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Wade helps Heat beat Bulls 117-103

By JOHN JACKSON,  Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Dwyane Wade had 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in his final game in his hometown, helping the Miami Heat beat the skidding Chicago Bulls 117-103 on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Wade, who turned 37 on Thursday, plans to retire at the end of his 16th NBA season. He got a warm reception in his return, hearing several loud ovations throughout the night. Josh Richardson had 26 points for Miami, and Dion Waiters finished with 21. The Heat had dropped two in a row. Chicago lost its 10th straight game. Zach LaVine scored 22 points for the Bulls, and Bobby Portis had 21. Lauri Markkanen finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Wade played for the Bulls during the 2016-17 season, and the team honored him with a video tribute during the game's first timeout in the first quarter. The sellout crowd gave Wade a standing ovation and he responded by waving to the fans. Wade got another loud ovation when he entered the game. He shot an air ball on his first attempt, but then nailed a 3-pointer on his second shot. He had nine first-half points, but the Heat trailed 57-55 at the break. Richardson had 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting and Wade added five in the third quarter as Miami took an 83-76 lead into the fourth. With Miami leading 91-86 early in the final quarter, the Heat went on a 14-2 run to put the game away. Wade received another loud ovation when he exited with two minutes to play. TIP-INS Heat: Wade entered with 997 career points against Chicago. He now has scored 1,000 points against eight NBA teams. Bulls: Rookie C Wendell Carter Jr. is going to have surgery on his left thumb, but no date has been set for the procedure. He is expected to be sidelined for eight to 12 weeks. "He's meeting with his family and his representation and our medical staff," coach Jim Boylen said. "Our heart's broken for him. You know, 44 games in, he's done everything that we've asked him to do from a competitive standpoint and a developmental standpoint." CHICAGO G.O.A.T. Wade was asked if he was the greatest Chicago-area basketball player of all-time. "I have no idea," he said. "When people have asked me who I think the best player who was born and raised in Chicago, I always go with Isiah Thomas." Thomas averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 assists in 13 NBA seasons. He also won two NBA championships with the Detroit Pistons. Thomas tweeted during the game he thought Wade was the best player to come out of Chicago. "I will be second to him any day!" Thomas posted. Wade entered Saturday's game with career averages of 22.2 points, 5.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds. He has three NBA titles. UP NEXT Heat: At Boston Celtics on Monday night to conclude a four-game road trip. Bulls: At Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday......»»

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Irving has 32 as Celtics rally in 4th quarter, top Hawks

By CHARLES ODUM,  AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 32 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 113-105 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) for their third straight win. After trailing for most of the game, Boston took the lead with a 9-0 fourth-quarter run, including a go-ahead 3-pointer by Jaylen Brown, who had 14 points. A drive by Irving gave Boston the lead for good at 101-100. Al Horford made four free throws and a layup to help the Celtics increase their advantage to 109-100 with 1:11 left. Kevin Huerter led Atlanta with 18 points, and fellow rookie Trae Young had 16. Minutes after he was called for his first technical following his fourth foul about three minutes into the third quarter, Boston's Marcus Smart was ejected following an altercation with Atlanta's DeAndre Bembry. Smart and Bembry had to be separated after an exchange of words as players lined up for a jump ball. After being restrained by teammates and coaches, Smart broke free and charged toward Bembry before being restrained again. Bembry also was called for a technical foul following a video review. One night after scoring 38 points in a 122-116 home win over Memphis, Irving continued his high-scoring streak by going 5 for 8 from 3-point range. He pulled the Celtics back from a 50-34 deficit by scoring 15 of Boston's final 19 points of the half. The Hawks led 67-60 at the break. Atlanta answered Irving's one-man scoring show with a more balanced attack that stood up until the final quarter. Huerter continued to shine in his fill-in starting role while Kent Bazemore recovers from a sprained right ankle. Huerter has made 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts to lead all NBA qualifying rookies. He made 4 of 10 3s against Boston. Another rookie, Omari Spellman, added two 3s in the first half. Boston's Jayson Tatum opened the game with a three-point play. The Hawks scored the next 10 points and kept the lead until Brown's 3-pointer with 9:07 remaining gave Boston a 95-93 edge. Tatum had 19 points and Horford had 13. TIP-INS Celtics: Due to expected bad weather in the Boston area on Saturday night, there were tentative plans for a return flight on Sunday. Travel concerns also led to F Gordon Hayward remaining in Boston, where his wife is expecting the couple's third child. "With pending weather, there was no reason to make this trip," coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward. Hawks: John Collins and Alex Len each had 15 points. ... Collins (bronchitis-like symptoms) and Young (flu-like symptoms) started after being upgraded before the game. ... C Dewayne Dedmon (left ankle sprain) had six points in 24 minutes in his return after missing two games. UP NEXT Celtics: Host Miami on Tuesday night. Hawks: Host Magic on Monday......»»

