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Lionel Hollins makes media impression

Lionel Hollins has been introduced as the new

Winning is 99 percent of the job in coaching, but in New York the part of that 1 percent that involves dealing with the news media tends to be a lot bigger deal than in smaller, saner markets that lack tabloid back pages.

Lionel Hollins got off to a fine start on that front upon being introduced Monday as the Nets’ coach, replacing the maddeningly uncommunicative Jason Kidd.

How does...

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Stuart Scott broke ESPN mold

ESPN's new "SportsCenter" set in Bristol, Conn., on

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Stuart Scott shook up the “SportsCenter’’ anchoring model when he arrived at ESPN in 1993 - initially at brand new ESPN2 - taking risks that not everyone embraced but that have paid off in a long, high-profile career.

But he said the idea never was to be different for the sake of being different.

“I followed what had already been established here, and that is be yourself,’’ he said recently...

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Mets broadcasters in trivia battle

Mets radio announcers Howie Rose, left, and Josh

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Howie Rose said it "felt like going into The Spectrum in the 1970s" when WOR's Mets broadcasting crew visited SNY's studios to record "Battle of the Broadcasters," a Mets trivia contest pitting them against SNY's crew.

"My contenton from the very beginning was that we’ve got no shot because this thing is rigged, it’s a setup, it’s an SNY show that we’re taping at SNY studios," Rose said Wednesday,...

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Quiz: Do you know these athletes' real names?

Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves bats

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Nicknames are practically synonymous with sports. So much so that sometimes athletes' real names are forgotten. From Chipper Jones to Babe Ruth, can you identify the birth names of 17 athletes? Take the quiz below....

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Book recalls Yankees' lost decade of 1980s

Greg Prato's book "Just Out of Reach: The

Now that the basketball and hockey playoffs are over and I am staring at a summer work schedule with more time off than Henrik Lundqvist or Mike Francesa, it is time to catch up on some long-neglected reading.

First up: Greg Prato's "Just Out of Reach: The 1980s New York Yankees," an oral history that features some of the zany stories and characters from a rare championship-free decade for...

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Chris Algieri rates on HBO, too

Chris Algieri (blue trunks), from Huntington, defeated Ruslan

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Chris Algieri's comeback win over Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO's Boxing After Dark last Saturday night drew a viewing audience of 1,046,000, making it the third highest viewed bout on cable television in 2014, accordin to Nielsen Media Resarch. 

Algieri, from Huntington, rallied from two first-round knockdowns to win the WBO junior welterweight title at The Barclays Center. The Algieri-Provodnikov...

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Linda Cohn bolts goalie camp, attends Game 5

Rangers captain Mark Messier, joined by other members

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I never got the chance to tell this story in the newspaper, what with the Stanley Cup Final ending in five games – as I correctly predicted before the series, but that’s beside the point – thus ending my Cup Final “Buzz’’ page.

But God created blogs as a place to unload interesting leftovers, so here goes:

Newfield High’s (and ESPN’s) own Linda Cohn showed up at the Staples Center for...

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Kings fly in relatives in case they are crowned

New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash collides

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The Kings chartered a plane for more than 150 family members that was scheduled to arrive in time for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup playoffs - just in case there is to be a celebration late Wednesday night.

If that sounds a bit presumptious of them, it is a common procedure in the NHL to do that sort of thing for potential Cup clinchers.

In fact, the Kings did the same thing in 2012 when...

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Emrick, Olczyk work overtime on video game

Doc Emrick doesn’t get particularly tired calling hockey games, even ones that go into overtime. But NBC’s Stanley Cup Final play-by-play man met his match recently when he and partner Ed Olczyk provided the voices for EA Sports’ “NHL 15’’ video game, which will be released this fall.

“I had not been so mentally tired before,’’ Emrick said of the experience, which took Olczyk and him 150 hours...

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Quick sales for Quick's Cup Final sweaters

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09: Jake Muzzin

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Until the Kings won their first Stanley Cup in 2012, they were relative afterthoughts on the Los Angeles-area scene, including on the sports merchandise market.

Now? “They’ve established themselves as one of best in the league,’’ said Barry Meisel, president and COO of the MeiGray Group, which has agreements with the NHL and individual teams, including the Kings, to sell authenticated items...

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