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HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” is the first sports program to win an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism for its report “The Sport of Sheikhs.” Joseph Perskie produced the investigation of child slavery connected to camel racing in the United Arab Emirates. Bernard Goldberg was the correspondent. Bob Schieffer hosts the Jan. 18 ceremony. … The Golf Channel’s “Daly Planet,” a 13-part series exploring “live and unscripted”

Will John Daly be the next reality star,
or is America not ready for a
“walking country music song”?
the life of John Daly, whose personal turmoil has included bouts with alcoholism, three failed marriages and gambling woes, will air on Wednesday nights from Jan. 18 to April 19. Daly has been called a “walking country music song.” Scheduled guests include Brett Favre, Vijay Singh, Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker and Vladimir Klitschko. … Verne Lundquist and Terry Donahue were named Legends of the Sun Bowl. … Bruce Schein, who is seen over Greg Gumbel’s left shoulder running the crew monitoring games for CBS Sports, got his first producing gig, a piece with Dan Marino and his family during the former quarterback’s Hall of Fame induction weekend. … Boomer Esiason taped a guest appearance on the upcoming series “Love Monkey” starring Tom Cavanagh, which premieres on Jan. 17.

’Round town: Tomorrow at Gallagher’s Steak House, the New York Daily News will honor sports artist/writer and New York sports legend Bill Gallo for 65 years of service. … Phyllis George, Rusty Staub, Rod Gilbert and Dick Stockton were at Annie’s Restaurant in New York for sports television producer Tommy O’Neill’s annual holiday luncheon. Many recalled memories of “Monday Night Football” with longtime analyst Frank Gifford. … Bill Murray watched the White Sox play a World Series game at Mickey Mantle’s on televisions installed when the restaurant was established in 1987, said owner Chris Villano. Now the restaurant is installing 24 high-definition, plasma-screen TVs, including two 61-inch sets. … Child magazine honored Joe Torre, who came from an abusive home, for his Safe at Home Foundation. … New York Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca, having a hot dog at the Madison Square Garden food court with Mets VP of media relations Jay Horwitz, said he loves basketball. The native New Yorker was a Phoenix Suns ballboy.

Games people play: Jason Giambi, David Wells, Eric Chavez and Jimmy Rollins will play against poker star Thomas “Thunder” Keller in Cory Lidle’s celebrity poker tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation next weekend at The Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. … Don McPherson, the former Syracuse quarterback who is the director of Adelphi University’s Sports Leadership Institute, says he was a neighborhood top dog in Electric Football before video games changed the way kids play. … Commissioner Michael Landsman selected Baltimore to host the 12th annual Electric Football Super Bowl. … CEO Richard Crasnick of FIKI (Flick It & Kick It) Sports, manufacturer of the tabletop football and basketball game played by flicking a miniature leather ball, says his company is in discussions with MLB to license FIKI Baseball.

Joey Harary, president of Jacques Moret Inc., in announcing a four-year deal to license Everlast apparel, said the “product placement campaign in movies like ‘Million Dollar Baby’ and ‘Cinderella Man’ and the reality show ‘The Contender’ has quite frankly amazed us.” Seth Horowitz, chairman, CEO and president of Everlast, said the deal “will allow Everlast to focus on our professional and retail boxing equipment.”

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