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  • Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

    Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing champion became worldwide celebrity

    After defeating Sonny Liston in 1964, an ecstatic Muhammad Ali declared: "I shocked the world." Thrusting his arms into the air, he treated the victory as if it had been a knockout. Never mind that Liston denied him that honor by refusing to step into the ring for a seventh round. Ali's win gave...

  • Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

    Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing

    The enormity of Muhammad Ali’s death reverberated Saturday in the impact felt by the millions he touched, especially those in the fight game. Manny Pacquiao said his decision to pursue a life in public service as a senator in the Philippines after winning a record eight division belts was influenced...

  • To Muslims the world over, Muhammad Ali was '#TheGreatest'

    To Muslims the world over, Muhammad Ali was '#TheGreatest'

    Sitting in the office of a boxing gym on a crowded Kabul street, Hayatullah Osmani listens as his students throw punches, grunting with each hit. The compact space, painted blue and red with punching bags and tires hanging from the walls, is full of young men, some barely teenagers, learning to...

  • For a kid from Louisville, there was no one like Muhammad Ali

    For a kid from Louisville, there was no one like Muhammad Ali

    The static-streaked words tumbling out of the old transistor radio turned the tiny bedroom into a raucous arena. It was a Monday night in March of 1971, my hometown hero was fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, and I had a ringside seat. While Muhammad Ali slugged it out with...

  • Robert Guerrero drops split decision to David Peralta

    Robert Guerrero drops split decision to David Peralta

    Whether it was the toll of age, an eye on a future fight or slipping talent, Robert Guerrero couldn’t hold off anonymous Argentine journeyman David Peralta on Saturday.  The questions now aimed at former two-division champion Guerrero, 33, are stark after Peralta’s split-decision triumph at Honda...

College Basketball

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  • UCLA basketball team drops a close game during Australian tour

    UCLA basketball team drops a close game during Australian tour

    UCLA’s second stop on its Australian basketball tour wasn’t as successful as the first. Melbourne United edged the Bruins, 89-84, in an exhibition game played early Saturday morning Los Angeles time in Melbourne. Isaac Hamilton and Bryce Alford each scored 18 points for UCLA, which couldn’t replicate...

  • Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Lonzo Ball and UCLA win a late-night affair in basketball opener in Australia

    Late night with Lonzo Ball started shortly before 3 a.m. Los Angeles time on Tuesday. The prized UCLA freshman had ventured halfway around the world to make his Bruins debut against Sydney University as part of his team’s three-game, late-summer tour of Australia. Ball entered the exhibition game...

  • UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA guard Prince Ali has knee surgery

    UCLA sophomore guard Prince Ali underwent successful surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee after suffering the injury July 8 while playing in an open gym. Ali, who averaged 3.9 points in 11.8 minutes per game last season, will be reevaluated in four months and could miss only a few...

  • Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree' Jackson, USC's jack-of-all-trades, begins to specialize

    Adoree’ Jackson gives the feeling of a shark in water, in constant motion. Smiling, with a belly full of McDonald’s (he’d ordered his regular on Wednesday night: four sandwiches, a large fries and a large sweet tea), he strutted into the main room at Pac-12 Conference media days on Thursday, patting...

  • Larry Brown to step down as SMU basketball coach

    Larry Brown to step down as SMU basketball coach

    Hall of Famer Larry Brown is resigning as head basketball coach at Southern Methodist University, he told ESPN on Friday. "I'm stepping down," he said, adding, “I've got nothing else to say right now. I have to text the parents of my players." When asked if the decision had anything to do with...

College Football

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  • UCLA depth chart still unsettled as opener nears, and that doesn't bother Coach Jim Mora

    UCLA depth chart still unsettled as opener nears, and that doesn't bother Coach Jim Mora

    A UCLA football depth chart is kind of like a grocery list. You have to fill it out yourself. Bruins Coach Jim Mora has been only so helpful heading into his team’s season opener at Texas A&M on Saturday, though fans and media yearning for clarity shouldn’t take it personally. “It’s not to be sneaky,...

  • Let the cheering begin. Football, the great American blast time, is finally back.

    Let the cheering begin. Football, the great American blast time, is finally back.

    I won’t stand for too much enthusiasm. Seems such a waste of energy. But then football season rolls around again, and my pulse quickens. Love is like that. For a moment, we can forget that life itself is often third and long … that the mortgage is due, that the college fund is piddling, or that...

  • Ohio State and Michigan poised to rule Big Ten, but don't tell Michigan State or Iowa

    Ohio State and Michigan poised to rule Big Ten, but don't tell Michigan State or Iowa

    Back when Woody Hayes scowled from Ohio State’s sideline and Bo Schembechler screamed from Michigan’s, the Big Ten Conference became popularly known as the Big Two and the Little Eight. With Urban Meyer’s dominance with the Buckeyes, and Jim Harbaugh’s ostentatious first season at Michigan, pundits...

  • Suspended USC linebacker is being investigated in sexual assault

    Suspended USC linebacker is being investigated in sexual assault

    Osa Masina, the linebacker who has been the subject of criminal inquiries and USC-administered discipline this week, clipped on his chin strap Tuesday and trotted onto USC’s practice field. Masina is under criminal investigation in Utah for an alleged sexual assault that occurred near Salt Lake...

  • UCLA's Josh Rosen is just another college kid, right?

    UCLA's Josh Rosen is just another college kid, right?

    It’s a basic opening question, an icebreaker, an easy way to begin a conversation. “So, you having fun?’’ the veteran columnist asks the kid quarterback. The answer is almost always the same: a sigh, a nod, an explanation of how football is always fun, a simple cliche. Except on a bright Tuesday...

