The guys opened the show by discussing Meter's upbringing.

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.

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.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Astros at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Pirates at Tigers, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Athletics at Royals, 3 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Little League: World Series, 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League: World Series, 3 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League: World Series, 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Little League: World Series, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NFL preseason: Jaguars at Bears, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The father of the sprint-car driver killed by NASCAR veteran Tony Stewart isn’t buying the suggestion that Stewart did not see Kevin Ward Jr. walking on the track before he hit him.

“Apparently Tony Stewart was the only one driving out there who didn’t see him,” Kevin Ward Sr. told the The Post Standard of Syracuse.

Ward Jr. left his vehicle to confront Stewart — the first time he’s done so in his career, his father said — after Stewart’s car clipped Ward’s and forced it into the wall.

“Tony Stewart was the best damn driver by far on the track that night,” Ward Sr. said. “Why he had to go up as high as he did and hog my son, there’s no reason for it.”

Ward Sr. was at the race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park with his wife, but after the initial crash he was on his way to the area where damaged cars are taken and did not see his son get hit by Stewart’s car. Authorities have not charged Stewart, although they continue to investigate.

“The one person that knows what happened that night is possibly facing 10 years in prison,” Ward Sr. said. “Is he going to say what he done?”

Meanwhile, race tracks around the country are instituting a rule that drivers in accidents must stay in their cars until safety personnel arrives to help. If a driver leaves their car, it will bring out a red flag, causing all cars to stop.

Edward “Chip” Sarafin, a backup offensive lineman at Arizona State, came out as gay, making him the only known homosexual player in major college football.

In a story in the Phoenix magazine Compete, Sarafin revealed that he informed the team last spring about his sexuality.

“It was really personal for me and it benefited my peace of mind greatly,” he said.

Arizona State coach Todd Graham released a statement about the fifth-year senior, saying:

“We are a brotherhood that is not defined by cultural and personal differences, but rather an individual’s commitment to the Sun Devil Way. Chip is a fifth-year senior and a Scholar Baller, a graduate and a master’s student. His commitment to service is unmatched and it is clear he is on his way to leading a successful life after his playing career, a goal that I have for every student-athlete. Diversity and acceptance are two of the pillars of our program, and he has full support from his teammates and the coaching staff.”

Tweeted Michael Sam: Congratulations Chip Sarafin for having the courage to be yourself. Wishing you and your teammates much success this season.

– Controversial Uruguayan soccer star Luis Suarez was sold from Liverpool of the English Premier League to Barcelona this offseason, and EPL chief executive Richard Scudamore made it clear he was ready to see Suarez move on.

“I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go,” Scudamore said (via The Guardian). “If you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along.”

Suarez is awaiting Thursday’s decision on his appeal of his four-game suspension for biting an opponent — the third time he’s be punished for such an incident.

“I think probably the time had come,” Scudamore said. “He’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from his talents — he was voted by both his own players and the media last year the player of the year and deservedly so.

“He’s great to have but an accident waiting to happen ‘€¦ and this one in the summer, although it was with Uruguay, although it didn’t directly involve the Premier League, clearly it reflected on Liverpool as one of our great clubs. And it reflected on us.

“He’s done his time here, but I can’t say I’m sorry to see him go. I think it was good business on a number of levels to move Suarez on.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Aug. 14, 1991, which Red Sox reliever recorded his 30th save in a 2-1 win over the Indians, giving him six 30-save seasons in seven years (with three teams)?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed. Thus, there is nothing for this court to stay.” A ruling from the Los Angeles Court of Appeal on Wednesday denying Donald Sterling a stay on the sale of the team

STAT OF THE DAY: 5-3 – The Red Sox‘ record on their just-completed road trip, following Wednesday’s 5-4 victory over the Reds, making it their first winning road trip of at least four games this season

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Zach Walters‘ first home run with the Indians gives Cleveland a walkoff win over the Diamondbacks in the ninth inning.

Nationals second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera makes a nice running catch of a popup against the Mets and holds on after tumbling over the wall in short right field.

A couple of birds delay the Pirates-Tigers game in Detroit by hanging out between the pitcher’s mound and the batter’s box, despite efforts by the players to scare them away.

Twins prospect Byron Buxton suffers a concussion when he collides with fellow New Britain outfielder Mike Kvasnicka chasing a fly ball. Buxton, who was playing his first game at Double-A, was unconscious for a few minutes after the collision and left the field in an ambulance.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Jeff Reardon, who joined the Red Sox in 1990 after recording two 30-save seasons with the Expos and three with the Twins

SOOTHING SOUNDS: David Crosby was born on this day in 1941.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
Co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, talks about his Sam Adams beer and the history of his brewery.

Major League Baseball owners have officially kicked off what will be two days of meetings in an effort to find a successor for retiring MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

The three finalists for the position – MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred, MLB Executive Vice President of Business Tim Brosnan and Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner will make presentations to all 30 teams Wednesday.

Balloting is expected to commence Thursday, with a 3/4 majority – equalling out to 23 teams -needed in order to appoint a new commissioner.

