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Radio days in New York sports

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, left, appears on

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It has been 92½ years since live sports first broke into the radio business, when KDKA in Pittsburgh carried a bout between lightweights Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee, neither of whom tweeted about the no-decision afterward.

Nearly a century later, let us pause before recycling another calendar to marvel at the medium’s staying power in an era of communication marvels, because nothing made...

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Jeff Van Gundy responds to report ESPN yanked him from Knicks game

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff

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USA Today reported last week that ESPN and Jeff Van Gundy agreed it would be best if he did not call the Dec. 11 Bulls-Knicks game after his name surfaced as a potential replacement for Knicks coach Mike Woodson.

Van Gundy was asked about the report on a conference call Thursday promoting the slate of Christmas Day games next week. Here is what he said:

"That sort of got ramped...

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NFL uses flex to maintain flexbility

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes

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The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.

It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...

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Curt Schilling joins ESPN's Sunday night booth

CURT SCHILLING Year on ballot: 3rd Pros -

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It would have surprised no one during Curt Schilling’s playing career to learn someday the quotable pitcher would be a TV analyst, but Schilling said he never thought about that – or any other post-playing task – before retiring.

Now he will assume one of the most visible positions in baseball media, succeeding Orel Hershiser alongside Dan Shulman and John Kurk on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’...

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'Youngstown Boys' recalls black eye for Buckeyes

MAURICE CLARETT Prison Sentence: 7 1/2 years (Served

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ESPN, which has made a recent habit of following its Heisman Trophy show with high-quality documentaries that focus on college football, will do so again Saturday, this time with “Youngstown Boys.’’

The two-hour program primarily recalls the rapid rise and fall of running back Maurice Clarett, who as a freshman in 2002 led Ohio State to a national championship.

The film’s subplot is...

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