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Hometown hero on ‘Survivor’

Former Riverside High, University of Connecticut and National Basketball Association All-Star Clifford Robinson is one of the castaways in the next edition of the CBS reality series “Survivor.”

It is called “Survivor: Cagayan,” named for a province of the Philippines.

For its 28th edition, “Survivor” reportedly has 18 castaways and a “Brains versus Beauty versus Brawn twist.”

Robinson, who played in the NBA for 18 seasons, is listed as a member of the Brawn Tribe. He is now 46, with CBS listing his hometown as Newark, N.J.

That is sure to upset his fans from Buffalo. Robinson, an All-Western New York basketball pick out of Riverside, was named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

He played at the University of Connecticut and made 17 appearances in the playoffs during his 18-year NBA career. He scored 19,951 points, which in 2009 was good for 35th place in NBA history and also was considered a good defensive player.

ohn supports Russians

Entertainer-songwriter Elton John is declaring his support of the Russian people, and he says they still accept him despite that country’s new anti-gay law.

Passed last year, the so-called “gay propaganda” law bans promotion of “non-traditional sexual relations” to minors.

John said Wednesday that he visited Russia in December concerned that the new law would affect how he was treated as “an openly gay foreigner.” He says he received a warm welcome. But if foreign visitors are unaffected by the law, John says it has legitimized “vicious homophobia” against gay Russians.

‘Salinger’ draws readers

The airing of a J.D. Salinger documentary has returned “The Catcher in the Rye” to the top of best-seller lists.

“Catcher” was No. 1 on Amazon.com and No. 20 on Barnes & Noble.com within hours of “Salinger” appearing Tuesday night on PBS stations.

Rankings for other Salinger books also surged. “Nine Stories” was No. 77 on Wednesday morning, jumping from No. 6,639 the day before. “Franny and Zooey” rose from 6,191 to 172.

Neil Young honored

Neil Young is still rockin’ in the free world.

The legendary 68-year-old musician was celebrated Tuesday night by the producers and engineers wing of the Recording Academy.

Young received his award on stage during the group’s seventh annual Grammy week celebration at The Village, a historic Los Angeles recording studio that’s hosted the likes of the Beach Boys, Mariah Carey, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and Elton John.

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honored Young for his artistic creativity, philanthropic efforts and sonic integrity for a career that’s spanned more than four decades, including his time with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

“You’re honoring me, you’re honoring yourself,” Young told the crowd of music industry professionals. “It’s not me. It’s you.”

From News and wire services