Georgetown’s John Thompson — Hall of Fame coach and a colossal figure in American sports — has died at 78 years old. https://t.co/ebpqvp85BL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 31, 2020 Written By Arnold Dsouza Breaking News: Legendary Georgetown Coach John Thompson has passed away. The Hall of Famer became the first African-American head coach to win the NCAA National Championship, leading the Hoyas to the 1984 title. Coach Thompson will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/wrNyzN2vFU— The Team 980 & 95.9FM (@team980) August 31, 2020 COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 31st August, 2020 17:01 IST John Thompson Dead? Twitter Report Says iconic Georgetown Hoyas Coach Passed Away Aged 78 John Thompson dead? On Monday, a DC Radio station reported the death of legendary Georgetown Hoyas coach John Thompson, who was aged 78 at the time. First Published: 31st August, 2020 17:01 IST WATCH US LIVE Soon after his retirement from playing basketball, Thompson took up the job at St. Anthony HS and spent six years with the team before eventually joining Georgetown Hoyas in 1972. In 27 seasons with the Hoyas, Thompson compiled a win-loss coaching record of 596-239. After retiring from coaching in 1999, Thompson continued to remain active in basketball and joined the commentary team at TNT. ALSO READ: NBA To Convert Arenas Into Voting Booths For Upcoming USA Presidential ElectionsWhat happened to John Thompson? John Thompson cause of deathSo far, there have been no reports that have revealed John Thompson’s cause of death. Georgetown officials have also failed to respond to the calls and text messages to confirm the news of Thompson’s death. In 2015, Thompson had surgery to correct a benign twisted intestine that forced him to miss calling the NCAA that season. Image Credits – AP ALSO READ: Ex-UConn Star, Top NBA Sixth Man Cliff Robinson Dies At 53John Thomspon dead? Reports claim legendary Georgetown Hoyas coach passed away on MondayA tweet from DC Radio station, The Team 980 & 95.9FM, reported the death of John Thompson in the early hours of Monday, August 31. It was reported that Thompson had passed away at the age of 78. Fans on social media soon poured in with tributes for John Thompson, a Naismith Hall of Fame inductee. However, no news station confirmed the death of the former Georgetown Hoyas coach.ALSO READ: AP Source: Stevens, Shields Leave WNBA BubbleJohn Thompson career as an NBA player and Georgetown Hoyas coachAs a basketball player, Thompson spent two years in the NBA with the Boston Celtics from 1964-66, winning the NBA championship on both occasions. Throughout his NBA career, Thompson averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 74 games. Following a successful two-year spell as a player in the NBA, Thompson announced his retirement in 1966 to focus on a career as a coach. ALSO READ: Sparks Win 9th Straight, Clinch WNBA Playoff Spot On Monday, a report on Twitter claimed that Georgetown Hoyas legendary coach John Thompson tragically passed away at the age of 78. John Thompson, a three-time Big East Coach of the Year, retired from basketball coaching in 1999, citing marital issues. The iconic Georgetown Hoyas coach was the first African-American head coach to win a major collegiate championship, capturing the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship in 1984. LIVE TV FOLLOW US
Rivera was assisted by a bit of shoddy center field defense from relief pitcher Jeff Nelson. And now, a hilarious tweet:From Enter Sandman to Exit Velocity Sandman. #Yankees— Joe (@JoeRiveraSN) June 23, 2019Rivera, baseball’s first unanimous Hall of Famer, gets to live another dream out of his in July, when he’s inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sunday’s edition, the 73rd annual, featured a number of firsts for Rivera, someone who has accomplished so much in his career: his first appearance at an Old Timers’ Day, his first career base hit, his first career home run and his first appearance playing center field. You might not find those on his Baseball-Reference page, though. “I always looked forward to this day,” Rivera said. “All those years, those 19 seasons that I played, I always [wondered] when Old Timers’ Day was gonna be. I was here, early, for all those games. You share with those guys. You listen to their stories. It was amazing.”MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNIt’s been nearly six years since Rivera threw his last cutter for the Yankees, but he apparently is still no stranger to the big stage of Yankee Stadium, and it was apparent on Sunday.So here are a few things that the man called “Mo” accomplished in his first Old Timers’ Day.He clowned Paul O’NeillOld Timers’ Day matchups can always make for hilarious moments.The always entertaining YES Network color man Paul O’Neill was incredulous when Rivera took the mound in the first inning, partially in fear of facing one of the greatest relievers of all time.Sandman’s still got it.Mariano Rivera takes the mound & delivers his signature cutter! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/MEM2nM1rnA— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 23, 2019O’Neill, Rivera’s teammate between 1995 and 2001, earned praise from the closer. “I remember all those years, that’s the guy that we want at the plate during crucial times,” Rivera said. “One of the most passionate hitters that I’ve ever played with.”But Rivera got the last laugh.”I threw a cookie there, he just missed it.”He played center fieldOn May 3, 2012, the Yankees lost to the Royals 4-3 in Kauffman Stadium, but the Yankees arguably took a bigger loss before the game.Rivera was known for patroling the outfield during batting practice, shagging fly balls as a way to stay loose and in shape. He landed awkwardly on a catch and tore his ACL and meniscus, sidelining him for the rest of the season.Well, in his first Old Timers’ Day, Rivera earned a modicum of redemption and closure.”I always told Joe Torre, ‘You should put me in center field,'” Rivera said. “I told Joe, ‘You can put me in the eighth inning, I’ll get the last out in center field, then I’ll come back and pitch the ninth,’ but he didn’t want to do it.”Mariano Rivera patrolling centerfield.Wait, what?! pic.twitter.com/dA4E8aTkyQ— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 23, 2019He hit an inside-the-park home runIn Rivera’s career, he allowed 76 home runs in 1,283 2/3 innings. On Sunday, he added a round tripper of his own.Mo with an inside-the-park home run!🐐 Mariano Rivera DOES IT ALL 🐐 pic.twitter.com/9hPjMjkN1l— YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 23, 2019When was his last inside-the-park home run, you might ask?”Are you kidding me?” Rivera said after his. “Not even in softball.” NEW YORK — Mariano Rivera showed some emotion.Granted, it was a smile and a lot of laughs, but the stoic Rivera, apparently, had a great time at his first Old Timers’ Day.