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Halfcourt shots are all the rage

Michael Drysch, center, a 50-year-old computer technician from

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It has been the sports video sensation of the winter: Fans hither and yon sinking one halfcourt shot after another to win big bucks via assorted promotions.

From college to the NBA, from Brandon, Manitoba, to Miami, Fla., and points between, there have been a dozen or so documented makes since mid-January – and that doesn’t even include the ridonkulous one off a front flip by Ashlee Arnau,...

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Mickael Pietrus and the greatest videobomb ever

Toronto Raptors forward Mickael Pietrus, left, drives against

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Somewhere along the line, photobombing became popular again. You know, making a funny face or gesture in the background while a photo is being taken of other people who possess no knowledge of the goings on behind them.

It's been all the rage ever since cameras were invented, but with the proliferation of cell phone cameras, it has become an Internet phenomenon and a clickable headline buzzword.

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Perception not reality for Wizards announcer on last-second shot

Washington Wizards small forward Trevor Ariza shoots over

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Geography makes all the difference for announcers, regardless of whether they are focusing on the basketball court or looking at a TV monitor to see a play.

Washington's Trevor Ariza put up a three-point shot in the final seconds Wednesday night, and if you were watching on television, it looked like it went in.

And from the vantage point of broadcaster Steve Buckhantz, it looked the...

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Jennifer Lawrence hopes to sport Oscar

Jennifer Lawrence arrives at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees'

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“Silver Linings Playbook’’ is a longshot to win the Academy Award for Best Picture Sunday, and even if it somehow does, most Oscar-followers will not consider it the fourth sports movie to win the big prize, joining “Rocky,” “Chariots of Fire’’ and “Million Dollar Baby.’’

It should count, though, because even if does not show game action it most certainly captures the world of fandom, specifically...

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Fellow phenom films Decker

Four years later, the USSR returned the favor

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It is rare in my line of work that a male finds himself vastly outnumbered, but so it was Tuesday as ESPN introduced "Nine for IX,’" a series of documentaries by and about women tied to Title IX's 40th anniversary.

The lineup is impressive, with films about Pat Summitt, Katarina Witt, Sheryl Swoopes (directly by Hannah Storm) and Venus Williams, and about the history of female sportswriters...

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ESPN plays Grinch to NBC

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (8 p.m. EST

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ESPN decided Thursday to match NBC's offer to the Big East, which the Sherman Report compared to the Grinch swiping the last crumb in Whoville – one too small even for a mouse.

That's pretty much what the Big East has become in programming terms, but ESPN wanted to keep it anyway, even though it has far less need for it than does NBC Sports Network.

Why the aggressiveness? Because amid...

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Big East stays on ESPN

Amir Garrett of St. John's avoids the block

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The Big East, whatever that means these days, will remain on ESPN after the network on Thursday exercised its right to match an offer from NBC, Sports Business Journal reported.

The deal is not finalized, but when that occurs, it is expected to bring the conference more than $20 million per year over six years, less than what it would have commanded before it began to hemorrhage key members...

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Joe Garagiola turns off his microphone

Before John Madden revolutionized NFL analysis with his folksy, accessible style, Joe Garagiola played a similar role for baseball over a six-decade career that ended Wednesday when he retired after 15 years on select Diamondbacks games.

Garagiola, 87, called Cardinals and Yankees games on local TV but was most associated with NBC. He also served as a ghostwriter of sorts for his childhood...

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'Entourage' star Kevin Connolly tracks down John Spano

"Entourage" costars Emmanuelle Chriqui and Kevin Connolly ring

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Connor Schell, ESPN Films’ executive producer, often hears from celebrities interested in attaching their names to documentary projects without actually doing the legwork.

Not so for actor Kevin Connolly (“Entourage’’), an avid Islanders fan out of Patchogue-Medford High who wanted to explore the John Spano debacle, in which the man who briefly owned the team in the mid-1990s was exposed by...

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TV types still like Bombers vs. Bosox

FEBRUARY 6 Babe Ruth (pictured) Kris Humphries

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Kevin Youkilis will like this note: Fox announced its 2013 baseball slate the other day, and just in case you thought the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry might not be the attraction it once was . . . think again.

The network plans an all-time high of five (5!) Bombers-Bosox tilts: June 1, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14.

Fox again will offer eight weeks in a row of prime-time Saturday...

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