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Jeffrei Chan of Rain or Shine is set to attck the basket even as Alaska's Vic Manuel sticks close. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Alaska Aces look to grab a commanding 2-0 lead over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game Two of their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.

The Aces and the Elasto Painters meet at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

Despite being down by 17 points in the second quarter, Alaska rallied in the second half and dispatched Rain or Shine, 87-80, in Game One last Thursday.

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Corey Brewer dealt to Houston Rockets (December 20, 2014)
[ Source: ESPN ]


The Houston Rockets have acquired veteran swingman Corey Brewer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to sources and media reports.

The Wolves will acquire shooting guard Troy Daniels, who used an $8 million trade exception they got from trading Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to facilitate the deal. Center Ronny Turiaf, who is out an extended period of time after undergoing hip surgery, will go from Minnesota to Houston as part of the deal.

Yahoo Sports reported the Wolves will get two future second-round picks from the Rockets as well.

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San Miguel Beer point guard Alex Cabagnot calls a play. Sports/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen welcomed the return of point guard Alex Cabagnot in Game One of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday and many observers were looking to see how he would co-exist with Arwind Santos.

There was talk about the two players not getting along during their last stint together, but both were quick to show that any existing tension would not spill over onto the court as they blew out Talk ‘N Text, 109-86, in their series opener.

Santos had 21 points and eight rebounds while Cabagnot had 13 points, six boards and six assists as they helped lead the team to a very convincing win.

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The New York Knicks' rough start is going to cost Madison Square Garden shareholders a projected $6 million in profits.

The estimate was put forth Friday by Rich Tullo, director of research for Albert Fried & Company, which covers the MSG stock.

"As the Harlem Globetrotters are the only New York professional [basketball] team winning in Madison Square Garden this season, we cut our estimates to reflect light TV ratings," Tullo wrote.

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Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel Beer shoots over Talk 'N Text rookie Matthew Ganielas-Rosser. PBA Images/Nuki Sabio

Veteran point guard Alex Cabagnot enjoyed some success as part of the San Miguel franchise, winning a title and making a few PBA finals appearances in his years as a Beerman.

In his return, Cabagnot is looking for some redemption, especially for the team’s Game Seven loss to the San Mig Coffee Mixers, now known as the Purefoods Star Hotshots, in his last finals stint.

“Syempre naman gusto kong bumawi,” Cabagnot told a small group of sportswriters.

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Rajon Rondo leaves complicated legacy (December 20, 2014)
Jackie McMullan [ Source: ESPN ]

Rajon Rondo's uneven play in recent weeks signaled he hadn't entirely bought into the Celtics' long-term plan. Mark L. Baer/USA TODAY Sports

He wasn't just KG and Pierce and Ray's little brother -- he was yours, too.

When Rajon Rondo arrived in Boston, with that spindly body and those giant grizzly bear mitts, he was only 20 years old but already oozing intrigue. Even though he spent a chunk of his rookie season playing behind Sebastian Telfair -- Sebastian Telfair! -- the kid conjured up at least one play every week that made you exclaim, "Whoa.''

A no-look bounce pass. A deft steal in the backcourt that was equally electric for his team and demoralizing for the unsuspecting opponent. That little hesitation that froze players in their tracks and enabled him to glide to the basket unhindered.

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Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer keep a close eye on Talk 'N Text's Ranidel de Ocampo. Sports5.Paul Ryan Tan

San Miguel star Arwind Santos may remain friends with old teammates like Ranidel De Ocampo and Jay Washington off the court, but he admitted that friendships can sometimes be set aside in the heat of a playoff battle.

The former PBA MVP expressed some displeasure with an incident involving De Ocampo in Game One of his team’s best-of-seven semifinal series against Talk ‘N Text.

Santos dunked the ball in the midst of a second quarter run and hung onto the rim after the slam. De Ocampo tried to go for a quick inbound and ended up knocking Santos off balance on his way down.

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Geno Auriemma and Mike Krzyzewski.

After each led a USA Basketball national team to a gold medal and a qualifying berth into the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University) today were announced as the 2014 USA Basketball Co-National Coaches of the Year. USA Basketball’s Board of Directors is responsible for selecting its annual award winners.

The honor is the third such recognition for Auriemma and an unparalleled sixth for Krzyzewski.

“USA Basketball is incredibly grateful to Coach Auriemma and Coach K for all of the time and hard work that they have dedicated to USA Basketball this past summer and throughout the years,” said USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director Jim Tooley. “Our national teams are much stronger because of their commitments, and we are very are proud to honor them as our Co-National Coaches of the Year.”

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June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer tries to deny Jayson Castro of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The last time Alex Cabagnot was playing for San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo was a fast-rising star with potential to be one the best players in the PBA.

In the time that the point guard’s been gone, the 6-foot-10 Cebuano slotman has become the league’s dominant force, winning the MVP award last season and showing little signs of slowing down in this current campaign.

“June Mar is improving, night and day. When I was here before, he was already one of our go-to-guys. Now, he’s everything, he’s the go-to-guy. Before he was good, he was even better now,” Cabagnot told a small group of sportswriters.

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Irving building on Spain 2014 MVP performance (December 20, 2014)
[ Source: FIBA ]

Kyrie Irving (USA). USA vs Serbia, 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, Madrid (Spain), Final, 14 September 2014

CLEVELAND (NBA/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - The best players make their presence felt in the most important moments of games. By stepping up their play and being able to keep their cool in those tense moments, they usually find ways to help their team succeed.

After some steady individual performances in the Group Phase of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, USA guard Kyrie Irving stepped up his play in the Final Phase, particularly in the Semi-Final win over Lithuania and the defeat of Serbia in the title game.

The 22-year-old guard was simply unstoppable in the Final. He made all six of his three-point attempts as part of a 10-of-13 shooting display on his way to a game-high 26 points and handed out four assists as the USA cruised to a 129-92 victory to successfully defend their title as world champions.

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