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Roddick, Clijsters among Tennis Hall of Fame inductees

em>By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press /em> NEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — Looking around the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Andy Roddick thought about all the things he is not. Not as good as the historic greats, especially Americans who preceded him into the Newport shrine like John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Not as good as the modern Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — who stood in the way of him winning more than one Grand Slam. 'I'm not the best of all time. I'm not going to win Wimbledon. I'm not the best of my generation. I'm not the most well-behaved. I'm not the most polished,' Roddick said in a speech Saturday that was sometimes funny and sometimes poignant. 'I'm also never going to take this honor for granted,' he said. 'I may not be a lot of things, but from this day forward, I'm never going to be anything less than a Hall of Famer.' Known for his powerful serve and his often biting wit, Roddick was inducted into the Hall along with Belgian star Kim Clijsters, six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch and journalist and historian Steve Flink. Tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden, who died in 2014, was inducted posthumously. Clijsters won four Grand Slam singles titles and 31 overall, including the 2009 U.S. Open as an unranked, wild-card entry after coming out of retirement following the birth of her daughter. 'Sorry, guys, but it's different,' said Hall of Famer Chris Evert, who presented Flink for induction. Evert said she developed a friendship with Flink over his career, which started when he was a researcher for Hall of Fame tennis writer Bud Collins. He went on to write books and magazine articles and provide tennis commentary on TV and radio. Evert spoke in awe about Flink's recall for long-ago matches, and how he would interrupt her at press conferences when she got details about her own record wrong. 'Steve Flink is being inducted today for a lifetime of making tennis the center of his world,' she said. Kalkman-van den Bosch discussed fighting cancer at the age of 14 and fearing that she would never play tennis again. Her friends pushed her around on a court in her wheelchair so she could she feel like she was still involved with the sport. 'I'm so fortunate to have tennis in my life,' she said. 'It's been magic for me.' Roddick thanked his several coaches and his father and his wife, Brooklyn Decker, who sat in the stands near fellow model Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend. He also congratulated his fellow inductees, joining those who praised Clijsters as a person. 'I have a simple way of putting it,' he said. 'If you have a problem with Kim Clijsters, I blame you.' Roddick also spoke of sneaking into the players' lounge at the U.S. Open when he was 8 years old and playing video games with Sampras, too scared to speak. Eleven years later, they were on the same Davis Cup team. And he said he doesn't play 'the 'what-if' game' and wonder what he might have done if he hadn't overlapped with the Big Four. 'It (stunk) being in your vacuum at times. I still consider myself lucky,' said Roddick, who lost to Federer in a Grand Slam final four separate times. 'I got to guard (Michael) Jordan. I went the distance with (Muhammad) Ali. I pitched to Babe Ruth. I feel like I know what it must have been like to watch Picasso. I saw it all. 'I won a couple times — not a lot, but a couple,' he said. 'The big four guys really (angered me) most of the time when I played them. But I'm absolutely proud to have my life and career associated with such quality individuals.' And he said at the pre-ceremony news conference that when he woke up that morning, the first text he saw was from Federer. 'He makes it extremely hard not to like him as a person,' Roddick said. The inductees took a tour of the museum on Friday, where they got to see their mementos alongside those of some of their heroes. Roddick took special pleasure in seeing the racket Arthur Ashe used when winning Wimbledon in 1975, or the one Rod Laver used at Forest Hills. 'It's almost like your childhood flashes through your head,' Clijsters said. 'It's very humbling. I'm just trying to take it all in.' Wearing a white button-down shirt embroidered with trucks that his 22-month-old son, Hank, picked out, Roddick noted that as an inductee he now gets to vote on future candidates. And he joked that he would take advantage of his new power to pay Federer back for all of the defeats. 'I might vote against him,' he said with a smile.   .....»»

