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Ali celebrated in hometown
By wire services
Published November 20, 2005
LOUISVILLE - Boxing great Muhammad Ali took center stage in his hometown Saturday night to celebrate the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center, a six-story tribute to Ali's storied career and a legacy to his humanitarian ideals of peace and tolerance.
The star-studded event, at a performing arts center next door to the Ali Center, drew a large cast of actors, singers, athletes and former president Bill Clinton - reflecting the champ's star appeal.
Another former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, said Ali inspired him to become a boxer.
"He meant so much for the sport and to the people," Holyfield said.
"I think he was awed by the realization of a dream," singer-actor Kris Kristofferson said Saturday night while making a red-carpet entrance for the celebration. "I was so awe-struck, myself."
The 63-year-old fighter recently received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, from President Bush, who called Ali "the greatest of all time."
BOXING: Mayweather takes welterweight debut
Floyd Mayweather Jr. had no trouble in his welterweight debut, stopping Sharmba Mitchell in the sixth round on at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. Mayweather, unbeaten in 35 fights, won every round of the judges' scorecards, landing 85 punches to Mitchell's 31.
TENNIS: Federer in Masters final
Roger Federer produced the first 6-0, 6-0 victory in the history of the year-ending championships, routing Argentina's Gaston Gaudio on to reach his third consecutive Tennis Masters Cup final. He will play for the title today against Argentina's David Nalbandian, who defeated Russia's Nikolay Davydenko in the other semifinal.
Federer is trying to become the first player to win three consecutive year-end championships since Ivan Lendl (1985-87).
SOCCER: Best on life support
Soccer great George Best, 59, is in stable but critical condition in London after being placed on life support. The former star for Manchester United and Northern Ireland has been hospitalized since Oct. 1. His alcohol abuse led to a liver transplant three years ago.
COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: The University of Tampa defeated defending NCAA champion Barry University in a three-game sweep to advance to the NCAA South Region final. The Spartans improve to 27-3 overall as Barry ends its season at 18-10.
WORLD CUP BOBSLED: Mike Kohn led the United States to its best showing in a men's race since 2002, finishing second behind Germany's Andre Lange in the two-man World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. Todd Hays of the U.S. won bronze, marking the first time two American men's sleds won medals in the same race since the four-man competition at Salt Lake City.
LUGE: Olympic champions Patric Leitner and Alexander Resch edged their German teammates to win the World Cup men's doubles event at Cesana-Pariol, Italy. Leitner and Resch beat world champions Andre Florschutz and Torsten Wustlich by 0.3 seconds on the track that will host the Olympic events in February.
FIGURE SKATING: Canada's Jeff Buttle won the Trophee Bompard title in Paris, holding his lead despite early mistakes and finishing ahead of France's Brian Joubert. In women's competition, two-time world championship silver medalist Sasha Cohen rushed into her seventh triple jump and tumbled to the ice in the women's free skate final, clearing the way for teenage Japanese jumping sensation Mao Asada, 15, to win the trophy.
SWIMMING: Australian Libby Lenton broke the world short-course 200-meter freestyle record at a World Cup swim meet at Sydney. Lenton finished in 1 minute, 53.29 seconds to break the mark held by American Lindsay Benko by 0.75 seconds. Benko's mark of 1:54.04 was set in Moscow on April 7, 2002.
OLYMPIC BASEBALL: Howie Kendrick homered and drove in two runs as Team USA finished regional qualifying unbeaten with a 5-2 victory over Canada.