Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was beaten outside of Dodger Stadium at Opening Day, has shown dramatic improvement this week. Stow's family posted an update on its website and indicated he spoke his name asked to see his children. "We are blown away with all of this," the family said. "Literally one day we got some facial responses and the next, he's talking. His voice is gravelly and you have to close to hear him, but he is talking." The 42-year-old paramedic remains in serious condition at San Francisco General Hospital.
Read more about that story and others — including an item about a Marlins reliever who apparently has been playing under a fake identity -- plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
As expected, the NBA announced on Friday that training camps have been indefinitely postponed and preseason games from Oct. 9-15 have been canceled. Camps were scheduled to open on Oct. 3. The league and the players association have been unable to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement since the NBA imposed a lockout on July 1.
The announcement affects two of the Celtics' eight preseason games that were scheduled for Providence against Philadelphia on Oct. 10 and Albany against the Knicks on Oct. 15. The regular season is scheduled set to begin on Nov. 1.
"We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement issued by the league. "We will make further decisions as warranted."
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Yankees catcher Russell Martin had some harsh words for the Red Sox, who are set to enter the Bronx for a three-game series this weekend. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me," Martin told ESPN New York. Asked why, Martin said, "Because I hate the Red Sox."
Martin is in his first season with the Yankees and he ultimately chose New York over Boston and Toronto last winter in free agency. He said his dislike for the Sox "comes with the territory" of playing for New York.
The Red Sox have won 11 of the 15 games between the two teams, but the Yankees took the last two at Fenway, which kicked off the Sox' downward spiral this month. Martin wasn't involved in the latest dust-up when his backup, Francisco Cervelli, had words with John Lackey...
FOXBORO -- Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth missed his first practice with the Patriots since Sept. 10, sitting out the Thursday session with what the team referred to as a back injury. However, cornerback Kyle Arrington, who was held out of practice on Wednesday (he was listed as having a concussion) returned to practice in a limited role. Here's the rest of the Patriots injury report for Thursday:
Did Not Practice
S Patrick Chung (hand)
TE Dan Gronkowski (hamstring)
DT Albert Haynesworth (back)
TE Aaron Hernandez (knee)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)
CB Kyle Arrington (concussion)
CB Ras-I Dowling (hip)
LB Gary Guyton (hamstring)
LB Jerod Mayo (thigh)
P Zoltan Mesko (left knee)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
OL Ryan Wendell (calf)
FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth and Patrick Chung were among six Patriots players not spotted at the beginning of a rainy practice on the lower grass field outside Gillette Stadium Thursday afternoon.
Chung reportedly had thumb surgery on Wednesday and is not likely to play this Sunday in Orchard Park, N.Y., as the Patriots play the Bills. Also missing on Thursday were defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion), tight ends Aaron Hernandez (knee) and Dan Gronkowski (hamstring), and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back).
Kyle Arrington did make his return Thursday to practice - held in shorts and shells - after missing Wednesday.
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Danny and Price chat about Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense this season leading into the Super Bowl. Both think he was deserving of the MVP award, but they differ a little on Cam's 2015-16 season compared to the history of other QB's in the league.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Danny Leroux of Real GM and Sporting News joins WEEI’s Sam Packard and CLNS Radio’s Jared Weiss to dive into the Celtics trade potential and the reemergence of the three guard lineup. They answered your Twitter questions and Danny proposed his idea for drastic reforms to the NBA Playoffs system. Subscribe to the WEEI Celtics Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher today!
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
With Rob Bradford back from a pre-Spring Training trip to Ft. Myers, the guys discuss Rob's chat with Clay Buchholz and his calling 2016 a "make or break year"
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Arpon Basu calls the boys to talk some Canadiens hockey and why they have been on the downward spiral for quite some time now. He talks about the malaise around the team in the locker room and the fan-base, his thoughts on the NHL Playoffs and the state of the Bruins vs where Montreal finds themselves. Arpon goes as far as to say that today may be a "make it or break it" game for them against Carolina.
Kirk responded to complaints from OMF regarding our promotion of the podcast.
The top stories of the day.
The guys discussed the greatest Celtics of all time.
LeSean McCoy is being investigated for fighting off duty police officers at a nightclub, and radio host and former Giant, Amani Toomer, defends McCoy.
Jonny Gomes, one of the more outspoken athletes to play in Boston, is talking about his decision to play in Japan. Of course, he's playing himself up as a hero. The guys also make fun of Red Sox Truck Day.
The guys talk about the Super Bowl champs' defense, which continuously bailed out Peyton Manning's offense. Was this one of the best in recent memory? Should the Patriots build theirs defense the same way?
Hockey talk dominates the day as we break down the drubbing the Bruins took from the Kings, and get your reactions.
We take a quick look at the Celtics options and possibilities to make a deadline move.
We discuss a new list on ESPN ranking the NBA's greatest all-time players.
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.
Mikey, Mut and Arcand are talking about the Red Sox as it was Red Sox truck day and we are inside of a week for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training.
The New Age Insiders discussed the recent retirement of WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan, and what the plans could look like for Wrestlemania 32 without Bryan, Cena, Rollins and Orton in the picture. Follow us on Twitter at @NewAgeInsiders, @BillNevilleNAI, and @LiamNAI
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