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Will Smith, Lennox Lewis to be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali funeral

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Actor Will Smith and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis will be among the pallbearers for Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday, joining a list of notable athletes, entertainers and politicians to mourn the boxing legend.<p>Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Turkish …

How Muhammad Ali helped revive boxing in China

Boxing was once banned by Mao Zedong, but Ali helped to revive the sport and still inspires Chinese boxers today.<p><b>Hong Kong</b> <b>-</b> So Po Sang was born more than a decade after Muhammad Ali retired from professional boxing.<p>Yet the rising Hong Kong boxing star recites Ali's quotations from memory, and says …

Muhammad Ali Is Dead at 74

After being hospitalized with a respiratory issue.<p>Muhammad Ali, the boxing legend and cultural icon considered by many to be the most influential athlete of the 20th century, died Friday night at the age of 74.<p>Ali had checked in to a Scottsdale, Arizona-area hospital the previous day with a …

Muhammad Ali's Latest Hospital Visit May Be a Sign of More Serious Health Issues: Report

Muhammad Ali‘s latest hospital visit is more serious than was expected, officials said.<p>The 74-year-old boxing legend was hospitalized on Thursday …

Boxing

George Foreman: losing to Muhammad Ali made me start looking for answers

Two-time heavyweight champion, George Foreman has said that losing to Muhammad Ali in the famous The Rumble in the Jungle bout in Kinshasa, in the <b>Democratic Republic of Congo,</b> made him look for answers outside the world of boxing.<p>Foreman at the time of the fight was a brooding and intimidating …

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali

A look at the life and career of Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight boxing champion who called himself "The Greatest." Ali died on Friday, June 3 at the age of 74.

Muhammad Ali in 'Grave Condition' in Phoenix Hospital

<i>UPDATE: Muhammad Ali died Friday at age 74, a family spokesman confirmed to NBC News.</i><p>Muhammad Ali is in "grave condition" in a Phoenix-area hospital, a well-informed source tells NBC News, as the boxing legend continues to battle a respiratory condition.<p>The 74-year-old former heavyweight champion's …

Muhammad Ali's Daughter Laila Shares Sweet Photo During Father's Hospitalization Hours Before His Death

Muhammad Ali‘s daughter Laila Ali thanked fans for their support hours before the boxing legend died later on Friday. He was 74.<p>“I love this photo of …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali, 'The Greatest of All Time,' Dead at 74

Muhammad Ali, the silver-tongued boxer and civil rights champion who famously proclaimed himself "The Greatest" and then spent a lifetime living up to the billing, is dead.<p>Ali died Friday at a Phoenix-area hospital, where he had spent the past few days being treated for respiratory complications, a …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali dies at 74; boxing great shook up the world in and out of the ring

Arriving months earlier to train, Ali was never without an entourage, which came to include the crowds that followed him. The fight itself drew 60,000 spectators and a worldwide TV audience.<p>During the match, Ali stunned fans by allowing Foreman to pummel him in what became known as his …

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74

<b>Boxing legend Muhammad Ali - one of the world's greatest sporting figures - has died at the age of 74.</b><p>The former world heavyweight champion died late on Friday at a hospital in the US city of Phoenix, Arizona, having been admitted on Thursday.<p>He had been suffering from a respiratory illness, a …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali will always be an American icon

Muhammad Ali — the boxing legend nicknamed "The Greatest," who transcended sport in the 1960s and remained an American cultural icon thereafter — has …

The Facilitator mourns the loss of his friend, Muhammad Ali

LAS VEGAS (AP) — They called him "The Facilitator" because when it came to Muhammad Ali, Gene Kilroy got things done.<p>For years he traveled the world …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali: Lennox Lewis and Will Smith to carry coffin at funeral

<b>Britain's former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith will be pallbearers at Muhammad Ali's funeral on Friday.</b><p>London-born Lewis, 50, became undisputed world champion in 1999, while American Smith, 47, played Ali in the 2001 film of the same name.<p>Three-time heavyweight world …

Boxing

Stephen Colbert pays tribute to Muhammad Ali

Stephen Colbert took time out of Monday’s <i>Late Night With Stephen Colbert</i> to pay tribute to Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer who died Friday at age …

