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How a chosen few brought Muhammad Ali back to Louisville after his death in 2016

[ad_1] This story about laying boxing legend Muhammad Ali to rest was originally published in ESPN The Magazine's June 12, 2017, World Fame Issue. June 3 marks the fourth anniversary of his death.A WEEK BEFORE her husband dies, Lonnie Ali changes the plans for his funeral. The funeral she had envisioned is too big, she thinks. It is too complicated. At her annual meeting with the man who has been
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Arizona State punter Michael Turk has NCAA eligibility restored after going undrafted, unsigned by NFL

[ad_1] In an unprecedented a move, the NCAA has restored the eligibility of Arizona State punter Michael Turk, who declared for the 2020 NFL draft, hired an agent and participated at the NFL combine before going undrafted and unsigned in free agency, a school spokesman confirmed."I left college early to pursue a professional career and that didn't work out, however," Turk said in a video posted to Twitter. "I've been
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Bruce Lee — Asian and Asian American artists reimagine the icon

[ad_1] Marcos Chin “I’ve been watching Bruce Lee movies since I was a kid. Growing up in Canada, there were no Asian faces on TV. I used to watch ‘The Green Hornet.’ Lee’s character, Kato, didn’t have many lines, but it was nice to see a Chinese, English-speaking character on a North American TV channel. I wanted to do a strong portrait of Bruce as this iconic, poetic figure. I
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Missouri football players register to vote after leading march

[ad_1] More than 60 Missouri football players registered to vote Wednesday as part of the team's call to action following the death of George Floyd while in police custody.Missouri players led a walk from campus to the Boone County Courthouse in Columbia, Missouri, according to a tweet from coach Eliah Drinkwitz. Players and coaches knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor Floyd, who died May 25 in Minneapolis
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Tim Kurkjian Baseball Fix – ‘Well, God gave me that’

[ad_1] You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we'll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history.ON THIS DATE IN 1995, Pedro Martinez pitched nine perfect innings.Martinez faced 27 Padres, retired them all, then joined Harvey Haddix (1959) as the only pitchers ever to take a perfect game into extra innings. Martinez gave up a hit
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NHL Awards Watch – Likely finalists, hipster picks, unfair snubs

[ad_1] When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the "return to play" postseason tournament format, he declared that the regular season was considered completed as of March 11, the day before the league shut down for the coronavirus pandemic.While there was some brief confusion about where statistics from the qualification round would end up, they're now playoff stats and the regular-season numbers are set in stone. Hence, we got the news
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Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson opens up on personal experiences with racism

[ad_1] 8:09 PM ETBrady HendersonESPN Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson did not want to talk about football during a video conference call with reporters on Wednesday, saying "none of that matters" compared to "life and what the black community is going through right now.""When you think about the idea of Black Lives Matter, they do matter," Wilson said, speaking from his offseason home in Southern California. "The reality is that

Drew Brees’ teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, among many stars to speak out against quarterback’s controversial comments

[ad_1] New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attracted backlash Wednesday across the sports world, including an outspoken teammate, when he reiterated his stance on how he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America" during an interview with Yahoo Finance.An emotional Malcolm Jenkins, in a video that has since been deleted from social media, said he was "hurt" by Brees' comments and that they
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Uzi’s impact and legacy in League of Legends

[ad_1] 6:05 PM ETEmily RandESPN How did the LPL era begin?The video trailer for China's upcoming League of Legends Pro League summer split begins with this question. Although many international fans may think solely of Invictus Gaming's 2018 League of Legends World Championship win, Chinese fans and the LPL faithful know differently.It began with Jian "Uzi" Zi-Hao and Royal Never Give Up (or Royal Club, depending on what you believe
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Ariel Helwani on why verbal deals should be scrapped, sensible welterweight bouts, UFC 250

[ad_1] Where to begin this week?Seems like several of the men's divisions in the UFC have some drama attached to them right now.Heavyweight, light heavyweight, welterweight, bantamweight ... it's a lot to handle.These are strange times, and I have some thoughts, so without further ado ...1. Ever since Jon Jones tweeted Sunday afternoon that he intends to vacate the light heavyweight title, I have been asked a bunch of times