Merloni, Fauria, and Benz discuss the conflicting reports regarding the Jon Lester contract negotiations. Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino said on Dennis and Callahan that Lester wanted the negotiations to be put on hold till the end of the season.'s Rob Bradford reports that Lester would be willing to negotiate, if the Red Sox made the right offer.

[0:04:44] ... did all that my job is done. There's no more risk for Jon Lester it is no more risk of a bad year or injury last two months or bad two month stretch. The risk is ...
[0:05:24] ... for the current negotiations. And it doesn't part part of respect for Jon Lester and his desire to postpone this until after the season. And Larry went on to say that the parties have agreed to ...
[0:06:23] ... matters were come up and all the sudden there's some discussion about Jon Lester Sunnyvale will still be yet. So this is still glimmer that they might try to get the -- for the and the year but the intent. Of what was said that email in the intents of what was said today and Dennis and Callahan -- Larry. Is to suggest that they don't wanna talk about this anymore into the season is done Red Sox fans what do you think 617779798%. Roy -- well I think OK I do think at a lot of people last group talking about. He'll load Jon Lester army of that I can they don't sit don't go over the numbers are looking at John hey John you want to stay here. You know what what would surely sit down the right now if you closed the door. Because if you really wanna Steve it's your agent in a Red Sox got a -- things up behind the scenes. And when they get to a close to a final number. Then they come to you what it's it's your day negotiate because you pretty much already there and that's why I think I'm surprised come -- break that nothing was done. But to me I still firmly believe. The Jon Lester wants to stay here. And that set -- his his agent Seth Levinson ethic he still. Wants to talk that a Red Sox now they say that they know and John side doesn't wanna talk. Well if the Red Sox came in made realistic all for offer in a ball mark. For Jon Lester. He would sit down and talk in that realistic number would still save them forty to 45 million dollars that what it's ...
[0:10:48] ... they're close to a 51 -- number. As I still believe that Jon Lester within sit down and a guy let's let's hash out how we won a couple of the buy out the sixty year ...

Chris Price of joins the guys to discuss the key position battles going into camp, as well as the contract status of Devin McCourty

[0:02:33] ... re a great question. You know I'm sick of the offensive line Dan Connolly. You know he's got a big cap number they can -- three million dollars if caught how big of -- camp is ...
[0:03:44] ... -- joining us from WEEI dot com -- -- day one of New England Patriots training camp will be broadcasting live from out there mark -- -- later on today. After the Red Sox game. Chris -- ...
[0:09:28] ... WEEI. Dot com day one of training camp in Foxboro for the New England Patriots -- bringing up forty. And the new strutting his contract where it stands right now which is not much talking. Were spent ...
[0:10:24] ... or call vote McCain you really a lot of weight and extension Bill Belichick out there and you'll wanna get it done being need to get it done because the air coming out which vital. Vital ...

Joakim Soria

Joakim Soria

Yet another MLB contender has fortified its bullpen in time for the stretch run of the 2014 season, as the Tigers acquired Rangers closer Joakim Soria for pitching prospects Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson.

The deal was finalized during Texas’€™ 2-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday and was announced after the game.

“I’m going to a new team. It’s going to be my new family. I’m going to do whatever they want me to do,” Soria said after the game. “I just want to help them win the World Series. That’s what it’s all about, and I hope I can help out as much as I can.”

Soria has been one of the few bright spots on a Rangers team that holds the worst record in baseball (40-61), as the righty is 1-3 with a 2.70 ERA and 17 saves in 19 opportunities this season.

Soria will make the jump from the last-place Rangers to the Tigers, who hold the top spot in the AL Central despite an ineffective bullpen that ranks 12th out of 15 American League squads with a 4.37 ERA.

Soria, a two-time All-Star with the Royals,€“ signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Rangers last season after missing the entire 2012 season while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He has a $7 million club option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

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Conor Ryan
Larry Lucchino discussed the latest on the contract talks with Jon Lester.

[0:00:06] ... Motor Speedway joining us on the AT&T hotline. The president and CEO Boston Red Sox Larry Lucchino it's been a while Larry have you missed us. Not very much -- -- a pretty busy is schedule with ...
[0:00:50] ... -- Henry sent an email to The Herald saying the talks with Jon Lester have been able now to me. Reading between alliance that presents an air of finality. Debt. That in my in the case ...
[0:01:24] ... best for the current negotiations. And it's that in part. Respect for Jon Lester and his desire to postpone this until after the season. He's not an extraordinary role and. Is that the last five or ...
[0:02:12] ... shaped and formed. The direction of this negotiation more than the other Jon Lester suggesting you detect a hometown discount where the original offer reportedly be seventy million dollars. You know I don't conflict and into ...

