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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s secret daughter yesterday maked a passionate plea to his family: “Let me see him one last time before he dies.”
Kiiursti Mensah Ali – who looks remarkably like the ex-world heavyweight champ – reveals she was the result of a 20-year affair her mum had with him in his heyday.
She claims a 1988 paternity test proves she is his child and that Ali agreed to having his name on her birth certificate.

Kiiursti, 33, also tells how the boxing star visited her and mum Barbara Mensah several times when she was little – and that she has become close to some of his other nine children.

But she says she was cut out of his life when he married his fourth wife Lonnie in 1986 – three years after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.She told Daily Mirror

“Muhammad Ali is my dad – but everything changed the moment he married her,” says Kiiursti.
“He stopped coming to see me. As the years went by he got sicker and sicker. She stopped him having a relationship with me. It’s been devastating.
“Now, I want to say goodbye to him before he dies. I want her to please let me have that chance. I’m not after his money. I don’t care about that. I make my own.
“All I want is to spend time with my father especially now he is so ill – but she has control of everything.”

And Kiiursti revealed she wants Ali to give her away when she weds. During our interview, she flicks through family photos showing her as a child with the fighter who became The Greatest in the 60s and 70s. She reveals how her mum Barbara first met him when she was a 17-year-old high school beauty in Houston, Texas, in 1967.

Kiiursti says: “Mom told me he spoke to her at her school. He was 22 and all the girls were approaching him, giving him the line, ‘I’m the greatest or I’m the prettiest’.
“But mom just stood in the crowd, arms folded. He noticed her and asked, ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m the king of the world’.
“But she shrugged and said, ‘I don’t care. I’m the queen of the world’. It was a devastating blow to his ego. He made sure my mom was given his number.”

Kiiursti says Barbara, now 68, called him and was invited to a party – but arrived to find out there were just the two of them there.
At the time, Ali was still married to first wife Belinda Boyd but soon he and Barbara were swept up in an affair.
His secret love went to all his big fights including the Thriller in Manila against Joe Frazier, the Rumble in the Jungle versus George Foreman and a title defence in Puerto Rico in 1976.

Barbara was even pictured in Life Magazine next to Ali for a special edition when he refused to go to Vietnam.

Kiiursti says: “I think my mum still loves him to this day. She was the only one who stood up to him. He was the love of her life. At the time, the press knew they were together a lot, but they just didn’t know how close they had become. “They never really stopped seeing each other ever, until Lonnie came along and made him cut ties with us.”

By the time Kiiursti was born, Ali already had eight children and an adopted ninth from three marriages and two other affairs. Kiiursti claims he never denied he was her father. His name was put on her birth certificate and he managed to find time for her, despite his busy workload and hectic personal life.

She says Ali would secretly fly to Houston to see her and her mum. “He saw me as a baby and a child,” she says. “I remember when I was three or four, he would come and stay at a hotel downtown.Dad would spend time with my mom, then with me. We’d go to Showbiz Pizza and I’d have double cheese pizza. He’d put me on his shoulders.
“He was happy. I was happy. He’d pay mom maintenance when we saw him. He was a good father.
“The people in the hotels knew what we were doing. So did his entourage. His adviser knew, his assistant trainer knew – all of them knew. It was no big secret to them and he didn’t care.”

Then he married Lonnie Williams in 1986. Since then the Ali family has been at war.

  And she has a special reason for hoping her plea works soon.

She says: “I’m just about to get married to a wonderful man and I would love my dad to meet him. “I don’t care if he needs pushing down the aisle, I’d want him to give me away. That would make it perfect if dad was there. It would be wonderful.”

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A Pikachu Mascot Made a Scene After Deflating Twice During Dance Parade

The Pokemon World Festival 2017, which transpired last week at Songdo, South Korea, has made an unexpected scene as one Pikachu mascot deflated not just once but twice during its parade dance.

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Pikachu parade dance during Pokemon World Festival 2017

The Pokemon World Festival 2017, which transpired last week at Songdo, South Korea, has made an unexpected scene as one Pikachu mascot deflated not just once but twice during its parade dance.

Pikachu deflated during dance parade

Source: Buzzfeed, Youtube.com

The celebration of Pokemon festival this year called much attention in the internet. A YouTube user uploaded a five-minute clip of the parade dance, which turned into an unforeseeable one.

The video became a trend just recently despite of being uploaded days ago.

As seen in the video, the Pikachu mascot is still jiving to the music for almost a minute, but on 1:09, it starts to move awkwardly and to look distorted.

