The Cardinals have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, the team announced Tuesday.

Arizona didn’t provide any further details on the extension, which will keep Peterson under contract through 2020. Peterson said on Twitter Tuesday night the deal is worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed, which makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.

Peterson’s deal surpasses contracts recently signed by the Browns’ Joe Haden (five years, $68 million) and Seahawks‘ Richard Sherman (four years, $56 million).

Peterson will hold a news conference Wednesday.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer

The NBA apparently is ready to rid the league of Donald Sterling‘s presence as quickly as possible.

According to USA Today, the league’s Board of Governors is expected to approve the sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer soon after the transaction from Shelly Sterling to Ballmer is complete.

Sterling and Ballmer have a target date of Aug. 15 to complete the deal with hopes that Ballmer can take control of the Clippers within the next few weeks.

Judge Michael Levanas ruled earlier this week that Sterling had the right to sell the Clippers to Ballmer after the two sides came to an agreement in May. Donald Sterling has until the sale is complete to file objections.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.

[0:00:14] ... It's worked didn't commission look at that that this might make guard Jon Lester available putting all time baseball game -- Go I like that Alec we think going out I know that thought occurred to him orderly quick this apartment quick answer and is one you won't know. What would use say is the percentage number. That Jon Lester will not be treated. I. I precepts that you'd say there's not much chance. You -- that might hit it exactly. I ...
[0:01:38] ... told me. Shortly after that announcement that you know there's no deal. Jon Lester could Celtic pride -- against the Yankees and and you know you look at it. That particular I'm lucky after the that you get GAQ what do what it -- take advantage -- -- went straight your -- instead. I don't think so I think -- messed up their base but. I you know right now guys I think about it bodies on the table other. Did it surprise you when you read or heard about Bradford report that said the Red Sox have only given one offer and one offer only to Jon Lester for your seven million dollars. If you believe that. What would what does that tell you it -- back. Right. Now of course it doesn't surprise me I have at. Wanted to get reported that there was another property may. Do people -- there were some negotiations going on the numbers are being exchanged. There's no question. There's no question that the Red Sox. Have a clear understanding. Of what it would take to get John pressure -- side. There's pretty good understanding until unless -- side. The Red Sox want to opera that is a region. Guys that. Well in the Red Sox approached Jon Lester they can lectures charity event right around the all star break based at. I work at a -- on it adamant about not wanting to negotiate during the season. Thank you very much but will wait until after the season dating to at that point. That the Red Sox weren't going to make the kind of market offer. That was gonna get this thing done so that. And it didn't surprise ...
[0:05:21] ... It's got a big part of the conversation. Regarding -- yes the Red Sox are we want. Prospects back like I say -- Try to -- you can attest to -- not prospects. We -- this ...
[0:07:00] ... paparazzi said that -- all these jokers out what I'm told is. Red Sox are asking our quote a rat them in return or less certain that they are looking. What but I got back what ...






The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

[0:05:28] ... Earlier this year fifty United States senators sent a letter urging the Washington Redskins to change their name now another notable politician. Hillary Clinton has spoken out about the Redskins name let me guess let me guess she's -- -- -- I don't know -- New ...
[0:06:42] ... Simmons in the CBS. And the -- phonies. Like Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton -- a finger in the wind. Who used the term for thirty years of Peter King wrote that term for thirty years ...
[0:11:43] ... swimming for the French toast five hours of jogging for the chicken pasta dish and four and a half hours of republics for the cheesecake that a lot of people who -- that she's connect you for -- I am pretty aerobics at the maturity -- like this I know 6777. Point 793 set I have. After the pan mass challenge. Getting big Mac. Mountainous like right after to reward -- yes might rewards that the Mac had poses. And young and stupid ...





Vin Scully

Vin Scully

For Vin Scully, age apparently is just a number.

The 86-year-old Hall of Fame announcer will return for his record 66th season with the Dodgers, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster with one team in sports history. Scully calls all Dodgers home and road games in California and Arizona on SportsNet LA. The first three innings of his games are simulcast on the radio.

