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Bill Simmons vs. Doc Rivers, continued

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reacts to

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As far as I can tell, all has been quiet (so far) Saturday on the Doc Rivers vs. Bill Simmons front, but for the record let's get you caught up on Friday's action in the public spat between two sports guys who have made the move from Boston to L.A. You might recall that Thursday night during the NBA draft Rivers said in an ESPN interview that he would like to call Simmons an "idiot" for...

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'Venus Vs.' serves up 'Nine for IX' series

Venus Williams, the women's fourth-seed, withdrew from the

Even after all these years, Venus Williams, 33, values the opinion of her famously opinionated father, Richard. So she recently chose to watch a new documentary about her, “Venus Vs.,’’ by his side. “I wanted him to be proud of me,’’ she said on a conference call to promote the film, which premieres Tuesday and begins ESPN’s summer-long “Nine for IX’’ series of documentaries by and about women....

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'Eight Men Out' is 25 years old

Michael Rooker, left, and David Morrissey of the

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“Eight Men Out’’ gets somewhat lost in the shuffle when people recall the mid-to-late 1980s bounty of popular baseball movies, from “The Natural” to “Bull Durham” to “Field of Dreams” to “Major League.’’ But John Sayles’ film about the 1919 Black Sox scandal, a mostly serious work that featured fewer Hollywood touches than all of the above, deserves its place among them. “Dude, we knew right away...

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ESPN booth in flux adds Kruk

Ex-Philadelphia Phillies player John Kruk, left, is kissed

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After two decades of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in a two-man booth, ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball’’ roster has become a revolving door, without the exact same lineup two seasons in a row since 2007 and ’08. Dan Shulman, Miller’s successor as play-by-play man in 2011, isn’t complaining about that, but he did admit, “If you gave me my choice, sure it would be nice to keep the team together and see...

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Doc Rivers: Bill Simmons is an idiot

Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers reacts on

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Doc Rivers called ESPN commentator Bill Simmons an idiot. Sort of. Rivers actually said he'd "like" to call Simmons an idiot, but he was "too classy" for that. Indeed. The passive-aggressive outburst came after Simmons' comments that Rivers quit on the Celtics when he accepted a trade to the Clippers. Watch Rivers and the aftermath with Simmons below:


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Bill Raftery leaves ESPN for Fox

Bill Raftery worked Big East games on ESPN for three decades, but with the new-look conference en route to Fox next season he had to choose one or the other. Thursday, we learned which. Fox is close to signing Raftery to join the new network and be paired with Gus Johnson on college basketball telecasts for Fox Sports 1 this autumn. As part of the deal, Raftery will continue to work NCAA Tournament...

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Yankees not alone in tix slip

"The Babe Ruth Story" (1948) -- William Bendix

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Much has been made – including here – of the Yankees’ attendance decline in 2013, down 2,482 per game through Wednesday night. That’s a lot of overpriced beer going un-guzzled. But halfway through the season, they are far from alone, and in far better shape than most. Nine teams are down by more than the Yankees, “led’’ by the Marlins’ 11,052 a game and including the Red Sox, Cubs and Phillies,...

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All-Star meatballs' secret ingredient: pork jowls

ALL-STAR MEATBALL HERO Available at Section 138 A

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Some journalists cover wars. Some cover politics. Some taste-test special All-Star Game meatball subs at Citi Field. So it was Wednesday morning that I found myself in the Caesars Club, sampling a miniature version of the All-Star Meatball Hero that will be unveiled specifically for next month’s festivities at the Mets’ ballyard. Price: $14. Location: Near section 138. (Full disclosure: I partook...

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Jay Williams profile on HBO's Real Sports

Jay Williams on NBA Draft Night. (June 25,

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Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports" features a segment on Jay Williams, the promising Duke point guard drafted No. 2 by the Chicago Bulls in 2002 who suffered a career-ending leg injury in a motorcycle accident. Williams, now an analyst for ESPN, rarely talks about this issue (until recently) and almost never with a camera focused on him. Here's a clip from the segment....

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2013 half over in NY sportzzz

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey of the Mets throws

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Here we are less than a week away from the midpoint of 2013 and . . . it's quiet around here. Too quiet. Remember 2012? I do, in part because I'm the guy who most years is asked to write Newsday's yearend look back at New York sports. Last year was a doozy, with stories that included the Giants winning the Super Bowl, Linsanity, Tebowmania and Johan Santana's no-hitter - all before 2012 was half...

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