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NCAA postpones games at SSC Gym due to Gorio

Games Friday (Filoil Arena, San Juan) 8 a.m. – EAC vs Perpetual Help (Jrs).....»»

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Dolor out of SEAG roster due to hand injury

MANILA, Philippines — Far Eastern University standout Greg Dolor will miss the Southeast Asian Games after suffering a hand injury Wednesday......»»

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Cavs execs reject Kyrie Irving trade talk, deny team in chaos

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert spent more than 30 minutes presenting a positive portrait of his franchise......»»

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Donaire has new promoter, eyes featherweight return

MANILA, Philippines – Nonito Donaire Jr. will begin the next chapter of his boxing career under a new promoter......»»

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Djokovic to sit out rest of 2017 due to injured elbow

For more than a year, Novak Djokovic’s right elbow hurt when he hit serves or forehands......»»

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Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall

WASHINGTON – John Wall signed his $170 million, four-year contract extension that owner Ted Leonsis said provides the Washington Wizards with long-term stabi.....»»

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James Yap on missed game winner and chance at 10k career points: Sayang!

James Yap's quest for 10,000 career points continues, but it would have ended on Wednesday during Rain or Shine eventual double-overtime loss to NLEX in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Tied at 110-all with two seconds to go in the first overtime, Yap ended up missing a straightaway three at the buzzer. Not only was that supposed to hand the Elasto Painters a strong victory, those three points would have allowed the former two-time league MVP to reach an incredible milestone. Seventeen points short of 10,000 entering the game, Yap only managed 14 against the Road Warriors. And although he already stated in previous interviews that he doesn't think about it much, Yap was definitely triggered after he was reminded that his missed game-winning three would have allowed him to finall reach 10k. 'Three points away na lang ako?' Yap said post-game. 'Yun pala, yung dapat yung last shot. P****, sayang! Wala eh, buti sana kung pumasok, nagulat sana ako. Panalo na tapos nakuha ko pa [10,000],' he added. Missing out on capturing the elusive milestone, Yap is looking forward to ending his chase in Rain or Shine's next game three days from now at Antipolo City. But still, his focus is on helping the Elasto Painters win and not scoring 10,000 points. However, he admits that he's actually pretty excited now that he's oh so close. 'Sayang nga. Yung last shoe sana, sayang di ko napasok. Sa Ynares [Center] na lang pero hindi ko dapat isipin yun,' Yap said. 'Three points na lang tapos mamaya hindi pa tayo maka-shoot di ba? Yan yung mahirap, pag palapit nang palapit, minsan masama e. Magkakagigil pa. Na-experience na natin yan e,' he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Injured Dolor to miss SEA Games stint

SUWON CITY, South Korea --- Injured Philippine men’s volleyball team spiker Greg Dolor has been ruled out for the 29th Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games next month. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president Peter Cayco will fly here the soonest to check on the injured hitter but regretfully released a statement late Wednesday that Dolor won’t be seeing action in the biennial meet slated on August 19 to 31 for him to recover from an open wound, fractured left pinky.      “It is with great sadness to announce that Greg Dolor is already out of the Southeast Asian Games after dislocating his left pinky,” said Cayco, who is also set to visit the women’s volleyball team in Osaka, Japan. Dolor was rushed to Soo Hospital and immediately went under the knife after injuring his finger while doing a blocking drill Wednesday morning at the Sungkyunkwan University gym.  The former Far Eastern University standout will be discharged from the hospital on Thursday and will be return to Manila on Friday. The PHI team is in Korea for a 13-day training camp from July 22 to August 3. “We know that Greg is a valuable member of the team and will play a key role as our men's national team shoots for a podium finish in the biennial meet,” according to Cayco’s statement. “But his health is our primary concern.” “I will fly to Suwon City, South Korea as soon as possible to personally check his condition and bring him home,” he added. “Rest assured that the entire team and the federation, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., are fully behind him in this very challenging situation.” Dolor is one of the players of head coach Sammy Acaylar who has shown great promise after four days of training. He was impressive in the squad’s couple of tune-up games against the Korean U-19 team and the Korean Universiade national team. Recovery from the injury Dolor sustained usually takes around two months not including therapy.  Three pins were inserted to his finger to repair the damage. Two of those pins will be removed while one will be ‘internally fixated’ to his fractured bone. Dolor was part of the national U-23 team under head coach Oliver Almadro two years ago in Myanmar but didn’t see action in the Asian U-23 Men’s Volleyball Championship, riding the bench for the duration of the tournament. Dolor is part of the Final 12 roster of the squad. The PHI team has John Carascal and Peter Quiel as reserves.      ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

