Neil Best leaves no stone unturned in the world of sports media.

ESPN2, SiriusXM to carry lax semis

Cornell senior attack Rob Pannell, graduate of Smithtown

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Yes, I will be in Philadelphia Saturday for the Cornell vs. Duke lacrosse national semifinal, because that is what I do when Cornell reaches the Final Four.

Still waiting on witnessing my first national championship for the Big Red. I was not associated with the school the last time it won it all - in 1977.

Speaking of 2009, when Syracuse snatched a national title from Cornell in the...

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NBC has faith in Carrie Underwood

Singer-songwriter, Carrie Underwood says she made the switch

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Still catching up on all the important sports media news I missed during my month with Melo.

For example: With Faith Hill having stepped down as singer of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’’ NBC will replace her with Carrie Underwood, effective the night of the Giants-Cowboys opener Sept. 8.

The Peacocks actually conducted a media conference call to discuss this a couple of weeks ago,...

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Mike Tyson, talking pigeon on the case

Mike Tyson performs his one man show, "Undisputed

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Sure, I could try to cleverly reword Adult Swim’s news release regarding an animated series premiering sometime during the 2013-14 TV season, but there is no way to improve upon the original, so here ya go:

“In the new animated comedy series Mike Tyson Mysteries, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets… by solving mysteries! Armed with a magical tattoo on his face...

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Lindsay Czarniak to host Indy 500

Racing legend Mario Andretti is serious when he

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My visit to Indianapolis for Game 6 of Knicks-Pacers last weekend was not a total loss, thanks to some nice IndyCar folks showing me around the speedway on qualifying day.

Pretty cool for someone who saw his first 500 live via closed circuit in an Elizabeth, N.J., theater when Al Unser Sr. won in 1971. Why would my mother leave a 10-year-old alone in an Elizabeth, N.J., theater for five hours?


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King Football rules prime time

Johnny Galecki, left, and Kaley Cuoco star in

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For the second year in a row – and second time ever – the most-watched prime time show for a full TV season was NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,’’ which averaged 21.5 million viewers to 21.3 million for “NCIS.’’

It’s something even “Monday Night Football’’ never achieved in its heyday and more evidence that in an ever more splintered media environment, football remains the Great Aggregator.


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SNY helps Sandy-battered leagues on LI

Well, hello there! I have returned to the media and business beat after a month following the Knicks around and . . . well, I'm glad to be back.

Kudos to the hoops beat writers for doing a job that is more difficult than it appears and for keeping the rest of us informed of Knicks and Nets doings.

Let's get back in the swing with a positive story:

SNY recently made $5,000 grants...

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That Paul MacLean, um, news conference

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean talks to the

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Please click the video below. Please don't blink more than once or twice.

Because, if you do, you'll miss the entirety of Paul MacLean's post-game news conference after his Senators lost to the Penguins, 7-3.

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Jason Collins on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

In a Sports Illustrated story, NBA center Jason

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Jason Collins, the first gay active male athlete on a U.S. pro team, appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" with his twin brother, Jarron Collins, on Wednesday night.

Watch the interview below, in two clips.

Part 1


Part 2


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Whither Chris (Mad Dog) Russo?

Radio personality Chris "Mad Dog" Russo pushes thourgh

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Difficult to believe we are coming up on five years since Mike Francesa and Chris Russo parted ways after 19 years together on WFAN.

It was so long ago that the day Sirius XM Satellite Radio announced Russo's hiring at its Manhattan studios, I walked by Lehman Brothers headquarters and observed a line of employees waiting to get into the building to clear out their desks.

Anyway, I've...

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