Richard Yap on the 2019 elections: Good intentions are not enough

When Richard Yap (a.k.a. Sir Chief) ran for congressman of Cebu in the 2019 elections under the PDP-Laban banner, he said in an interview that if he won, he would quit showbiz because he might not be able to do both duties simultaneously (couldn’t serve two masters at the same time)......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 23rd, 2020

Wallace, NASCAR s agent of change, doing what feels right

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Being an agent of change in NASCAR cuts both ways for Bubba Wallace. He is seen as a hero to some, particularly those who have longed for a Black driver to shake things up in a predominantly white sport. To others, the 26-year-old Wallace represents something else entirely and he has seen plenty of haters out on social media over his career. It has intensified in recent days. He has brushed them off, especially the ones accusing Wallace or his No. 43 team of being involved in a hoax, of somehow being behind the garage door pulldown rope fashioned as a noose that was found in their garage stall at Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway last weekend. “You quickly realize,” Wallace said, “they don’t give a damn about you and I don’t give a damn about them.” It has been a remarkable and exhausting three weeks for Wallace since he helped spark NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its races and venues. That is seen as a sea change for the 72-year-old stock car series with its core Southern fan base, but then came the noose and a federal investigation that ultimately determined Wallace had not been the target of a hate crime. He’s been besieged with media requests and made the rounds on morning talk shows and chatted with late night hosts. Wallace even unified the sport when every one of the 40 teams on the grid lined up with Wallace and their series in an effort to show they do not and will not tolerate racism. The face of a movement is a tough haul for anyone, especially when he stands as the lone Black driver at the top level of NASCAR. “It’s just what I feel in my heart, what feels right,” Wallace said Friday. “I’m finally voicing my opinion on the tough subjects that a lot of people are afraid to touch on. I’m not afraid to speak my mind. I’ve done it and gotten in trouble and learned from it. People that know me, I’m 100% raw and real.” It’s part of his appeal, and why a small number of Black fans rushed the fence and cheered for Wallace after he finished 14th at Talladega. He wants more Black fans in NASCAR -- he said his social media following has exploded and scores of famous fans like LeBron James have offered support - and said he is ready to lead the charge. He would also like some of his newfound fame to lead to more sponsorship to fund the No. 43 Chevrolet for Richard Petty Motorsports. He's not going to change his approach for them. “Ever since I’ve been speaking out, I haven’t been thinking about my sponsors,” Wallace said. “I’ve been thinking about me being a human being and standing up for what’s right. I would hope that sponsors would see that and back me up on that.” But he’s tired. His free time has been chewed up and life in the spotlight as a national newsmaker has him “wore the hell out" and there are two more races this weekend for a team that has been running well. “It’s not like I wanted to be in this position or asked to be in this position,” Wallace said. “It just kind of happened." He is grateful NASCAR released the photo of the rope; NASCAR President Steve Phelps stated “the noose was real,” though it remains unknown who tied it. Phelps said NASCAR determined the noose was not in place when the October 2019 race weekend began but was created at some point during that weekend. “We can’t say it was directed toward me, which is good,” Wallace said. “But somebody still knows how to tie a noose. Whether they did it as a bad joke or not, who knows? It was good for the public to see. It still won’t change some people’s minds of me being a hoax. But it is what it is.” He has received support from NASCAR friends and foes, like fellow driver Aric Almirola who started a text with “we’re not friends and we don’t act like we are” but was ready to stand next to Wallace as a brother. Wallace even had fun on the Talladega grid after drivers pushed his car to the front, joking, “I don’t like half you guys, but I appreciate all of you guys.” NASCAR is at Pocono Raceway this weekend for Cup Series races on Saturday and Sunday, just one more piece of a grueling schedule where all eyes are on Wallace. “Let’s get away from what happened at Talladega,” Wallace said. “Let me go out and have some good races, have some bad races, try and figure out what the hell we’re going to do to rebound from those bad races and get back to race car life.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

