9th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Air Today

The 9th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon began with Dennis and Callahan this morning, and will run all day today and tomorrow. The broadcast is full of emotional patient and caregiver stories, and celebrity guests.

You can make gifts by phone at 877-738-1234 or online by clicking here.  A $10 contribution can also be made via text message by texting KCANCER to 20222.

If you’re able to do so, I highly encourage supporting this event.

If you’re in New Hampshire, you can listen to the Radio-Telethon on Sports Radio WGAM on 1250AM in Manchester and 900AM in Nashua. Each day from 4P-6P, Mike Mutnansky will host the locally produced “Hometeam” and blend local sports talk with local inspiring stories associated with the telethon.

The Red Sox continued their season long streak against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim last night, posting a 7-5win at Fenway Park. Get the full links at RedSoxLinks.com.

Bad breaks hardly whole story of 2010 Red Sox – Jon Couture notes that the Red Sox have more than just injuries to blame for their 2010 fate.

Major changes – Christopher Smith has a look at Felix Doubront, who is enjoying his time in the majors as a reliever and looking forward to his mother visiting from Venezuela next week.

Playoffs a miracle? Not for Red Sox – Gordon Edes has the confident Red Sox not feeling pressure to make the playoffs.

Jacoby Ellsbury a sore subject – Steve Buckley gets the outfielder to speak privately about how the media criticism has hurt him.

Still plenty of Sox subplots – Lenny Megliola offers a number of thoughts on the Red Sox.

Cameron to have surgery within 2 weeks – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Mike Cameron’s season coming to an end with surgery.

Patriots

The Patriots play their second preseason game tonight, down in Atlanta on FOX.

There are a number of columns today telling us what to look for:

Albert R. Breer – Mike Reiss – Christopher Price – Tom E. Curran – Ian R. Rapoport – Rich Garven – Glen Farley 

Rookie Spikes shifts right into the fast lane – Robert Mays has a look at the insider linebacker from Florida.

Time not right for Wes Welker to play – Karen Guregian thinks that the Patriots should hold Welker out tonight.

Brandon Deaderick may prove plucky 7 – Rapoport’s notebook has the seventh round pick from Alabama getting a shot to make an impact.

‘Hard Knocks’ Week 2: Not so heavy on Rex Ryan – Kirk Minihane reviews last night’s episode.

C’s mailbag: One more hole to fill – Chris Forsberg thinks the Celtics need another swingman, but there’s no rush.

Marco Sturm Vows to Comeback From Injury to Help Bruins in 2010-11 Season – Douglas Flynn has the veteran winger determined to help the Bruins this season.

Revolution burned by penalties – I had turned to CSNNE last night to check out some Sports Central, and the Revolution game was still going on. The ending was pretty intense, which some really bad calls in the final minutes. Frank Dell’Apa reports on the game.

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Buchholz, Kalish Power Sox Over Angels

Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings and Ryan Kalish hit his first career grand slam as the Red Sox blanked the Angels 6-0 at Fenway Park. Get the full links at RedSoxLinks.com.

It’s a really good batch of links today, so enjoy:

Clay Buchholz Serves As Silent Warrior in Red Sox Victory Packed With Excitement – Tony Lee with a look at an entertaining night at Fenway.

Ryan Kalish’s family enjoying the show – Mike Fine has Kalish’s grandparents, who are Polish immigrants, getting a chance to watch him blossom.

Kalish slam just another sign of progress – Sean McAdam has Kalish continuing to impress at the Major League level.

Introducing your 2014 Boston Red Sox – Daniel Barbarisi looks at what the Red Sox roster might look like in four years. A pretty intriguing article.

Pedroia feels good in return – Maureen Mullen looks at the second baseman excited to be back on the field.

Ellsbury could be done for the season – The Globe notebook builds on a Gordon Edes report that the outfielder has another rib fracture and probably out for the season.

Randy Moss continues to amaze – Mike Reiss notes that it is easy to take Moss for granted when when extraordinary things happen on a regular basis,

Terrence Wheatley Making Major Improvements to Land Spot on 2010-2011 Roster – Jeff Howe has the 2008 second round pick making big strides in this camp.

Brady sub hunt over? – Rich Garven says that the Patriots feel they have a keeper in the second year QB from Michigan State.

