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

NASA: Solar flare nearly destroyed Earth 2 years ago

A recent revelation by NASA explains how Earth had a near miss with a solar flare on July 23, 2012, from the most powerful solar storm on the sun in over 150 years.

Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado said that Earth and its inhabitants were lucky the eruption happened when it did because it would have struck Earth had it occurred one week earlier.

“So a bunch of people knew this and didn’t tell us?” Dennis asked. “Should we not have been warned?”

The report suggests the power of this eruption would have blacked out the Earth completely, with an economic impact exceeding $2 trillion.

“If the world’s over, why would you even measure the impact?” said Minihane.

Said Meterparel: “Who’s the last man standing? Who is Will Smith in ‘I am Legend?’ ”

“The president. He’s in a bunker underneath,” Dennis responded.

Jacqueline Bisset: ‘Older women continue to want sex but men don’t want to sleep with them’

Actress Jacqueline Bisset has a new film, “Welcome to New York,” that she stars in about men and women and their hormones, and she plays a woman who is married to an adulterous financier.

When discussing her new film and her own opinions on sex, Bisset, 69, was unhappy with the way older women were viewed by men sexually, saying, “Older women continue to want sex but men don’t want to sleep with them.”

“You know me, I like the older ladies,” Minihane said.

Said Meterparel: “I don’t know why you wouldn’t, especially Jacqueline Bisset.”

This led to a discussion about older women and which ones they find attractive.

“You think 70 and under is in play?” Minihane asked.

Said Meterparel: “I think 60 and under is in play.”

Seinfeld may be coming to Netflix; another season being discussed

Jerry Seinfeld said in a Reddit chat that “Seinfeld” could be coming to Netflix, and another season may be discussed.

“That would be a disaster,” Minihane said.

According to Meterparel’s Hollywood sources, “Curb your Enthusiasm” will be returning for another season.

“I’ve got some sources,” he said.

Doctor claims that dogs understand what humans say to them

Dr. Gregory Burns of Emory University said based on MRI examinations, dogs have brains more similar to that of humans than previously believed.

“I take a back seat to nobody in my admiration for dogs, but I don’t think they understand when I’m explaining to them when a tree falls in the forest it doesn’t make a sound,” Dennis said.

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas

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FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Rays, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cardinals at Cubs, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Blue Jays at Yankees, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
WNBA: Tulsa Shock at Washington Mystics, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Cycling: Tour de France, 8 a.m. (NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Mike Priefer

Mike Priefer

– Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer, who was suspended three games by the team for taunting former punter Chris Kluwe with homophobic language, met the media Thursday and acknowledged his poor judgment.

“In this situation, with my comment, I’ve failed,” Priefer said. “I didn’t just go below the bar. I went way below the bar. I made a mistake. I was wrong. I brought a lot of undue attention to the Minnesota Vikings organization and brought an unwanted distraction, and I apologize.”

Added Priefer: “I learned a hard lesson. I’ve got to be sensitive to other people in what I say, and that’s not going to happen again.”

General manager Rick Spielman said the suspension will begin at the start of the regular season, and Priefer won’t be allowed at team headquarters until it’s been served. Despite the fact that Priefer initially lied about having made the offensive remark, Spielman spoke highly of the coach.

“I can’t tell you how much I respect him, not only as a family man and as a person but also as a football coach,” the GM said. “He’s made a mistake and he owned up to that mistake and he’s going to serve his suspension and then we’re going to move on.”

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Kluwe said earlier this week he plans to sue the Vikings, but his attorney has held off while talking with the team about a settlement.

– Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III avoided commenting directly about former coach Mike Shanahan, but his words Thursday made it clear he’s in a better place with new coach Jay Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

“You don’t go from the ability to read defenses one year and not have that ability the next, so I don’t believe that one bit,” Griffin said. “And it’s really just a good thing to have two coaches who believe in you. Sean and Jay have done a great job. They’ve given me a lot on my shoulders in that quarterback room, and I cherish that. You want to be asked to do more — or just to do the bare minimum as a quarterback.”

Last preseason, a disappointed Griffin was allowed limited participation in practice as he recovered from knee surgery. And at the end of the season, Griffin was shut down for the final three games.

Teammates can see that Griffin is more comfortable following the turnover.

“The stress is kind of off him,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. “Worrying about reps, worrying about a head coach that you don’t really know about if he likes you, if he doesn’t like you, things like that. From the jump, from the moment Jay came in here, Robert kind of knew that Jay wanted him, he wanted to coach him, he felt like he could be special, and we all see that.”

– Former Twins infielder Chuck Knoblauch‘s induction ceremony into the team’s Hall of Fame was canceled Thursday after he was arrested the night before in Houston for allegedly assaulting his ex-wife. Knoblauch was to be honored Aug. 23.

“There are no plans to reschedule,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said. “I suppose over time this could be revisited, but at this time from the Twins’ organization perspective, we currently have no intent to reschedule.”

Knoblauch, who was convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010 and received a year of probation, is due in court July 30 after posting $10,000 bond.

Knoblauch, 46, was the 1991 American League Rookie of the Year and a four-time All-Star with the Twins. He went on to win three World Series with the Yankees and finished his 12-year-career with the Royals in 2002. He was mentioned in the 2007 Mitchell Report for having used human growth hormone while playing in New York, which he later publicly admitted.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 25, 1966, Ted Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his speech Williams lobbied for the induction of which two players?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There are very few people who have the opportunity that I have, and I’€™€™m very appreciative of it. You never know when the last one is going to be, so you just appreciate the moments that you have. Every year, it’€™€™s something different. This could be your last training camp; you never know. So you’€™ve got to make it count, and you can’€™€™t take anything for granted in the NFL. I try to do the best I can for this team and hope it leads to a great year.” – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, on the opening day of training camp in Foxboro

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 – Hits for the Red Sox in Thursday’s 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Nori Aoki hits a walkoff single in the 14th inning to give the Royals a win over the Indians.

Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun races in and lays out to make a diving catch on a fly ball from Tigers batter Ian Kinsler.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Negro League stars Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bruce Woodley, former member of the Seekers, was born on this day in 1942.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar

I screwed up.

No question, it starts and ends with me. As I tweeted last week, there was no defense for the language I used to describe the work of Erin Andrews. None, totally wrong and uncalled for. I've welcomed and continue to welcome all criticism. No problem with that at all, it's absolutely fair and required. I've spent plenty of time on air and in this piece of real estate blasting away at members -- both local and national -- of the media, and it would be disingenuous at best for me to be offended by any of the stuff from the last seven days.



KIRK MINIHANE

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We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

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We return to our weekly segments with the one and only Peter King of MMQB and NBC's Football Night in America.

[0:03:49] ... he would clearly. The number one guy in the community on the Baltimore Ravens used this state spokesman for anti bullying campaign. So you know I think he also. Got some credit some some points or ...
[0:07:33] ... Peter King Sports Illustrated in the MM QB. Look let's be honest Bill Belichick economic news very often when he gets together with a -- fact usually just the opposite he tries to keep the news from yet. So when he just casually dropped the word yesterday that Rob Gronkowski been cleared -- full go for training -- -- was out on the field with his teammates today. It's surprised a lot of us do you think it surprised the other teams in the AFC east. Well it's obviously been an excellent offseason for rehab for Rob Gronkowski because clearly. I think most people felt that he'd start ...
[0:09:45] ... changing. All time great perhaps defensive player for the patriots we think Tom Brady is that guy. What his career is over he's probably gotta be -- But I don't think there's anybody on the patriots ...





Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

Suspended Browns wideout Josh Gordon isn’t going down without a fight.

The Pro Bowl receiver will appeal the yearlong suspension levied against him during a meeting with NFL executives Aug. 1, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

ESPN reported in May that Gordon was dealing with the suspension due to failing a drug test in the previous months. The 23-year-old receiver’s situation only got worse when he was arrested and charged with DWI in North Carolina earlier this month.

“It is concerning and you want to address it, but until we know where he stands with the league we don’t know really where he stands with us,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday. “I’ve stated before that we’ve had the meetings, we’ve discussed all the options, from the best case to the worst case. And we’re still in that mode of waiting.”

Gordon was one of most dynamic players in the NFL last season, leading the league in receiving yards (1,646) while becoming the only player in history to record consecutive 200-yard receiving games.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

Ravens cornerback Aaron Ross‘€™ season was over before it could ever really start.

The 31-year-old tore his Achilles tendon while taking part in Baltimore’€™s conditioning test Thursday and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Ross, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, signed a deal with the Ravens last month and was expected to compete for the team’€™s nickel corner spot during camp.

In seven NFL seasons, Ross has recorded 250 total tackles, 11 interceptions and 41 passes defended. He was selected by the Giants in the first round (20th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft out of the University of Texas.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

The NFL finally has come down with a decision on Ravens running back Ray Rice, suspending him for the first two games of regular season due to his offseason arrest on an assault charge, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sources told Schefter that the suspension — which likely will be announced by the league Thursday — will begin Aug. 30 and will last until Sept. 12, the day after Baltimore plays the Steelers in the second game of the season. Rice will be fined $58,000 dollars and will be asked to take part in counseling.

This past February, Rice allegedly hit his then-fiancee while in an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. TMZ later acquired video that shows Rice lifting his unconscious fiancee out of the elevator — a video that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome admitted “doesn’t look good.”

Rice later pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and was able to avoid a trial by agreeing to enter a pretrial intervention program in May.

It’s been a turbulent last few months for Baltimore, as Rice was one of five players on the Ravens roster to be arrested during the offseason.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan

Just two years ago, Justin Blackmon was chosen by the Jaguars with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft after a stellar career at Oklahoma State.

Now, the talented wideout may be out of the league after playing in just 20 games.

Blackmon, already suspended for at least a year after violating the league’s drug policy, was arrested Wednesday evening in Oklahoma for possession of marijuana.

After Blackmon’s car was stopped by police after a traffic violation, he admitted to officers that he smoked “a blunt” while driving and had another in his car.

This is the latest in a long string of drug incidents with Blackmon. The 24-year-old receiver missed the first four games of the 2013 season after violating the league’s drug policy. He would only play four games with Jacksonville before again infringing on the league’s drug program, this time being suspended for at least a year.

“This is no longer a football issue,” said Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. “As his teammates, you hope he can do everything he can to get his life squared away. We feel for him and we obviously want the best for him because he’s a good kid at heart. We want the best for him. We hope that he can come out of this. … He’s a good guy. He’s fighting through some things now and hopefully he’s able to fix that and get his life back on the right.”

Despite Blackmon’s uncertain future in the NFL, the Jaguars have remained hesitant to cut the promising receiver.

“I know our policy right now, I believe, is it’s not putting us in a difficult situation having him still be part of our organization in this capacity,” Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Thursday. “It’s really hard by not having conversations with him. I really don’t know how he’s doing, where he’s at. And then when we receive news like this, it creates more discussion. So I’m sure those will be conversation we’ll have [about] the direction we’ll go.”

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan