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Truth better than fiction for Seahawks

Actress Jennifer Garner takes a photo as actors

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Like most sports flicks, “Draft Day’’ has its share of realism issues. But as the film’s April opening has approached some matters beyond its control cropped up, such as the matter of the No. 1 overall selection.

In the movie, whose story centers on the 2014 NFL Draft, the Seahawks own that dubious distinction. Oops. In the real world, the Seahawks will pick dead last.

But with the cooperation...

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'Bronx Bombers' bombs; 'Rocky' up next

Margo Seibert and Andy Karl during rehearsal of

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Producers Fran Kirmser and Tony Ponturo now are batting .333 on sports-themed Broadway shows, having enjoyed modest success with “Lombardi” then seeing “Magic/Bird’’ and now “Bronx Bombers’’ close after about a month.

The Yankees-centric play opened Feb. 6 and will be no more after next Sunday’s performance.

While that’s a better lifetime average than some of the show’s characters, including...

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'Mad Dog' no like the NBA All-Star Game

The East Team's Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland

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Chris "Mad Dog" Russo is not fond of the NBA All-Star Game.

"Anything has to be better than the NBA All-Star Game," Russo said with the first 11 words of this soundbyte from Tuesday's "Mad Dog Unleashed" on SiriusXM Radio.

He continued by bashing the lack of defense and the attendance, and the inclusion of bands at halftime.

"The NBA [All-Star] game is a no-watch," he said. "You...

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Olympics boss defends Bode Miller interview

USA's Bode Miller reacts during the Alpine Skiing

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Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics, said Monday from Sochi that he was comfortable with how the network handled what has become a controversial post-race interview with skiier Bode Miller Sunday.

Miller won the bronze medal in the super-G, after which NBC's Christin Cooper - a former Olympic skiier herself - asked him a series of followup questions about his emotions after...

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Bob Costas returns to NBC Monday

Sportscaster Bob Costas attends the Joe Torre Safe

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"Our long nightmare is over," NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell said from Sochi Monday, and with that, Bob Costas was headed back to his hosting duties after a six-day hiatus because of viral conjunctivitis.

Matt Lauer filled in for Costas for four of the six days, and Meredith Vieira for the other two.

Costas said during the worst of his absence he sat in a darkened hotel room...

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John McEnroe expands ESPN role

4. JOHN MCENROE He was dominant at the

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ESPN announced that John McEnroe will expand his role there to include non-tennis-related appearances on TV and radio.

That includes appearing as a commentator on various topics on "SportsCenter" and as an interviewer for sitdowns with sports stars.

The new gig includes appearances on ESPN Radio New York. (McEnroe grew up in Douglaston, Queens.)

“It should be interesting and fun,...

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Costas still on Olympic injury report, Vieira to host

Meredith Vieira

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Bob Costas will miss his fourth consecutive night Friday as host of NBC's prime time Olympics show because of an ongoing eye infection, NBC announced. He will be replaced by Meredith Vieira, whom the network said will become the first solo female host for a prime time Olympics show. Matt Lauer had filled in for Costas the previous three nights.

Jim Bell, NBC's executive producer for the Olympics,...

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Official: Howie Rose, Josh Lewin to call Mets games on WOR

The new Mets radio announcer Josh Lewin will

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The Mets and Clear Channel Media, their new radio partner, announced Thursday that Howie Rose and Josh Lewin will move with the team from WFAN to WOR for the 2014 season.

The news was expected, but earlier in the offseason Clear Channel had considered former players to replace Lewin before settling on having him back.

Rose will begin his 19th season calling Mets games and Lewin his third....

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NBC stars don't shine in Sochi

It started with Lindsey Vonn pulling out of the Olympics altogether, then a parade of big-name American flops in Week 1, including Bode Miller, Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Shani Davis.

NBC even lost its own biggest Olympic star, host Bob Costas, for several days because of an eye infection.

Despite all that, ratings overall have been solid for the network given the distant-time-zone...

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Jeter bombshell colors 'Bronx Bombers'

In 2000, Jeter became the first player to

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Who knew when I saw “Bronx Bombers’’ Tuesday that Derek Jeter (played by Christopher Jackson) was less than 24 hours from officially becoming a legend-in-waiting to join his fellow historical characters in the play?

So starting Wednesday the sight of Jeter in the company of actors playing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and the rest of the old gang on Broadway surely had...

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