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.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy's parting shot after not taking the job is to attack Dino for how he treats producers.
Bernie Sanders wants to debate Trump.
Yaz was on hand at Fenway last night to honor the '86 team and Wade Boggs' number retirement.
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.