Today in History for April 28th

Highlights of this day in history: Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini killed; Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein born; Muhammad Ali refuses military induction during the Vietnam War; The first space tourist; ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno born. (April 28)

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Today in History for February 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Today in History for October 30th

Highlights of this day in history: ‘War of the Worlds’ spooks Americans on Halloween Eve; A deadly mudslide hits Nicaragua after Hurricane Mitch; Muhammad Ali beats George Foreman in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’; Comedian Steve Allen dies. (Oct. 30)

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Today in History for June 20th

Highlights of this day in history: Lizzie Borden found innocent of a grisly double murder; Britain’s Queen Victoria begins rule; Race-related rioting hits Detroit; Muhammad Ali convicted in Vietnam War-era draft case; ‘Jaws’ premieres. (June 20)

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Boxing glove autographed by Muhammad Ali in Italy auction | AFP

A rare piece of sporting memorabilia autographed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali, went up fo r auction in Italy. The golden leather glove was produced to promote the iconic ‘Fight of the Century’ between Ali and Joe Frazier on March 8th, 1971 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. During the auction there were no bids meeting the desired 5,000 euro starting price so the glove remained as part of the owner’s collection.

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On This Day: 8 May 1967

In 1967, boxer Muhammad Ali pleaded not guilty after being arraigned for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces. (May 8)

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Today in History for April 28th

Highlights of this day in history: Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini killed; Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein born; Muhammad Ali refuses military induction during the Vietnam War; The first space tourist; ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno born. (April 28)

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From Olympic medals to passport: a sports sale

Beverly Hills auction house Julien’s Auctions prepares to host a sports memorabilia sale, with items like the Olympic torch carried by Muhammad Ali in the 1996 Atlanta Games and a pair of Lionel Messi’s signature cleats.

Today in History for February 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Today in History for January 17th

(17 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Today in History for June 20th

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Highlights of this day in history: Lizzie Borden found innocent of a grisly double murder; Britain’s Queen Victoria begins rule; Race-related rioting hits Detroit; Muhammad Ali convicted in Vietnam War-era draft case; ‘Jaws’ premieres. (June 20)

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Trump Eyes Pardon for Ali, May Not Be Needed

President Donald Trump says he may pardon another late heavyweight boxing champion – this time, Muhammad Ali. Trump also asserted he has the right to pardon himself, but would never have to because he’s done nothing wrong. (June 8)

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Today in History for April 28th

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Highlights of this day in history: Italy’s dictator Benito Mussolini killed; Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein born; Muhammad Ali refuses military induction during the Vietnam War; The first space tourist; ‘Tonight Show’ host Jay Leno born. (April 28)

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Today in History for February 25th

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Highlights of this day in history: Ferdinand Marcos flees the Philippines; Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounces Josef Stalin; Samuel Colt patents the revolver; Muhammad Ali becomes world boxing champ; Musician George Harrison born. (Feb. 25)

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Today in History for January 17th

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Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Mark Cuban Is Taking On The WWE With New Japan Pro Wrestling

Mark Cuban’s cable and satellite network AXS TV — formerly known as HDNet — acquired the rights to broadcast New Japan Professional Wrestling in 2015. NJPW, or “New Japan,” as it’s commonly known, is a popular Tokyo-based promotion that some fans view as a grittier, more physically intense alternative to WWE programming. The network airs new episodes of New Japan Pro Wrestling on Friday nights at 8p ET.

In 2015, AXS hired legendary WWE announcer Jim Ross to broadcast New Japan matches for the network’s weekly broadcasts. Ross, who is a part-time WWE employee, told us that Vince McMahon gave him his blessing to work for NJPW as well as WWE. 

Ross is currently promoting the release of his new book “Slobberknocker: My Life in Wrestling,” which he wrote with Paul O’Brien. 

Jim Ross: New Japan is a wrestling promotion that’s been in business since the early 70’s. It was created by Antonio Inoki. Antonio Inoki fought Muhammad Ali in a mixed martial arts match years and years ago.

It’s a very successful wrestling promotion in Japan. The number one promotion in Japan now is New Japan. So, they produce their television show. They have a digital network — all those good things. But their style is, fundamentally, a throwback.

 [AXS TV broadcasts New Japan matches in the US]

It’s on AXS TV. Mark Cuban is the owner of AXS TV. I’m pretty lucky. I don’t have to worry about my checks clearing. I get a check from Vince. I get a check from Mark. And thus far, they’ve all been good, so I like that.

[Ross is a legendary WWE announcer and executive. He still works for WWE on a part-time basis. Ross started announcing for New Japan in 2015.]

Working with Mark Cuban has been cool, and, you know, Vince – they’re a lot alike. They’re wealthy guys that have built their own empires. And I so much appreciate and respect that.

I think Vince has got all he can say grace over, over his empire. And he’s got complete confidence that his brand is growing, is healthy, and it is. I’m sure that New Japan would love to have the success that Vince has built with the WWE. They obviously want to enlarge their footprint in North America as another territory that they’re gonna conquer.

It’s a fun product to watch. It’s very straightforward. And some of our shows have one match on them.  So, you can really settle in and tell that story — the strategy and reference back to what happened, you know, earlier. “He hurt his leg, remember? Just after the match started, he got his knee clipped,” or whatever.

So, you can bring all these stories forward and you’ve got time to do it. Our directive by the AXS TV folks is to call the match like it was a sporting event and stick to the action.

If we start talking about things that are totally unrelated to what you’re seeing, there is a disconnect. There has to be. That would be like Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, in the middle of a live play, while the ball is snapped, talking about what’s trending today on the NFL. They’re gonna talk about the play. 

But, the one-hour show is a big difference for me, and the quality is a lot like the old NWA days, you know, when Dusty Rhodes was booking the NWA and Ric Flair was hotter than a firecracker. It’s a very basic formula, and I think that’s what New Japan does very well.

So, if you’re an old wrestling fan and have become a little bit displaced because you preferred a more physical, more straightforward approach more often than not, then New Japan might be a real good program to check out, without question.

If you like wrestling, right now is probably the coolest time in the world to be a fan.  

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Mexico artisans handcraft gloves for boxing legends

In a boxing world often dominated by promoters, self-promoters and glitz — exhibit A, Mayweather vs. McGregor — Alberto Reyes likes to do things the old-fashioned way: his company still makes gloves by hand, just as it did for Muhammad Ali. IMAGES AND SOUNDBITES