Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John DennisGerry Callahan and guest host Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

City Council President pushing for South Boston library to be named after William Bulger

City Council President Bill Linehan reportedly has submitted paperwork to the Boston Public Facilities Commission to rename the South Boston branch of the Boston Public Library after former Senate President William Bulger.

Linehan said in a statement that Bulger’s “commitment to service” is “well documented and heralded.”

Bulger, who served South Boston in the State House before moving onto the Senate, is the brother of infamous South Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“Real life heroes, they’re out there,” Callahan said. “Why would we ever name a school, a branch, a library for a guy who got elected?”

Said Meterparel: “Don’t forget that Bulger was the trustee of the library in South Boston for 25 years.”

“What does that mean?” Dennis asked.

Meterparel responded: “It means he goes to a meeting once a year.”

Former President Bill Clinton says he passed on chance to kill Osama bin Laden

An Australian media outlet revealed that former President Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen just hours before the 9/11 terrorist attacks that he passed on a chance to kill Osama bin Laden.

Clinton explained at a conference in Melbourne just 10 hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center that when he was President, he opted out of killing bin Laden because the necessary operation would have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan.

“That’s an insult to Navy Seals,” Callahan said.

“Does that qualify as narcissistic?” Dennis asked.

Said Callahan: “He is the definition of narcissism.”

New book claims Vice President Joe Biden swims naked, upsets female Secret Service agents

Author Robert Kessler‘s new book, “The First Family Detail,” claims that Vice President Joe Biden upsets female Secret Service agents with his habit of swimming naked.

“He swims naked in front of female Secret Service agents?” Callahan asked.

Said Meterparel: “Yes. It’s highly offensive to them.”

Tara Reid says sharknados could actually happen

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” star Tara Reid said in an interview with GQ that a sharknado could actually occur.

“You know, it actually can happen,’€ Redi told GQ. “I mean, the chances of it happening are very rare, but it can happen actually.”

“I’m not editing this,” Meterparel said as he was reading the quote.

Said Callahan: “She doesn’t sounds dumb, just unsophisticated.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Mariners at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Dodgers, 10 p.m. (WGN)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (NBA TV)
Basketball: U.S. national team intrasquad game, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel

– Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel was not his usual cocky self during his first media session since training camp opened last Saturday, acknowledging it will take time for him to adjust to the pro game.

Manziel, who has worked exclusively with the team’s second-stringers while Brian Hoyer has taken snaps with the starters, is making progress but still making his share of mistakes as he learns a new playbook.

“I’m a rookie,” he said Thursday. “I don’t have all that stuff figured out.”

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Manziel will get a chance to practice with the first team “sooner than later” and that the QB battle remains wide open. Manziel said he’s not concerned with his standing at this point.

“I’m not worried about one or the other being ahead,” the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner said. “I’m worried about me making sure I know what I need to know to get out here and execute and run the offense and not have any mistakes. Once I go through a couple of days with no mental errors or getting where I need to be every single time, then I’ll feel a lot better.

“Right now, it’s me versus the playbook and there’s nothing else.”

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– Oft-injured guard Derrick Rose is looking forward to a “new beginning” with the Bulls, who are expected to challenge for supremacy in the Eastern Conference.

Rose told the Chicago Sun-Times that he’s aware of a rift between him and the organization, and he wants to fix it.

“I know it’s been there,” he said. “I heard there were some upset people. I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.”

When the team made a push for free agent Carmelo Anthony last month, Rose was notably uninvolved, skipping out on a chance to help recruit the forward, who eventually re-signed with the Knicks.

“They were irate he wasn’t there,” a team source told the Sun-Times.

However, Rose was more willing to get in touch with Pau Gasol, who left the Lakers to sign with Chicago.

“[Gasol is] someone that I knew I could play with,” Rose said. “You think about Pau, him now being in the East, what he’ll be able to achieve with the way we play, the way we dump the ball in the post a lot. It could be great.”

Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf denied there are any issues between the team and its star player.

“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player,” Reinsdorf said in the statement. “To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive.”

Donald Trump reportedly is one of three finalists to buy the Bills, and he is said to be willing to sell his stake in his casinos if he wins his bid.

The other two finalists are believed to be Sabres owner Terry Pegula and a Toronto-based group that includes rock star Jon Bon Jovi. The bids reportedly are for more than $1 billion.

Trump said earlier in the week that he doubts he’ll land the team, because he “likes to buy for the right price.”

“I would say the chances are very, very unlikely, because I’m not going to do something totally stupid,” he said. “Maybe just a little bit stupid, but not totally stupid.”

