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December 4, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
LAS VEGAS - Beibut Shumenov might be the most interesting man in the world who doesn't have a TV commercial to tout that. He is a boxer, the light-heavyweight champion of the world in two sanctioning bodies. He is 30 and won his first pro title in just his eighth fight, a near-record pace. But Shumenov is a man in an even bigger hurry, not only to improve on his 13-1 record, but to emerge from the shadows of the sport. Ask American boxing fans about Shumenov and the response will be the same.
March 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
The promoter and attorney for world light-middleweight champion Carlos Molina said he's hopeful the fighter can keep his Saturday night title defense on the "Canelo" Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo undercard at MGM Grand after the boxer's arrest earlier this week. Promoter Leon Margules told The Times by telephone Thursday night that he posted a $10,000 bond to have Molina released from Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center. “I don't want to say the fight is on until I see the kid walk out of jail, but I believe he'll fight,” Margules said.
September 18, 2013 | By Claire Noland
Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who defeated Muhammad Ali in 1973, then lost in the rematch later that year, died Wednesday at a hospital in Arizona where he had been undergoing rehabilitation since suffering a stroke last year, according to his friend and manager Patrick Tenore. Norton was 70 and had congestive heart failure. Norton broke Ali's jaw in their initial fight, then lost at the Inglewood Forum in the rematch. Ali defeated Norton again in a decision at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1976.
March 6, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire, This story has been corrected. See below
World light-middleweight champion Carlos Molina was arrested in Las Vegas earlier this week, but is in the process of being released Thursday morning to keep his Saturday night title defense against Jermall Charlo on the “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfredo Angulo card, according to the fight card's promoter. “He's being processed out of jail as of now, and I'm being told the fight was on,” said Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions. Schaefer is promoting the fight while Molina is actually promoted by Leon Margules of Warrior Boxing, who has given Schaefer assurances that Molina will appear at a 1 p.m. Thursday news conference in Las Vegas, and will fight Charlo (17-0, 13 KOs)
October 19, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Featherweight boxer Orlando Cruz will fight Friday night for the first time since declaring he was gay earlier this month. Cruz, 31, a former 2000 Olympic boxer from Puerto Rico, will fight Jorge Pazos in the main event of a card in Kissimmee, Fla. “I think the reaction tonight will be good,” Cruz told his publicist Ed Keenan on Friday morning in comments relayed to The Times. “But maybe not. There may be a lot of” anti-gay people “there, yelling at me. But I don't care.
December 19, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Federal funds would be made available to deploy National Guard troops at schools under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in response to last week's mass slaying at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The Save Our Schools Act would leave it to governors to decide whether to call out the National Guard and how to use troops around schools. "Is it not part of the national defense to make sure that your children are safe?" Boxer said at Capitol Hill press conference.  Boxer also introduced the School Safety Enhancement Act, which would increase funding for a federal grants program, from $30 million to $50 million, to help fund school security measures, such as installation of metal detectors and surveillance cameras.
November 7, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
In a sign of hardening skepticism toward the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, a top Senate Democrat has sent a letter to the Obama administration asking about a possible conflict of interest between the pipeline operator and a company handling the environmental impact study of the project. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton last week cautioning that the environmental studies must be impartial.
October 4, 2010
For us, the choice in the race between Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and her Republican opponent, Carly Fiorina, resolves itself into a simple proposition: Issues matter, especially in the United States Senate. Fiorina is intelligent, energetic and accomplished in the private sector. But on too many issues she reflects the doctrinaire conservatism that is ascendant in the Republican Party. By contrast, Boxer has been a voice ? if sometimes a strident one ? for values promoted by this editorial page: individual rights, equality, environmental protection and constructive engagement by the federal government with national economic problems, including the crisis in healthcare.
April 14, 2010 | By Seema Mehta
Democrat Barbara Boxer outdistanced her Republican challengers in raising money during the first quarter of the year, and her two leading GOP would-be opponents were nearly tied in income over the period, according to financial reports. Boxer, a three-term incumbent who faces no serious primary challenge but is anticipating her toughest general election battle yet, raised $2.4 million in the first three months of 2010. She now has $8.7 million on hand, and is due to raise more next week with a visit from President Obama.
October 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is following in her colleague Dianne Feinstein's steps by calling for a federal investigation into record gas prices in California. Boxer is urging the Department of Justice's Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group to probe whether traders “colluded to manipulate and drive up gas prices.” In a letter Monday to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., Boxer raised suspicions of “market manipulation.” “Californians have too often been victimized as unscrupulous traders have created or taken advantage of supply disruptions to drive up energy prices,” she wrote.
February 21, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Vitali Klitschko may have characterized several of his matches in the boxing ring as life-and-death struggles. Now, he knows the real thing. Perhaps you have made the connection between the longtime heavyweight champion of the world and the videos and the pictures this week documenting violence on the streets of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. By midweek, fighting between government forces and opposition groups intensified. At one point, to keep the riot police away, opposition forces set on fire part of the city center, an area fittingly known as Independence Square.
