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Manny Pacquiao of Kia Carnival. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Kia Carnival try to give playing coach Manny Pacquiao a nice send-off as they clash with Blackwater Elite in PBA Commissioner’s Cup action Saturday at The Arena in San Juan.

Kia is playing its last match with Pacquiao before he flies to the United States later in the day to prepare for his megafight with Floyd Mayweather.

As a treat to fans who want to see Pacquiao on the court one last time before the fight, the PBA is giving away no more than 2,000 free tickets to the general admission and the upper box section on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Larry Sanders' battle with anxiety and depression (February 28, 2015)
Kevin Arnovitz [ Source: ESPN ]

Sanders (in suit), who was been suspended twice for marijuana use, said he's putting basketball aside for now. AP Photo/Aaron Gash

"We don't do a very good job with mental health," said an NBA team executive as he looked down at the sad contents of his boxed lunch and sighed. "We don't have any answers, and we're not doing a good job looking for them."

This was three years ago at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics conference in Boston. I'd asked about the status of a player who had had some early success but had fallen off the NBA map after a short stint with the exec's team.

He lamented that, too often, he and his head coach were charged with the job of evaluating and counseling guys who, in his estimation, were likely suffering from mental health conditions that professionals should be diagnosing, then treating. The exec said that he had taken it upon himself to read up on current trends in brain research but that he was in far over his head.

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Asi Taulava of NLEX. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Asi Taulava, the oldest player in the PBA at 41, was one among the star players who were not included in last year’s All-Star Game.

Given an opportunity to return and appear in a record-tying 12th All-Star Game appearance with Alvin Patrimonio, Taulava is determined to make up for the opportunity he lost last season.

“I know the feeling from last season when I didn’t make it to the All-Star Game. I told myself that if given the opportunity to do it again, I will go out there and play my heart out, especially for the fans,” Taulava told sportswriters after the game.

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Rajon Rondo said that communication problems he has had with coach Rick Carlisle are a thing of the past. Danny Bollinger/NBAE/Getty Images

DALLAS -- Mavericks point guard Rajon Rondo declared himself ready to move on after serving a one-game suspension that stemmed from a heated dispute with coach Rick Carlisle.

"Everything is back to normal now," Rondo told reporters after Friday's practice, the first time he publicly addressed the incident.

Rondo and Carlisle got in a profane shouting match over play-calling responsibilities with 8:10 remaining in the third quarter of Tuesday's win over the Toronto Raptors. It started after Rondo ignored a play-call from Carlisle, prompting the coach to call a timeout, storm out on the court and shout at the point guard.

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NLEX notches first win streak, zooms past Meralco (February 28, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

NLEX import Al Thornton had another strong performance vs. Meralco. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

MANILA, Philippines—Zooming to their first win streak of the conference is the NLEX Road Warriors after they dispatched the Meralco Bolts, 89-76, in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup showing on Friday evening at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

NLEX notched back-to-back wins after taking care of San Miguel on Saturday and gained a 3-4 win-loss card.

Niño Canaleta hit the dagger three from the left corner with 43.5 remaining to put the Road Warriors up 82-74.

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Luol Deng's path of righteousness (February 28, 2015)
Michael Wallace [ Source: ESPN ]

Deng, niece Chier and sister Akon, who helped raise the family while their parents sought asylum. Luol Deng

MIAMI -- On good days, the worst hurled at Luol Deng in grade school were the racist slurs a Sudanese refugee child was far too young to comprehend yet never quite able to forget.

Samara, meaning black.

Hunga bunga, mockery for ape.

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Rain or Shine import Wayne Chism evades the defense of Barako Bull's Jake Pascual. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Wayne Chism had 32 points while JR Quiñahan added 12 as the Rain or Shine Elastopainters leaned on a strong second quarter to defeat the Barako Bull Energy, 103-91, on Friday.

"We knew coming into this game that Barako is the best defensive team," said Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao.

"We just wanted to draw out [Solomon] Alabi and create some space in the middle. We hit our threes; Chism is quicker than their import. It's been good with Wayne. That's what we expected."

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NBA to release last 2 minutes reports on crunch-time calls (February 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


NEW YORK -- The NBA will begin revealing whether it determined referees' crunch-time calls to be right or wrong.

Starting Monday and continuing throughout the playoffs, the league will release play-by-play reports of all calls and relevant no-calls in the final minutes of close games. Such information had been shared only internally.

The assessments will be released by 5 p.m. the day after each game and will stand as the league's comment on whether the most-disputed calls were correct. The reports will focus on the last two minutes of games that were within five points at the two-minute mark and all of any overtime periods.

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Derrick Rose of Chicago Bulls has torn meniscus repaired (February 28, 2015)
Jon Greenberg [ Source: ESPN ]


CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose's knee surgery was successful, and the Bulls guard should be cleared to return to the team in four to six weeks, general manager Gar Forman said Friday.

For Rose, the former MVP who had missed most of the previous two seasons with surgeries to both of his knees, this was positive news.

"There's the old saying that surgery's minor as long as it's on somebody else," Forman said. "But in this case, in comparison to what Derrick's had to go through the last several years, this surgery really was minor."

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The Filipino community in Dubai will once again be treated to live PBA action, with three teams set to play in the United Arab Emirates for a pair of games.

As part of the Governors' Cup eliminations, Rain or Shine will play back-to-back matches against GlobalPort on May 21 and fan favorite Barangay Ginebra on May 22.

Both games will be played at the Al Shabab Al Arabi Club in Dubai.

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