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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.
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.
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.
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