MPBL: Davao wins fourth straight, spoils Binan s last home game

BIÑAN -- South top seed Davao Occidental-Cocolife spoiled Biñan-Luxxe White's last home game this 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, 72-66, Thursday night at the Alonte Sports Arena here. June Mocon registered 15 points -- all from the three-point area -- on top of three rebounds and a steal as the Tigers upped their standings to 25-4, picking up their fourth straight win. Chester Saldua followed suit with 12 markers and seven boards while Marco Balagtas and Emman Calo connived for 21 points. "Biñan's second group played really well. I tip my hats off to them, they really played well," said Davao coach Don Dulay. Jed Mendoza's freebies at the 1:42 mark of the payoff period trimmed the Heroes' deficit to just four, but they missed all but one of their remaining shots. Trailing 47-29 midway through the third period, Biñan launched a fiery comeback, ending the quarter on a 14-1 burst, to cut the deficit to just five, 43-48. Mendoza led Biñan with 18 points, six boards, and six dimes, while Kyle Neypes and James Castañares chipped in eight markers apiece. The Heroes concluded the season at 10th place in the Southern division behind a 12-18 slate. In the earlier contest, Bacoor City trooped back to its winning ways, toppling Iloilo United, 79-68. The Strikers ended the elimination round at second place in the Southern division at 24-6 while the Royals slipped to fifth place in the same conference behind an 18-12 card. "Our players could have easily said that we have number two locked in so we could have an easy night off but there are no nights off to build championship habits," said Bacoor coach Chris Gavina. Mark Pangilinan spearheaded the Strikers with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep while Michael Mabulac tallied a double-double of 10 markers and 10 boards. Gab Banal also contributed 11 points while Ian Melencio added eight points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Leading by just three in the payoff period, Banal and Melencio connected on back-to-back triples from the top of the arc to give Bacoor the lead for good, 77-68 at the 1:06 mark. Al Tamsi paced Iloilo with 18 points, four rebounds, and three dimes while Richard Escoto and Aaron Jeruta combined for 25 markers. In the first game, Jeckster Apinan went berserk in overtime to lift Makati-Super Crunch over GenSan-Burlington 91-90. Apinan buried the buzzer-beating layin off the dish of Cedric Ablaza to give Makati the much-needed victory after losing four of their last five games. The Jose Rizal University product scored 10 of the 12 Super Crunch points in overtime and ended with monster numbers of 29 points on a 9-of-14 clip, 13 rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. "Jeckster is one of the leaders of the team. He's been a very good offensive and defensive player. A good attitude on and off the court," head coach Beaujing Acot said. On the other hand, Mikey Williams scored all of the Warriors' 11 markers in extra period to finish with 21 points and seven assists. Tied at 79, Jong Baloria and Cristopher Masaglang exchanged sorry misses to send the game to overtime. Ablaza added 21 points, seven boards, three dimes, two steals and two blocks for Makati while Baloria had 12 markers. Robby Celiz came through for GenSan with 13 points, 17 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks while Pamboy Raymundo just missed triple-double with 13 markers, 10 assists, and nine boards. Makati improved its win-loss record to 22-8, snapping its two-game slump while the Warriors slipped to 16-12, leaving the window open for Cebu-Casino Ethyl Alcohol to enter the post-season. The Scores: FIRST GAME Makati-Super Crunch 91 - Apinan 29, Ablaza 21, Baloria 12, Villanueva 9, Lingganay 6, Cruz 5, Importante 4, Sedurifa 3, Atkins 2, Cayanan 0, Manlangit 0. GenSan-Burlington 90 - Williams 21, Raymundo 13, Celiz 13, Mahaling 12, Masaglang 12, Goloran 9, Orbeta 3, Bautista 3, Cabanag 2, Baltazar 2, Cinco 0, Landicho 0. Quarterscores: 18-17, 36-37, 57-59, 79-79, 91-90. SECOND GAME Bacoor City 79 - Pangilinan 16, Banal 11, Mabulac 10, Melencio 8, Demusis 8, Montuano 7, Cañete 6, Sumalinog 6, Ramirez 5, Aquino 2, Acuña 0, Destacamento 0. Iloilo 68 - Tamsi 18, Escoto 13, Jeruta 12, Publico 7, Jaboneta 5, Gumaru 5, Prado 4, Mahari 2, Golla 2, Rodriguez 0, De Joya 0, Arambulo 0, Racho 0. Quarterscores: 22-14, 31-33, 55-51, 79-68. THIRD GAME Davao Occidental-Cocolife 72 - Mocon 15, Saldua 12, Balagtas 11, Calo 10, Yee 9, Custodio 8, Raymundo 2, Robles 2, Terso 2, Albo 1, Desabile 0, Lamocha 0, Bonleon 0, Gaco 0. Binan-Luxxe White 66 - Mendoza 18, Villanueva 9, Neypes 8, Castañares 8, Acosta 7, Mangahas A. 5, Rosale 3, Justiniani 3, Adorio 2, Parala 2, Stevens 1, Anonuevo 0, Mangahas A. 0, Bautista 0. Quarterscores: 15-12, 38-22, 48-43, 72-66.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2020

