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Arizona Reid of SMB. PBA Media Bureau

Former Best Import award winner Arizona Reid is used to helping his team San Miguel Beer win games while on the floor but he will need to get comfortable with watching someone else do that for the team – at least on a temporary basis.

A replacement import, whose identity was withheld by head coach Leo Austria at this time, will play for the Beermen in their next game against the Meralco Bolts while Reid will be watching from the sidelines as he recovers from a nagging injury to his Achilles tendon.

“It’s a tough situation. It’s gonna be weird having another import and I’m here behind the bench watching, it’s definitely difficult,” Reid told InterAksyon.com.

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Alaska Aces coach Alex Compton. PBA Media Bureau

Alaska coach Alex Compton wasn’t in much of a mood for talking after his team’s loss to San Miguel on Wednesday.

Instead, the usually affable Compton simply posed a question to those who were seeking a statement from him about the game.

“I’d like to ask you guys, what’re your thoughts on the free throw disparity? What’s your opinion on that? What’s your opinion on 43 to 22?” Compton asked sportswriters.

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Arizona Reid of SMB. PBA Media Bureau

AZ Reid is here to stay.

San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria confirmed on Wednesday that the former Best Import will remain as the team’s import while he recuperates from an Achilles heel injury.

“I keep on telling those people calling me, he’s still in the lineup,” Austria said during the postgame interview. “But because of his Achilles injury, we cannot force him to play. But he’s here.”

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Fajardo-powered Beermen drop Aces (August 25, 2016)
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 June Mar Fajardo lords over Calvin Abueva and the Aces. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

The San Miguel Beermen defeated the LaDontae Henton-powered Alaska Aces in the PBA Governors’ Cup even without their import Arizona Reid, who was forced to sit out the game on Wednesday due to injury.

With June Mar Fajardo stepping up in the absence of Reid, the Beermen got past the Aces at the Araneta Coliseum, 106-103.

The SMB big man came up with 37 points and 14 rebounds to help San Miguel offset Henton’s 45-point performance for Alaska.

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 Meralco's Chris Newsome tries to get past NLEX's defense. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA -- Meralco closes in on a quarterfinals berth following a 101-95 beating of sister team NLEX in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Allen Durham led the Bolts in scoring with 31 points to go with 17 rebounds, but it was Amer Baser who came up with the biggest plays in the last two minutes of the match.

The former San Beda College Red Lion fired all of his seven points in that stretch to help Meralco maintain its lead against a surging NLEX.

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City of Los Angeles celebrates 'Kobe Bryant Day' (August 25, 2016)
J.A. Adande [ Source: ESPN ]

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) poses with Kobe Bryant, joined by his family and city officials after Bryant was honored at a city council meeting with "Kobe Bryant Day" on Wednesday. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES -- Even as the Los Angeles City Council paused to honor Kobe Bryant and reflect on everything he has done since he arrived in the city 20 years ago it was evident that Bryant's mind was elsewhere, looking ahead, consumed with what comes next.

Wednesday was "Kobe Bryant Day" in L.A., by official proclamation. And after some awkward bits of democracy -- when citizens used the open microphone to decry city expenditures, say "Go Lakers!" and hurl expletives and racial slurs -- the council got down to honoring Bryant's basketball accomplishments and civic contributions in his two-decade career with the Los Angeles Lakers as purple-and-gold clad fans filled council chambers chanting "Ko-be" and "M-V-P."

"When Kobe Bryant and the Lakers were playing well we were all Angelenos, united and watching greatness," council member Jose Huizar said.

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Austria: Injured Reid is still SMB's import (August 25, 2016)
Camille B. Naredo [ Source: ABS CBN News ]

 AZ Reid will not play against Alaska but is still in San Miguel's line-up, according to coach Leo Austria. Josh Albelda, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel head coach Leo Austria denied reports that the Beermen have parted ways with AZ Reid but admits the team is currently looking for a temporary replacement for the injured import.

Reid is unlikely to play in Wednesday night's game against Alaska as he deals with tendinitis, and his behavior in their loss to GlobalPort fueled rumors that the former Best Import was on his way out.

Reid did not join the huddle in the dying seconds of their loss to the Batang Pier, and later told reporters that he was feeling the effects of the long minutes that he was playing. He is is averaging 34.7 points and 11.2 rebounds in 43.6 minutes of playing time per game for San Miguel.

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Cardona's condition 'improving' (August 25, 2016)
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 NLEX guard Mac Cardona. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX guard Mac Cardona has been transferred to the Makati Medical Center and his condition is improving, team manager Ronald Dulatre said in a statement on Wednesday.

Cardona was rushed to the intensive care unit of the University of Perpetual Help in Las Piñas last Sunday after overdosing on pills in an apparent attempt to commit suicide.

Dulatre said Cardona was transferred to Makati Medical Center on Monday midnight.

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Phoenix, Tanduay in KO duel (August 25, 2016)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

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AS PHOENIX goes for a season sweep, Tanduay Rhum hopes to make a mark of its own as the first fourth seed to bag the championship in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

“Most have written us off already,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson, whose Rhum Masters also stunned No. 1 Racal in the semifinals. “But this is a testament that as long you’re fighting, there’s always a chance.”

Game 3 of the best-of-three Finals series is set at 5 p.m. today at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.

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NCAA Season 92

MANILA, Philippines – Arellano U guns for a share of the lead with San Beda, clashing with Emilio Aguinaldo in the 92nd NCAA basketball tournament at The Arena in San Juan City on Thursday.

The Chiefs blasted the Blazers, 78-69, Friday to nail their sixth straight victory and ninth overall in 11 outings, and a victory over the Generals in their 4 p.m. encounter would catapult the former straight to the top alongside the Lions (10-2).

"This is an opportunity for us to get to the top and we'll try to cash in on it," said Arellano U coach Jerry Codinera.

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