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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...

  • Record PBC ratings for Errol Spence's Coney Island fight on NBC

    Record PBC ratings for Errol Spence's Coney Island fight on NBC

    Errol Spence’s victory Sunday to clinch a welterweight title shot is a big deal among devout boxing fans, and it became an ever better-known news item to a massive number of mainstream sports followers. Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions reported Monday that the NBC-televised sixth-round knockout...

College Basketball

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  • 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...

  • 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...

College Football

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Soccer

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  • Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    Galaxy's unbeaten streak ends at nine with 1-0 loss at New York City FC

    David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC stretched its undefeated streak to four games, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy, 1-0, in their first trip to Yankee Stadium on Saturday.  The Galaxy (9-4-11 had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped. Eastern Conference leader New York...

  • In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    In European leagues, the more things change, the more they stay the same

    Here’s a tip for anyone seeking a coaching job with a major European soccer team: When looking for a place to live, rent, don’t buy. The average stay for a coach in one of Europe’s top five leagues was between nine and 16 months last season, according to a study by the Swedish-based International...

  • Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    Up next for the Galaxy: New York City FC on Saturday

    GALAXY ON SATURDAY AT NEW YORK CITY FC When: 12:30 p.m. PDT Where: Yankee Stadium On the air: ESPN Records: Galaxy 9-3-11, New York City FC 10-7-8 Record vs. New York City (2016): 0-0 Update: This is the first meeting of 2016 between the Galaxy and the Eastern Conference’s leading team. Robbie...

  • The Galaxy head to Yankee Stadium, where coach has many fond memories, but not of soccer

    The Galaxy head to Yankee Stadium, where coach has many fond memories, but not of soccer

    Like many kids growing up on Long Island in the 1950s and ‘60s, Bruce Arena dreamed of some day roaming the outfield at Yankee Stadium. So he honed his arm by throwing thousands of pitches against a brick wall across the street from his home and taught himself to switch-hit by emulating his idol,...

  • Galaxy draws with Colorado Rapids, 1-1

    Galaxy draws with Colorado Rapids, 1-1

    This time, the corner kick was the Galaxy’s friend.  Three days after FC Dallas stunned the Galaxy with two corner-kick goals in the last five minutes, the Galaxy used one to tie the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at StubHub Center on Saturday night. After Shkelzen Gashi pushed the Rapids (11-3-9) ahead in...

Golf

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  • 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...

  • No question about it, golf should stay in the Olympics

    No question about it, golf should stay in the Olympics

    With one tweet, Jordan Spieth said what we all suspected. He congratulated medal winners Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar, adding it “will be a goal to represent [the U.S.] in 2020.” In other words, and we’re reading between the characters here: I messed up. Should have made the trip...

  • Golf roundup: Ryan Moore's 67 gives him a two-shot win at John Deere Classic

    Golf roundup: Ryan Moore's 67 gives him a two-shot win at John Deere Classic

    Ryan Moore won the John Deere Classic for his fifth PGA Tour title, closing with a four-under-par 67 for a two-stroke victory over Ben Martin.  The 33-year-old Moore finished at 22-under 262 at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., playing the final 46 holes without a bogey and making only one in 72 holes....

  • Golf roundup: Wesley Bryan finishes strong to take lead at John Deere Classic

    Golf roundup: Wesley Bryan finishes strong to take lead at John Deere Classic

    Wesley Bryan took the lead in the rain-delayed John Deere Classic, five days after earning a PGA Tour card with his third Web.com Tour victory of the year.  Bryan played 26 holes in 10 under Friday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill., birdieing three of the final holes to finish off a first-round...

Tennis

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  • 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...

  • No 'Brexit' for Andy Murray, who wins second Wimbledon title in 4 years

    No 'Brexit' for Andy Murray, who wins second Wimbledon title in 4 years

    While his devoted fans covered every inch of Wimbledon’s grass slope that bears his name, Andy Murray reached the tennis mountaintop Sunday by winning the storied tournament for the second time in four years. Murray, a Scotland native embraced by all of Great Britain, used an impenetrable defense...

  • Tennis legends are coaching Wimbledon finalists Andy Murray and Milos Raonic

    Tennis legends are coaching Wimbledon finalists Andy Murray and Milos Raonic

    Thirty-three years ago, John McEnroe played Ivan Lendl in the Wimbledon men’s singles semifinals. Sunday, they’ll meet in the finals. Actually, it’s Scotland’s Andy Murray playing Canada’s Milos Raonic for the championship on Centre Court, but they are coached by tennis legends. Lendl is one of...

  • Meet Wimbledon's guardians of the court

    Meet Wimbledon's guardians of the court

    They’re closer to the Wimbledon action than anyone but the players, but they’re doing their job when they’re all but unnoticed. They are the blue-clad ball boys and ball girls, and theirs are coveted and competitive positions. “They’re very much the guardians of the court,” said Sarah Goldson,...

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