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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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ESPN recalls 'Hillsborough' disaster

In this April 15, 1989 file photo, showing

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As horrific as the events of April 15, 1989, at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England, were, it is a too-familiar story in the United Kingdom, given the deaths of 96 soccer fans and the quarter century of ripple effects that followed.

What figures to add to the impact of the documentary “Hillsborough,’’ which premieres Tuesday on ESPN, on this side of the Atlantic is the fact even for...

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Tribeca looks back at Knicks' glory days

Knicks player Walt Frazier joins Phil Jackson at

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Madison Square Garden announced last month an agreement to purchase 50 percent of Tribeca Enterprises, owner of the Tribeca Film Festival and its eight-year-old subset, the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival.

So what could be more appropriate for the gala premiere Thursday than “When the Garden was Eden,’’ director Michael Rapaport’s look back – based on Harvey Araton’s book – at the Knicks’...

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Drake will host ESPYs July 16

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 05: Drake attends the

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Drake, the world's most prominent black, Jewish, Canadian rapper, will host the ESPYS July 16 in Los Angeles, the Worldwide Leader announced Wednesday.

"This is an incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions - sports and performing," he said in a news release.

Said ESPN Films poobah Connor Schell:“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion...

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UConn, Notre Dame women score big TV ratings

Bria Hartley of the Connecticut Huskies drives to

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Connecticut's 79-58 victory over Notre Dame in Tuesday night's NCAA women's basketball finale scored solid ratings on ESPN despite the lopsided score.

The game averaged 3.1 percent of homes in 56 major markets, the highest such rating for a women's game since 2004 and the fourth-highest on record on ESPN in data dating to 2000.

The Hartford/New Haven market averaged a remarkable 29.3...

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Michael Kay rips Boomer Esiason re: Fathergate

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Michael Kay weighed in on his ESPN New York Radio show Thursday afternoon on the matter of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave, and about what other talk show hosts have said about it, especially on WFAN.

He called out Boomer Esiason by name.

There was much yelling involved.

Here ya go:

"I’d have to be an unbelievably narcissistic baboon to make my choice on somebody...

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Michael Kay averaging 19,000 viewers on YES

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.

That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.

Kay's viewership presumably...

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Mike Francesa on TV simulcast: 'Have a little patience'

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.

Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.

How will that work logistically?

The...

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Kentucky, UConn are bracket busters

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There have been many springs when Connecticut and Kentucky would have been popular picks for the Final Four. This is not one of them.

Of the 11.01 million brackets submitted to ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge, a mere 612 named all four national semifinalists correctly.

UConn appeared in 1.3 percent of brackets and Kentucky 3.3. Even Wisconsin, a No. 2 seed, only was chosen by 32.6...

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11 million divided by 16 equals 3 in NCAAs

Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis breaks down the Dayton

Only three brackets among the 11.01 million submitted to ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge picked every Sweet 16 team correctly and only 99 went 15-for-16. Alas, neither group includes me, and probably not you.

Among double-digit seeds, Dayton was in the Sweet 16 in 3.9 percent of brackets and Tennessee in 4.9 percent.

A mere 0.1 percent of brackets correctly predicted the South...

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