Brady explains why patience is paper-thin – Tom E Curran has the Patriots QB talking about why he’s been all over his teammates in this camp.

Alge Crumpler stays mum on return to Atlanta – Ian Rapoport’s notebook has the big TE quiet in his return to his former team and offseason home.

Worry Wart – Preseason Game Two At Falcons – Chris Warner goes over a few things he’s anxious to check out tomorrow night.

Pierce plays assistant GM during the offseason – A. Sherrod Blakely has the Captain talking about last season and how he lobbied the Celtics to sign Shaq. CSNNE has an long interview with Piece broken up in four parts as well.

Bruins Blue-Line Presence Should Only Continue to Improve With Dennis Seidenberg – Douglas Flynn looks at how the Bruins defense should be improved with Seidenberg here for a complete season.

Tip of the cap to AAGA – Congratulations to Mark Farinella on being inducted into the Attleboro Area Golf Association Hall fo Fame.

Sox/Angels Tickets Plentiful, Prices Continue Low

Despite a small, last minute jump in the price, tickets for this series between the Red Sox and Angels continue to be available at great prices. This morning’s Globe article examined the drop in prices and how it is impacting both individual scalpers and companies like Ace Tickets.

With Dustin Pedroia returning to the lineup tonight, the price has jumped a bit, but look at what tickets are selling for over the next two nights:

In the past, this would be a game in huge demand. With the Sox scuffling a bit and on the edge of the playoff race, it’s well down from those levels. In fact, in checking the BSMW TiqIQ Deal Zone, bleacher seats are selling for as little as $16. That’s 68% below face value.

Patriots Hit Atlanta, Sox Back Home

The Patriots are in Atlanta this week for a couple of joint practices with the Falcons prior to Thursday night’s preseason game.

Going back to old way of tuning up – Albert R. Breer has Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talking about what the teams hope to accomplish with this arrangement.

With help from Brady, Hernandez opening NFL career on strong note – Christopher Price has a look at how Tom Brady is taking Aaron Hernandez under his wing in this training camp. Mike Reiss has a look at the Patriots new look at tight end.

Longtime reserve defensive lineman Mike Wright gets shot – Um, nice headline to Ian Rapoport’s article on the D-Line backup, who will again see a bigger role this season.

In this corner: Terrence Wheatley – Karen Guregian has the 2008 draft pick stepping up his game in this camp.

Patriots’ confidence grows in Brian Hoyer – Robert Lee has the Patriots backup QB continuing to grow in his role.

Welker game plan incomplete – Shalise Manza Young’s notebook has the Patriots not revealing their plans for the receiver this preseason.

The wizard – David Willis has a look at Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias and his ability to thrill fans simply by taking infield practice.

Future spree: On a hectic day, Sox spend heavily on draftees – Alex Speier has the Red Sox wrapping up business with their draftees, including signing prized right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo.

Dustin Pedroia a sight for sore eyes – Joe McDonald says that the second baseman will provide a much-needed spark in his return to the lineup.

Power surge recharges Hall – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has Bill Hall enjoying baseball this season.

Losses are piling up for scalpers – Robert Mays looks at plummeting business for scalpers outside Fenway Park. A look at TiqIQ shows the average ticket price for Red Sox games dropping to the lowest in years. The average price to tickets for Wednesday and Thursday’s games are $37 and $36 respectively.

A dream duo for Davis – Scott Souza has Glen Davis thrilled to have the opportunity to play with his idol, Shaquille O’Neal.

New Bruins Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis Expected to Replace Craig Ramsay’s Experience – Douglas Flynn has a very good look at the new Bruins assistant coach.

Sox Wrap 5-5 Road Trip, Return To Fenway 5 Games Out

The Red Sox finished up a 5-5 road trip yesterday with a 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Red Sox left wanting more from road trip – Sean McAdam says that despite a .500 record on a tough 10 game trip, the Red Sox wanted (and needed) more.

Gyroball student becomes the master: Wilson offers Matsuzaka a lesson – Alex Speier has C.J. Wilson shutting down the Red Sox on a pitch he learned from Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Kalish could turn into a central figure – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook says that rookie Ryan Kalish could figure into the Red Sox centerfield plans.

