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Larry Fonacier. InterAKTV/Roy Afable

The Philippine national men’s basketball team lost a key player after sweet-shooting Larry Fonacier withdrew from the squad that is currently preparing for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain this August.

Fonacier, who suffered a career-threatening knee injury during his college days before carving out a PBA career, opted to not join Gilas Pilipinas because of medical reasons, according to coach Chot Reyes.

“It is with deep sadness that we have to accept Larry’s request to beg off the Gilas pool for the meantime. Unknown to many, Larry has been playing through a variety of foot and back injuries that have bothered him the past 2 years; and it is only his great dedication that has prevented him from taking anytime off,” Reyes wrote on his Twitter account Thursday morning.

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Forward Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks with a player option for the second season, agent Raymond Brothers said.

The Mavs could only offer Aminu, the eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft, the veteran's minimum.

The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Aminu, 23, has averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in four seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans. He averaged 7.2 points and 6.2 rebounds for New Orleans last season, when he was primarily a starter.

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Veteran guard Ray Allen is leaning toward returning for his 19th season and joining his former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers, The Boston Globe has reported, citing an NBA source.

Former Heat forward Mike Miller, who like James joined the Cavs on a two-year deal, said last week he was making a recruiting effort to lure Allen to the Cavaliers, pointing to the veteran as the kind of player that would help Cleveland in key spots in the playoffs.

Allen, who will turn 39 on July 20, played 73 games for the Heat in the regular season and all 20 postseason games last season.

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LOS ANGELES -- The attorneys for Shelly Sterling said Wednesday they will ask a judge to issue a ruling allowing the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to proceed despite pending lawsuits brought by Donald Sterling in both federal and civil court contesting his wife's authority to sell the franchise without his consent.

Pierce O'Donnell, the lead attorney for Shelly Sterling, said he would seek what would effectively be an emergency, appeal-proof ruling after testimony concluded in the California probate court case to determine whether she acted properly in removing her husband from the family trust which owned the franchise before selling it to Ballmer.

"We think we have overwhelming evidence from [interim Clippers CEO] Dick Parsons and Anwar Zakkour from Bank of America, that if you don't let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock," O'Donnell said. "If Donald Sterling stays on as the manager and owner of this asset, Doc [Rivers] won't coach, Chris Paul won't play, sponsors will stay away and TV ratings will fall. It is an urgent matter that this sale be closed immediately to Mr. Ballmer and restore some stability and, frankly, dignity to the NBA in Los Angeles."

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Rookie Watch: Arvin ‘The A-Train’ Tolentino (July 24, 2014)
Rick Olivares [ Source: Philippine Star ]

UAAP

Before we look at what the Ateneo Blue Eagle rookie Arvin “The A-Train” Tolentino, there are two moments that will define the Ateneo-UP match from last Wednesday.

There was 5’9” Nico Elorde blocking 6’5” Gelo Vito and a play or two later, Kiefer Ravena hitting a huge triple that hit the bottom of the net.

Even if Ateneo looked lethargic (I won’t give UP too much credit for defense here) because they surrendered 86 points, those two moments emphatically said that the Fighting Maroons weren’t going to upset them on that day.

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FIBA Asia Cup

NEW DELHI – India said Wednesday it has “shocked and outraged” after learning Sikh members of the national basketball team were not allowed to wear turbans on court at the recent Asia Cup.

Sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal said wearing a turban on court did not impact on “fair play” and he was surprised to learn about the incident at the FIBA Asia Cup in China earlier this month.

Sonowal said he has asked the International Olympic Committee to issue guidelines on the wearing of turbans so that “such incidents do not take place again.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets announced they've signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts.

Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans, is expected to backup Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.

Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a release Wednesay, "Brian is a quality point guard who we believe will play a key role for us. We look forward to having him as part of our team."

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Phoenix Suns re-sign P.J. Tucker to multiyear deal (July 24, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contract Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Tucker started 81 games last season in his second year with the Suns, averaging career highs of 9.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 30.7 minutes.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes is asking for the public's help to track down the man police say killed his aunt in Northern California.

Barnes took to his Twitter and Instagram accounts Tuesday, asking anyone who knows the whereabouts of 51-year-old Michael Williams of Sacramento to call police.

Barnes also posted photos of Williams on his accounts. Williams was married to Barnes' aunt, 48-year-old Tanganyika Williams.

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Los Angeles Clippers 'bid book' shows Steve Ballmer overpaying (July 24, 2014)
Ramona Shelburne and Darren Rovell [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Drafts of the Los Angeles Clippers' sale bid book show exactly how much Steve Ballmer is willing to overpay for the team.

The bid book was entered as an exhibit by Shelly Sterling's lawyers in a trial in California probate court to determine whether she should have the right to sell the team without her husband, Donald.

Ballmer's $2 billion final bid is 12.1 times the expected 2014 revenues of the team, according to the numbers given to the bidders by Bank of America, which conducted the sale on behalf of the Sterling trust. The document was introduced into court Tuesday and subsequently obtained by ESPN. A person with knowledge of the sale confirmed that bidders were given these documents.

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