There are many stories about Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Clay in 1942 in segregated Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a domestic and a man who painted billboards. Born at the hinge of the south, he was spurred on to fight when his bicycle was stolen as a young man. His desire to “whup” the perpetrator led to him learning how to fight.
It all started when a skinny 15-year-old boy from a small town in Scotland decided he was going to take his racket and spend a couple of years learning how to play the game on the clay of an academy in Barcelona, a surface and an environment as foreign to him as the language.
The king of clay is dead, long live the new Spanish queen.
In the end, his greatest fight was with the disease that had dogged the last three decades of his life.
Matt Kuchar moved into a tie for the lead after the second round of the Memorial Tournament in Ohio on Friday after posting a second successive round of 66. He stands in first place at 12-under par with his fellow American Brendan Steele, who has only one US tour win in his career - in 2011.
Old-fashioned, Crazy Gang-era Wimbledon used to force their opponents to take cold showers and subject them to obnoxious music.
Muhammad Ali has died at the age of 74, a family spokesman has said.
Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has ended his ongoing battle with the Australian Olympic committee (AOC) and chef de mission Kitty Chiller, sensationally withdrawing himself from contention for Australia’s Rio 2016 team.
A spokesman for Muhammad Ali said the former heavyweight champion is being treated in hospital for a respiratory problem.
Rory McIlroy delivered the most powerful Ryder Cup message to the United States yet with a dramatic success at the Tour Championship which also ensured the Northern Irishman claimed the $10m FedEx Cup prize. At the start of Ryder Cup week Europe are the side with momentum. With the purses added together, McIlroy departed Georgia $11.5m richer than when he arrived.
Eighteen months ago in the clubhouse at Bay Hill, venue for the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the adopted winter home of this golfing icon, Rory McIlroy was approached. “Rory; if you need anything this week, you just let me know.”
This is the year my son fell in love with baseball and for reasons that are still unclear he declared the Miami Marlins his second-favorite team.