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Ginebra starts title defense with Finals rematch vs. Bolts

Brgy. Ginebra will pick up where it left off in the Governors' Cup against Meralco Bolts. The defending champion Gin Kings open their title defense Sunday with an early Finals rematch against the Bolts, who are raring to get some sort of revenge after last year's series ended with a 4-2 for Ginebra following Justin Brownlee's epic buzzer-beater in Game 6. Almost all major characters return this year and the first of what is hopefully many Ginebra-Meralco clashes this conference should be a good one. Game time is at 6:45 p.m. live from the Big Dome. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Star makes its debut in the season-ending conference vs. Blackwater who is hoping to pick up its first win after absorbing a beating on opening day at the hands of the Bolts. .....»»

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Gilas Pilipinas ends Jones Cup stint against Iran

Gilas Pilipinas finally reached the end of its nine-day grind in Taipei. The Philippines caps its 2017 William Jones Cup stint Sunday against Asian rival Iran, looking to finish off the tournament on a high note despite the fact that a podium finish might already seem impossible. At 5-3, Gilas is two games behind Canada and Lithuania for first place and is one back back against Korea for third. Unless something amazing happens, the Philippines will most likely end up at fourth place. Regardless, Gilas Pilipinas still has some business to attend to against the Iranians who are coming in with an even 4-4 mark. While this Iran squad is not the one the national team was used to dealing with before, it should still provide Gilas a tough outing. Game time is set for 5:00 p.m. Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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WATCH: Alliances form, romances heat up in new 'Game of Thrones' trailer

WATCH: Alliances form, romances heat up in new 'Game of Thrones' trailer.....»»

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Phoenix escapes Alaska in thriller

MANILA, Philippines — “What a game.”.....»»

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Trawick just had the worst one-and-done for Globalport

If Eugene Phelps' one-and-done in the 2017 Commissioner's Cup is the gold standard by which we measure all one-and-dones in the PBA, Globalport's Jabril Trawick's performance to start the 2017 Governors' Cup is the exact opposite. Trawick only played 16 minutes for the Batang Pier against Rain or Shine Friday, fouling out in the fourth quarter of a two-point defeat. He finished with three points and four rebounds. He's out of the team already. 'Yeah [being replaced] because we're not happy [with] the way he's playing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,' head coach Franz Pumaren said. 'First game in the tune-up game, he played well, 27 poonts. But second game, he looked different,' he added. Globalport already has a replacement on deck but Murphy Holloway will only see action in the Batang Pier's next outing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Allen Durham is still haunted by "The Shot"

Almost a year after the fact, Allen Durham says that he's still haunted by 'The Shot.' 'The Shot' of course is the booming triple hit by Justin Brownlee on Durham's face at the buzzer of Game 6 during last season's Governors' Cup Finals. 'The Shot' ended Ginebra's eight-year PBA title drought as the Gin Kings won the series, 4-2. Almost a year after the fact, Allen Durham still has the memory fresh in his mind. Although it's not exactly a bad memory overall. 'I don't think I'll ever forget it,' Durham said after he played his first game of the 2017 Governors' Cup with the Meralco Bolts. 'Just the magnitude of that moment, I've never been in that type of situation. It's a great memory to have, it didn't work out for me but we will try to correct it this year,' the reigning Best Import added. While it may take a while to find out if Meralco can ultimately exorcise its Finals demons, the Bolts and Durham can take one win back from the barangay as the Bolts and the Gin Kings meet for an early rematch Sunday. Durham is looking forward to it, obviously. 'They are one of the better teams in the league, it's always good to play against the best competition,' he said. Meeting Brownlee for the first time since 'The Shot', Durham is excited about that too. 'It will be good to see him on Sunday,' he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Phelps drills winner as Phoenix keeps Aces reeling

El Destructor shot a dagger deep in the heart of Alaska. Eugene Phelps drilled the game-winner Sunday at the MOA Arena, lifting the Phoenix Fuel Masters to a pulsating 95-93 victory over the Aces in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. After a wild final minute ended up with both teams tied at 93-all with 21 seconds to go, Phoenix went to Phelps and the high-scoring import wasted away the time before making his move. El Destructor finally drove to the basket with around two seconds left, beating his man one-on-one to make the game-winning layup at the buzzer. The Fuel Masters moved to 2-0 for the conference, their best start in franchise history. .....»»

