Fifty two years ago, a triumphant Muhammad Ali stood on top of a podium in Rome, representing the United States as a gold medalist in the heavyweight boxing division at the Summer Olympic games.
Legendary cornerman Angelo Dundee, the man who helped motivate Muhammad Ali and many other boxing champs, died Wednesday, a source close to Ali said.
Alex Thomas talks to Boxing News Editor Tris Dixon about Muhammad Ali.
1. Floyd Mayweather enthralls and frustrates with equal measure. Mayweather remains as dazzling as he's ever been in the ring -- and as exasperating as he's ever been out of it. Such is the maddening duality of the welterweight champion who has never been in serious trouble in any fight, much less been defeated. He outclassed Victor Ortiz in a September title bout -- the best 147-pounder in the world not named Manny Pacquiao -- badly mistreating him with right-hand leads for three rounds before Ortiz saw red and committed a heinous foul. That's when Mayweather took rugged individualism to a new level and flattened his opponent with a one-two combination that Ortiz never saw coming. A cheap shot, but a legal punch. Fans cried foul, but the dearth of protest from within boxing was telling. The Mayweather enigma took a dark turn in December, when he was sentenced to 90 days in jail following his guilty plea on a 2010 domestic violence charge. Who knows what the next 12 months will
Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier died Monday, shortly after announcing he had liver cancer.
Boxing great Joe Frazier was laid to rest Monday in Philadelphia, one week after dying of liver cancer and four decades after capturing the world's attention in an epic showdown with Muhammad Ali.
The family of boxing great Joe Frazier on Wednesday announced details of his Philadelphia funeral services and said he died as "one of God's men."
Boxing historian talks about the life and career of boxing legend Joe Frazier.
Joe Frazier, the hard-hitting boxing heavyweight who handed the legendary Muhammad Ali his first defeat, died Monday, just a month after being diagnosed with liver cancer, his family said in a statement.
It's a pointless speculation, but it might be interesting to wonder just where Joe Frazier would be today without those little run-ins with Muhammad Ali. Well, he'd probably be alive, for one thing. That's a good theory for starters. Word came Monday that Frazier died of liver cancer at 67. Maybe that would have overtaken him in any event. But anybody who saw any of those three fights, particularly the two horrifying bookends of their heroic trilogy, would not be insulting medical opinion if he guessed Ali somehow had a hand in Frazier's ultimate mortality.
Boxing legend Joe Frazier sat down with CNN's Don Lemon in 2009 to reflect on his life.
If you don't know Chuck Wepner's claim to fame, you will in a hurry after you enter his small apartment in this gritty North Jersey city on the Hudson River.
When the 80-year-old HBO boxing announcer Larry Merchant wistfully told Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, "I wish I was 50 years younger and I would kick your ass," he was following a grand athletic tradition in which one man (and it's always a man) expresses a desire (never fulfilled) to propel his foot with malign intent at another man's posterior.
Walking through the jungle in the dead of night with a group of Rwandan rebels best known for their expertise at rape and murder wasn't exactly what we had planned for our first trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. All we wanted was to make a little film about the controversy surrounding the so-called conflict minerals that make our cell phones work, drop a couple Conrad references, and drink a Primus. Just one Primus.
Muhammad Ali, my father, has never been afraid of confronting conflicts outside of the ring. His recent attempt to free two hikers held captive in Iran reinforces his relentless effort to promote peace, tolerance and humanity around the world.
The two American hikers who have been held in Iran for nearly two years are pinning their hopes on a beloved sports hero who also is one of the America's best-known Muslims.
Robert Lipsyte never wanted to be a sportswriter, never mind one for The New York Times. "A fat boy growing up," he writes in his revealing new memoir An Accidental Sportswriter, "I didn't even start playing sports seriously until I was in my teens ... and not only had I never read the Times sports pages, I had barely read the Times at all."
The boxer and Dancing with the Stars alum gave birth to daughter Sydney on Monday
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter is too old to box these days. He doesn't even watch it and thinks it's "sort of barbaric."
The last time Brett Favre missed an NFL start, Bill Clinton was the governor of Arkansas. Think about that. The man earns his living as a human piñata, but he never misses a day of work.
Before we mark the imminent anniversary of The Three Most Important Weeks in Sports History, let's examine that claim. It's a headline-desperate, search-engine-needy epithet that may or may not be true. But I challenge you to think of three weeks that were more important to sports than the 21 days from Oct. 1, 1975 to Oct. 22, 1975. Thirty-five years later, the world still feels the effects of that Wednesday-to-Wednesday-to-Wednesday-to-Wednesday whirlwind.
In a video message to PEOPLE readers, she says, "I'm hoping it's a girl this time!"
SI looks back at nearly 50 years of Muhammad Ali coverage.
For a few days there, it looked as if the typographical error was finally going to get its moment in the sun.
LAS VEGAS -- It's hard not to like Floyd Mayweather. He's outgoing and outspoken, a reporter's dream. His bravado is public but his philanthropic work -- the life skills course he taught at the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, the visits he made to battered women and children shelters, the hundreds of thousands of dollars he has personally invested in his foundation -- are largely private.
This spring, SI.com writers are filing postcards from all 30 major league spring training camps. To read all the postcards, click here.
Seated at a small, cloth-covered circular table that seemed insufficient for its guests, old friends, former sparring partners, Larry Holmes and Joe Frazier laughed, appraised, remembered and spoke truth, as they know it.
Happily, unless I've missed it -- although maybe, as we sharpie teenagers used to say: accidentally on purpose -- no member of the Colts or Saints has yet come forth to guarantee his team's victory in the Super Bowl.
One thing about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: the man understood sports.
CNN's Mike Sefanov reports on the glamorous Russian boxing champ making sports history.
Muhammad Ali visits Ireland to see the birthplace of his white great grandfather. ITN's Sally Biddulph reports.
Muhammad Ali flew to England last week to make appearances in soccer stadiums. He said it would probably be his "last time" in the UK. He can barely move on his own now. One London newspaper called he, who was once a butterfly, "little more than a zombie," and a great many people find it as grotesque as it is sad that the old champ continues to make personal appearances.
From Woodstock and a man on the moon to the Manson murders and the Stonewall riots, the summer of 1969 was a tumultuous and eventful time. Listed below are a few of the historic and memorable moments from that summer.
It was still early enough in the evening that the main dinner crowd had not yet started to show up; the restaurant, east of Michigan Avenue in Chicago, was less than half-filled.
These lists are not mere compilations of all-time bests in their respective sports but all-time bests at quickening the pulse and evoking a visceral response from those fortunate enough to have witnessed their artistry.
Twenty well-behaved boys sit on the floor in two rows, quietly eating a humble lunch of flat bread, water and beans.
Ivan Watson speaks with a group of orphans who made it out of Swat Valley and are homeless again.
The United Nations' refugee agency warned Friday of a "massive displacement" of civilians as Pakistan's military broadens its offensive against Taliban militants in the country's troubled northwest.
Pakistan's military is pounding Taliban targets in the country's Swat Valley, trying to clear militants who control parts of the district's main city, military officials said.
About 80 boys and 20 staffers in an orphanage were trapped during intense fighting between the Pakistani military and the Taliban Wednesday, the orphanage director said.
Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S. tells CNN's John Roberts that his country will defeat the Taliban.
The Washington Capitals signed a name free-agent goalie last summer, but will enter the second round of the 2009 playoffs on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins with the goalie that was named later.
Standing mere feet from where Barack Obama would soon be inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States, Don King took off his oversized winter coat and beanie to reveal a red, white and blue painted jean jacket covered in political pins. Not even the 20-degree temperature could temper boxing's most infamous promoter.
Excerpted from GEORGE, BEING GEORGE, edited by Nelson W. Aldrich. © 2008 by Sarah Dudley Plimpton. Reprinted by arrangement with the Random House Publishing Group.
The American Gladiator host and husband Curtis Conway welcome Curtis Muhammad
Greats like Ali and Foreman got their start with Olympic gold. Now US boxers are lucky to make the finals. What's wrong?
The rockers – shot by Annie Leibowitz – are latest stars in the print campaign for moo-juice
Lola Ogunnaike gets a preview of the personal items belonging to the late James Brown up for auction at Christies.
Growing up, my Sherman tank-like aunt constantly blamed her thyroid for inability to lose weight.
CNN's Judy Fortin explores a condition known as hypothyroidism.
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Michael Imperioli for the magazine's Q&A. The 41-year-old actor plays a Mets catcher in Mitch Albom's For One More Day, which airs Dec. 9 on ABC.
Laila Ali is going for a second helping of milk.
Last week I found myself overwhelmed by phone calls, text messages and e-mails, all asking me the same question: Is Etan going to be all right?
NEW YORK -- He is the British number one, a designation that carries little weight in New York but the weight of the world at Wimbledon.
In the coming years, it should be much easier for the nation to turn its lonely eyes to Joe DiMaggio, as the Yankee Clipper's name could be plastered on everything from casinos to pizzerias to - you guessed it - steaming hot cups of Joe.
In a Houston hotel lobby last weekend, Basheer Abdullah, coach of the U.S. boxing team, was telling people why he had it so easy. Abdullah couldn't say how many international medals he expected the boxers on this year's team to win, but at least curfews and appointments weren't a problem. "Don't have to wake anybody up," he said. "My man does that. He's early for everything."