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Harden scores 48 points, Rockets beat Lakers 138-134 in OT

By KRISTIE RIEKEN,  AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 48 points, Eric Gordon added 30 and the Houston Rockets overcame a 21-point deficit to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 138-134 in overtime Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). The Rockets trailed for most of the night and were down by 18 in the second-half. Gordon sent it to overtime with a 3-pointer, and made four free throws in the last seconds of the extra period. Coming off 57- and 58-point games, Harden had his 19th straight game with at least 30 and he's had 40 in 10 of the last 13. He was 14 of 30 from the field, going 8 of 19 3-pointers, and hit 12 of 15 free throws. Brandon Ingram missed a 3 for Los Angeles before Harden hit 1 of 2 free throws to make it 132-130 with less than a minute left. Ingram tied it with a basket, and Harden again made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 133-132. Los Angeles missed a 3 before Gordon also made just 1 of 2 free throws to leave Houston up by two with 12.6 seconds left. Kyle Kuzma lost the ball and it went out of bounds to give Houston the ball back. Gordon added four free throws after that to secure the victory. It was the second straight overtime game for both teams after Houston lost to Brooklyn on Wednesday night and Los Angeles beat Oklahoma City on Thursday night. Kuzma had 32 points for Los Angeles and Ingram added 21 in a game where coach Luke Walton was ejected in the third quarter. Already without LeBron James and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers have another injury concern after Lonzo Ball sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. The team said he was taken to a hospital for X-rays because the machine at the arena was broken. Four straight points by the Lakers stretched the lead to nine in the fourth quarter, but Harden and Gordon made consecutive 3-pointers cut it to 112-109 with about two minutes remaining. Los Angeles made four free throws to make it 116-109 about a minute later, but Harden made two 3-pointers around a basket by Ivica Zubac to get Houston within three with about 30 seconds left. Lance Stephenson missed a 3-pointer and Harden made two free throws to cut the lead to 118-117 with 5.7 seconds left. Zubac made two more free throws before Gordon's off-balance 3-pointer with 2 seconds left sent it to OT. The Lakers built a huge lead early and were up 64-46 at halftime, with Kuzma scoring 24 points. They were ahead by 17 with about eight minutes left in the third quarter after scoring five straight points capped by a basket from Kuzma before Houston scored the next 15 points to cut it to 74-72 three minutes later. James Ennis had five points in that stretch and P.J. Tucker capped it with a 3-pointer. Ball was injured just before Houston's run began. He remained on the court for a couple of minutes talking with trainer's before he was helped to his feet where he hopped on his right foot for a few steps before being carried off the court and to the locker room by Stephenson and Michael Beasley. Walton was ejected a couple of minutes after that when he got two technical fouls after yelling at officials during a timeout. TIP-INS Lakers: James was out for the 13th straight game with a strained left groin and did not make the trip. ... Stephenson finished with 16 points. Rockets: Harden also had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. ... Ennis returned after missing Wednesday's game after cutting his left leg in a fall at his house. ... Chris Paul missed his 14th game in a row with a strained left hamstring ... Clint Capela had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and is expected to be out 4-6 weeks. UP NEXT Lakers: Host Golden State on Monday night. Rockets: Visit Philadelphia on Monday night......»»

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LOOK: Floyd Mayweather Jr. greets Manny Pacquiao before title bout

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was greeted by former rival Floyd "Money" Mayweather backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to his title defense against Adrien Broner, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time).  #PacBroner pic.twitter.com/ltR8zcCYA9 — Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) January 20, 2019 Mayweather Jr. approached the Filipino boxing icon as he was warming up and making last-minute preparations before his in-ring return in Las Vegas.  The two shared the ring back in May of 2015, with Mayweather emerging victorious via unanimous decision after 12 rounds.  According to rumblings however, it may not be the last time that the two mix it up inside the boxing ring.  Rumour has it that if Pacquiao can get past Broner, it could set up a possible rematch with "Money" later this year.  Mayweather, a five-division world champion with an unparalleled 50-0 professional record, officially retired from boxing in 2015, but came back in 2017 for a mega-money fight against UFC superstar Conor McGregor, which he won via TKO in the tenth round.  The 41-year old Mayweather is coming off a one-round destruction of Japanese kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition match in Japan back in New Year's Eve.  .....»»

