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Monday, October 09, 2006

Basketball: Toledo player died at team practice

This is a really tragic day for Toledo Rockets. Their player Haris Charalambous, a center on the Toledo basketball team, died today after collapsing during conditioning training sesion.

According to the peolpe who was there, after Charalambous collapsed, trainers performed CPR on him until paramedics arrived. The 21-year-old was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, university spokesman Lawrence Burns said.

In fact, the cause of death was not immediately known.

"All the players are devastated," Burns admitted. "This has been a shock to our entire athletic program and university."

It's important to mention that Charalambous, of Manchester, England, was expected to be a backup center this season.

The tall player played 23 games last season, averaging less than a point per game.

The workout had just started and the players were doing some light running when Charalambous collapsed on the court.

Burns expressed that he didn't know if Charalambous showed any signs of distress before collapsing. He also did not know if the player had any past health problems.

"We won't speculate until the autopsy is completed," he said.

Coach Stan Joplin, who was recruiting in Arizona on Monday, cut short his trip to return to the school. Players met with assistant coaches after Charalambous was pronounced dead.

Charalambous attended the Hun School — a prep school in Princeton, N.J. — in 2003-04. In England, he was captain of the junior national team and played with the Manchester Magic in the senior men's league.

We must mention that last month, Dale Lloyd, a freshman football player at Rice, collapsed during a routine workout and died about 16 hours later. Not a nice statistic.



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