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. (PHOENIX) -- It would appear that the dreams of football fans in Phoenix for a new stadium for the Cardinals may be one step closer to reality. Despite the fa
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Maryland, Illinois get bowl bids

Olympic torch enroute to Salt Lake

ATLANTA, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Muhammad Ali sent the Olympic torch on its journey to the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City after a welcoming ceremony Tuesday in Centennial Olympic Park.

Interview of the week: Will Smith

NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Boxing legend Muhammad Ali had only one thing to say to Will Smith after he saw the actor's portrayal of him in "Ali," the big-screen version of his life.
KAREN BUTLER

Joe Bob's America: The Prophet

NEW YORK, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- At the First Baptist Church of Texarkana, Texas (it's actually pronounced "Babtiss") those of us in the heretical pews assigned to boys who refused to stop smok
JOE BOB BRIGGS

Jockstrip: The World As We Know It

THE 'TRIPLE CROWN' --- OF HIKING?
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

THE BEATLES
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

CELEBRITY BENEFIT AUCTION
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Yankees Triumph More Than Sport

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Even if the season had been normal, the back-to-back, come-from-behind, last minute victories of New York Yankees against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Games Four and Five of the 2001 World Series would have been the stuff of legend.
MARTIN SIEFF, Senior News Analyst

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

SYSTEM OF A DOWN
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz news

TOM HANKS
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What's going on in Hollywood

SHAMELESS PLUG
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Holiday movie schedule is loaded

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- This year's holiday movie schedule is shaping up as one of the most competitive ever.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter
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Muhammad Ali rocks George Foreman with a hard right during their heavyweight title bout on October 29, 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali knocked Foreman out in the 8th round to regain his heavyweight crown. (UPI/File)
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Muhammad Ali (born Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.; January 17, 1942) is a former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. As an amateur, he won a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. After turning professional, he went on to become the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight championship three times.

Originally known as Cassius Clay, Ali changed his name after joining the Nation of Islam in 1964, subsequently converting to Islam in 1975 and more recently to Sufism. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the U.S. military, based on his religious beliefs and opposition to the Vietnam War. He was arrested and found guilty on draft evasion charges, stripped of his boxing title, and his boxing license was suspended. He was not imprisoned, but did not fight again for nearly four years while his appeal worked its way up to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was successful.

Nicknamed "The Greatest", Ali was involved in several historic boxing matches. Notable among these are three with rival Joe Frazier and one with George Foreman, whom he beat by knockout to win the world heavyweight title for the second time. He suffered only five losses (four decisions and one TKO by retirement from the bout) with no draws in his career, while amassing 56 wins (37 knockouts and 19 decisions). Ali was well known for his unorthodox fighting style, which he described as "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee", and employing techniques such as the rope-a-dope. He was also known for his pre-match hype, where he would "trash talk" opponents on television and in person some time before the match, often with rhymes. These personality quips and idioms, along with an unorthodox fighting technique, made him a cultural icon. In later life, Ali developed Parkinson's disease. In 1999, Ali was crowned "Sportsman of the Century" by Sports Illustrated and "Sports Personality of the Century" by the BBC.

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