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Muhammad Ali Memorial Service: Louisville Buries A Beloved Son

A hometown hero is being laid to rest in Louisville, Ky., Friday, as Muhammad Ali, the boxer and humanitarian, is being buried. Fans from far and wide have come to the city to pay their respects.
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Playing For A Chance: The Promise And Pain Of The NBA's Minor League

Everyone knows about the multimillion-dollar salaries and celebrity status of NBA players. But in the shadows of the NBA, men toil in the relative obscurity of the D-League to keep their dream alive.
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Tracing Muhammad Ali's Rise To 'King Of The World'

Fresh Air remembers the boxing legend who dies last week with this archival interview with David Remnick, author of the Ali biography, of King of the World. Originally broadcast in 1998.
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On Muhammad Ali's Complicated Contradictions, And How He Changed Boxing

"Ali was a black man who was not concerned with what white America thought of him."
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Detroit Hockey Legend Gordie Howe Dies At 88

Helene St. James, hockey reporter at the Detroit Free Press, remembers Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. Howe's five-decade professional hockey career earned him the nickname "Mr. Hockey."
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In Political Activism, Ali Pulled No Punches — And Paid A Heavy Price

It's common today for athletes to carry the banner of some sort of political protest. But it wasn't so easy for Ali, who was banned from boxing for opposing the Vietnam War.
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Gordie Howe, Legend Known As 'Mr. Hockey,' Dies At 88

Howe led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships in the 1950s and was named MVP six times.
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Mourners From Far And Wide Honor Muhammad Ali At Muslim Prayer Service

A Muslim prayer service to honor the life of Muhammad Ali was held on Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky — in the same building where he won his final hometown fight in 1961.
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How Do You Say 'Gnarly' In Amharic? Ethiopia Gets Its First Skate Park

The country hopes to cash in on the sport's global popularity. And the kids love doing flips and handstands.
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Fans Sing National Anthem Ahead Of NBA Finals Game 3 In Cleveland

Before Game 3 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland Wednesday night, singer Jessica Ruiz asked the crowd to join her in singing the national anthem.

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