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Sugar Ray Leonard Talks Life After Boxing

Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxer, an entertainer and a star.
Sugar Ray Leonard is a boxer, an entertainer and a star.

At 59 years old, Sugar Ray Leonard stays busy in Los Angeles with his wife, four children, three dogs, charity work, broadcasting and, of course, golf. We caught up with the man whose ambitions — “I tried to be like (Muhammad) Ali. I tried to be like Bruce Lee. I tried to be like Elvis Presley. I tried to be like Sugar Ray Robinson.

Brett Favre Talks Life After Football

Brett Favre retired from the NFL, but he's still a busy man
Brett Favre retired from the NFL, but he's still a busy man

The man who contemplated retirement on an annual basis — and actually went through with it a few times, only to change his mind and come back for more — has found peace and happiness now that he’s finally embraced it.

 

And not even the roar of 67,000 adoring fans welcoming him to home to Lambeau Field in July for his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, or slinging passes to his old teammates during a charity flag-football game the next day, will change his mind.

 

5 Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent DeMarco Murray

Which team will the NFL's reigning rushing champion play for in 2015?
5 Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent DeMarco Murray

DeMarco Murray led the NFL with 1,845 yards rushing last year, but will the free agent running back re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys? The team used its franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant, which put Murray on the open market with free agency set to kick off on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

 

5 Potential Landing Spots for Free Agent Julius Thomas

No. 1 tight end on the market shouldn't lack for suitors
5 Potential Landings Spots for Free Agent Julius Thomas

Coming off of back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons, Julius Thomas is looking to cash in as the top tight end in this year’s free agent class. Unheralded when Denver drafted him in the fourth round in 2011, the former Portland State football and basketball player has developed into one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL.

 

8 Classic Thanksgiving Moments for the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions

The Dallas Cowboys' Leon Lett was a Thanksgiving Day turkey in the snow back in 1993.
<p> Best and Worst Thanksgiving Day Moments: Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, including Leon Lett's mistake in the snow in 1993, Jerome Bettis and Phil Luckett's coin toss confusion in 1998, Randy Moss' three-touchdown game in 1998, Jason Garrett's duel against Brett Favre in 1994, O.J. Simpson's record-breaking effort in 1976 and Ndamukong Suh's stomp heard round the world in 2011.</p>

Just like the crazy uncle with the nonstop inappropriate jokes or the aunt with the barely edible green bean casserole, the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys are welcome additions to the holiday family gathering even though they will probably provide an awkward moment or two.

Here are a few of the noteworthy Thanksgiving Day memories from the Lions, whose first Turkey Day game was in 1934, and Cowboys, who first sat at the table in 1966.

Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

We’ve all heard about the friend of the friend who deep fries a turkey each Thanksgiving, and everyone raves about it. Well, this is your year to be that guy. Here’s our quick guide, along with some great tips from chef Darrell Breaux of Bro’s Cajun Cuisine in Nashville, Tenn., who’s been frying turkeys for 25 years. “Once you’ve had a fried turkey,” he says, “you won’t want it any other way.”

 

Why Do Boxers Swish and Spit Out Water Instead of Drinking It?

You've Got Questions, Athlon's Got Answers

Why do boxers swish and spit out water instead of drinking it? — Jim Brigman, Jacksonville, Fla.
We posed this question to a guy who’s done a lot of swishing and spitting over the years, 49-year-old boxing legend Bernard Hopkins. Here’s what he told us: “Because our mouths can become dry in the ring, and a lot of times you just want to get your mouth moist enough to be able to continue to the next round. We do swallow some water, though, and spit the rest.”

 

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