In the first ballot of voting for the 2016 Olympics, Chicago was eliminated from consideration. Despite President Barack Obama's appearance in Copenhagen to support his city's bid, International Olympic Committee voters who are assembled in Denmark's capital rejected America's third-largest city. For more on this story, click here.
According to a report in today's New York Daily News, workers at the Arizona facility where Ted Williams' body is stored abused Williams' remains. A soon-to-be-released book by a former Alcor Life Extension Foundation executive, Larry Johnson, claims a staff member there swung a wrench at Williams' head after it was severed from the Red Sox legend's body.
From the Daily News story:
Johnson writes that in July 2002, shortly after the Red Sox slugger died at age 83, technicians with no medical certification gleefully photographed and used crude equipment to decapitate the majors' last .400 hitter.
Williams' severed head was then frozen, and even used for batting practice by a technician trying to dislodge it from a tuna fish can.
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Catch up on this week's baseball controversies, including one involving a pair of former Red Sox pitchers, and check out a couple of memorable Ed Reed videos, one a memorable play vs. Boston College, as the Patriots prepare to host Reed's Ravens on Sunday. All that plus the links to the day's top stories, trivia, Quote of the Day and more in the Friday Morning Mashup.
Following the Red Sox' 3-0 win over the Indians, Thursday night at Fenway Park, Mike Lowell had X-rays performed on his left ankle after the third baseman fouled off the third pitch he saw on night off, just above his lead foot. After a visit from Red Sox manager Terry Francona and head trainer Paul Lessard, Lowell remained in the game, going 1-for-4 in his first appearance since getting a shot of Synvisc and cortisone in his surgically-repaired right hip, Monday. “I was a little scared at first,” Lowell said. “Then the game took over. I was a little nervous when I went in after the game. The doc hit a couple of pressure points and I told him it was a little sore. He was like, ‘Let’s get some X-rays’, but it was negative. I didn’t want to not get at-bats. That’s why I didn’t want to come out of the game. I think it’s important to get at-bats.” Lowell also reported that his hip was "...
Speaking after the Red Sox' 3-0 win over the Indians, Thursday night at Fenway Park, Sox pitching coach John Farrell confirmed that the team was contemplating using reliever Billy Wagner on back-to-back games for the first time this season, Friday night. Wagner only threw eight pitches in retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth inning. "There's a possibility," Farrell said. "We've been waiting for an outing where it's been 10 to 13 pitches, and he threw eight pitches tonight. We'll talk more about it if it's in his and our best interest to do that. If there is an opportunity that would certainly be tomorrow.
"We had hoped to get it accomplished before the season ended. It sets up for us to be able to do that tomorrow. If it works out that way it remains to be seen. He's been asking for quite some time to do it, but we just didn't want to push it. But this lines up to do just that."
Pete joined the show to discuss Tebow's signing with the Patriots. He said that Tim Tebow cant play and that he has trouble learning NFL playbooks.
On this episode of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with the Boston Herald's Jeff P Howe about the Patriots offseason, Rob Gronkowski's back surgery, Danny Amendola replacing Wes Welker, and how this seasons team will stack up against last seasons.
In the latest edition of the It Is What It Is Cast, Chris Price talks with Will Carroll. Injury expert and lead writer for Sports Medicine, Bleacher Report. They talk about the injury to Rob Gronkowski and what his back surgery could mean for his season.
Jeff joined the show to discuss the rumors of Doc heading to the Clippers. Jeff said that he will not discuss his future but that his brother would be a great candidate anywhere.
Stephen A. joined the show to discuss the status of trade negotiations between the Clippers and the Celtics. Stephen said that it is a 50-50 proposition that Doc ends up in Los Angeles.
Grande and Max take more calls on the Celtics and discuss what lies ahead for Doc Rivers with Steve Bulpett.
John Farrell postgame press conference
Joe & Dave talked to the Sox outfielder, who pounded the ball out of the park to win the second game of the doubleheader against the Rays.
John Farrell postgame press conference
The Bruins have looked quite good taking a 2-1 lead on the Blackhawks, but Shawn Thornton says the team is not getting ahead of itself. Thornton also talks about what makes Patrice Bergeron such a great player and teammate. He also squeezes in a few shots at his friend Keegan Bradley.
Pierre McGuire joins Mut and Merloni after a Bruins win and discusses the play of Rask and the defense, the Hossa injury, and Jagr.
Tony Amonte calls out Marian Hossa for missing Game 3 and recaps the Bruins win.
Keegan Bradley hopped on the set in Connecticut with D&C to talk some golf, but seeing as how he's a big Boston sports fan, the interview covered a lot of ground. You can hear Keegan talk about the Bruins' cup chances, the Doc Rivers deal that almost was, and Shawn Thornton's lacking golf game.
Legal expert Michael McCann joined D&C to take on the topic of the day: Just what exactly is happening with Aaron Hernandez? McCann addresses Hernandez's lack of cooperation in the investigation so far, and how that may play out as the case moves along.
Pierre McGuire joins Mut and Merloni after a Bruins win and discusses the play of Rask and the defense, the Hossa injury and Jagr.
Tony Amonte calls out Marian Hossa for missing Game 3 and recaps the Bruins' win.
Andy Brickley joins Mut and Merloni in studio to take phone calls from the listeners and preview Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.
Salk and Holley break down a big Bruins win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 at the Garden.
We talk all Bruins, all the time with the man himself, as Jack Edwards from NESN gets us ready for Game 3 and beyond.
Four guys, four topics we haven't yet touched upon today. T.O. visits Ocho, Bob Costas has enough smarm for us all, stupid beauty pageant contestants and more.
Mikey gets a surprise call from Red Sox legend Bernie Carbo. They talk about old-time baseball and Bernie's new book.
Mikey talks with Tom and Luke about their new movie, "Plimpton!" and finds out what it was like to try to encapsulate everything George Plimpton accomplished during his life.
Today on the Daily Planet, the Red Sox and Yankees face off in the Bronx, Claude Julien doesn't want players wasting energy, and Dwight Howard and free agency.
Both Xander Bogaerts and Anthony Ranaudo punctuated their strong 2013 seasons with head-turning events on June 13. On that day, Bogaerts, the Red Sox' top prospect, was promoted from Double-A Portland Pawtucket, with the 20-year-old becoming one of the youngest position players in the affiliate's history. On that same day, right-hander Anthony Ranaudo punched out 13 batters for Double-A Portland, the most strikeouts by a Red Sox minor leaguer since Jon Lester in 2005. They joined Minor Details to discuss both those accomplishments and their seasons to date.More from this show
Linda explains how the shootout transpired in Watertown during the early morning hours. She saw the first suspect mortally wounded and police beginning the manhunt for the second suspect.More from this show