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Hall of Fame boxing matchmaker and publicist


Robert “Bobby” Goodman, who promoted the “Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman and the “Thrilla in Manila” between Ali and Joe Frazier, died. He was 83.

Goodman died Sunday at Atlanticar­e Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Galloway Township, N. J., his family said in a statement. No cause of death was given, but he had been hospitaliz­ed for three months. . . .

The women’s profession­al tennis tour launched a commercial enterprise with CVC Capital Partners to increase revenue for the sport, with the investment manager contributi­ng $150 million for a 20 percent stake in what will be known as WTA Ventures LLC.

WTA Chairman and CEO Steve Simon said the new entity is completely separate from St. Petersburg, Fla.-based WTA Inc., which oversees the tour itself, and will manage all of the sport’s commercial activities, including rights for broadcast, data, gaming, sponsorshi­p, licensing and NFTS.

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