National Sports Briefs

NEW YORK – Baseball historians are going back through the record books to see who the first black player to play in a major league game actually was.
William Edward White played one game for the Providence Greys of the National League on June 21, 1879. It was generally accepted by baseball fans that Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother Welday were first. They played for the Toledo Blue Stockings of the American Association in 1884.
White attended Brown University in 1880, and was the son of A.J. White according to school records.
“We don’t have a lot on William Edward White,” Jim Gates, library director of the baseball hall of fame. “Hopefully they (SABR researchers) will find more information.”
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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Michael Nunn, former middleweight champion, was sentenced to 24 years in prison for buying cocaine from an undercover agent.
Nunn bought one kilogram of cocaine for $200, which has an estimated street value of $24,000, from the undercover agent on Aug. 6, 2002, at a hotel in Davenport, Iowa.
Judge William Gritzner sentenced Nunn to 292 months, a long term for such an offense, because of Nunn’s repeated drug violations and because he used a firearm during drug deals.
According to records, Nunn’s drug offenses date back to 1993. Nunn accused the lawyers of plotting against him.
“You guys haven’t shown me nothing,” he said in his statement to the judge. “Where are your facts, Mr. Prosecutor?”
Nunn had a 58-4 record with 38 knockouts in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.
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BOULDER, CO – University of Colorado regents will meet to discuss claims that football recruits were offered sexual favors to attend school there.
Colorado Governor Bill Owens demanded the school take action since the rumors began floating around last week.
“Women are not recruiting tools,” Owens said late last week.
Campus police officer Timothy Delaria said a recruit told him sex was “part of what you get when you come to Colorado.”
A lawsuit was filed by Lisa Simpson, a former student, one of three women who was allegedly raped at a 2001 party. Simpson agreed to use her name publicly and accuses the football program of fostering an environment where women are sexually harassed.
Coach Gary Barnett has denied the accusations.
“I’ve been an educator for 33 years and much of my teaching and emphasis is about character,” Barnett said. “Neither myself nor any of my coaches have ever encouraged or condoned sex as part of the recruiting process, period.”

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