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Neil Best first worked at Newsday in 1982, then returned in 1985. His SportsWatch column debuted in 2005.

During the past five years, Sid Rosenberg never has been shy about juggling dual priorities - embracing his new life in Florida while not uprooting his ties to New York.

Never before, though, has he gone this far to have the best of both his media worlds:

Since early January, he has spent mornings doing half-hourly sports updates on WINS (1010 AM), the all-news powerhouse, and afternoons doing his talk show on WQAM in South Florida.

"How many guys can boast doing morning drive in New York and afternoon drive in Miami?'' he said.

Only one, presumably. Fortunately for Rosenberg, he never has lacked for energy.

He said his days begin at about 5 a.m., when he walks into his den in Boca Raton, reads the New York papers on his iPad and is "ready to rock'' for reports from 6:15 to 9:45 a.m.

After that, he typically goes for a long run, then is at WQAM's studios before 1. His show, which heavily covers New York teams in addition to South Florida ones, is on from 3 to 7.

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WINS approached Rosenberg for the job after Jerry Recco left it to focus on his primary role as the update man on the morning show at WFAN, another CBS Radio-owned station.

It initially seemed like an odd fit, given Rosenberg's edgy personality and comic touch, and WINS' decades-long reputation for nuts-and-bolts news. Mostly, though, he plays it straight.

"It's not like I'm going to take this and start talking about porn stars in the morning," he said.

Instead, Rosenberg has used New York-related material from his Florida show to add depth to his WINS segments.

(When Giants safety Antrel Rolle criticized Tom Coughlin's style recently, he did so in an interview with Rosenberg on WQAM.)

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Rosenberg rejected the notion that the WINS gig is another step in rehabilitating his image at CBS Radio - which he left in 2005 during a period in which he struggled with substance abuse - with an eye on a return to WFAN.

He noted he filled in on two dozen or so shows on the FAN last year, mostly in the summer.

"I don't think I need 1010 WINS as a transition,'' he said. "I think it's obvious we've established the relationship with WFAN.''

Not that that means he's angling for a full-time return. He recently re-signed with WQAM through 2012 and said, "More than ever, I love it.'' But the WINS offer proved too appealing to pass up.

"This is one of the greatest stations in the history of our medium,'' Rosenberg said. "It's a New York presence on a daily basis, which is something I'm thrilled with. It's also a paycheck. Why not?''

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HBO aims at 'Deadspin'

Andrea Kremer dives into the shark-infested waters of the controversial blog "Deadspin" for a segment on HBO's "Real Sports'' that premieres Tuesday night.

Jets fans have gained an, um, intimate knowledge of the site in recent months, thanks to reports on the off-field lives of Brett Favre, Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.

Author Buzz Bissinger, who famously went after founding editor Will Leitch in an expletive-filled rant on HBO a few years back, is among the interview subjects. So is former ESPN analyst Sean Salisbury, a onetime "Deadspin'' punching bag who comes off sympathetically.

"Deadspin" editor A.J. Daulerio attempts to put it all in perspective and insists he has "normal, human emotions." Some will understand where he is coming from. Others, including most journalism traditionalists, will not.

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MLB on Fox: Prime time

Given the ratings success of last year's experiment with two Saturday nights of baseball on Fox, it was inevitable the network would look to expand the idea in 2011.

Voilà: Fox will offer regionalized prime-time coverage on three Saturdays in May - the 14th, 21st and 28th. Games begin at 7. The first slate features the Red Sox against the Yankees, the second the Mets against the Yankees and the third the Mets against the Phillies.