Here are the highlights from Tuesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and guest host Steve DeOssie. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Donald Sterling loses battle to block sale of Clippers

Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas ruled Monday.

Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who made the record sale after the NBA banned Donald Sterling for life for making racially offensive comments.

“Just hold hands and thank the Lord that Doc Rivers will not quit because his bags were packed, out the door,” Callahan said.

Sterling, who was not in court for the ruling, learned of Levanas’ decision through one of his lawyers, Bobby Samini. Samini said Sterling told his lawyers they had to keep fighting on other fronts.

“He loves the fight,” Dennis said of Sterling.

Said Callahan: “Isn’t everyone going to be better off when he croaks?”

Suns forward P.J. Tucker arrested for ‘super extreme’ DUI

Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested for “super extreme” DUI in May by police in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Police said Tucker’s blood alcohol content registered at .201 on a preliminary breath test in the field May 10. Tucker was taken to jail, where a blood test showed his blood alcohol content to be .222, according to a police report. A driver is considered legally drunk at .08.

“Shouldn’t that kill you?” Dennis asked.

That led to a discussion amongst the guys over what the highest blood alcohol content ever recorded was. The highest they found belonged to Oregon native Terri Comer, whose blood test revealed a BAC of .72.

“So P.J. Tucker is just a piker at .222,” Dennis said.

Said DeOssie: “He’s not dedicated.”

Whale watch boat stranded overnight off Boston

A group of whale watchers were stranded on a boat overnight when the vessel’s propeller became tangled in a heavy line about 15 miles offshore.

The boat was expected to be back Monday at 4:30 p.m., but the boat stopped about 10 minutes into the return trip after apparently hitting something.

After a transfer attempt failed, the 157 passengers and six crew members were stuck on board until the boat was finally on its way back to Boston as of 7 a.m. Tuesday.

“That sounds like the definition of hell,” Callahan said. “They’re stuck floating around, and I’m sure a few people were sea sick.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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

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MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLB: Rockies at Cubs, 8 p.m. (WGN)
MLB Pirates at Giants, 10:15 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Connecticut Sun at Atlanta Dream, noon (NBA TV)
WNBA: Chicago Sky at San Antonio Silver Stars, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Los Angeles Sparks at Phoenix Mercury, 10 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: Champions Cup, Manchester United vs. Inter Milan, 6:30 p.m. (NBCSN)


– The NFL has come under heavy criticism for being too light on Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was suspended two games after being arrested for allegedly striking his then-fiancee and knocking her unconscious while they were in an elevator in Atlantic City. On Monday, NFL senior vice president of labor policy Adolpho Birch attempted to explain and defend the league’s ruling.

“The discipline that was taken by the NFL is the only discipline that occurred, with respect to Mr. Rice, in this case,” Birch said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike,” referring to Rice’s acceptance into a pretrial intervention program that will allow him to avoid a trial. “I think that, were he not an NFL player, I don’t know that he would be able to receive any punishment from any other source.

“On balance, we reviewed all the materials, listened to the persons we listened to, took the input of the Players Association. When we looked on balance at all of that, we believe that discipline we issued is appropriate. It is multiple games and hundreds of thousands of dollars. I think that’s fair to say that doesn’t reflect that you condone the behavior. I think we can put that to rest.”

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Rice reportedly will accept the two-game suspension and three-game fine that goes along with it, and Birch insists the penalty sends a strong message to other players.

“Listen, I think if you are any player and you think that based on this decision that it’s OK to go out and commit that kind of conduct, I think that is something that I would suggest to you that no player is going to go out and do that,” Birch said. “So in terms of sending a message about what the league stands for, we’ve done that. We can talk about the degree of discipline, we can talk about whether or not third parties need to be involved. I would suggest to you that a third party has been involved in this matter and that was the court that reviewed it, the prosecutor that reviewed it.

“But if it is a question about what the principle of the league is and what standards we stand by, that cannot be questioned. I think it is absolutely clear to all involved that the NFL does not condone domestic violence in any way and will not tolerate it in our league. I don’t know how you can reach a conclusion other than that although I certainly respect the opinion.”

– Meanwhile, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith apologized Monday for his comments regarding the Rice situation, calling them “the most egregious of my career” during a taped segment on “First Take.”

“My words came across that it is somehow a woman’s fault. This was not my intent; it is not what I was trying to say. Yet the failure to clearly articulate something different lies squarely on my shoulders,” Smith said.

On Friday Smith said that domestic violence is never the answer but added, “We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you’ve got to make sure that you address them. because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way.”

