George Foreman took to Twitter to challenge actor Steven Seagal to a 10-round fight. AP PHOTO
George Foreman took to Twitter to challenge actor Steven Seagal to a 10-round fight. AP PHOTO

Foreman challenges Seagal to 10-round fight

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Former heavyweight champion George Foreman has challenged big-screen tough guy Steven Seagal to a real-life fight.

The 68-year-old Foreman posted a picture of the 65-year-old Seagal on Twitter on Monday, writing: "I challenge you One on one, I use boxing you can use whatever. 10 rounds in Vegas."

When fans asked Foreman on Twitter why he wanted to fight Seagal, Foreman replied that the martial artist "really can fight" and is big enough to defend himself. Foreman first won the heavyweight title in 1973 and again in 1994.

Seagal made headlines last week for saying that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem were a "joke" and an "outrage."

Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.
Jimi Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

A representative for Seagal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the star didn't want to comment on Foreman's offer.

New York residents seek to co-name street after Jimi Hendrix

NEW YORK (AP) -- Some New York City residents are petitioning to have a street in the Greenwich Village neighborhood named in honor of musician Jimi Hendrix.

Organizers of the petition are seeking to co-name West Eighth Street as "Jimi Hendrix Way." The New York Times reports the organizers say they believe the co-naming also would attract visitors to an area fighting gentrification.

Richard Geist, a local store owner, says the block has "lost the magic and we want to bring that magic back."


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Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial hearing in Norristown, Pa.
Bill Cosby departs Montgomery County Courthouse after a pretrial hearing in Norristown, Pa.

Hendrix opened Electric Lady Studios on the block just before his death in 1970.

To co-name a street, petitioners would have to make a proposal to the local community board before it could be proposed to the full New York City Council for a vote.

Woman seeks revival of defamation suit against Bill Cosby

BOSTON (AP) -- A woman who says Bill Cosby raped her in a Michigan hotel room more than four decades ago should be allowed to sue for defamation, because the comedian "knows she is not lying about the rape," her attorney said Wednesday.

F. William Salo told a three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Cosby destroyed Katherine McKee's reputation when his lawyer wrote a letter demanding a retraction of a 2014 New York Daily News story about her rape allegations.

"For the past 40 years, Cosby has used his ability and his power as someone who can manipulate the media to intimidate, harass and keep his accusers silent," Salo said. "That's what happened to Katherine McKee."

McKee was among dozens of women who came forward with allegations against the actor once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable. McKee claims Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

In the letter at issue in McKee's case, Cosby's lawyer accused the New York Daily News of ignoring things that would have shown her story wasn't credible, including positive statements the lawyer claims McKee made about Cosby after the encounter.

Cosby's lawyer told the judges that a federal court in Massachusetts was right to dismiss McKee's lawsuit on the grounds that the letter was protected by the First Amendment. McKee would have to prove that Cosby acted with actual malice because she became a kind of public figure when she gave the interview, Alan Greenberg said.