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Waiting game for Kingad, Batolbatol as ONE postpones Indonesia card

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino fighters Danny Kingad and Rocky Batolbatol will have keep on training for a longer time......»»

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NLEX takes early Govs' Cup lead after win over Kia

NLEX has some horrible memories of losing a 20-point lead at the MOA Arena. Well, that didn't happened this time although it almost happened again. Almost. The Road Warriors scored another victory in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, taking a 100-93 decision over Kia Sunday to improve to 2-0 for the first time this season, tying a franchise-best start. Dating back to the Commissioner's Cup, NLEX has now won four straight games, second longest in team history. Fresh from a big win over Alaska on opening day, the Road Warriors were on point early in the game, opening up a 32-13 lead after a 9-0 run in the first quarter. NLEX dominated the entire game, leading by as many as 27 points, 78-51, save for some moments in the fourth quarter when the Picanto made a rally to cut the deficit down to five points. However, the Road Warriors' lead was more than enough for them to hold on for the win and send Kia to an early 0-2 deficit in the standings. 'It's a nice feeling to be putting together a streak. The confidence level is getting better. We were really excited before this game because there is something good that is happening within the team,' head coach Yeng Guiao said. 'I was so excited that I came into the room early,' he even joked as he was on the press room early to watch the rest of the contest. In the fourth quarter, he was called two technical foul in a span of one minute to earn his first ejection of the conference. Import Aaron Fuller had another solid outing for NLEX, finishing with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kevin Alas and Carlo Lastimosa emerged as the top locals, going for 13 points each. Markeith Cummings led the way for Kia with 30 points but the Picanto run was a little late to truly turn the game around. Glenn Khobuntin added 15 markers.   The scores: NLEX 100 - Fuller 24, Alas 13, Lastimosa 13, Quiñahan 11, Taulava 8, Al-Hussaini 6, Mallari 6, Soyud 6, Baracael 5, Villanueva 5, Fonacier 3, Ighalo 0, Tiongson 0, Monfort 0, Rios 0. KIA 93 - Cummings 30, Khobuntin 15, Jaime 13, Celda 8, Paniamogan 6, Elorde 6, Yee 4, Corpuz 4, Camson 3, Salva 2, Nimes 2, Caperal 0, Galanza 0, Teng 0, Ballesteros 0. Quarterscores: 36-18, 64-40, 83-70, 100-93.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Gilas Pilipinas blasts India for best win in the Jones Cup

Gilas Pilipinas was finally unleashed in the 2017 William Jones Cup. The Philippines blasted India on Saturday, scoring a convincing 101-70 victory at the Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall. After a close opening period, Gilas dominated the Indians in the second, outscoring the opposition by 20 points, 27-7, to put the game away early. The Philippines settled down in the second half but it was still enough for its best win of the tournament so far as the national team waxed hot from deep, converting on 17 triples. Matthew Wright was the high man for Gilas as the Fil-Canadian shooter went a perfect 5-of-5 from deep to finish with 19 points. Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal added 14 apiece off the bench after both gunners connected on four triples each. Now with a 5-3 record, Gilas Pilipinas will wrap up its Jones Cup stint with a matchup against Asian rival Iran on Sunday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Hall of Famer Roddick asked more about '09 loss than '03 win

