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Gary Apple replaces Chris Carlin as Mets studio host

Manhattan - April 10, 2013: Bobby Ojeda, Bobby

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SNY announced Tuesday that Gary Apple will replace Chris Carlin as the network's primary studio host for Mets games alongside analyst Bob Ojeda.

Carlin, who had been in that role the previous five seasons, will remain with the network, including as a co-host of the show "Loud Mouths" and as an anchor on SNY's nightly news and highlights show.

Apple has been a member of the SNY staff...

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Michelle Beadle returns to ESPN

Michelle Beadle attends the 17th Annual Webby Awards

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ESPN announced Michelle Beadle is back after an ill-fated term at NBC, including a return to her old gig as one of the hosts of "SportsNation" on ESPN2.

Beadle will be back effective Monday, and work alongside Max Kellerman and former Columbia star Marcellus Wiley.

ESPN apparently plans to continue using all three personalities moving forward.

“Michelle’s style of delivery has...

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Harold Ramis, RIP

FILE FEBRUARY 24: Actor, director and writer Harold

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Harold Ramis’ resume is so towering it would dwarf the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. That includes the classic 1980 golf comedy “Caddyshack,’’ his directorial debut, and other sports comedies influenced or inspired by the master.

But Ramis, who died Monday, got his start in oddball sports flicks even earlier than that. Deep within his IMDB catalogue is a writing credit on “Super Bowl,’’ a bizarre,...

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'Rush,' '42,' headlined tepid year in sports flicks

Chris Hemsworth, left, and Daniel Bruhl in a

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The 2013 year in movies officially grinds to a halt Sunday night with the awarding of the Academy Awards, and none of them will be going to scripted sports flicks.

No surprise there. It was a rather tepid year for movies about sports.

My favorite based-on-truth film was “Rush,’’ about the mid-1970s F1 rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, which left me with a man-crush on actor...

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Report: Verducci, Reynolds to join Buck in No. 1 Fox booth

Adam Jones, baseball outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles,

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Fox has taken its time naming a replacement for Tim McCarver alongside Joe Buck in its No. 1 baseball booth, but with Opening Day approaching the network is poised to tab Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, The Big Lead.com reported.

The move does not come as a surprise, especially in the case of Reynolds, a two-time All-Star as a player with an extensive TV resume that includes stints at ESPN...

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Howie Rose has a busy Islanders off day planned

Mets radio broadcaster Howie Rose will make the

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The Islanders are beginning their post-Olympic schedule with a flurry of home games - Thursday night, followed by afternoon tilts Saturday and Sunday.

Good thing MSG Plus play-by-play man Howie Rose has Friday to chillax and recharge!

Oh, wait . . . no.

Under normal circumstances that is surely what Rose would have done, passing up the Mets' spring opener against the Nationals...

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Islanders, Rangers rate; Devils don't

New York Islanders center John Tavares keeps his

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The Islanders’ season has not worked out the way they had hoped on the ice, but their television performance has been a success in comparison.

Sports Business Journal crunched numbers at the Olympic break and determined that relative to this point in 2011-12 – the last non-lockout season – they were up 95.2 percent in average rating – second in the NHL to the Coyotes.

The Rangers ranked...

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Strange new world: Yankees on WFAN

New York Yankees announcer John Sterling is calling

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If you are younger than 35, you likely don't remember life before WFAN, and therefore life before that station carried Mets games.

Thursday, all that changed when the Yankees made their debut as the station's home team, with the Mets having relocated slightly up the dial at WOR.

The station did not make a big deal about the Pirates-Yankees game and the milestone that came with it, perhaps...

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Casey Stern re-signs with Sirius XM

Sirius XM Satellite Radio announced Wednesday it has re-signed Casey Stern, who grew up in Massapequa and now lives in Seaford, as a host on its MLB Network Radio channel. Mr. Stern also will see his roles expand on other Sirius XM channels, including NFL Radio and Mad Dog Sports Radio. WOR earlier this offseason had pursued Stern to serve as the reporter for its new Mets radio broadcasts,...

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Greg Anthony added to Final Four announcing team

Television personality and former NBA player Greg Anthony

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CBS and Turner Sports announced Tuesday that Greg Anthony will join Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr as the announcing team for the Final Four, with Clark Kellogg returning to studio analysis for the event.

The move had been expected since Anthony was named lead analyst for CBS' college basketball coverage in September.

Ernie Johnson will be the studio host for the Final Four. TBS will televise...

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