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Alas' PBA growth continues with his latest career outing

Despite another strong outing, Kevin Alas almost cost NLEX a win Wednesday. Tied at 108-all late in the first overtime of their matchup with Rain or Shine, Alas committed a crucial foul on a jumpball against Chris Tiu. Tiu made two free throws on the other end that gave the Elasto Painters a two-point lead with six seconds to go. Naturally, he heard it from coach Yeng Guiao after NLEX called a timeout. Fortunately for him, he quickly redeemed himself and made the game-tying layup to send the game to a second overtime. The Road Warriors ended up winning the game and improved to 3-0 for the conference. Alas posted a new career-high of 24 points on top of 10 rebounds and five assists. 'Coach Yeng called me out dun sa offensive foul, parang napagalitan niya ako,' Alas said. 'Ayun, I had to make a good pass, binalik sakin yung bola. I saw the opportunity para maka-shoot. Thankfully, nakabawi agad,' he added on their final play of the first overtime. Taking a double overtime win, Alas said NLEX's character is getting stronger although it's too early to celebrate anything. There's still more work to be done. 'It’s a good thing na na-test yung character nung team. Two overtimes, nasubukan yung team,' he said. 'We have nothing to celebrate about it cause it’s still early, pero it’s a good thing na we’re doing good now,' Alas added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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John Isner advances to Atlanta Open quarterfinals

ATLANTA (AP) — Second-seeded John Isner beat Canada's Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night in the 6-foot-10 former University of Georgia star's opening match in the BB& T Atlanta Open. Coming off a victory Sunday in the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island, Isner is seeking his fourth Atlanta title in five seasons. He lost to Nick Kyrgios in the final last year. Isner set up a quarterfinal match at Atlantic Station against Slovakia's Lukas Lacko, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over sixth-seeded Donald Young. The American has 11 career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level. Third-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and Tommy Paul also reached the quarterfinals. Muller beat France's Quentin Halys 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3, and Paul topped Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3. In the top half of the draw, top-seeded Jack Sock will open play Thursday with a second-round match against Israel's Dudi Sela.   .....»»

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Masters champion Garcia to contest Australian PGA

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Masters champion Sergio Garcia is planning on playing the Australian PGA Championship in November, and he's packing his green jacket for the trip. No. 5-ranked Garcia, who broke his 18-year drought at the majors when he won the Masters in April, has confirmed he'll play at the Nov. 30-Dec. 3 co-sanctioned Australasian and European Tour event at Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. 'I am privileged to have a green jacket and have enjoyed wearing it at other sporting events throughout the year,' Garcia said of the prized jacket which distinguishes Masters champions from other golfers. 'I will definitely be bringing the green jacket with me to the Gold Coast.' Harold Varner III won the Australian PGA Championship last year and other former winners include Adam Scott, who won the title the same year as he broke Australia's drought by winning the Masters. .....»»

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Champions League: Balotelli scores, Nice draws 1-1 with Ajax

NICE, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli's first-half goal was only enough for Nice to draw 1-1 against Ajax in a Champions League third qualifying round, first-leg game on Wednesday. Balotelli, the former Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool forward, was well placed to score into an empty net in the 32nd minute from Jean Seri's pass across goal after a surging run. Four-time European champion Ajax leveled with Donny van de Beek's goal in the 49th, and will be favored to advance into the playoffs from the return game at home next Wednesday. Celtic was held 0-0 at home to Rosenborg, and Dynamo Kiev beat visiting Young Boys 3-1 in the Olympic Stadium which hosts the final next May. In a thrilling Champions League debut, Istanbul Basaksehir trailed by two first-half goals at Bruges, led 3-2 in a fierce second-half spell, then conceded a 79th-minute leveler to draw 3-3. Coach Gheorghe Hagi's Viitorul Constanta won on its UEFA competition debut, as the first-time Romanian champion beat APOEL 1-0. Defender Cristian Ganea struck with a swerving left-footed free kick in the 75th minute. Nine first-leg games Wednesday produced no away wins, and it was Astana 3, Legia Warsaw 1; Hapoel Beer-Sheva 2, Ludogorets Razgrad 0; Maribor 1, FH 0; and Salzburg 1, Rijeka 1. Fifteen teams advance from the third qualifying round to join five more teams — including Liverpool, Sevilla and Napoli — in the playoffs next month. .....»»

