MFB checks in with Sal Cappaccio from WGR in Buffalo, Ryan Ruocco from ESPN NY, and Omar Kelly from the South Florida Sun Sentinel
In their first two games, the Patriots have struggled to complete passes over 10 yards. Is there reason for concern?
Ben Cherington discussed the debut of Castillo and his thoughts on Jeter.

[0:00:05] ... Hampshire Motor Speedway joining us on the AT&T hotline. Manager of the Boston Red Sox bench Harrington -- bad how are you up. -- Our rush stick to steal what you and yours doubts in your baseball ...
[0:00:55] ... from parable. But we we certainly believe he can be. Very good Major League outfielder and then part of it. Is -- year starting center fielder next opening day. Then and if so what happens is ...
[0:02:23] ... we do it. I think -- Nokia has been popular on the Red Sox team. But. Woolsey we'll see you Oreo cart uses music great athlete is versatile and obviously looks like he's in the get ...
[0:04:36] ... some breaks well a lot of games and an advantage. If the Red Sox were in the post season which team would you least like to face that you expect to be in the postseason either ...

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

[0:04:09] ... American equivalent is going to be poisoned giant French cinema like. He's Jerry Lewis sees it for you as a man. Window Winston Churchill used to drink all day not -- much I think he did. ...
[0:05:14] ... the eyes of a drinker expertise and yet it was at Drexel. Woody Allen says of his -- dispute with me if -- I don't agonized over for a second. He told the times of -- ...
[0:06:14] ... can happen next week you know it is solution brings. Six and Paul McCartney now cadets. Barbara Streisand. Number one album partners his duet with Stevie Wonder Michael blew Blake. Blake Shelton collegial and I was having a great day the other day remember it was Saturday. Seven great ...

The guys opened the show by discussing the Vikings press conference.

[0:11:50] ... absolute bullets. At facts well it's pretty. All the tapes. Out of bill Belichick's library in his office. Every punt return by settlement. Would you buying one instance where the first guy -- his I think ...
[0:15:22] ... goal. Is always make the decision. We feel is right for the Minnesota Vikings had to be clear we have a strong. Stance regarding the protection. And welfare of children and we want to be sure. ...
[0:16:17] ... clear cut with that they're gonna do I think from when -- Adrian Peterson will remain. On the exempt list get his money and then the -- the end out here according to pursue hand. The ...
[0:18:04] ... day. They're so into their own world with their own thing see Reggie Bush and Chris Johnson these guys always. For some reason defend against -- elect a four year old boy the woman in the ...

Here are the highlights from Thursday’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.

– A Michigan man is learning how to walk again after having a 100-pound growth removed from his scrotum during a 16-hour procedure at a hospital in Southern California.

Dan Maurer said he looks forward to having sex with his wife for the first time in seven years, as well as traveling and jet skiing.

Said Dennis: “I’ve got a question for you: What did they do with it?”

Replied Minihane: “I don’t know, what do you do with a 100-pound scrotum?”

Suggested Callahan: “I don’t know, you make a tent? I don’t know, pool cover?”

Added Minihane: “You make a bunch of different hats, maybe?”

– Revered French actor Gerard Depardieu said he sometimes drinks up to 14 bottles of wine a day, despite having a quintuple heart bypass heart operation 14 years ago.

Depardieu, 65, said he starts in the morning with champagne or red wine before 10 a.m., and he claims he never gets “totally drunk.”

“I couldn’t open that many bottles,” said Callahan, who noted after seeing the actor’s picture, “He looks like a big drinker.”

– Woody Allen said in a recent interview that he lives a “very dull, middle-class life” and is not concerned with what ex-wife Mia Farrow thinks about him.

On his very public dispute with Farrow that included allegations of child molestation that he strongly denies, Allen said: “That means nothing to me. I’ve never given it a second’s thought, afterward. … And what do I care, when I shuffle off my coil? I don’t really care about anything that happens after my death. I don’t care if they take all of my movies and burn them.”

“You have to feel that way, Callahan said. “When you marry your daughter, that’s the way you’ve got to live life. You’ve got to be a nihilist.”

– Barbra Streisand is poised to become the first person to have a No. 1 album in six decades. “Partners,” an album that features the icon singing duets with a variety of male vocalists, is expected to have huge sales this week.

