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Death of legend Muhammad Ali tops all

Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali.
Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali stands over fallen challenger Sonny Liston, shouting and gesturing shortly after dropping Liston with a short hard right to the jaw on May 25, 1965, in Lewiston, Maine. The bout lasted only one minute into the first round. Ali is the only man ever to win the world heavyweight boxing championship three times. He also won a gold medal in the light-heavyweight division at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome as a member of the U.S. Olympic boxing team. In 1964 he dropped the name Cassius Clay and adopted the Muslim name Muhammad Ali. AP

1. MUHAMMAD ALI

Legendary boxing great passes away at 74: G.O.A.T. Greatest Of All Time. Ali might have been that in the ring. He definitely was that beyond boxing, as a groundbreaking cultural icon who probably was the most influential athlete of the 20th Century. R.I.P. to a one-of-a-kind American.

2. NBA

Golden State in early command over LeBron, Cleveland: Warriors won Game 1 handily despite Steph Curry and Klay Thompson struggling. Cleveland says it is still “Believeland,” but, if Cavaliers go down 2-0 in the series, it could be closer to “Grieveland.”

3. GOLF

PGA Tour leaves Doral, Miami: A local tradition since 1962 died when Tour said it was leaving Donald Trump’s course for Mexico City. Hey, maybe Trump can get his wall built fast enough to keep the event from crossing the border!

4. MARLINS

Red-hot Jose back on mound: Fish hit the road for nine games after wrapping up their homestand Sunday against the Mets. Jose Fernandez pitches for Miami after going 6-0 in May with a 1.38 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 39 innings. If you’re a serious Marlins fan, you’ll be there.

5. SOCCER

Copa America under way throughout U.S.: UM baseball, French Open, Panthers’ new logo, NHL Finals and Dolphins’ OTAs were beaten for No. 5 spot by opening 2-0 loss by U.S. Could jeopardize future of U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, according to rumor I just started.

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