AP source: Giants nearing deal with Pats Judge to be coach

By Tom Canavan, Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants and New England Patriots assistant Joe Judge are working on a deal for him to become the team's head coach, a surprising move for the four-time Super Bowl-winning franchise that tumbled to the bottom of the NFL in recent years, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal is not done. Mentored by Bill Belichick and Nick Saban in a 15-year career, Judge would become a head coach for the first time. At 38, he would be one of the youngest NFL coaches. Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams currently is the youngest at 33. Judge has won three Super Bowls with New England in eight years as an assistant on Belichick's staff. He was the fifth candidate the Giants interviewed since firing Pat Shurmur on Dec. 30. Among those, Mike McCarthy agreed Monday to become the Dallas Cowboys' new coach. Another candidate, Matt Rhule, who was supposed to interview with New York on Tuesday, is instead headed to the Carolina Panthers, according to people familiar with those situations. The third new coach tabbed for the NFC East in a week — Ron Rivera was hired by the Washington Redskins on Wednesday — Judge would take over a team that went 4-12 and 5-11 in Shurmur's two seasons and has been to the playoffs just once since winning the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. He would be the Giants' fourth head coach since Tom Coughlin was let go after the 2015 season. Ben McAdoo, hired in 2016, didn't last two seasons. Steve Spagnuolo, currently Kansas City's defensive coordinator, served as interim coach after McAdoo was fired in '17. Judge, the Patriots' special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach, would inherit a team with a talented young quarterback in Daniel Jones and former rookie of the year running back Saquon Barkley. The Giants have the fourth pick in this year's draft and approximately $85 million in salary-cap money to spend. The Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night in the wild-card round. Judge joined the Patriots as a special teams assistant in 2012 and helped guide them to Super Bowls titles in the 2014, ’16 and ’18 seasons. Before joining New England, he spent three years in the same role under Saban at Alabama. He won titles with the Crimson Tide in 2009 and '11. He also coached at Mississippi State and Birmingham-Southern. With Judge as special teams coordinator since 2015, New England consistently ranked as one of the NFL's top units. He added receivers to his responsibilities in 2019. He coached kicker Stephen Gostkowski to the All-Pro team in 2015 and special teams captain Matt Slater to the same honors in 2016 and this season. Belichick called Judge "an excellent coach" and said he excelled in his added duties this season. "Joe’s done a great job. He’s done a great job with the kicking game," Belichick said. “He’s expanded the role a little bit and that’s kind of had a little bit of a ripple effect in the way we’ve organized the kicking game, but that’s all worked out pretty efficiently. Joe’s done a good job of organizing that, as well as taking care on some other things with the offense and particularly receivers.” Judge met with Giants co-owner John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman and vice president of football operations Kevin Abrams at the team's New Jersey headquarters on Monday. The Giants had been expected to interview Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels this week along with Baylor's Rhule. But Rhule did not interview with them, the person said. New York also had been given permission by Dallas to speak with former Cowboys coach Jason Garrett about the head coaching job. An interview was planned later this week, the person said. Garrett's contract with the Cowboys does not expire until next week. There have been reports the Giants are considering Garrett for a job as a coordinator or quarterbacks coach, but the person said the new coach will determine his staff. Others interviewed were Kris Richard, the Dallas defensive assistant coach and former Seattle defensive coordinator; Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy; and Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale. ___ AP Sports Writers Schuyler Dixon in Frisco, Texas; Steve Reed in Charlotte, N.C.; and Kyle Hightower in Foxborough, Mass., contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2020

De Lima hits Gordon insinuation that GCTA used to raise campaign funds

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima slammed co-Senator Richard Gordon for "irresponsibly" saying that she used the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law to raise campaign funds during the 2016 elections. "I take serious offense at Gordon's arrogance and impudence to even insinuate that I benefited from the Good Conduct ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