“God willing, I will be back next year,” Scully said in a statement released by the team. “Naturally there will come a time when I have to say goodbye, but I’ve soul-searched and this is not the time.”

Scully began his broadcasting career in 1950 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. At 25, he became the youngest person to ever broadcast a World Series game. He has called six Dodgers World Series championships.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.

[0:00:03] ... but I do think it is fairly safe to assume. The trading Jon Lester is no longer and if were also pretty much know the win that would be probably today and certainly before tomorrow for. ...
[0:00:36] ... exactly or Tom Wendell those might be some of the return for Jon Lester but going through all the papers or enthralled web sites is really not that helpful. Because there is so much stuff being ...
[0:01:54] ... -- you're the headlines a Jayson stark espn.com. Eight. Landing spot for Jon Lester John payment baseball insider. Lester leaders might be the Dodgers the pirates the brewers and the Orioles. This is an interesting one. ...
[0:05:59] ... lot of tires on left handed relievers who can beat Lester and Matt Miller in a much bigger deal what why. What is a scout have to come -- the stance. That don't have public -- ...






Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Browns receiver Josh Gordon hired attorney Maurice Suh to represent him at a hearing with the NFL as he faces an indefinite suspension for marijuana use, according to multiple reports.

Suh previously helped Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman win an appeal for a suspension in 2012 for a substance abuse violation on the grounds of a faulty test.

ESPN reported that Gordon’s legal team will argue Friday that the receiver’s positive test results were caused from secondhand marijuana smoke. They reportedly also will argue that the positive tests are marginal enough to question whether the results were truly positive.

Gordon failed at least three drug tests in college for marijuana and was suspended for two games last season for what he said was prescribed cough medicine.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John DennisGerry Callahan and guest host Steve Buckley. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

New Hampshire teen faces alleged kidnapper in court

Abby Hernandez sat in the front row of the courtroom to watch as her alleged kidnapper was arraigned on kidnapping charges on Tuesday.

Police have charged Nathaniel E. Kibby, 34, with one count of felony kidnapping of Hernandez. The 15-year-old disappeared on her way home from school nine months ago.

“You’ve known 15-year-old girls before, would you subject them to that?” Callahan asked.

Said Dennis: “I would not allow either of my daughters to go through that.”

“All I know is her mother is nuts if she thinks it was a good idea to have Abby sit there and stare at him in court,” Callahan said.

New York Times investigates plagiarism charge

The New York Times is reviewing plagiarism accusations against reporter Carol Vogel.

Vogel was charged with using a paragraph from a Wikipedia article for a story about Italian Renaissance painter Piero di Cosimo. The paragraph is nearly identical to the Wikipedia passage on di Cosimo, aside from some minor word changes.

FishbowlNY first discovered the similarities Monday.

“Forget the plagiarism investigation, fire this woman for just being an idiot,” Callahan said. “You actually think you can steal something from Wikipedia and get away with it?”

Another politician calls Redskins name ‘insensitive’

Include Hillary Clinton among those who are against the Washington Redskins nickname.

Speaking in an interview with Fusion TV’s Jorge Ramos, Clinton said she thinks the name is “insensitive” and “there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital.”

Clinton is just one of numerous top Democrats to speak out against the controversial name, given that 50 U.S. Senators signed a letter earlier this summer pushing for a name change.

“Why are you so against the Redskins’ name change?” Buckley asked Callahan.

Said Callahan: “I’m just against the people who are for it. If I were to sit with an American Indian and he said, ‘That offends me,’ I would respect him, I would support his objections. It’s Peter KingBill Simmons, CBS, those phonies like Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton who stuck their finger in the wind, who used the term for 30 years.”

Red Robin’s ‘Monster’ considered unhealthiest meal

In a survey of more than 200 chain restaurants by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Red Robin’s “Monster” burger, served with its “bottomless” fries and a “Monster” milkshake was named the single most unhealthiest meal at 3,540 calories.

The Cheesecake factory may not have had the unhealthiest, but it had the most unhealthy meals with three of them exceeding 1,500 calories.

The center says that one would have to do 12 hours of brisk walking to burn off the Monster burger meal.

