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NBC looks back at Locomotiv disaster

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl players listen to the national anthem

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Sources tell me the Olympics will go on even after both American hockey teams were eliminated from gold medal contention, and with that in mind I recommend a feature that NBC plans for its afternoon show Saturday.

It is not tied directly to the Olympics but it is tied to hockey and Russia. The documentary, "Lokomotiv," looks back at the Sept. 7, 2011, plane crash that wiped out the Yaroslavl-based...

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NBC wants NHL back in '18

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NBC conducted a media call Thursday to promote the United States-Canada men’s hockey semifinal and ended up fielding as many questions about the Pyeongchang Games of 2018 as about Sochi in 2014.

Such is the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the NHL’s interest in putting its season on hold to send its stars hither and yon in search of medals and at risk of injury. (Sorry to bring that up, Islanders...

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'Nancy & Tonya,' revisited

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“The Price of Gold,” last month’s ESPN look back at the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan saga of 1994, was good at what it did, but it lacked one crucial element: Nancy Kerrigan.

Kerrigan opted out after agreeing to sit down exclusively with NBC – which also hired her to provide commentary on the figure skating in Sochi.

Sunday night at 7 the payoff for viewers arrives in the form of “Nancy...

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Kate Upton three-peats (sort of)

Kate Upton and I go way back, to the spring of 2011, when we rapped about her being a fan of the Yankees, Knicks and especially Jets, thanks to her sister working in client relations for the team.

But we both were younger and more innocent then. In the ensuing years she has become an international star, with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers, joining Christie Brinkley...

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Truth better than fiction for Seahawks

Actress Jennifer Garner takes a photo as actors

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Like most sports flicks, “Draft Day’’ has its share of realism issues. But as the film’s April opening has approached some matters beyond its control cropped up, such as the matter of the No. 1 overall selection.

In the movie, whose story centers on the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seahawks own that dubious distinction. Oops. In the real world, the Seahawks will pick dead last.

But with the cooperation...

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'Bronx Bombers' bombs; 'Rocky' up next

Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during rehearsal of

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Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo now are batting .333 on sports-themed Broadway shows, having enjoyed modest success with “Lombardi” then seeing “Magic/Bird’’ and now “Bronx Bombers’’ close after about a month.

The Yankees-centric play opened Feb. 6 and will be no more after next Sunday’s performance.

While that’s a better lifetime average than some of the show’s characters, including...

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'Mad Dog' no like the NBA All-Star Game

The East Team's Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland

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Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is not fond of the NBA All-Star Game.

"Anything has to be better than the NBA All-Star Game," Russo said with the first 11 words of this soundbyte from Tuesday's "Mad Dog Unleashed" on SiriusXM Radio.

He continued by bashing the lack of defense and the attendance, and the inclusion of bands at halftime.

"The NBA [All-Star] game is a no-watch," he said. "You...

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Olympics boss defends Bode Miller interview

USA's Bode Miller reacts during the Alpine Skiing

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Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics, said Monday from Sochi that he was comfortable with how the network handled what has become a controversial post-race interview with skiier Bode Miller Sunday.

Miller won the bronze medal in the super-G, after which NBC's Christin Cooper - a former Olympic skiier herself - asked him a series of followup questions about his emotions after...

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Bob Costas returns to NBC Monday

Sportscaster Bob Costas attends the Joe Torre Safe

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"Our long nightmare is over," NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said from Sochi Monday, and with that, Bob Costas was headed back to his hosting duties after a six-day hiatus because of viral conjunctivitis.

Matt Lauer filled in for Costas for four of the six days, and Meredith Vieira for the other two.

Costas said during the worst of his absence he sat in a darkened hotel room...

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John McEnroe expands ESPN role

4. JOHN MCENROE He was dominant at the

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ESPN announced that John McEnroe will expand his role there to include non-tennis-related appearances on TV and radio.

That includes appearing as a commentator on various topics on "SportsCenter" and as an interviewer for sitdowns with sports stars.

The new gig includes appearances on ESPN Radio New York. (McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens.)

“It should be interesting and fun,...

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