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‘The Greatest’ 1942-2016

  The Greatest: “Muhammad Ali, who died Friday, in Phoenix, at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him. Born Cassius Clay in Jim Crow-era Louisville, [...]

Pistorius Guilty of Culpable Homicide

Bill Dixon   After six months of courtroom drama relayed around the world, Judge Thokozile Masipa has reached her verdict on Oscar Pistorius: not guilty of the murder of Reeva Steenkamp, but guilty of her “culpable homicide”. He was also found not guilty of possessing illegal ammunition and firing a gun through a car sunroof, [...]

Shredding in Kimberly: Skateboarding World Champs Get Gnarly

  “Nyjah Huston must be sick of hearing his name – ‘Nyjah, Nyjah, Nyjah, Nyjah,’ that’s all we hear,” said a sarcastic thirtysomething South African skater. The 18-year-old Huston was on the tip of everyone’s tongue a few weeks back at the Kimberly Diamond Cup (KDC) skateboarding championships in Kimberly in the Northern Cape. The KDC [...]