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WNBA: Clarendon loses triple-double to stat correction

em>By Doug Feinberg, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — For the third time in just over a year the WNBA took a triple-double off the record books. Layshia Clarendon appeared to be the sixth player in league history to achieve the statistical feat on Tuesday night when she had 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in Atlanta's overtime win over Phoenix. Two of her assists were later taken away in a league review when they were discovered to be stat errors. The WNBA confirmed to The Associated Press that both the stat corrections were accurate. Temeka Johnson still has the last triple-double, garnering 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for the Seattle Storm in 2014. Last year Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry both had triple-doubles rescinded in July after stat errors were found in their games. All three games occurred in Atlanta. 'Though we are disappointed to see Layshia lose her triple-double, we appreciate the hard work put in by the league office to make sure everything is correct,' Atlanta Dream spokesman Dan Goldberger said. 'We will continue to look at ways to equip our stat crew with the tools necessary to provide a clean box score at the end of the evening.' Clarendon took the stat change in stride. 'For me, last night was always about the win,' she said. 'To get one on a great team first game back from the All-Star break after being down in the first half showed a lot of team character. Individual accolades are never the main goal. I'm most excited about this playoff push we are making.' The victory moved Atlanta a game under .500.   .....»»

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Watt relieved to return to practice field for Houston Texans

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia (AP) — A year after missing all of the preseason on his way to an injury-shortened regular season, J.J. Watt made his return to training camp for the Houston Texans on Wednesday. Practice never felt quite so good for the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. 'It's just good to be back on the field, be back playing football, be back with my teammates,' Watt said. 'It feels like where I belong.' Watt played in only three games last season because of a pair of back surgeries. The first was to repair a herniated disk in July, causing him to miss all of training camp and Houston's four preseason games. The defensive end, who won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2012 and 2014-15, then started in the Texans' first three regular-season games before reinjuring his back and undergoing season-ending surgery. Watt took part in Houston's offseason program following his surgeries, but Wednesday's start of training camp was a day one of the NFL's most dominant defensive players had looked forward to throughout his recovery. 'Obviously, it's been a long time coming,' Watt said. 'We've done a lot of work to get to where we are, but today's just the beginning. Today's just Day One and I'm really looking forward to stacking up days and, like I said, I just really enjoy being with my teammates.' The 28-year-old Watt has 76 sacks through the first 83 games of his six-year career, and Houston needs him to return to form this season — pairing with fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to form one of the top pass rushes in the NFL. 'It's great to have him back,' Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. 'He's a great player, one of the top players in our league, top defensive player in our league, so to have him back, it means a lot to our football team.' To lessen the wear and tear on his back, Watt said he'll 'be smart' about his practice schedule during training camp, taking days off as needed to stay fresh rather than pushing himself as he's done in the past. His return has also come with a renewed sense of appreciation for being able to play, especially after the multiple injuries left him briefly pondering if retirement was closer in his future than he would have liked. 'Obviously, I went through some tough times there last year, but ... I really enjoy playing football,' Watt said. 'I really enjoy the fans. I enjoy every aspect of the game so I'm just really thankful to be able to be out here and playing.' .....»»

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Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

