The inspired GlobalPort Batang Pier eyes another upset against the league’s top teams as is battles the Alaska Aces in PBA Philippine Cup action Saturday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro City.
The Batang Pier and the Aces collide at 5 p.m. live on TV5.
GlobalPort (4-3) is coming off a rousing 105-97 win over the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters, a team which they hadn’t defeated until last Tuesday.
A small and undermanned Meralco side, already missing two of its key players, was barely given a chance to beat favored Barangay Ginebra San Miguel on Friday.
Despite missing hard-working frontliner Sean Anthony and gunner John Wilson due to injury, the Bolts performed well against the Kings, shocking their foes with a 109-99 victory at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.
Chalk it to be the barbecue, maybe.
"Uncle Drew" is coming back to get more buckets.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who transformed himself into old basketball playing legend "Uncle Drew" for three webisodes sponsored by Pepsi Max, has signed on to make more.
Pepsi originally signed Irving to a local marketing deal during his rookie of the year season. But Irving became a national star when he executed the role of "Uncle Drew" to perfection. The idea behind the campaign was to highlight that Pepsi Max was a zero-calorie soda in disguise.
What’s been bothering LA Tenorio?
For the past two games, Barangay Ginebra’s cerebral guard has been ineffective, averaging only seven points, one assist and three turnovers in back-to-back losses for the Kings.
Tenorio acknowledged that he has a minor injury in the pinky finger on his right hand, although he said that it does not excuse his poor play in the last two games.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul George has endured some demoralizing moments as he recovers from a broken right leg.
He'd prefer to dress in shorts and a tank top instead of street clothes. He'd rather travel with his Indiana teammates than be left behind, watching the games on TV. And, in a perfect world, he'd be helping the short-handed Pacers win games rather than advising them how to win.
At some point, the two-time All-Star will be doing those things.
The Meralco Bolts finally won a game at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City and it was a big one – coming against crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra.
For Reynel Hugnatan, a grizzled veteran forward, it wasn’t a coincidence that he played well against the Kings
“Sa totoo lang, excited ako kasi kapag ganitong Ginebra ang kalaban mas nacha-challenge ako,” Hugnatan told a small group of sportswriters. “Kasi nga dahil sa fans nila grabe sumuporta, so kami, mas na-cha-challenge kami.”
Hornets forward Jeff Taylor won't appeal his 24-game suspension resulting from a domestic abuse incident, sources told ESPN and multiple media outlets, despite the fact National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts called the ban "excessive, without precedent and a violation of the collective bargaining agreement" a day earlier.
Taylor is expected to make an announcement on an appeal Friday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay Wednesday after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary. He will get credit for the 11 games he has missed and will sit out an additional 13 for a total that is slightly more than one-fourth of the league's 82-game schedule.
ANTIPOLO, Rizal—It was the calm after the storm.
With the crowd predominantly against them, the Meralco Bolts stunned Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 109-99, to notch the franchise’s first win at the Ynares Sports Center-Antipolo in their PBA Philippine Cup matchup Friday evening.
Meralco stood their ground as Ginebra looked to ride the Antipolo cheers to victory, with the Bolts’ crucial shots stopping Ginebra in its tracks.
DALLAS -- Kobe Bryant considers the public pressure for longtime NBA stars to take hometown-discount deals, such as Dirk Nowitzki's contract, "a big coup" for NBA owners.
"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround in preparation for Friday's game against Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.
"It's absolutely brilliant, but I'm not going for it. I know the new head of the players' association ain't going for it, either."
It isn’t just the retro shoes that Asi Taulava, the oldest player in the PBA today, plans to revive.
He also wants to bring back short shorts, which has been the trend in the old days.
“I want my uniform really small. I think it was long overdue,” Taulava told a small group of sportswriters.