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Ivan Drago is Sports Enemy No. 1

Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago in the movie

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Kudos to SI.com for distracting me from Super Bowl stuff with a list of the 25 Greatest Sports Movie Villains, even if it is a mish mash of choices both off-beat and dead-on.

No argument here on No. 1: Ivan Drago in “Rocky IV.’’ As writer Dan Treadway points out, “THE MAN KILLED APOLLO CREED.’’

Treadway named Cancer No. 2 for the tears it induced in “Brian’s Song.’’ But if we’re sticking...

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Super Bowl Toboggan Run is open for business

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(Credit: A rendering of the Super Bowl Boulevard toboggan run. (NFL))

The NFL officially put tickets to the Super Bowl Boulevard Toboggan Run on sale first thing Wednesday morning.   Ducats to ride the 60-foot-high, 180-foot-long attraction cost $5 and are available at Ticketmaster.com.   The ride will be open from noon to 10 p.m. daily from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.   All proceeds benefit MillionTreesNYC, an intitiative aimed at planting a million trees...

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Mike Francesa explores his Super Bowl goodie bag

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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Good thing Mike Francesa's YES Network simulcast will last until Super Bowl Sunday before he departs for other, as yet undetermined, TV lands, because Tuesday provided a classic bit of theater.

The occasion was Mike opening the goodie bag that will be given to fans who attend the big game in person, complete with hat, earmuffs, gloves, towel and handwarmer. Francesa explored it all with a...

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New York has plenty of room at its inns for Super Bowl

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

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Everyone knows how expensive New York City hotel rooms are, but there is a good chance they will be much less costly during the weekend of Super Bowl XLVIII than the going rate in other cities - such as little old Indianapolis two years ago.

That is because even the demands of thousands of Super Bowl visitors and workers are not enough to soak up the massive inventory the city has to offer.


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Super Bowl ticket prices could fall

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(Credit: Peyton Manning set records for passing yards and touchdowns this season. (Getty))

The several days after the conference championship games often are the worst in which to buy Super Bowl tickets on the secondary market, what with fans of the winning teams excited to lock in arrangements.   Most years it is a better idea to wait, and this year perhaps more than most.   Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for TiqIQ.com, which aggregates secondary market sites, said supply so...

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Erin Andrews hopes to avoid 'frozen snot' Feb. 2

Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews during a

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Terry Bradshaw famously eviscerated the idea of a New York-area Super Bowl on WFAN last month, lamenting that “because they overpaid for that stupid stadium in New Jersey’’ the NFL awarded the Jets and Giants the big game.

“It’s friggin’ outside in New York!’’ Bradshaw said. “Are you kidding me? Not even New York – New Jersey!’’

But Bradshaw certainly does not speak for all of his colleagues...

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Richard Sherman has a Beats commercial

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman celebrates after the

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Well . . . this was inevitable.

Richard Sherman endorsement spots. Watch the video embedded below.

(Newsday's app users can watch at http://bit.ly/1dsZuxx)...

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Richard Sherman, Erin Andrews kick off Super Bowl XLVIII hype

Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman holds up the George

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The hype for Super Bowl XLVIII unofficially began moments after the Seahawks' victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, when what merely had been an entertaining football game turned into a classic bit of sports TV theater.

Naturally, I am referring to Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's angry diatribe aimed at 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, with Fox interviewer Erin Andrews...

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Carlos Silva, Yankees radio producer, dies at 50

WCBS 880 radio engineer Carlos Silva poses with

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Carlos Silva, the longtime producer and engineer for Yankees radio broadcasts on WCBS, died Sunday at age 50 of esophageal and stomach cancer, CBS Radio's website reported.

Silva had worked with announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman since 2006; the team's radio broadcasts will move from WCBS to WFAN in 2014.

Silva originally was diagnosed in 2012 but worked the entire 2013 season...

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Esiason, Deford share unwanted bond

Gunnar Esiason stands on the sidelines in first

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Tuesday’s HBO “Real Sports” features the bond between Boomer Esiason, whose son Gunnar was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 1993, and correspondent Frank Deford, whose daughter Alex died at 8 from the disease in 1980.

It was a speech by Deford about Alex 25 years ago that first got Esiason involved in the battle against the disease, one that naturally gained added momentum when it touched...

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