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December 25, 2012

NJN/am for Tuesday, Christmas Day, December 25


Jack Klugman passes. The actor best known for his portrayal of unkempt sportswriter Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall in “The Odd Couple,” as well as a crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy,” died Monday at age 90. Klugman, known for his raspy voice (which he lost to cancer a few years ago, then retrained himself to speak) and his everyman demeanor, was a television and film favorite for many years. Married for many years to Brett Somers of “Match Game” fame, Klugman was also known as an inveterate horseplayer; he parlayed that into race horse ownership, with his best-known horse — appropriately named Jaklin Klugman — finishing third in the Kentucky Derby.

Sports: Like pro basketball? If so, today is your day with five big games on tap, beginning with Boston vs. Brooklyn (11 a.m., ESPN). The Knicks and Lakers go at it at 2 on ABC, followed by Miami and Oklahoma City — assuming it isn’t pre-empted a guy in suspenders standing in front of a live tower-cam video of a tornado coming through.

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