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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...

  • Robbie Lawler's fighting Saturday, so let the savageness resume

    Robbie Lawler's fighting Saturday, so let the savageness resume

    Robbie Lawler isn’t one to elaborate on his mixed martial arts talents, which center around his joy for brutality, except if he’s drawn into the conversation. Or drawn into a fight … . UFC welterweight champion Lawler returns from back-to-back wars Saturday in Atlanta when he headlines UFC 201...

College Basketball

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  • 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...

  • Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Letters: Readers are stunned by Lakers' first free-agency move

    Just off the top of my head, I can think of 64 million reasons why it is time for Jim Buss to step down from running the Lakers. Joe Nadeau Santa Clarita :: Mozgov? $64 million? You've got to be kidding. I looked it up and Mozgov means "Robert Sacre" in Russian. Looks like Mitch Kupchak has been...

  • Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    Freshman guard Kobe Paras withdraws from UCLA

    The Kobe Paras era at UCLA appears to have ended before it began. The incoming freshman guard, who was conditionally admitted to UCLA, has withdrawn from the university after failing to meet certain academic requirements, the school announced Wednesday. See the most-read stories in Sports this...

College Football

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  • USC training camp practices open to public

    USC training camp practices open to public

    USC is scheduled to open football training camp Aug. 4 on Howard Jones Field.  Practices will be open to the public through Aug. 19, but will be closed for the remainder of the season. Fans can view practices from the east sideline of Howard Jones Field or the south stands of the Coliseum. Here...

  • UCLA's Conor McDermott wants more than a 10-win season

    UCLA's Conor McDermott wants more than a 10-win season

    UCLA offensive lineman Conor McDermott wants to play at end of the season in the Pac-12 Championship game and win a conference title. The Bruins were picked to win the South division in a poll of 33 media members. Stanford was chosen to win the North and defeat UCLA in the championship game. Times...

  • Quarterback a lonely position for Colorado's Sefo Liufau at Pac-12 media days

    Quarterback a lonely position for Colorado's Sefo Liufau at Pac-12 media days

    After finishing in the basement of the South Division last season, it wasn’t likely that Colorado would make big waves at Pac-12 media days.  It also didn’t help that the Buffaloes spoke to reporters at noon Friday, the last slot of a two-day event that competed with lunch. While lunch won over...

  • Arizona State's Tim White shares Olympic dream at Pac-12 media days

    Arizona State's Tim White shares Olympic dream at Pac-12 media days

    When Tim White played against Oregon last season, he took a second to look around.  Arizona State’s eventual loss stung, but White grew up watching the Ducks dance around the field in their eye-catching uniforms. He needed two years in junior college to shore up his grades and garner serious Division...

  • Christian McCaffrey, content with his efforts at Stanford, starts Heisman campaign

    Christian McCaffrey, content with his efforts at Stanford, starts Heisman campaign

    The man appeared behind Christian McCaffrey after the Rose Bowl game like an apparition: Stanford shirt, Stanford hat, beaded necklace, big wad of chewing gum, big goofy grin. He had a simple message, delivered, over and over again, through cupped hands: “Heisman! Heisman!” McCaffrey, the Stanford...

Soccer

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Golf

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  • Jordan Spieth in contention at Baltusrol with questionable relief play

    Jordan Spieth in contention at Baltusrol with questionable relief play

    Another major golf championship, another rules squabble. This time it came at the PGA Championship on Friday at Baltusrol Golf Club and involved one of the game’s most high-profile players, Jordan Spieth. Spieth got himself into weekend contention by shooting a 3-under-par 67 to get to 3 under...

  • PGA Notes: Phil Mickelson bounces back on his back nine

    PGA Notes: Phil Mickelson bounces back on his back nine

    After a wayward drive and a poor layup that nearly carried into the water, Phil Mickelson found himself mostly stymied by a stone bridge for his third shot on Baltusrol Golf Club’s 18th hole. The left-hander had only a half-swing, and when he made contact the ball shot straight right as if he’d...

  • Jimmy Walker (65) has first-round lead in PGA Championship

    Jimmy Walker (65) has first-round lead in PGA Championship

    Jimmy Walker and most of the players on the leaderboard after the first round of the 98th PGA Championship have one apparently good thing in common: They haven’t won a major. Of late, getting that first one hasn’t been the enormous hurdle it once seemed. For the first time since 2011, the first...

  • PGA Notes: 2017 PGA will stay in Charlotte at Quail Hollow

    PGA Notes: 2017 PGA will stay in Charlotte at Quail Hollow

    The PGA of America says it strongly opposes North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill, but still plans to hold next year’s PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte. Echoing a written statement made after the NBA decided to pull its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, PGA of America Chief...

  • The lows are getting lower in golf. And that's a good thing

    The lows are getting lower in golf. And that's a good thing

    When Henrik Stenson’s putt gently toppled into the cup on the final hole of the British Open two weeks ago, there was more significance to it than the closing 63 that earned the Swede his first major triumph. Stenson finished the tournament at Royal Troon at a remarkable 20-under par, with Phil...

Tennis

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