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Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton Passes LAS VEGAS (AP) - Former heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who beat Muhammad Ali and later lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium, died Wednesday at a local care facility. He was 70. Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed the death to The Associated Press before handing the phone to his wife, too distraught to talk. Norton, the only heavyweight champion never to win the title in the ring, had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, a friend of the fighter said. "He's been fighting the battle for two years," said Gene Kilroy, Ali's former business manager. "I'm sure he's in heaven now with all the great fighters. I'd like to hear that conversation."
Tags: heavyweight  champion  Ken  Norton  Muhammad  Ali 
Added: 18th September 2013
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Posted By: pfc
Esther Williams 1921-2013 Esther Williams, the swimming champion turned actress who starred in glittering and aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s, has died. She was 91. Williams's died early on June 6, 2013 in her sleep, according to her longtime publicist Harlan Boll. Following in the footsteps of Sonja Henie, who went from skating champion to movie star, Williams became one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers, appearing in spectacular swimsuit numbers that capitalized on her wholesome beauty and perfect figure. Such films as "Easy to Wed," "Neptune's Daughter," and "Dangerous When Wet" followed the same formula: romance, music, a bit of comedy and a flimsy plot that provided excuses to get Esther into the water. The extravaganzas dazzled a second generation via television and the compilation films "That's Entertainment." Williams' co-stars included the pick of the MGM contract list, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban and Howard Keel. When hard times signaled the end of big studios and costly musicals in the mid-'50s, Williams tried non-swimming roles with little success. After her 1962 marriage to Fernando Lamas, her co-star in "Dangerous When Wet," she retired from public life. She explained in a 1984 interview: "A really terrific guy comes along and says, 'I wish you'd stay home and be my wife,' and that's the most logical thing in the world for a Latin. And I loved being a Latin wife -- you get treated very well. There's a lot of attention in return for that sacrifice."
Tags: Ester  Williams  Hollywood  star  swimmer 
Added: 8th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
The Superstars - 1973 Swimming Heats In 1973 ABC Sports came up with a novel idea: Get a group of athletes from different sports, have them compete in events that are not their fortes, and see who comes out on top! That's how The Superstars was created. I used to watch this show regularly, but I missed the first season. According to a popular legend, heavyweight boxer Joe Frazier nearly drowned in the swimming heats. This clip proves he couldn't have drowned because the pool was shallow enough for the athletes' feet to touch the bottom! (see the second heat for proof!) Nevertheless it does conclusively show that Frazier wasn't much of a swimmer. Years later someone asked Frazier why he didn't tell the organizers he couldn't swim. The former champ replied, "I didn't know I couldn't swim until I'd tried!"
Tags: The  Superstars  ABC  swimming  Joe  Frazier 
Added: 14th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Thurman Munson Plane Crash On August 2, 1979, 32-year-old Thurman Munson, catcher and captain of the New York Yankees, perished in Canton, Ohio while practising takeoffs and landings in his new private airplane. A survivor and Munson's widow recall that tragic day.
Tags: MLB  Thurman  Munson  airplane  crash 
Added: 16th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Hogans Heroes Trading Cards Did you know that Fleer issued trading cards based on the TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes in 1965-66? The set consisted of 66 individual cards. Some specimens that are in especially good condidtion sell for around $30 apiece.
Tags: Hogans  Heroes  TV  trading  cards 
Added: 25th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
School PSA - Partnership for a Drug-Free America Talk to your kids about drugs, Tell them that who ever offered you drugs, it's not a friend
Tags: Drug  Free  America  PSA  Public  Service  Announcement  School  Drugs 
Added: 25th June 2013
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Posted By: poundsdwayne47
Final Days of Dick York This sad and brief clip shows that actor Dick York, best known for playing the first Darrin on TV's Bewitched, spent his final days ill and impoverished before dying of emphysema at age 63.
Tags: Dick  York  actor  Bewitched 
Added: 28th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bewitched - Final Scene Today we are used to favorite sitcoms ending their runs with big finishes. That seldom used to be the case. Here is the last scene of the 252nd and final episode of Bewitched. It was produced in December 1971 and aired in March 1972. The episode's title is "The Truth, and Nothing But the Truth, So Help Me Sam." It's ordinary plot revolves around a unicorn pin which, because of a spell that Endora has placed on it, compels any mortal close to it to always tell the truth. There is no farewell scene--just Samantha and Darrin fittingly expressing their love for each other as the episode ends. By 1972, Bewitched had been moved by ABC to a deadly Saturday time slot directly against All in the Family. Neverthless, it still attracted decent enough ratings. There were initial plans for a ninth season. However, Elizabeth Montgomery and her husband Bill Asher (who produced the show) were divorcing, so the continuation of Bewitched would have been awkward.
Tags: Bewitched  sitcom  final  scene  1972 
Added: 28th June 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Robinson-LaMotta VI - 13th Round If you've seen the movie Raging Bull, you're likely familiar with this fight. Defending world middelweight champion Jake LaMotta put his title on the line in Chicago on February 14, 1951 versus Sugar Ray Robinson. It was the sixth time the two great ring adversaries had faced one antother. Watch the ceaseless battering that LaMotta takes in the 13th round before referee Frank Sekora stops the fight.
Tags: boxing  Sugar  Ray  Robinson  Jake  Lamotta 
Added: 1st July 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964
Jim Joyce - Missed Call Fallout About a year ago I posted a photo of teary-eyed veteran MLB umpire Jim Joyce whose blown call at first base with two outs in the ninth inning cost Detroit Tigers' pitcher Armando Gallaraga a rare perfect game on June 2, 2010. Amazingly, Joyce became something of a folk hero for admitting his mistake and accepting the criticism that followed. Here is an excellent inteview that Joyce conducted with MLB.com six days after the blown call in which Joyce expresses his astonishment about the support he had received.
Tags: umpire  Jim  Joyce  blown  call  MLB 
Added: 4th July 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964

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