February 4, 2013 |
May May Ali, Muhammad Ali's daughter, said that contrary to reports, her father is not near death and that he watched the Super Bowl on Sunday. "He's fine; in fact, he was talking well this morning," she said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press on Sunday. "These rumors pop up every once in a while but there's nothing to them. " The rumors were started by a report in a British tabloid quoting Ali's brother, Rahman, as saying the former heavyweight champion was near death.
January 17, 2013 |
Muhammad Ali, the self-proclaimed greatest boxer of all time and arguably the greatest sportsman in history, turned 71 today. Ali, who was born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Ky., is legendary for his exploits not only inside the ring but outside it as well. He was a brash talker who could back it up in the ring (see tribute video from 2012 above as well as the photo gallery). He won a gold medal in the 1960 Rome Olympics and converted to Islam in 1964, when he changed his name.
November 12, 2012 |
Neil Leifer has taken 170 photographs that have landed as the Sports Illustrated cover, and 40 more for Time Magazine. His body of work includes legendary shots of a snarling Muhammad Ali standing over knockout victim Sonny Liston in 1965, and an innovative, classic photo from above of Ali raising his arms in triumph with a sprawled-out Cleveland Williams lying on the Astrodome canvas. Leifer has documented the Olympics, Super Bowls, the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, World Series, and done portraits of sporting greats like Mike Tyson and Tiger Woods.
September 14, 2012 |
Muhammad Ali, perhaps the greatest sportsman to grace the international stage, received the Liberty Medal on Thursday at Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. The honor is bestowed on those who fight for humanitarian causes, civil rights and religious freedom. A $100,000 cash prize is awarded to the recipient. Ali, now 70 and stricken with Parkinson's disease, did not speak during the ceremony. His wife, Lonnie, and daughter, Laila, spoke on his behalf. "You know, my father loves people and people love my father, and I learned that at a very young age, as people would always come up to him wherever we went," his daughter said.
August 27, 2012 |
This could be the ultimate trophy property: The boyhood home of boxing legend Muhammad Ali is up for sale by owner for $50,000 in Louisville, Ky., the Associated Press reports. The white single-story looks unremarkable among houses on the street except it features a state historical marker proclaiming the residence as Cassius Clay's home when he was growing up. A walkway off the sidewalk leads to a small front porch and the front door. The historical marker was placed in front of the house in May. Ali, 70, is a three-time world heavyweight champion and social activist. He was among those to carry the Olympic flag during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
June 11, 2012 |
To some, it's just the In & Out furniture outlet, but to those who remember, the unremarkable building on Philadelphia's north side is where a legend trained - and where great stories were born. It was a gym back then, and word spread fast in the neighborhood when Muhammad Ali banged his fists on the windows. "Let's go, coward," Ali taunted, staring through the plate glass toward the center of the boxing ring. Joe Frazier stared back. Ali was picking a fight with Smokin' Joe Frazier?