The Latest: Jack Nicklaus remembers first meeting with Ali
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) The Latest on the death of Muhammad Ali (all times EDT):
Jack Nicklaus has only photos of his family and U.S. presidents hanging on the walls of his office at home. The one exception is Muhammad Ali.
He met Ali for the first time in 1996 at the PGA Championship in Louisville, and Nicklaus said it's one of his favorite pictures.
''I had my hands thrown up, sort of, `Don't hit me, please,''' Nicklaus said Sunday. ''I've always liked that picture. It was my first meeting of Ali. We actually touched base quite a few times after that and I got to know him a little bit. Obviously, he didn't communicate all that well. But he meant an awful lot to the sport of boxing and the sporting world.''
People are flocking to Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in Louisville, Kentucky, to pay tribute to the boxing great, leaving flowers, balloons and boxing gloves around the marker designating it a historical site.
The small pink home on Grand Avenue was recently renovated and turned into a museum. Said Dorothy Poynter, who grew up with Ali in the neighborhood, ''We were all so proud of him.''
Another memorial has grown outside the Muhammad Ali Center, a downtown museum that promotes his humanitarian ideals and showcases his remarkable career.
Andrew Hale took his 3-year-old daughter, Chloe, there on Sunday to explain to her who Ali was.
He said: ''He was strong, courageous, and I hope I can be like that one day and just show love to my daughter like he showed his. … She asked me where he is and I said he was in heaven.''
Spectators at the French Open men's final, many of them standing, have paid tribute to Muhammad Ali with a sustained bout of applause before the title match between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. A photo of Ali, who died Friday at age 74, was shown on the jumbo screen overlooking the Court Philippe Chatrier.
Djokovic told a TV interviewer that he is feeling ''a lot of emotion'' before the ''very important match.''
Murray said he's ''looking forward to it'' because ''these are matches you play for.''
Tennis great Billie Jean King remembered Ali as fun to be around. She witnessed the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier fight at Madison Square Garden in 1971 and saw him there again in 1999 for Sports Illustrated's celebration of the top athletes of the 20th Century.
''He always whispered in my ear, `Billie Jean King, you are the Queen,''' she said.
King won 12 Grand Slam singles titles during her career in the 1960s and 70s, while Ali was rising to stardom in his sport. King says Ali ''talked the talk and walked the walk.''