It's not as though they married on the fly, but for newlyweds Laila Ali and retired NFL star Curtis Conway - who exchanged vows Sunday in the rose garden of the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, Calif. - their honeymoon in Tahiti is still in the planning stage.
Laila Ali and retired NFL star Curtis Conway were married this weekend, her manager, Eric Kaufman, said Monday.
Boxing has long been regarded as, in the words of Jimmy Cannon, the red-light district of sports. In the popular imagination, the Sweet Science is anything but: it is widely viewed as a shady game run by mobsters and sharps, corrupt officials and snakelike managers, a morass of mismatches and fixed fights, in which the principles take more dives than Greg Louganis. Such Hollywood-fueled melodrama aside, however, boxing is a remarkably straightforward and transparent sport.
Boxing champ and Dancing with the Stars finalist Laila Ali wed retired NFL star Curtis Conway in L.A. on Sunday, Ali's rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Last week SI writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Terrence Howard for the magazine's Q&A. The Academy Award-nominated actor (Hustle & Flow) plays swim coach Jim Ellis in Pride.
There's nothing about Stingaree, an upscale lounge in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp District, that should elicit memories of the 901 Club, a dingy hole in the wall bar next to USC's campus, but on this night it's hard not to have flashbacks.
Nine hundred ninety-eight down. Just two to go.
Muhammad Ali once shilled potato chips, but now he wants to knock out obesity with a line of reduced-calorie snacks called G.O.A.T. - a nod to his self-chosen nickname as the "greatest of all time...
Some African Americans have had a profound impact on American society, changing many people's views on race, history and politics. The following is a sampling of African Americans who have shaped society and the world with their spirit and their ideals.
Totally uninhibited, brashly outrageous, Muhammad Ali first burst onto our consciousness shouting, "Ain't never been nothing like me."
Happy birthday, Champ. You're still The Greatest, even if it's been a long time since you could float like a butterfly or sting like a bee. We don't expect that of you anymore, especially not now, as you turn 65 today and continue to wage a fight against Parkinson's disease, a far tougher opponent than Frazier or Foreman ever were.
Muhammad Ali, who turned 65 on Wednesday, is a man of superlatives. He is the greatest, vainest, loudest, most beloved (after having been the most reviled) and most admired athlete in history. The most quoted, photographed, written about and discussed. The most inspiring.
Ed Bradley, the longtime "60 Minutes" correspondent whose probing questions and deceptively relaxed interviewing manner graced some of that show's most notable reports, has died. He was 65.
The chief judge in the Saddam Hussein trial has said he will consider a request for the former Iraqi president and his half-brother to offer testimony on behalf of a co-defendant.
From Elvis to Ali
He may always be known as "The Greatest", but famed prizefighter Muhammad Ali will now have to share the rights to his name and likeness.
When designing "Fight Night Round 3," game maker EA Sports set out not only to create the best game in the popular series but also vowed to deliver the finest pro boxing simulation in video game history.
On the eve of Saddam Hussein's trial, new footage has emerged of the fateful day in Dujail 23 years ago when the former dictator was the target of an assassination attempt.
I'm not sure what the statute of limitations on movie spoilers is, so if you're still not hip to the big twist in "Million Dollar Baby," you'd probably best skip this page and go read about "The Nanny" or something.
Not long ago, a publishing company put out an enormous, lovingly assembled book dedicated to the career of Muhammad Ali. The book, which weighs 75 pounds and costs $3,000, is titled "GOAT: Greatest of All Time."
Here is the list of the new interim Iraqi government, according to Iraqi officials.
Don't dismiss King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero (Random House, $25) as an ordinary piece of sports writing. Author David Remnick, a Pulitzer prize-winner who was rece...
From the early 1930s to the mid-1940s, Arthur Fellig was at every tenement house fire, gangland shooting, shipwreck, and major disaster--natural and otherwise--that took place in New York City, cap...
THE BIGGEST BRUISERS in sports manufacturing battled each other (and a backfield of peewee-size competitors) at last month's Super Show in Atlanta--the biggest sporting goods show in the world and ...
"I've disappointed a lot of people, mainly myself. I've destroyed my life." So ends the latest cautionary tale of charities with lax accounting practices, this time involving the American Parkinson...
The lights are hot, the TV cameras are turned on, but Leslie Frates, a college Spanish teacher from Hayward, Calif., is too excited to be nervous. Standing on a Hollywood soundstage, wearing pancak...
Larry J. Kolb knew he was on to something when 55% of the consumers he surveyed in Saudi Arabia said they would buy his Primo powdered milk. What explains his fighting chance? Muhammad Ali, whose p...
America's largest service companies seem to have adopted the credo of boxer Muhammad Ali: "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Through 1991 and 1992 they achieved quiet earnings gains. Then,...