COA scores Comelec: PhP2.6-B contracts had no fund cover docs

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism GOOD, sound procurement processes apparently do not define the Commission on Elections (Comelec). In truth, the poor planning, delivery delays, wastage, and other irregularities that marked the procurement of goods and services for the May 2019 elections had surfaced early on in the agency’s audit report the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

SD cards ‘case of a few lemons’? 4,650 corrupted, not used at all

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism A HANDFUL of the items delivered turned out to be not as good as they ought to have been –“a case of a few lemons.” That’s how Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez described the problem encountered with Secure Digital or SD cards during the May 2019 […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PBA: Rain or Shine makes it back-to-back wins after frustrating Phoenix

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Rain or Shine is slowly getting its bearings back. The Elasto Painters made it back-to-back wins in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, stopping Phoenix Sunday at the Ynares Center here, 89-82. ROS used a late blitz in the fourth to pull away from the Fuel Masters and the Elasto Painters have now recovered from a poor start to improve to 2-2 in the team standings. “We looked bad, I felt that we didn’t deserve this win,” head coach Caloy Garcia said. “But it’s good that Denzel was able to give us this win, he didn’t want to lose. That’s the kind of character of an import that you want,” he added. Former Best Import Denzel Bowles scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth lead the Elasto Painters to victory. ROS struggle all game long before somehow finding a way to force a tie entering the fourth. Even then, the Fuel Masters were still clinging to the control before a late 12-2 run to end the game allowed ROS to steal the win. After Bowles, rookie Javee Mocon scored 15 points and James Yap was also good for 15 before exiting the game due to an apparent groin injury. For the Fuel Masters, import Richard Howell bounce back from a down first game and score 27 points before fouling out. Phoenix dropped to 1-3 following a third straight loss but things could start to look up for the team as they get back head coach Louie Alas for the next game. The Scores: ROS (89) — Bowles 28, Mocon 15, Yap 15, Nambatac 11, Norwood 9, Daquioag 4, Alejandro 3, Rosales 2, Borboran 2, Onwubere 0, Maiquez 0, Ahanmisi 0, Ponferada 0, Torres 0, Belga 0. PHOENIX (82) — Howell 27, Wright 15, Revilla 12, Jazul 7, Chua 7, Marcelo 7, Intal 4, Perkins 3, Gamboa 0, Kramer 0? Mallari 0, Napoles 0, Mendoza 0, Dennison 0, Guevarra 0, Wilson 0. Quarter Scores: 14-20, 32-38, 61-61, 89-82.    — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

WINNERS and LOSERS: Sportsmen in 2019 mid-term elections

Athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections. Some were able to extend their victorious run in their respective sports to the political arena. Some were not as lucky. Former De La Salle Green Archer Francis Zamora was the biggest winner after winning the mayoral poll in San Juan, ending the nearly 50-year grip of the Ejercito Estrada clan in the city. Zamora was proclaimed winner Monday night after garnering 35,060 votes, building a lead of 10,247 votes against rival Janella Ejercito Estrada (24,813). Another cager in former PBA player Paul Artadi won as councilor in San Juan’s first district. Former Jose Rizal University basketball coach Vergel Meneses won as mayor of Bulakan in Bulacan while 2005 Southeast Asian Games fencing gold medalist Richard Gomez was elected for another term as mayor of Ormoc, Leyte unopposed. Matthew Manotoc, a player agent and son of golfer Tommy Manotoc, ran unopposed and was proclaimed as new Ilocos Norte governor.            Also winning seats in their city councils were Dondon Hontiveros (2nd district, Cebu), Ato Agustin (San Fernando, Pampanga), UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag (1st district, Makati), SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba (Cebu), Adamson coach Franz Pumaren (third district of Quezon City),  Yoyong Martirez (second district of Pasig City), Jam Alfad (Jolo, Sulu), former Coca-Cola head coach Binky Favis (second district of Paranaque), Marikina Shoemakers head coach Elvis Tolentino (second district of Marikina), Jack Santiago of Adamson (1st district, Navotas), Perpetual Help’s GJ Ylagan (Gumaca, Quezon) and racer Tyson Sy (2nd district, Valenzuela). Meanwhile, former University of the Philippines volleybelle Pia Cayetano and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman Sonny Angara are currently in the top 10 in the senatorial race. Boxing trainer and Manny Pacquiao’s boxing buddy Buboy Fernandez maintains his lead in the vice-mayor race in Polangui, Albay while congressmen Mikee Romero and Eric are heading for a term extension with 1Pacman on track to winning them seats.     Just like in sports, some were not as lucky. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao, also the NLEX mentor, lost to incumbent congressman Jon Lazatin in the first district of Pampanga. Olympian Monsour del Rosario bowed down to incumbent Makati vice mayor Monique Lagdameo, Don Allado failed to get a seat in San Juan City council while Peter Aguilar, former Ginebra player and father of current Gin Kings player and national team member Japeth, failed to get a seat as vice mayor of Sasmuan, Pampanga.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

