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Grand Prix of Boston coming next year 05.22.15 at 12:20 am ET
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Boston will have its first Indy Car race next Labor Day weekend.

The news was announced at an event Thursday evening at the Westin Boston Waterfront. City officials including Boston Director of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment Ken Brissette were joined by leaders of Grand Prix of Boston, with local comedian Dave Russo serving as the event’s MC.

“We’€™re very thrilled that we’€™re going to be bringing this exciting world-class event,” Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark Pellone said to those on hand for the announcement.

The Grand Prix of Boston will take place Sept. 2-5, 2016, in Boston’€™s Seaport District.

“€œNext year, the world will be watching us here in Boston,”€ Brissette said. “€œGrand Prix is an iconic sports event tied to the host city’€™s identity. Our hope is to make this an annual event.”

The race route begins on South Boston Bypass Road and ends on D Street.


Boston will join St. Petersburg, Florida; Long Beach, California; and Detroit as cities with street racing in the Verizon Indy Car Series. In a video shown prior to speeches from those on hand, IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said that construction for the event would be “minimally disruptive” for inhabitants of the Seaport District.

The one major change that the group promised was on the tourism front, as Brissette noted that Labor Day is typically not a particularly strong time for tourism in the area. He noted that the event hopes to bring in 250,000 people.

“The economic impact will be huge,” Brissette said, noting the success that Houston, Indianapolis and Toronto have had.

Added Brissette: “It’€™s about time Boston gets on the map as well.”

Boston 2024 chief executive Richard Davey on D&C: ‘We’re not going to use tax payer dollars’ 05.05.15 at 8:19 am ET
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Richard Davey, the chief executive of Boston 2014 joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning to discuss the status of the bid and what is to come. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Davey said the biggest thing right now is to convince people that there will be no tax payer dollars going towards the event, as it will be privately funded.

“We have to convince people we’re not going to use tax payer dollar for venues and operations,” said Davey. “Those are right questions, other governments do that. We haven’t produced a detailed plan yet. In the next couple months [we will] so you guys can give us feedback and we’re confident we can do that. I know you have traffic and other concerns and we can talk about that, but the number one piece is we need to assure people is we’re not going to use tax payer dollars.”

He added: “All in it’s $9 billion. The billion for security and the rest is privately funded, so it’s game operations, you get it from TV revenue, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships.”

Federal tax payers will have to cover $1 billion for security, but Davey noted they will likely apply for a national security event.

“There’s a process in place that we apply for with what is called a national security event,” Davey said. “The Olympics in 2002 got, political party conventions get that, in fact, a couple Super Bowls have as well. Guys, even if we lose the Olympics, I have news for you, we’re going to be paying for security whether it is in Paris or Rome of Hamburg. We deploy special security forces, the military to some extent, we did it in Sochi 18 months ago to protect their athletes.”

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Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao on points, remains unbeaten 05.03.15 at 7:19 am ET
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In the richest fight in the history of boxing, Floyd Mayweather improved to 48-0 after beating Manny Pacquiao on points Saturday night.

Two ringside judges scored the fight 116-112, while the other ruled it 118-110.

Mayweather was able to use his superior reach for much of the fight to fend off the smaller Pacquiao, who ended up chasing his opponent for much of the fight.

“I take my hat off to Manny Pacquiao. I see now why he is at the pinnacle of boxing,” Mayweather told reporters. “I knew he was going to push me, win some rounds. I wasn’t being hit with a lot of shots until I sit in a pocket and he landed a lot of shots.”

It was disclosed after the decision that Pacquiao was participating in the fight with an injured right shoulder, which he damaged around March 11 (according to promoter Bob Arum). The Nevada boxing commissioners didn’t allow Pacquiao to take an anti-inflammatory shot prior to the fight.

“The ruling tonight affected the outcome of the fight,” Arum told the media.

For a complete recap of the event, click here.

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile on D&C: ‘That is a tough decision [jury has] to make’ 04.28.15 at 8:25 am ET
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Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Marc Fucarile threw out the first pitch at a game at Fenway Park last year. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Boston Marathon bombing survivor Marc Fucarile joined the Dennis & Callahan show on Tuesday morning to talk about the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev trial and what his life is like two years after the tragedy. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Tsarnaev trial is now in the penalty stage, with the jury deciding between life in prison or death. Fucarile says he goes back-and-forth as to he what he would like to happen.

“To be honest, I don’t know,” Fucarile said. “I really don’t know. I really don’t know what I would do. That is a tough decision they have to make. I kind of sway both ways. I think our death penalty, it’s tough. I think the way we put people down is a little too easy. We actually put dogs down like that because it’s humane. I’m undecided. I think it would be more torturous for him to sit in prison and him being a young man and having to stay there the rest of his life would be pretty torturous.

