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Chris Algieri rates on HBO, too

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

(Credit: HBO / Ed Mulholland)

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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HBO profiles Larry Brown Tuesday night

LARRY BROWN Tenure: 1981-83 Record: 91-67 Nets went

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Long Beach High's own Larry Brown, now 73 and working his familiar turnaround magic at SMU, will be profiled Tuesday night on HBO's latest "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel."

Gumbel himself, who has known Brown for 35 years, will do the interviewing honors.

"Larry has been psychoanalyzed in print more than any coach in any sport that I can recall, yet he remains open and honest about who...

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Esiason, Deford share unwanted bond

Gunnar Esiason stands on the sidelines in first

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Tuesday’s HBO “Real Sports” features the bond between Boomer Esiason, whose son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993, and correspondent Frank Deford, whose daughter Alex died at 8 from the disease in 1980.

It was a speech by Deford about Alex 25 years ago that first got Esiason involved in the battle against the disease, one that naturally gained added momentum when it touched...

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'Friday Night Lights' director Peter Berg talks Spider Lockhart, Fran Tarkenton, HBO

Peter Berg discusses parents? obsession with their children?s

Peter Berg’s football bona fides were established when he directed “Friday Night Lights,’’ then developed the TV series of the same name.

But long before that he was an avid fan of the “absolutely horrible’’ Giants of the early 1970s, frequenting Yankee Stadium to “watch Spider Lockhart try and carry a team, and Fran Tarkenton at the end when he couldn’t run so well.’’

Berg, 51, lives...

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