The Patriots lost Ty Warren for the season on Friday, placing him on injured reserve. Yesterday they placed receiver Torry Holt on injured reserve. In addition, Derrek Burgess and Ron Brace made their training camp debuts for the Patriots.

Rash of injuries tests Patriots’ depth – Mike Reiss has the Patriots already scrambling to update their depth charts.

Hoping to make a splash – Albert R Breer has a report from the Miami Dolphins’ training camp.

Stiff competition for linebacker – Paul Kenyon has a look at the candidates to start at linebacker for the Patriots.

Brace finally cleared to play – Jennifer Toland has the 2009 second round pick finally getting on the practice field.

Veteran Holt won’t catch on this year – Monique Walker’s notebook has more on Torry Holt’s run with the Patriots coming to a swift end.

Flutie’s final fling – Lenny Megliola has a look at Billy Flutie as he enters his senior year at Boston College.

Around The League – Preseason Week One – Jeremy Gottlieb resumes his Patriots Daily weekly roundup of the NFL.

On the flipside:

Derrick Burgess was there in body, but mind also?

I’m never a fan of “body language” columns, and Karen Guregian goes that route this morning, and takes it to a new level, as she tells us that Burgess’ eyes were wandering during the morning walkthrough, and that he looked like he wanted no part of rookie cornerback Devin McCourty and how he overall looked like he’d rather be at the dentist.

It’s hard enough to analyze what is going on out on the field without trying to also analyze what is going on inside a player’s head.

Friday Night Megalinks

After playing chauffeur all day today, it’s time to do some linkage for you.

As usual, we have the Weekend Viewing Picks. And now to our links.

USA Today’s Michael Hiestand and Mike McCarthy debate the Jim Gray/Corey Pavin dispute.

Fanhouse’s John Walters was able to go inside ESPN’s college football meetings this week.

John writes that ESPN’s College Gameday is a rolling ambassador for college football.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes that ESPN2 and Fox Soccer Channel will be all over the English Premier League for the next three seasons.

Mike says this past Wednesday’s Yankees-Rangers game set a ratings record for Fox Sports Southwest.

Katy Bachman of Mediaweek writes about ESPN the Gas Station continuing for a few more years. I actually wrote about this three years ago.

At the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred goes after the Miami Herald’s Dan LeBatard. Just a mere few weeks since going after the Detroit Free Press’ Mitch Albom.

Bill Krueger at the Poynter Institute feels Deadspin betrayed Jenn Sterger by not waiting for her to confirm the Brett Favre sexting story.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell talks with Nike’s president about two of its most embattled clients.

Darren says Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano is beginning to reap the benefits of being a star in New York.

Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk says he’s no longer writing for the Sporting News. 

Mike says HBO’s Hard Knocks’ season premiere featuring the New York Jets had a higher viewership than last year’s premiere with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Florio says Green Day will perform at halftime of the opening Monday Night Football game at the new Meadowlands Stadium.

Joe Favorito notes that bloggers are writing better and gaining more notoriety.

Sports Media Watch notices that last Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees game on Fox actually drew a lower rating than Braves-Reds the week before.

SMW says last weekend’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductions received a huge ratings bump from last year thanks to some star power.

SMW says ratings dropped for ESPN’s NFL preseason opener.

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media feels NHL Network should remember some of the league’s teams that no longer exist.

Amanda Rykoff, a.k.a. The OCD Chick, has a roundup of reaction to sexist remarks made by MASN’s Rob Dibble earlier in the week.

Rebecca Glass in This Purist Bleeds Pinstripes tells Dibble to shut up

Dave Kohl at the Major League Programs blog notes that baseball local radio ratings don’t often match the local TV numbers.

Emmitt Jones at the Sports Business Digest likes the idea of the University of Oregon soccer scarves doubling as season tickets.

Susan Shan covers a pick-up basketball game between two social media companies. 

Proud Canadian and unabashed Montreal Expos fan Jonah Keri asks us to watch MLB Network’s special on the 1994 Expos on Sunday.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Chad Finn from the Boston Globe says there will be plenty of media outlets for new Celtics backup center Shaquille O’Neal to play with this upcoming season.

