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COL BKB: Sam Houston State 71, Alabama State 49

Dakarai Henderson led the way with 14 points, as the Sam Houston State Bearkats throttled the Alabama State Hornets, 71-49.

NCAA: Sam Houston State 69, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 63

Led by 15 points by Kaheem Ransom, the third- seeded Sam Houston State Bearkats downed second-seeded Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders, 69-63.

Kilpatrick asks for another trial

DETROIT, July 29 (UPI) -- Convicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has asked for a new trial, saying he was forced to use a lawyer in whom he had lost confidence.
Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- The Broadway revival of the musical "Pippin" was nominated for a leading 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards in New York Monday.
Kilpatrick injured knee, his lawyer says

Kilpatrick injured knee, his lawyer says

DETROIT, March 27 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is requesting to be released from prison after seriously injuring his knee, his lawyer wrote in court documents.

Prosecutor: Kilpatrick trial about money

DETROIT, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The case against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and three co-defendants is about one thing -- money -- a federal prosecutor said as the trial began.
Kilpatrick defense to challenge FBI probe

Kilpatrick defense to challenge FBI probe

DETROIT, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A lawyer for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick said Friday the defense plans to challenge how the FBI carried out its corruption investigation.
Lawyer: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick never turned down plea

Lawyer: Ex-Mayor Kilpatrick never turned down plea

DETROIT, April 26 (UPI) -- The lawyer for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says his client never turned down a plea deal from federal prosecutors in his racketeering conspiracy case.
Warren Moon's ex-wife faces lewdness charge

Warren Moon's ex-wife faces lewdness charge

HOUSTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Felicia Moon, the ex-wife of former NFL quarterback Warren Moon, was caught in a sex act in a field at a rodeo trail-ride camp in Texas, authorities say.
Kilpatrick won't cut deal with government

Kilpatrick won't cut deal with government

DETROIT, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has no intention of making a deal with prosecutors despite new allegations, his lawyer said.
Kwame Kilpatrick faces new federal charges

Kwame Kilpatrick faces new federal charges

DETROIT, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Prosecutors have added new charges against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, including an allegation he was paid $10,000 in a restaurant men's room.

Kwame Kilpatrick goes to federal prison

DETROIT, July 20 (UPI) -- Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is doing time on Michigan charges and facing federal ones, has been transferred to a federal prison, his lawyer says.
Payments due to Kilpatrick attorney

Payments due to Kilpatrick attorney

DETROIT, March 18 (UPI) -- A spokesman for Kwame Kilpatrick says the city of Detroit should be responsible for back payments to one of the former mayor's attorneys.
Kilpatrick defense opposing text messages

Kilpatrick defense opposing text messages

DETROIT, July 3 (UPI) -- Lawyers for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick are attempting to stop certain text messages from being used in his trial, court filings show.

Mayor to be represented by attorneys

DETROIT, May 22 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has appointed attorneys to respond to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's review of whether he should be ousted.
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Shareef Abdur-Rahim from the Sacramento Kings, scores against (L) Darius Songaila and (R) James Thomas from the Chicago Bulls, at Arco Arena, in Sacramento, California, on February 9, 2006. The Kings beat the Bulls 98-80..(UPI Photo/Ken James)
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James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell (May 17, 1903 – March 7, 1991) was an American center fielder in Negro league baseball, considered by many baseball observers to have been the fastest man ever to play the game. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

James Thomas Nichols was born May 17, 1903, in or near Starkville, Mississippi. The 1910 U.S. Census shows him as the fourth of seven children living with his widowed mother, Mary Nichols, in Sessums Township, just outside of Starkville. When and why he changed his name to "Bell" is unknown. He joined the St. Louis Stars of the Negro National League as a pitcher in 1922. By 1924, he had become their starting center fielder, and was known as an adept batter and fielder, and the "fastest man in the league". After leading the Stars to league titles in 1928, 1930, and 1931, he moved to the Detroit Wolves of the East-West League when the Negro National League disbanded. Detroit soon folded, leaving Bell to bounce to the Kansas City Monarchs and the Mexican winter leagues until finding a home with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in the reorganized NNL. In Pittsburgh, he played alongside Ted Page and Jimmie Crutchfield to form what is considered by many to have been the best outfield in the Negro Leagues. Bell left the Crawfords in 1938 to return to Mexico, coming back to baseball in the United States in 1942 to play for the Homestead Grays, who won Negro League titles in 1942, 1943, and 1944 with his help. He last played for the semi-pro Detroit Senators in 1946. He coached for the Monarchs in the late 1940s, managing their barnstorming "B" team, scouting for the club, signing prospects, and teaching the ins and outs of the game to future major-league baseball greats Ernie Banks, Jackie Robinson, and Elston Howard, among others.

Because of the opposition the Negro Leagues faced, and because of the lack of reliable press coverage of many of their games, no statistics can be given for Bell with any accuracy. What is undeniable is that Bell was considered to be one of the greats of his time by all the men he played with (including Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson). He is recorded as having fully rounded the bases in 12 seconds. As Paige himself noted in his autobiography, Maybe I'll Pitch Forever, "If Cool Papa had known about colleges or if colleges had known about Cool Papa, Jesse Owens would have looked like he was walking."

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