South African boxer Jacob ''Baby Jake'' Matlala, a four-time world champion at flyweight and junior flyweight and one of Nelson Mandela's favorite fighters, has died. He was 51.
Matlala's death Saturday was announced by family spokesman Ray McCauley.
Former WBO champion Matlala died two days after Mandela, one of the fighter's biggest fans. Mandela attended...
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As previously noted on That NBA Lottery Pick, NBA players have been paying tribute to Nelson Mandela since his passing and yesterday, Kobe Bryant paid his tribute on his Instagram account.
Check out the photo that was posted to Kobe’s account of Nelson and the note that he added:
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The first time he met Nelson Mandela, Gary Player got on his knees and kissed the former political prisoner's feet.
Remembering his ''very tearful'' first encounter with Mandela, the nine-time major winner paused Friday to compose himself and hold back more tears.
Mandela, the beloved former South African president and Nobel laureate, died Thursday at 95.
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Sports has the power to change the world; to inspire, to unite people and to speak to the youth in a language they understand. -- Nelson Mandela
In a time long ago, the late Earl Woods likened his precocious young son to not just Jack Nicklaus -- or indeed any sporting champion -- but to Buddha and Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.
Perhaps because Tiger wasn't much of a carpenter...
HMMMM…that isn’t Nelson Mandela.
[Nice find, @Klumpp13]
As we all know about the heart breaking passing of legendary South African leader Nelson Mandela, many golfers and media personalities have world number one, Tiger Woods. He talked about meeting him back in 1998 which was only a year after he won the Masters. He was playing in Sun City when he met the legend himself. I’ll let his words speak for themselves...
WORLDWIDE - “Nelson Mandela, who is in some part of the first phase at present and will almost certainly never reach the third, was — among all the other things that made him one of the towering figures of the last century — a boxing fan. A frankly aberrant, avid and feverishly passionate boxing fan. Before he took up the fight against apartheid, which was the fight that defined...
With the news that legendary revolutionary politician Nelson Mandela passed away today at the age of 95, many NBA players decided to send their regards.
Below are just a few of tweets that notable players sent out after learning the news in real-time:
“People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love.." – Nelson Mandela #RIP #respect
And with just one tweet, Paris Hilton killed the internet following Nelson Mandela's death. She thinks he made the "I have a dream" speech.
Hero, former South African President and icon of peace Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95, it was just announced. South Africa President Jacob Zuma, who made public the death of the anti-apartheid hero, said as a young man he protested apartheid–one of his first political acts.
The legacy of Nelson Mandela is a free and democratic South Africa. President Barack Obama remembered...