A number of Ravens fans wore Ray Rice jerseys to the Steelers-Ravens game last night and Bill Polian quickly changes his story.

[0:04:45] ... Bowl Ray Rice he'll -- out last year's than anybody else seem Ray Lewis now maybe even more so than Ray Lewis. The only way Ray Lewis gets cheered louder is of Ray Rice is welcome back before into Baltimore and I bet you that can happen to. I ...
[0:06:14] ... against your ability to see you think it will owner of the Baltimore Ravens. And -- clearly that's out there and boy in the street did you see them falling all over themselves to defend this ...
[0:08:00] ... military organization will never -- this is number tournament starts you know Ray Lewis on front of the street Louis -- football Ray Lewis came back for what how many years ten years -- -- football -- audience Ray Lewis. Was found guilty we all local public opinion can do whatever you want. You want a couple of super balls or lose our way Ray Rice won one so it's okay but here's how it happened so but -- -- batteries after we get the -- -- Ray Rice won one for the bulk carrier gets acknowledged okay that he does it. It's completely different -- what do you have Ray Lewis got a bit harder and you'll you'll be out there. Your Ray Rice. You joined some. Some group some woman's group against ...
[0:10:14] ... old guys like that. And they put to advance the vote. So. Ty Law as -- hall because the fans voted him in. I -- It's a bucket compared to what the fact is that. You might not have any power over so they put him on that list say there's five guys on that list this it was it was -- allows Bill Parcells. For generals and analysts at the time but it picked Ty Law so. The fans haven't overwhelming majority of the -- then he's getting in -- into the future but just got to your ...

Christian gives his three keys to Pats-Vikings. GET MEAN!

[0:01:35] ... always trying to stop their best player for Bill Belichick and the Minnesota Vikings best player he's on offense is Adrian Peterson. They're second best player it's really -- one and one day it's. We've been lately is coral status of the wide receiver kind of person -- if they could stop those two guys. And they're really -- need to sack up really convinced themselves. That they could do this because. Watching film of Minnesota Vikings on the ball and they are pulling their guards they're pulling their tackles. That too wide to I didn't out there and ...
[0:05:24] ... that nothing to do -- ski. This has to do with what Rodney Harrison said. The other day about that all these and I want to pay 2 o'clock and get a safety that was a ...
[0:05:58] ... going to be on offense on defense. And he goes with what Tedy Bruschi said last week. I think the more valuable part Logan was bats if somebody came and hit -- overcame -- who was ...

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll joined the show to discuss the leagues handling of the Ray Rice situation.
Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy

During a week in which former Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL indefinitely for punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator in February, Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy returned to practice Thursday, a day after he met with his lawyer about an offseason domestic issue.

In May, Hardy was arrested for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The Pro Bowler was convicted on two domestic violence charges in mid-July but immediately appealed the decision. When he was arrested, the police officer filling out the report noted that Hardy grabbed and threw the woman around.

Two months before the domestic violence incident, Hardy signed a one-year franchise tag deal for $13.1 million.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera only talked about Hardy’s practice performance, and would not comment on his legal problems.

“I couldn’t tell you that,” Rivera said of the potential pressure Hardy is facing. “The only thing I can tell is he practiced very well.”

Carolina expects Hardy to play in the team’s home opener Sunday against the Lions. Neither the league nor the Panthers have suspended Hardy, and a decision most likely will not be made until the legal process comes to an end.

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

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[0:05:45] ... an -- -- if CBS is bright enough to get rid of Dan Marino and Cher and now Shannon. -- the -- -- enough to get rid of -- W overwhelmed with -- -- Bart Scott does a good replacement veteran Tony Gonzales says nothing but is he better than -- to push. -- was okay. Mario. Marino ...
[0:08:12] ... it's only live like years and that's the good parts of lesser Glenn Close is near by a true. Yes it is -- in jail right. Which rap rap rap about old rabbit yeah Iverson's beckoned ...