Gregg Doyel of CBS joined us to discuss Tony Dungy's comments on MIchael Sam.

[0:00:06] ... we think there may be some. Light at the end of the Jon Lester story panel. This is from C so -- robber in The Herald today. If Jon Lester received this morning Jon Lester -- the Red Sox won't be until after the season in an email to The Herald last night. John Henry said the teams agreed not to resume contract talks with its ace lefthander until the season is done while so that means ...
[0:03:17] ... that the only reason. Michael Sam is currently a distraction. Is that Tony Dungy is comment has made him such. Well that's interesting in and probably at the moment probably true Jeff Fisher was that took the round -- how much distraction. -- sample the first day. And apparently there's a maybe an extra camera ...
[0:04:27] ... close to a distraction here. My my point is if not for Tony Dungy. What form would this distraction with Michael Sam take. A couple extra cameras for a couple of days I mean. I don't ...
[0:05:31] ... -- -- -- actually -- -- -- you -- -- -- Because Jeff Fisher said there's only one extra camera. We just say oh well I guess Hillary register camera -- what borderline -- gonna be ...

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

[0:01:38] ... on -- asked and aviation expert and religion equation flown into a black hole. And gone into. Like outer space I mean. I tickets are looking at these possibilities out these planes disappear and your relatives ...
[0:02:37] ... that's not wanna see that was that are kind of about which. Adam Baldwin's yes. Part of -- about it's that there's that we have there's -- at a ball yes. Not one honorable and they'll know Houston you know Foreman jacket yes my bodyguard. Captains in the movie when when. I'm Patrick Swayze was hillbilly went to Chicago -- the in his -- deliberately and -- and all right yes written on. I believe not ...
[0:05:44] ... talk about it after guy -- he's dead he spoke with a black hole is all. Harris soma is another unfortunate victim of plane flight. He died. Trying to fly these trainee pilot single engine aircraft ...
[0:10:16] ... one and remember those days not so much anymore. Bad news for John Travolta yesterday well you this is this is level that you think you've got a toughness is going to be a tough day for John. When pilots Doug got to -- October. Doctor but I got a raw data Barack. Spoke to TM is -- six -- affair with the let him sleep with men charged with treatment John Travolta Nash require virtual camps after the cease and desist. That's out now he's going to be allowed to write this book and allow I guess anything he wants in the book and he is saying it's going to be full of the -- hole. It all you need to resulting in an intimate relationship with John Travolta is that I was shocked. Shock now but what -- -- get some details. My same is going to be so. Any ...

The guys opened the show discussing how dumb the idea is of bringing the Olympics to Boston.

[0:00:34] ... you started with a couple. Certainly drafting Tony -- And passing on Dan Marino might be up there yet we agree on that yes this is very -- at -- and decent. Well jets -- topic ...
[0:01:41] ... not -- -- mean it's spooky weird but. You don't really blame Bill Belichick how that MG guy is and like. 52 album ever -- of them are less valuable and crawled. Out there. He what ...
[0:02:33] ... Is gonna do his duty especially that you be out there Hotmail Rodney Harrison -- -- kick offs. They're not Europe forget according flip flop. Flip -- tight end to keep a tight end all right ...
[0:08:19] ... got a horse won. Ago Michael Smith the before or less Smith Michael Young. I don't for for a picnic and yeah -- income Michael entry into it from. The lefty. Which reminds me of this ...

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

Air Algerie flight disappears

Just a week after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near the Russia-Ukraine border, another tragedy could be in the making. An Air Algerie flight to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 passengers aboard, including 50 French citizens, disappeared from radar early Thursday morning after flying over the Sahara Desert.

“I’m running out of airlines to fly,” Callahan said. “Malaysia’s out, Algeria’s [out.]”

“I’m thinking Fung Wah is the option here. That’s probably a safer thing,” Dennis said.

“Maybe it went to Middle Earth, maybe it will show up on “Game of Thrones” next year,”Callahan said.

“That would be a good season premier for that show, If they had that,” Minihane added.

Indiana teen pilot dies while attempting around-the-world flight

An Indiana teen pilot’s ambitious attempt to set a new record for an around-the-world journey reached a tragic conclusion Wednesday.

Harris Suleman, 17, and his father, Babar Suleman, were killed when Harris’ plane crashed shortly after departing from Pago Pago in American Samoa.

Father and son began their journey on June 19 in an effort to raise money for a nonprofit that builds homes in Pakistan.

“Let’s say it together, Dino: ‘They died doing what they loved,’ ” Callahan said.

Weird Al” album earns top top spot in Billboard charts

The top album in the United States does not belong to Beyonce, Justin Timberlake or any of the usual suspects. That honor goes to parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose “Mandatory Fun” album is the first comedy album to top the Billboard charts since 1963.

