It's almost 6 p.m. at a south-city boxing gym and young folks -- boys and girls ranging in ages from eight to seventeen -- are warming up by throwing shadow punches, practicing their footwork, or catching their breath from a run. In a few moments, two youngsters will lace up some gloves and enter th ... More >>
Giovanni's Kitchen (8831 Ladue Road, Ladue; 314-721-4100) Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Mon.-Sat. (Closed Sun.) Several years ago, my friend and I got all gussied up and treated ourselves to dinner at Giovanni's on the Hill. Clad in semi-formal attire, we wined and dined in exquisite style as tuxedoed wai ... More >>
Do you ever wonder about the positive qualities you may be overlooking in the artists you hate? Probably not. Who has time to dig through the details to find out who's actually pretty cool, but an unfortunate victim of their own terrible art? Well, my friend, we do. That's why we're the profession ... More >>
Back in April, local boxing sensation Ryan Coyne (21-1) lost the first fight of his professional career. Within days he'd been released by his promoter, the legendary Don King. The two events were related, but not the way one might think. Afterward, Coyne disappeared from sight for a bit and it was ... More >>
Coming off of his first career loss, boxer and St. Louis native Ryan Coyne received some very important news yesterday morning. "Silver lining," he wrote in an e-mail to Daily RFT. "In this tough situation the nightmare ends." After many months (arguably years) of dispute, including a lawsuit and ... More >>
Sadly, Ryan "Irish Outlaw" Coyne's long-awaited fight in Las Vegas did not go the hometown boy's way. According to The Sweet Science, Coyne clashed with Kansas City's Marcus Oliveira for 11 rounds before going down once. Coyne managed to get back up and beat the countdown, but shortly thereafter fe ... More >>
Tonight, under the lights in a boxing ring in Las Vegas, local boy Ryan Coyne will finally get the chance to fight. As we documented in our March 14 feature "Don King's Final Round," the St. Charles southpaw saw his promising career grind to a halt after his relationship with King went sour. None ... More >>
This week's cover story -- "Don King's Final Round" -- followed the ups and downs of St. Charles native Ryan "Irish Outlaw" Coyne in his legal battle against the legendary promoter Don King. Despite the fact both men have sued each other, King recently offered Coyne the opportunity to fight anothe ... More >>
This week's cover story follows the story of local boxer Ryan Coyne -- he fought on The Contender, he fought at the "Gateway to Greatness" event at the Scottrade Center, he fought at the "Show Me Something Great" event in St. Charles, and then...what happened? Coyne says he never went anywhere, but ... More >>
Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the fated, the long-awaited, the eagerly anticipated 2013 Blues season will get under way. Okay, so it was really supposed to be the 2012-2013 Blues season, and all the Don King hype and rhyming in the world isn't going to entirely take the sting out of this la ... More >>
As you may have heard, the great wordsmith Don King is in town this week to promote Saturday's "Show Me Something Great" boxing match at the St. Charles Family Arena. The fights feature a number of local boxers including Ryan Coyne, Cory Spinks and the main event in St. Louisan Devon Alexander sq ... More >>
Albert SamahaOnly in St. Charles! Devon Alexander hopes for redemption this Saturday in his fight against the heavy-handed Argentinian, Lucas Matthysse.Don King is the kind of man who makes the room more exciting just by being there. King stood on the floor of the Family Arena in St. Charle ... More >>
The opening spread from RFT's 2005 profile featuring "Alexander the Great." Last week, Daily RFT published a brief post about the announcement that Don King Productions had booked the St. Charles Family Arena for a June 25 boxing card featuring hometown hero Devon Alexander. The day after th ... More >>
Alexander returns to his "hometown" June 25.What a difference a loss makes. Last time Devon Alexander fought in his hometown of St. Louis was in August 2010. Back then, Alexander was the undefeated, junior welterweight champion and the main event in a full night of boxing put on by promoter Don K ... More >>
Image sourceIt's Don, Floyd and the second-most attractive woman on the blog today.The big story Saturday night in St. Louis was not Devon "The Great" Alexander and his less-than-triumphant "victory" over Andriy Kotelnik. Sure, Alexander showed some grit -- fighting through a gruesome cut over hi ... More >>
Image sourceHopefully Devon "The Great" Alexander doesn't KO the local gamblers. The sweet science and the sport of kings. They are hands-down the two greatest sports on which to gamble. Both of them are coming to St. Louis tomorrow, live and in full effect. Devon Alexander will take on Andriy Ko ... More >>
As furiously typed onto my laptop -- while sitting in my car -- following the St. Louis premiere of The Other Guys...Photos: Jason StoffFerrell: Wants matching necklace to wear "key to St. Louis" around his neck.Ferrell and Wahlberg were late to arrive to the Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cinema l ... More >>
The one and only Don King will be in town later this afternoon to promote his fight at the Scottrade Center on August 7 between St. Louis' own undefeated WBC/IBF champion Devon "The Bull" Alexander and Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik.There are few sports figures more colorful -- and notorious -- than King ... More >>
This just in: Fight night is finally set for April 24 for the IBF junior middleweight championship belt match-up between hometown favorites, Cory Spinks and DeAndre "Bull" Latimore. Spinks and Latimore will face off about 10 p.m. central time Friday, April 24, at the Scottrade Center. St. Louisan De ... More >>
Got a call this morning from a J.R. Moore of St. Louis who told me that he had an idea better than President Barack Obama's economic stimulus plan. "Could I meet you in person today for five minutes?" asked Moore over the phone. "I'm sure you'll agree that my plan can jump-start the St. Louis econom ... More >>
Lisa Lamenelli will likely insult entire races, generations, genders and religions on February 20.Equal-opportunity offender Lisa Lampanelli may be best known for destroying the dais on the Roasts of Chevy Chase, Denis Leary, Pamela Anderson, Flava Flav, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner and more. Or ... More >>
Milton "Skip" Ohlsen had big plans for mixed martial arts in St. Louis. Now it seems hes down for the count.
Time again to take the year-end quiz
Your boy wonder lost his title and won't take your calls. What's a trainer to do? Find another prodigy.
Letters from the issue of Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Boxing promoter and great orator Don King pontificates on the Lou, and we stumble across a photo-enhanced Local Blog o' the Week. Plus: the super-snazzy logo that's going to save our public schools.
Week of July 28, 2004
Brad's ripped and The Iliad's shredded in the scintillating spectacle Troy
Thanks to The O'Reilly Factor and Pepsi, Ludacris got a bad rap
Bill Beachum, war hero and Disabled American Veterans honcho, had an out-of-control dream that may soon land him in jail. Question is, was he the only old soldier on a mission of greed?
Week of February 6, 2002
Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey
Award-winning jazz station KZJZ gets religion, leaving the AM band bereft of jazz; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles