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It's a date for Arnold Schwarzenegger

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The list of notables who appeared on “The Dating Game’’ is Baby Boomer gold, from Danny Bonaduce to Maureen McCormick, from Farah Fawcett to Suzanne Somers, from Robin to Maurice Gibb.

But the iconic show, memories of which were revived by the death of host Jim Lange Feb. 25, was surprisingly thin on athletes of its era.

One noteworthy exception was featured on a Game Show Network marathon...

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Ed Burns likes hoops, and hoops movies

HOOSIERS, 1986 Hoosiers, directed by David Anspaugh and

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Ed Burns’ two favorite sports movies were set far from his hometown of Valley Stream: “Hoosiers’’ and “Rocky.’’

“I’m a basketball junkie,’’ the actor/writer/director/producer said of his love for “Hoosiers,’’ which came out in 1986, when he was a senior at Hewlett High School and “basketball was my life.”

But Burns’ sports flick knowledge also extends closer to home than Indiana or Philadelphia....

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'Draft Day' used one of Bill Belichick's scouting ideas

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick leaves

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Bill Belichick doesn't appear on camera in the upcoming movie "Draft Day," but it turns out he had quite the influence on one of the film's bigger scenes.

During a Super Bowl week press conference, Denis Leary (who plays fictional Cleveland Browns head coach Vince Penn in the movie) recalled a story from the film's production that involved the real-life New England Patriots head coach -- ...

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Mets radio gets East End outlet

Mrs. Met and Mr Met pose for a

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Neil Best here on Thursday, updating, correcting and clarifying the item below that I posted Tuesday.

While it's true that WOR's Mets broadcasts are set to appear on WLIR (107.1 FM) the next two seasons, there is no agreement in place regarding the other four (less important) frequencies mentioned in my original story.

Actually none of it is official yet, but the WLIR part should be...

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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

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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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