Jessica Heslam of the Boston Herald writes that NESN is branching out from sports and will carry a program hosted by former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey. Does this mean no more Dirty Water TV?

Boston Sports Radio Watch says the war between WEEI and 98.5 The Sports Hub is getting even tighter in the ratings.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes on the return of Bob Uecker to the Milwaukee Brewers radio booth after heart surgery.

Neil Best sighting! Neil Best sighting! Neil Best of Newsday talks about seeing ads for New York Football Giants tickets, something he never thought would never happen in his lifetime.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News likes how SNY’s Bob Ojeda doesn’t mince words after another clubhouse incident involving the Mets.

Phil Mushnick at the New York Post wonders if WFAN’s Craig Carton, a noted critic of MSG head James Dolan, will be willing to still criticize now that his radio show will be simulcast on MSG Network.

Mark Cannizzaro of the Post says the Jets give themselves high marks after seeing themselves on HBO’s Hard Knocks.

The Post’s Justin Terranova has five questions for MLB Network’s Jim Kaat.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union catches up with New York Giants left tackle David Diehl who took part in the NFL Broadcasting Boot Camp earlier this summer.

At the Washington Post’s DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg notes that the Orioles are beginning to make a ratings dent in the nation’s capital.

Dan recaps DC NFL team owner Dan Snyder’s appearance on Friday night’s preseason game telecast.

Jim Williams at the Washington Examiner talks about the DC NFL team’s broadcast teams ready and rarin’ to go for the season.

Dave McKenna of the Washington City Paper profiles sportscaster Grant Paulsen who had to restart his broadcast career after it stalled after high school.

South

Bob Molinaro of the Virginian-Pilot says a local TV station values carrying the DC NFL team, but still isn’t showing the games in HD.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel writes that Florida coach Urban Meyer has a Twitter coordinator.

Jeff Shain of the Sentinel says the Jim Gray/Corey Pavin tiff is another in a line of Golf Channel strife. 

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Ray Buck talks football and baseball with former Fox Sports NFL announcer Pat Summerall.

Mike Graham of the Dallas Morning News says Texas Tech is trying to reach more recruits by producing its own reality show and syndicating it to various cable systems in the South. 

To David Barron at the Houston Chronicle who talks with ESPN Radio hack (my words, not his) Colin Cowherd.

Richard Connelly of the Houston Press notes that ESPN Deportes Radio has arrived in town

This story is from last month, but I somehow missed it. From the Daily Oklahoman, Mel Bracht talks with ESPN legendary play-by-play man Ron Franklin about his return to the Alleged Worldwide Leader after originally deciding to retire in February.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer isn’t too happy with the Fox Sports Radio hiring of Pat O’Brien when a perfectly good candidate is working in the local area.

Jeff Bell of Business First of Columbus (OH) says the dispute between Time Warner and Disney which could take ESPN off cable systems follows a familiar pattern

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus isn’t too concerned over Tiger Woods’ finish in the PGA Championship.

Duane Dudek of the Journal Sentinel is puzzled over three local TV stations focusing on Tiger Woods’ personal life instead of golf.

Tim Cuprisin in OnMilwaukee looks at the off and on coverage of the Brett Favre sexting story.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has his weekly winners and losers.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has Fox’s Joe Buck still refusing to take responsibility for getting the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hurt last Saturday.

Dan says the Gateway City’s top-rated sports radio station is forming a partnership with the market’s CBS affiliate to provide content and reports.

West

Scott D. Pierce of the Deseret (UT) News says when Utah heads to the Pac 10/12, finding their games could be just as big an issue as it is currently.

Dick Enberg answered readers’ e-mails for the Denver Post. 

John Maffei at the North County Times writes that even though Fox is picking up the San Diego Padres on Saturday, just the West Coast will see them.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News writes about how Lakers owner Jerry Buss had the vision to realize how forming a cable channel would only help his team expand its fanbase.

Tom has his extensive sports news and notes in his blog (plus a link back to Fang’s Bites, thanks Tom).

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin at the Toronto Globe and Mail says the whole Jim Gray/Corey Pavin story is a “he said, she said” affair.

The Toronto Star’s Chris Zelkovich warns Blue Jays fans about another potential dispute over a new cable sports channel.

That will conclude the megalinks. We’re done.