Owners have estimated that 20-21 teams are in support of Manfred heading into the meetings. Werner is said to have six supporters while only the Reds have made it know that they are in favor in Brosnan as the next commissioner.

Werner has been favored by both White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Angels owner Arte Moreno, with Reinsdorf stating that he wants a commissioner who will take a harder stance on labor negotiations in anticipation for the deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement, which is set to expire in 2016.

Blog Author: 
Conor Ryan
We tackle four (or more) great memorable fan moments in Boston all sparked by the amazing attendance for a Patriots PRACTICE on Tuesday.

[0:00:36] ... 25000. People at the stadium yesterday but it joint practice against the Philadelphia Eagles we were there we were in the middle of it we sought. They they had opened up all the ramps on the back of the building to put people on. To stand because -- all of the seats were gone it was it was wall to wall people as far as you could -- it. And it was an amazing thing to say for practice. -- -- say you're ahead of your credit to Allen Iverson. Not a day not a day went on my practice and it really is amazing it speaks to. Number one it speaks ...
[0:02:00] ... moment from. For fans came after the 2001 Super Bowl. At the New England Patriots parade. Okay. ...
[0:05:40] ... that it deception we had the clip part of it was the Tom Brady who -- months. From what the 45 yard about that it's set up that interception basically I forgot about the pooch punt ...





We tackle four (or more) great memorable fan moments in Boston all sparked by the amazing attendance for a Patriots PRACTICE on Tuesday.

[0:00:36] ... 25000. People at the stadium yesterday but it joint practice against the Philadelphia Eagles we were there we were in the middle of it we sought. They they had opened up all the ramps on the back of the building to put people on. To stand because -- all of the seats were gone it was it was wall to wall people as far as you could -- it. And it was an amazing thing to say for practice. -- -- say you're ahead of your credit to Allen Iverson. Not a day not a day went on my practice and it really is amazing it speaks to. Number one it speaks ...
[0:02:00] ... moment from. For fans came after the 2001 Super Bowl. At the New England Patriots parade. Okay. ...
[0:05:40] ... that it deception we had the clip part of it was the Tom Brady who -- months. From what the 45 yard about that it's set up that interception basically I forgot about the pooch punt ...





The Red Sox have an early game today, so manager John Farrell spoke with Lou, Christian and Tim about Joe Kelly and Allen Craig. John is optimistic about Kelly's athleticism. He also said he'd love to have Jon Lester back in a Red Sox uniform. Also, he admits that he has been called out for an Ice Bucket Challenge.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

[0:02:02] ... section in the other newspaper Boston. During past as the Martha's Vineyard President Obama stepped. Opted -- bunch of grapes. Bookstore and Vineyard Haven like a big budget it's. Pick up a few volumes for the first -- -- tradition is purchases. It included Jonathan freeze and freedom and the red -- -- -- -- lot -- -- polity. -- Playing golf every day Ray Allen. Eagle Ray Allen. And -- market gambling -- friends. And ice cream. When is it time to read the red pony right shelves you know ...
[0:05:59] ... that's not. Want. A year and a market that to get that New York Times CBS news. Well that's caller -- rather about Crockett at the right that's a lie that is home. It's not like. Some ...
[0:10:19] ... to spend another year -- GPS recliner so I alias in London. Lung cancer yes liver and one's never month. Even when he doesn't do you know people around him who cross him and a in ...





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

– President Barrack Obama has stopped into Bunch of Grapes Bookstore during trips to Martha’s Vineyard while on a family vacation.

“He’s playing golf every day, playing golf with Ray Allen,” Callahan said. “He’s got a family, kids, friends, got to get ice cream. When does he have time to read?”

Asked Meterparel: “Does he play golf in the rain?”

“It seems like he plays golf during anything,” Callahan said. “Wars, international crises. … It’s not a good look.”

Obama likely won’t be there on Wednesday, however, as Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton is expected to be there to sign copies of her latest book.

“She and the president have been in a little bit of a battle right now,” Minihane said. “She’s been critical of him lately.”

– A man accused of killing his roommate in Gainesville, Fla., told the Siri application on his iPhone that he needed “to hide my roommate” on the day the men were last seen together.

The evidence was used Tuesday in the trial of Pedro Bravo, who is charged with drugging and strangling roommate Christian Aguilar after an argument.

“What a dope,” Minihane said. “Do any of you guys use Siri? I don’t even know how to use it.”

Said Callahan: “I don’t either. I’m always afraid.”

“I voice texted the other day, and that was like a first for me,” Meterparel said.

– The cousin of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to refusing to testify before a grand jury even though she had been granted immunity.

Tanya Singleton was spared jail time only because of her advanced cancer.

Singleton, 38, is subject to GPS monitoring for her entire probationary period. She will spend the first year of this period confined to her Bristol, Conn., home, except for medical and legal appointments.

“This Tanya Singleton story is unbelievable,” Minihane said. “She’s got a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old, she has cancer, she’s sick and she does not want to rat out Aaron Hernandez.”

Added Callahan: “Which seems absurd until you remember that everybody around Aaron Hernandez ends up dead.”

Blog Author: 
Nick Canelas