Rodney Harrison joined the show discussing the Ray Rice situation and the future of Roger Goodell.

[0:00:00] ... with Cumberland farms farm house blend iced coffee and with football legend Rodney Harrison Cumberland farms farm house -- ice coffee is so malicious. It's too good to put down just 99 cents any size and ...
[0:00:50] ... out there beware walk relative retract go. -- -- -- If Justine Damien Woody and unknown biggest Biggest Loser Scott Mitchell. Here you go home whites their repayment game it was around bigger goals -- barely ...
[0:06:45] ... like the guy the pretty quarterback some like the rookie quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger some like the pretty -- quarterback like outbreak. Look it's all about different personalities -- what would you like. But it's a ...
[0:10:17] ... don't know now never but he did you see the picture of Damien Woody notes. Scott Mitchell as somebody -- -- arm as somebody says the NFL thought it was that when Janet Jackson showed little that yeah I mean look at it Damien -- those things are -- doesn't look like saddle bag from the ...

The guys opened the show discussing the Ravens win and the Goodell fall out.

[0:06:06] ... I understand I I want quarterbacks healthy even. Quarterbacks. I hate like Ben Roethlisberger I want them to play there's nothing more disappointment tuning into a game NC in a -- You know it's the Green Bay Packers on Monday at Roger's -- like that you'd you'd turn in and Philip Rivers on the mean you just want starters in the game even if that state like Rome that -- but what are. But ...
[0:11:12] ... going down like flies out that's why ticket Brady missed a year Manning missed a year on the -- those two guys a Rodgers missed after that year very durable. Of the two -- stars' -- ...

Here are the highlights from Friday’€™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.

– Multiple reports indicate former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family were involved in a drunken fight at a house party in Anchorage. Palin and her husband, Todd, were invited to a champion snowmobile racer’€™s birthday party and took their kids along.

A brawl ensued after the family showed up, and daughter Bristol, of “Dancing with the Stars” fame, was at the middle of it, allegedly throwing multiple punches.

Said Dennis: “It was like an intrasquad scrimmage.”

Callahan wondered about the weather in Alaska because of the snowmobiler’s party. “Is there snow there now?” he asked.

Replied Dennis: “There’€™s always snow there.”

– Investigators found three children dead inside of vermin-infested home in Blackstone on Thursday, just two weeks after four children were removed from the house because of alleged abuse or neglect by the resident of the home, 31-year-old Erika Murray.

“Mother of the year candidate,”€ Dennis said sarcastically.

Dennis continued: “I heard a neighbor interviewed saying, ‘You walk past the house and you can smell the stench that’€™s ungodly coming from in.’ ”

Said Minihane: “That’€™s unbelievable that this happens in this world.”

– Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow is joining “Good Morning America” as a contributor. He’€™ll start on the show on Sept. 15.

Callahan wondered if Tebow will try to make an NFL return: “Is he going to make a comeback at some point?”

Replied Minihane: “He sucks, he’€™s not coming back.”

– Detectives found 50 dead cats in four freezers and 30 cats running around in a man’€™s home in South Florida. Douglas Westcott, who owns the home, also happened to be serving a warrant for child pornography.

Dennis jokingly said the man could enjoy the cats for food.

Said Dennis: “€œWell, in case he can’€™t get out to shop, he can just defrost a cat for dinner.”

Replied Minihane: “€œI hate [cats] so much. When I hear this story, I should have sympathy for cats; I have none.”€

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Welcome to Friday’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 Friday’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.

MLB: Red Sox at Royals, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Orioles, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Indians at Tigers, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Dodgers at Giants, 10 p.m. (MLB Network)
College football: Toledo at Cincinnati, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Baylor at Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Basketball: FIBA World Cup, France vs. Serbia, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
WNBA finals: Mercury at Sky, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Real Salt Lake at Sounders, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: Davis Cup, United States vs. Slovakia, 5 p.m. (Tennis Channel)


– On Day 2 of the verdict portion of Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, a judge in South Africa ruled Friday that the former Olympian was guilty of culpable homicide for being negligent in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

A day earlier, Pistorius was found not guilty of murder as Judge Thokozile Masipa said there was not enough evidence to conclude that Pistorius intended to kill Steenkamp in February 2013. Pistorius claimed he thought Steenkamp was an intruder when he shot her through a bathroom door in the middle of the night, while the prosecution said the model was killed after the couple had an argument.

Pistorius, who had been emotional throughout the trial — breaking down in tears upon hearing Thursday’s announcement — showed no emotion Friday as he stood and listened to the judge. Masipa on Friday said it was a unanimous verdict following consultation with two legal assessors.

Pistorius could be sentenced to anywhere from a suspended sentence to a maximum prison sentence of 15 years. He left the courtroom and was taken into custody, as his bail expired after the conviction. The judge was considering whether to re-grant bail.

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The prosecution expressed disappointment with the ruling but said it will wait until the sentencing to decide whether to appeal.

“We believe there is sufficient and credible evidence to secure a conviction [on a murder charge],” National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said.

– Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, the favorite to win National League MVP award, likely will miss the rest of the season after being hit in the face by a fastball from Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers during Thursday night’s game.

Stanton, who left the field in an ambulance, suffered multiple facial fractures, dental damage and lacerations that required stitches.

“It’s devastating for us. Devastating. For his season to end like that, I mean, that’s not good,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said, adding: “It was very scary. We’re hoping he is going to be all right.”

Stanton, who leads the NL with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs, was called for strike on the pitch, as the umpire claimed he swung at the ball while trying to get out of the way. Pinch-hitter Reed Johnson came on to replace Stanton and got hit on the hand by the next pitch — and he, too, was ruled to have swung at the ball, ending the at-bat with a strikeout.

The benches then cleared, and Redmond was ejected along with Miami infielder Casey McGehee.

“I’ve never seen anything like that and I’ve definitely never seen two swings called on those two plays,” Redmond said. “I’ve never seen a guy get hit in the mouth and called for a swing. He’s out there bleeding at home plate, and for the first base ump to say he swung at that pitch, what a joke.”

– Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Philip Povero said Thursday that the investigation into the death of the driver who was struck by NASCAR star Tony Stewart has been completed and submitted to the district attorney’s office for review.

“The District Attorney’s Office, which has been meeting throughout the investigative process with members of the Sheriff’s Office, will make a statement late next week advising what action will be taken regarding the investigation,” a statement read.

Stewart was driving in a sprint car race when he caused Kevin Ward Jr. to crash and then, when Ward left his vehicle to confront Stewart, slammed into Ward and killed the 20-year-old.

Povero earlier said that he did not find anything to indicate criminal intent in the crash, although Stewart still could face charges for reckless or negligent behavior resulting in death.

Stewart, who called the death a tragic accident, returned to racing last weekend after a three-week hiatus.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 12, 2005, David Ortiz hit his 40th home run of the season, a solo shot in the 11th inning to give the Red Sox a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto. With that clout, he became just the second Red Sox player to have back-to-back 40-home run seasons. Who was the first?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I wouldn’€™t say that we have limitless money, but we’€™ve got a lot of money to spend and we’€™re determined to go into the free agent market and improve the team.” – Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, during a Thursday appearance with Dennis & Callahan, on the team’s goals for the offseason

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-for-19 — The United States team’s shooting in the third quarter of Thursday’s 96-68 rout of Lithuania in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Chris Young hits a three-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Rays.

Reds right fielder Jay Bruce leaps over the fence to take a home run away from Brewers batter Matt Adams.

Giants batter Hunter Pence throws his bat at the ball and hits a grounder up the middle that bounces off second base and eludes the Diamondbacks infielders for a run-scoring hit.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Carl Yastrzemski, 1969-70

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Barry White, who died in 2003, was born on this day in 1944.

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Jerry Spar