In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories

In Sports from United Press International

A roundup of top sports stories.

Red Wings assistant fined, suspended

NEW YORK, April 1 (UPI) -- Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Joe Kocur has been suspended two games and the team was fined $5,000 on Monday for is behavior Sunday against St. Louis.

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Music lovers might like to know that 2003 has been proclaimed "Year of the Blues."
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

Detroit 5, Chicago 4 (OT)

DETROIT, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Nicklas Lidstrom put in a rebound for his second goal of the night 47 seconds into overtime Monday night as the Detroit Red Wings snapped a nine-game home winle

Foreman to go into Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, N.Y., Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman, who has become a mainstream personality since his second retirement, heads the list of inductees in the Internatio

Detroit 2, Anaheim 1

DETROIT, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, off to the best start in team history, still have been unable to solve Detroit as Curtis Joseph continued to thrive at Joe Louis Ar

Detroit 3, New Jersey 2 (OT)

DETROIT, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Kris Draper scored 1:55 into overtime Wednesday night, moments after an apparent New Jersey goal was disallowed, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 3-2 victory over

Edmonton 5, Detroit 4 (OT)

DETROIT, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A rare goal by defenseman Jason Smith gave Edmonton an even rarer road win over Detroit as he scored 88 seconds into overtime Monday night and the Oilers defeat

Detroit 2, Anaheim 1 (OT)

DETROIT, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Sergei Fedorov scored with 21 seconds remaining in overtime Friday night to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Chicago 2, Detroit 0

DETROIT, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Jocelyn Thibault stopped 18 shots for his league-leading second shutout of the season and Steve Sullivan had a hand in both goals as the Chicago Blackhawks exte

Detroit 3, San Jose 2

DETROIT, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- With Halloween two days away, the San Jose Sharks made an early visit to a house that continuously haunts them. And the result was no different.

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Detroit 7, Pittsburgh 3

DETROIT, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Sergei Fedorov scored three goals in just over seven minutes during the second period Friday night to lead the Detroit Red Wings to a 7-3 victory over the Pitts
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Joe Louis
The boxing gloves of heavyweight champion Joe Louis have been donated to the National Museum of American History in Washington on January 31, 2007. The gloves were used in Louis' first fight against Germany's Max Schmeling in 1936, which he lost. Louis won the rematch in 1938 at Yankee Stadium. Due to the turbulent time in history, the two matches transcended boxing and became worldwide events with racial and national overtones. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)

Joseph Louis Barrow (May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981), better known as Joe Louis, was the world heavyweight boxing champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber, Louis helped elevate boxing from a nadir in popularity in the post-Jack Dempsey era by establishing a reputation as an honest, hardworking fighter at a time when the sport was dominated by gambling interests. Louis's championship reign lasted 140 consecutive months, during which he participated in 27 championship fights, 26 championship fights during his reign; the 27th, against Ezzard Charles, was a challenge to Charles' heavyweight title and so is not included in Louis' reign. All in all, Joe was victorious in 25 successful title defenses, a record for the heavyweight division. In 2005, Louis was named the greatest heavyweight of all time by the International Boxing Research Organization, and was ranked number one on The Ring's list of 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time.

Louis's cultural impact was felt well outside the ring. He is widely regarded as the first African American to achieve the status of a nationwide hero within the United States, and was also a focal point of anti-Nazi sentiment leading up to and during World War II. He also was instrumental in integrating the game of golf, breaking the sport's color barrier in America by appearing under a sponsor's exemption in a PGA event in 1952.

Louis was born on May 13, 1914 in a ramshackle dwelling on Bell Chapel Road, located about a mile off Alabama's Route 50 and roughly six miles north of Lafayette in rural Chambers County, Alabama. Louis was the son of Munroe Barrow and Lillie (Reese) Barrow, and seventh of eight children. He weighed 11 pounds at birth. Both Louis's parents were the children of former slaves, alternating between sharecropping and rental farming. Munroe was predominantly African American with some white ancestry, while Lillie was half Cherokee.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Joe Louis."
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