em>By Paul Newberry, Associated Press /em> BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky reached for the wall. Someone else was already there. For the first time ever at the world championships, Ledecky knows what it's like to lose. Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy's Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap. Pellegrini, the world-record holder, avenged a close defeat at the hands of Ledecky two years ago in Kazan, Russia. This time, it was the Italian touching first in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds. Ledecky and Australia's Emma McKeon tied for the silver at 1:55.18. 'I just didn't really have it today,' Ledecky said. 'I can't complain really with the silver medal.' While Pellegrini covered her mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky stared blankly at the scoreboard. She had never seen a '2'' beside her name at the world championships. It was there in Budapest, where Ledecky's unbeaten streak in the second-biggest swimming competition after the Olympics finally ended. 'I didn't really feel at the end that I had that extra gear that I normally have,' said the 20-year-old Stanford student from the Washington, D.C., suburbs. Ledecky had been 12 of 12 over the last three world championships, including three golds in this stately European capital. But her most audacious schedule yet — six freestyle events covering distances ranging from 100 meters (on a relay) to 1,500 (the grueling metric mile) — finally caught up with her along the banks of the Danube. Missy Franklin will remain the only female swimmer to win a half-dozen events at worlds, while Ledecky can take comfort in being the winningest female swimmer overall. Twelve golds leave her trailing only fellow Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the most victories. Now she's got a silver, too. 'It happens,' said Ledecky, who will be a heavy gold medal favorite in her last two events, the 4x200 free relay and the 800 free. 'It happens to every athlete at some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward and the rest of the week as well.' Of course, losing to Pellegrini was hardly an embarrassment. The 28-year-old became the first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven medals in a single individual event. Pellegrini's incredible run in the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era. Pellegrini was runner-up at the last two worlds, finishing behind Franklin in 2013 at Barcelona and Ledecky two years ago. On Wednesday, the Italian was back on top in what she called the last 200 of her career. 'I honestly thought the one to win the race would be Katie,' Pellegrini said. 'It wasn't.' McKeon got off to a blistering start, making the first turn more than a half-second below the record pace, while Ledecky — normally a slow starter because of her distance background — was lagging in fifth. Ledecky turned on the speed and was just one-hundredth of a second behind the Aussie when they made the final flip. But the two leaders, having spent so much energy dueling each other, didn't have anything left for the final lap. Pellegrini sure did. Her closing 50 was a blistering 28.82 — nearly a full second faster than both Ledecky and McKeon. 'Everything seemed to be in slow motion to me in the water,' Pellegrini said. 'At 150 meters on the turn we were all there, so I closed my eyes.' She paused for a moment, as if trying to convince herself that it really happened. 'I didn't believe I would make it.' Pellegrini said. 'I still can't believe it.' She wasn't the only Italian atop of the medal podium. Gabriele Detti rallied to win the men's 800 free, racing past both teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri and Poland's Wojciech Wojdak after those two put on a thrilling back-and-forth duel. Detti finished in 7:40.77, holding off Wojdak by less than a second while Paltrinieri faded to bronze. Standing in the aisles and screaming furiously, the packed house at Duna Arena came to cheer for Katinka Hosszu, who also was in the 200 free final, and Laszlo Cseh, one of the favorites in the 200 butterfly. Hosszu wasn't a factor, finishing seventh. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but couldn't catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in 1:53.33. Cseh settled for silver, though that didn't prevent him from pausing on deck to salute the raucous crowd. The bronze went to Japan's Daiya Seto. Britain's Adam Peaty cruised to victory in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, but his time was a bit of a letdown. After breaking the world record in both the preliminaries and the semifinals — the latter in 25.95 — Peaty settled for only the second-fastest time ever (25.99) in the final. Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior claimed the silver and South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh took bronze. After Ledecky's disappointment, the U.S. finished on a strong note with its second world record of the day in the 4x100 mixed medley relay. Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won gold with a time of 3:38.56, easily beating the mark of 3:40.28 put up by an entirely different U.S. foursome — Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford — in the morning preliminaries. Australia took the silver, while Canada and China tied for bronze in an event that will be part of the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo. 'It's pretty cool,' Grevers said, 'that we had two relays that would've won tonight.' .....»»

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Curry OKs 5-year $201M contract

SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced on Tuesday they had finalized a raft of free agent deals, including Stephen Curry’s contract reportedly w.....»»

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NLEX thumps RoS, gains 3rd win in row

MANILA, Philippines -  Aaron Fuller played to his fullest as he towed the once-lowly NLEX squad to a compelling 122-114 victory over Rain Or Shine in double.....»»

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NU belles rip UE, gain Dickies lead

MANILA, Philippines -  Rhena Itesi re-imposed her will in the paint as National University repelled University of the East, 69-64, in a duel of unbeaten team.....»»

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LPC draws huge derby cast

MANILA, Philippines -  Las Piñas Coliseum will hold its 28th anniversary six-stag derby on Aug. 23 with a big field expected to clash for top honors......»»

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Host Stags try to defuse hot Bombers

MANILA, Philippines -  The NCAA on Tour resumes today with San Sebastian College hosting Jose Rizal U in both the seniors and juniors divisions at the SSC gy.....»»

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