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Peter Bonventre

The 1972 Munich Olympic Games

”The call came early in the morning of Sept. 5, 1972, in my Munich hotel room. ABC’s Howard Cosell was on the line: ”Listen carefully, my young friend. Palestinian terrorists have invaded the Israeli quarters in the Olympic Village and taken their athletes hostage. You had better get out there.”

”Not funny, Howard,” I said, and hung up.

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The best boxing films on DVD

The best boxing films on DVD

Hollywood has made more movies about boxing than any other sport. Once it was practically a rite of passage for a leading man to step inside the ring to show off his physical talents — and his physique. A former sportswriter who covered more than two dozen championship fights, EW editorial director Peter Bonventre picks his favorite — and most convincing — pugilistic performances.

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He wrote his first column for The Washington Post in 1926; his last on June 3, 1998, the day before he died at age 92. In this signature collection, All Those Mornings…at The Post, Shirley Povich writes of Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson, Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, Magic Johnson and Mark McGwire. Name a major sports event of the 20th century or a social issue that impacted sports, and it’s a good bet Povich wrote about it.

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Tyrell’s voice crackles as if it’s tasted too much whiskey in too many smoky saloons. Listen to him for the first time, and you’re likely to wonder, Who is this guy? Well, he’s a longtime songwriter-producer who’s never before lent his own pipes to an album – and this one just spent more than a year on Billboard’s jazz chart. Still, it’s news to us.

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