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Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen try to avoid falling into a deeper hole as they clash with Barako Bull Energy in PBA Commissioner’s Cup action Tuesday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel and Barako Bull face off at 7 p.m. after the opening game between Alaska Aces and Kia Carnival at 4:15 p.m in the last gameday before the league heads to Palawan for the All-Star break.

The last-placed Beermen (1-6), just coming off a Philippine Cup title run, are looking to salvage what has turned out to be a disappointing Commissioner’s Cup campaign. With just four games left in their schedule, they have to sweep their remaining matches in order to at least give themselves a better shot of making it to the quarterfinals.

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Kia Carnival's 7'4" import Peter John Ramos. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

Alaska and Kia seek to recover from their latest outings and improve in the standings halfway through the elimination round.

The Aces (2-4) are on a two-game skid, bowing to Barako Bull in their last game while the Carnival (3-5) lost to Blackwater, 115-104, last Saturday.

“So far it has been an excellent conference for Kia as an expansion team and their fans should be very proud with the way they are playing,” stated Aces coach Alex Compton.

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Jimmy Butler does not need surgery on his sprained elbow, a source confirmed to  Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler is expected to miss three to six weeks with a sprained left elbow, the latest setback for the injury-plagued Chicago Bulls.

However, Butler will not need surgery to repair the injury, a league source confirmed to

Butler was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 ulnar ligament sprain and a small bone impaction injury after undergoing an MRI on Monday, one day after he was injured in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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June Mar Fajardo with a quick spin move. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

With San Miguel Beer's playoff bid in peril in the Commissioners' Cup, top center June Mar Fajardo is looking forward to relieving some stress at the PBA All-Star weekend in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

The Beermen have been in a free fall since the conference started, sinking to the bottom of the standings with a 1-6 card just after bagging the championship in the Philippine Cup.

The All-Star break is a welcome change of pace for SMB, who opened their campaign with an ominous 0-4 record. They finally broke into the win column with a victory over Meralco, but once again lapsed into a pair of losses against NLEX and Purefoods.

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Marc Pingris inspired by visit of dad from France (March 03, 2015)
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Marc Pingris of Purefoods Star. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

With Purefoods on a three-game losing streak, Marc Pingris was determined to bring out his A-game to help the team get back to their winning ways. But he had another motivation to play his best on Sunday against San Miguel Beer: the presence of his father.

Under the watch of Jean Marc Sr., the Hotshots big man came out with a stellar performance as he finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, and four assists to contribute to Purefoods' 113-105 overtime victory against the Beermen.

"Natutuwa ako na nakarating sila dito sa atin," Pingris told reporters after the game. "Sobrang happy talaga ako na nakita ko ulit siya, namimiss ko rin talaga sila."

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Forbes magazine estimates that Hornets owner Michael Jordan has a net worth of $1 billion. Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Michael Jordan can be found near the top of seemingly every list that mentions his name.

He's not close to the top of a new one, but he'll probably be just fine with that.

Forbes magazine revealed its 29th annual World's Billionaires List, and Jordan made the cut for the first time. With an estimated net worth of $1 billion, Jordan qualifies as the 1,741st richest person in the world, the magazine said.

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Long-time back court partners Jimmy and Alapag and Jayson Castro will face each other for the first time when they play for the North and South teams in the 2015 PBA All-Star game this weekend.

The two guards have been teammates for seven years in the Talk 'n Text franchise, and also played together in Gilas Pilipinas at the FIBA World Cup last September.

On Sunday, however, they will stand on different ends of the court to put on show for the league's fans in the annual mid-season spectacle.

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Is Jimmy Alapag suiting up as center at the All-Star game? (March 03, 2015)
Marisse Panaligan [ Source: GMA Network ]


With head coach Alex Compton planning to play the South giants in the point guard position, that left the question of who is going to play center in the All-Star game in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Fortunately for the Alaska mentor, there is one guy in his roster willing to step up to the challenge - retired Talk 'n Text point guard Jimmy Alapag.

"I guess that means I'm playing the center position," the former Gilas Pilipinas captain said after the Tropang Texters whipped GlobalPort on Sunday, drawing laughs from reporters.

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Local Basketball

MANILA, Philippines – “I just want to play basketball,” said Kenneth Alas of the NCAA champion San Beda Red Cubs. “You play for the love of the game and as you get older, you dream of playing for your high school team and you hope to win a championship. And then you want to play for a good college team and hopefully, with the national team and the PBA. That’s the dream. But for now, to be considered one of the 24 best high school players all over the country is an honor.”

The third of the four sons of noted basketball coach Louie Alas pretty much said what was on the mind of the 24 players who gathered for their first practice before the National Basketball Training Center High School All-Star Game tips off at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, at the Meralco Gym. The Seaoil NBTC Championship by the best two high school teams in the country will be played after at 1 p.m.

Alas’ teammate in the Red Cubs, Marc Diputado, hails from Dumaguete where football and basketball compete equally for the hearts and minds of youth. His older brother, Rev, was a rookie on National University’s champion team in the UAAP seniors division. With the NCAA Seniors Red Lions loaded at the point guard position, the younger Diputado isn’t sure yet where he’s going for college. He knows that the NBTC High School All-Star Game attracts a lot of college coaches and scouts. Like his fellow All-Stars, he is out to showcase his wares to a wider audience.

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2015 PBA All-Star Weekend starters. Photo from

MANILA, Philippines – Asi Taulava, who just turned 42 on Monday, knows his record 13th All-Star Game on March 8 could be his last.

And what a finale it could be for Taulava.

The veteran Fil-Tongan center was voted by the fans as an All-Star starter in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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