19 Sep

30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirty years after his hard-fought victory against boxing titan Mike Tyson, Buster Douglas is feeling healthy and basking in the glory he says he was denied at the time. “Right now, everything is looking up,” Douglas said in a recent Associated Press interview, noting he struggles with diabetes. “Feeling good and the numbers are good. It’s a good thing.”The 59-year-old fighter will be celebrated at an anniversary gala Friday in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he’ll raise money for programs that help others who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. February 7, 2020 Students say he’s kind, tough, generous and “very genuine.” It’s all enhanced by what he accomplished in 1990.“It really inspires me that he beat the best boxer in the world back then,” Matson said, “and I just think that’s awesome.” 30 years after Tyson fight, Buster Douglas is ‘feeling good’ Tyson and fight promoter Don King challenged Douglas’ victory, claiming Douglas had gone down first in the fight but been given more time than allowed to get up. Douglas’ victory was ultimately upheld, but not before months of drama and expensive litigation. “Don came at me with a vengeance and I was subpoenaed everywhere I went to,” Douglas said. “It made it very uncomfortable and kind of took the ‘f’ out of fun.” A message was left at a phone number for King. Tyson didn’t respond to an interview request. He told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in 2015 that it was “Buster’s anniversary” to celebrate, not his. Tyson said the loss was a positive for him in the end, allowing him to learn how to “overcome adversity.” The two have barely crossed paths since the fight. The dispute over the fight’s outcome — combined with lingering grief over his mother’s death shortly before the fight — sent Douglas into a slump, he said. “Believe it or not, I was where I really didn’t care about anything,” he recalled. “Something I always looked forward to becoming one day and then you get it and it turns into a nightmare really quick.”Douglas said he was almost relieved when Evander Holyfield knocked him out in the third round of their match-up a little over eight months later, taking the title.“It was a relief and then it was upsetting, too, because of how it all came to an end,” Douglas said.A short reign, with a long legacy. The fight is still remembered as one of the most spectacular upsets in sports history. Douglas’ story gained new attention with the 2018 release of an ESPN documentary, titled “42 to 1” after the odds against Douglas. Douglas has given his charity effort the same name and formed an ongoing strategic partnership aimed at delivering several programs focused on workforce development, diversity and soft skills training to at-risk youth. He said working with kids is one of his favorite things to do. Inside a training ring at Columbus’ Thompson Community Center, Douglas towers over most of his students, chanting, “Left, right, left, right, left, left” as they punch away at the pads on he wears on his hands in place of gloves.He said he gave up on his life and health for a period after the fight. In 1996, he woke up in a hospital on death’s door. Again, life presented him a mountain to overcome.“A light bulb came on. It was either get back into life or cash it on in,” he said. “I decided to get back into life.”He staged a six-fight comeback before retiring from boxing in 1999, then launched into his work with the city of Columbus. His stable of students throughout Columbus’ parks and recreation system look up to the man they call simply “coach” as a teacher, friend and hero.“I mean, I really look up to Mike Tyson, but I don’t look up to him as much as Coach,” said 11-year-old Colton Matson, who has worked with Douglas since he was 6. “Really, Mike Tyson was the second-most greatest boxer in the world still to this day. It’s crazy that Coach, like, just beat him,” he said. “It might have just been luck, but I can tell you that Coach worked hard for it even if it was luck.” Tyson was the reigning undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and a frightening opponent to boot, when he entered the ring against James “Buster” Douglas on Feb. 11, 1990, in Tokyo. Only one Las Vegas bookie — whether brave or stupid — would set odds on the fight: 42 to 1.Douglas won, stunning the sports world. But what followed was anything but a celebration.last_img read more

16 Aug

MLB All-Star Game 2019 results: AL claims seventh straight Midsummer Classic in tidy 4-3 win over NL

