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Open season on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods removes his cap after finishing the

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In case you were wondering, yes, ESPN has taken note of the fact Eldrick Woods of Jupiter Island, Fla., has entered the British Open.

The network’s ESPN3 online service will offer a live feed of Tiger’s entire round each day of the tournament. The question is whether he will be playing for two days or four.

ESPN hopes it’s the latter, but on a media conference call its analysts – notably...

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Stuart Scott broke ESPN mold

ESPN's new "SportsCenter" set in Bristol, Conn., on

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Stuart Scott shook up the “SportsCenter’’ anchoring model when he arrived at ESPN in 1993 - initially at brand new ESPN2 - taking risks that not everyone embraced but that have paid off in a long, high-profile career.

But he said the idea never was to be different for the sake of being different.

“I followed what had already been established here, and that is be yourself,’’ he said recently...

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Don La Greca plans to 'embrace the madness' with Game 1 call

Don La Greca has had many opportunities to call Rangers games before, and even has worked NHL playoff games. But Wednesday night is nothing short of a “dream come true.’’

With Doc Emrick missing Game 1 of the Cup Final because of a death in his family, Kenny Albert will fill in for him on NBC, which in turn moves La Greca into Albert’s play-by-play spot on ESPN New York radio.

“I was...

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Kings' PA announcer used to shoot T-shirts at Islanders fans

Dave Joseph grew up in northern Michigan as a Blackhawks fan and now is the Kings’ public address announcer, but in between he had a brief-but-memorable association with another NHL team:

He is a former Islanders T-shirt cannon shooter.

This was during his days working part-time in sales for the Islanders when he was a Hofstra student and a defenseman on the school's club hockey team,...

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If ESPN is Secretariat, does that make Fox Sham?

Belmont Race Track, The Belmont Stakes, Jockey Ron

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I made my first schlep to Bristol in five years Thursday to tour ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 2 complex that opens in June of 2014 – not to be confused with ESPN’s state-of-the-art, never-to-be-obsolete Digital Center 1 that opened in June of 2004.

The new-look “SportsCenter’’ studio will coincide with a revised approach to the show that focuses more on hosts,...

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Frank Caliendo does Jon Gruden's QB Camp

Frank Caliendo

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Outstanding. Simply outstanding work here by Frank Caliendo . . . and Jon Gruden.

No real need for any of my commentary on this genius piece of video from ESPN.

Just watch the video embedded below.

 

 

(Newsday's mobile users can click the link above to watch)...

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ESPN to broadcast NFL playoff game

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones makes a

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ESPN will televise an NFL wild-card playoff game this coming season, the first postseason game in the league's modern era not to be shown nationally on a broadcast channel. The game will be simulcast on a broadcast outlet in the markets of the teams involved, the procedure followed for “Monday Night Football’’ on ESPN.

Sports Business Journal reported ESPN -- which already is paying the league...

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Michael Rapaport film recalls Knicks' glory days

Director Michael Rapaport and Knicks president Phil Jackson

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Phil Jackson was in the house Thursday for the premiere of “When the Garden Was Eden,’’ a documentary about the Knicks’ championship teams, but he did not stop to chat with reporters at the Tribeca Film Festival gala.

Fortunately the film’s director, Michael Rapaport, more than made up for that with a red carpet marathon in which he channeled the passion and frustration of fans – especially...

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Jeff Van Gundy responds to Howard Stern rebuke

ESPN NBA analyst and former Knicks coach Jeff

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Jeff Van Gundy was taking in a movie early this month when he received a text from a friend, who wrote, “Can you believe what Stern said about you?’’

“So I’m sitting in the theater saying, ‘Why would David Stern be talking about me now?’’ Van Gundy said of the recently retired NBA commissioner. “I was perplexed.’’

The ESPN analyst became even more perplexed when the friend filled him...

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Drake is wrapped up in Leafs

Rihanna and Drake, seen here in 2011, are

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ESPN announced Wednesday that Drake will host the ESPYS this summer, making him the first black, Jewish, Canadian rapper ever to do so.

What Drake is not is the first avid hockey fan tabbed for the honor. Last year’s host, the actor Jon Hamm, is a St. Louis Blues supporter and said before the show the person he most would like to play in a movie is Gordie Howe.

Drake has taken Internet...

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