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Ali’s Forgotten Final Fight

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With :43 left in the seventh, the unranked Trevor Berbick stopped raining punches on Muhammad Ali as he slumped against the ropes, looked at ref Zach Clayton, and screamed “He’s hurt!” Did they stop the fight? They did not.

My Season in Czech Semi-Pro Basketball

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In the winter of 1993, a young man moved to Prague with the idea of finding a pro or semi-pro basketball team and convincing them to let him join. It was a dumb idea, partly because the young man didn’t know if they even had pro or semi-pro basketball teams in Prague, partly because he didn’t speak any Czech and partly because he was, in the grand scheme of things, just okay at basketball.

Etcetera 26.

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We used to jump rope in our Florsheims. We used to play football in our Oxfords.

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Shoes with spikes, shoes of canvas. Underwater shoes and shoes for dancing.

With Mark Chiusano

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Today we get the answers from Mark Chiusano, columnist and editorial writer for Newsday and amNewYork, and author of the short story collection Marine Park.

Etcetera 25.

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In Las Vegas, dog-walking along the fence of McCarran Airport is popular sport.

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Who holds the world record for most consecutive rides on the High Roller observation wheel?