The team, valued by Forbes magazine at $870 million, was put up for sale following the death of longtime owner Ralph Wilson in June.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 1, 2004, which newly acquired Red Sox player (part of the Nomar Garciaparra trade) debuted with a home run off Twins ace Johan Santana in his first at-bat?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It speaks to where we are as a team. There’s nothing sort of celebratory about this. These moves are made because, collectively as an organization, we haven’t performed well enough, in this year anyway.” – Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, after making four trades Thursday

STAT OF THE DAY: 10 – Consecutive wins for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who pitched a complete game in Thursday’s 2-1 victory over the Braves to improve to 13-2

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Reds right fielder Chris Heisey makes a diving catch against the Marlins shortly after replacing a lost contact lens.

Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson is pulled during the middle of the seventh inning of Thursday’s game against the White Sox as he was sent to the Mariners as part of the three-team trade that sent David Price to Detroit.

Jeremy Lin‘s friends try to cheer him up after last season’s playoff loss with the Rockets.

Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker hits a field goal from over 50 yards to end practice and save his teammates from having to do sprints, much to their delight.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Orlando Cabrera

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz was born on this day in 1964.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
Biggest trade deadline day in recent memory for the Boston Red Sox... and not in a good way. We discuss it all as the news happens and take your reactions.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.
We tackle four topics, all surrounding the four worst Sox trade deadline deals in recent memory.

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[0:03:50] ... Sox acquired Darren -- from the Seattle Mariners. For the ageless one. Jamie Moyer. History books. 49 years and I'm hydrated fifteen days. He becomes the oldest hit Syria being. Baseball history. To win a ball game. How could we have predicted Jamie Moyer went -- for 74 more years I I think he's still. And for somebody right Motley of some sort of released a ...
[0:04:50] ... was seven and one. I was good plan wasn't it let's trade. Jamie Moyer get Darren for a yeah I ask -- -- Three he. Trade deadline day 2003. The Red Sox and Freddy Sanchez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Brandon Lyon and what they thought would be the final piece in their rotation because. Jeffs who book. I hold that thought to have ...
[0:06:44] ... Sox acquired Eric Gagne. And no they traded away the better pitcher David Murphy with some. But we have no idea. -- You know it. David Murphy's for -- records -- -- strike out. -- carved out health -- to see it didn't matter what they gave up to ...






Ravens running back Ray Rice fielded questions for the first time since his suspension for allegedly assaulting his then-financee at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Standing in front of his wife, a number of his teammates, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, and a large slew of reporters, Rice apologized for his actions, which resulted in a two-game suspension for the Pro Bowler.

“I made the biggest mistake of my life,” Rice said, adding: “That night I replay over and over in my head. That’s not me. My actions were inexcusable. That’s something I have to live with the rest of my life. The pain I’m talking about living with is waking up every day, and my daughter is 2 years old now, and I have a little girl who’s very smart, very intelligent, and one day she’s going to know the power of Google, and me having to explain that to her, what happened that night.”

Rice made it a point to apologize directly to his wife, something that he did not do during his poorly received press conference in May.

“There are many nights that me and my wife sleep together and we still have to deal with this,” Rice said. “And her pain is my pain, my pain is her pain, the one thing I wanted to do today is you know apologize to my wife, who I’ve known since high school. I’ve known her since a kid. I met her in high school and she’s the same girl now, great mother, and she’s a great wife, and she supports me throughout.

“When the time is right, when the time is right — and I say that because you have to fix yourself before you can go out and help others — and when the time is right me and my wife want to go out there and help people, anybody, violence of any kind, especially man on woman, is just not right. It’s not right, it shouldn’t be tolerated, it’s not right for society, no matter what. That’s something I’ll stand by and I have to pay for that.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Lou goes through the 5 stages of grief, then John Lackey gets traded to the Cardinals.

Earlier this month, 24-year-old pitcher Brandon Poulson was pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league, managed by Joey Gomes — brother of former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes.

Just a few weeks later, the Twins are about to hand him $250,000.

Despite the fact that the hurler was never drafted, a pitching repertoire that includes a fastball that can hit 100 mph was reason enough for Minnesota to offer Poulson about 10 times more than the average undrafted player would earn as a bonus.

“It’s a great story,” said Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson on Tuesday. “This kid came out of nowhere.”

Poulson last pitched for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he posted an 8.38 ERA after taking a few years off from baseball while working as a truck driver for his father’€™s excavating company.

“I played for the Prune Packers summer of  ’13 but missed nearly three-fourths of the games because I was busy working,” said Poulson, who didn’t make his high school baseball team as a freshman.

Poulson, who struck out an incredible 31 batters in just 12 1/3 innings this summer, has displayed an incredible set of physical tools. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder ran a 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds while recording a 40-inch vertical leap.

“He’s a physical specimen. He’s got the best pure arm strength I’ve ever seen,” said Twins scout Elliott Strankman, adding: “We’re cautiously optimistic because we don’t want to put a bunch of pressure on the kid. He could be pretty good. This is uncharted territory for us.”

Poulson is headed to the Twins’€™ rookie team in the Appalachian League in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

“I’m excited,” Poulson said, adding that his first purchase will be a therapy device for his diabetic father. “I know it’s just the first step of what the real goal is to make it in the bigs.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan