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2 Dubai games in PBA Philippine Cup schedule (August 28, 2015)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

Calvin Abueva (8) and the rest of the Alaska Aces will play two games in Dubai. Crowd-favorite Barangay Ginebra is also scheduled to play as part of the Philippine Cup schedule. Photo from the Alaska Aces’ official website

Two games in Dubai featuring the Mahindra squad of eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao and crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra will be played on Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the PBA Philippine Cup’s elimination-round schedule.

The two squads will be joined by Alaska on the league’s return to the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.

Two Governors’ Cup games were also held in the emirate two months ago.

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Aquino signs RA 10676, scraps 2-year residency rule (August 28, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

President Aquino has signed into law the measure that dissolves a controversial residency rule for student-athletes just a week before the UAAP men’s basketball tournament kicks off.

The President signed Republic Act No. 10676, which scraps the UAAP’s two-year residency rule for high school student-athletes transferring to a different school for college.

Sen. Pia Cayetano, the main proponent of the bill, said the “UAAP residency issue will now be put to rest” after the President signed the bill Wednesday.

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D-League

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters freed up some space in their crowded backcourt after shipping second round draft choice Simon Enciso to the NLEX Road Warriors in exchange for a 2018 second round pick.

The PBA approved the deal on Thursday.

The trade unloaded a guard from Rain or Shine’s backcourt that is already composed of Paul Lee, No.3 pick Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Tiu and Jonathan Uyloan.

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Saguisag son named UAAP commissioner (August 28, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

UAAP

A lawyer will be at the helm of this season’s UAAP basketball action.

Rene “Rebo” Saguisag Jr. has been appointed as commissioner of the league’s three basketball divisions starting with the men’s tournament on Sept. 5 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“We wanted somebody who is young and dynamic, and at the same time, qualified,” said UAAP secretary treasurer Ronnie Dizer of Season 78 host University of the Philippines.

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Roi Sumang in UAAP action. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

Could it be destiny?

That’s how GlobalPort Batang Pier owner Mikee Romero described snatching former University of the East standout Roi Sumang in the PBA Rookie Draft.

Sumang was one of the talented guards in the draft, but he surprisingly fell to the third round.

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Legendary dunker Darryl Dawkins dies (August 28, 2015)
[ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

Darryl Dawkins was once summoned in the Philadelphia 76ers' locker room to meet a celebrity who wanted to meet the man known for dunking with backboard-breaking force.

The guest was Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder. The entertainer is blind, yet even he could tell there was something unique about Dawkins' game.

"A guy who never saw me," a beaming Dawkins said in a 2011 interview, "gave me the name 'Chocolate Thunder.'"

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 Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario formally became teammates at Talk n Text as they signed maximum rookie deals on Thursday. Philippine Star File Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- This year’s top two rookie picks Moala Tautuaa and Troy Rosario joined the PBA millionaire’s club on Thursday with rookie maximum deals with Talk ‘N Text.

On Tuesday, the 6-foot-6 Rosario, originally selected by Mahindra (formerly KIA) as the no. 2 overall draft pick, was shipped to Talk ‘N Text as part of the three-team, five-player deal.

Talk ‘N Text team manager Virgil Villavicencio said management signed both rookies before they fly to Taipei on Friday for the annual William Jones Cup. The maximum rookie deal is worth around P8.5 million, spread in three years with a monthly basic pay of P150,000 in the first year, P225,000 in the second year and P337,500 in the third year. 

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76ers owner donates $3.5M to local nonprofit (August 28, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

PHILADELPHIA -- The owner of the Philadelphia 76ers has pledged a $3.5 million donation to Philadelphia's Police Athletic League -- the largest amount ever recorded by the nonprofit youth group.

The PAL supports disadvantaged youths by pairing them with police officers who volunteer to direct sports, educational and cultural programs.

Team owner Joshua Harris, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, is making the donation through a family foundation with which he's affiliated. He said Thursday he feels it is his obligation to find a way to give back.

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 Chris Tiu inks a fresh two-year deal with Rain or Shine nixing an earlier plan to retire from the PBA. Philippine StarFile Photo

MANILA, Philippines -- Rain or Shine assured itself of a veteran backcourt presence after re-signing Chris Tiu to a fresh two-year deal on Thursday.

Terms of the contract were not divulged, though team governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon said Tiu has an option on his second year to leave the team if ever he decides to concentrate full-time on his commitments in show business and family business.

"Sa second year niya, if ever gusto na niya magpahinga, okay lang as amin," Mondragon told Philstar.com.

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NBA

Summer tends to be a time of unbridled NBA optimism. Teams and players have fresh slates and everyone can dream big before reality takes over when camps open and games start in the fall.

Not every player will perform up to expectations for the Boston Celtics during the 2015-16 season. For Day 9 of our Celtics Summer Forecast series, we asked our blogger panel: Which Celtics player will be the biggest underachiever this season?

Our 16-member panel responded with six names, but it was second-year swingman James Young who topped the polling, appearing on 43.8 percent of the ballots. Offseason acquisition David Lee (25 percent) placed second, while Avery Bradley was behind him at 12.5 percent. Amir Johnson, Jae Crowder, and Jared Sullinger tied at 6.3 percent of the vote.

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