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Ring master

Toback's Tyson tames two egos
At its best, Tyson becomes its subject's psychotherapist, allowing him to disgorge with no judgment and little restraint his memories, fantasies, impulses, and fears.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 28, 2009

Interview: James Toback

Director James Toback tackles legendary boxing champ Tyson in a new documentary
"Eventually, I think Mike should work with kids who have backgrounds similar to his, because he'd be great with them. They'd look up to him."
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 29, 2009

Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
By LANCE GOULD  |  January 12, 2009

Mat city

Aronofsky, Rourke make The Wrestler a champ
Despite the bleak scenario, this is Aronofsky's funniest film.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 24, 2008

Sweet science Saturdays

Balls, Pucks + Monster Trucks
The trick to finding the Portland Boxing Club for the first time is not giving up right at the end, when you’re getting close.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  November 05, 2008

Judgment night for Doomsday

Roxbury-born fighter John Howard is climbing the ranks of mixed martial arts, one chokehold at a time
Two men circle the middle of a 24-foot-wide, black chain-link cage in Allston’s Wai Kru gym.
By JONATHAN SEITZ  |  June 25, 2008

More from Tyson

Sports blotter: "Yikes" edition
One of the things about being a non–Pacific Islander  guy with a giant tribal tattoo on your face is that people are forever questioning your judgment.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  June 18, 2008

2008: Year of the Hammer

Balls and pucks
Everyone knows that boxing is a tough, cruel game, but that’s not the entire definition.
By RICK WORMWOOD  |  January 02, 2008

Bob's your uncle

Sports blotter: "Across the pond" edition
When was the last time England was relevant at all in the sporting world?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 28, 2007

The boxer and the Bard

Tunney/Shakespeare in Six Rounds yields no winner
Was it Muhammad Ali who advocated a lot of dancing before landing a punch?
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  November 27, 2007

Willie returns

Sports blotter: "Never fade away" edition
Remember Willie Williams?
By MATT TAIBBI  |  October 03, 2007

Starving Socks

Sports Blotter: "TruWarier Records Presents" edition
Weird, weird story out in California, and no surprise that Ron Artest is involved.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  February 14, 2007

Punch out!

Sports blotter: " 007-373-5963 edition"
What a way to start off 2007!
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 03, 2007

Ken Norton: A victim of tradition

Ali won, but his challenger didn’t lose
This article originally appeared in the October 5, 1976 issue of the Boston Phoenix.
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  November 14, 2006

The return of trash talking

Beavis and Butt-head
When French midfielder Zinedine Zidane pounded his bald, rock-hard noggin into Italian defender Marco Materazzi’s sternum during the World Cup final last Sunday, approximately 1.2 billion people gasped in unison.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  July 14, 2006

Liz launches

Dems’ gubernatorial ticket shows some gusto  
It’s no secret that Democrat Elizabeth Roberts, a stalwart state senator from Cranston, is running for lieutenant governor.
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  May 25, 2006

The devil and his demons

After blowing the millions he made as a boxer, Vinny Paz tries to find his way back
Vinny Paz struts into the charity fundraiser for the special olympics at the Rhode Island Convention Center in a slick, gray pinstripe suit, with gold hoop earrings in his ears.
By RICHARD C. LEWIS  |  March 09, 2006

The lastest days of the Littlest Bar

Four hundred square feet of history, camaraderie, and booze marches to its end
The Littlest Bar sits slightly below ground at 47 Province Street, near the Granary Burying Ground and Old City Hall.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 29, 2006

The body electric

Why tasers and athletes don't mix
Oliver McCall’s career as a sports criminal is almost without peer or parallel; he makes Lawrence Taylor seem like Ann Romney.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  January 26, 2006

Game on

Our 2006 predictions for New England's teams
Dodgers win the Series! Bird plays H.O.R.S.E.! Congressman Canseco! We have seen the future of sports (and its name is Tony Graffanino).
By MARK JURKOWITZ  |  January 06, 2006

The contender

  Fight Night Round 2 brings it
  Fight Night Round 2 brings it
By  |  October 24, 2005

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