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> More people want to ask Andy Roddick about a Grand Slam final he lost than the one he won. Yes, that 16-14 defeat in the fifth set against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2009 seems to spark more conversations than Roddick's straight-set victory at the 2003 U.S. Open, the last time any American man won a major championship. 'For better or worse, it's going to be the '09 Wimbledon final. It's the match people want to talk about. I'll be in a coffee shop and people want to talk about it. People will tell me where they were and where they were watching it,' Roddick said in a telephone interview Friday, the day before he is inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. 'It's a proud moment for me. To go on the biggest stage and — I know I didn't come up on the right end of it, but I don't know that I could have played or executed a game plan better than I did for 4½ hours,' he said. 'It's definitely the one I hear about the most and talk about the most and kind of think about the most.' On Saturday, Roddick and another former No. 1 player, four-time major champion Kim Clijsters, will headline the Hall's Class of 2017. Also being enshrined this year: Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, a four-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair tennis; journalist and historian Steve Flink; and tennis instructor Vic Braden. Roddick and Clijsters were moved by the opportunity to tour the hall with family and friends on Friday. 'When I walk through there and I see the history of our sport from when I was a little girl — Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez — and just a few meters over, there's my picture or my trophy, it feels very special,' Clijsters said. 'But it's also very hard to understand and have it sink in.' Both played their last singles matches in 2012 at the U.S. Open, an important site for their careers. Clijsters won titles in New York in 2005, 2009 — with her daughter, Jada, prancing around the trophy in Arthur Ashe Stadium — and 2010, along with the Australian Open in 2011. In addition to winning his Grand Slam trophy at Flushing Meadows, Roddick was the runner-up there in 2006 to — yes, that's right — Federer. Roddick's trio of runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009 all came against Federer. 'I gave myself a lot peace of mind when I decided I wasn't going to compare myself to Roger,' Roddick said with a chuckle. The key to Roddick's success was his big serve — he once held the record for fastest at 155 mph (250 kph) — and big forehand. But he worked to improve other aspects of his game, including his fitness, backhand and volleys. 'A great competitor. Always getting the most out of himself,' said Lleyton Hewitt, a two-time major champion whose career overlapped Roddick's. 'Left it all out on the court every time he stepped out there. Looked like he did all the hard work, as well, to try and prepare himself as well as possible.' Roddick spent much of his career dealing with questions why his generation wasn't as successful as previous groups of American men, such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1990s, or John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors before that. Now it's Roddick whose name comes up in that sort of context: When Sam Querrey reached the Wimbledon semifinals this month, it was noted he was the first man from the U.S. to get that far at a major since Roddick's tight-as-can-be loss to Federer in 2009 at the All England Club. After that match, fans at Centre Court chanted Roddick's name, an unusual homage to someone who didn't win. 'That's obviously the one that haunts him,' said Patrick McEnroe, Roddick's former U.S. Davis Cup captain. 'He was so close. It was arguably the best match he ever played.' Roddick helped the United States end a 12-year David Cup drought by winning the 2007 title. 'He was one of those guys that got the most out of his ability,' McEnroe said. 'I would say he overachieved. He was a great server, one of the greatest servers ever. But he wasn't a great tennis player. And I think he would tell you that. He wasn't a natural player, where he could just hit shots. He had to work extremely hard. So because of that, to me, he overachieved (by) getting to No. 1 in the world and winning a major.'   .....»»

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Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

