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ATLANTA VISIT IS TWIN BILL FOR ALI

Muhammad Ali returned to the city of one of his most memorable moments Saturday, this time to catch the Super Bowl -- and the Mike Tyson fight.

The three-time heavyweight champion, whose trembling hand lighted the Olympic flame at the Atlanta Games in 1996, wouldn't take sides in the game between St. Louis and Tennessee.

"I'm looking for a good game," Ali said.

Ali did not have to wait to see the end of Tyson's two-round victory over Julius Francis.

After Francis had been knocked down for the second time as the bell sounded at the end of the first round in Manchester, England, Ali, who was watching a specially arranged showing for Super Bowl media in Atlanta, had seen enough.

"That's it, Mike Tyson has it. Let's go," the former world heavyweight champion said, standing up and leading his entourage out.

Ali, who suffers from Parkinson's syndrome and shakes continually, slipped on the icy sidewalk outside but was caught by a bodyguard before falling as he haltingly made his way to his limousine.

Atlanta was in the grips of a rare winter storm on the eve of the game, which will be played inside the Georgia Dome.

The Rams reluctantly canceled a scheduled walk-through at the Georgia Dome on Saturday due to poor weather conditions.

Coach Dick Vermeil called off the 45-minute session after state police told him the team could get to the Georgia Dome safely, but might have a problem on the return trip to their hotel.

"I didn't want to cancel it," Vermeil said. "I wanted them to go over there and get into that locker room and share the feeling of being together in the locker room where we go to battle tomorrow evening."

The Titans also refused to risk traveling on icy roads to the Georgia Dome, instead holding their final workout in a heated tent outside their hotel. The tent originally was used for interviews.

"We have spent our lives in trailers, it seems, so to do a walk-through in a heated tent is no problem for us at all," coach Jeff Fisher said.

Before becoming the Titans this season, the then-Oilers used a collection of trailers and offices in a medical building as their practice facility for the previous two years.

Fisher said quarterback Steve McNair, who has been treating a case of turf toe on his left foot the past two months, felt better Saturday than he did a week ago before the AFC championship. Receiver Yancey Thigpen, who has a hairline fracture in his right foot, remained a game-time decision.

Mike Horan has more on his mind than facing the Titans.

The St. Louis punter, who lives in Littleton, Colo., during the offseason, will never shake the memory of the massacre at Columbine High School. The school is visible from Horan's porch, and he drives past the home of one of the victims every time he visits his mother-in-law.

"I think about it every day," Horan said.

The April 20 shootings left dead 14 students, including the two teen-age gunmen, and one teacher. In honor of the victims, Horan wore a blue Columbine cap this week as players talked to the media before the Super Bowl.

Horan, who has three children, ages 10, 11 and 14, said he went home immediately to check on his children after hearing about the shootings, even though they were not Columbine students.

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