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Murray, Jokic lead Nuggets past Cavs 124-102

By DENNIS GEORGATOS,  Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in his sixth triple-double this season, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-102 on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Jamal Murray scored 26 points as Denver won for the third time in four games. Trey Lyles had 16 points and Monte Morris finished with 15. The Nuggets went 15 for 37 from 3-point range. Murray made four 3s, and Jokic, Morris and Malik Beasley each had three. Cleveland closed out a six-game trip with its third consecutive loss. It has dropped 15 of 16 overall......»»

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Manny Pacquiao outpunches Adrien Broner to retain WBA title

Looking like a man ten years younger, 40-year old eight-division boxing world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao punched his way to a unanimous decision win over American Adrien "AB" Broner to retain the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada, Sunday afternoon (Manila time). From the opening bell, Pacquiao was the aggressor as he controlled the center of the ring, shooting in and landing three-to-four punch combinations at a time. Broner, eleven years Pacquiao's junior, seemed to be content with trying to catch Pacquiao off counters and clinches. Pacquiao continued to dictate the tempo of the fight with his jabs and combinations, while Broner tried to find his timing, finding little success with his shots. The champion had a massive seventh round as he landed a couple of left hands that stunned Broner. Pacquiao began to tee off on Broner, who resorted to clinches and collar tie-ups to survive. Pacquiao again struck hard in the ninth round with a follow-up left straight that had Broner backing up. This time around however, Broner managed to defend well and roll with Pacquiao's flurry. The Filipino boxing icon continued to outstrike and outmaneuver Broner until the final bell.  After 12 rounds, the judges scored the bout 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112 in favor of Pacquiao who successfully retained his WBA welterweight title for a 15th successful world title defense in his career, while also notching his tremendous 61st career win. .....»»

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ONE Championship: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian foe in Jakarta

Filpino mixed martial artist Robin "D'Ilonggo" Catalan dominated Indonesian opponent Stefer Rahardian en route to a unanimous decision victory in their strawweight contest at ONE: Eternal Glory, Saturday evening at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Catalan had an answer for everything that Rahardian tried, as the decorated Wushu practitioner showcased impeccable takedown defense, stuffing all of the Indonesian grappler's attempts at bringing the fight to the mats.  Overcoming a reach advantage, the smaller Catalan found a way to pick Rahardian apart on the striking aspect as well, punshing the rangy Indonesian with leg kicks and kicks to the body.  The Filipino strawweight was also able to bring the bout to the ground to complete the shut out.  After three rounds of action, it was Catalan who earned a clear-cut unanimous decision win on all three judges' scorecards.  Catalan bounces back from his most recent loss, and has now won three of his last four fights. .....»»

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Boxing: Manny Pacquiao looks for first WBA title defense against Adrien Broner

Eight-division boxing world champion and current reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao returns to Las Vegas for the first time in two years as he looks to defend his title for the first time against American four-division world champion Adrien Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time).  Pacquiao, who turned 40 just last December, continues to defy age as he goes for an impressive 15th world title defense.  Many believe that even at his advanced age, Pacquiao still has what it takes to compete at the highest level of the sport.  The boxer-slash-senator is coming off one of his most impressive performances in a long while, knocking out Argentinian brawler Lucas Matthysse in seven rounds to capture the WBA's secondary welterweight world title.  Now, Pacquiao makes his highly-anticipated return to the boxing capital of the world as he looks to successfully defend the title against a tough challenger.  Broner, eleven years Pacquiao's junior, is also looking to add another milestone to his already impressive resume, as the Ohio native is looking to capture his fifth world championship in as many weight divisions.  Aside from a fifth world championship, AB is also looking to break a back-to-back streak of winless bouts after losing to Mikey Garcia and then going to a draw with Jessie Vargas.  A win for Pacquiao could mean even bigger things in the future, with the rumblings being that a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be in the works, should the Filipno boxing icon take care of business on fight night.  For Broner, a win over Pacquiao instantly becomes the biggest on his resume and he once again holds world title gold, nearly four years after his last world champioship win. .....»»

