September 14, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, dressed in a black suit and wearing sunglasses, stood nearly motionless Thursday night as he stared down intently at the Liberty Medal that had just been presented to him. The 70-year-old Ali, fighting through his Parkinson's disease, briefly lifted his right hand to acknowledge the sustained standing ovation of the audience on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. The crowd erupted in a rousing chant: "Ali! Ali! Ali!" The world champion boxer, antiwar hero, and cultural icon was awarded the 2012 medal for his life as a transformative figure personifying the struggle for liberty.
September 12, 2012 |
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A fan of Muhammad Ali has acquired an important piece of memorabilia: the boxing great's boyhood home. Las Vegas real estate investor Jared Weiss closed on the property earlier this week, a Louisville realtor told the Associated Press on Tuesday. Realtor Dave Lambrechts said Weiss paid $70,000 for the small white house with a sagging front porch overhang at 3302 West Grand Ave., in a neighborhood of neat, modest homes. "The guy's a huge Ali fan, and that's what kind of spurred this," Lambrechts said.
July 11, 2012 |
The selection of boxing legend Muhammad Ali to receive the 2012 Liberty Medal has sparked debate, given his refusal four decades ago to fight in the Vietnam War. But his standing up for religious principles only makes the award more appropriate. The boxer known more now for his advocacy of civil rights at home and abroad has been an ardent promoter of world peace and humanitarian causes. A sufferer of Parkinson's disease, he also has helped raise funds for the Special Olympics and for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Research Center in Phoenix.
February 2, 2012 |
ANGELO DUNDEE, the brilliant motivator who worked the corner for Muhammad Ali in his greatest fights and willed Sugar Ray Leonard to victory in his biggest bout, died yesterday in Tampa, Fla. He was 90. The genial South Philadelphia native was best known for being in Ali's corner for almost his entire career, but those in boxing also knew him as an ambassador for boxing and a figure of integrity in a sport that often lacked it. He died...
November 10, 2011 |
Ironically, Joe Frazier's fame will forever be linked to his greatest rival, Muhammad Ali. The two athletes could hardly have been more dissimilar in personality and style. Ali was a brash, colorful, quick-witted master showman with a remarkable ability for self-promotion. Frazier, who died this week at 67, was quiet, humble, and likely to hang in the background. While Ali dispatched opponents with incredibly fast hands and reflexes, Frazier's style was blue-collar. He bobbed, weaved, and grunted before knocking out opponents with a devastating left hook.
May 2, 2011
The original center court jump-ball circle from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion has netted $325,085 at auction. SCP Auctions said Sunday that it's the most ever paid for a piece of college basketball memorabilia. The 12-foot jump circle was used from 1965 to 1982 by the men's teams that won eight national championships. Former UCLA coach John Wooden and some of his greats, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton , had signed the hunk of hardwood. When the auction was announced in March, UCLA said it hoped to work out a deal to return the circle to the campus.
May 2, 2011 |
Former heavyweight boxer Henry Cooper , one of Britain's most popular sportsmen who was best known for knocking down Muhammad Ali while he was still known as Cassius Clay , died yesterday. He was 76. The first boxer to be knighted and receive the title "Sir" from a British monarch, Cooper died just 2 days before his 77th birthday, the British Boxing Board of Control said. He died at his son's house in Oxted, Surrey, in southern England, after an extended illness. "I am at a loss for words over the death of my friend, Henry Cooper," Ali said in a statement.
March 20, 2011 |
When Muhammad Ali was training for a fight in Deer Lake, Pa., in the 1970s, the boxer was visited at his Schuylkill County compound by one of the few people in the world as famous as he. "A few years ago, Elvis came to see me at my training camp, stayed two weeks," Ali told TV Guide in 1979. "I said, 'Elvis, do me a favor. I got a guitar.' " The Greatest wanted The King to help him stir up a little trouble. He persuaded Presley to come with him to a bar in nearby Pottsville, "this little redneck place called Spoonies," where the duo sneaked in the back way. In Ali's telling, Presley went to the microphone with a towel on his head, then pulled it off, and sang, 'You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, cryin' all the time.
January 20, 2010 |
In this corner - he floats like a butterfly! Stings like a bee! - is the heavyweight champion of the world: Muhammad Ali. And in this corner - he shuffles, he grins, he personifies sad but sly subservience - is the first black actor with Hollywood star billing and the last one anyone wants to emulate: Stepin Fetchit. Not a promising bout, you might say. And while it never took place in the ring, it may have happened intellectually. Not long before the milestone second heavyweight title fight between Ali and Sonny Liston in 1965, Ali and Stepin Fetchit became friends and Fetchit became part of the champ's entourage.
January 2, 2002 |
I WAS NEVER a fan of Muhammad Ali. To a generation of baby boomers, Ali may have been a cultural icon and a hero, but to me, Ali was just another successful sports figure to root against, much like Notre Dame, the New York Yankees and the Boston Celtics. Even though I did the best impersonation of Howard Cosell in my elementary school, I loved it when Joe Frazier knocked Ali down and won their first fight; I seethed inside when Ali outfoxed George Foreman and "shook up the world" in Zaire; I jumped up and down with glee when Ken Norton broke Ali's jaw. When crowds chanted "Ali, Ali, Ali," I would chant "lose, lose, lose.