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06/03/2011 - 10:04am
Shaq on D&C: 100 percent retired 'for now'

Shaquille O'Neal checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, the day of his scheduled press conference at his Orlando house to formally announce his retirement after one injury-plagued season with the Celtics.

Asked if this is a happy or sad day, O'Neal said: "A little bit of both. Business-wise, I felt that the Boston organization and the people of Boston treated me very, very well. I could have gotten a little minor surgery and then been out for nine months, but then we would have been in the same situation again, everybody sitting around waiting for me. So, I thought it was great business to let Danny [Ainge] go out and get some younger talent."

Added O'Neal: "I didn't want to let the people of Boston down two years in a row."

Asked if he's 100 percent certain that he will stay retired, Shaq coyly replied: "For now, yes."

Shaq expressed gratitude toward the Celtics for treating him...

06/03/2011 - 7:45am
Messier on D&C: Correct call by NHL on bite

NHL legend Mark Messier joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals, which continue Saturday night in Vancouver.

Messier said the Bruins can build on their performance despite losing, 1-0, in Wednesday's Game 1.

"It might be a confidence-builder for Boston," he said, adding, "Any time you can hold Vancouver to one goal, I think that you have to be happy. They're not happy that they didn't win the game; they had their opportunities as well. But overall, I don't think either team was leaving that game deflated with the loss. Obviously, Vancouver's more than happy that they won it. I think Boston can take some solace that they played an excellent game. With some bounces the other way there, they could have come out on top in Game 1."

The Bruins were unable to solve Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo Wednesday, but Messier said the B's shouldn't be looking to try anything new Saturday...

06/03/2011 - 7:25am
Mashup: Nine MLB teams have debt issues

On the heels of the Dodgers' and Mets' financial problems, The Los Angeles Times reports that nine of 30 major league teams are carrying debt 10 times more than annual earnings, in violation of MLB rules. The other seven are the Orioles, Cubs, Tigers, Marlins, Phillies, Rangers and Nationals.

Also in the news, rock star Bono received a lift Tuesday when Oilers center Gilbert Brule saw him hitchhiking in Vancouver. As thanks for the ride, Bono gave Brule and his girlfriend backstage passes to Wednesday's U2 concert in Edmonton and told the crowd how grateful he was.

Read more about those stories and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


06/03/2011 - 5:53am
Okajima looking for trade from Red Sox

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Speaking to WEEI.com prior to the Pawtucket Red Sox' game with the Norfolk Tides Thursday night at McCoy Stadium, relief pitcher Hideki Okajima said that his goal is to be traded from the Red Sox organization after recently being taken off the team's 40-man roster.

"It was very disappointing," Okajima said through translator Jeff Cutler regarding being designated for assignment. "Having experienced that, right now I'm just working hard on myself to make sure I'm pitching well so I can put myself up for a trade at some point."

When asked if he wants to be traded, the 35-year-old said in English, "Yes."

"Being taken off the 40-man, to me, means the team no longer needs me," Okajima said through Cutler. "So I'm just looking to move on with my career at this point."

Okajima explained that he wasn't sure if his agent, Joe Rosen, had approached the Red Sox with the...

06/03/2011 - 1:36am
Malhotra, Hamhuis game-time decisions
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER — The will-he-or-won’t-he game surrounding the status of Canucks center Manny Malhotra could come to an end Saturday night at Rogers Arena. Malhotra, who has been out since March after taking a puck to the eye in a game against the Avalanche, skated Saturday morning with teammates and said afterwards that his status as it relates to his chances of playing in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals has improved.

“It’s gone from day to day to game-time decision right now,” Malhotra said. “I’m honestly not trying to send you guys on a wild goose chase. That’s just the nature of the situation right now.”

Malhotra, who had 11 goals and 19 assists for 30 points in the regular season, was cleared for contact a week ago but has been in and out of practices. He missed Tuesday’s skate, reportedly due to an eye appointment, but has taken the ice in recent days and said Saturday that he feels...

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