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PBA: Wright and Phoenix finally showing maturity

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Phoenix badly wanted maturity to come with their growth as a team, especially after the Fuel Masters somehow botched a twie-to-beat edge as the no. 2 seed to end last season in teh 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup. Early in the 2019 Philippine Cup, it appears that the Fuel Masters have found some of that maturity and are using that to win close games in the All-Filipino. Two games into the new season, Phoenix already has two overtimes. The Fuel Masters won both, allowing them to take over first place so far. “Phoenix of the past would’ve lost that game,” Wright said of their overtime win against TNT Saturday at the Ynares Center here. “After Pogoy hit that shot to tie the game, we would’ve crumbled by then. But we stuck together, we’re becoming more experience and we’re becoming more of a veteran team,” he added. Another great sign for Phoenix has been the team’s conditioning. Also known as a pressing team, the Fuel Masters have shown great endurance despite playing back-to-back overtime games. Phoenix certainly looked like the fresher team during the extra five minutes in separate wins against Meralco and TNT. “I’m just happy we won, because like you said, back-to-back overtime games. We really have to dig down deep in those kind of situations. I’m happy that we looked like the more conditioned team,” Wright said. “We came off an overtime game so we’re much more experienced in that department than they are. Luckily they’re tired towards the end of the game and they were starting to miss their shots. That’s just credit to our strength and conditioning coaches and how we run our practices. We thought we’re in really good shape today,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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ATIN TO: Desiderio opens first-ever business in Fairview

Though he was not able to achieve his goal of giving UP a championship, Paul Desiderio was still able to fulfill his promise. With this, Chooks-to-Go still awarded Desiderio his very own branch that will be with him for the rest of his life. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held after the taping of Desiderio's Maalaala Mo Kaya episode which aired on ABS-CBN on Saturday. "Sa tuwa ko at in behalf of the UP community, maluwag sa loob ko na ibigay kay Paul ang Chooks-to-Go store na ito," said Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas. "Bukod sa kikitain niya sa PBA, ngayon may dagdag pa na puhunan ang kanyang pamilya." "Hindi ko ito ine-expect kasi ang sabi nila, magkaka-store ako kapag nanalo kami ng championship," expressed Desiderio. "Laking pasasalamat ko kay Boss Ronald at sa Chooks-to-Go dahil magiging malaking tulong ito sa family ko." Prior to the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals, Mascariñas, who is an alumnus of University of the Philippines-Los Banos, dangled a Chooks-to-Go branch to Desiderio if he was to be able to lead the UP Fighting Maroons past the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Unfortunately for Desiderio, the Fighting Maroons were swept in the Finals. Still, Desiderio's journey from Liloan, Cebu to Diliman is a success story that continues to serve as an inspiration, not just to Iskos and Iskas, but also to every Filipino. "Nakita namin yung pangarap ni Paul sa basketball. Among the players, nakita namin na siya yung mas nangangailangan. Kaya kahit wala na yung support namin sa team, we continued supporting Paul," the sports patron added. "Nakita niyo naman nung Finals, hindi siya nag-give up. Lumaban siya para sa UP. And we hope that he can still continue to inspire others, especially the youth, even if he is in the pros." Desiderio chose an existing store in Fairview as it is near UP. "Hindi lang para sa akin itong store na ito, para ito sa UP. Atin 'to!" declared Desiderio......»»

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ONE Championship: Edward Kelly gets stopped by Christian Lee in Jakarta

Filipino mixed martial artist Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly had no answer for the aggressiveness of Singaporean star Christian Lee, as he fell via TKO in the second round of their featherweight rematch at ONE: Eternal Glory, Saturday evening at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Lee was the aggressor from the get-go as he immediatley looked to take Kelly down to the ground.  Kelly found himself trapped in a head in arm choke, and Lee used the lock to bring the fight to the ground.  Once there, it was all Lee, as the 20-year old former world title challenger transitioned into mount and eventually stopped Kelly via ground and pound in the first round.  A much different result from their first meeting wherein Lee was disqualified after a slam that left Kelly unable to continue was ruled illegal.  After the match, Lee called for another shot at Martin Nguyen and the ONE Featherweight World Championship.  The 34-year old Kelly drops to 11-6 in his career.  Lee meanwhile, improves to 11-3. .....»»

