Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.

[0:02:28] ... turn out to be something else think if you. Ever doubted that LeBron James is the most powerful guy not an NBA that maybe in all of sports you have got edited here. He is literally holding the NBA hostage while you make of this mine because Carmelo. I think now finally we'll go ahead and do what you want to do what Chris Bosh its future tiger Gordon Hayward. -- I don't. Jack's future sites who everybody excited because all the moving parts we'll -- start ...
[0:03:14] ... hold that something be if Kevin Love winds up in Cleveland with LeBron James. Right but that's in the is that. I can't -- all the scenarios I just don't see how they they get. LeBron James and Kevin Love their cap wise and otherwise means yet declared so much play so much money I. I can feel LeBron ...
[0:09:34] ... at south leaders like your -- Smart piece. That it seems like LeBron James or whatever he does people are gonna pick it apart scrutinize it and use a decision. That he makes against him probably because the first decision that he made. But I get the drive that if he goes back to Cleveland. People will say he's just doing it for the story I would think that he might just be doing it for the storyline. Not necessarily for the basketball reasons that he goes to a team. That has -- -- in place and they do wedge in another superstar I'll law what happened in Miami with Chris Bosh. Has he not just done the same thing again and we just want to gloss over because I happen to be Cleveland ...
[0:11:47] ... I -- our earth wind and fire in all our you know Marvin Gaye and column that music but I also love the you know eloquent though. I loved -- it was a big Bob Marley ...

Gabe Kapler of Fox Sports One and KapLifestyle.com talks about the benefits of coconut oil, the release of A.J. Pierzynski, and the Red Sox continued struggles.

[0:00:11] ... Red Sox win last night you heard big news before the game AJ Pierzynski. Let's go to catchers brought in this off season. Joining us right now to talk about all sorts of Red Sox related ...
[0:02:25] ... myriad of different reasons. Well we didn't he coconut oil to -- AJ Pierzynski before he became a Boston Red Sox player and did you live up or maybe better said. Live down to the reputation ...
[0:06:03] ... we don't you just getting better and here's -- look I would AJ Pierzynski. The first being the guy is batting average on balls in play. Basically what's happening when you put the -- play and ...
[0:07:18] ... because it. There's no rule that suggest that you can't go reselling Jon Lester in the off season upon -- Lester. I -- Obama contending team for a couple of months I'm definitely gonna come back. And look. To potentially resigning but we -- happen in 2013 with Francisco Rodriguez you know obviously -- -- a great colder for the Milwaukee Brewers right now. He's with the brewers fired got treated to the ball memorial. And then after the -- went back and signed with his former club it does happen there's been a lot of instances. Over the course of history that suggests. That doesn't work and -- -- the -- if you wanna try to find a return for a guy like Jon Lester they're not be able to assign -- the danger is that you lose your draft pick. But at the high upside potential ...

John Tomase discussed the issues surrounding A.J. Pierzynski in Boston.

[0:00:22] ... breaking bad blown up what look like union nomination. What rights are Kevin Spacey house of cards on hand Jeff Daniels. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Five of those hand France since AC on a Harrelson never get a better it was that's ever great result. It's like ...
[0:01:25] ... when I I didn't and it never know Brad Garrett let it Woody Harrelson the tougher role comic had the -- -- Williamson had Tom -- will -- it becomes the other way it's. -- to show her look better on the yet he was there a greater degree -- agreement that you care for a -- -- -- because he had you know you have to. Completely distinct care that's true DI AG -- -- that got him and a ball it's notre you differentiated -- -- -- season to be the AJ Pierzynski show got canceled did not make it through the first thirteen it's sad it's over you're give you credit right on it. ...
[0:04:39] ... jobless -- damn pleased that. Get him in that clubhouse. And that AJ Pierzynski is a great teammate -- yes please sacks on the MLB network to surrounded with guys that he likes. Yeah you have ...
[0:05:41] ... going in but why. Was he distant as opposed to the races AJ Pierzynski to people probably I. -- -- -- -- -- People and when you think of him not fitting in in club posts ...

