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Mike Francesa not invited to Bill Parcells' Hall of Fame party

Bill Parcells became the Jets head coach before

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Bill Parcells and WFAN host Mike Francesa once were long-time close friends, but the relationship has cooled in recent years.

He said on the air in February of 2009 that the two had not spoken in six months after a "falling out."

Nevertheless, with Parcells to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of fame this weekend, I recently asked Francesa whether he planned to attend.

"I...

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Watch Cosmos on SNY

1977: Cosmos reach their peak With Pele

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SNY will carry select Cosmos games this season, beginning with Saturday's opener against Fort Lauderdale at Hofstra.

Also on the August schedule is the Aug. 24 home game against San Antonio. SNY also plans to show classic Cosmos games from the 1970s and early '80s....

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Yankees' power outage dims John Sterling's shtick

Sportscaster John Sterling attends the Joe Torre Safe

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I hate it when other journalists come up with seemingly obvious, great ideas I should have thought of and executed first!

But give credit where it's due: This Wall Street Journal piece in which John Sterling laments the lack of home runs to call from the 2013 Yankees is pure gold.

Best line: "This year there's a new Yankee every day. I couldn't keep up with them. Fortunately, I...

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ESPN, Hannah Storm profile Sheryl Swoopes

SHERYL SWOOPES, Basketball The six-time WNBA All-Star and

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"Swoopes," the latest in ESPN's "Nine for IX" summer documentary series, premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and is well worth your time.

Director Hannah Storm - yes, that Hannah Storm! - takes a look at the NCAA champ, Olympic champ and WNBA champ who also was a pioneer in women's basketball marketing, complete with her own Nike shoe.

Speaking of which, Nike boss Phil Knight...

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Vote: Are you a fan of these sports movies?

THE SANDLOT, 1993 Scotty Smalls moves to a

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Plenty of sports movies have dominated the box office over the years, and with our new feature, you'll be able to pick which you like best.

Look through the gallery of 35 of some of the greatest sports movies of all time, from the 1942 film Pride of the Yankees to this year's 42.

Each is memorable in its own right, but are you a fan?

Cast your vote for your favorites in the "More...

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All-Stars survive Queens 'Zoo'

Comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld is best known for

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New York’s second MLB All-Star Game in five years – and probably its last for at least another 20 – mostly went smoothly this past week, despite steamy weather and a spectacularly ill-timed shutdown of the 7 train after Monday’s Home Run Derby.

Oh, sure, there were some grumbles, including an entertaining rant on WFAN by Jerry Seinfeld against fellow Mets fans who booed AL All-Stars during...

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Chambliss ball sold, bat is not

6. CHRIS CHAMBLISS' WALKOFF ? Oct. 14, 1976

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Remember last week’s item in which Chris Chambliss talked about putting up for auction the bat and ball from his ALCS-winning home run in 1976?

Well, the ball sold at the All-Star FanFest Tuesday for a cool $82,655.10, including the buyer’s premium. What about the bat? Alas, it did not reach the reserve (minimum) price, so it remains available.

What was that price? The auction company...

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ESPN braces for Fox Sports 1

Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann’s return to ESPN has revived a famous quote from the network’s past, in which communications executive Mike Soltys said Olbermann didn’t burn bridges when he left but rather that he “napalmed them.’’

Well, Olbermann is back now and ESPN hopes he brings the smell of victory in its budding rivalry with Fox Sports 1, which launches Aug. 17 – nine days before Olbermann’s late-night...

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HBO Sports docs on hiatus

From left to right are: Andy Williams, Joe

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HBO will premiere a much-anticipated look at famed announcer Marty Glickman late next month, but the film will appear under the HBO Documentary Films banner, not that of its sports division.

Speaking of which, whatever happened to HBO Sports documentaries, which used to reliably produce three or four quality offerings every year? It has been 18 months since its last, about Joe Namath.

That...

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'42' is No. 2

NEW YORK - APRIL 15: (L-R) Alex Rodriguez,

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Although many critics – including this one – considered it clichéd and simplistic, let’s give “42” its due: The recent Jackie Robinson biopic, which was released on DVD Tuesday, is a huge hit by sports movie standards.

According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, its gross of just under $95 million is second all-time among baseball movies (not adjusted for inflation) to “A League of Their Own,’’ which...

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