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CBS plans 3-hour Saturday morning programming block

CBS plans 3-hour Saturday morning programming block

NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- U.S. television network CBS says it has developed a 3-hour, Saturday morning programming block targeted to 13- to 16-year-old viewers.

Maldives tense, Nasheed faces arrest

MALE, Maldives, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, ousted this week, faced arrest Thursday, his former foreign minister told the Wall Street Journal.
Laila Ali gives birth to baby boy

Laila Ali gives birth to baby boy

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- U.S. boxer and television personality Laila Ali announced Thursday on her Web site that she has given birth to a son.

Ali, Hogan to host 'Gladiators' series

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- NBC has announced that Laila Ali will join Hulk Hogan as co-host of the new edition of the U.S. competition series, "American Gladiators."

Laila Ali, Curtis Conway wed

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) -- Boxer and "Dancing With the Stars" finalist Laila Ali and former NFL star Curtis Conway were married in a private ceremony in Los Angeles.

Laila Ali stars in documentary

LOS ANGELES, June 17 (UPI) -- Laila Ali is the star of "Daddy's Girl," a TV One documentary about her relationship with her father, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.

Laila Ali third-brightest 'Dancing' star

LOS ANGELES, May 22 (UPI) -- Laila Ali and partner Maksim Chmerkovsky placed third Tuesday in the final night of competition on the Los Angeles ballroom floor of "Dancing With The Stars."

Ian Ziering dances off 'Dancing' floor

LOS ANGELES, May 16 (UPI) -- Former "Beverly Hills 90210" star Ian Ziering's dance card was tossed off ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," leaving three couples on the Los Angeles dance floor.

Billy Ray goes away

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- U.S. country singer Billy Ray Cyrus' appearance on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" ended on a sour note.

Athletes, actors see 'dancing' stars

NEW YORK, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Three U.S. athletes, a minefield cleanup activist and a former boy band member will compete in this year's "Dancing with the Stars." The fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres Monday March 19.

Heather Mills may be dancing with stars

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Heather Mills, estranged wife of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, is in talks to appear on the U.S. reality show "Dancing with the Stars," it was reported.

Laila Ali confident of upcoming victory

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Laila Ali, daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, has said she is not nervous about her upcoming bout in New York against Shelley Burton.

Laila Ali says she's not gay

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Muhammad Ali's daughter, Laila, Friday quashed rumors she is involved in a lesbian relationship with singer/actress Queen Latifah.

Adidas campaign stars 92-year-old runner

NEW DELHI, March 24 (UPI) -- Sports footwear manufacturer Adidas has signed up a 92-year-old Sikh runner to be part of its advertisement campaign in Britain.

Muhammad Ali's daughter to fight in Africa

ABUJA, Nigeria, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- A charity boxing match in Nigeria involving Muhammad Ali's daughter, Laila Ali, was postponed Saturday.
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Laila Amaria Ali (born December 30, 1977) is a former professional boxer. She is the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali from his third wife Veronica Porsche Ali. Laila has a total of eight brothers and sisters. She has six sisters, (half-sisters) Rasheeda, Jamilla, Maryum, Miya, Khalilah and older sister Hana (born March 27, 1976 to Ali and mother Veronica), an author and poet. Her two brothers are half-brothers Muhammed, Jr. and Asaad. Laila's father, Muhammad Ali, is a retired three-time world heavyweight boxing champion. Laila's mother, Veronica Porsche Ali, is a former model.

Ali has a degree in business from Santa Monica College and previously owned a Balloon and Halloween mask shop in California before becoming a boxer. She is 5' 10"  (1.78 m), with a reach of 70.4" , and weighs around 160 lbs US cosmetics company International Beauty Brands launched a line of cosmetics and haircare products using Laila Ali's name. She has three step-children from her first marriage: Twins Cameron and Kelton and Leilani. She has one son, Curtis, with her current husband, and is expecting a daughter.

Laila Ali began her boxing career when she was 15 years old. When she first noticed women's boxing she was watching a Christy Martin fight. She first came out about the news on the morning show Good Morning America when interviewing with Diane Sawyer. On the show Ali quoted "I've been contemplating doing it since I was 18, ever since I found out that women boxed". When Laila first told her father, Muhammad Ali, that she was planning on pursing a boxing career he was not happy about her going into such a dangerous profession. But Laila explained to her father that she was going to box whether he liked it or not and that she was going to be very careful when she is in the ring. In her first match, on December 8, 1999, she boxed April Fowler of Michigan City, Indiana. They fought at the Turning Stone Casino Convention Center on the Oneida Indian Nation in Verona, New York. Although this was Laila's first match, many media and fans were there, thωe main reason being because she is Muhammad Ali's daughter. Ali knocked out April Fowler in the first round. Ali also won her second match by a TKO with only 3 seconds left on the clock. In that match her opponent was Shadina Pennybaker who is from Pittsburgh. They fought at the Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, West Virginia. Laila ran off eight wins in a row and many boxing fans started talking about wanting to see her square off in a boxing ring with George Foreman's daughter, Freeda Foreman, or Joe Frazier's daughter, Jackie Frazier-Lyde. On the evening of June 8, 2001, Ali and Frazier finally met. The fight was nicknamed Ali/Frazier IV in allusion to their fathers' famous fight trilogy. Ali won by a majority judges' decision in eight rounds. This match by Ali and Frazier was the first pay-for-view match by between two black women. During that match, Joe Frazier, Jackie Frazier's father, was there to watch his daughter fight. Muhammad Ali, Laila's father, was not there but her mother Veronica Ali was present to watch the fight.

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