NEW YORK, AP: The Ring Magazine is making Muhammad Ali its 1966 Fighter of the Year, a half century after refusing to give him the award because of his disapproval of the draft for the Vietnam War and connection with the Nation of Islam. The boxing magazine said it was righting a wrong by retroactively naming the late heavyweight great as the best fighter of 1966. “The editors at that time obviously felt strongly that Ali, while succeeding in the ring, didn’t meet other criteria they deemed important,” said Michael Rosenthal, the magazine’s editor-in-chief. “But we can see the injustice by today’s standards, even if we take issue with some of things Ali said and did.” Impressive wins Ali won all five of his fights in 1966 and did so in impressive fashion. He was at the peak of his career, which was soon to be interrupted for three years while he fought the courts over his refusal to be drafted. Ali would later have his conscientious objector status upheld by the US Supreme Court, and resumed fighting in 1970. He was named the magazine’s Fighter of the Year in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1978 along with his original award in 1963. Ali died in June at age 74 after years of battling Parkinson’s.
The Trackers will play in two games next weekend. They’ll host the Peace River Royals on Friday night, then venture out on the road in Grande Prairie Sunday afternoon. The Trackers got off to a nice start in the game scoring just 22 seconds in. They held a 3-0 lead before the Thunder scored one of their own with 2:43 remaining.Any doubt about the outcome of the game was erased in the second period. The Trackers scored six unanswered goals to lead 9-1 heading into the third frame.The Trackers scored early again, this time 36 seconds into the third. They’d add one more to wrap up their scoring in the game. Big Lakes netted three of their own to make the final 11-4.- Advertisement -Scoring in the contest were Kole Comin (3), Dustin Bahm (2), Aiden Tegart, Nolan Lagace, Clayton Lepine, Brad Dixon, Kelsey Young, and Mathew Apsassin.Sunday’s game was a much different story. There was no scoring in the first, and the Thunder opened the scoring just over two minutes into the second. The Trackers responded with three unanswered goals to lead 3-1.As the final period began things started to unravel for the Trackers. The Thunder took the lead with three goals in the opening 10 minutes. The Trackers tied the game with 9:54 left, however Big Lakes got two goals in the final five minutes to take the 6-4 win.Advertisement