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Commentary, GOAT, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Tom Brady -

We need to kill off some of these GOATs trampling through the internet. Not because of a surplus of actual greatness — Serena, Jordan and Brady still reign supreme. The true GOATs remain on top of the mountain, for all to see. But the title “Greatest of All Time” is being abused. Rampantly. It’s become […]

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Aretha Franklin, Emmanuel Stewart, Joe Louis, Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hearns -

As we mourn the loss of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, there is a relatively unknown chapter of her life that her fans of her music might not know about. She was one of the great boxing aficionados of her day. The Queen’s favorite pastime was watching boxing matches. Her lifelong interest in boxing […]

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Aretha Franklin, Bo Jackson, Detroit, Detroit Lions, Detroit Pistons, MLB, Muhammad Ali, Music, NFL, Obituary, Olympics, Rest In Peace, Wrestlemania -

When the death of Aretha Franklin was announced to the world, the somber news was met with the kind of reverence usually reserved for political dignitaries or royalty. And what else would you expect for the Queen of Soul, the most celebrated voice of not just her generation but perhaps of all time? There are […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Crime, Muhammad Ali, President Donald Trump -

President Donald Trump is talking about pardoning Muhammad Ali. This comes after he recently pardoned Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion, and commuted the life sentence of a black woman convicted of a nonviolent drug offense. We already know that exonerating individual African-Americans doesn’t square with the Justice Department reviving criminal charging policies […]

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cassius clay, heavyweight boxing champion, muhammad ali, National, News, Race, Sports, Trump to pardon Ali -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he may pardon the late heavyweight boxing […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Graduation, Harvard University, Locker Room Talk, Muhammad Ali -

The footage is simultaneously exhilarating and haunting. In the rare recording we see a handsome, self-assured Muhammad Ali speaking to the Harvard University graduating class of 1975, where he had been invited to give the commencement address. “I’m very flattered in coming here ‘cause you never could have made me believe years ago when I […]

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Allyson Felix, Arts, Athlete Activism, Colin Kaepernick, Commentary, John Urschel, Muhammad Ali, Politics, Social Activism, State of the Black Athlete -

Athletic success may get you through the door, but be mindful, once you get here: “Stick to sports.” There has been an unspoken expectation and, more recently, an apparent insistence that athletes’ opinions and passions are to be kept quiet. But the cultural resonance, political awakening and activation of the black athlete has pushed back […]

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An Appreciation, Black History, Boxing, Joe Frazier, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Parkinson's Disease, Thrilla in Manila, Vietnam War -

From Michelle Obama, Dwyane Wade and Betty White to Steve Harvey, Jan. 17 offers an embarrassment of riches for celebrity birthday followers. One name in particular, however, towers above the others: Muhammad Ali. The self-proclaimed and globally anointed “Greatest” would have been 76 today. To say Muhammad Ali is an inspiration for Team Undefeated is […]

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Daily Uplift, Muhammad Ali, Roy Jones Jr., Star Vizn, The Next Chapter -

It was his speed. It was his footwork. His mesmerizing moves. Watching Roy Jones Jr. in the boxing ring during his prime was like watching a well-crafted dance battle. In each of his bouts, Jones came out with a fight plan that would invite opponents into his world time and time again — a world […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Golf, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, NFL, Players Coalition, Sports Illustrated, Tiger Woods, What Had Happened Was -

Game. blouses. We had not seen Tiger Woods play a competitive round of golf in 301 days, but on Thursday, in his first action back from his second-longest hiatus from the sport, Woods shot a 3-under-par 69 in the first round of the Hero World Challenge. This was his first score in the 60s since […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Muhammad Ali, NFL -

Free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has missed the entire 2017 season after kneeling during the national anthem last year, was awarded Sports Illustrated magazine’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Thursday. The sports publication announced that Kaepernick was awarded the honor “for his steadfastness in the fight for social justice, for his adherence to his […]

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Golf, LaVar Ball, Muhammad Ali, PGA, Tiger Woods -

The father spoke glowingly about his son to anyone who would listen. Once, at an awards dinner in honor of his son, the father issued a bold claim — or, under most circumstances, an asinine boast. “My heart fills with so much joy when I realize that this young man is going to be able […]

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Africa, Books, Boxing, Cover Stories, Democratic Republic of the Congo, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali -

In the darkest night part of morning they came 60,000 strong — to watch undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman take on challenger Muhammad Ali. It was another time. The 20th of May Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, is now the Stade Tata Raphaël in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and The Rumble in the […]

