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LAS VEGAS – As with certain people, some stories need little introduction. O.J. Simpson had friends who died while he served nine years in a Nevada prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. Among them was icon Muhammad Ali. From Simpson's exclusive interview with The Buffalo News, this is his recollection of the first time he met Ali, who had refused induction into th…

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LAS VEGAS — The dishwasher was chirping, and he couldn't figure out how to turn it off. The thermostat was a mystery. A freshly discovered leak dripped from a large stain in the garage ceiling, and he couldn't locate the cause. He hunched as he moved around the house, smoothly but with a shuffle more than a glide. Reading glasses perched on his salt-and-pepper head. He …

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NFL sideline protests had been a fading issue. A few players still kneel or raise a fist during "The Star-Spangled Banner," but the regular season began three weeks ago. Fans are watching the games, tracking their fantasy players, betting the point spreads. While Colin Kaepernick's continued unemployment after kneeling out national anthems last season remains a debate, p…

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A light rain started to fall outside New Era Field, but on his way to the team bus Colin Kaepernick, in a Muhammad Ali T-shirt, stopped for a photo and an autograph and then more photos and another autograph or two and a couple introductions and some more photos. Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has been protesting America's national anthem by kneelin…

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On the surface, Colin Kaepernick's protest is startling and indecent. When the national anthem is performed before San Francisco 49ers games, Kaepernick will not stand. He takes a knee, a gesture that has generated headlines and torn at the fabric of American patriotism. He's considered by many a thankless American millionaire. His jerseys have been immolated. But…