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ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio loses close decision, drops title in Jakarta

Filipino mixed martial arts star Joshua "The Passion" Pacio was unsuccessful in his first world title defense, losing via split decision and dropping the ONE Strawweight World Championship to Japan's Yosuke Saruta in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory, Saturday evening at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Saruta was a man on a mission as he relentlessly shot in for takedowns, and it paid dividends as the former Shooto champion repeatedly put Pacio on his back.  Pacio found his timing in the later rounds, landing the more effective strikes and utilizing counters to score points.  The Japanese grappler continued to control the cage however, as he continued to drill Pacio with double-leg takedown attempts.  After five rounds of action, it was Saruta who earned the split decision nod.  Pacio absorbs just his third loss, while Saruta becomes a champion in just his second fight under the ONE banner. .....»»

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Irving scores 38 points, Celtics beat Grizzlies 122-116

By DOUG ALDEN,  Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving scored 20 of his 38 points in the third quarter and the Boston Celtics held off the Memphis Grizzlies 122-116 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Marcus Smart had 20 points and Al Horford finished with 18 for the Celtics, who have won two straight since a three-game losing streak. Irving also had 11 assists and seven rebounds for Boston, which beat the Grizzlies for the seventh consecutive time but had to hang on down the stretch. Memphis trailed only 111-108 with 3:13 left, but the Celtics responded with a 10-2 run. A few late 3-pointers by the Grizzlies came too late. Memphis has lost 10 of 11 overall, and six in a row on the road. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 23, and Marc Gasol had 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Boston led 96-91 after three, but the pesky Grizzlies would not go away. Conley's three-point play with 4:53 remaining pulled Memphis to 106-104. Irving finally sealed it when he hit a 3 with 1:22 left to put the Celtics up 118-110. Jaylen Brown had 12 points and Terry Rozier scored 10 for Boston. Rozier hit a 3 to start an 11-0 run that put the Celtics up 35-24 after the first quarter. Then he made another from beyond the arc while drawing a foul and converted the four-point play. The Grizzlies rallied late in the period, tying it 52-all on a layup by JaMychal Green and taking a 62-58 halftime lead on Conley's layup just before the buzzer. TIP-INS Grizzlies: Justin Holiday had 14 points, his highest-scoring game since arriving in a trade with Chicago on Jan. 3. ... Shelvin Mack scored 15 points. Green and Omri Casspi had 12 apiece. . Shot 59 percent (13 for 22) in the second quarter while outscoring Boston 38-23. . Had five turnovers in the first quarter. Celtics: Aron Baynes had 12 rebounds in his second game back since missing a month with a broken bone in his left hand. . Turned the ball over seven times in the second period. . Irving was called for a technical with 3:27 left in the third quarter after getting tangled up in front of the Memphis bench with Mack, who also got a technical. UP NEXT Grizzlies: At the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. Celtics: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night......»»

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Pistons hold on without Drummond, beat Heat 98-93

By NOAH TRISTER,  AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons overcame an early exit by injured Andre Drummond to beat the Miami Heat 98-93 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Dwyane Wade scored 20 points for the Heat, but missed badly on an off-balance 3-pointer in the final seconds that could have tied the game. Detroit led by 16 in the first half and was up 53-39 at halftime, but the Pistons were outscored 30-12 in the third quarter. They rebounded in the fourth and held on. Drummond left with a nasal injury after being hit in the face in the first quarter by the arm of Miami's James Johnson. Drummond finished with no points in 7:14, and backup Zaza Pachulia scored only two — on a tip-in that put Detroit up 94-91 with 26.7 seconds remaining. The Heat were done in by their abysmal foul shooting. They went 5 of 19 at the line, with center Hassan Whiteside missing all eight of his attempts. Luke Kennard scored 22 points for the Pistons, and Reggie Bullock added 19. Griffin finished an assist shy of a triple-double. TRIBUTE Wade received a nice ovation when he checked into the game in the first quarter, and a message went up on the scoreboard congratulating him on his career. This is Wade's final NBA season, and the Heat won't come to Detroit again unless the teams meet in the playoffs. TIP-INS Heat: Miami was without G Josh Richardson (illness). Pistons: G Ish Smith, who missed 19 games after a right adductor tear in December, left with adductor tightness in his third game back. UP NEXT Heat: Visit the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. Pistons: Host the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night......»»

