Category The Undefeated

The Undefeated, November 8, 2018 –The “Other Willie” And The Early San Francisco Giants

San Francisco is in mourning. Last week, news broke of the passing of Willie McCovey, the Giants’ Hall of Fame first baseman, whose amiable presence remained a fixture at AT&T Park for the last 20 years. Apart from his on-field exploits over a 22-year career, 19 spent in a Giants uniform, McCovey’s name became synonymous […]

The Undefeated, December 5th, 2017 — From Africa to the NFL FROM AFRICA TO THE NFL More native-born and first-generation Africans are playing in a league that is globalizing not only its fan base, but also its talent BY SUNNI KHALID December 5, 2017 Leave it to America’s Team to start a global revolution. On Aug. 8, 1970, the Dallas Cowboys were playing their […]

The Undefeated, August 29th, 2017 — Mayweather-McGregor Is Bigger Than Boxing

Who do you like? Mayweather or McGregor? A recent visit to two vastly different gyms in Oakland, California, revealed a range of stark emotions and hardened viewpoints, from Floyd is crafty/arrogant/unbeatable to Conor is out of his depth/brash/stands an underdog’s chance. By and large, the rooting for either fighter did not seem to turn on […]

The Undefeated, August 29th, 2017 — Before Mayweather-McGregor, there was Ali-Inoki.

More than a year in the making, the fight pits perhaps one of the greatest boxers of all time against one of the leading mixed-martial artists. Despite the hype, there is no title at stake, but perhaps something more important is — namely, bragging rights, not only between the two verbose combatants, but also between their rival fan bases: traditionalists favoring the “Sweet Science” and the growing legion of mixed-martial arts enthusiasts.

Although Mayweather-McGregor is boxing match between foes representing two different martial-arts styles, it immediately prompts comparisons to a bout that occurred 41 years ago, more than 5,500 miles from Las Vegas. That’s when arguably the world’s most famous man participated in a sporting spectacle that tarnished his legacy and almost cost him much more.

It happened June 26, 1976, when world’s heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a glorified exhibition that was billed then as “The Martial Arts Championship of the World…”

The Undefeated, February 8, 2016 –Will Raiders remain in Oakland or are they destined for the desert?

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” – Kahlil Gibran

The great Lebanese poet was not a fan of the Oakland Raiders. Gibran died long before he could set foot inside the crumbling, cavernous relic that is the Oakland Coliseum. Nonetheless, Gibran was a lover, who knew the joys of a love fulfilled, and then, finally of a love unrequited. And so, the romanticist would probably have felt quite at home, rubbing shoulders among Raider Nation as they witness what could be the longest goodbye in the history of professional sports…

The Undefeated, December 1st, 2016 –Ronnie Lott leading 11th-hour Charge To Keep The Raiders in Oakland

BY SUNNI KHALID December 1, 2016 Tuesday afternoon, the Oakland, California, City Council met in a closed-door session at City Hall to learn the details of a new stadium deal for the Oakland Raiders that could keep the franchise from moving to Las Vegas. The stadium effort is being led by a development group spearheaded […]

The Undefeated, November 21, 2016 — Is Claressa Shields The Savior Of Women’s Pro Boxing?

The Undefeated, Nov. 21, 2016 — Andre Ward Proves Mettle In Close Decision Over Sergey Kovalev

The Undefeated, October 8th, 2016 –Haitian athletes help their island home

The island’s American-born descendants are taking over professional sports and helping their country of origin — especially during Hurricane Matthew.

The Undefeated, September 20, 2016 — Pioneering QB Chuck Ealey doesn’t look back