Buck, Fred and Jerry Thornton opened the show by discussing the start of Jimmy Garappolo's career in New England.

Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with guest hosts Steve Buckley, Jerry Thornton and Fred Smerlas. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on Thursday after going into cardiac arrest while having surgery on her vocal chords at a nearby clinic, according to reports.

Rivers, 81, has been hosting a show on E! and continuing to perform stand-up comedy.

“She is 81 years old,” Thornton said. “Her face is 12, apparently.”

Added Thornton: “You know who’s really going to suffer out of this is [Rivers' daughter] Melissa, because what skill does she bring to the table? Melissa is literally going to have to climb into the hospital bed and die with her, because she’ll have no life.”

– USC running back Anthony Brown, who quit the team last week, accused coach Steve Sarkisian of being a racist, an accusation Sarkisian strongly denied. Brown said Sarkisian swore at him repeatedly in a meeting.

Thornton, who admits to being “a Notre Dame suck-up and thus “a big hater of USC,” nonetheless questioned if athletes nowadays are too soft.

“Do you get the feeling that this is the manifestation of that participation trophy generation — that like, nobody’s been talked to in a negative way before? No one’s ever been yelled at: ‘Shut up, make your bed and get on the school bus.’ ”

Smerlas recalled a number on times coaches swore at him, and he said he sees a difference in how coaches interact now. “College sports and high school sports is totally — I call them the pastry and Pop-Tart kids out in the suburbs,” he said.

– A youth dance team coach in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, was fired after an annual “lock-in” at the school gym in which she tries to scare younger members. Madi Salisbury shut off the lights with the intention of having a group of people scare the kids, something she compared to a haunted house. People jumped out and shot off pop guns, and parents complained that their girls were upset because they did not know if the guns were fake.

“It’s not like they hit them with a board, or threw ice water,” Smerlas said.

Said Thornton: “I’m going to guess that grief counselors are available for the girls on the Cannon Falls, Minnesota, dance team.”

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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.

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MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:10 p.m. (WGN)
College football: BYU at UConn, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
College football: Bowling Green at Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
College football: Texas-San Antonio at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Colorado State at Colorado, 9 p.m. (FS1)
College football: UNLV at Arizona, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
MLS: Dynamo at Sporting KC, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tennis: US Open, 11 .m. (Tennis Channel), 1 p.m. (ESPN), 6 p.m. (ESPN2)


Dimitri Patterson

Dimitri Patterson

– Jets cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who was suspended by the team Tuesday for the rest of the preseason, is disputing the team’s claim that he was AWOL for 48 hours.

Jets general manager John Idzik said Patterson did not show up for last Friday’s game against the Giants and did not speak to anyone with the team directly until meeting with Idzik and coach Rex Ryan on Sunday night. Agent Drew Rosenhaus let the team know Saturday that Patterson was OK but provided very little information.

Patterson has not explained his absence, but he apparently does not consider it a major issue.

“As it relates to my whereabouts and me missing for 48 hours without being seen or heard from me or my representative is completely false,” Patterson said Thursday in a statement to ESPN. “My agent reached out to the Jets organization multiple times several hours prior to Friday night’s game. My commitment to the Jets organization and to my teammates has never been an issue and never will be an issue.”

The Jets, despite already thin at defensive back, reportedly might part ways with the 31-year-old. Following Thursday’s 37-7 preseason loss the Eagles, coach Rex Ryan deferred comment on the situation.

“I’m not going to address it until Monday,” Ryan said.

– USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who already has had to divert hit attention from practice this week due to the Josh Shaw situation, found himself dealing with another distraction Thursday.

Running back Anthony Brown, who quit the team a week ago, ripped his former coach, saying Sarkisian treated him “like a slave in his office,” and Brown “couldn’t play for a racist man.”

The comments caught Sarkisian by surprise.

