from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A white or light-colored wine produced in the province of Estremadura in Portugal: so called from being shipped at Lisbon.
  • n. A soft sugar.
  • n. In heraldry, a scroll or ribbon upon which a motto is inscribed.

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  • n. United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)


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  • It's a legitimate perfect storm of a sequence, and Liston is on queer street for a while.

    Liston vs. Ali

  • Lance, I notice that "The Devil and Sonny Liston" is getting fairly negative customer reviews on Amazon.

    Liston vs. Ali

  • Radical poet Amiri Baraka (then LeRoi Jones) called Liston "the big black Negro in every white man's hallway, waiting to do him in, deal him under for all the hurts white men, through their arbitrary order, have been able to inflict on the world."

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  • While we're partial to Ali-Liston (or just about anything taken by Neil Leifer), the one of Tiger Woods that was snapped by Mail on Sunday photographer Mark Pain on Saturday during Ryder Cup play ranks pretty high on the list for four significant reasons:

    Tiger Woods, Cigar Guy and the greatest sports photo ever (well, almost)

  • No one wants a return to the days when Joe Louis, cheated out of his winnings by crooks, was forced to scrape a living as a Las Vegas hotel greeter, or Liston could be owned, body and soul, by mobsters like Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo.

    Mystery men in hats? Boxing is a richer sport for it | Richard Williams

  • One of the last people to wish Sonny Liston good luck before the start of the fight that brought the end of his reign as world heavyweight champion was a man in a dark suit and a stingy-brim hat who slipped out of the ring just before the referee called the fighters together at the Miami Beach Convention Centre on 25 February 1964.

    Mystery men in hats? Boxing is a richer sport for it | Richard Williams

  • Baldwin, for example, is vividly aware of just how problematic it is to reduce Floyd Patterson's rivalry with Sonny Liston to a simple contest between a striving integrationist and a nightmarish thug.

    The Bards of Bruising

  • Liston, Baldwin wrote, "has a long tale to tell which no one wants to hear."

    The Bards of Bruising

  • And on the late ABC news Jim Bouton, the icky iconoclast whose reporting is so giggly that -- in the words of Dorothy Parker -- it makes you want to "fwow up," dismissed Liston with a cute anecdote, proceeding to interview ex-footballer-author Dave Meggyesy Out of Their League about the comparisons between racism in football and everyday American life and the similarities between football and the military-industrial complex, blah, blah.

    Jan Herman: Writers on Fighters

  • The Daily News told us that Patterson, upon being informed of Liston's death, exclaimed: No, no!

    Jan Herman: Writers on Fighters


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