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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to Receive Si’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell to Receive Si’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award
Three sports legends who have battled racial inequality for decades are set to receive the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

Recognized for their incredible athletic achievements as well as their social activism, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Brown and Bill Russell will be honored at Si‘s Sportsperson of the Year event on Dec. 12.

“In 2016, we learned that the consequences of speaking out on hard issues were often painful ones, but also how deeply athletes can impact and advance the conversation on those same, hard issues. Jim Brown, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all recognized, and acted on this in a far harder time in America,
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Muhammad Ali's Funeral Attended by Will Smith, Mike Tyson & More

Muhammad Ali's Funeral Attended by Will Smith, Mike Tyson & More
A memorial service for Muhammad Ali was held Friday afternoon in his hometown of Louisville, Ky. Thousands lined the streets for a farewell procession leading up to the boxing legend's funeral, which was attended by Will Smith, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and former president Bill Clinton. The athlete-turned-activist's daughter Laila Ali, wife Lonnie Ali and other family members came out to pay their respects as well. The service took place at the KFC Center in Louisville and was open to the public; it was also live streamed. Pallbearers included Smith, who portrayed the boxer in the 2001 movie Ali, Lennox and Tyson. Ali was eulogized by his wife, followed by his oldest daughter Maryum Ali. Lifelong friend John...
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Muhammad Ali -- 'The Greatest' Dead at 74 (Videos + Photos)

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Muhammad Ali has died in a Phoenix-area hospital where he was battling respiratory issues ... according to a family spokesman. The legendary boxer and humanitarian was 74 years old. He had checked into the hospital on Thursday and reps said he was in fair condition, but on Friday his health worsened throughout the day. The family says his funeral will be held in Ali's hometown of Louisville, although the spokesman didn't specify a date. NBC News first reported his death.
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Muhammad Ali Supports Parkinson's Research Initiative

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has Parkinson’s disease, has teamed up with 23andMe, a leading personal genetics company, in its Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative to enroll 10,000 individuals with Parkinson’s disease (Pd) to participate in research.

Individuals in this online community are helping to advance research in Parkinson’s by completing online surveys and sharing their genetic data with researchers. 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative also serves as a community for individuals and families affected by the disease to connect with each other.

With Muhammad Ali participating along with more than 6,500 other individuals who have Parkinson’s, 23andMe now has the world’s largest cohort of Parkinson’s patients participating in research. While Lonnie Ali does not have Parkinson’s disease, her DNA and answers to research surveys can be just as helpful to researchers in better understanding the genetics of Parkinson’s. The Alis have
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Ali Gears Up For Milestone Birthday

Louisville, Ky. — Muhammad Ali's wife says the boxing great is still a "big kid" who enjoys his birthday parties.

The three-time heavyweight boxing champion will celebrate a milestone birthday Tuesday when he turns 70. Ali will be surrounded by friends who are gathering Saturday evening for a private birthday party at the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville.

"Muhammad likes celebrations that involve him and are centered around him," Lonnie Ali said. "He's still a big kid in that area. He loves birthdays."

Lonnie Ali said it's the first of five parties for Ali over the next couple of months. Lonnie Ali says the champ will be surrounded by close friends and people who have been fixtures in his life at the party Saturday night, including his trainer Angelo Dundee. The party is doubling as a $1,000 per person fundraiser for the center, which is seen as a legacy to Ali's humanitarian causes.
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