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Celtics are for real

This early in the NBA season, the Boston Celtics are making waves as the league’s miracle team, starting the campaign with two straight losses then reboundin.....»»

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Top racing stable wins five championship races

MANILA, Philippines — Local racing powerhouse SC Stockfarm further raised the bar  Sunday as five of its headliners – Hitting Spree, Brilliance, El Debarge,.....»»

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Harden scores 29 to lead Rockets past Grizzlies 105-83

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- James Harden scored 29 points, Clint Capela had 17 points and 13 rebounds and the Houston Rockets beat the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Saturday night. Houston guard Chris Paul added 17 points and six assists in his second game since returning from a left knee injury. Paul and Harden combined for 10-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc, and the Rockets were 18 for 43 from 3-point range overall. Memphis dropped its fourth consecutive game. Chandler Parsons led the Grizzlies with 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and Marc Gasol and JaMychal Green each scored 15 points. Houston was in control the entire game. Memphis led only once, by one point in the first quarter. The Rockets used their normal 3-point shooting prowess to build an 18-point lead in the first half. Houston went 11 of 24 from long range in the half. Memphis pulled within two late in the second quarter, but Houston led 59-50 at the break. TIP-INS Rockets: Eric Gordon converted a four-point play late in the first half. ... Houston has won five straight on the road. ... Houston is 11-1 when leading after the third quarter. ... Capela recorded his 11th double-double of the season. ... Houston made its first 11 free throws before Nene missed one in the third quarter. Grizzlies: It was Parsons' first start of the season. ... PG Mike Conley missed his second game with left Achilles tenderness. Conley was in a walking boot. ... F Brandan Wright left in the second quarter with a right groin injury. UP NEXT Rockets: Host Denver on Wednesday. Grizzlies: Host Portland on Monday night......»»

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C.J. McCollum scores 25 points, Blazers beat Kings 102-90

PORTLAND, Ore. -- C.J. McCollum scored 25 points, Damian Lillard had 22 and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Sacramento Kings their ninth consecutive road loss, 102-90 on Saturday night. McCollum hit four 3-pointers and shot 9 of 16 to help Portland avenge an 86-82 road loss to the Kings on Friday night. Lillard had six assists, the Blazers shot 54 percent (38 of 70) from the floor and made 10 of 21 3-pointers. Portland's Jusuf Nurkic, bouncing back from a season-low four-point performance Friday, had 14 points and seven rebounds. Meyers Leonard, in his second game back after missing four weeks with a right ankle injury, hit three 3-pointers and had a season-high 11 points for the Blazers. Shabazz Napier also had 11 on 5-of-6 shooting. Willie Cauley-Stein had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Sacramento, and Zach Randolph had 17. Neither team had a significant advantage for most of the first half. But Portland, trailing 33-32 midway through the second quarter, finished the half by hitting four 3-pointers during a 21-8 run as the Blazers grabbed a 53-41 lead at the break. Portland widened its lead to 22 points during the third quarter. During a nine-minute stretch, only Randolph scored for the Kings. Lillard scored nine points that fueled an 11-3 run as Portland took a 78-56 lead late in the third quarter. Sacramento never got closer than 12 points the rest of the game. TIP-INS Kings: Buddy Hield, who sprained his ankle in Friday's game against the Blazers, did not make the trip to Portland. ... Vince Carter (kidney stones) missed his sixth consecutive game. ... Randolph, scoreless against Portland on Friday, scored the Kings first four points Saturday. .... Sacramento lost its ninth consecutive game in Portland. Trail Blazers: Ed Davis returned to action after missing Friday's game (ankle). ... Portland heads to Memphis on Monday to start a five-game road trip, tied for its longest of the season. UP NEXT Kings: Host Denver on Monday night. Trail Blazers: At Memphis on Monday night......»»

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Pantino falls to Japanese foe in singles final of ITF Juniors

Iggy Pantino just missed out on a tournament sweep. The 16-year-old Filipino fell to Japan's Shunske Mitsui in straight sets, 3-6, 3-6, Sunday at the Manila Polo Club, losing the Boys Singles Final of the 2017 Phinma-PSC International Tennis Federation Juniors Circuit. Things unraveled quickly for no. 2 Pantino as the younger Japanese broke his serve twice for a 4-0 lead in the first set. Pantino, who hails from Ormoc but is now coming out of Cebu via the Philippine Tennis Academy, finally managed to hold serve to extend the set but the top-seeded Mitsui would nail a final break point for a 6-3 win. The Filipino started off well in the second set, taking a 3-1 lead before he collapsed, losing five straight games. "Sayang po pero the Japanese played really good, he was the better player today," Pantino told ABS-CBN Sports about his loss. "I was quite sluggish and pressured sa first few games," he admitted. Despite losing the singles final, Pantino had earlier won the boys doubles title with Michael Francis Eala.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Mavericks stop 4-game slide with win against Bucks

DALLAS -- Wesley Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Dallas Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks' franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers, J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds. Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points. It was Milwaukee's first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7. The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews' 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter. Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range. TIP-INS Bucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. ... Coach Jason Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. ... The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8. Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night's 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. ... Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season. UP NEXT Bucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday. Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday......»»

