After fighting for years to get into the Olympics, female boxers will at last enter the ring at the London Games. "We just broke down that last barrier, that [final] guy-only sport," says U.S. flyweight Marlen Esparza, 23. NBC analyst Laila Ali, who followed father Muhammad Ali, a 1960 gold medalist, into pro boxing, says she never competed as an amateur because women couldn't aspire to the Olympics. "I'm just happy to see it now," she says. "Eventually it'll just keep growing."
Laila Ali gave birth to a baby girl on Monday morning, the former boxer tweeted.
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Dancing with the Stars alum Laila Ali is expecting her second child — and she hopes it's a girl.
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Laila Ali has a new lightweight boxer on her hands
or is that tiny dancer?The boxing champion and her husband, former NFL star Curtis Conway, are the proud new parents of a baby boy. Curtis Muhammad was born Aug. 26, weighing in at 6.8 pounds and measuring 19 inches long, Ali announced on her official Web site."He's a healthy baby boy," the statement read. "Mama and baby are resting!"Baby Curtis, who draws his first name from his father and middle name from his grandfather, Muhammad Ali, is the first child for Conway and the one-time Dancing with the Stars contestant. Conway has three children, 12-year-old twins Cameron and Kelton, and 8-year-old Leilani, from a previous marriage.The couple tied the knot in July 2007. Joyce EngVisit our Online Video Guide to see interviews with Ali.
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The premiere of the most excellent Mad Men (I've watched the "It's Toasted" scene at least four times) improved upon AMC's typical Thursday ratings by 75 percent, and was the cabler's most-watched series telecast ever.... Dancing with the Stars finalist Laila Ali wed retired NFL star Curtis Conway on Sunday. Also per People, Jodie Sweetin tied the knot with Cody Herpin on Saturday in Vegas. It's the Full House alum's second marriage.... DVD releases have been set for The Hills: Season 2 (Aug. 7) and The Fugitive: Season 1, Volume 1 and Dynasty: Season 2 (both on Aug. 14).
Apolo Anton Ohno with Julianne Hough, Dancing with the Stars
There's something delicious about a show where nerves are on end and no one is a sure thing. "I have no idea who's going to win this," says dance pro Jonathan Roberts, who stopped by to chat just moments before this Monday night's competition began. He was seated in the audience with his former celebrity partner, Heather Mills. All 11 competing couples will return tomorrow night to dance in the grand finale. But for now, they were just there to watch the toughest, most important dances of the season alongside a number of famous former contestants: Harry Hamlin, Jerry Springer, and Mario Lopez, seated with his girlfriend and f
Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke, Dancing with the Stars
We started with 11 couples. Now there are three. And the head judge is jazzed about the finals. "It's going to be magic," Len Goodman said immediately after Tuesday night's results show, which sent Ian Ziering packing. Ziering gave the competition everything he had and wanted to stay in the worst way. But, says Ziering, "It really wasn't so unexpected. There are better dancers out there."
Goodman agrees. It may have been a tight, four-way race to the finish, but Goodman thinks the right three couples made it into the finals. "As much as I loved Ian's performances last night, I think it was justified that he was the one sent home as the weakest dancer. If he had been in Season 1, 2 or 3, he would've been in the finals. But he's come up against three incredible couples."
Goodman has presided over four seasons of
Apolo Anton Ohno, Dancing with the Stars
It was a jaw-dropping semifinal, the best in the four-season history of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. Apolo Anton Ohno, Laila Ali, Joey Fatone and Ian Ziering on Monday night each pulled off grand finale-quality dances — and earned multiple "10s" from the judges — like it was no big deal to polish two entirely different routines. Plus, the routines themselves were longer: a minute and 15 seconds last week, one minute and 30 seconds this week.
The dances' length is not a question of keeping head judge
Emotions ran high on and off the dance floor last night, running the gamut from sentimental dedications to insults taken too personally. Lets start with the good before we proceed to the bad and ugly. The guest weve been waiting for all season was finally in the audience: Muhammad Ali, on hand to support his daughter. Laila dedicated her performances to her mom and dad, and she had an extra sparkle in her eye all night. She began and ended her lovely waltz like Sleeping Beauty, and at one point blew a kiss to her dad. I was reminded of Jerry Springers emotional waltz last season the waltz is fast becoming the father-daughter dance of this show. Carrie Ann commented that she always looks for emotion in dancing, and she felt Laila truly delivered that with this performance. Next up was Lailas jive, which was fun and lively (Laila confessed she was happy she didnt have to deliver any extra-sexy performances with daddy in the audience). I did notice ...
Dancing with the Stars' Laila Ali put her best foot forward, as her father watched.
You knew someone important was coming on Monday night. There was a special black armchair, padded and more comfortable than Dancing with the Stars' standard stiff ballroom chairs. At the top of the show, it was occupied by a seat filler. And then, just before the fourth dance, when Laila Ali and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, took the stage, the seat filler was ushered away. While cohost Samantha Harris was backstage interviewing Billy Ray Cyrus about the fox trot that judge Bruno Tonioli had just called "crap," a familiar figu