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Amazing Kreskin nearly nails Super Bowl

The Amazing Kreskin

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Baby Boomer alert: Amazingly, The Amazing Kreskin not only is alive and well and still working at age 78, he has as much work as ever – nearly one show or interview for every day of the year in 2012, he said.

But until this year he never had attempted to predict the Super Bowl score. That changed on Fox Business Channel the week before the big game, when he sealed his pick and gave it to the...

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MSG Network's John Giannone OK after puck to face during Rangers-Islanders game

John Giannone talks on camera after taking a

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Hockey players are generally a tough group of people. But they've got nothing on hockey reporters, specifically MSG Network rinkside reporter John Giannone.

Towards the end of the second period in Thursday's Rangers-Islanders game, Rangers defenseman Marc Staal tried to clear the puck out of the Rangers' zone, but it sailed over the boards towards the Rangers bench. Giannone was the unfortunate...

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Do the Nets rate? YES, they do

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers

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Tuesday’s Lakers-Nets game averaged 3.08 percent of area homes and 299,000 viewers – the best such figures for a regular-season Nets game in YES’ history.

Those numbers peaked at 4.47 percent and 451,000 from 9:45 to 10 p.m., heights that would have been unimaginable in the pre-Brooklyn era.

(For comparison purposes, Yankees games on YES averaged a 3.92 rating in 2012, the lowest since...

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It's a scream! Gus Johnson, Dick Vitale get new gigs!

Pro sports commentator Gus Johnson never played basketball

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Big day Tuesday for two guys famous for turning the sports announcing volume dial to 11.

First, SI.com reported that Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be its lead play-by-play voice for the 2018 World Cup, starting with a series of assignments this year, beginning Feb. 13 with Real Madrid against Manchester United.

Johnson has been on a crash course in soccer, including playing the game...

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NBC feels Lindsey Vonn's pain

News of Lindsey Vonn's skiing crash was just beginning to unfold Tuesday as NBC Sports executives gathered for a media briefing at 30 Rock one year and one day in advance of the Sochi Olympics.

Uh, oh.

No Vonn in Russia would blow a huge hole in the network's American-star-centric coverage. Without yet knowing the extent of the injury, NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus expressed...

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Super Bowl power outage cartoon fun


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Newsday's editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman lived in New Orleans for some time, so he knows how to adapt to unique situations.

Newsday's editorial cartoonist Walt Handelsman has lived on Long Island for some time, so he knows about power outages.

The photo on this blog post is just a little snippet of his take on the Super Bowl power outage from Sunday night. Click the link for the...

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Kevin Youkilis on Tom Brady, a new batting stance and being Jewish in New York

Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis fields

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Two things I did NOT know about Kevin Youkilis, the best Yankees third baseman with healthy hips: 1. He has tweaked his famous, distinctive batting stance for 2013. 2. He is Tom Brady's brother-in-law.

Youk will discuss those matters and more, including his Jewish upbringing -- which I did know about -- on a special "Yankees Access" that premieres on YES after Tuesday night's Nets...

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Beyonce wows ‘em in New Orleans

Beyonce performs the national anthem at the Pepsi

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The halftime show news conference always is one of the biggest – and strangest – of Super Bowl week, as fawning entertainment writers and grouchy sportswriters vie to ask pertinent questions of famous musicians.

But Thursday’s Beyonce presser was an all-timer, from the moment she began by belting out the national anthem in a clever in-your-face to critics of her Inauguration Day lip-sync.


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CBS to re-mix Queen classic

Freddie Mercury, legendary front man for the band

Sometimes it’s best to just quote Super Bowl news releases verbatim, allowing them to speak for their wacky selves, rather than trying to think of something clever to say about them.

For example, one from CBS about, well, this:

"CBS Sports, home of Super Bowl XLVII, Queens and Helmut VonLichten have teamed to re-mix the iconic rock classic “We Will Rock You” with “The NFL on CBS”...

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