the Red Sox were actually in it right but -- don't buy my -- Red Sox season ended about three weeks ago. And you you know so I would go the other way I'm not disagreeing with your point and again it's all about -- But I look at the back of The Herald tonight and I don't want again to work better than ever has because really that's that's that's -- a no win. You know that's that's really for the consumer to decide. But I I think. Going to the back and leading with the Red Sox now that were -- -- nine in the season it effectively overrule waiting for the next to connect straight but. You know ...
[0:09:00] ... was the case. And more whispers about what the heck happened to Serena Williams and did she in fact I start questions she effect does not wanna play the match up that was the strangest thing ...

Mr. Skin joined the show on all things nudity.
What big move will the Sox make first?

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MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 7 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Pirates at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
World Cup soccer: Argentina vs. Netherlands, 4 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-AM)
Cycling: Tour de France, 7:30 a.m. (NBCSN)


– One day after he failed to show in Los Angeles probate court for the trial pitting him against his wife regarding the sale of the Clippers, Donald Sterling took the stand and repeatedly lobbed sarcastic barbs at veteran entertainment lawyer Bert Fields, much to the amusement of the packed courtroom.

At one point Sterling called Fields a “smart-ass.” Another time he said of Fields’ questions, “I’m sure they’ll improve.”

Added Sterling: “Tell me what you want to accuse me of. … Stand up and be a man.”

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Sterling, himself a lawyer, denied his ego was the main motivation for trying to cancel the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record $2 billion.

“What do you think, I’m doing this for ego?” Sterling asked Fields, who responded in the affirmative. “Well, you’re wrong, like you’re wrong with all your questions.”

Admonished Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas: “Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments.”

Sterling denied he is mentally incapacitated, as two doctors hired by his wife determined, and said he changed his mind about selling the team after his wife agreed to give up 100 percent.

“I wanted to keep the team,” Sterling said. “I didn’t want to sell it.”

Sterling insisted that he still trusts his wife but that she caved to pressure from the NBA, saying: “The reason we’re here is because she’s afraid of this big NBA that’s trying to take everything away.”

– University of Miami sophomore linebackers JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa were dismissed from the team and suspended from the school Tuesday after being charged with sexual battery.

According to the police report, the players, who turned themselves in Tuesday, admitted “buying and administering several alcoholic beverages” for a 17-year-old female student and then performing sex acts without her consent.

“We have zero tolerance for sexual assault and gender-based violence,” school president Donna Shalala said in a statement. “There is no confusion about our responsibility as a university; we will fully and compassionately support the victim of sexual assault.”

Figueroa, from Stafford, Virginia, had 17 tackles in nine games last year and was expected to compete for a starting job this season. Blue, from Boca Raton, Florida, had one tackle in two games in 2013.

Pete Carroll, who left USC for the Seahawks just before the Trojans were hit with NCAA sanctions, was named to the school’s Hall of Fame.

Carroll coached USC from 2001-09 and posted a 97-19 record overall and 7-2 in bowl games. The Trojans won consecutive national championships in 2003 and ’04 and seven straight Pac-10 titles (2002-08).

Carroll, who coached the Seahawks to the franchise’s first Super Bowl title this past season, said last year that the pending NCAA ruling was not a factor in his decision to leave Los Angeles and that he would have stayed had he realized how severe the punishment was going to be.

Carroll and the 15 other inductees will be honored at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at halftime of USC’s game against Oregon State on Sept. 27.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 9, 2002, which Red Sox pitcher started the All-Star Game — which ended in a 7-7 tie when both teams ran out of pitchers after 11 innings?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We wanted to make the people happy. ‘€¦ Unfortunately we couldn’t. We apologize to all Brazilians.” – Brazilian player David Luiz, after his team was routed by Germany, 7-1, in a World Cup semifinal in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

STAT OF THE DAY: 18 – Consecutive innings without scoring a run for the Red Sox, who finally broke through with three runs in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 8-3 loss to the White Sox

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): The Cardinals walk off for the second straight night, as Kolten Wong homers in the ninth inning for a 5-4 win over the Pirates.

The Reds cap a comeback from a five-run deficit as Billy Hamilton hits a walkoff broken-bat single in the ninth inning to beat the Cubs.

A grounder goes through a hole in Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer‘s glove, but second baseman Omar Infante backs up the play and throws out Rays baserunner Kevin Kiermaier.

Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig gives Tigers baserunner Torii Hunter a finger wag after throwing him out at second base only to have the call overturned on review.

Swedish soccer league player Alhaji Kamara shows his frustration with receiving a red card as he storms off the field screaming.

Comedian Yoni Lotan, dressed as a soccer referee, walks the streets of New York City and hands out yellow and red cards to passersby.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marc Almond, former lead singer of Soft Cell, was born on this day in 1957.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with 'Pags' and find out why he thinks the Olympics would be a boom for Boston.
We check in with 'Pags' and find out why he thinks the Olympics would be a boom for Boston.