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Thanks to Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, the 1977 debut of Michael Des Barres’s Detective gets a Record Store Day release

Forty-five years later, singer Michael Des Barres listens to the self-titled debut of Detective and hears the a tantalizing potential for greatness in its grooves.. A bluesy hard rock band, it found its way to Swan Song Records thanks to Des Barres’ friendship with guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, the band behind the label.…
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Bill Madden: It’s early, but Yankees offense continues disturbing downward trend

It is easy to say it’s been only two weeks of games, a bunch of them played in unseasonably cold and miserable conditions, after an abbreviated spring training. The only problem with that explanation for the Yankees’ hard-to-watch, inept hitting is that this isn’t just two weeks but rather an extension of what we witnessed…
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The U.S. should never turn to tyrants like Maduro for our energy needs

When President Biden announced in early March that the United States would halt Russian oil imports, it was a welcome gesture for those of us who want the administration to take a moral stance against Vladimir Putin’s aggressive authoritarianism. The White House said it was meant to “deprive President Putin of the economic resources” to…
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Playoffs again a struggle for Heat’s Bam Adebayo, with 28 points through three games

Somehow Bam Adebayo is back where he was in last year’s playoffs, a nominal contributor with minimal offensive impact. The difference is that last year, the Milwaukee Bucks were whole, while also wholly unconcerned about merely packing the paint against the Miami Heat center. The result was Adebayo averaging a middling 15.5 points per game…
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Bob Raissman: ESPN’s NBA Countdown has finally found its lane

The crowning of an NBA champion is an early summer tradition. So is ESPN changing the lineup of its NBA Countdown pre/post game shows. If the Bristol Faculty is judging the current crew strictly on performance, the annual changing of the guard will not happen.  The cast — Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon,…
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Bob Raissman: ESPN’s NBA Countdown has finally found its lane

The crowning of an NBA champion is an early summer tradition. So is ESPN changing the lineup of its NBA Countdown pre/post game shows. If the Bristol Faculty is judging the current crew strictly on performance, the annual changing of the guard will not happen.  The cast — Mike Greenberg, Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon,…
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When making a sales pitch, remember, it’s not about you

During certain cycles of prospecting, I present a lot. Generally, this involves someone with whom I’ve not done business. If a client and I have done business and she knows my capabilities, the need for formal presentations is lessened. But take away any familiarity and the pitch is needed. Today, I’ll explain my presentation style…
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Ira Winderman: Heat, Pat Riley have draft decisions of their own

From the Department of Why Bother?, the NBA took the time on Monday to break the tie for the Miami Heat’s 2022 first-round draft pick, with No. 27 now belonging Pat Riley and his front office. The question is whether the announced selection on June 23 need even be sized for his Heat draft hat.…
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Jay Hook and the ‘62 Mets look back on the franchise’s first win: ‘It started something in New York’

After Jay Hook beat the Pirates for the first victory in Mets history, Casey Stengel urged his pitcher to talk to the newspaper reporters covering the team as long as the scribes wanted. Stengel, whose sense of theater and PR served the Mets as well or better than any diamond stratagem he devised, knew the…
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Mike Lupica: New Mets skipper Buck Showalter is having fun and winning games

You know who and what the Mets are right now? The Mets are fun again, is what they are, for the first time in a long time, and that includes all the time they spent in first place last season. The Mets are fun when the Yankees aren’t, at a time when the Yankees are…
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