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McCain's loss is boxing's gain

Updated: April 4, 2000, 2:27 PM ET
By Tim Graham | Special to ESPN.com

One of his heroes is Teddy Roosevelt. He also can relate to Casey at the Bat.

Like both, John McCain carries a big stick.

Yet he doesn't speak softly. His words are as bold as a Mike Tyson left hook or a Randy Johnson fastball -- hard and right at your head.

And while McCain struck out in his insurgent bid to become this year's Republican presidential nominee, the maverick senator from Arizona doesn't follow Casey's lead by taking failure lightly.

That's why some close ...

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