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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
By United Press International

Winston dominates college football awards

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Alabama's AJ McCarron denied Florida State's Jameis Winston a sweep of the major college football awards Thursday by winning the Maxwell Trophy.

Police officer kills self after taking another officer hostage

JIM THORPE, Pa., Oct. 26 (UPI) -- A police officer in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania shot and killed himself after taking another officer hostage, officials said Saturday.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, July 15, 2013.
By United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
By United Press International

After court decision, Jim Thorpe, Pa., may lose body of Jim Thorpe

JIM THORPE, Pa., April 23 (UPI) -- The town of Jim Thorpe, Pa., faces losing its namesake after a court decision allows Jim Thorpe's sons to return their father's body to Oklahoma, a report said.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013.
By United Press International
Notre Dame's plays way into BCS title game against Alabama

Notre Dame's plays way into BCS title game against Alabama

That Alabama reached the BCS title game isn't a surprise, although the path taken was, but that the Crimson Tide's opponent is Notre Dame, that wasn't expected.
JOHN HENDEL, United Press International

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, July 15, 2012.
By United Press International

Sluman's birdies forge tie with Couples

BILOXI, Miss., March 24 (UPI) -- Jeff Sluman sank four straight birdies Saturday, forging a tie with Fred Couples atop the leaderboard after two rounds of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
By United Press International

Golfer Thorpe begins tax-evasion sentence

MONTGOMERY, Ala., April 1 (UPI) -- Professional golfer Jim Thorpe turned himself in to a federal prison in Alabama Thursday to begin a one-year sentence for failing to pay income taxes.

Golfer Jim Thorpe convicted of tax evasion

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Professional golfer Jim Thorpe was sentenced to one year in prison Friday for income tax evasion.

Cochran, Watson share Champions Tour lead

CARY, N.C., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Russ Cochran, seeking his first Champions Tour win, shared the first-round lead with Denis Watson Friday at the SAS Championship.

Report: Golfer Jim Thorpe owes back taxes

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe is accused of not paying nearly $1.6 million in taxes, the Tampa Tribune reported Thursday.
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Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk, translated to Bright Path) (May 28, 1888 – March 28, 1953) was an American athlete of mixed ancestry (mixed Caucasian and American Indian). Considered one of the most versatile athletes of modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals for the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football (collegiate and professional), and also played professional baseball and basketball. He lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateurism rules. In 1983, 30 years after his death, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) restored his Olympic medals.

Of Native American and European American ancestry, Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox nation in Oklahoma. He played as part of several All-American Indian teams throughout his career, and "barnstormed" (played mainly in small towns) as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of American Indians.

His professional sports career ended during the Great Depression; and Thorpe struggled to earn a living after that. He worked several odd jobs, struggled with alcoholism, and lived his last years in failing health and poverty.

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