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October 14, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sonji Clay-Glover, 59, the first wife of boxing great Muhammad Ali, died Tuesday at her home in Chicago of natural causes. The couple married Aug. 14, 1964, when Ali was still known as Cassius Clay. The couple had divorced by 1966 amid conflict over Ali's devotion to the Nation of Islam.
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January 21, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is having a TV renaissance. HBO last year premiered "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," a docudrama centered on the legal battle in 1967 that erupted when the heavyweight champion and newly converted Muslim refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and was stripped of his title. That film, directed by Stephen Frears, focused primarlily on the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case. Ali is seen in a few film clips but is largely absent from the film. But the athlete is front and center in "The Trials of Muhammad Ail," a documentary that will premiere April 14 on PBS' "Independent Lens.
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SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2013 | By David Colker
The Watts Prophets performing group, formed by three young poets in the wake of the 1965 Watts riots, was known for hard-edged commentary. But perhaps the most feisty of the trio was Richard Dedeaux, who once challenged Muhammad Ali to a poetry fight. "We were going to a reception after a performance at an event at the L.A. Convention Center, walking behind Muhammad Ali and his entourage," said another member of the group, Amde Hamilton. Dedeaux ran up to the famed boxer and sometime poet and tapped him on the shoulder.
OPINION
January 10, 1988
What Muhammad Ali did during the Vietnam War to avoid the draft was offensive to myself and many other Vietnam veterans. To see him in the Rose Parade on a float displaying the American flag was a personal slap in the face. DENNIS MAHONEY MINA Chino Hills
BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Lauren Beale
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.
SPORTS
February 23, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Muhammad Ali was unable to attend the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation annual Aspire awards event in Baltimore because he could not travel after undergoing a recent undisclosed surgery. Ali and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank were honored Friday night by the Ripken Foundation for their humanitarian efforts. Ali's wife, Lonnie, accepted in his absence. "Sharing a stage with Muhammad Ali is probably about as high as an honor gets,” Plank said. Ali's brother, Rahman, gave interviews earlier this year saying that the former heavyweight champion was near death, but Lonnie Ali and Ali's daughter Laila refuted those claims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1996
When Muhammad Ali arrived in Watts to attend a photo exhibit, the usual mob of photographers huddled around him. But for once, they took pictures of his photographer: Howard Bingham. "Look this way, Howard!" they shouted. Bingham, for more then 30 years the personal photographer of "the Greatest," was being honored at the premiere of his exhibition, "A 30-Year Journey." The display of his pictures of Ali runs daily through Feb. 28 at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee Center, 10950 S.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is having a TV renaissance. HBO last year premiered "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," a docudrama centered on the legal battle in 1967 that erupted when the heavyweight champion and newly converted Muslim refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War and was stripped of his title. That film, directed by Stephen Frears, focused primarlily on the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the case. Ali is seen in a few film clips but is largely absent from the film. But the athlete is front and center in "The Trials of Muhammad Ail," a documentary that will premiere April 14 on PBS' "Independent Lens.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Parks and Recreation. " Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is married! Again! What can it mean? Well, for last week's season premiere it meant a double episode including a trip to London that was among the best the show has aired. Andy (Chris Pratt) met his sweet and goofy match in a wealthy nobleman and philanthropist who hired him for a three-month gig, which means April (Aubrey Plaza) will be on her own for a while. Leslie (Amy Poehler), who went to London to accept an award in the hopes the citizens of Pawnee would stop trying to recall her, has returned with her spine and spunk back.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Muhammad Ali has one of the most recognizable faces in the world and is such a beloved public persona that George W. Bush personally presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the ultimate honor for an American civilian, in 2005. It would not have been that many years earlier, however, when, if Bush had thought of Ali at all, it would have been in terms of opprobrium and fury. How had things changed so much in such a short time, and what had Ali done in the first place to earn the scorn of the nation's establishment?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Ken Norton Sr., a former heavyweight boxing champion who beat Muhammad Ali once - breaking his jaw - and fought him to two other extremely close decisions, died Wednesday at a care facility near Las Vegas. He was 70. Norton had been in poor health in recent years after a series of strokes, but the congestive heart failure he suffered Wednesday stunned those close to him, "like a sucker punch to us all," said Norton's close friend from Orange County, Patrick Tenore Sr. One of Norton's four children, former UCLA and NFL linebacker Ken Norton Jr., who is now a Seattle Seahawks assistant coach, confirmed his father's death to the Associated Press.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Is Billy Crystal's new memoir funny? Well, he gets sucker-punched by a white-haired Joe DiMaggio. He gets cussed out by Charles Bronson for sending him the screenplay to "City Slickers. " "I'm dead on page sixty four!" Bronson yells. (Jack Palance took the part instead and won an Academy Award). Then, at Howard Cosell's funeral, Muhammad Ali asks with a whisper if the recently deceased sportscaster is "wearing his hairpiece" inside his closed casket. "I don't think so," Crystal says.
SPORTS
September 12, 2013 | By Barry Stavro
About 150,000 spectators squeezed into Soldier Field in Chicago that night in September, 1927, and many left convinced they'd witnessed the fight of the century. The drama's high point came in Round 7 when former champion Jack Dempsey stung Gene Tunney with a savage left hook to the jaw, part of a six-punch flurry that dumped the heavyweight champ on the canvas. Tunney, his arm grabbing a ring rope, seemed glassy-eyed as he sat for 14 seconds while the referee delayed starting a count till Dempsey moved to a neutral corner.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
"Parks and Recreation. " Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) is married! Again! What can it mean? Well, for last week's season premiere it meant a double episode including a trip to London that was among the best the show has aired. Andy (Chris Pratt) met his sweet and goofy match in a wealthy nobleman and philanthropist who hired him for a three-month gig, which means April (Aubrey Plaza) will be on her own for a while. Leslie (Amy Poehler), who went to London to accept an award in the hopes the citizens of Pawnee would stop trying to recall her, has returned with her spine and spunk back.
SPORTS
February 4, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Muhammad Ali's most fierce and important fight might have been outside the ring. HBO's upcoming film "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" looks at the legal battle that ensued when the boxer refused to serve in the Vietnam War, a move that also saw him stripped of his heavyweight title. The film, directed by Stephen Frears ("The Queen"), looks at the famed boxer's Supreme Court battle from the perspective of the justices who ruled on the case. The cast includes Frank Langella, Christopher Plummer, Barry Levinson, Ed Begley Jr. and Danny Glover.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK--When a championship boxer like Muhammad Ali felt disrespected by another fighter, he might have been expected to do what most boxers would: knock his opponent's lights out. But the icon took a different route when faced with a rival he thought looked down on his religion: He  prolonged the fight, aiming to up the level of spectacle and pain. He also made sure his opponent knew his reasons for doing so. "What's my name? What's my name?" Ali's lips could be seen forming as he slowly demolished an opponent who insisted on calling him Cassius Clay.
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