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Irving, Brown help Celtics rally for 15th straight win

ATLANTA -- Kyrie Irving scored 30 points, Jaylen Brown added a career-high 27 and the Boston Celtics won their 15th straight game with a 110-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night. At 15-2, Boston leads the NBA and matched the best start in franchise history through 17 games. The winning streak is the club's fifth-longest, four behind the 2008-09 team that set the franchise mark. Dennis Schroder had 23 points, and Kent Bazemore added 19 for Atlanta. The Hawks are an Eastern Conference-worst 3-13, but they still had plenty of adrenaline following a 46-point victory over Sacramento -- the biggest in franchise history -- two nights ago The Celtics erased a 16-point deficit to take their first lead on Brown's 3-pointer midway through the third. It marked Boston's fourth win when trailing by at least 16 during the streak. Irving, playing with a protective mask to protect a minor facial fracture, ended the game with a right-handed finger-roll layup, delighting a few thousand Boston fans who were chanting "MVP! MVP!" in the fourth quarter. In 31 minutes, Irving made 10 of 12 shots, including five 3-pointers, and hit all five of his free throws. Irving, frustrated that the mask was affecting his peripheral vision two nights ago, took it off to help Boston beat defending NBA champion Golden State by four points. He scored 16 points, but was just 4 for 16 from the field. Brown was 10 of 13 from the field. The Celtics lead NBA in scoring defense, but they gave up 35 points in the first quarter and trailed by 15 entering the second. Atlanta used a 16-0 run in the first to take a 15-point lead. But fueled by Marcus Smart and other reserves, Boston pulled within four twice in the second and cut the lead to six in the closing minutes on Brown's 3. Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum each had 14 points for Boston. TIP-INS Celtics: Tatum was scoreless until he stole the ball and dunked to cut the lead to four in the third. The 19-year-old former Duke standout followed with an acrobatic, one-handed dunk on a fast break to make it 75-72 and had another dunk to put Boston up 78-77 near the end of the period. Tatum had all 14 of his points in the third. Hawks: F Taurean Prince is developing into a solid option on offense, spinning for a layup against Shane Larkin and floating a soft assist on John Collins' dunk that put Atlanta up 84-82. But Prince has a substandard reputation as a defender, and coach Mike Budenholzer gave him an earful after calling timeout in the third. Prince had just missed an assignment that left Brown open to hit the big 3 from the left corner. UP NEXT Celtics: Visit Dallas, the NBA's worst team, on Monday night. Hawks: Visit San Antonio on Monday night......»»

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F2 Logistics import Perez earns POW award

F2 Logistics continues its dominant run when it posted five consecutive victories to remain as the heaviest contender in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix. And one player should be credited for this amazing run – import Maria Jose Perez. The Venezuelan sensation was at the helm of the Cargo Movers’ attack that prompted the PSL Press Corps to name her as its Chooks to Go-Player of the Week from Nov. 11 to 18. With Perez spewing fire at the attack zone, the Cargo Movers defeated Cocolife, Generika-Ayala and Victoria Sports-UST in straight-sets, putting them in a perfect position to capture the top seed in the sudden-death quarterfinal battle. She finished with 14 attacks and two aces for 17 points against the Asset Managers before torching the Lifesavers with 12 attacks to finish with 14 points in another dominant straight-set victory. Perez capped her impressive week with another 12-point effort to lead the Cargo Movers to another impressive win over the Tigresses over the weekend at the La Salle Lipa Sentrum to earn the weekly honor given by reporters and photographers from various newspapers, tabloids and online news outlets covering the league. She won the award over the other explosive imports like her teammate in Kennedy Bryan, Lindsay Stalzer of Petron and Sara Klisura of Foton. But more than her attacking prowess and leadership, Perez said it is their mental toughness that is making them successful. “I think we’re working hard every day in practice,” said Perez, a seasoned international campaigner who donned the colors of Venezuela in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. “I (also) think that we come to every match mentally prepared. You know, it’s very important to keep our mental toughness because the Superliga is a very tough competition. All players here are very good.” F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus was elated over their performance, but stressed that it’s still a long way to go, especially with other veteran teams like Petron, Cignal, Cocolife and reigning champion Foton tipped to come up with a run of their own. “We can’t take any team lightly,” said the 10-time UAAP champion. “We just have to keep our focus and be more consistent. Sa nakikita ko kasi parang may kulang pa eh. We have to improve it because it’s going to be tough down the stretch.”  .....»»

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UST Tiger Cubs beat Falcons in UAAP juniors caging

UST Tiger Cubs beat Falcons in UAAP juniors caging.....»»

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PANTINO, MITSUI SET ITF PHINMA TITLE TIFF

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Potts focuses on PBA stint

Potts focuses on PBA stint.....»»

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Tour de France winner says PH on right track.....»»

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La Salle Archers pierce Falcons, UAAP caging final seat

La Salle Archers pierce Falcons, UAAP caging final seat.....»»

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REBISCO EXTENDS SUPPORT TO GIRLS& rsquo; VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE.....»»

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Sun Life Cycle PH launched at BGC

Sun Life Cycle PH launched at BGC.....»»

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MANDALUYONG, QC TO DISPUTE MBT CAGE TITLE

MANDALUYONG, QC TO DISPUTE MBT CAGE TITLE.....»»

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Rebisco extends volley support to girls’ league

MANILA, Philippines — Rebisco, a long-time backer of volleyball, gives the country’s premier girls’ league a big shot in the arm as it sponsors the 18-and-un.....»»

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Foton back on track; F2 unscathed

MANILA, Philippines — Defending back-to-back champion Foton scorched from the service box and the attack line as it overwhelmed Sta......»»

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CEU thumps CdSL, clinches top seeding

MANILA, Philippines — Defending champion Centro Escolar University reaffirmed its mastery over top challenger Colegio de San Lorenzo, 69-57, and clinched the.....»»

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