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Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson, right, beat James Jeffries in 1910, sparking racial violence.

When Black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson decisively beat James Jeffries - nicknamed “the Great White Hope” - Johnson’s triumph ignited bloody confrontations and violence between Blacks and whites throughout the country, leaving perhaps two dozen dead, almost all of them Black, and hundreds injured and arrested. Read more»

Ali in 1967.

Tucsonans of all faiths will join together on Saturday to mourn and remember Muhammad Ali at the Islamic Center of Tucson. The service will include Muslim and Christian leaders, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Councilman Kozachik, and a Ramadan feast. Read more»

Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he'd tell you. He'd tell you he was the double greatest; that he'd "handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail." Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Read more»

Ali in 1967.

Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxer and civil rights icon who proclaimed himself "The Greatest of All Time," died Friday after spending days in a Phoenix-area hospital. The 74-year-old Ali had been public about his Parkinson's disease for years. Although the brash and fleet-footed fighter had trembled for years, Ali never lost his deep dignity and ability to command a crowd. Read more» 1

Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion boxer, has died at 67. Frazier — who in 1971 became the first fighter to defeat Muhammad Ali, before losing two rematches — was diagnosed with liver cancer just five weeks ago, his manager Leslie Wolff told The Associated Press on Saturday. Read more» 2

Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

"The only name that we think of when we think of cricket is Sachin. Every single record of batting is Sachin. Whatever — centuries, half centuries, sixers, fours, boundaries, runs, test matches, one days — he is the one." Read more»