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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at age 74

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ARIZONA — Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at 74 years old after a 30-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Known as ‘The Greatest,’ former three-time heavyweight boxing champion and cultural and civil rights icon Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the mid-1980s.

He was taken to a Phoenix hospital this week suffering from respiratory problems, reported RT online.

Perhaps the most famous athlete on Earth, Ali won millions of fans — and no shortage of detractors — for his brash, trash-talking, poetry-spewing style outside the ring as well as his exploits in it.

Alongside his successes in the ring, Ali became famous as a champion of the Black community, as well as for his motivational speeches and sharp wit.

Some of his most well-known and quoted lines include “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” and “The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life”.

The Kentucky-born fighter also came up against one of the most powerful opponents of all in the late 1960s – “Big power America.”

He first won it in 1964 as a 7-1 underdog against Sonny Liston; regained the title in 1974 against George Foreman in the famous Rumble in the Jungle match-up; and won it again in 1978 by beating Leon Spinks, who had scored a surprise victory over Ali earlier that year.

Ali retired from the ring in 1979, though he returned for losses to Larry Holmes and Trevor Burbick in the early 1980s.

The boxer had a total of 61 fights in his career, winning 56 of them — 37 by knockout — and became a global superstar thanks to TV — and to Howard Cosell, the polarizing Hall of Fame broadcaster who regularly went toe-to-toe in interviews with Ali that often became as entertaining as his fights.

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National cricket players to get Rs.3 lakhs each





KATHMANDU — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has announced to provide Rs 300,000 each to the team members of the national cricket team.

Felicitating the cricketers at the PM’s official residence in Baluwatar on Monday, the PM announced the cash prize to the Nepali cricketers and coaches for their outstanding performance in the recently held ICC World Cricket League Competition organized in Namibia.

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The amount would be handed over to the cricketers on coming Friday. The Nepali players are leaving here for Zimbabwe coming Saturday for the World Cup Qualifier Games.

The PM will bid farewell to the Nepali cricketers along with the cash prize on the same day.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Madan Bhandari Sports Academy Binod Shrestha announced to provide Rs 100,000 each to the Nepali cricketers and coaches.

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