em>By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press /em> SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course. He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for when he played in the afternoon. 'It wasn't a great feeling knowing we were coming into something harder than what we were watching,' he said. Spieth did more than just survive. With a short game as sharp as it has been all year, and a 3-wood that turned out a lot better than it looked and led to an eagle, Spieth seized control with a 1-under 69 that gave him a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar going into the weekend. Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green. And he learned enough from watching TV to know that going a little long on the par-5 15th would give him a better birdie chance than playing short. So he switched from a 3-iron to a 3-wood, hit it a little off the neck and watched it run hot and fast some 100 yards along the wet turf to about 18 feet away. 'I mishit the shot, which is probably why it looked so gross,' Spieth said. 'I hit it low off the heel, which is easy to do when you're trying to carve a cut. And it just ... one hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green.' The flight of that 3-wood looked as ugly as the weather. The outcome was as bright as his chances of getting his name on another major championship trophy. Spieth was at 6-under 134. It was the 12th time he has been atop the leaderboard at a major, including the fourth rounds of the Masters and U.S. Open that he won in 2015. Spieth is the sole leader at a major for the first time since the third round of the Masters last year, when he was runner-up to Danny Willett. 'Anytime you're in the last group on a weekend in a major ... you get nervous. And I'll be feeling it this weekend a bit,' he said. 'But I enjoy it. As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds.' Kuchar played in the morning in steadily strong wind, but without rain, and pieced together a solid round until a few mistakes at the end for a 71. He was at 4-under 136, and it would have been a good bet that he would be leading with the nasty weather that arrived. 'I think that's what people enjoy about the British Open is watching the hard wind, the rain, the guys just trying to survive out there,' Kuchar said. 'Today is my day. I get to kick back in the afternoon and watch the guys just try to survive.' He wound up watching another short-game clinic from Spieth. The key to his round came in the middle, starting with a 10-foot par putt on No. 8 after he drove into a pot bunker. The biggest break came at No. 10, when the rain was pounding Royal Birkdale. Spieth hit into another pot bunker off the tee, could only advance it out sideways, and came up short of the green in light rough. 'Massive,' he said about the chip-in par. 'Nothing said '4' about this hole. I feel a little guilty about taking 4 on the card.' And he wasn't through just yet. Spieth rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and then after watching Henrik Stenson's tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth realized he could take on the flag. He hit 7-iron to 2 feet for another birdie, and followed that with a beautiful pitch to tap-in range for par on the 13th. Even so, his work is far from over. The chasing pack features U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who failed to make a birdie but stayed in the hunt with 16 pars in a 72, and Ian Poulter with his newfound confidence, which is growing even higher with the support of the English crowd. Poulter shot 70. Not to be overlooked was Rory McIlroy, who recovered from a horrific start Thursday to salvage a 71, and then kept right on rolling. McIlroy, who was 5 over through the opening six holes of the tournament, ran off three birdies with full control of every shot on the front nine. And much like Spieth, he kept his round together with crucial par saves early on the back nine when the wind was at its worse. McIlroy posted a 68 and was at 1-under 139, only five shots behind with only five players in front of him. 'To be in after two days and be under par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that,' McIlroy said. Not everyone got off so easy. Justin Thomas, who started the second round just two shots behind, drove into the gorse on the first hole and took double bogey. That wasn't nearly as bad as the sixth hole, where he tried three times to hammer out of the thick native grass well right of the fairway. He couldn't find the ball after the third one, and he wound up taking a quintuple-bogey 9. Thomas made another double bogey on the 13th hole and shot 80. Spieth never looked as if he was under any stress, except for his tee shot into the bunker on No. 8. A British writer suggested a lip-reader could have detected some choice words coming out of his mouth. Spieth smiled and replied, 'I speak American. You probably didn't understand me.' The language of his clubs — especially the wedge and the putter — was all too familiar.   .....»»

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Delly has the perfect method not to lose his wedding ring while playing basketball

Matthew Dellavedova has been happily married for three weeks now and he has found the perfect way to keep his wedding ring close even if he plays basketball. Because he can't actually wear his wedding ring while on the basketball court, Delly has decided to keep it on his shoe, tying it on his laces to keep it close while he shoots some hoops. It makes perfect sense, it let's everyone know that he's taken and also, it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Because it would be rather awkward if he has to tell his new wife that he lost his wedding ring. 'I think I'm not gonna be able to wear it in a game. So I wanna keep things the same and if I put it anywhere else I'll probably lose it and then I'll be in trouble,' Delly, who is in town for Peak to promote his first signature shoe, told ABS-CBN Sports Friday. 'So I think the safest way is to put it on my shoe,' he added. The little gesture let's everyone know that he's taken and it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Also, it's sorta kinda a crafty method to promote the Peak Delly 1. Anna Schroeder, Delly's lovely wife, says that she's not going to mind if that much if her husband loses his wedding ring while playing basketball. She revealed that Delly actually tends to lose his stuff every now and then although she hopes that he can actually hold on to his ring. And tying it to his shoes seems like the perfect way to go. 'I'm a pretty low-key person so I wouldn't be too frustrated,' Schroeder told ABS-CBN Sports. 'But he also loses his keys and wallet a lot so I hope he can hold on to this and I think that's probably a good place for him to keep it [on his shoe],' she added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Gilas takes on India in penultimate day of Jones Cup

It's not impossible but Gilas Pilipinas will need a lot of things to go in its favor in order to win a medal in the 2017 William Jones Cup in Taiwan. The Philippines' medal chances took a major hit Friday after losing to Lithuania and now, it appears that the country's hopes of retaining its championship is dependent a many factors that are out of control. What Gilas can control however, is its Day 8 matchup against India, a team coming in with a winless 0-7 record. With a 4-3 mark, the national team is two full games behind first place and is one game back from third. However, Gilas holds no tiebreaker as the country's three defeats came at the hands of Canada, South Korea, and Lithuania, the three teams that stand at the top in the penultimate day of the competition. Still, a victory by the Philippine should boost morale and keep its hopes alive heading into the last day of the nine-day joust. Gilas Pilipinas will take on India at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Confident NLEX look for a 2-0 start in Govs' Cup

After a disastrous first two conferences this season so far, it appears that NLEX is starting to turn things around. Dating back to the Commissioner's Cup, the Road Warriors are now on a three-game winning streak and NLEX hopes to make it 2-0 in the ongoing Governors' Cup as Yeng Guiao's crew takes on Kia Saturday at the Big Dome. Fresh from beating Alaska in the opening day of the season-ending conference, the Road Warriors head into their clash against the Picanto with momentum and are more than ready to take over the early lead in the standings. Kia, after falling short against Phoenix, would like to get back on track and register its first win of the conference. Game time between NLEX and Kia is set for 3:00 p.m. In the second game at 5:15 p.m., the Fuel Masters' daring mission to enter the semifinals this conference continues as Phoenix (1-0) takes on struggling Alaska (0-1). While the Fuel Masters enjoy the return of import Eugene Phelps, the Aces are on a free fall, losing nine straight games, a franchise record, dating back to the Commissioner's Cup. .....»»

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AP Source: Pau Gasol agrees to 3-year deal with Spurs

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Pau Gasol has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs. The seven-foot Spaniard and the Spurs came to agreement on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) on a deal that is partially guaranteed for the third season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement. Gasol declined the $16 million option on his contract in June the intent of signing a longer-term deal with the Spurs. The Spurs re-signed Patty Mills and added free agents Rudy Gay and Brandon Paul. Gasol averaged 12.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game for the Spurs last season. ESPN first reported the agreement. .....»»

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AP sources: Kyrie Irving asks Cavaliers to trade him

