USA Today editor apologizes for yearbook blackface photo
PHOENIX (AP) — The editor of USA Today apologized Thursday for an image portraying blackface that was published in the Arizona State University yearbook on her watch.
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HBO to drop live boxing after 45 year of telecasts
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO is getting out of the live boxing business after more than 1,000 fights over four decades of telecasts.
The network will televise the Oct. 27 middleweight title fight between Danny Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, then bow out from a sport of which it has long been a leading proponent.
Showtime, HBO's main competitor for cable boxing telecasts, plans to enhances its schedule for 2019.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — One of Delaware's sporting icons continues to live a quiet life out of the public eye.
But 30 years ago last month, Michael Spinks was among the nation's — and world's — most familiar sports figures.
He made a hasty exit on June 27, 1988, when his heavyweight title fight with Mike Tyson ended in 91 seconds at Atlantic City Convention Hall.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — When Florida billionaire Jeff Greene ran for U.S. Senate in 2010, he was depicted by the media as a party boy who associated with people like former boxer Mike Tyson and actress Lindsay Lohan.
Now that he's running for governor, he said he still throws lots of parties, but the celebrity he's most likely to invite is Elmo from Sesame Street.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Billionaire Jeff Greene is jumping into Florida's crowded Democratic primary for governor less than three months before the election.
While a late entry into the race, Greene has enough money to shake up an election where about half the voters are undecided. He filed his paperwork to run Friday, but didn't immediately make a public announcement about the run.
CANNES, France (AP) — Bruce Willis has signed on to play famed boxing trainer Cus D'Amato in a film titled "Cornerman."
The project was announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, where it will be shopped for buyers. Set in the 1980s, the film chronicles D'Amato's discovery of a 13-year-old Mike Tyson and their subsequent path to the heavyweight championship.
Producers said they will begin a search for a young actor to play Tyson.
FLEMINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A company owned by former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson is teaming up with a West Virginia cannabis farm.
News outlets report officials announced Monday that Tyson Holistic and West Virginia's Almost Heaven Agriculture are partnering to put a hemp extraction facility at the latter's existing greenhouse.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Billy Payne is pondering the next chapter in his life.
No, it won't be anything close to organizing an Olympics.
Or guiding one of the world's most famous golf tournaments.
"It could be as simple as going fishing every day," the 70-year-old Payne said with a chuckle.
Not to worry.
While his name doesn't roll off the tongue of the average fan, nothing more is needed to assure that William Porter Payne will go down as one of the most influential people in modern American sports.
NEW YORK — From the outside, the brownstone in Central Harlem looks like any other building on the block. But enter through the ground-floor door, pass through the red velvet curtains and you will find yourself among roaring jaguars, long-tailed dragons and hip-hop greats from the ‘80s and ‘90s, including LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim and Eric B, the Fat Boys and Jay-Z.
HOUSTON (AP) — Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt was briefly hospitalized after an attack of Africanized killer bees he encountered while working on his ranch.
Wednesday's attack was the second time the 83-year-old has disturbed beehives while working on his bulldozer. He sustained over 200 stings to his head alone in a 2005 bee attack.
WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A garishly appointed Ohio mansion that heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson once called home and subsequently fell into disrepair is being converted into a house of worship.
The Living Word Sanctuary Church has been cleaning up the property in Trumbull County's Southington Township, roughly 45 miles (72 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland, since the 25,000-square-foot (2,323-sq. meter) mansion was donated to the church several years ago.
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I liked ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation.’ So what are you going to do about it?
To say that "Kickboxer: Retaliation" is the best film in a 29-year-old martial-arts franchise in which you can feel your IQ points dropping faster than a pebble tossed down Niagara Falls may be damning with faint praise, but it's praise nonetheless.
Ngannou could go from homeless to UFC heavyweight champ
BOSTON (AP) — Francis Ngannou has knockout power that snaps back heads like Pez dispensers and earned him comparisons to Mike Tyson in his ferocious heyday.
