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09/30/2010 - 6:52am
Mashup: Tour winner tested positive

Just another day of controversy in the cycling world. Tour de France 2010 winner Alberto Contador tested positive for a banned substance on the final rest day of the event, according to his spokesman. Contador, a three-time winner, blames it on tainted food. Meanwhile, friends of Lance Armstrong are being called to testify before a grand jury investigating doping in the sport.

 

In football news, former Giant Tiki Barber said coach Tom Coughlin's job is in jeopardy, plus we've got video of the early leader for interception of the year. Check it out at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


09/30/2010 - 6:31am
Billick on D&C: 'I'll take Tom Brady'

Brian Billick joined Dennis & Callahan for his weekly visit and was asked about Tom Brady's fourth quarter struggles on the road. "I'll take Tom Brady as my quarterback any time, any place, on the road in the fourth quarter and I'll beat you with whoever you got," Billick said. "Any time you look at a road record you got to look at: What was the circumstance, who were they playing, what was the circumstance of the team did they have to force the ball down the field." 

 

The Patriots will be tested on the road as Billick noted: "You look at New England's schedule, they're going to figure it out here pretty quick. You're talking about Miami, Baltimore, San Diego, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Indy. That's ambitious to say the least."

 

To hear the whole interview, visit the Dennis & Callahan audio...

09/29/2010 - 11:24pm
Cameron: Next year to determine retirement

CHICAGO -- Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron, who is recovering from surgery on a sports hernia, said prior to the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to the White Sox that he will use the 2011 season as the sole barometer when it comes to determining when he will retire. Cameron had said when 


09/29/2010 - 10:59pm
Beckett says back wasn't an issue

CHICAGO -- Speaking after the Red Sox' 5-2 loss to the White Sox, Josh Beckett said that the back injury he had been sidelined with for almost two months wasn't a factor since he returned to the team's rotation on July 23. The pitcher finished off his 2010 season with a six-inning outing, in which he allowed four runs on 11 hits, giving up three runs in the seventh inning. 

 

"The back has been pretty good," said Beckett, who ends '10 at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

 

"A lot of things are based on results. People say results don't really matter, but results matter. When it's all said and done, that's what you have."

 

Since returning from the disabled list, Beckett went 5-5 with a 4.94 ERA. In the season's final month, he made five starts, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA while pitching at least six innings in each of the outings. Asked if he was hoping to build off of the final few appearances,...

09/29/2010 - 9:42pm
Beckett finishes disappointing year with loss

CHICAGO -- A day after being officially eliminated from postseason consideration, the Red Sox stayed stuck at 87 wins, losing to the White Sox, 5-2, Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

 

Taking the loss for the Red Sox was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who once again fell victim to the one, big inning. This time the righty's fate was sealed in the seventh, when he surrendered three runs after allowing just one leading into the inning. Beckett, who was making his final start of the season, finished by giving up four runs on 11 hits, with five strikeouts and four walks, over six innings. He finishes the season with at 6-6 with a 5.78 ERA.

 

The Red Sox finished with just four hits, with Marco Scutaro, David Ortiz, Mike Lowell, and Jed Lowrie each collecting one apiece.

 

The Red Sox struck first with a run in the fourth inning off of Chicago starter Freddy Garcia (7IP, 2R), coming when Ortiz placed a...

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