Mendoza taking 'baby steps' to assume new role in Ateneo (October 21, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ateneo rookie Jolo Mendoza shoots a jumper against University of the East. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Jolo Mendoza knew from the moment he committed to play collegiate basketball for Ateneo that he will not have the same role as he did in high school, when he was the unquestioned No. 1 option of the Blue Eaglets.

An explosive scorer who was the Finals MVP in Season 77, Mendoza has been given limited minutes in his first year with the Blue Eagles. He averages only 8.4 minutes per game, and when he is on the court, his priority is to set up his teammates and defend, instead of scoring.

The adjustment has not been easy. Mendoza played the 2-guard or even the small forward position in high school, and being a point guard does not come naturally to him. Yet there are no complaints from the rookie, who insists he is "enjoying each and every moment" of the process.

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Foul trouble broke UE's momentum, says Pumaren (October 21, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 UE's Paul Varilla defends Ateneo's Jolo Mendoza in their UAAP Season 79 game. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – University of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren pointed to their inability to defend without fouling as one of the primary reasons for their 61-75 loss to Ateneo in the second round of the UAAP Season 79 tournament on Wednesday.

The Red Warriors started well offensively, draining four of their five three-pointers in the opening quarter and even leading by as much as 14 points.

However, they were also whistled for eight fouls in the first frame, leading to ten free throws for the Blue Eagles, of which they made eight.

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Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay knows about trade speculation, but he's more focused on what's in front of him rather than what might be around the corner.

Gay, who averaged 17.2 points last season, said last month that he was planning to decline his 2017-18 player option, so he can be a free agent on July 1. He also told the team he wouldn't mind a move out of Sacramento, which rekindled trade speculation that also popped up in July.

"I wake up every day and get ready to play the next game," Gay told reporters Wednesday. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings. I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings. All the speculation is B.S. Really, it's out of my control. I'll come here and be with my teammates and act as if I'll be here all year.

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Derrick Rose, pictured here while on the stand during his civil trial on Tuesday, said after being found not liable: "I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career.'' ESPN

An eight-member jury in Los Angeles federal court has found New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose and his two friends not liable in a civil lawsuit that accused them of gang-raping Rose's ex-girlfriend when she was incapacitated from drugs or alcohol.

The jury began deliberations Wednesday morning, and its decision was announced at about 4:30 p.m. ET.

"I am thankful that the jury understood and agreed with me,'' Rose said in a statement to The Associated Press. "This experience and my sensitivity to it was deep. I am ready to put this behind me and focus on my family and career.''

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Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (middle) is helped off the court after rolling his ankle in the team's preseason finale against the Knicks. Charles Krupa/AP Photo

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart left Wednesday's preseason finale against the New York Knicks after spraining his left ankle in the second quarter of a 121-96 loss at home.

Boston coach Brad Stevens said after game that Smart would be reevaluated Thursday.

"He's had an ankle sprain or two in the past -- but early indications are that it looks like hopefully not too long term," Stevens said. "We don't know what it means; we'll have a better idea in the next couple days."

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Tenorio shines bright, bags PBA Finals MVP (October 20, 2016)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA Finals MVP LA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Often the smallest guy on the floor, LA Tenorio made the biggest impact in the PBA’s grandest stage.

The 5-foot-8 Tenorio bagged the Finals MVP award after leading Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to its first championship in eight years.

Tenorio averaged 17.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals and in Game 6, the veteran floor general capped his stellar play with 25 points, five rebounds and six assists.

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Mark Caguioa asks longtime girlfriend Lauren Hudson to marry him shortly after winning the PBA Championship.

From one victory to the next.

Just minutes after Ginebra captured the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup after a thrilling 91-88 victory over Meralco, Mark Caguiao secured another win.

In the middle of a mosh pit of full-grown men, Caguioa dropped on one knee, looked up into the eyes of his Fil-Australian girlfriend Lauren Hudson, and popped the question.

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Hornets F Marvin Williams out for preseason with fractured finger (October 20, 2016)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hornets forward Marvin Williams will miss the remainder of the preseason with a non-displaced fracture of his left middle finger.

The Hornets said Wednesday that Williams will be re-evaluated next week.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said there is a good chance Williams will be available for the team's season-opener on Oct. 26 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Caguioa, Helterbrand 'saved the series' for Ginebra: Cone (October 20, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ginebra's Mark Caguioa and J-Jay Helterbrand celebrate after winning the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup. PBA Media Bureau photo

MANILA, Philippines – Justin Brownlee was the hero of Game 6, and LA Tenorio was the Finals MVP, but for Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, it was the talismanic pair of Mark Caguioa and J-Jay Helterbrand who saved the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup Finals.

It was Brownlee, the replacement import who cramped up in his first game, who drained the biggest shot of the series – a buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 6 that handed Ginebra a 91-88 win and their first title in eight years.

It was Tenorio who brought Ginebra back into the contest after Meralco had pulled away by double-digits in the first half, draining shot after shot in the third quarter to trim the deficit and make it a one-possession game in the fourth.

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Brownlee makes childhood dreams come true with game-winner (October 20, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 Ginebra import Justin Brownlee takes the game-winning three-pointer against the defense of Meralco's Allen Durham. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Before he became a hero to millions of Barangay Ginebra fans, Justin Brownlee was just like any other young basketball player who dreamed of having the ball in their hands in the final seconds with a chance of winning the game.

"There's the thing when you're a kid, you know," said Brownlee. "You have the ball in your hand, and you count down."

"Five, four, three, two, one," he said. "And you shoot it. I've always dreamed and imagined it."

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