Former Olympian Oscar Pistorius, according to his defense, should not face any jail time for the killing of his girlfriend.

During his sentencing hearing in South Africa on Monday, probation officer Joel Maringa said Pistorius should not go to jail, but a punishment of house arrest and community service should suffice. Though he was not convicted of intentionally murdering Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide — a South African term for unintentionally but unlawfully killing a person.

“The accused will benefit from correctional supervision,” Maringa said. “We are basically not saying that he should be destroyed because he will still be coming back into the community.’€

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called Maringa’€™s proposals “shockingly inappropriate.”€ The prosecution also did not agree with psychologist Dr. Lore Hartzenberg’€™s assessment of Pistorius that he is a so-called “€œbroken man”€ since Steenkamp’€™s death.

“We’re dealing with a broken man, but he’s still alive,” Nel said of Pistorius. “He has lost his love relationship … but he will be able to love somebody else like that.”

The proceedings could take a few days to finish, and when it comes to a close, Judge Thokozile Masipa will have the final say. Masipa is the judge who presided over Pistorius’€™ original case. Pistorius could spend up to 15 years in prison, though others have been sentenced to as little as five years for a similar crime.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano
Tom Brady played an outstanding game in Buffalo. He kept his composure although the O-Line struggled. All the glitter was not gold however, as the team may have lost Jerod Mayo and Stevan Ridley for the season.

Seeing Kevin Durant fall victim to an injury reminded one player of his own issues from a season ago.

Kobe Bryant missed most of last season due to an injured Achilles tendon, while Durant will not play in at least the first 6-8 weeks with the Thunder this year because a fractured bone in his foot. Durant will miss the early portion of the season, but Bryant said the time away from the court could benefit the 2014 NBA MVP.

“It’s tough,” Bryant said. “He’s just got to be patient and do what he can in the interim. Study the game and try to improve the mental aspect, which is always what I tried to do when I was out.”

After he fractured his leg with Team USA this summer, Pacers forward Paul George wished Durant the best of luck with his injury.

Tweeted George: Get well KD! Speedy recovery.

The fracture will force Durant out of the lineup for a significant amount of time for the first time in his career. Before this injury, the most time he ever missed in any one season was eight games. In total, he has not competed in just 16 games through eight NBA seasons.

More of the burden will be placed on Russell Westbrook since Durant will be out of the Thunder lineup. The guard has played just five games of his career without Durant by his side.

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said it will be a team effort to step up in Durant’€™s absence, and the load of the offense will not just fall on Westbrook.

“In regard to replacing a player like Kevin Durant, you don’t replace Kevin Durant. It’s not going to be one person. It’s going to be a collective mindset,” Presti said. “We know we’re a better basketball team with Kevin Durant on the floor. But we can have some influence on how good we are in the meantime.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys opened the show by discussing the Pats win in Buffalo and the Bills new owner.
Tom Brady on the big win.

Here are the highlights from Monday’€™s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Massachusetts and the Boston area had its first scare with Ebola this weekend. A man who had visited Liberia went to a Braintree medical center, saying he had muscle aches and a headache — symptoms of the virus.

Though the facility took precautions, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center officials said the man most likely doesn’t have the virus.

“Didn’t it make your heart skip a beat?” Callahan said. “Dallas is OK, there’€™s lots of space between Dallas and here.”

Part of the reason for Braintree’€™s precaution is because a Dallas nurse contracted the virus when she was helping treat the man who brought the disease into the country. In that case, officials said the Texas hospital was unprepared.

Said Callahan: “It’€™s so mean-spirited, to stop guys from coming in from Liberia, but wouldn’t that make all of the sense in the world?”

Replied Dennis: “Gerry, they’€™re giving them EBT cards, which stands for ‘Ebola big time.’ ”

“It’€™s concerning, I’€™m a little concerned about this,” Minihane said. “I’€™m not usually one of these people who jump in hysterics, but is this going to be massive three years from now, or is going to be something we just laugh about like Swine Flu?”

– A girl from Mobile, Alabama, was forced to sign a contract with her school saying she would not commit suicide or homicide. The contract stemmed from when the girl drew a picture of a gun and then pointed a crayon at a fellow student.

The girl’€™s mother said the school made her daughter take a survey on suicide. The girl did not even know what the word “suicide” meant.

“I don’€™t think 5-year-olds grasp the concept of suicide,” Callahan said.

“No, but they all have guns in Alabama,” replied Dennis.

Said Callahan: “That kid doesn’t have a gun.”

– This weekend’€™s “Saturday Night Live,” hosted by one of show’€™s former cast members, Bill Hader, hit a ratings low. Despite appearances by other former cast members including Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg, “SNL” had a 1.8 rating in households with adults aged 18-49 — the lowest-rated episode during its run.

“I’€™m starting to wonder, it’€™s kind of like Brady, when does it end for ‘Saturday Night Live?’ ” said Minihane.