Why Muhammad Ali was 'the greatest' American Muslim

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a fitting end to this country's most famous Muslim life: Family and friends gathered around the bed of Muhammad Ali, the boxer whose conversion to Islam decades ago sent countless seekers and sportswriters scrambling in search of a Quran.<p>Whispering good-byes into his ears, the family …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali's Name Likely to Rake in the Cash for Years to Come

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, take it to the bank.<p>Muhammad Ali might have left his mark in the ring before the advent of pay-per-view and $300 million fights like last year’s much-hyped matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, but his status as a cultural icon outlived his …

Before he became Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay was a kid who got his bike stolen

People created memorials and visited Ali’s childhood home in Louisville to pay their respects to the boxing icon after his death.<p>People created memorials and visited Ali’s childhood home in Louisville to pay their respects to the boxing icon after his death.<p>By William Gildea<p>If you were standing 15 …

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Muhammad Ali death: Obama will not attend memorial

<b>US President Barack Obama is to miss the memorial to boxer Muhammad Ali on Friday because it clashes with his daughter's high school graduation.</b><p>World leaders will be among thousands attending Friday's procession and memorial service in Louisville, Kentucky, where Ali was born in 1942.<p>The White …

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Laila Ali Reveals NYC Street Renamed after Her Father Muhammad Ali: 'Such an Honor for the G.O.A.T.'

New York City is paying tribute to Muhammad Ali.<p>On Tuesday, the legendary boxer’s daughter Laila Ali took to Instagram, revealing that NYC …

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Barack Obama to miss Muhammad Ali's funeral because of daughter's graduation

US president Barack Obama will not attend Muhammad Ali's funeral, the White House has confirmed.<p>Mr Obama and his wife Michelle will be in Washington for their daughter Malia's high school graduation ceremony, a spokeswoman for the president said.<p>Ali's widow Lonnie spoke to Mr Obama over the phone …

President Obama Will Not Attend Muhammad Ali's Funeral

President Obama will not be traveling to Kentucky for Muhammad Ali’s memorial service later this week as it conflicts with his daughter Malia’s high …

‘Muhammad had no regrets about boxing,’ Ali’s doctor says

Muhammad Ali and his family never seriously thought of donating his brain for research, according to his doctor.<p>"Not really," was Dr. Abe Lieberman's answer when he was asked on Monday if submitting the brain for research was considered.<p>Lieberman said he didn't think boxing contributed to Ali …

Tributes to Muhammad Ali in Pictures

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Muhammad Ali’s activism shines a light on an opportunity for NBA players

The league and its key players are in a unique position to continue the conversation that Ali started.<p>Muhammad Ali was truly incomparable. As Daniel Roberts wrote, "Greatest stood alone, floating, butterfly-like, unencumbered by a noun or any other superfluous impediment that might weigh it down." …

Muhammad Ali: Louisville kicks off celebration of legend's life

<b>(CNN) —</b> The lines that snaked for blocks Wednesday in downtown Louisville were reminiscent of the scramble long ago for tickets to this boxing legend's title bouts.<p>Within an hour, some 15,000 tickets had been handed out for Friday's memorial service for Muhammad Ali -- a final hometown main event …

Jay Z, Eminem, Slick Rick and more remember Muhammad Ali

NEW YORK (AP) — Muhammad Ali was not a rapper, but to many of the genre's best lyricists, he was influential in paving the way for hip-hop stars to …

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In pictures: Muhammad Ali's love affair with Africa

<b>Muhammad Ali was idolised across Africa for his prowess in the boxing ring and for championing the rights of black people. Ahead of his funeral on Friday, the BBC looks at his relationship with the continent:</b><p>Ali spent time in 1974 training in Kinshasa, built on the banks of the Congo River, getting …

Boxing

Muhammad Ali, Head to Toe: There Will Never Be Another Boxer Like Him

Muhammad Ali was arguably the most influential and revered figure in American sports history. Sure, Babe Ruth was great, Michael Jordan was amazing and Jim Brown was, too. But Ali was so much more.<p>Ali was “The Greatest.”<p>There was never such a heavyweight boxer before he burst on the professional …

How Muhammad Ali's Ex-Wives Forgave His Infidelity: Cheating 'Never Meant Anything to Him'

<i>Three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali preached nonviolence outside the ring while wielding fists of fury inside it. Subscribe now</i> …