“After the Pan-Mass Challenge every year I’d get a Big Mac,” Callahan said. “My reward is a Big Mac because I’d have them as a kid and when I was young and stupid I’d eat those all the time. I love them.

“But they just look, taste, smell so unhealthy. But once in a while they’re worth it.”

Buckley was asked what the unhealthiest thing he used to eat was. He said it was an entire bag of Doritos and a quart of milk.

“That is weird,” Dennis said.

Buckley said: “It doesn’t get much more unhealthy than that.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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

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

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Angels at Orioles, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Colorado Rapids at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m. (CSNNE)
MLS: New York Red Bulls at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester City vs. Liverpool 7 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

– A day after Stephen A. Smith made a videotaped apology for his comments about “provocation” by abused women as related to the Ray Rice domestic situation, ESPN announced Tuesday that Smith will not appear on “First Take” or ESPN Radio for the next week.

Smith insisted that he was not trying to imply that women had some responsibility in cases of abuse, but he did not clarify his remarks. He was discussing the case of Rice, the Ravens running back who was suspended two games by the league after being charged with assaulting his fiancee (who now is his wife).

Smith had been widely criticized, most notably by ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, since his comments during Friday’s “First Take.”

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In a memo sent to ESPN employees Tuesday, network president John Skipper wrote that he engaged in “thoughtful discussion” with a group of men and women in the company before deciding how to proceed.

Wrote Skipper: “Stephen has called what took place ‘the most egregious mistake’ of his career. I believe his apology was sincere and that he and we have learned from what we’ve collectively experienced. I’m confident we will all move forward with a greater sense of enlightenment and perspective as the lasting impact of these last few days.”

– A Browns fan who posted a YouTube video of him urinating on the Baltimore grave of former team owner Art Modell will be charged with disorderly conduct, Maryland authorities announced.

The man, who was not identified, indicates in the video that he is angry at Modell for moving the club in 1996 to Baltimore, where the team became the Ravens.

“Everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to believe that their final resting place will be treated with respect,” Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said in a statement. “Bringing charges against this individual should act as a deterrent to others and assure the rest of us that no matter who you are, indecencies will not be committed against your final resting place.”

Said Modell’s son, former Ravens president and COO David Modell: “We also agree with the state’s attorney’s office that everyone who has buried a loved one has the right to know that the final resting place will not be defiled. We are a country of laws. Just because you’re angry, that doesn’t mean the laws no longer apply to you.”

– A major water pipe burst in Los Angeles and spewed eight million gallons of water onto the UCLA campus, flooding Pauley Pavilion less than two years after the storied basketball facility underwent a $132 million renovation and damaging other athletic facilities.

“Unfortunately, UCLA was the sink for this water source,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said, adding: “It’s painful. It’s painful. We just refurbished Pauley just a few years ago. And it’s a beautiful structure. It’s of course a symbolic structure for this entire campus.”

With the city enduring a historic drought, the 93-year-old pipe under Sunset Boulevard sent 35,000 gallons of water per minute for 3 1/2 hours.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 30, 1996, the Red Sox acquired Darren Bragg from the Mariners in a trade for which player whose career ended in 2012 after 25 seasons?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I will say this, that it is important that we all continue to focus as a team. ‘€¦ The things that we established a year ago and the things that we continue to build, that can’€™€™t be sacrificed with a so-called distraction taking away from the way we play. That’€™€™s unacceptable, in my mind.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, speaking before Tuesday loss to the Blue Jays, on trade rumors involving his players

STAT OF THE DAY: 0-5 – The Red Sox‘ record against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park this season, following Tuesday’s 4-2 loss

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Manny Machado hits a walkoff home run in the 12th inning to give the Orioles a win over the Angels.

Cubs catcher John Baker pitches a scoreless top half of the 16th and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the inning against the Rockies.

From the same game, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon makes a diving catch in the 10th inning to extend the contest.

Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee makes an impressive run-saving stab on a line drive and nearly gets a double play by rolling onto the bag.

Royals left fielder Alex Gordon lays out to make a catch of a fly ball, and it withstands a challenge by the Twins despite video that appears to show part of the ball hit the ground as he caught it.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jamie Moyer

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

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar