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 NO MORE GAME 5: Calvin Abueva vows to end the series on Game 4. Photo by KC CRUZ, GMA News

Calvin Abueva was Friday night's Player of the Game after a 23-point, 12-rebound performance in Game Three of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series between Alaska and Meralco.

The Beast led the Aces' 92-72 thrashing of the Bolts, but he went down on the floor before he checked out of the game for good after Cliff Hodge's shoulder hit his face.

He was visibly shaken as team trainers attended to him on the bench, but he looked fine when did post-game interviews.

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Ray-Ray Parks named to Gilas 24 (April 30, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

 Bobby Ray Parks. Philippine Star photo

MANILA, Philippines - Two-time UAAP MVP Bobby Ray Parks has been named to the Gilas 24-man lineup that will be submitted to FIBA as a requirement for the Olympic qualifying tournament at the MOA Arena on July 5-10.

SBP deputy executive director for international affairs Butch Antonio said yesterday the deadline to turn in a hard copy of the 24-man roster falls on Wednesday, May 4. The next deadline is on June 20 when teams are required to submit a “short list” of 12 to 16 players. The third deadline is on June 27 when the final 12-man cast will be sent. Only the players from the 24-man roster may be included in the lineups for June 20 and 27.

FIBA may allow a few changes in the final 12-man team during the managers’ meeting on the day before the tournament starts but it will depend on the reason for each switch. If the reason is a player is unable to play because of injury, FIBA may permit a change. A fee of $2,000 is usually assessed for every player replacement. Allowing a late change is discretionary on FIBA’s part. Any player change on the eve of the tournament will come only from the 24-man list.

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Black hopes 2-day break to help 'tired' Meralco import (April 30, 2016)
Marisse Panaligan [ Source: Inquirer ]

 Arinze Onuaku finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in Game 3. Photo by KC CRUZ, GMA News

Meralco head coach Norman Black did not like the effort his team showed after suffering a 92-72 beatdown at the hands of Alaska in Game Three of the semifinals on Friday night.

The Bolts started strong after posting a 25-15 lead in the first half, but they started to unravel in the third quarter after committing 21 turnovers and losing the rebounding battle to the Aces.

Alaska's converted 26 points off turnovers and hauled 31 second chance points, allowing them to dominate the second half 54-34.

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Dwyane Wade thinks NBA should get rid of officiating reports (April 30, 2016)
Michael Wallace [ Source: ESPN ]

Dwyane Wade thought he was fouled but didn't get the call with 2.6 seconds left in Miami's Game 5 loss. Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade said Friday that he's not in favor of the NBA releasing two-minute reports used to critique calls made by referees late in close games.

"Those last two-minute (reports), to me, are pointless," Wade said at the Heat's workout in advance of Game 6 against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night. "It does nothing for us or for any other team. Go through the whole game and break it down, and I think it will help the refs and the league continue to grow. But those last two minutes; that's not a good thing."

Wade's comments came two days after he was the subject of a controversial play in the final seconds of the Heat's loss to the Charlotte Hornets in Game 5. With 2.6 seconds left in the game, Wade drove along the baseline and attempted to score over Hornets center Cody Zeller and guard Courtney Lee, who both made contact with Wade before he lost the ball.

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Calvin Abueva. PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces entered halftime tied with Meralco but dominated the latter two periods as they stomped the Bolts, 92-72, in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Rob Dozier led the way with 25 points on 11-for-16 (68-percent) shooting and 14 rebounds while Calvin Abueva added his own double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Chris Banchero also played big, scoring 16 points from off the bench. He made all three of this three-point attempts in the crucial game.

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Deron Williams plans to opt out of deal with Mavs (April 30, 2016)
Tim MacMahon [ Source: ESPN ]


DALLAS -- Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks, sources told

Williams, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season.

"I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back."

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San Miguel hoping for ‘beer-acle’ encore (April 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Will there be another “beer-acle” run?

San Miguel likes to think so. The Beermen also found themselves back in a familiar place where their historic run last conference started.

Back at Philsports Arena in Pasig, where they won the first of four straight games in the Philippine Cup Finals, the Beermen fanned their finals hopes after extending their best-of-five semifinals series against Rain or Shine with a gritty 104-98 victory on Thursday.

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Cruz says clash with Santos ‘part of the game’ (April 30, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Jericho Cruz and Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Jericho Cruz knew he had to do all he could to help Rain or Shine complete the semifinals sweep of San Miguel.

And whether he wanted it or not, he had to juke it out against Arwind Santos on Thursday.

The two traded barbs over the course of game, and were even whistled with a double-technical for taunting as they tried one-up one another in hopes of helping their respective teams to the victory.

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What the Warriors are without Steph Curry (April 30, 2016)
Ethan Sherwood Strauss [ Source: ESPN ]

Klay Thompson, whose talent has often been overshadowed by Stephen Curry's dominance, gets to take the spotlight while the Warriors try to win without Curry. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

OAKLAND, Calif. -- In sports, where not much is literal, the Warriors seek to compensate for a lack of something metaphorically murderous. Right now, Stephen Curry has a particular set of skills, momentarily interrupted by a particular set of suits.

"We’re going to show them what 'strength in numbers' really means through the whole playoffs until the killer comes back,” Warriors big man and part-time philosopher Marreese Speights says of the task at hand.

The official timetable on recovery from Curry’s MCL strain is two weeks, meaning this particular killer currently walks as languidly as Anton Chigurh. Even if Golden State can beat, say, the Portland Trail Blazers without Curry’s services, it’s a distressing development, to be sure. Athletes can find inspiration in misfortune, though. Right now, the Warriors fight for Steph Curry while seeking to prove themselves as something more than just Steph Curry.

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Marcio Lassiter exploded for a conference-high 30 points in Game 3. PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel may have played without an import on Thursday but showed that their locals had more than enough firepower as they won, 104-98, in Game 3 of their Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semis series against Rain or Shine.

Marcio Lassiter, in particular, looked like a different player, breaking out of a shooting slump with 30 points, hitting five three-pointers and going 11-for-16 (68-percent) from the field.

“It came at a perfect time,” Lassiter told sportswriters after the game. “I have confidence in my shots. In Game 1 and in Game 2, I took the shots, but they were not falling. Sometimes it’s really not your night. But I didn’t change anything. I just shot the ball with confidence.”

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