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Chris Algieri rates on HBO, too

Chris Algieri (blue trunks), from Huntington, defeated Ruslan

(Credit: HBO / Ed Mulholland)

Chris Algieri's comeback win over Ruslan Provodnikov on HBO's Boxing After Dark last Saturday night drew a viewing audience of 1,046,000, making it the third highest viewed bout on cable television in 2014, accordin to Nielsen Media Resarch. 

Algieri, from Huntington, rallied from two first-round knockdowns to win the WBO junior welterweight title at The Barclays Center. The Algieri-Provodnikov...

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'Bronx Bombers' bombs; 'Rocky' up next

Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during rehearsal of

(Credit: Matthew Murphy)

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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Alan Arkin compares 'Grudge Match' shoot to pointillism

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as

(Credit: Warner Bros.)

Alan Arkin has been on his share of movie shoots in a film career that dates to 1957, but he said he never before has experienced anything quite like the one for “Grudge Match,’’ which opens Wednesday.

When I asked whether it was fun to be part of a boxing film with Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro he said that while he enjoyed his fellow cast members, “I don’t think anybody can call it...

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Stallone is eggy; Basinger is leggy

"GRUDGE MATCH" (Dec. 25): A comedy-drama with Sylvester

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I will be writing more later this month about the soon-to-be-released, silly-but-cute boxing film, “Grudge Match,’’ starring two guys who have appeared in previous boxing movies of some note: Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro.

But two quick thoughts for now:

First, happy (gulp) 60th birthday Sunday, Kim Basinger, luminescent as the film’s love interest. (Her daughter, 18-year-old...

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