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ONE Championship: Edward Kelly wants to prove that he can beat Christian Lee

Team Lakay featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly is coming into his rematch against Singaporean star Christian "The Warrior" Lee at ONE: Eternal Glory in Jakarta, Indonesia with a hightened sense of motivation.  While indeed he was victorious in their first fight back in September of 2018, the win didn't come the way Kelly would have wanted.  After landing a slam that was deemed illegal, Lee was disqualified becase Kelly was unable to continue.  Now, the hard-hitting Pinoy striker wants, more than anything, to prove that he can beat Lee without the help of a disqualification.  "A win is a win, but parang walang tamang closure yung laban namin, so gusto ko ipakita na talagang ako dapat yung nanalo sa laban namin," Kelly told the media a day before his highly-anticipated rematch on Saturday night. "Of course, siya din may gustong patunayan, makikita na lang natin sa Saturday kung mag-eeffect yung good gameplan." While their first encounter lasted just a little over two minutes, Kelly says that he was able to take some things away from what he saw from Lee that night. The 34-year old hopes to be able to use those things in their do-over at the Istora Senayan.  "Yung napansin ko nung unang laban namin is aggressive siya, masyado siyang agresibo, and pasok ng pasok," Kelly explained. "Mabilis nga lang yung laban pero at least may nakuha ako na points sa aking pag-ensayo, sana magamit ko yun para ma-kontra yung pagka-explosive niya tsaka yung speed niya sa laban." The 20-year old Lee, who's a former title contender, is coming into this fight having bounced back with a first roudn win over Kazuki Tokudome. Kelly knows that right now, the kid's confidence is riding high, and is banking on the possibility that it's that same confidence that could lead to Lee's downfall.  "Alam ko naman na sky-high yung confidence niya, and I know na parang kokontrahin ko na lang sa isip ko, and yung confidence niya ay pwedeng magpa-talo sa kanya." While largely regarded as the underdog heading into the bout, Kelly says that he prefers to be in that position. That way, the victory becomes a bit sweeter.  "Mas gusto ko pa nga na underdog, kasi mas maganda yung pagka-panalo, yun yung nasa isip ko. Kailangan ko talaga kunin yung panalo, and gagawin ko lahat sa laban na ‘to," he expressed.    Edward Kelly and Christian Lee face off in a highly-anticipated rematch at ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday, January 19th, 11:00 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

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ONE Championship: Surrounded by champions, Edward Kelly looking to get gold of his own

Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly is looking to begin his own path to gold this 2019.  After all, the 34-year old striker was witness to four of his Team Lakay teammates winning ONE World Championship gold in 2018, and he says that it's been nothing but a source of inspiration and motivation.  More so that at featherweight, Kelly is the lone warrior representing the La Trinidad, Benguet-based stable.  "Talagang nasa akin yun, kasi pine-pressure na nila ako na [featherweight na lang yung kulang]," Kelly shared with a chuckle.  "Tine-take ko as inspiration yun, talagang well-motivated ako na sige, ipapakita ko, gusto kong patunayan sa sarili ko, hoping na maipapakita ko lahat sa laban ko sa Sabado," he added.  Kelly's first challenge on the journey is none other than former title contender Christian Lee, who's hungry to get a win over Kelly after getting disqualified in their first encounter back in 2018. The Filipino believes that a win over Lee, one of the division's top contenders, would definitely put him in the conversation as well.  Adding even more motivation will be the fact that reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Martin "The Situ-Asian" Nguyen is expected to be at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta to catch the Kelly-Lee rematch in person.  "Sumagi na rin yun sa isip ko, kasi pagkaka-alam ko, manonood si Martin Nguyen ng live sa laban namin, and if i win over Christian Lee, alam naman natin na siya yung bini-build up para lumaban sa championship," Kelly explained. "Kung matalo ko [siya], andun na rin ako, mga one to two fights, si Nguyen na." Before thinking about a title shot however, Kelly will need to get past Lee first, and it won't be an easy task.  While Lee has stated publicly that he's gunning for a knockout in the first round, Kelly maintains that it won't be as simple as the 20-year old Singaporean makes it out to be.  "Siyempre yun yung opinion niya as a fighter, pero siyempre hindi naman yun basta-basta. Tayo rin naman nag-ensayo, and willing akong ipakita kung ano yung pinag-ensayuhan ko." Kelly adds that he sees the fight going the distance, unless he can find a way to finish it earlier.  "Basa ko, aabot ng three rounds, kung hindi ko siya ma-knockout, kung hindi ko siya ma-tiempohan," he stated.    Edward Kelly and Christian Lee face off in a highly-anticipated rematch at ONE: Eternal Glory on Saturday, January 19th, 11:00 PM LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

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Popovich ties Riley for road wins; Spurs beat Wolves 116-113

By BRIAN HALL,  Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points, Rudy Gay added 22 and the San Antonio Spurs held on to give coach Gregg Popovich another milestone victory in a 116-113 win against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). The win was the 520th on the road in Popovich's career, tying him with Pat Riley for the most in NBA history. It also continued San Antonio's mastery of Minnesota. The Spurs have won 16 of the past 18 games between the teams. Marco Belinelli added 19 points off the bench for San Antonio, which was playing without leading scorer DeMar DeRozan because of left ankle soreness. Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points for the Timberwolves, but was limited to 21 minutes because of foul trouble. Derrick Rose chipped in 23 points and Taj Gibson added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Minnesota lost for the third time in four games. Another matchup between the familiar foes was tight throughout, with 27 lead changes and 17 ties. It also featured a heavy dose of fouls on both sides. The teams combined for 53 personal fouls and 67 free throws. Towns played only 6:13 in a scoreless first quarter, but Minnesota's bench helped make up for his absence. Towns re-entered and had 14 points in the second. He picked up his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second half, and again went to the bench. Josh Okogie had six points and Jeff Teague added five as Minnesota used a 14-1 run to take a 77-67 lead. The Spurs responded with a 13-2 spurt of their own as Davis Bertans hit a pair of 3-pointers. The Wolves led 90-88 to start the fourth, but Bertans opened the quarter with another 3. San Antonio led by seven in the fourth, but Minnesota clawed back to within one with 30.3 seconds left on Rose's layup. Belinelli hit two free throws and Rose's 3 at the buzzer was off the mark. TIP-INS Spurs: Popovich is third in NBA history with 1,224 wins overall. He passed Jerry Sloan for third place on Jan. 10. . San Antonio entered 4-17 this season when trailing after three quarters. Timberwolves: Tyus Jones missed the game with a left ankle sprain sustained Tuesday at Philadelphia. Robert Covington missed his eighth straight game with a right knee bone bruise. . Andrew Wiggins passed Sam Mitchell (7,161) for second place on the franchise's career scoring list. Wiggins has 7,174 points. Kevin Garnett is first with 19,201 points in a Wolves uniform. . After scoring his 10,000th career point on Tuesday, Rose got his 3,000th assist on Friday. . Minnesota announced that Jerry Sichting was hired as an assistant coach. It is Sichting's third stint with the Wolves. He spent 10 years with the team from 1995-2005 and two seasons from 2007-09. UP NEXT Spurs: Return home against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. Timberwolves: Host the Phoenix Suns on Sunday......»»

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Jazz dominate Cavaliers in 115-99 victory

