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67-year broadcasting career of Vin Scully drawing to close

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Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully thanked Los Angeles Dodgers fans for making him feel like an 8-year-old again every time they cheer. The crowd, in turn, saluted Scully with a loud roar and multiple standing ovations on his appreciation night Friday. Holding hands with wife Sandi, he walked slowly from the dugout along a blue carpet dotted with the team’s logo to a stage set up in front of home plate for the pre-game ceremony honoring his 67 years…

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Villanova, Oklahoma qualify for Final Four

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Villanova, Oklahoma qualify for Final Four The first matchup for the Final Four is set. Villanova outlasted Kansas 64-59 to win the Midwest Regional in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier on Saturday, Oklahoma hammered Oregon 80-68 in the West Regional final in Anaheim, California. Villanova will take on Oklahoma in Houston next Saturday. Villanova 64, Kansas 59 Kansas was the overall top seed in the NCAA Tournament, but it was second-seeded Villanova who prevailed. The Wildcats, who had won their three previous…

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Mitch Perry Report for 12.4.15 – on Jeb, Ted and Kobe

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First off, I want to wish the best for Brendan McLaughlin, who will be departing as a news anchor at ABC affiliate WFTS in a couple of weeks after 21 years in the market. Like yours truly, Brendan hails from the San Francisco Bay Area (Marin County, actually, I believe). Folks, there ain’t that many of us in Tampa Bay, much less Florida. I wish him the best in his future endeavors. The latest CNN/ORC national poll of GOP candidates has Jeb…

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Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

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Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers has decided to retire after this season. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday. The decision was not totally unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. There’s no more wondering now. After two decades, two Olympic gold medals, five championship rings, 17 All-Star selections, an 81-point game that ranks as…

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We enjoyed Chocolate Thunder’s visit from Lovetron

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Some rims must still rattle from the force of Chocolate Thunder. Some glass backboards have re-emerged in other forms, recycled after their destruction by Darryl Dawkins and others like him. Dawkins died Thursday at the young age of 58 in Allentown, Pa. He left behind a highlight reel of dunks that earned him the Chocolate Thunder nickname as well as a basketball encyclopedia indexing nearly all of them by name. He was a unique character, who at 7 feet also…

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The greatest ad I’ve ever seen

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From Slate’s Ad Watch: In 1994, when the World Cup first arrived on American soil, Nike’s soccer division brought in $40 million in annual revenue. This year, the figure is $1.7 billion. Together with subsidiary label Umbro, Nike is now the No. 1 soccer brand on the planet. Which is astonishing, given that 1) it’s an American company, and Americans still aren’t fully on board with this frou-frou soccer stuff; 2) Adidas, its major rival in the category, had been synonymous with…

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The greatest ad I’ve ever seen

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From Slate’s Ad Watch: In 1994, when the World Cup first arrived on American soil, Nike’s soccer division brought in $40 million in annual revenue. This year, the figure is $1.7 billion. Together with subsidiary label Umbro, Nike is now the No. 1 soccer brand on the planet. Which is astonishing, given that 1) it’s an American company, and Americans still aren’t fully on board with this frou-frou soccer stuff; 2) Adidas, its major rival in the category, had been synonymous with…

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