Ngannou has stood tall against all opposition in his UFC career and his terrifying run has shaped the challenger into the betting favorite in the heavyweight champion bout against Stipe Miocic.
- The Washington TimesThom Loverro wins boxing writers' career awardJanuary 9, 2019
- Tribune-ReviewPitt notebook: Pat Narduzzi warns against taking Albany lightlySeptember 25, 2018
- Cleveland.comCleveland firefighter accused of attacking man at boxing gymAugust 31, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchRandy Moss is the best athlete in state historyAugust 6, 2018
- The Herald-DispatchChuck Landon: Moss is the best athlete in West Virginia historyAugust 5, 2018
Mike Tyson sent back to the US after Chile denies entry
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean authorities say they've denied former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson entry to the country and are sending him back to the U.S.
Chile's equivalent of the FBI said Thursday that Tyson doesn't meet requirements for entry, apparently due to his criminal record. Tyson served three years of a six-year sentence in the 1990s for raping a teenage beauty-pageant contestant. He also has been convicted of assault and cocaine possession.
Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight
NEW YORK (AP) — Cody Garbrandt got a pair of championship pep talks in the week leading up to the biggest fight of his career: Kobe Bryant and Mike Tyson each stopped by for a motivational pick-me-up and to rub elbows with perhaps UFC's next big thing.
Garbrandt yearns to share more than championships with the stars — he wants to be stamped with the same greatness that defined them.
Ex-boxer gets probation for fatal shooting after bus dispute
CLEVELAND (AP) — A former professional boxer who once fought heavyweight Mike Tyson has received probation after a fatal shooting that happened when bus passengers in Cleveland challenged him to a fistfight and then followed him off the bus.
Sixty-three-year-old Abdul Rahman was sentenced Wednesday in Cleveland after pleading guilty last month to having a weapon as a convicted felon.
Terez Hall was surfing through YouTube videos when he stumbled upon a highlight of Mike Tyson knocking out an opponent. The seventh grader's eyes were locked on the computer screen, immediately impressed with the boxer.
"I was like, 'Man, this is how I've got to be,'" Hall said.
Iowa man accused of biting off another man’s earlobe
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man faces an assault charge after authorities say he bit off another man's earlobe.
The Des Moines Register reports that 42-year-old George Thomas Chambers was arrested Sunday on an assault causing bodily injury charge. Police say Chambers bit off the man's ear during an Aug. 21 fight.
Jamie Foxx is preparing to play Mike Tyson in a biopic of the legendary boxer.
The 49-year-old actor - who previously won an Academy Award for his portrayal of music star Ray Charles - has agreed a deal to star as the New York-born icon, whose career was blighted by numerous controversies.
Something is going to happen in Paradise, Nev. Saturday when Floyd Mayweather Jr. puts his perfect career record on the line against Mixed Martial Arts champion Conor McGregor.
Cosby hires Michael Jackson’s lawyer for sex assault retrial
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson's former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual-assault charges in Pennsylvania.
Cosby's spokesman announced Monday the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team. Lawyers from the first trial in June had said they wanted off the case.
The Killers want to make a feature film starring Mike Tyson.
The 'Bones' hitmakers pay homage to the former world champion on their new song 'Tyson Vs Douglas' from their album 'Wonderful Wonderful', but the Vegas band are hoping to work with the retired boxer on a film version of the song.
A new musical about the life of Muhammad Ali is being planned.
The sporting legend died in June last year aged 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease and now David Sonenberg, the producer of the Meat Loaf musical 'Bat Out of Hell', wants to turn his life story into a stage show.
- UFC star Conor McGregor lands Vegas nightclubs residencyAugust 2, 2017
- Column: Mayweather-McGregor is a stale act already
- Lots of tickets remain for Mayweather-McGregor _ at a price
- Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theatersJuly 25, 2017
- McGregor completes community service for pre-fight fracas
- Borges: Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor will benefit boxing not besmirch it
- Mayweather, McGregor exchange profanities, barbs in Brooklyn
- McGregor makes fun of Mayweather's tax problems
Mike Tyson refused to let his life be ruled by a childhood molestation.
