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Bobby Valentine back on SNY?

Bobby Valentine throws out the first pitch during

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Bobby Valentine is close to finalizing a deal with SNY to work 10-15 games as a Mets studio analyst this season, probably including the April 1 opener, said a person familiar with the talks.

Valentine was named athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., last month but evidently would like to keep his hand in sports broadcasting.

NBC Sports Radio announced Tuesday...

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SBU announcer Mike Solano wins $58,600

East Norwich resident Mike Solano, a sports broadcaster

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Stony Brook football and basketball play-by-play man Mike Solano's appearance on "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire," which was taped in October, concluded Friday with the airing of a show in which he declined to take a stab at a $100,000 question and instead went home with $58,600.   Not bad!   Solano, 30, answered nine questions correctly on the Thursday episode, then qualified...

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MSG hands mic to Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing attends the game between the Knicks

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Assuming the Knicks resist the temptation to suit him up, Patrick Ewing is set to join MSG’s postgame coverage of Wednesday’s game against the Magic and again March 31 against the Celtics.

Ewing, 50, has been an assistant coach with the Wizards, Rockets and Magic and has said he someday would like a shot with the Knicks. For now, though, dabbling in media work must suffice.

“The Garden...

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Regis Philbin ready to work

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Regis Philbin

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Regis Philbin turns 82 a week after the launch of Fox Sports 1 Aug. 17, so when he initially heard the network was interested in him doing a show once a month, the schedule sounded about right.

“But after that, it came out to this,’’ he said, referring to “Rush Hour,’’ a live talk show scheduled to appear – daily!

Is he concerned about the grind? “I will let you know about that,’’ he...

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Jack Curran was one of a kind

Jack Curran already was a New York coaching fixture by the time I covered his Archbishop Molloy teams during the Kenny Anderson era in the late 1980s, but he went on for another quarter century before dying Thursday at 82.

Along the way he touched multiple generations at the Queens school, some of whom went on to success as pros in basketball or baseball, many more of whom did so in other...

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Ian Eagle enjoying Nets' ride to Brooklyn

Nets' Deron Williams shoots against Philadelphia 76ers' Spencer

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The reality of being a Nets play-by-play man hit home for Ian Eagle several years into his term when he would run into people who would praise him for his work on WFAN and ask him what he was doing these days.

“Oh, I’m a pediatrician,’’ he jokingly recalled saying. “I’ve changed careers entirely. So I realized the Nets games were not resonating. That’s not the case anymore. People know we’re...

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Jeff Gordon pranks car salesman in Pepsi commercial

Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To

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The "Test Drive" video of NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon pranking a car salesman in a Pepsi MAX commercial is one of the latest to go viral on the web.

Gordon gets made up to appear older, equipped with glasses and a goatee as a disguise. He tells the supposed salesman that he currently drives a minivan as the pair heads out on a test drive in a Chevrolet Camero. Gordon has hidden cameras...

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ESPN remembers Jimmy V

North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano waves the

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As iconic as the finale of the 1983 NCAA Tournament remains – Dereck Whittenburg, Lorenzo Charles, Jimmy V, etc. – it is a bit of a shame the rest of North Carolina State’s startling run has faded over time.

Remembering what led to the upset at the Pit in Albuquerque is the best thing about ESPN’s latest 30 for 30 entry, “Survive and Advance,’’ which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday, after the 2013...

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Stony Brook's Solano goes for dough

East Norwich resident Mike Solano, a sports broadcaster

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Stony Brook’s men’s basketball team lost in the semifinals of the America East tournament last Sunday, but its radio announcer plays on.

Well, actually, Mike Solano recorded his appearance on “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire” in October, but now the rest of us can see how he does.

Solano’s first day on the show concluded Thursday after his ninth question, with an accumulated total of $58,600....

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Film on ex-Islanders owner John Spano to premiere at Tribeca

Former Islanders owner John Spano.

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The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival announced its slate Tuesday, beginning with a world premiere that figures to attract a lot of attention in these parts.

“Big Shot,’’ actor Kevin Connolly’s film about former Islanders owner/fraud John Spano, will debut April 19.

“I’ve always thought the expression ‘passion project’ was kind of a cliché until I started working on ‘Big Shot’ for ESPN,’’...

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