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND (AP) — Kyrie Irving wants the stage for himself. Cleveland’s All-Star point guard has asked the Cavaliers to trade him, two people familiar with the situation told the Associated Press on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Irving made the request last week to owner Dan Gilbert, said the people who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the star’s demands. Irving’s appeal was first reported by ESPN. A four-time All-Star, Irving has spent six seasons with the Cavs, who selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011. The 25-year-old has overcome injury issues and blossomed into one of the league’s elite point guards and biggest stars. And now that he’s finally established himself playing alongside LeBron James, Irving wants out. He’s under contract for two more seasons with Cleveland (he has a player option in 2020), but the Cavs could be inclined to move Irving now and begin another rebuild around James, who can opt out of his contract next summer and leave Ohio for the second time. The bombshell about Irving adds to what has been a tumultuous offseason for the Cavs following their loss in five games to Golden State in the NBA Finals. General manager David Griffin parted ways with the club after failing to work out a new contract with Gilbert and while other teams have been active in signing free agents the Cavs have been limited in their ability to revamp their roster because of salary-cap issues. Also, the Cavs courted former NBA star Chauncey Billups but couldn’t get him to join their front office. Irving’s request to be dealt perhaps sheds some light on the Cavs’ recent pursuit of former league MVP Derrick Rose. The team has talked to Rose about a one-year contract in recent days, a source familiar with the negotiations told the AP on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Rose was thought to be a potential backup, but now it appears he could be needed to start if the Cavs and Irving are indeed breaking up. There is certain to be major interest in Irving, who averaged a career-high 25.2 points and 5.8 assists in 72 games last season. Irving averaged 25.9 points in his third straight Finals, but he and James couldn’t do enough to match the Warriors, who took back their crown after adding Kevin Durant last summer. A potential trade partner for the Cavs could be the New York Knicks, who have been trying to unload Carmelo Anthony, a close friend of James. Irving is from New Jersey and would welcome a chance to go back to his home area. However, the Knicks may not have enough assets to intrigue the Cavs and there is a sizeable imbalance in contracts, so the Cavs would have to include other players in any potential deal. It’s strange that Irving would choose now to ask for a trade. After all, he has finally developed into a bona fide superstar following three tough seasons following James’ departure to Miami in 2010. Irving had no help during those years and the Cavs were in a state of disarray before James came back in 2014. In his second year alongside James, Irving made the biggest shot in franchise history, draining a three-pointer in the closing moments of Game 7 to give the Cavs their first title — and the first for any Cleveland pro team since 1964. By all accounts, Irving and James got along but there were times when they didn’t quite see eye to eye. James was demanding of his younger teammates but he was always adamant that Irving would grow into a superior player. Following Cleveland’s Game 5 loss in the Finals, Irving credited James for leading the way. “He’s freaking awesome,” Irving said. “As a student of the game, it would be a disservice to myself if I didn’t try to learn as much as possible while I’m playing with this guy. Every single day demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional. And understanding how things work, not only just in the game but off the court, things that matter, just taking care of your body, understanding the magnitude of what the goal is at hand and what steps it takes in order to achieve that goal.” Moments earlier, James had walked off the court at Oracle Arena where Irving was waiting They made their signature handshake and James told Irving, “We’ll be back.” Now, they may be headed in opposite directions. .....»»

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This perfect Pirate ship runs on Perez-Ayaay engine

Lyceum of the Philippines University is off to its best start to the season in school history. With three wins in three games, the Pirates find themselves alone atop the leaderboard – looking over defending champion San Beda College and the rest of the field. Of course, CJ Perez has been the most distinguishable difference this year as his all-around brilliance has allowed his teammates to shine as well. That still held true on Friday as the do-it-all swingman collected 20 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. It also helps the cause of the Intramuros-based squad, however, that they have another player who can come close, if not even match, the production of Perez. “Parehas kami ng posisyon tapos parehas kami na kahit saan, pwedeng ilagay. Malaking bagay yun sa amin kasi makakatulong talaga kami sa team,” MJ Ayaay said. Ayaay – who, like Perez stands at six-foot-one and shifts from forward to guard without a hitch – scored all of his team’s last four points and a total of 17 points in LPU’s big-time victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos. The team captain also had four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. So alike are the two in being do-it-all players that they have also been the ones huddling up and talking up their teammates in-game. “Kami kasi yung captain ball kaya kami yung laging kumakausap sa team,” Ayaay shared. While they have similar styles of play, the two, of course, still had to work on their partnership. Talking about when Perez arrived in Intramuros in 2016, Ayaay said, “Pagdating niya, siyempre, season namin, tapos siya nasa Team B. Kaya noon, ‘di pa kami nag-uusap.” He then continued, “Ngayon, close na kami, lagi na kaming nagkukulitan.” Now they are doing it all together, the team captain said they only have one thing on their mind. “Brothers na kami and wala na kaming ibang gusto kundi maabot yung goal namin – Final Four para sa LPU,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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