The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
Kirk, D.J. and Meter discussed Rob's column.

Here are the highlights from Thursday’s Headlines segment on the Dennis & Callahan show with Kirk Minihane and guest co-hosts Jon Meterparel and DJ Bean. To hear the audio, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Saudi Arabian man divorces wife on wedding night after seeing compromising pictures of her

According to a report out of Saudi Arabia, a man ended his marriage the night of his wedding after being given explicit pictures of his bride by her former lover. The couple were celebrating their marriage at a hotel when the groom received a bouquet of flowers with a memory stick that contained the photos.

“That’s a rough one,” said Minihane, who professed no desire to attend any more weddings. “You’ve got to know that about a girl, though. Some girls just whiff of danger. You don’t marry those girls.”

“Yeah, but some people like that,” Meterparel countered.

The hosts proceeded to discuss whether they would get remarried should their first marriages end, and how an open marriage isn’t as appealing as it sounds.

Said Minihane of having a swinging experience with another couple: “I think life is totally done after that. ‘€¦ I don’t think I’d be comfortable with that.”

Brooklyn woman shares apartment with dead mother for three years

A 28-year-old Brooklyn woman lived with her dead mother in a cramped apartment for three years, propping her up at the dinner table and sleeping next to her skeleton in the kitchen every night, according to the New York Post.

Chava Stirn even dressed like her deceased mother, wearing a black outfit and shoes that 61-year-old Susie Rosenthal had on when she died. Stirn never left the apartment, neighbors said. Emergency workers knocked down her door Monday when she refused to allow in the superintendent who was trying to investigate a leak coming from the apartment.

“It’s a scene right out of ‘Psycho.’ ‘€¦ This is one of the weirdest cases I’ve ever seen,” a law-enforcement source told the Post.

“At least you know it’s going to be a consistent conversation,” Meterparel said. “You know what you get from a sack of bones.”

Leonardo DiCaprio rumored to be interested in starring in remake of ‘The Shining’

“Bad movie remake project here that’s being rumored around. Nobody has any interest in this,” Minihane said. “DiCaprio evidently interested in playing [Jack] Nicholson‘s role in ‘The Shining.’ ”

Added Minihane: “The first ‘Shining’ was so overrated. [Stanley] Kubrick is the overrated film director.”

This led into a discussion of TV-38′s old “The Movie Loft” and another show on that station that Minihane and Meterparel enjoyed, “Ask the Manager” — in which the station’s GM explained programming decisions.

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Welcome to Thursday’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.

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MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 4:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Reds, 12:30 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Athletics at Giants, 3:30 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Angels at Rangers, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Softball: World Cup, United States vs. Canada, 9 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA summer league: Magic vs. Celtics, 5 p.m. (CSNNE, NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Heat vs. Pacers, 3 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA summer league: Rockets vs. Grizzlies, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)


Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling’s behavior in Los Angeles probate court, already odd during his first day on the stand Tuesday during the trial regarding ownership of the Clippers, became more bizarre Wednesday, culminating with him yelling at his estranged wife, “Get away from me, you pig!”

Sterling had previously expressed feelings of affection for Shelly Sterling, although he claimed she did not have good business sense. He turned more angry toward her during Wednesday’s testimony, especially when discussing how she arranged for two doctors two examine him and then took their findings to have him declared mentally incapacitated.

“She deceived me. I trusted her,” Sterling said. “I never thought a wife wouldn’t stand for her husband.”

Shelly Sterling took the stand following Donald, and as she tried to approach him after her testimony, he lashed out at her. The judge warned him to avoid making such comments.

Donald also expressed his frustration with the NBA and vowed to fight the league until the end.

“Make no mistake today,” the 80-year-old shouted from the stand, “I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust.”

Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered permanent injuries after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day in 2011, won his negligence suit against the Dodgers on Wednesday. A jury awarded Stow about $18 million, most of which will come from the team and the rest from the two men who pleaded guilty to the assault.

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Stow’s attorneys argued that the Dodgers did not provide enough security at the stadium. The team’s lawyers countered by trying to place some of the blame on Stow, arguing that he was drunk and making noise as he left the stadium before he was attacked by Dodgers fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood.

Former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who was one of the defendants, was absolved by the jury.

Stow’s father said his son — who did not attend the hearing — probably would not understand the details of the ruling due to the brain damage he suffered.

“But Bryan will know that he got some help today,” Dave Stow said, adding: “He did get some money to help the future, and that’s what we wanted — we wanted help. He’s not going to be 100 percent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that’s what he needs.”

– Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome dropped out of the race Wednesday after crashing twice on slippery roads during the race’s fifth stage.

Tour organizers shortened the stage and eliminated two of the nine cobblestone patches riders were to pass due to wet conditions. A number of riders skidded and crashed, including overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.

Froome, who already was biking with an injured left wrist after crashing a day earlier, went down early Wednesday, then crashed again just before the first patch of cobblestones, about halfway through the stage. Sporting a cut under his right eye, the 29-year-old Team Sky leader limped to his team’s car and rode away.

Tweeted Froome: Devastated to have to withdraw from this years TDF. Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 10, 1992, which Red Sox player tied then-teammate Ellis Burks‘ major league record for grand slams by a rookie when he hit his second of the season in a 6-5 victory over the White Sox?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We were able to finish it off, which is something we haven’t been able to do recently. So it’s a good feeling.” Brock Holt, after lifting the Red Sox to a 5-4 comeback victory over the White Sox with a walkoff single in the ninth inning Wednesday night

STAT OF THE DAY: $90.57 million – Luxury tax the Nets will have to pay for 2013-14, the largest such bill in NBA history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): With the Diamondbacks trailing the Marlins 3-2 in the 10th inning, Paul Goldschmidt drives in two runs with a double for a walkoff win.

Jacoby Ellsbury hits a home run in the top of the 14th inning to give the Yankees a 5-4 victory over the Indians.

Astros center fielder George Springer makes a catch against the Rangers while running into the outfield wall.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is not pleased after he walks out of the batter’s box but is not granted time out and takes strike three.

Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco shows some nifty stick tricks.

A Canadian film company shows what soccer flopping would look like in real life.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Arlo Guthrie was born on this day in 1947.

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It was no surprise that at some point Cleveland Browns quarterback — and, recently, one of the nation’s most prolific party-goers — Johnny Manziel was going to swing on by Fenway Park. He has, after all, form a relationship with Fenway Sports Group.

You know what also wasn’t a surprise? When he did show up at a Red Sox game Wednesday night he did so in the company of an entourage of attractive young ladies.

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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka, coming off his worst outing of an impressive rookie season, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right elbow inflammation.

Tanaka (12-4, 2.51 ERA), allowed five runs and 10 hits — both season highs — and surrendered two home runs in 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a 5-3 loss to the Indians, his third loss in his last four starts. The 25-year-old Japanese import had started the season 11-1 with a 1.99 ERA before his slump.

“It goes without saying how important he’s been for us,” teammate Derek Jeter said. “He’s been our go-to guy.”

The Yankees, struggling to stay above .500 (45-44 entering Wednesday’s action), already have lost starting pitchers CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova to injuries this season. Tanaka’s injury was a surprise, as he had not let on that anything was bothering him until he let the trainers know that he had some soreness. The team sent him back home to New York for an MRI.

“You’re always worried when you have a guy go back for an elbow MRI,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It would be a big loss. Anytime you lose a starting pitcher, they’re hard to replace. And what he’s done for us, the innings and the wins and the quality of starts, it’s hard to replace.”

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