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August 28, 1988 | Associated Press
Alonzo Mourning, the 6-foot 10-inch, 18-year-old who will enter Georgetown this fall, was cut from the U.S. Olympic basketball team Saturday, leaving the roster at 13, one over the limit. The cut was made by Coach John Thompson, who will coach the former Chesapeake, Va., High School star at Georgetown. Thompson reportedly was concerned that Mourning not delay the start of his school work, which would have been necessary had he gone to Seoul with the team.
August 28, 1999
A 31-year-old man who shot and killed his ex-wife's boyfriend and then convinced jurors the shooting was the unintended result of a suicide plan was sentenced Friday to 14 years in prison. At the end of an emotionally taxing, 2 1/2-hour hearing, Superior Court Judge Shari Kreisler Silver imposed the maximum possible sentence for involuntary manslaughter on Baudilio Perez, 31, whom she described as a violent man still fixated on his former wife.
I stopped thinking of John Thompson as a basketball coach a long time ago. Of course that's what he has done professionally for more than 30 years. And he did it well enough to have won championships, coach the U.S. Olympic team, and earn--hopefully later this year--a spot in the basketball hall of fame. But to frame him as essentially a basketball coach would be to shoot an air ball, to miss the point entirely.
September 7, 2000 | From Staff and Wire Reports
John Thompson will be running a college basketball program this season. That's John Thompson III. The son of the Hall of Famer who built Georgetown into a basketball power was hired as the coach at Princeton on Wednesday. The appointment came on the same day Bill Carmody left the Ivy League school to become coach at Northwestern of the Big Ten.
January 21, 1989
John Thompson, Georgetown's basketball coach, said Friday that he will end his boycott and return to the bench for today's game against Connecticut at Landover, Md. Thompson's decision was based on what he said was the National Collegiate Athletic Assn.'s "sincere commitment" to re-evaluate controversial Proposal 42, which would create stricter entrance requirements for freshmen. Thompson announced his decision a day after he and Georgetown administrators had met in Mission, Kan.
February 23, 1985 | NORMAN CHAD, The Washington Post
Georgetown Coach John Thompson runs his team through practice. He shouts at one of his players, "Stop pouting. It may work with your girlfriend, but it's not going to work on me." Thompson finally blows his whistle and calls out, "Freddie, get over here!" He rests his hands on the player's shoulders as he berates him gently, consoles him and then, with a gentle pat on the rear, sends the player back onto the court. Is it John Thompson the coach, or is it John Thompson the actor?
May 8, 1988
U.S. Olympic basketball Coach John Thompson doesn't believe that the Portland Trail Blazers should be helping injured Soviet Olympic basketball center Arvidas Sabonis. Thompson told the Sunday Oregonian of Portland that he deeply resents the Trail Blazers' efforts. The 7-foot 3-inch Sabonis, a 1986 first-round draft choice of the Blazers, arrived in Portland at the team's invitation April 28 to rehabilitate his injured Achilles' tendon. He has been seeing Dr.
March 21, 1996 | JASON REID
Georgetown Coach John Thompson, whose proposed involvement in a company that operates slot machines in Las Vegas concerned school and NCAA officials, said Wednesday in Atlanta that he won't pursue the business venture. Thompson had applied for a state gaming license to become a partner in the company that operates slot machines at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport. He said he changed his mind after speaking with Georgetown's president, the Rev. Leo J. O'Donovan, Wednesday morning.
January 26, 1989 | Jim Murray
Before we erect a statue to that distinguished academician, John Thompson, before we salute him as a modern-day Joan of Arc, it may be well to consider where he's coming from. Thompson is the basketball coach who walked off the court a week ago, protesting a National Collegiate Athletic Assn. ruling barring colleges from granting scholarships to athletes who fail to achieve the NCAA's academic standards. John Thompson, you have to understand, is a coach.
March 9, 1985 | Associated Press
All-American Patrick Ewing, who was involved in a fight early in the first half, scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds Friday night as top-ranked Georgetown advanced to the Big East tournament championship game with a 74-65 victory over Syracuse. The Hoyas (29-2) will take an 11-game winning streak into the title game tonight at Madison Square Garden against second-ranked St. John's, an 89-74 winner over Villanova Friday night.
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