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Kevin Costner likes to keep it real

Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner, 58, and wife

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To say the NFL “cooperated’’ in the making of “Draft Day’’ would be an understatement.

The league’s presence in the film, which premieres April 11, is extraordinarily extensive, from the use of actual team names and logos to a fake 2014 draft filmed the same weekend as last year’s real one. Both starred Roger Goodell.

Had that not been the case, Kevin Costner would not be starring in...

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Boomer Esiason apologizes for 'C-section' comment

WFAN radio personalities Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton

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Boomer Esiason apologized - early and often - on his WFAN show Friday morning for comments he made two days earlier regarding Daniel Murphy's paternity leave from the Mets.

Esiason was not the only critic of paternity leave for ballplayers on sports talk radio - and among fans on social media - but nothing in the debate caused as much controversy as his suggestion that if it were him he would...

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Michael Kay rips Boomer Esiason re: Fathergate

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Michael Kay weighed in on his ESPN New York Radio show Thursday afternoon on the matter of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave, and about what other talk show hosts have said about it, especially on WFAN.

He called out Boomer Esiason by name.

There was much yelling involved.

Here ya go:

"I’d have to be an unbelievably narcissistic baboon to make my choice on somebody...

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Daniel Murphy returns to Mets, Mike Francesa talks about him

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Mike Francesa opened his WFAN radio show Thursday by discussing . . . what else? Daniel Murphy and his recently arrived bundle of joy.

"Little did I know I was going to start a national dialogue [Wednesday]," Francesa said after both he and WFAN's morning show were hit with a barrage of criticism after commenting on the delicate matter of paternity leave.

"I cannot believe how erroneous...

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RIP, Sandy Grossman

Condolences to the family and friends of Sandy Grossman, one of the most accomplished directors in sports TV history, who died of cancer this week at age 78.

Grossman directed numerous major events, including NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Finals, but he was best known as the director for the storied NFL team at CBS and Fox that featured Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Here is a statement...

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Day II of Fathergate for Boomer Esiason, Craig Carton

Radio hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, of

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WFAN's morning duo of Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton returned early Thursday to the subject of Daniel Murphy's two-game paternity leave from the Mets, addressing criticism of their initial take Wednesday from assorted corners of social media and beyond.

They did not back off their initial opinion that assuming no medical complications for the mother or baby, Murphy and other professional...

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WFAN hosts take issue with Daniel Murphy's paternity leave

WFAN long-time radio host Mike Francesa. (June 19,

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The hosts of WFAN’s morning and afternoon shows rarely see eye to eye but on Wednesday both weighed in with similar takes on the subject of Daniel Murphy’s paternity leave from the Mets.

Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton began the discussion in the morning, with Esiason offering a particularly blunt opinion that took the matter a big step beyond the others.

“That’s not me,’’ he said. “I...

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Michael Kay averaging 19,000 viewers on YES

Yankees play-by-play man Michael Kay calls Hartsdale home.

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Michael Kay's YES Network simulcast of his ESPN New York Radio show, which began two months ago Thursday, has averaged 19,000 viewers, YES said, citing Nielsen data for the New York area.

That is higher than the 14,000 viewers Mike Francesa's WFAN simulcast averaged during the same time frame in 2013, with Francesa's show coming at significantly more cost to YES.

Kay's viewership presumably...

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Breen, Spanarkel, Maher win Emmys

MSG announcer Mike Breen.

Mike Breen of MSG was named best sports play-by-play man and Jim Spanarkel of YES best analyst at the New York Emmy Awards presentation Sunday night.

Other winners included Kevin Maher of News 12 Long Island as best sports anchor and YES for coverage of the Nets and for its coverage of Mariano Rivera’s final game for the Yankees.

MSG’s “Lost and Found: ’73 Knicks Championship Tape’’...

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Mike Francesa on TV simulcast: 'Have a little patience'

Mike Francesa talks about what a typical day

Opening Day began a new era in local New York baseball media, with the Mets on WOR radio and Mike Francesa for the first time in his career hosting a WFAN show during a Mets game.

Tuesday night will bring another change: YES carrying a simulcast of Michael Kay’s ESPN New York radio show on a day when YES’ play-by-play man will call a regular-season Yankees game.

How will that work logistically?

The...

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