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Alan Arkin compares 'Grudge Match' shoot to pointillism

Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as

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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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Roger Angell honored by baseball writers

The Hall of Fame will celebrate an up-and-comer in the sportswriting field next summer when Roger Angell is given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given annually to a worthy scribe by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Mr. Angell is 93 and has written a series of well-regarded essays on the sport, my personal favorite being “The Web of the Game’’ about a 1981 St. John’s-Yale game featuring...

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Terry Bradshaw not warm to Super Bowl XLVIII

HENDERSON VS. BRADSHAW Super Bowl XIII Cowboys linebacker

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Fox will telecast Super Bowl XLVIII, featuring pregame, halftime and postgame analysis from its biggest studio star – Terry Bradshaw.

So the four-time Super Bowl champ must be pumped up for the big event at MetLife Stadium, right? Um . . . let’s just say Fox had better hope he warms up to the idea by Feb. 2.

Here is what Bradshaw said on WFAN Wednesday regarding the first outdoor Super...

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NFL uses flex to maintain flexbility

Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (17) makes

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The NFL’s decision to flex the Dec. 22 Ravens-Patriots game out of prime time for Eagles-Bears initially caused much head-scratching, until Sports Business Journal reported it was driven by an arcane TV contract provision.

It turns out the gap between games taken from CBS and Fox for prime time windows in any given season may not exceed three. If Ravens-Patriots had remained at night, CBS’s...

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J.R. Smith near top of retweet list

NKnicks' J.R. Smith looks on from the court

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A laurel and hearty handshake to the Knicks’ own J.R. Smith, who finished fifth on Twitter’s list of most-retweeted sports-related posts of 2013, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo, Andy Murray, the U.S. soccer team and LeBron James.

After the Nets defeated the Knicks in January, Kris Humphries, ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, posted, “Big game tonight! The Garden got really quiet on the way out.’’

To...

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Curt Schilling joins ESPN's Sunday night booth

CURT SCHILLING Year on ballot: 3rd Pros -

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It would have surprised no one during Curt Schilling’s playing career to learn someday the quotable pitcher would be a TV analyst, but Schilling said he never thought about that – or any other post-playing task – before retiring.

Now he will assume one of the most visible positions in baseball media, succeeding Orel Hershiser alongside Dan Shulman and John Kurk on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’...

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Mike Mayock tries to keep it (relatively) simple

NFL Network announcers Alex Flanagan, Mike Mayock and

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Mike Mayock makes no apologies for being a football nerd, but there are times his technical knowledge has caused him only to confuse casual fans who turn to him for analysis on the NFL Network’s Thursday night games.

Three years into his term, though, his boss believes he has had a “breakthrough year’’ in addressing that concern.

“He took the constructive feedback over the last couple...

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'Youngstown Boys' recalls black eye for Buckeyes

MAURICE CLARETT Prison Sentence: 7 1/2 years (Served

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ESPN, which has made a recent habit of following its Heisman Trophy show with high-quality documentaries that focus on college football, will do so again Saturday, this time with “Youngstown Boys.’’

The two-hour program primarily recalls the rapid rise and fall of running back Maurice Clarett, who as a freshman in 2002 led Ohio State to a national championship.

The film’s subplot is...

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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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NBC Sports Network tries to blaze a trail

FILE - This is a Nov. 17, 2010,

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Sports TV executives have started hiding behind potted plants when they see me coming, knowing I will annoy them with questions about the glut of content and microscopic ratings for cable networks that has resulted.

 Alas, Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports Network, did not react quickly enough at a recent NHL lunch, so I asked him about the state of the channel as it...

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