Replied Callahan: “To me, it’€™s like college football. College football needs some personalities, some stars. … With SNL, they need one or two stars that carry the program.”

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

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

NHL: Avalanche at Bruins, 1 p.m. (NESN)
MLB playoffs: Orioles at Royals, 8:07 p.m. (TBS; WEEI-AM)
NFL: 49ers at Rams, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI-FM)
Soccer: European Championship qualifier, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: European Championship qualifier, Iceland vs. Netherlands, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)


– An embarrassing night for the Giants got even worse when wide receiver Victor Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee while trying catch a pass in the third quarter of a 27-0 loss to the Eagles. And then it became even more embarrassing for a Philadelphia sports radio host.

Cruz, the former UMass star who became a 2012 Pro Bowler, cried as he was carted off the field with what is expected to be a season-ending injury.

“Huge loss,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It wasn’t a good situation, a grim scene.”

Said Giants safety Antrel Rolle: “You just wish him the best. He’s a fighter.”

Cruz was attempting to catch a pass in the end zone when he went down.

“Something wasn’t good,” fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said. “He was in a lot of pain. As hard as it was, you have to go on and move on to the next play. ‘€¦ It was heart wrenching. Not much needs to be said. ‘€¦ It’s Victor Cruz, period.”

Following Cruz’s injury, controversial Philadelphia sports talk radio host Mike Missanelli sent out a classless tweet that read: Hey Giants fans: Victor Cruz is over. Dance to that.

After immediate criticism from both New York and Philadelphia, Missanelli deleted the tweet and tried to claim he only was referring to Cruz failing to catch the pass.

Tweeted Missanelli: I apologize for the Cruz tweet. I didn’t see that he got hurt on play. Was outside the stadium and saw [on the big screen outside] he dropped it walking to my car. ‘€¦ I would never have tweeted that had I known he got injured. Please know that.

– Actor and director Spike Lee, known for his allegiance to the Knicks via his frequent appearances in his courtside seat, apparently has not made a good impression on Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Lee announced that he plans to make a documentary about the triangle offense, which Jackson used when he won 11 championships as coach of the Bulls and Lakers.

Asked about Lee, Jackson said: “Spike is an avid Knicks fan who doesn’t know anything about basketball.”

Jackson, who was speaking at Sunday’s New Yorker Festival, touched on the triangle, explaining that it’s simply an organized system where spacing and ball movement are critical.

“It’s not that complicated,” he said. “It’s not rocket science.”

Jackson also attempted to defend oft-criticized owner James Dolan, although it partially backfired. Dolan has denied previous reports that he has meddled in basketball operations.

Said Jackson when discussing the team’s struggles over the past 15 seasons: “[Dolan] had to meddle, because of the poor decisions that were made.”

– Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle issued an apology Sunday for his criticism of forward Chandler Parsons’ weight and conditioning.

After Friday’s preseason game, Carlisle said Parsons, who intentionally added weight in the offseason to get stronger, gained too much weight and looked tired and heavy-legged.

Said Carlisle in his statement: “It was unfair and inappropriate of me to single out Chandler Parsons after the game Friday night. I have apologized to him and the entire team for this error in judgment. Not only is Chandler Parsons one of our best players, he is also one of our hardest-working players and the kind of high-character person we strive to bring to our city and franchise.

“I also made it clear to our players and staff this morning that this type of bad example is not acceptable and beneath the dignity of a championship organization like the Dallas Mavericks.”

Parsons, who left the Rockets to sign with Dallas as a free agent, on Saturday posted a picture on Instagram in which he appears shirtless and displays six-pack abs.

Joked Carlisle before Sunday’s game: “I received my punishment: My wife and daughter became full-time Chandler Parsons Twitter and Instagram followers.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 13, 2003, during a 3-2 victory over the Yankees in Game 4 of the ALCS, which Red Sox player set a team record with his fifth home run of the postseason?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not sure really, historically. I have a lot of respect for this team. They play hard every time we play them. I think we just come out on the winning end. It’s good to be on the winning end.” Tom Brady, after he improved to 23-2 against the Bills with Sunday’s 37-22 victory

STAT OF THE DAY: 5 – Touchdown passes thrown by Joe Flacco in the first half of the Ravens’ 48-17 rout of the Buccaneers

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): With the Cardinals and Giants tied at 4 in the ninth inning, St. Louis’ Kolten Wong hits a walkoff home run to even the National League Championship Series after two games.

In the top of the ninth, with the Cardinals one strike away from ending it, the Giants tie the score when Matt Duffy races all the way around from second base on a wild pitch.

During Sunday’s preseason game, Lakers guard Ronnie Price loses his sneaker, picks it up and throws it in an attempt to knock the ball away from Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, earning him a technical foul.

Via MaxPreps, here are highlights of Logan Routt, a high school quarterback from West Virginia who stands 6-foot-11 (yes, he also plays basketball).


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Paul Simon was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Greg, Steve, and Chris travel around the NFL, taking a look at EVERY game on the schedule in week 6.