To promote the album, Streisand on Monday made her first late-night talk show appearance since 1963 when she appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon, performing a medley of songs with the host before doing a solo number.

“She still sounds the same,” Callahan said after hearing a clip.

Said Minihane: “She seems like she’s a handful to me.”

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MLB: Red Sox at Pirates, 3:30 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Rangers at Athletics, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NFL: Buccaneers at Falcons, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Auburn at Kansas State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alabama State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Soccer: UEFA Europa: Partizan vs. Tottenham, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Wolfsburg at Everton, 3 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, Mexico at United States, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)


– A difficult month for the NFL got a little more challenging Wednesday when Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer became the latest player to be arrested on charges related to domestic violence.

Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault for his role in two altercations at his home in July involving a 27-year-old woman and their 18th-month-old child. Police said the 25-year-old Dwyer denied committing any assault, although he admitted other facts about the confrontations.

“Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement.

Following two incidents days before training camp opened, the woman moved out of state with the child. She contacted police last week with new information, including text messages that indicated Dwyer “was going to harm himself because of what had been going on.”

Dwyer was freed on $25,000 cash bond early Thursday, wearing an electronic monitoring device. He was ordered to stay in the state and avoid contact with the alleged victims. He also cannot have involvement with weapons, drugs and alcohol.

Dwyer, who signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Cardinals as a free agent on March 12, has 16 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown in two games this season.

Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred claimed in a press conference Wednesday that Bears receiver Brandon Marshall assaulted his former girlfriend in 2007, and commissioner Roger Goodell failed to investigate the situation after promising to do so.

Marshall was arrested after an incident seven years ago, but he claims he never hit his ex-girlfriend, despite her repeated accusations of domestic violence.

– Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston acknowledged his mistake after being suspended for the first half of this Saturday’s game against Clemson for shouting an inappropriate comment on campus.

“I have to tone it down,” he said during his weekly press conference before Wednesday’s practice.

According to several student who said they were there, Winston stood up Tuesday and yelled a vulgar statement, apparently repeating a comment from a video that’s become popular on the Internet. It was the latest in a string of embarrassments for the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner.

“As the university’s most visible ambassadors, student-athletes at Florida State are expected to uphold at all times high standards of integrity and behavior that reflect well upon themselves, their families, coaches, teammates, the Department of Athletics and Florida State University,” the school said in a statement. “Student-athletes are expected to act in a way that reflects dignity and respect for others.”

– Veteran Major League Baseball umpire Joe West was suspended one game for grabbing the jersey of Jonathan Papelbon while the Phillies closer was yelling at him during Sunday’s game.

West had ejected Papelbon for making a lewd gesture toward booing fans in Philadelphia after the pitcher had blown a three-run lead in the ninth inning. An irate Papelbon confronted West, and West tugged on Papelbon’s shirt and tossed him aside.

“I fully understand that Joe was reacting to a player who was acting aggressively, and can understand his frustration with the situation,” MLB executive Joe Torre said. “However, Joe knows that an umpire cannot initiate physical contact with a player just as a player cannot initiate physical contact with an umpire.”

West sat out Wednesday’s Yankees-Rays game as his punishment.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 18, 1996, Roger Clemens struck out 20 Tigers in the Red Sox’ 4-0 victory in Detroit. Who caught the game for the Sox and drove in two runs?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We made a mistake and we need to get this right. It is important to always listen to our fans and the community and our sponsors. Our goal is always to make the decision we feel is right for the Minnesota Vikings … We want to be sure we get this right.” – Vikings co-owner Zygi Wilf, on the team’s decision to place Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list

STAT OF THE DAY: 28 – Consecutive at-bats without a hit for Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter before he singled in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Rays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Rays right fielder Wil Myers times his leap perfectly to haul in a long fly ball from Yankees batter Brett Gardner at the wall.

Yankees third baseman Chase Headley reaches into the stands to snare a foul popup.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Bill Haselman

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Frankie Avalon was born on this day in 1940.

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Jerry Spar
We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?
We discuss the NFL's moves to put Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy on a 'reserve/Commissioner's exemption' list. Is it because of threats from paying sponsors? Or are the sponsors themselves bathing in hypocrisy?