By JOHN COON,  Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points, Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Utah Jazz cruised to a 115-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Royce O'Neale added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Derrick Favors had 12 points and 10 rebounds in Utah's sixth straight win and eighth in nine games. Ante Zizic and Collin Sexton each scored 15 points, while Cameron Payne had 14 to lead the Cavaliers. Cleveland shot just 21 of 68 (.309) from the field over the first three quarters, allowing the Jazz to pull away early. The Cavaliers took their only lead at 7-6 when Cedi Osman stole a pass from Jae Crowder and set Sexton up for a layup. Utah took the lead for good on back-to-back 3-pointers from Mitchell and O'Neale that sparked a 12-4 run. Gobert finished it off with a dunk off a lob pass from Mitchell, giving Utah an 18-11 lead. The Cavaliers closed within two at 20-18 on a pair of free throws from Payne. Utah then got going from the perimeter near the end of the first quarter and put the game out of reach. Joe Ingles, Crowder, Kyle Korver, and Grayson Allen rattled off four 3-pointers over four straight possessions spanning the first and second quarters. Their outside baskets gave the Jazz a 32-20 lead. It sparked a second quarter during which Utah hit 12 of 20 shots and held Cleveland to just five total baskets. The Jazz capped it with back-to-back baskets from Gobert and O'Neale to take a 61-37 halftime lead. The Cavaliers could not keep up with the Jazz after missing their first 12 3-point shot attempts. They didn't score an outside basket until Jordan Clarkson knocked one down with 1:34 left before halftime. Utah didn't ease up after halftime, extending its lead to as many as 38 points in the third quarter, going up 87-49 on another 3-pointer from Crowder. TIP INS Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson did not play because of left foot soreness. ... Cleveland scored 19 points off 19 Jazz turnovers. ... Alec Burks and Rodney Hood combined for 10 points on 4-of-17 shooting from the field in their first game back in Utah since being traded by the Jazz. Jazz: Mitchell is averaging 29.0 points per game over his last eight games and has scored at least 24 points in each contest. ... Ingles totaled a team-high eight assists. He has led Utah in assists 21 times this season. ... Gobert collected his seventh straight double-double. He's averaging 16.1 points and 17.9 rebounds over those contests. UP NEXT Cavaliers: visit the Nuggets on Saturday. Jazz: host the Trail Blazers on Monday......»»

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PBA: Defiant Arwind says he’ll still do Spider-Man dunk if given the chance

Arwind Santos’ signature Spider-Man dunk could be no more. The PBA released a memo to all 12 PBA teams last Jan. 15 regarding players hanging on to rims after made dunks. A particular note in the memo read that players who hang on to rims after a dunk and “places either or both of his feet onto the backboard,” will be given a technical foul. [Related: PBA: Arwind's signature Spider-Man dunk now merits a technical foul] Literally only one PBA player does that and the league could have named the whole thing as the “Arwind Santos rule.” The new ruling was met with interesting responses to say the least with some saying it’s about time while others say that the PBA has singled out Santos, robbing him of his individuality. Well Arwind had this to say on the new rule. “Ako, hindi ako sang-ayon,” he said. “Kasi sabi ko nga, sabi nila Alex [Cabagnot], suporta rin. Magi-isponsor nga sila na kahit may fine daw, babayaran nila. Nakaka-tuwa naman. Na-touch ako. Pero ang akin kasi, trademark lang ba. Wala namang masama sa ginagawa ko,” Arwind added. Santos argued that the PBA could focus on better things, fixing issues that really needs fixing. Arwind feels that his trademark move is pretty much harmless, maybe except for opposing teams on the receiving end of his slam dunk. “Maraming mas pwede nating pagtuunan ng pansin na ipagbawal. Wag na yung Spider-Man dunk,” he said. “Mayroon rin kasing mga batang gustong-gusto makita yung Spider-Man dunk, [media], lalo na yung mga fans ko,” Santos added. Given the chance, Arwind says he’ll still do the Spider-Man dunk. As for the supposed danger the trademark dunk poses, Santos said accidents happen and things could still end up wrong regardless. “Kapag may chance, gagawin ko pa rin. Maliban sa alam kong may fine, hindi ko naman sinusuway pero para sa mga fans ko, kapag may pagkakataon, gagawin ko pa rin dahil kung sinasabi nila na may madidisgrasya, naniniwala ako, kapag madidisgrasya ka, madidisgrasya ka. Di ba?” Arwind said. “Kahit  anong ingat mo, sabi ko nga, meron nga dyan natutulog lang sa loob ng bahay, nabagsakan ng eroplano. Nag-iingat o hindi? Ano tawag doon? Aksidente diba? Aksidente. Pag maa-aksidente ka, maa-aksidente ka. Di ka makaka-iwas. Kung sakaling babagsak ako sa Spider-Man dunk, wala akong sisisihin. Baka nakangiti pa akong bumagsak eh. Sa totoo lang, pag nangyari yun,” Santos added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: 20 points for Yap as ROS drives past NLEX

Rain or Shine gets the better of its former coach again. The Elasto Painters beat Yeng Guiao and the NLEX Road Warriors Friday, taking a 96-87 win in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome. ROS, still without Raymond Almazan, became one of the early winners in the new season’s opening week. Almazan, who infamously went AWOL last season, sat out due to a minor injury. Five players scored in double figures for the Elasto Painters in a big team win. James Yap started the new year strong with 20 points while rookie Javee Mocon added 13 points.  — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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