The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.

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Brad Faxon called in with his thoughts on the Open Championship.
John, Gerry and Buck discussed the moronic MSNBC anchor.
Joe Staley

Joe Staley

The 49ers signed left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2019 season, the team announced Thursday.

The Staley deal came shortly after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open Levi’s Stadium and just a month after the team gave quarterback Colin Kaepernick a six-year extension worth up to $126 million.

“We both felt it was time to get something done, and what I’m most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,” Staley said in a conference call. “That was one of my goals that I set out to do as a rookie coming into the NFL — make an NFL roster, become a starter, win a Super Bowl and play my whole entire career with one team.

“So very excited for the opportunity to do that and really grateful for the 49ers allowing me that opportunity. Now it’s really just time to go work on that Super Bowl.”

The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Staley was drafted 28th overall by San Francisco in 2007 out of Central Michigan. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas
Taylor Lewan

Taylor Lewan

Titans rookie offensive tackle Taylor Lewan will go on trial in October on charges he punched an Ohio State fan after a game last season.

The former Michigan star is charged with one count of aggravated assault and two counts of assault and battery. He allegedly hit the fan after OSU’s Nov. 30 win over Lewan’s Wolverines last season.

Lewan was told during a pretrial hearing Thursday to return to Ann Arbor District Court for jury selection Oct. 27, with the trial potentially beginning the next morning.

The Titans don’t have a game that week, meaning it may not affect Lewan and the team as significantly.

The No. 11 overall draft pick, Lewan is one of three players drafted this year who has yet to sign a contract.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

Just days after being waived by the Bulls via amnesty clause, Carlos Boozer has a new home.

Carlos Boozer

Carlos Boozer

Boozer will join the Lakers this season after the team made the highest bid for the veteran forward, adding him to a frontcourt that includes No. 7 overall pick Julius Randle.

According to the NBA’s modified waiver rules, teams below the salary cap had to bid at least the veteran minimum of $1.4 million. Los Angeles didn’t release specifics of the bid. But ESPN reported the bid was for $3.25 million.

“Carlos is an established veteran and a proven All-Star, who will be a welcome addition to our team,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement. “We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season.”

– The Mavericks have re-signed guard Devin Harris, the team announced Thursday.

The Mavs didn’t release the terms of the contract. But according to ESPN, Harris’ deal is worth $16.5 million over four years.

Harris, 31, averaged 7.9 points and 4.5 assists in just 40 regular-season games last year after battling a toe injury in the first half of the season.

Eric Bledsoe and the Suns appear to be far apart on a new deal.

Bledsoe, who averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds in a career year last season, wants a maximum deal from the Suns, who, according to ESPN,  have offered the point a four-year, $48 million contract.

A max contract would pay Bledsoe, a restricted free agent, $80 million over five seasons, a far cry from Phoenix’s reported offer.

The Suns added Isaiah Thomas via sign-and-trade and drafted point guard Tyler Ennis this offseason, meaning the Suns may be ready to move on from Bledsoe.

The Bucks, Rockets and Kings are reportedly interested in the 24-year-old Bledsoe.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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

Missile downs Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298

A suspected Russian-made surface-to-air missile downed a Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 on board Thursday in a controlled section of Ukraine. The attack killed all 298 people.

It was an area of Ukraine that most Asian airlines had stopped flying over in March for safety concerns.

“It’s a dangerous area and the pilot says, ‘I can save a half-hour, let’s just go through it,’” Callahan said.

Said Dennis: ”We’ll get you to the gate on time.”

Callahan then used the situation to take a shot at President Barrack Obama, saying jokingly, ”This was so bad they went right from the airline and shot down to war in Gaza, that Obama only played 27 [holes of golf] yesterday. Forget the 36, we are stopping after 27.”

Buckley said: ”If you can’t go after Obama on tangible stuff, you make up stuff.”

“[Obama] mentioned it for 40 seconds, and then chuckled about Joe Biden back in Delaware and then he went to two fundraisers in New York, do you think that was appropriate?” Callahan said. ”I don’t even understand why he wouldn’t cancel the fundraisers. He’s so concerned about appearances, right?”