Pikachu, what happened?

Some of the staffs immediately yanked the mascot out of the stage to fix it.

The dance performance somehow turned into a “disaster,” but nonetheless, the show must go on. The other Pikachu mascots continued in dancing like nothing happened.

Now, that’s what you call a “good focus.”

In 4:35, the deflated Pikachu is ready to get back in the stage being assisted by the staffs; however, it seems like the odds are against the mascot as it deflates once again.

What a poor mascot…

The parade dance ended with a laughing crowd and leaving the mascot no chance to return.

It is undeniable that Pikachu is adorable, but this cutie needs to have more work on how he would handle himself during a dance performance.

Good luck for the next time, buddy!

Background information

Pikachu is a fictional creature in the anime Pokemon. It is the first Pokemon under the care of the series main protagonist Ash Ketchum, who went to a quest to become a Pokemon trainer.

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday…

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ALEX RODRIGUEZ TO RETIRE FROM BASEBALL ON FRIDAY

After two decades in the public eye, Alex Rodriguez says goodbye to baseball next Friday. The New York Yankees held a press conference this morning to break the news. Rodriguez will be released and then serve as a special advisor to the team following Friday.

The Yankees are still obligated to pay the remaining $27 million of his contract that lasts through 2017. According to ESPN, the Yankees reached out to other teams for trade value but none showed interest.

Since the age of 18, Rodriguez has seen the highest highs and lowest lows of Major League Baseball. He was the prototype five-tool-player joining as a Mariner. His star would continually rise as he joined the Texas Rangers on a 10-year deal worth $252 million. At the time it was the most lucrative contract in MLB history. His power numbers increased rapidly during his time in Texas, as we now know would be with the help of performance-enhancing drugs.

But his star continued to rise as he was traded to the New York Yankees, moving to third base because the Captain Derek Jeter was already at the position (shortstop). Rodriguez would win two of his three MVP’s in a pinstripe uniform. But as the playoffs approached every year, Rodriguez stats would decline in painful fashion. In the regular season Rodriguez was one of the most feared batters. In the playoffs, he failed to achieve the same level of success.

There is the outlier of the 2009 postseason. After the Yankees acquired a slew of key free agents, they would again find themselves in the World Series. Rodriguez bat began to click in those playoffs for his best postseason run of his career. His performances at the plate would win him the postseason MVP as he and the Yankees would capture their 27th championship (Rodriguez one and only title).

Age began to catch up with the ball player, but tabloids and allegations would paint a dark shadow on his career. After lying about steroid use on public tv, Rodriguez admitted to his use throughout his career. Things changed for the worst as he was suspended for a full 162 games during the 2014 season. In a sad ending to his otherwise illustrious career, Rodriguez will be missed by some. A three-time-MVP and 14 time All Star with a smile that lit up the tv since 1995. His own insecurities would be his undoings. His staggering numbers would still be all time impressive without the PEDs, and would result in a first-ballot Hall of Fame bid. Rodriguez, now 41, will most likely not receive a Hall of Fame bid, and will be missed by only Yankees fans.

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CARLOS BELTRAN TRADED TO TEXAS RANGERS

The New York Yankees have agreed to trade 39-year-old Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green…

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The New York Yankees have agreed to trade 39-year-old Carlos Beltran to the Texas Rangers for pitching prospects Dillon Tate, Erik Swanson and Nick Green.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Rangers receive Beltran for the home stretch of the season as he will be a free agent after the year ends. Beltran batted .304 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs this season for the Yankees. The Yankees will receive the Rangers former first round pick of 2015 in Tate. So far in 17 games he has posted a 5.12 ERA and 3-3 record for the class A Rangers affiliate.

He has dealt with hamstring issues and fatigue as he becomes accustomed to more innings. Despite Tate’s struggles, the Yankees hope that the prospect lives up to his potential.

For the Rangers, Beltran will add power to the Rangers lineup and should serve as the DH in the last few months of the season. They currently sit atop the American League West with a 62-44 record.

After starting off the second half of the baseball season hot, the Yankees have lost their last four games. Since Beltran is a free agent at the end of the year, selling him made perfect sense. During the losing streak, they have improved their farm system radically.

In acquiring eight new prospects, most experts believe they now bolster a top three farm system.

With the new additions they now have six of the top 50 prospects according to Keith Law. For the first time in a long time, the Yankees are in a full-scale rebuild for the future.

The Rangers meanwhile look to get over the hump seeking the team’s first World Series Championship.

 

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