“But, at the same time, what do you actually have to do in this country to get the death penalty if this guy doesn’t get it? He terrorized the city. Dropped a bomb. Killed little Martin Richard. Killed Lingzi Lu and injured hundreds of people. And executed a cop and went on a wild chase. Hijacked a guy. What do you actually have to do to get the death penalty? That is why I kind of sway both ways. I’m undecided.”

Tsarnaev’s family is now in America as they are witnesses in the case. Taxpayers are funding their trip and accommodations while they are here, which angers many people, including Fucarile.

“I think it’s ridiculous, to be honest,” he said. “I think it’s absolutely absurd. Our country and the people that are even considering that and doing that, signing that paper work should be ashamed. This is a convicted terrorist. He got found guilty on 30 charges. He executed a police officer. Him and his brother. Their rights should be stripped of them.”

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Lelisa Desisa wins Boston Marathon men’s race, Caroline Rotich wins women’s 04.20.15 at 12:41 pm ET
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Ethiopia’€™s Lelisa Desisa won his second Boston Marathon men’€™s race on Monday, finishing with a time of 2:09:17. Desisa also won the race in 2013. The top American finisher was Dathan Rizenhien in seventh. Last year’€™s winner, Meb Keflezighi, finished eight.

On the women’€™s side, Kenya’€™s Caroline Rotich (2:24:55) beat Ethiopia’€™s Mare Dibaba by four seconds in an exciting finish that featured multiple lead changes in the final mile. Desiree Linden was the top American finisher, coming in fourth. Marblehead’€™s Shalane Flanagan finished ninth.

Mayor Marty Walsh on D&C: Boston has ‘fair shot’ at Olympic bid, but can’t control what other countries pay 02.10.15 at 10:54 am ET
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Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined Dennis & Callahan in studio Tuesday morning and talked about the city’s 2024 Olympic bid, and also to discuss the recent snow to hit the region. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Walsh said the city has a “fair shot” at getting the bid in 2024, but also said he cannot control what other countries do in terms of the money they put into the bid and building the facilities needed to host the games, going beyond what Boston can offer.

“I think that is where we have a disadvantage,” Walsh said. “We’re talking about a walkable, economical Olympics here in the City of Boston that can be done under a certain cost. I think we can’t control what other countries will pay for the Olympics. You look at Russia and Sochi and what happened there, that was a large investment — I am not sure if the number was $51 billion, but you we’re talking tens of billions of dollars that were invested in that part of that country to host the Olympics.

“You can’t tell me other countries didn’t have better bids that could have went in because from what I understand this wasn’t even a village before the Olympics were chosen, then all of a sudden they built a village for the Olympics and what is happening there now. I think we have a fair shot, but I don’t know what the politics are higher up.”

Walsh also noted the last Olympics in the United States was Atlanta in 1996, so that helps Boston’s chances with that case, but he noted again the city will not go along with the games if the financials do not check out.

“It’s been 30 years since we had an Olympics in the United States, so I think we have a fair shot with that case,” he said. “I also think the IOC is looking saying we need to bring these costs down. The popularity of these games isn’t where it was say in the 80s, or ’84. They have to rebrand themselves and that is where we’re trying to look at here in Boston is rebranding what the Olympic model would be, not just in the United States, but in the world. It is a lot of money for a 14-day event and it is a lot of money for a 30-day event when you put in the paralympic games.

“I think as long as the financial model that we’re talking about works, we’re OK. If it doesn’t work then we have from now until 2017, and I will be the first to say we’re not going for it if the financial model doesn’t work.”

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Video: Prosecutors offer potential smoking gun in Aaron Hernandez trial 01.31.15 at 5:06 pm ET
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This video (surfaced by TMZ) was presented by prosecutors in the Aaron Hernandez trial, potentially showing the defendant holding a gun upon returning to his house the night of the Odin Lloyd shooting.

Live chat: Gerry Callahan answers your questions, 11:30 a.m. 01.06.15 at 10:20 pm ET
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Join Gerry Callahan of the Dennis & Callahan show for a live chat, starting at 11:30 Wednesday morning. Ask Callahan anything that’s on your mind, including dirt about his co-hosts or thoughts on the Patriots’ playoff run. Get your questions in now …

Live Blog Gerry Callahan live chat

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott dead at 49 01.04.15 at 10:22 am ET
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ESPN announced Sunday morning that longtime anchor Stuart Scott has died at the age of 49. Scott had been battling cancer. He leaves behind two daughters, Taelor (19) and Syndni (15).

Scott worked at ESPN for the past 22 years, having previously worked in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. He played club football at the University of North Carolina after graduating from Reynolds High in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

For a complete retrospective of Scott’s life an career, click here.

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Reports: Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways 12.28.14 at 8:04 pm ET
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In a move that surprised no one, Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers have mutually parted ways, according to multiple reports.

Harbaugh has been the coach of the 49ers since 2011 and went to the Super Bowl in 2012. Things were ugly in San Fransisco this season, as the 49ers went 8-8 and missed the postseason.

The coach is now a top candidate to be the next coach at the University of Michigan.