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Kris Dunn. NBA

NBA rookies believe No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn is in for a big season.

In a poll of 38 first-year players conducted by NBA.com, Dunn was voted most likely to win the Rookie of the Year award. Dunn, a guard out of Providence selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves, was also voted by his peers as the best defender and best playmaker in the class.

Tom Thibodeau and the T-Wolves would be thrilled if Dunn fulfilled the expectations of his fellow rookies. Minnesota believes Dunn will fit in nicely with a young core that includes Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.

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 The Beermen will have a new import in Michael Singletary. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel Beer will be parading replacement import Michael Singletary in its game against Meralco on Wednesday, in a bid to push its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign further.

The Beermen were forced to secure Singletary while Arizona Reid recuperates after injuring his Achilles heel.

San Miguel was able to pull off a victory over nemesis Alaska last week despite going all-Filipino, but coach Leo Austria would still rather have a reinforcement by their side.

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Thunder nab Joffrey Lauvergne from Nuggets for draft picks (August 31, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

Thunder nab Joffrey Lauvergne from Nuggets for draft picks

DENVER -- The Denver Nuggets traded forward Joffrey Lauvergne to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday for two second-round draft picks in 2017.

Lauvergne, a native of France, appeared in 83 games for the Nuggets, including 16 starts, averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. He was the 55th pick in the 2013 NBA draft and made his debut for Denver late in the 2014-15 season.

Denver will receive Oklahoma City's 2017 second-round pick and Memphis's 2017 second-round pick, which Oklahoma City acquired in a previous trade.

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TNT targets bonus vs GlobalPort (August 31, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

D-League

TNT KaTropa seeks the first of two wins it needs to nail a first-round bonus in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs against the tournament’s hottest team of late, GlobalPort, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao today.

Coming off their first defeat in the season-closing conference, the Texters take on the streaking Batang Pier in the 4:15 p.m. contest.

The game will basically pit GlobalPort’s high-octane offense against TNT’s tried and tested defense.

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 Barangay Ginebra is now in second place behind league-leading TNT KaTropa. PBA Media Bureau photo

Barangay Ginebra looked impressive after it brought down Star, 116-103, and racked a sixth victory in eight starts in the PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday.

The win moved the Gin Kings to second place in the standings, with the “Never-Say-die” team looking like a contender for the crown.

But for Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, it’s too early to say if Ginebra now is championship caliber.

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8 José Manuel Calderon (ESP) - Spain v Brazil, 2016 Olympic Games: Tournament for Men (BRA), Rio de Janeiro - Carioca Arena 1 (Brazil), Group Phase, 9 August 2016

MADRID (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Jose Manuel Calderon has drawn the curtain on his time as a national team player for Spain.

The Los Angeles Lakers guard, who turns 35 next month, recently served as a back-up to playmakers Ricky Rubio and Sergio Rodriguez at the Olympics, helping his country capture the bronze medal.

A member of Spain's golden generation, Calderon made his senior team bow at the 2002 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Indianapolis and went on to help the national side capture numerous medals.

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 New Rain or Shine import Greg Smith. Photo grabbed from Greg Smith's YouTube page

MANILA -- Rain or Shine has shown import Dior Lowhorn the door following the team’s shaky outing at the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Elasto Painters’ team management has decided to bring in Greg Smith, hoping it would save their beleaguered campaign.

Smith played for the Colorado State Rams in the US NCAA and is a more versatile player compared to Lowhorn, according to Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

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 San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo earned PBA Player of the Week honors after his sensational effort against bitter rival Alaska that saw the Beermen play without import Arizona Reid.

Reid was out due to a lingering injury, but Fajardo made sure the Beermen would not miss a step, as he came through with a dominant 37-point, 14-rebound effort in San Miguel's 106-103 comeback win over the Aces.

Fajardo scored 16 points in the final quarter, carving out space inside the paint for point-blank baskets. His 37-point output was his highest-scoring game since firing a career-high 43 points against Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup last December.

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Renegades revived under Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko (August 31, 2016)
Darren Rovell [ Source: ESPN ]

Jonas Jerebko. David Richard/USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko is the latest athlete to buy in to the esports world.

Jerebko purchased the rights to the Renegades franchise from Christopher "Montecristo" Mykles, his team's CS:GO position in WME | IMG's ELeague and in ESL, and the first right of refusal to negotiate new contracts with that team, for an undisclosed sum.

Jerebko said he originally planned to buy into the sport at the beginning of 2017, but given that the deal included the rights to negotiate with the current Renegades CS:GO team, in which four of the players had expired contracts, Jerebko said he had to seize the opportunity.

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Cardona grateful to MVP for support (August 31, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

D-League

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX player MacMac Cardona said the other day he’s grateful to the MVP Group for giving him a chance to live a second life after surviving a suicide attempt and while still confined in the hospital, the man known as Captain Hook is looking forward to getting his career back on track.

Cardona’s contract with NLEX is expiring today but he’s been assured of an extension. The MVP Group is footing the bill for a three-month rehabilitation program to straighten Cardona out. Last Sunday, Cardona’s two daughters Natalia and Adriana visited him at the hospital.

PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said the MVP Group is extending all possible help to Cardona. “The immediate phase is necessary but perhaps, the less challenging,” said MVP. “What will be tricky is to place MacMac into the regular mainstream of life, on the important premise that he’s accepted that his basketball career has set.”

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