February 2, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Dallas Buyers Club Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday As the Oscars approach, some of this year's big contenders are starting to show up on home video, including this best picture based on the true story of self-medicating Texas AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, who started slinging drugs not approved by the Food and Drug Administration to people who were similarly suffering. As both a drama and a period piece (set in the mid-1980s), "Dallas Buyers Club" tries too hard to be a crowd-pleaser, to make the audience feel superior to the doctors and bigots who stood in the way of Ron and his customers.
January 30, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
WASHINGTON--President Obama's pitch to women in his State of the Union address Tuesday night was, without question, an opening shot in the 2014 contests. At a time when Republicans have struggled to build support among women, Obama's pledge to do away with the workplace policies of the “Mad Men” era caught the attention of that key voter bloc and was a step toward shifting conversation away from his unpopular healthcare law. The Democratic women of the U.S. Senate picked up that ball on Capitol Hill Thursday, echoing the president's call to increase the minimum wage by arguing that it “disproportionately affects women” who make up two-thirds of the minimum-wage earners in the country.
January 30, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Denver police are investigating an incident in which an SUV linked to welterweight boxer Mike Alvarado crashed off a snowy bank into Colorado's Sloan's Lake on Tuesday.  “Mike's fine, he told me he has nothing to do with it, and that's good enough for me,” Alvarado's manager-trainer Henry Delgado told The Times on Thursday. “I believe him.” A police spokesman told Denver's CBS 4 that authorities are seeking a man and a woman who walked away from the green Cadillac Escalade before it rolled into the lake with a smashed hood.
January 24, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oxnard's world super-featherweight champion, Mikey Garcia, has the immediate task of fighting Tijuana's Juan Carlos Burgos on Saturday night on HBO in New York. The 26-year-old's challenge is maintaining focus on that task as blinding opportunities are laid before the 33-0 fighter. Four fights this year, moves up in weight, Manny Pacquiao. All of this chatter is now attached to Garcia, the kid brother of distinguished Oxnard trainer Robert Garcia. Especially the Pacquiao talk, which has been mentioned in nearly every recent story about the rising pound-for-pound member with 28 knockouts.
January 10, 2014 | By Jim Ruland
Throughout the history of boxing, the sport's appeal has been its undoing: A contest between equally matched opponents will always attract bettors, and betting begets corruption. With the rise of the National Football League, boxing has waned in popularity. Thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which recently celebrated its 20th year of promoting mixed martial arts events, boxing is not even the most popular combat sport. While the sport may be in serious decline, the boxing novel is alive and well, thanks to Michael J. Seidlinger's audacious new book, "The Laughter of Strangers.
October 31, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON -- Arnold Schwarzenegger met with a bunch of California Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday while on Capitol Hill to lobby for after-school programs. But it was notable that the one with whom he strode to the podium at a Capitol news conference was Sen. Barbara Boxer. The once strident opponents and ideological firebrands have mellowed over the years. Schwarzenegger's path to the political middle is well-documented. Activists in the state GOP were ready to ex-communicate the movie star who first ran for office as an antitax crusader, but who had raised taxes by the time he exited government in 2010.
August 16, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
Middleweight boxer Alfredo Angulo has had some tough fights in his career, including 17 knockouts, according to the Ring , a website that bills itself as the bible of boxing. But the Mexican pugilist may not have been prepared for his latest battle that required he spend eight months in an El Centro immigration detention facility. The big question is why Angulo was detained in the first place. He reportedly overstayed his U.S. visa, but he had no criminal record, circumstances that typically aren't supposed to land someone in detention.
January 9, 2014 | Sam Farmer
RENTON, Wash. - They are remarkable. They are unstoppable. They can't be beat. Ken Norton Jr. will gather his Seattle Seahawks linebackers before Saturday's playoff game and remind them of this, raising his voice like a corner man in boxing, and for good reason. It's a strategy he knows well, and an homage to his dad. "Boxers need to be extremely confident. If you've got any insecurities, you're going to lose," Norton said this week. "It's the same way in football. You've got to break them down, but then you've got to build them up. You've got to make them feel on game day that they prepared so well they can't possibly lose.
December 7, 2013 | By Charles Fleming
Among the breakout hits at this year's Progressive International Motorcycle Show is BMW's new R nine T. The twin-cooled, urban-styled, naked street cruiser (don't get excited, that's actually an industry term) is powered by the German company's 110-horsepower Boxer engine. Sitting lower to the ground than any traditional BMW, the retro-looking R nine T also features a shaft drive, 6-speed transmission, lightweight all-aluminum fuel tank and the same braking system as the S1000RR road racer.
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