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CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — "The Real Deal" delivered one more time.
Evander Holyfield, boxing's only four-time world heavyweight champion, was greeted with a standing ovation on Sunday at his induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and he punctuated the moment with a heartfelt speech that focused on the significant contributions to his long career made by his mother and his siblings.
Ex-con and current counselor ‘Coach’ leverages lessons learned to help others
AURORA | Hulond “Coach” Copeland has lasted a long fight.
A man whose large build matches his persona, and with a wandering eye that speaks from his past, Copeland was once a boxer, now a counselor.
ATLANTIC CITY – The scariest man on earth paced the ring and shadow-punched the electrified air.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will promote an 11-fight card at Freedom Hall with a championship main event in the venue's first professional bout since Danny Williams upset ex-champ Mike Tyson in July 2004.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested a suspected burglar at rapper 50 Cent's mansion in Connecticut.
Farmington police say the suspect set off an entry alarm Tuesday at the 50,000-square-foot home that alerted private security. Police responded and found the man on the 18-acre estate about 10 miles west of Hartford.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, wasn't home at the time.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first trip to Dubai, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson recalls getting off a plane wearing a traditional Muslim cap and robes, carrying a Quran and expecting to find a society strictly governed by conservative mores.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — John Schneider and Pete Carroll seem to be preparing for a time when the Seattle Seahawks secondary may not include Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman, even if it's likely a few years away.
That was a clear statement from Seattle's 11 selections made over the final two days of the NFL draft. The Seahawks used four of their first eight picks on the secondary, the most they have spent on that position group under the Carroll and Schneider.
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua wasn't wrong when he raised his hands in victory after knocking Wladimir Klitschko down in the fifth round of what looked like a one-sided heavyweight title fight. He was just celebrating too early.
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns television play-by-play announcer Steve Albert is retiring, ending a 45-year career in sports broadcasting.
Albert was with the Suns the last five seasons.
Before that, he spent 13 years as the voice of the New Jersey Nets, five seasons as TV play-by-play announcer for the Golden State Warriors and one season with the New Orleans Hornets.
Mike Tyson thanks Christie for work on prisoner re-entry
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accepted a champion's belt from former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on Thursday for his efforts on prisoner re-entry.
"You took the punches, trust me, you deserve it," Tyson told Christie during the presentation at a conference in Jersey City where they were speakers.
Mike Tyson suffers rare loss in noisy Latin America bout
NEW YORK (AP) — Over his career, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recorded 50 wins and six losses. But he recently notched another big loss in Latin America — this time as a coach of a bird.
Tyson traveled to Suriname as part of the new Fusion TV documentary series "Outpost " and was soundly beaten when he entered a bird in a songbird contest, a cherished local tradition.
Chris Brown has cancelled his proposed boxing match with Soulja Boy.
Holm tries to avoid one-hit wonder status at UFC 208
NEW YORK (AP) — Holly Holm is already the answer to a trivia question as the first fighter to dominate and defeat Ronda Rousey.
Her leap from obscurity to instant celebrity landed her on daytime talk shows and chatting with late-night hosts and made her — oh so briefly — the most talked about fighter in UFC.
She's trying these days to avoid another rather dubious fight conversation.
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Adviser admits to stealing $1M from pro athlete clients
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former financial adviser has pleaded guilty to embezzling $1 million from four clients, including former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and former NBA All-Star Glen Rice.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release that 55-year-old Brian Ourand of Chicago pleaded guilty to wire fraud Monday in federal court in Washington.
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Holyfield, Barrera head Boxing Hall of Fame class
CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — As the youngest of nine children, Evander Holyfield never had a chance when he was a kid.
"I got beat by everybody in my family. They beat me in everything," Holyfield said. "I learned how to win. It's in my DNA. I changed that into an inspiration. I was able to whip other people because of this."