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Ray Lewis speeches will endure, as this video proves

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis answers questions from

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Ray Lewis will play his last game on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, and in the weeks and year afterward, folks will talk about his legacy.

That's nice.

But let's talk about the here and now for a moment -- and that is the pregame speech he recorded for Madden 13.

Watch below and enjoy.

(Newsday app users can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HsDZULKFm2I...

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MetLife globe is 'flaky' idea

Giants running back David Wilson, left, and Jets

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Dressing up notoriously drab MetLife Stadium will be among the challenges Super Bowl XLVIII organizers face, but they are off to a good start with an early gimmick that actually looks pretty cool – literally and figuratively.

MetLife this week installed a 25-foot high “snow globe’’ outside the stadium, complete with real snow, as the Jets’ Joe McKnight and Giants’ David Wilson demonstrated...

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Cold calculation: ‘sno big deal

Giants running back David Wilson and Jets running

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Beth Hirschhorn is chief marketing officer for MetLife, but as she talked about Super Bowl XLVIII on Thursday, she sounded more like an advanced analytics geek as she broke down the cold, hard facts of winter weather and offense.

“The thing I’m hearing from people that is a little off-kilter is that the score is much lower in cold-weather games, and the statistics don’t bear that out,’’ she...

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YES Network, Michael Kay agree on contract extension

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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The YES Network announced a multi-year contract extension with Michael Kay, its Yankees play-by-play voice since the network launched in 2002.

Kay also will continue hosting the "CenterStage" interview show. Kay re-signed last fall with ESPN Radio, for which he hosts the afternoon drive time show in 98.7-FM....

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Demi Moore in 'A League of Their Own?' Almost happened

Actress Demi Moore arrives for the 82nd Academy

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Monday night's episode of "Costas at the Movies" on MLB Network features "A League of Their Own," with Commack Bob interviewing director Penny Marshall and actress Geena Davis.

MLBN was nice enough to send some excerpted quotes along, especially the first one.

Penny Marshall on Demi Moore almost being cast as Dottie Hinson:

“Demi Moore, I liked, but by the time...

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Al Michaels used 'piece of crap' and 'Pro Bowl' in same paragraph

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31: NBC Play-by-play commentator

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It's fair to say that Al Michaels probably is the only network NFL play-by-play man who would have the guts to use the terms "piece of crap" and "Pro Bowl" in the same thought - even though he actually was defending the honor of the game.

Here is what Al said with about two minutes left in Sunday night's game:

"I like what Jared Allen had to say and [Chris] Snee...

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Mike Francesa thought a TSA agent got a little too friendly at LaGuardia

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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WFAN's Mike Francesa flew from LaGuardia to New Orleans on Sunday along with a number of other local sports media scribes, including Newsday's own Tom Rock.

But soon after he boarded, word began to filter onto Twitter and blogs - including one of the biggest, Deadspin.com - and finally onto WFAN's own morning show that Big Mike had received an escort to the gate from uniformed police officers.

Boomer...

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'ShoBox' comes to Huntington

Edie Falco, Purchase: Actress Edie Falco arrives at

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As a guy who misspent his adolescence in East Northport, it’s not every day I receive a news release about a nationally televised sports event near my hometown. So, naturally, my typing fingers perked up when I learned Showtime’s “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ series was coming to Huntington tonight.

The card is set to go live at 10 p.m., with the main event being a junior middleweight bout...

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Rachel Nichols jumps from ESPN to CNN

ESPN's Rachel Nichols, right, interviews Indianapolis Colts head

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Those of us of a certain age recall an era when CNN’s nightly sports roundup was as popular, if not more so, than ESPN’s “SportsCenter.’’ No, really. It’s so. But in recent decades CNN has moved away from sports while ESPN has, well, taken over the world.

Now comes word the venerable news network will dip its toe back into the sports waters with a new weekend show beginning later this year...

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Moms like Phelps; Dads like Peyton

Nascar driver Danica Patrick arrives at the 2012

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Sports events consumed 60,000 programming hours on United States television in 2012 – up a mind-numbing 45 percent from the previous year – according to Nielsen’s annual Year in Sports Report.

In fairness, a chunk of that increase was related to the Summer Olympics. Also in fairness, there is way too much sports on TV! Other highlights from the report: Among mothers, Michael Phelps had the...

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