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Record breaker Durant guides US to Olympics basketball knockouts

Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum turned on the style as the US men's basketball team eventually shook off the Czech Republic to win 119-84 to reach the Olympic knockout phase Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardAug 1st, 2021

Durant guides US to Olympic KO round

Saitama—Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum turned on the style as the US men’s basketball team eventually shook off the Czech Republic to win 119-84 to reach the Olympic knockout phase Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2021

Durant says US men’s team wants to honor Kobe at Tokyo Olympics

Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has said the United States basketball team has Kobe Bryant’s DNA embedded in it and will look to honor the Los Angeles Lakers great with their play during this year’s Tokyo Olympics. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and twice Olympic gold medal winner, died last year aged 41 in a helicopter crash […] The post Durant says US men’s team wants to honor Kobe at Tokyo Olympics appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 10th, 2021

US cagers lose their shirts

In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Philippine national basketball team known as the Islanders took fifth place despite losing only to eventual gold medalist US and winding up with a 4-1 record......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 1st, 2021

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

Proud Durant leads US to fourth straight Olympic cage gold

SAITAMA (AFP) -- NBA All-Star Kevin Durant hailed his team for overcoming adversity Saturday after pouring in a game-high 29 points to lead the United States past France 87-82 for a “beautiful” fourth straight Olympic men’s basketball gold medal......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

Durant leads US to fourth straight Olympic basketball gold

SAITAMA (AFP) – NBA All-Star Kevin Durant poured in a game-high 29 points to lead the United States past France, 87-82, to win their fourth straight Olympic men’s basketball gold medal Saturday. The Americans started slow but earned a 22-18 lead after the first quarter and were 44-39 ahead at halfway, then survived some nervous […].....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

P5-M, dagdag ng PSC sa premyo ni Hidilyn Diaz sa pagka-panalo ng gold

  Ni Vic Tahud DADAGDAGAN ng limang milyong piso si Hidilyn Diaz dahil sa napanalunan nitong gintong medalya sa Tokyo Olympics.   Ito ang inihayag ng former basketball player at commissioner ng Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) na si Ramón S. Fernández.   Samantala, ibinahagi ni Commissioner Fernandez na naroon si PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021

Diaz remembers journey, hopes to inspire fellow Filipinos

The Philippines’ first gold medal and Olympic record were the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and ‘Team HD’ put together that past two years before the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Yulo set to receive P250,000 prize for breaking national vault record in Tokyo

Filipino gymnast Caloy Yulo may end up not leaving the Tokyo Olympics empty-handed after all......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

Durant powers US past Spain

The United States kept their basketball gold medal dreams on track Tuesday by grinding past world champions Spain 95-81 and into the semi-finals, while Slovenia crushed Germany to make the last four on their Olympic debut......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

Fil-Am trackster Knott eyes to break PH’s 200m sprint record

CEBU CITY, Philippines— Filipino-American trackster Kristina Knott is aiming to break the Philippine record in the women’s 200-meter sprint of the Olympics tomorrow, August 2, at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium track oval.  The 25-year-old Florida-born Fil-am trackster will be running in heat 7, which serves as the final heat at 10:18 a.m. (Manila Time) tomorrow. […] The post Fil-Am trackster Knott eyes to break PH’s 200m sprint record appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

South Korea s record-breaking Olympic archer fought sexism from day one

South Korea's An San was ice-cool as she defied online sexist abuse to seal a hat-trick of gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, but the ace archer has been fighting discrimination since she was a child......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 1st, 2021

Obiena shoots for seat in 12-man finals

Ernest John “EJ” Obiena doesn’t cower in fear at the sight of world no. 1 and record holder Armand “Mondo” Duplantis of Sweden, No. 3 Piotr Lisek of Poland, no. 5 Christopher Nilsen of the United States and no. 7 Thiago Braz of Brazil, the Rio Olympics champion......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 30th, 2021

A father’s wish for Obiena

It’s a long shot for pole vaulter EJ Obiena to land a podium finish in the Tokyo Olympics but his father and assistant coach Emerson said anything is possible if the stars are aligned when the 6-2 Tondo bet faces the bar. Obiena’s personal outdoor best is 5.87 meters while defending Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz of Brazil topped Rio with a leap of 6.03 and Swede Armand Duplantis holds the world record of 6.15......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz chases record feat in Tokyo Olympics

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz has a chance to be the first Filipino multi-medal winner in the Olympics, and she’s determined to do just that, promising a show to remember in her hour of reckoning here on Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2021

US NBA star Lavine enters COVID-19 protocol

Washington—Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine was placed into Covid-19 safety protocols on Monday and did not join his US Olympic basketball teammates in traveling to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

US Dream Team beats Spain ahead of the Olympics

Angels.- The US basketball team reacted to an end to the chaos of preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, defeating world champion Spain in Las Vegas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Bradley Beal will be withdrawn from the United States at the Tokyo Olympics by Covid

LAS VEGAS (USA), July 15 (EFE) — Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beale will not be with the United States national basketball team traveling to Tokyo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 16th, 2021

Durant, Team USA vent ire on Argentina for first win in Olympics tuneup

Team USA waxed hot from deep to open the game, hitting six 3s in just the first quarter to take a double-digit lead, 33-19, after the first period......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

USA loses its second Olympic preparatory game to Australia

The NBA’s star-studded United States basketball team lost its second straight game to Australia 91-83 in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics on Monday. The American.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021