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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 12:25 pm | Updated: 3:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The last three teams New York has sent to the Little League World Series are batting 1.000 when it comes to embarrassing Williamsport behavior:

• The 2001 Bronx team had its third-place finish expunged from the record books and will be forever inglorious because of two words: Danny Almonte.

• The 2002 kids from Harlem were panned from foul pole to foul pole for their hot-dogging on the field — including kids who pointed over the outfield wall with their bats — and their overbearing fans.

• Finally, the 2006 team from Staten Island, which went 0-3 and was beaten by Ahwatukee on Tuesday, earned a pair of reprimands after a player unleashed an “F-bomb” in the dugout in Sunday’s loss — one picked up clearly by ESPN microphones — before getting shoved by one of his coaches.

Who’s running this team, John Gibbons?

Earlier in the week, team leaders complained that the Yankees offered “only” $5,000 to help cover team expenses. Maybe George Steinbrenner knew it would be a short stay in Williamsport.

MOONLIGHTING RATTLERS

If you make it out this weekend for the opening of the new movie “Invincible,” featuring Mark Wahlberg as bartender-turned-NFL football player Vince Papale, keep your eyes peeled for two Arizona Rattlers.

Wide receiver/linebacker Cosmo DeMatteo plays Eagles lineman Ed German (with plenty of speaking parts) while offensive specialist Damien Groce portrays former Dallas Cowboys kick returner Butch Johnson.

Both players are old hats at movie making, since both worked on Adam Sandler’s remake of “The Longest Yard” in 2004.

“Working with Mark (Wahlberg) was a great experience,” DeMatteo told the team’s Web site. “Acting is a lot harder than you expect. You have to have a lot of respect for the really talented guys. It’s not easy to become a character with all of those cameras in front of you.”

QUICK HITTERS

• The D-Backs get a pair of one-run, quality starts from Miguel Batista (constantly in trouble only to wiggle free) and Livan Hernandez and score a grand total of one run in two losses. When this offense gets lost, it really heads for the weeds.

• Willie McGinnest is mad the Patriots gave Junior Seau (whose retirement speech was longer than his retirement) his No. 55 jersey? Maybe he shouldn’t have taken his three rings to Cleveland — and a better payday — if he wanted a say in what becomes of his old number.

• As expected, the Suns allowed the $3.6 million remaining from the trade exception acquired in the Joe Johnson trade with Atlanta to expire Monday. Reaching a deal with Boris Diaw is more important than adding another high-priced player sub who would have pushed Phoenix over the luxury tax.

• I think the Yankees just beat the Red Sox again.

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