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Thunder Road

Whether young or old, sick or healthy, celebrities have been dying at a hell of a clip: David Carradine, Farrah, MJ, Karl Malden, Steve McNair, Ed McMahon, Sky Saxon, even Robert McNamara (yet, somehow, Mickey Rooney and Abe Vigoda live).
Balls, pucks, and monster trucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  July 17, 2009
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Review: Punch Out!!

Ask anyone to list his or her favorite Nintendo games, and the odds are that Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! will be one of them.
Classic hits
By MITCH KRPATA  |  May 29, 2009
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Ring master

At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
Toback's Tyson tames two egos
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
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Interview: James Toback

"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
Sparring over Tyson
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2009
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More from Tyson

One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008

2008: Year of the Hammer

Everyone knows that boxing is a tough, cruel game, but that’s not the entire definition.
Balls and pucks
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 02, 2008


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Bob's your uncle

When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007
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Willie returns

Remember Willie Williams?
Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 03, 2007
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Starving Socks

Weird, weird story out in California, and no surprise that Ron Artest is involved.
Sports Blotter: "TruWarier Records Presents" edition
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 14, 2007
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Punch out!

What a way to start off 2007!
Sports blotter: " 007-373-5963 edition"
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 03, 2007

Ken Norton: A victim of tradition

This article originally appeared in the October 5, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Ali won, but his challenger didn’t lose
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 14, 2006


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The return of trash talking

When French midfielder Zinedine Zidane pounded his bald, rock-hard noggin into Italian defender Marco Materazzi’s sternum during the World Cup final last Sunday, approximately 1.2 billion people gasped in unison.
Beavis and Butt-head
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 14, 2006

Liz launches

It’s no secret that Democrat Elizabeth Roberts, a stalwart state senator from Cranston, is running for lieutenant governor.
Dems’ gubernatorial ticket shows some gusto  
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 25, 2006
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Game on

Dodgers win the Series! Bird plays H.O.R.S.E.! Congressman Canseco! We have seen the future of sports (and its name is Tony Graffanino).
Our 2006 predictions for New England's teams
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 06, 2006

The contender


  Fight Night Round 2 brings it
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