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1 dead, 5 hurt in lightning strike

A villager was killed while five others were injured when lightning struck amid heavy rains in Polomolok on Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJun 24th, 2021

1 dead, 4 hurt in lightning strike

A farmer was killed and four others were injured when lightning struck in a farming village about 80 kilometers east of this city on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 11th, 2020

Coaching great John Thompson of Georgetown dead at 78

By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — John Thompson, the imposing Hall of Famer who turned Georgetown into a “Hoya Paranoia” powerhouse and became the first Black coach to lead a team to the NCAA men’s basketball championship, has died. He was 78 His death was announced in a family statement released by Georgetown on Monday. No details were disclosed. “Our father was an inspiration to many and devoted his life to developing young people not simply on but, most importantly, off the basketball court. He is revered as a historic shepherd of the sport, dedicated to the welfare of his community above all else,” the statement said. “However, for us, his greatest legacy remains as a father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. More than a coach, he was our foundation. More than a legend, he was the voice in our ear everyday.” One of the most celebrated and polarizing figures in his sport, Thompson took over a moribund Georgetown program in the 1970s and molded it in his unique style into a perennial contender, culminating with a national championship team anchored by center Patrick Ewing in 1984. Georgetown reached two other title games with Thompson in charge and Ewing patrolling the paint, losing to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina team in 1982 and to Villanova in 1985. At 6-foot-10, with an ever-present white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson literally and figuratively towered over the Hoyas for decades, becoming a patriarch of sorts after he quit coaching in 1999. One of his sons, John Thompson III, was hired as Georgetown’s coach in 2004. When the son was fired in 2017, the elder Thompson -- known affectionately as “Big John” or “Pops” to many -- was at the news conference announcing Ewing as the successor. Along the way, Thompson said what he thought, shielded his players from the media and took positions that weren’t always popular. He never shied away from sensitive topics -- particularly the role of race in both sports and society -- and he once famously walked off the court before a game to protest an NCAA rule because he felt it hurt minority athletes. “I’ll probably be remembered for all the things that kept me out of the Hall of Fame, ironically, more than for the things that got me into it,” Thompson said on the day he was elected to the Hall in 1999. Thompson became coach of the Hoyas in 1972 and began remaking a team that was 3-23 the previous season. Over the next 27 years, he led Georgetown to 14 straight NCAA tournaments (1979-92), 24 consecutive postseason appearances (20 NCAA, 4 NIT), three Final Fours (1982, 1984, 1985) and won six Big East tournament championships. Employing a physical, defense-focused approach that frequently relied on a dominant center -- Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo were among his other pupils -- Thompson compiled a 596-239 record (.715 winning percentage). He had 26 players drafted by the NBA. One of his honors -- his selection as coach of the U.S. team for the 1988 Olympics -- had a sour ending when the Americans had to settle for the bronze medal. It was a result so disappointing that Thompson put himself on a sort of self-imposed leave at Georgetown for a while, coaching practices and games but leaving many other duties to his assistants. Off the court, Thompson was both a role model and a lightning rod. A stickler for academics, he kept a deflated basketball on his desk, a reminder to his players that a degree was a necessity because a career in basketball relied on a tenuous “nine pounds of air.” The school boasted that 76 of 78 players who played four seasons under Thompson received their degrees. He was a Black coach who recruited mostly Black players to a predominantly white Jesuit university in Washington, and Thompson never hesitated to speak out on behalf of his players. One of the most dramatic moments in Georgetown history came on Jan. 14, 1989, when he walked off the court to a standing ovation before the tipoff of a home game against Boston College, demonstrating in a most public way his displeasure against NCAA Proposition 42. The rule denied athletic scholarships to freshmen who didn’t meet certain requirements, and Thompson said it was biased against underprivileged students. Opposition from Thompson, and others, led the NCAA to modify the rule. Thompson’s most daring move came that same year, when he summoned notorious drug kingpin Rayful Edmond III for a meeting in the coach’s office. Thompson