“How does he have the No. 1 record in the country? Who buys albums anymore anyway?” Minihane asked.

“Weird Al has had like a renaissance. People know like him. … They’ve embraced him,” Minihane added.

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Conor Ryan

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 Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Marlins at Braves, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Padres at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Tigers at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Phoenix Mercuty at Los Angeles Sparks, 10:30 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Olympiakos vs. AC Milan, 8 p.m. (FS1)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

– The Clippers ownership trial in Los Angeles moved closer to its conclusion Wednesday, as Donald Sterling‘s lawyer threw a curveball that appeared to miss the mark on the final day of testimony.

Instead of calling Shelly Sterling, as was expected, Donald Sterling’s legal team called Dr. Jeffrey Cummings to discuss the protocol of examinations used to judge mental capacity. Shelly Sterling’s attorneys repeatedly objected, and Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas rejected most of the testimony and refused to accept the psychiatrist’s report from the banned owner’s lawyers that indicated Donald Sterling suffered only mild cognitive impairment. Levanas noted that both sides had agreed not to make Donald Sterling’s mental capacity an issue in this trial.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers ended up calling only two witnesses despite listing 14 on their initial list submitted to the court. In addition to Cummings, they called Dean Bonham, whom they described as an expert in assessing the value of sports franchises. Bonham claimed the Clippers could be sold for more than the record $2 billion Ballmer offered. However, Shelly Sterling’s lawyers got Bonham to admit he had not graduated from high school or college and had no special training in franchise valuations.

The case is slated to wrap up Monday with closing arguments.

After Wednesday’s session, attorneys for Shelly Sterling and prospective buyer Steve Ballmer said that if they win this case, they will ask the judge to allow the sale to go through immediately, despite the likelihood of Donald Sterling appealing the decision.

“If you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell said.

Donald Sterling’s lawyers, who earlier this week filed a lawsuit against Shelly Sterling, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the league, said if they lose this case they will seek an injunction to stop the sale.

Mark McGwire still wants nothing to do with former Athletics teammate Jose Canseco, despite Canseco’s conciliatory tone at last weekend’s 25th anniversary celebration of the 1989 World Series champions.

“It’s too late,” McGwire told ESPNLosAngeles on Wednesday. “What he did was wrong. … I [can't] care less what he does.”

Canseco acknowledged during Saturday’s commemoration in Oakland that he made a mistake by exposing McGwire as a user of performance-enhancing drugs in his 2005 book, saying he “idolized” McGwire when they played together.

“It haunts me ’til this day that I said those things about him, even though obviously they were true,” Canseco said. “I could have gone about it a different way and gotten my point across. … I regret writing the book for sure.”

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Canseco said he has not had contact with McGwire since the book came out. McGwire, now the Dodgers hitting coach, was with his team in St. Louis during the A’s reunion.

– Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton acknowledged in court Wednesday that he was guilty of criminal possession of a firearm for owning a non-licensed automatic pistol, stemming from an incident with his wife.

A week after filing for divorce, Felton’s wife took the gun to police, saying she wanted it out of her house. Felton, who was then playing for the Knicks, turned himself in to police after being contacted.

“I apologize,” Felton said in court Wednesday. “I realize what I did was wrong.”

As part of the plea deal, Felton will avoid jail time. He has to perform 500 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.

Felton, who averaged a career-low 9.7 points and missed 17 games due to injuries last season, was traded to Dallas last month.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 24, 2004, Jason Varitek fought with Alex Rodriguez as the Red Sox and Yankees played an intense game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox got the last laugh when which player hit a three-run home run off Mariano Rivera for an 11-10 Red Sox victory?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The health of the team is the most important thing we have. We always try to do everything we can to help players stay healthy and stay on the field. We do that for everybody, every single guy. It’€™s a consideration for all of them — certainly Rob, but I mean everybody. I don’€™t single out these players and those players. It’€™s all the players. We need all of them.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, upon revealing that tight end Rob Gronkowski was cleared to practice with the team when training camp opens Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 37 – Career home runs at Rogers Centre for Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, making him the all-time leader for a visiting player

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Aaron Barrett of the Nationals wins a standoff against Brandon Barnes of the Rockies that delays the start of Wednesday afternoon’s game in Denver.

Injured Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has coach Jose Oquendo drop cheese crackers at home plate for his brother, Rays catcher Jose Molina.

Jeff Francoeur‘s teammates with the El Paso Chihuahuas prank him for the second time, this time locking him in the bathroom until he escapes through the ceiling.

The Hanwha Eagles of Korean baseball have “fanbots” in the stands, and fans who can’t attend the games can have their faces on the robots.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Former Extreme drummer Paul Geary was born on this day in 1961.

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Jerry Spar