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Boxing, Dream Team, Georgia Dome, Muhammad Ali, Olympics -

The theme from Superman blared through the Georgia Dome’s speakers the afternoon of Aug. 5, 1996, the day Muhammad Ali got his gold back. The Georgia Dome, of course, was demolished Monday morning in Atlanta, 25 years after it was christened a state-of-the-art, temperature-controlled echo chamber for the New South’s most prominent sporting events. It […]

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Aaron Judge, Colin Kaepernick, Donald Trump, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses. Colin Kaepernick has been named GQ Citizen of the Year. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned-activist, who spent the entire 2016 NFL season sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem in silent protest of racial injustice in the United States, graces one of four covers of the magazine’s December “Men of the […]

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Buster Douglas, D.C., Fight for Children, Fight Night, Get Lifted, MMA, Muhammad Ali, Washington -

Boxer James “Buster” Douglas sat in the lobby of Washington, D.C.’s, Capital Hilton on Nov. 2, taking a brief moment to chill just hours before one of the District’s exclusive fundraisers would kick off. His 6-foot-4 frame, topped by a brown fedora, caught stares from hotel guests and employees. Three hours later, 1,800 guests flooded […]

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Aisha Sabatini Sloan, Arts, Books, Crowdsourcing, Detroit, Kima Jones, Muhammad Ali -

Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s new book will knock you to your knees. In Dreaming of Ramadi in Detroit (1913 Press), she meditates on the United States’ tumultuous existence since 2013 and uses art (conceptual, theatrical, traditional) as well as her own recollections to make sense of it all — and to heal. Sloan’s memories weave through […]

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Boxing, George Foreman, Harlem Globetrotters, Muhammad Ali, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League, New York Rens, Rumble in the Jungle, Satchel Paige, Zack Clayton -

In the yellowed clippings from a March 1942 issue of the Pittsburgh Courier, Claude Johnson found this passage in a game story about a night the Harlem Renaissance came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter against the Fort Wayne Pistons at Madison Square Garden: “At this crucial point, Zack Clayton, the Philly […]

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Colin Kaepernick, Ezekiel Elliott, Isaiah Thomas, Le'Veon Bell, Muhammad Ali, What Had Happened Was -

Game. Blouses Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety T.J. Ward called the way the Denver Broncos handled his recent release “unprofessional.” Just two days after being among Denver’s final roster cuts, Ward didn’t hold back his criticism while discussing his former team on Monday. “I just think they handled it completely unprofessional,” said Ward, who signed with […]

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Boxing, Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather, Muhammad Ali, UFC -

After a year in the making, Saturday’s breathlessly anticipated bout between former five-division boxing champion Floyd (Money) Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor pits perhaps one of the greatest boxers of all time against one of the leading mixed martial artists. Despite the hype, there is no belt at stake. It’s something more important […]

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50 Greatest, Commentary, Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Locker Room Talk, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt -

A little more than a week ago, I posed a challenge to readers and you responded. As The Undefeated rolled out its 50 Greatest Black Athletes list, I asked you to choose just five. Imagine that you had been challenged to a winner-take-all, do-or-die athletic competition. You wouldn’t know the rules or the nature of […]

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Boxing, Commentary, Muhammad Ali, Remembering The Champ -

Muhammad Ali began boxing at the age of 12 because something was taken from him. Perhaps embarking on a career in boxing was an overzealous response to the theft of his red Schwinn bike, but in hindsight, the seemingly quotidian burglary might have been as consequential to history as the abduction of Helen from Troy. […]

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All Day, All Day Podcast, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Muhammad Ali, NBA Playoffs -

What’s up, kiddos, we’re back. The podcast has been retooled a bit, as you’ll notice, which I explain more in the show. This week, I talked to Marc Spears about the upcoming NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which is already an epic matchup even before the games start. If […]

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Bill Russell, Bob Arum, Boxing, Cleveland Summit, Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Remembering The Champ, Social Activism, Vietnam War -

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, June 4, 1967. Some of the greatest black athletes in the country gathered in a nondescript office building in Cleveland. According to legend — and countless media reports in subsequent years that failed to challenge that legend — the athletes had come together to decide whether to lend their […]

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Boxing, Cover Stories, Muhammad Ali, Remembering The Champ -

It’s usually hard to pinpoint the exact moment a bright star goes supernova. But Muhammad Ali did that very thing in April 1968, thanks in large part to Esquire magazine’s cover of the world’s most famous and controversial athlete “dressed” as St. Sebastian, the third-century Christian martyr. In hindsight, Ali-as-St. Sebastian was both a stroke […]

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