He continued: “Don’t you have to give the appearance of toughness and concern. There were 300 dead.”

Buckley took Obama’s side, saying, ”We can debate whether or not he should’ve changed his schedule. I don’t think he lacks concern, I’m comfortable saying that.”

After the debate subsided, Dennis played audio clips from ABC News’ John Wendle, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Obama.

“You know who doesn’t make enough money? First responders,” Dennis said. “Can you imagine being first on the scene, dealing with that image?”

Callahan said: ”Just think every time you head out to work, you’re going to see blood, limbs, death.”

Jerry Sandusky’s son talks about bedtime ‘ritual’

Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, spoke to Oprah Winfrey about the alleged sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father.

“It’s his adopted son, which is even sicker levels of depravity,” Callahan said.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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

MLB: Royals at Red Sox, 7 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Dodgers at Cardinals, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)
Golf: British Open, 7 a.m. (ESPN)


LeBron James, whose return to Cleveland has been the feel-good story of the summer, was named the most popular male athlete in America in a Harris Poll of 2,241 people. It’s the first time James finished No. 1. He was second to retired NBA star Michael Jordan last year.

In 2011, the first poll after his infamous “Decision” to go to Miami as a free agent, James fell out of the top 10.

Following James and Jordan in the current poll is Derek Jeter, Peyton Manning and, in a tie for fifth, Kobe Bryant and Dale Earnhardt Jr. The only local representative in the top 10 is Tom Brady at No. 7.

James’ best scores came in the 18-36 and 49-67 age brackets, while Jordan was tops among ages 37-48.

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The most popular female athlete is Serena Williams, followed by Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Mia Hamm.

– Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady‘s brief second career as a baseball pitcher has come to an end. The 35-year-old announced his retirement after striking out a batter to end his 1 1/3-inning stint in the independent Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday.

McGrady, who had a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings over four appearances with the Sugar Land Skeeters this season, “got a little emotional” as he walked off the mound to applause from his teammates following his first strikeout of the season. He took the baseball as a keepsake.

“That is definitely going in the trophy case,” he told CBS Houston. “I told some of the guys that I am going to get strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Than you Jesus.”

Added McGrady: “It has been a tremendous ride. It is my last game today. I informed the team this would be my last outing and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to start the game and enjoy this great midsummer’s classic.

“This has been an awesome year. Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”

– Brewers shortstop Juan Segura returned to the team following the death of his 9-month-old son in his native Dominican Republic. Segura was placed on the bereavement list a week ago to deal with the tragedy.

“He told me he felt like he needed to do it to take his mind off it,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’ll be doing something he enjoys.”

Added Roenicke: “I don’t know if this will be an on-again, off-again thing with him. Some days he may not be there to play. We’ll see how that goes.”

Segura’s son died after an undisclosed illness. A teammate gave him the news following last Friday’s game, after Segura’s mother, who was at the game, passed along the information.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 18, 1990, one day after the Twins turned two triple plays against the Red Sox, the same two teams combined to set a major league record by hitting into how many double plays?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We are going to do whatever we feel gives the Red Sox the best chance to be as good as possible and as quickly as possible and we are not conceding 2014 with that statement. We feel like the team that we have now is capable of being better than a lot of teams ahead of us in the standings. ‘€¦ We don’€™t see why we can’€™t win more games than most of the teams ahead of us.” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, during his Thursday morning interview with Dennis & Callahan

STAT OF THE DAY: 49 – Years that the NFL draft has been held in New York; commissioner Roger Goodell announced Thursday that it will be relocated to either Los Angeles or Chicago next year

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray makes a fool of himself for New Yorkers under guidance from a comedian.

Stars winger Tyler Seguin spices up his first golf tournament by allowing someone to tee off from his crotch.

TRIVIA ANSWER: 10 (of which six were hit into by the Red Sox)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Martha Reeves was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We're live in Pawtucket and we check in with the manager of the Sox AAA affiliate, Kevin Boles.