“If you ask anybody in our building, any of our players … that’s about the furthest thing from the truth,” Sarkisian said. “Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”

Brown, who was switching from cornerback this season, was limited to two games last year due to ankle injuries. He missed most of training camp with a hyperextended elbow and was listed as sixth on the depth chart.

“I had encouraged him to play,” Sarkisian said. “I wanted him to play. I didn’t want him to quit, and I thought he could get healthy.”

– Browns receiver Josh Gordon, whose yearlong suspension was upheld by the NFL on Wednesday, will not able to play in the Canadian Football League this season as he reportedly indicated he would like to do.

A CFL rule in place since 2006 does not allow suspended NFL players under contract to play north of the border.

According to a CFL spokesman, Gordon could only play if he were to be released by the Browns and become a free agent.

Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards last season (despite being suspended for two games), was banned for another violation of the league’s substance-abuse program. He is not allowed to practice with the team or attend meetings.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 29, 2000, Pedro Martinez had a perfect game for eight innings in a beanball-marred game in Tampa. Which Devil Rays hitter — a former Red Sox player — ended the bid with a single to open the ninth inning?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.” – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, in announcing tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence

STAT OF THE DAY: 46 – Consecutive batters retired by Giants pitcher Yesmeiro Petit, a major league record, before Rockies pitcher Jordan Lyles hit a double Wednesday night to end the streak

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Alex Avila delivers a walkoff hit in the ninth to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a nice leaping catch at the wall.

In a strange play from Thursday’s Angels-Athletics game, Angels baserunner Erick Aybar is awarded first base after colliding with A’s pitcher Dan Otero.

Johnny Manziel leads an aerobics class in a Snickers commercial.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Catcher John Flaherty

SOOTHING SOUNDS: The late Michael Jackson was born on this day in 1958.

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Jerry Spar
An incredible play by Andrelton Simmons inspired today's 4@4: MLB Web Gems
An incredible play by Andrelton Simmons inspired today's 4@4: MLB Web Gems
More reaction from the Logan Mankins-Tim Wright trade.

[0:03:55] ... -- Paris junior ex boyfriend Tom Brady what does he think about Logan Mankins trade have you gotten any firsthand interaction with him maybe gotten any Tom Brady facetime with -- -- -- op or time ...
[0:05:04] ... go to on the list. Right we start with lawyers go to Deion Branch you mean Randy Moss nothing left for different Richard Seymour these are all guys that I think war had an impact on ...
[0:07:06] ... organization. If if if money if you like we talked about yesterday. Logan Mankins dollar sign his his cap number and what he was making was too -- for them. And he wasn't willing to renegotiated and now there or not it was thought they Samuel and now that was Deion Branch he was willing to take last -- sat out for a long redundant and it going to Seattle. You know guys like Troy Brown guys like a Tedy Bruschi. They're gonna take less to play I mean there's. -- -- was used to do was on contract and for years other linebackers were orders you know were confused why he was allowing them allow himself to. The lower his value. They you know even though they are -- twice as much. As you know I don't. Chris I don't hold that against Logan -- either you know I don't know there -- -- -- likely should be -- -- and Troy brown and due to the whole project and take less to stick around -- I don't I don't I don't think you have to be what you appreciate the fans appreciate that -- eat and Troy Brown but I don't look at Logan Mankins and I can't believe -- take less money. You -- not to be good to be a patriots think they they held ...
[0:09:57] ... pro bowler I I get all that but I ask this question. Logan Mankins departure has it changed your opinion one iota. As to whether or not the patriots are gonna go to the AFC championship ...

The guys dicuss Johnny Football, Terrible Summer Movies, and John Rocker being on Survivor

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[0:06:29] ... o'clock hour Chris price previews the game for us tonight between the New York Giants into the patriots Christian is there -- at his insights. From New York City your New York to sit right -- -- ...

Cole joins Dennis and Callahan to explain Tom Brady's reaction to the Logan Mankins trade.
All the stories of the day brought to you by Jerry Thornton including the fate of Tony Soprano and an accident on Cops.

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