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Darryl Strawberry finds new path in life

Meet Darryl Strawberry and Dave Winfield at Steiner

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Darryl Strawberry sits down with Fran Healy in the next episode of “The Game 365,’’ premiering on MSG Plus Monday night, to discuss his latest chapter as a preacher and ministry leader who has opened a series of “recovery centers’’ under his name.

The episode includes video of Strawberry addressing an audience in Lynchburg, Virginia, saying, “I grew up in a really dysfunctional situation....

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Breen, Spanarkel, Maher win Emmys

MSG announcer Mike Breen.

Mike Breen of MSG was named best sports play-by-play man and Jim Spanarkel of YES best analyst at the New York Emmy Awards presentation Sunday night.

Other winners included Kevin Maher of News 12 Long Island as best sports anchor and YES for coverage of the Nets and for its coverage of Mariano Rivera’s final game for the Yankees.

MSG’s “Lost and Found: ’73 Knicks Championship Tape’’...

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NCAA East Regional ticket market still en fuego

Villanova's Darrun Hilliard II defends Connecticut's Shabazz Napier

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Fueled by the presence of Connecticut and its avid fan base just up the road, tickets on the secondary market for the NCAA East Regional continue to be extraordinarily costly.

According to SeatGeek, which monitors a number of resale sites, selling prices for Friday night's regional semifinals at the Garden now are more expensive than for either session of the Final Four.

Friday night...

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Kenny Smith happy NCAAs are back at MSG

Former basketball player Kenny Smith and his wife

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Kenny Smith sits in the CBS/Turner studio between a Midwesterner in Clark Kellogg and a Southerner in Charles Barkley, so it’s up to him to be the official New York representative on the NCAA crew.

No problems there for a guy who even though he now lives in California still has no shortage of Queens-bred pride, more so than ever with the tournament returning to Madison Square Garden on Friday...

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Ed Burns likes hoops, and hoops movies

HOOSIERS, 1986 Hoosiers, directed by David Anspaugh and

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Ed Burns’ two favorite sports movies were set far from his hometown of Valley Stream: “Hoosiers’’ and “Rocky.’’

“I’m a basketball junkie,’’ the actor/writer/director/producer said of his love for “Hoosiers,’’ which came out in 1986, when he was a senior at Hewlett High School and “basketball was my life.”

But Burns’ sports flick knowledge also extends closer to home than Indiana or Philadelphia....

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Islanders, Rangers rate; Devils don't

New York Islanders center John Tavares keeps his

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The Islanders’ season has not worked out the way they had hoped on the ice, but their television performance has been a success in comparison.

Sports Business Journal crunched numbers at the Olympic break and determined that relative to this point in 2011-12 – the last non-lockout season – they were up 95.2 percent in average rating – second in the NHL to the Coyotes.

The Rangers ranked...

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Mike Francesa says CBSSN would prefer Attila the Hun over him

WFAN longtime radio host Mike Francesa on the

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By process of elimination, Fox Sports 1 and MSG must be the leading contenders for MIke Francesa's TV simulcast, what with Francesa saying on the air Tuesday that the cost of his show would exceed SNY's budget, then saying this about the "people" who run CBS Sports - and CBS Sports Network:

"We don’t get along. We haven’t gotten along for a long time. They would never, ever put me on the CBS...

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Will Mike Francesa, Michael Kay both end up on Fox channels?

WFAN long-time employee Mike Francesa, just before his

Michael Kay's first day on the YES Network averaged 0.61 percent of New York- area homes, a promising start for the ESPN Radio host's new TV simulcast.

(Mike Francesa's simulcast usually averaged in the 0.2-0.3 range; time will tell whether Kay can perform at or near that level over an extended period.)

The tune-in factor might have been helped by the social media storm that followed...

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Carl Banks says Bill Parcells offered cash for takedown of Eric Dickerson

Carl Banks looks on during a ceremony before

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On the season premiere of MSG's "Four Courses with JB Smoove" Wednesday night (after the Knicks game) former Giants linebacker Carl Banks tells the group about a bounty of sorts that Bill Parcells offered for a takedown of the Rams' Eric Dickerson in 1984.

“Bill says, 'You’re gonna start against Eric,'" Banks says on the show. "We didn’t know how we were going to stop him,...

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Walt Frazier goes back to future

Knicks guard Walt Frazier. (Sept. 15, 1970)

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Walt Frazier is 68 now, a half-century removed from a childhood in segregated Atlanta and from most of the people who shaped him there.

But the years fall away quickly in an episode of MSG’s “Beginnings’’ that premieres Tuesday and follows Clyde to his old neighborhood, and a time before anyone called him “Clyde.’’

While there he visits the restaurant where he worked as a teenager –...

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