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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.
December 1, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- The political confrontation between President Viktor Yanukovich and his opposition reached fever pitch Sunday as protesters, armed with flares and bricks, attempted to storm the Presidential Administration building. But just as the demonstration threatened to veer into hand-to-hand combat between protesters and police, Vitali Klitschko, the 6-foot-7-inch super heavyweight boxing champion and opposition leader, broke through the lines of attackers. Towering two heads over the crowd, he raised his arms and shouted at the top of his lungs for both sides to stop fighting.
November 16, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In boxing, you never know what you are going to get. Andre Ward beat Edwin Rodriguez on Saturday night at the Ontario Citizens Business Bank Arena, and you got Greco-Roman wrestling. Ward, the WBA super-middleweight champion of the world, was given an obvious unanimous decision. The three judges had it 118-106, 117-107 and 116-108. Ward hadn't fought in 14 months, healing from a shoulder injury that required surgery. And this comeback for the star from Oakland, while a lopsided victory, was a tedious night.
November 15, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Edwin Rodriguez hoped to alter the boxing world's lofty pound-for-pound rankings for Andre Ward and deprive the Oakland fighter of his world super-middleweight belt in the process. But Rodriguez couldn't make the required 168-pound limit Friday, so the challenger suffered a costly defeat without a punch being thrown. Rodriguez, 28, weighed in initially at 170 pounds, and two hours later again failed to make the weight limit for his Saturday night bout at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario for Ward's World Boxing Assn.
November 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Manny Pacquiao resides at the intersection of life, death, misery and showtime. He is a professional boxer. His country, the Philippines, is a mess. He is also a high-ranking government official, one of 289 members of the country's 16th Congress. He is a national sports hero who prides himself on also being an accountable public servant. The common phrase that refers to an impossible situation - "being between a rock and a hard place" - was made for this. When the Typhoon Haiyan roared through the middle of the Philippines a week ago, killing thousands and turning cities and countrysides into fields of debris and desperation, Pacquiao was 466 miles away from the center of it all, the city of Tacloban.
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.
October 3, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - California Sen. Barbara Boxer's Capitol Hill office was locked, with a sign reading, "Office closed due to government shutdown. " Much of her staff has been furloughed. The number of staffers answering calls has been scaled back. Casework has been suspended. But the Democratic senator was inside -- steaming. "Grow up," she said of House Republicans, whom she blames for the shutdown. Boxer said she is open to negotiations on any subject but only after legislation is passed to reopen the government.
September 26, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) asked federal environmental officials Thursday to ensure the safety of a low-income South Los Angeles community where residents worry that their dizziness, headaches and nosebleeds may be linked to noxious odors from an urban oil field. In a terse letter, Boxer asked U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to "immediately address these unacceptable situations using all available and appropriate authorities. " Boxer requested a response by Monday describing the steps that the EPA will take to address the chemical smells, which waft through the University Park neighborhood from an oil-pumping operation on land Allenco Energy Co. leases from the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
September 25, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Los Angeles police announced Wednesday the arrest of former professional boxer Exum Speight in the 1987 killing of his manager. Speight, 50, was taken into custody by a fugitive task force in the city of San Fernando on Wednesday morning, police said. LAPD officials said he faces a murder charge in the death of Douglas Stumler, who had been managing Speight for about two years before he was found dead in his West Los Angeles apartment on March 29, 1987. Police officials said DNA evidence led to the break in the case.
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