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Cal Ripken in spotlight for Turner

Oriole Cal Ripken salutes crowd at start of

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Cal Ripken Jr. has spent most of his career at Turner in the comfy confines of the studio come playoff time. But the network has moved him to its No. 1 booth in place John Smoltz alongside Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling, including for the NLCS.

(Smoltz still is with Turner for this year’s playoffs, working with play-by-play man Brian Anderson, but he is a candidate to succeed Tim McCarver at...

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9/11 comments scuttle Bobby Valentine's TBS gig

Bobby Valentine analyzes the Mets-Phillies game for SNY.

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Turner Sports announced Monday that Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci will join Keith Olbermann in the TBS studio for the baseball playoffs, which sounds like an intriguing group as studio teams go.

But what happened to Bobby Valentine, who two weeks ago appeared to be headed to Turner, too, according to several reports?

Two people familiar with what went down said Valentine was sunk by...

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Time for Linsanity, the movie

Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin celebrates a play

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Looking back, Jeremy Lin’s excellent adventure in February, 2012, seems more like a corny Disney movie than real life, a vibe reinforced by “Linsanity,’’ a documentary of his stranger-than-fiction story that hits select theaters in seven cities - including at AMC Village Theater in Manhattan - on Oct. 4.

The long, winding tale of how the film, funded in part through Kickstarter, came about...

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Archie calls Eli a rap star

The Manning family, from left: Peyton, Cooper, Eli

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The documentary “The Book of Manning” premiered to rave reviews on ESPN Tuesday, but that was not the first time the family made a video splash off the field this year.

In August, the rap-oriented, web-only DirecTV commercial, “Football on Your Phone,’’ caused a sensation. What did Archie, the family patriarch who played a bit role alongside his sons, Peyton and Eli, think of it?

“It...

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SNY seeks new sports talk angle

Michelle Beadle attends the 17th Annual Webby Awards

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Less than a week after Michelle Beadle complained to Sports Media Weekly about NBCSN’s lack of promotion for her show, “The Crossover,’’ the program was cancelled Wednesday, a casualty of the current glut of sports TV talk. (The New York Times was the first to report the news.)

It is not easy getting attention in the increasingly crowded genre. But that doesn’t keep people from trying.

Next...

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Pedro Martinez added to Turner Sports' MLB playoff team

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, left,

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Pedro Martinez, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, and reporter Tom Verducci will join Keith Olbermann in Turner Sports' studio for the Major League Baseball playoffs.

The network's coverage begins Oct. 1 and 2 with the National and American League wild-card games.

Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and Cal Ripken will be TBS' No. 1 announcing team through the NLCS.

Ripken replaces John...

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WFAN increases its Nets coverage

Jason Kidd and Deron Williams pose for a

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CBS Radio announced a partnership with the Nets and Barclays Center that will increase WFAN's coverage of the Nets - including a weekly show about the team - and bring other Barclays Center events, such as college basketball and boxing, to the station.

The arena and CBS Radio also will partner on a concert series and other live events....

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Ron Howard goes to the races

Chris Hemsworth stars as Englishman James Hunt in

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So I had known Ron Howard for four or five seconds when I told him about our special bond: I was born the very day “The Andy Griffith Show’’ premiered, Oct. 3, 1960, a milestone in the life and career of then 6-year-old Ronny.

Coincidence or cosmically important? “Let’s assume it’s pretty ---- important,’’ Howard said. He also said his parents let him stay up late that night to watch the show....

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Lawrence Taylor says modern NFL has gone 'soft'

Lawrence Taylor, left, and Bill Parcells talk during

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So Tuesday I spoke to Lawrence Taylor both on the phone and later in person regarding the Showtime documentary about him – “LT: The Life & Times’’ – that premieres Friday.

More about that later in the week, but for now here is his colorful – if predictable – response when I asked him what he thinks of the way rules have changed in the name of player safety and whether he could have adapted...

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Greg Anthony, Clark Kellogg flip roles

Television personality and former NBA player Greg Anthony

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CBS announced studio analyst Greg Anthony will replace Clark Kellogg as its lead college basketball game analyst, with Kellogg moving back to the studio after five years with Jim Nantz.

"We believe this shuffling of our lineup allows both Greg and Clark to play more to their individual strengths, enhancing our overall coverage,'' CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said....

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