Smith was heavily criticized, most notably by fellow ESPN host Michelle Beadle. The network released a statement Monday that said:

“We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comments last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognized his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

– According to a report out of Arizona, Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested in May for “super extreme” DUI after registering a .222 blood-alcohol level.

A Scottsdale police officer indicated Tucker drove slowly through a stop sign shortly after midnight near a popular downtown nightlife area and then drove erratically. Tucker’s breath, speech and eyes indicated he was impaired, and tests confirmed it.

A super extreme DUI carries a minimum 45-day jail sentence.

The Suns reportedly were aware of the arrest when they signed Tucker to a three-year, $16.5 million contract last week. Tucker averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds last season while playing solid defense.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 29, 1988, the Red Sox traded Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling to the Orioles for which player?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is going to be a good thing for the city, for the league for my family and for all of us. Come see the Clippers next year.” Shelly Sterling, after winning her court case against Donald Sterling and getting the OK to complete the sale of the Clippers

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Outs recorded by Red Sox reliever Felix Doubront after facing 10 batters in Monday’s 14-1 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons adjust to a bad break on a one-hopper by barehanding the ball and firing it to first to beat Will Venable of the Padres.

Jeff Baker delivers a shot to the base of the fence in left field to give the Marlins a 7-6 victory over the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine shows off his hops at the Seattle Pro-Am dunk contest.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pitcher Mike Boddicker

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Geddy Lee of Rush was born on this day in 1953.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?
We talk about the latest news surrounding Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Could he be dealt to the Dodgers?

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[0:03:43] ... but it's also funny that the guy who's a sensitive as anyone David Ortiz. Is always in these these little disputes because you know things in the game bother him. And he's supposed to do his ...
[0:07:15] ... and it. Look I am I not only do I think what David Ortiz was okay. I would have had a problem if Chris archer had a next time he faced them. Here's the deal. If you have unwritten rules not rules. Okay. It's a little news flash for Chris archer if it's unwritten if there's an unwritten rule it's not a rule. Rules are written down everybody knows what they are here they are here the rules you can do this you can do this year and you can't do that. There's nothing that says David Ortiz can't let the baton showboat F three hits a home run. So what's -- unwritten rule and is there any sport that's ...

We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.
We talk about four of the biggest mistakes the Red Sox have made over the past 30+ years.

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On Monday’€™s edition of Three for All on Middays with MFB, Lou Merloni, Christian Fauria and Tim Benz discussed the University of Virginia’€™s new “Game of Thrones” class, the easiest courses that the trio took while in college and Fauria’€™s surprising major while at the University of Colorado. To listen to the segment, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

HBO’€™s “Game of Thrones”€ has made the jump from the TV screen to the classroom. The University of Virginia offered a four-week course revolving around the popular fantasy series this summer.

“€œActually, when you read what the course description is, it actually looks a little harder than I want it to be,” Fauria said. “They really dig deep into the symbolism and everything else.”

- Fauria used the news of the “Game of Thrones” course to ask Merloni and Benz about the easiest class that they took in college. Benz went with a film class at Syracuse that was based on the work of famed director Steven Spielberg.

“It’€™s all of Spielberg’€™s careers and you just got to find the threads that weave together through all of Spielberg’€™s movies. … It wasn’€™t that hard, it was a pretty easy course.”

“Why would you, if you’€™re a school,  have those classes?” Merloni asked.

After thinking about it, Merloni brought up a military science class that he enrolled in at Providence College – a class that was popular with many student-athletes at the school.

“œIt would be like ROTC,”€ Merloni said. “You go in there and it would be like a class and you’€™d look around and sit down, and I’€™d look in the first and second line, the hockey team were to my right. I looked back here, and I’€™d see the power forwards on the hoop team over there to my left, the lacrosse team was back there and the soccer team was back there.”

- Fauria also discussed majors in college, revealing to both Benz and Merloni that his original major at the University of Colorado was film studies, a field that Fauria said he excelled in -€“ with minimum effort.

“€œI thought I was going to be Steven Spielberg,” Fauria said. “I was actually shooting movies. I had to rent this camera and we were supposed to do this whole dramatic, artsy piece, and I took my camera and I just ran it through some weeds and some bush and I tacked some crazy title at the end of it ‘€“ I got an ‘€œA’€ on that. At that point, I was like, ‘€˜OK, this is where I belong’ “€œ

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.

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The guys discuss their easiest college classes.

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