Soccer

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  • Hope Solo to sit out remainder of NWSL season

    Hope Solo to sit out remainder of NWSL season

    Goalkeeper Hope Solo, suspended by the U.S. national team last week, said Tuesday she would not play again this season for the Seattle Reign, her club team in the National Women’s Soccer League. Solo was allowed to miss last weekend’s Reign game while on “personal leave.” On Tuesday she released...

  • Galaxy in talks to send Nigel de Jong to Turkey

    Galaxy in talks to send Nigel de Jong to Turkey

    The Galaxy and Turkish club Galatasaray were deep in discussions Monday on a transfer deal that would send defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Details of the talks emerged on what was already a dark day for the Galaxy, with center back Jelle van Damme reporting on Twitter...

  • Americans Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey to miss crucial World Cup qualifiers

    Americans Gyasi Zardes, Clint Dempsey to miss crucial World Cup qualifiers

    The U.S. may not have its best players on the field going into a crucial pair of World Cup qualifiers, with the first against St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday. With a victory in that game and another win Sept. 6 against Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville, Fla., the U.S. would guarantee itself...

  • Galaxy winless in six straight after 0-0 draw with Vancouver

    Galaxy winless in six straight after 0-0 draw with Vancouver

    It’s all about playoff positioning for the Galaxy as they head into the homestretch of the Major League Soccer season. Entering Saturday night’s contest against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Coach Bruce Arena’s squad sat alone in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and only six points behind...

  • U.S. Soccer contemplates a future without Hope

    U.S. Soccer contemplates a future without Hope

    Hope Solo's days with the women's national soccer team may not be over, but they are certainly numbered. Yet that doesn’t necessarily mean we’ve seen the last of her in a U.S. uniform. Solo was given a six-month suspension and her contract with U.S. Soccer was terminated last week over ill-considered...

Golf

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  • Patrick Reed wins the Barclays, but Rickie Fowler plays way off Ryder Cup team

    Patrick Reed wins the Barclays, but Rickie Fowler plays way off Ryder Cup team

    Patrick Reed picked up two victories in one day. He won The Barclays to assure himself a clear shot at the $10 million bonus in the FedEx Cup, and he easily secured a spot on his second straight U.S. Ryder Cup team.  Rickie Fowler, with a surprising meltdown, walked away empty from Bethpage Black...

  • Rickie Fowler, bogey-free again, takes one-shot lead at the Barclays

    Rickie Fowler, bogey-free again, takes one-shot lead at the Barclays

    Rickie Fowler kept bogeys off his card for the second straight day and closed with a five-foot birdie putt for a three-under-par 68, giving him a one-shot lead over Patrick Reed going into the final round of the Barclays in Farmingdale, N.Y.  Fowler has gone 45 holes without a bogey at Bethpage...

  • Patrick Reed has a two-shot lead at the Barclays

    Patrick Reed has a two-shot lead at the Barclays

    Patrick Reed's place in the Ryder Cup is looking better with each round at the Barclays, and so are his prospects of winning.  Even with a careless finish Friday at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y., Reed rode a fast start to a three-under-par 68 and a two-shot lead over Emiliano Grillo and Rickie...

  • Si Woo Kim gets first PGA Tour win at Wyndham Championship

    Si Woo Kim gets first PGA Tour win at Wyndham Championship

    Si Woo Kim had a productive week at the Wyndham Championship. He claimed one tournament record, a share of another — and, most importantly, his first PGA Tour trophy.  The 21-year-old South Korean player closed with a three-under 67 for a five-stroke victory Sunday. He had a 21-under 259 total...

  • Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

    Gene Sauers wins the U.S. Senior Open with a final-round 69

    A decade after battling a rare illness that nearly killed him and kept him off the golf course for seven years, Gene Sauers celebrated his first victory on the senior tour.  Sauers closed with a one-under-par 69 and took advantage of another collapse by Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the rain-delayed...

Tennis

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  • Bouchard out as lawsuit goes on

    Bouchard out as lawsuit goes on

    Eugenie Bouchard wrung her hands during her post-match news conference. She rubbed her lower lip, squeezed her left arm.  While her body language screamed discomfort Tuesday, when the main topic of discussion was her lawsuit against the U.S. Open rather than her first-round loss, her words were...

  • Novak Djokovic wins but can’t shake troubles

    Novak Djokovic wins but can’t shake troubles

    Novak Djokovic double-faulted, shook his right arm and grimaced. Seconds later Monday night, a weak serve produced a wince, then was followed by a missed forehand that gave away a set in the defending champion’s first-round U.S. Open match.  While he managed to finish a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory...

  • U.S. Open can keep out the rain but can't escape the injuries

    U.S. Open can keep out the rain but can't escape the injuries

    First off, there was Roger Federer’s left knee. Next, the injury ante was raised in a big way by the time the Olympics ended with Novak Djokovic’s left wrist and, finally and dramatically, the right shoulder of Serena Williams. The way things are going, the portable ultrasounds better be poised...

  • Olympic champion Andy Murray still on a roll

    Olympic champion Andy Murray still on a roll

    Andy Murray followed up his second Olympic singles title with a second-round victory Wednesday night in the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio. The top-seeded Scot beat Argentina’s Juan Monaco, 6-3, 6-2, to set up a match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, a 6-2, 6-4 winner over 13th-seeded...

  • Roger Federer will miss the Olympics, says he's done for the year after knee injury

    Roger Federer will miss the Olympics, says he's done for the year after knee injury

    Tennis star Roger Federer’s season came to an unexpected close when he announced on Facebook on Tuesday that he would miss the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the rest of the year. Federer said he was shutting himself down for the rest of 2016 on the advice of his doctors in order to extend...

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