first_imgThe American League continues to flex its muscles.The little brother of baseball continues to beat up the Senior Circuit, with the American League taking a 4-3 victory at Progressive Field in Cleveland. MORE: Watch the MLB All-Star Game live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)In a tidy game under three hours, Joey Gallo supplied a bit of bop with a solo shot in the seventh. The AL now takes a 25-6-1 lead over the last 32 years in the Midsummer Classic.Indians right-hander Shane Bieber took home MVP Award honors at his home ballpark after striking out the side in the fifth.Things got exciting in the eighth, when Home Run Derby winner Pete Alonso smoked a single to bring home two runs and tighten the score to 4-3. Brad Hand, Cleveland reliever, wiggled out of trouble before Aroldis Chapman closed it out in the ninth.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 MLB All-Star Game. Read below for all scoring plays.MLB All-Star Game 2019 live score, updates, highlightsAmerican League: 4National League: 311:03 p.m. END OF GAME: Aroldis Chapman strikes out Yasmani Grandal to end the game. 11:01 p.m.: CC Sabathia comes out to talk to Chapman and gets a nice hand from the crowd. Cool moment in Cleveland.11:00 p.m. Chapman strikes out Max Muncy for the second out of the ninth.10:58 p.m. Chapman strikes out J.T. Realmuto for the first out of the ninth.10:58 p.m.: Aroldis Chapman on to close it out for the American League.10:54 p.m. END EIGHTH INNING: Alcantara gets Jose Abreu to ground into a double play.10:50 p.m.: Sandy Alcantara in to pitch the eighth for the NL. Gleyber Torres with an infield single to start things off. 10:46 p.m. END TOP EIGHTH INNING: Hand gets Moustakas to pop out in foul territory to end the threat. Whew. 10:43 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Pete Alonso smokes a single up the middle that bounces off Gleyber Torres’ glove. Two runs score. 4-3 American League in the eighth.10:41 p.m.: Hand gets Blackmon swinging and up comes Home Run Derby champ Pete Alonso with a chance to do some serious damage in the eighth. 10:38 p.m. Hand walks DeJong and the bases are loaded with Charlie Blackmon at the plate.10:35 p.m.: David Dahl singles to right and there’s traffic on the basepaths for the NL. Hand at 13 pitches. Jeff McNeil at the dish.10:29 p.m.: Cleveland’s Brad Hand is in for the AL. He walks Moustakas to start the eighth. 10:26 p.m. END OF SEVENTH: Mike Moustakas, manning the hot corner, with a gorgeous snag for the putout at first. 10:24 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Joey Gallo takes the first pitch he sees from Smith and deposits it in the right field seats. 4-1 American League.10:21 p.m.: Woodruff out for the NL, San Francisco’s Will Smith in.10:21 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Bogaerts grounds into a double play. Chapman scores. AL leads 3-1 in the seventh.10:19 p.m.: Matt Chapman works a walk and James McCann follows up with a single. AL is in business with no outs in the seventh. Xander Bogaerts up.10:15 p.m. END TOP SEVENTH: Easy 1-2-3 inning for Greene. Onto the bottom of the seventh.10:07 p.m.: Shane Greene in to pitch for the AL and he gets Mike Moustakas to fly out to left on the first pitch.10:03 p.m. END OF SIXTH INNING: Vogelbach flys out to Jeff McNeil in left to end the inning.10:03 p.m.: Pete Alonso and Max Muncy combined for an amazing web gem to get Carlos Santana. 9:57 p.m. END OF TOP SIXTH: Hendriks gets Pete Alonso swinging to end the sixth.9:55 p.m. NATIONAL LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Charlie Blackmon launches a solo shot to center field to cut into the AL lead. 2-1 AL in the sixth.9:54 p.m.: Francisco Lindor is mic’d up in this inning. Liam Hendriks pitching. Lindor is an absolute treasure.9:43 p.m. END OF FIFTH: Gleyber Torres with a poor at-bat to end the fifth. 9:39 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Gary Sanchez smoked a double earlier in the inning. He moves to third on a ground out. Jorge Polanco grounds to Muncy for the RBI infield hit. AL leads 2-0.9:29 p.m. END TOP FIFTH: Bieber strikes out the side. Crowd roars.9:25 p.m.: Shane Bieber in for the AL, sure to make the Cleveland crowd happy and proud.9:20 p.m. END FOURTH: Castillo makes easy work of the AL in the bottom of the inning.9:16 p.m.: Reds ace Luis Castillo in for the NL now. AL still up 1-0 in the fourth. Carlos Santana leading off.9:12 p.m. END TOP FOURTH: Bell grounds out to second to end the top half of the fourth. Nice recovery for Giolito.9:11 p.m.: Giolito gets Bellinger looking and then gets Arenado to ground out to Bregman (score it a fielder’s choice). Josh Bell up.9:07 p.m.: Lucas Giolito in for the the American League now and Austin Meadows is in the outfield, as well. Giolito walks Freeman to start the fourth.9:04 p.m. END BOTTOM THIRD: Clinical inning from Jacob deGrom. He gets Mike Trout to pop out to Freddie Freeman to end the frame.9:03 p.m.: Jacob deGrom in for the National League and he gets two quick outs of George Springer (swinging) and DJ LeMahieu (grounder).8:59 p.m. END TOP THIRD: A lead-off double from Ketel Marte goes to waste as Jose Berrios gets the next three to end the inning. 8:50 p.m. END SECOND INNING: Clayton Kershaw totally fools Jorge Polanco on a swing to end the second.8:48 p.m. AMERICAN LEAGUE SCORING PLAY: Michael Brantley doubles home Alex Bregman, as things go for Houston Astros. 1-0 AL in the second.8:45 p.m.: Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, rivals in the NL MVP race, are both mic’d up and sharing the outfield now. This is excellent.8:43 p.m.: Clayton Kershaw in for the second inning for the NL. 8:39 p.m. END TOP SECOND: Tanaka snares a ground ball off the bat of Willson Contreras and tosses to first for out No. 3. 8:39 p.m.: Bell beats out an infield single — he was safe by at least a step — but was called out. Replay review reverses the call. 8:36 p.m.: Tanaka strikes out Bellinger and then gets Arenado to fly out to center. Now faces Pirates All-Star Josh Bell.8:32 p.m.: Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka is in now, facing Cody Bellinger. 8:28 p.m. END FIRST INNING: Carlos Santana grounds out to short. George Springer’s lead-off single is for naught.8:25 p.m.: Important to note: Freddie Freeman is mic’d up. It’s amazing.8:20 p.m. END TOP 1: Freddie Freeman takes a curveball for Strike 3 to end the top of the first. On to the “home” half.8:16 p.m.: First pitch from Verlander to Yelich is a ball and we are underway!8:07 p.m.: Always cool to hear.Carlos Santana got a nice home welcome from the Progressive Field crowd.pic.twitter.com/2RtLwbhnqX— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) July 10, 20198:00 p.m.: We are (hopefully) now a few minutes from first pitch.7:50 p.m.: Cleveland fans lustily boo Aroldis Chapman and Kris Bryant. After all, 2016 wasn’t too long ago. 7:40 p.m.: All video packages as we stand. Still 20 minutes or so until first pitch.7:30 p.m.: And away we go. 7:20 p.m.: A somber and heartfelt note to start tonight’s All-Star celebration.A tribute to Tyler Skaggs at the #[email protected] and Tommy La Stella will both wear 45 tonight. pic.twitter.com/Hq03egHOgX— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 9, 2019last_img read more