Muhammad Ali was the most transcendent sports figure in American culture.
The legend of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight champion of hyperbole and showbiz as well as prizefighting, died at a hospital in the Phoenix area.
Robert Cassidy remembers his family’s encounters with Muhammad Ali: 'Dear Robbie, Your Daddy is the Greatest - Muhammad Ali.'
Nearly a half-century ago, Muhammad Ali was the object of vituperation and something close to hatred.
Muhammad Ali fought anywhere and everywhere across the globe, only to travel the world over again as an ambassador of goodwill.
With the possible exception of David vs. Goliath, the greatest rivalry in the history of individual human combat was the three-fight trilogy staged by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier from 1971 to 1975.
Muhammad Ali may be the greatest boxer of all time, but that's just a small part of the impact he made on society as a whole. From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendent cultural figure.
Muhammad Ali’s funeral
Ali always will be recalled as a proud black man who changed his religion and name, risked his career on a divisive political stand then became a global ambassador for goodwill.
Bill Clinton was given the honor of the last words at Muhammad Ali's funeral, and he got them precisely right as he summed up a weeklong, global remembrance of the icon.
An MSG photographer gave Muhammad Ali the idea for the rope-a-dope style he used to beat George Foreman in the 'Rumble in the Jungle.
Thousands mourned Muhammad Ali, a man who held Islam close to his heart, in a hometown service open to all faiths.
Boxing has faded to the point that there is no modern context to what Muhammad Ali was and did.
Muhammad Ali fight photos
After winning the final fight in his trilogy against Joe Frazier via TKO after the 14th round, Muhammad Ali said 'Closest thing to dying that I know of.'
Muhammad Ali debuted his rope-a-dope technique to knock out George Foreman and win back his heavyweight title on Oct. 30, 1974, in Kinshasa, Zaire.
When Joe Frazier met Muhammad Ali at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971, the storyline went much deeper than a title clash of two undefeated heavyweights.
Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, was a 7-1 underdog when he beat Sonny Liston in Miami Beach on Feb. 25, 1964. Liston gave up after six rounds.
In their third fight, Muhammad Ali retained the title by winning a unanimous decision against Ken Norton at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 28, 1976.
Muhammad Ali’s life
Born Cassius Clay in 1942, Muhammad Ali is many things to many people — social activist, cultural icon and the charismatic voice of the turbulent 1960s.
Nicknamed 'The Greatest,' Muhammad Ali became a once-in-a-lifetime personality.
Muhammad Ali was not the first athlete to understand and exploit modern media hype, but he was the greatest at it.
Muhammad Ali’s longest and most significant fight occurred outside the boxing ring.
He was recognized in every country on every continent. And he electrified us all when he lit the torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Muhammad Ali had the opportunity to go out on his own terms at boxing’s pinnacle when he retired with the heavyweight title in 1978, but he couldn’t make it stick.
See reactions to Ali's death from across the globe.
Muhammad Ali's death drew responses from around the world of sports and beyond.