PNP chief orders crackdown on goons, loose guns

Ten Days ahead of the May 13, 2019 midterm elections, Philippine National Police chief General Oscar Albayalde asked police officers to “sacrifice a little.” Albayalde made the call despite citing the police for doing good in their preparations for the midterms polls. “Pagtyagaan na natin ito. This happens every three years. Konting sakrispisyo, konting sipag […] The post PNP chief orders crackdown on goons, loose guns appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Added burden for vehicle owners

Who was it who said that “the road to hell is paved with good intentions?” And if we’re talking about good intentions, what can be more noble than saving human lives or at least keep them from suffering needless injury?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2021

Garcia: Cebu Province in ‘good’ shape amid COVID-19 rise

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia is not a bit worried that only 10 of the 50 towns and cities in the province can be considered as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) free. The governor said that the Capitol will not be distracted with saturated information on COVID-19 as they are more focused on […] The post Garcia: Cebu Province in ‘good’ shape amid COVID-19 rise appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2021

Keann & JR not worried about being typecast in BL roles

The road paved with good intentions by the Thai-originated BL (Boys Love) trend is a crowded avenue today, with the Philippines cashing in on the rage with its own versions of the theme, kicked off by The IdeaFirst Company’s Gameboys (now on Netflix) starring Kokoy de Santos and Elijah Canlas, followed by an avalanche of others delineating various shades of male gayness, making some people wonder why (yes, why not?) nobody (except IdeaFirst with Pearl Next Door) has initiated a female equivalent to be called GL (as in Girls Love)......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021

Lider kabataan, pag-asa ng bayan

Noong 2019 elections, lumikha ng ingay ang pagkakapanalo ng ilang batang politiko sa Kalakhang Maynila matapos nilang talunin ang mga kalabang inuugat na sa puwesto. Ito'y isa lamang Indikasyon na nagsawa na ang mga botante sa pamamalakad ng mga dating nakaupo kaya’t gustong nilang makakita ng bagong mukhang magsisilbi sa kanilang bayan. The post Lider kabataan, pag-asa ng bayan first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsJan 19th, 2021

Danish hitmaker Maximillian collaborates with Moira Dela Torre for 2021 version of & lsquo;Beautiful Scars& rsquo;

Back in 2019, Danish artist Maximillian released "Beautiful Scars," a soulful, alternative pop track dedicated to “all the people who sometimes don't feel good enough.”.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2021

New Nueva Ecija town mayor assumes post

Mayor Sylvia Austria of Jaen, Nueva Ecija stepped down from her post on Monday following a court ruling affirming the victory of her rival in the 2019 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2020

Ormoc on lockdown

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez has ordered the closure of the city’s borders until Jan. 3 next year due to the increase in the number of coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2020

Cebu City continues with single-digit number of new cases in December

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu City seems to be having a good start this December. This as the city, on December 2, 2020, recorded its fifth consecutive day of having single-digit number of new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases with eight as of December 2, 2020, data from the regional health office showed. In the December 1 bulletin, […] The post Cebu City continues with single-digit number of new cases in December appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2020

Chasing waterfalls

On this, the week marking the anniversary of the first appearance in Hubei of SARS-CoV-2 in 2019, the biggest news is that there is good news at all. In an annus horibilis, we celebrate the breaks we get......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 20th, 2020

GMA& rsquo;s profit soars 78% to P3.90b; ABS-CBN loses P7.22b

GMA Network Inc. said Monday net income surged 78 percent in the first nine months to P3.90 billion from P2.19 billion a year ago despite the absence of incremental sales from the 2019 elections......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 17th, 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......»»

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