warned Edmond to stop associating with Hoyas players and to leave them alone, using his respect in the Black community to become one of the few people to stare down Edmond and not face a reprisal. Though aware of his influence, Thompson did not take pride in becoming the first Black coach to take a team to the Final Four, and he let a room full of reporters know it when asked his feelings on the subject at a news conference in 1982. “I resent the hell out of that question if it implies I am the first Black coach competent enough to take a team to the Final Four,” Thompson said. “Other Blacks have been denied the right in this country; coaches who have the ability. I don’t take any pride in being the first Black coach in the Final Four. I find the question extremely offensive.” Born Sept. 2, 1941, John R. Thompson Jr. grew up in Washington, D.C. His father was always working — on a farm in Maryland and later as a laborer in the city — and could neither read nor write. “I never in my life saw my father’s hands clean,” Thompson told The Associated Press in 2007. “Never. He’d come home and scrub his hands with this ugly brown soap that looked like tar. I thought that was the color of his hands. When I was still coaching, kids would show up late for practice and I’d (say) ... ‘My father got up every morning of his life at 5 a.m. to go to work. Without an alarm.‘” Thompson’s parents emphasized education, but he struggled in part of because of poor eyesight and labored in Catholic grammar school. He was moved to a segregated public school, had a growth spurt and became good enough at basketball to get into John Carroll, a Catholic high school, where he led the team to 55 consecutive victories and two city titles. He went to Providence College as one of the most touted basketball prospects in the country and led the Friars to the first NCAA bid in school history. He graduated in 1964 and played two seasons with Red Auerbach’s Boston Celtics, earning a pair of championship rings as a sparingly used backup to Bill Russell. Thompson returned to Washington, got his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of the District of Columbia and went 122-28 over six seasons at St. Anthony’s before accepting the job at Georgetown, an elite school that had relatively few Black students. Faculty and students rallied around him after a bedsheet with racist words was hung inside the school’s gym before a game during the 1974-75 season. Thompson sheltered his players with closed practices, tightly controlled media access and a prohibition on interviews with freshmen in their first semester -- a restriction that still stands for Georgetown’s basketball team. Combined with Thompson’s flashes of emotion and his players’ rough-and-tumble style of play, it wasn’t long before the words “Hoya Paranoia” came to epitomize the new era of basketball on the Hilltop campus. Georgetown lost the 1982 NCAA championship game when Fred Brown mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina’s James Worthy in the game’s final seconds. Two years later, Ewing led an 84-75 win over Houston in the title game. The Hoyas were on the verge of a repeat the following year when they were stunned in the championship game by coach Rollie Massimino’s Villanova team in one of the biggest upsets in tournament history. Success allowed Thompson to rake in money through endorsements, but he ran afoul of his Georgetown bosses when he applied for a gambling license for a business venture in Nevada in 1995. Thompson, who liked playing the slot machines in Las Vegas, reluctantly dropped the application after the university president objected. Centers Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo turned Georgetown into “Big Man U” under Thompson, although his last superstar was guard Allen Iverson, who in 1996 also became the first player under Thompson to leave school early for the NBA draft. “Thanks for Saving My Life Coach,” Iverson wrote at the start of an Instagram post Monday with photos of the pair. The Hoyas teams in the 1990s never came close to matching the achievements of the 1980s, and Thompson’s era came to a surprising and sudden end when he resigned in the middle of the 1998-99 season, citing distractions from a pending divorce. Thompson didn’t fade from the limelight. He became a sports radio talk show host and a TV and radio game analyst, joining the very profession he had frustrated so often as a coach. He loosened up, allowing the public to see his lighter side, but he remained pointed and combative when a topic mattered to him. A torch was passed in 2004, when John Thompson III became Georgetown’s coach. The younger Thompson, with “Pops” often watching from the stands or sitting in the back of the room for news conferences, returned the Hoyas to the Final Four in 2007. Another son, Ronny Thompson, was head coach for one season at Ball State and is now a TV analyst. ___ Joseph White, a former AP sports writer in Washington who died in 2019, prepared this obituary. AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

