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Ex-Illini hoops hero Deron Williams still has a whole lot of fight left in him

Williams, 37, will enter the ring Saturday night for a professional boxing match against 38-year-old football star Frank Gore.

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Tyson Fury stops Deontay Wilder in 11th round in another heavyweight thriller

Fury got up from two fourth-round knockdowns and stopped Wilder to retain his WBC title in the conclusion to a superlative heavyweight trilogy.

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Filmmaker Ken Burns turns his camera to Muhammad Ali

"He’s complicated, there’s undertow, there’s flaws, and we don’t hesitate to remind people throughout this film that there are," Burns said. "At the end, he is a transcendent American character. He has so much, still today, to offer us."

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GOP tries to sucker punch U.S. history

Whitewashing United States history is part of a Republican campaign to embrace anti-factual ignorance.

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Claressa Shields defeats Brittney Elkin in MMA debut

The former boxing and Olympic champion overcame a slow start to capture her first MMA victory.

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Logan Paul survives eight-round exhibition vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mayweather and Paul boxed an eight-round exhibition Sunday night at Hard Rock Stadium. With the bout not being scored, no winner was declared.

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‘The Kings’ takes us back to a time when Leonard, Duran, Hagler and Hearns ruled the world

The four-part documentary series premieres at 7 p.m. Sunday on Showtime.

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Record crowd at Canelo-Saunders has me asking: What pandemic?

Over 60,000 people are expected to pack AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday to watch the super-middleweights vie to become the undisputed king at 168 pounds.

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Chicago Golden Gloves boxing tournament canceled 2nd straight year

Because of statewide COVID-19 restrictions that would have set a hard cap on audience numbers, the organization will lose its main source of income for the year.

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Jamie Foxx to star as Mike Tyson in boxer’s take on his life

"I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time," Tyson said in a statement Monday. He said he looks forward to creating a series that "not only captures my professional and personal journey but also inspires and entertains."

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Boxing great ‘Marvelous’ Marvin Hagler dies at 66

Hagler, the middleweight boxing great whose title reign and career ended with a split-decision loss to "Sugar" Ray Leonard in 1987, died Saturday.

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Requiem for a heavyweight — and for boxing

Leon Spinks’ recent death at 67 recalls the good ol’ days of a sport that is more in the hucksters’ hands than ever nowadays.

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Mike Tyson unhappy with planned Hulu miniseries

Tyson, who is not involved in the project, criticized Hulu on social media, saying the series smacked of insensitivity.

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Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks dies at 67

Spinks, who lived his later years in Las Vegas, died Friday night, according to a release from a public relations firm. He had been battling prostate and other cancers.

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Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view generated more than $80 million

His exhibition match against Roy Jones Jr. on Nov. 28 sold more than 1.6 million pay-per-view buys — priced at $49.49 apiece — according to Tyson’s Legends Only League.

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In an era of legalized wagers, boxing must become more transparent about injuries

Vasiliy Lomachenko fought Teofimo Lopez with an undisclosed shoulder injury Saturday in Las Vegas. The injury was not made public beforehand

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Alfred E. Jenkins Sr., volunteer, Golden Gloves boxer who lost to the future Muhammad Ali, dead at 83

He lost in the 1960 Golden Gloves championships in Chicago. He won the next year, but a pro career never came. He veered into crime before winning praise for his volunteer work.

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Mike Tyson returning to boxing with eight-round exhibition vs. Roy Jones Jr.

Tyson, 54, has not fought professionally since June 11, 2005, when he refused to come out for the sixth round against Kevin McBride. The fight will be available by pay-per-view.

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Boxer Tom O’Shea, a father figure to Chicago high school students he coached, dead at 81

As a high school English teacher and boxing coach, he sent students to the Olympics (including Nate Jones), Hollywood (Joseph Sikora) and productive lives. He died of COVID-19.

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Chicago’s Joshua Greer Jr. stunned by underdog Mike Plania

Plania scored a majority-decision victory after knocking Greer down in the first and sixth rounds.

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Chicago boxer Joshua Greer Jr. ready for biggest fight yet

Greer (22-1-1) will face Mike Plania (23-1-0) in the headline fight of Top Rank’s Tuesday event on ESPN.

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Floyd Mayweather volunteers to pay for George Floyd’s funeral

Mayweather has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.

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Boxing set for Las Vegas return next month

Promoter Bob Arum said Thursday he plans to stage a card of five fights on June 9 at the MGM Grand. ESPN will broadcast the card.

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The ‘sweet science’ of boxing looking into spit science

The head of the British Boxing Board of Control said Wednesday the body was working on an "apparatus" that would allow fighters to safely spit out water as they catch their breath between rounds. It’s among dozens of protective measures under discussion.

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FBI files on Ali, Hemingway, Hef, Wright, Bradbury, Disney and 4 other celebs with Illinois ties

These athletes, actors and artists each had a file kept on them by the FBI, some for suspected Communist ties, others for the company they kept.

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Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’ 3 decades after upsetting Mike Tyson

The former heavyweight champion now works with kids in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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Sky players in Chinese pro league stay in U.S. amid coronavirus outbreak

The Women’s Chinese Basketball Association suspended its season as the Wuhan coronavirus continues to spread.

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Wilder stops Ortiz in heavyweight title rematch

Deontay Wilder landed a vicious right hand to stop Luis Ortiz in the seventh round to retain his heavyweight title and set up a lucrative rematch with Tyson Fury in February.

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Jamyle Cannon uses boxing to help West Side kids overcome life’s obstacles

Cannon’s program, the Bloc, "spreads the love for boxing" while providing tutoring and more.

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Boxer Patrick Day dies of brain injuries after fight at Wintrust Arena

Day had brain surgery after being knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round Saturday night at Wintrust Arena.

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Sportswriter Melissa Isaacson tells of basketball and life lessons in book about state championship team

Her tale is about sports, the love of hoops and what all of it does for you, even if you might not be aware of it at the time.

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Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman by split decision for welterweight title

Pacquiao knocked down Thurman in the first round and added a third straight win to his career resurgence after turning 40.