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Oh my: Dick Enberg still talkin' baseball

Dick Enberg interviews Roger Federer.

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Dick Enberg, who has been summoned to call one last U.S. Open match for CBS Sunday, rarely works on national television anymore, which leads many sports fans to assume he has retired.

“Oh, I get that all the time,’’ he said. “People say, ‘Hey, what are you doing now that you’re retired?’ I say, ‘Well, let’s start with 140 games a season.’’’

Enberg, who turns 80 in January, has been the...

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'The Simpsons' are good sports

"Always feel with your heart, although it's better

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With FXX’s 12-day, 552-episode marathon of “The Simpsons’’ winding down at last, soon it will be time to eat, sleep and reconnect with family members.

First, this observation: Until the network strung together the entire quarter century, I did not fully appreciate the depth of sports-themed shows in the archives.

ESPN.com once did a list of the best 100 sports moments on the show...

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SNY to profile Dwight Gooden in documentary

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Dwight Gooden, the last professional athlete I followed as an unabashed fan before I turned into a crusty, cynical old sportswriter, turns 50 this autumn. Fifty! Say it ain’t so, Doc.

Anyway, on at 9:30 p.m. Monday SNY will get a jump on the retrospectives surrounding that milestone – as well as the 30th anniversary of his first Mets season – when...

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Melo, Eli among investors in secondary ticket site

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 15: Professional basketball

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Need a difficult-to-get ticket to a big game?

Eli Manning or Carmelo Anthony might be able to hook you up.

SeatGeek, the secondary ticket market search engine, announced Thursday it had raised $35 million in financing, with Anthony, Manning and Manning's brother Peyton among the investors.

Here is Bloomberg's story on the transaction, since reading the original news release turned...

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Josh Lewin's radio partner suspended for anti-Semitic joke

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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No, not Howie Rose!

It was Josh Lewin's other radio partner - Hank Bauer, who works Chargers games with him - who landed in hot water thanks to an anti-Semitic joke he made during San Diego's preseason game against the 49ers.

Bauer was suspended for Thursday night's preseason finale against the Cardinals.

Lewin's primary summer job is calling Mets games on WOR radio....

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ESPN takes a bath on Michael Sam shower story

St. Louis Rams rookie defensive end Michael Sam

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Could ESPN's Josina Anderson have done a better, more delicate job on some elements of her report earlier this week about how Michael Sam has been accepted by his Rams teammates?

Yes, she could have.

But was her story so egregious it warranted a firestorm of social media criticism, an apology from ESPN, an angry response from Rams coach Jeff Fisher and the full Jon Stewart indignation...

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Greg LeMond recalls slaying the Badger

ESPN’s 30-for-30 returns Tuesday with “Slaying the Badger,’’ which focuses on Greg LeMond – who is back to being officially the only American to win the Tour de France – and his 1980s friend/teammate/rival Bernard Hinault.

The film, based on the book of that name by Richard Moore, reveals time has not healed old wounds for LeMond and his wife, Kathy.

This might be the best thing about...

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New channels for fight and fantasy fans

Featherweight Paul Geraci of Bellmore Kickboxing reacts after

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There seems to be no end in sight to the proliferation of specialized sports outlets, but say this for Len Asper, CEO of Toronto-based Anthem Media, which recently brought FNTSY Sports Network and Fight Network to Cablevision:

In fantasy and combat sports (including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling), he at least has two growth areas with favorable, young-skewing demographics...

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Erin Andrews goes pro

Sports reporter Erin Andrews attends The 2014 ESPYS

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Erin Andrews has a knack for finding her name in the news, even when she merely is an innocent bystander.

Her 2014 began with an infamous sideline interview of the Seahawks’ Richard Sherman.

Then just within the past week or so came news she would replace Pam Oliver as Fox’s top NFL sideline reporter, she interviewed Adam Wainwright after his controversial comments about grooving an...

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Fox's Time Warner bid takes aim at ESPN

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file

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The bombshell this week that Fox offered $80 billion to buy Time Warner – an offer Time Warner promptly rejected – has implications throughout the media industry.

But regardless of the other elements of the proposal, one of the biggest motivations for Fox surely is adding to its sports portfolio, and finding a short-cut to an elusive ambition: providing serious competition for ESPN.

With...

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