1 dead, 1 hurt in dynamite fishing

A man died and another was injured after being hit by the explosion of improvised dynamite they were using to catch fish in waters off Balud, Masbate, on Tuesday, police reported. Aguido Gabriel, 23, died and was later recovered by other fishermen, according to a report from the Bicol regional police. His companion Hennil Laurio, […] The post 1 dead, 1 hurt in dynamite fishing appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

3 dead, 5 hurt in wake of Fabian, heavy rains

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Sunday reported three deaths and five injuries due to incessant rains brought about by the southwest monsoon that was enhanced by Typhoon Fabian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 25th, 2021

Jeepney falls into Kalinga ravine; 1 dead, 12 hurt

A 16-year-old boy was declared dead on arrival in a hospital while 12 others, including five other minors, were injured when a jeepney plunged into a ravine along the Tanudan-Banaue road in Tanudan, Kalinga on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 7th, 2021

45 dead, 53 hurt in AFP plane crash

At least 45 people were killed and 53 others injured when a C-130 Hercules military plane crashed after missing the runway upon landing in Patikul, Sulu before noon yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

Civilian killed, 2 hurt in Surigao NPA attacks

New People’s Army rebels burned heavy equipment owned by a construction company in Lanuza, Surigao del Sur on Thursday, leaving a caretaker dead and two other workers wounded......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2021

Cop runs amok in MPD: 2 dead, 1 hurt

A policeman reportedly ran amok in the Manila Police District headquarters on Friday night, leaving two police officers including himself dead and another wounded......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 26th, 2021

3 dead, 1 hurt as truck loaded with cement flips over

Three men died and another was injured after a 10-wheeled truck loaded with cement flipped over in Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte Tuesday, police reported. Killed were the truck’s driver Rolly Punisto, and helpers Jon Mar Abenido and “Dodong,” according to a report from the Zamboanga Peninsula regional police. Another helper, identified as Marklyn Echanes, survived […] The post 3 dead, 1 hurt as truck loaded with cement flips over appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2021

3 dead, 6 hurt in Maguindanao gun attack

Gunmen killed three villagers and seriously wounded six others in a daring attack in Buldon town in Maguindanao Friday night......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 19th, 2021

1 dead, 3 hurt in Pangasinan vehicular mishaps

A 67-year-old man died while three others were injured in separate vehicular accidents in Pangasinan on Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2021

Alcantara accident: Girl dead, 10 others hurt after van collides with motorcycle

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A family beach outing ended in tragedy when the van they were riding on collided with a motorcycle causing the death of a 14-year-girl and injury to 10 others in the early morning of June 6 in Alcantara town in southwestern Cebu. The girl, who died, was seated behind the driver, […] The post Alcantara accident: Girl dead, 10 others hurt after van collides with motorcycle appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

3 dead, 4 hurt as bus catches fire in North Cotabato

Initial reports from the local government unit of Mlang and the municipal police said one of the passengers of a unit of the Yellow Bus Company poured gasoline on the floor of the vehicle, lit the fuel with a disposable lighter and jumped out through its half-open hydraulic door......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

2 dead, 7 hurt as truck rams car in Quezon

Two persons died and seven more were injured when a truck rammed the car they were riding, along the Maharlika Highway in Gumaca, Quezon, early Monday, police reported. One of the car’s occupants, identified as Romel Periabras, died along with another male occupant who has yet to be identified, according to a report from the […] The post 2 dead, 7 hurt as truck rams car in Quezon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 31st, 2021

2 dead, 2 hurt in blast at Gov’t Arsenal in Bataan

Two persons were killed while two more sustained injuries when an explosion occurred inside a building at the Government Arsenal (GA) compound in Limay, Bataan, Wednesday morning, police said. Police identified the fatalities as Ricardo Solomon, 40, and Marvin Tatel, 38. Macreldo Rodriguez, 57, and Allan Wisco, 36, suffered minor injuries, according to a report […] The post 2 dead, 2 hurt in blast at Gov’t Arsenal in Bataan appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

PAF helicopter crashes; 1 dead

The Philippine Air Force confirmed yesterday the death of one of its pilots after an MD-MG520 helicopter of the 15th Strike Wing crashed in Jetafe, Bohol......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

NDRRMC: 4 dead, 13 hurt due to Bising

At least four people have died and 13 others were injured due to Typhoon Bising, latest data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council showed......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

2 MRT-7 workers dead, 2 hurt by speeding SUV

Two construction workers at the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 project in Quezon City were killed and two others were injured after they were hit by a speeding sport utility vehicle yesterday morning......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

2 dead, 2 hurt in Kalinga road mishap

A couple died and two others were seriously injured when their van plunged into a 180-meter ravine in Barangay Balinsiago Sur, Pasil, Kalinga on Friday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 6th, 2021

1 dead, 3 hurt in Malabuyoc motorcycle accident

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A young man died, while three others were badly injured in a motorcycle collision along the national highway in Barangay Poblacion 2, Malabuyoc town, Cebu at around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Police identified the fatality as Nicholas Lauron, 20, a resident of Barangay Montañeza in Malabuyoc town. The injured […] The post 1 dead, 3 hurt in Malabuyoc motorcycle accident appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2021