Mark Caguioa and James Yap. PBA Media Bureau

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel looks to grab a share of the No.2 spot as they renew their Manila Clasico rivalry against the slumping Star Hotshots in PBA Governors’ Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Crowd darlings Ginebra and Star clash at 6:45 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Alaska Aces and the Blackwater Elite at 4:30 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

The bitter rivals are set to meet for the fourth time this season, with the Gin Kings prevailing the last two, the latest of which was a 92-87 win last February 28.

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 Jay Washington's go-ahead putback led to GlobalPort's victory. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

GlobalPort found a way to pull off a stunner against Rain or Shine, 101-99, at the PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday at the Ibalong Centrum in Legazpi, Albay.

Terrence Romeo paced the Batang Pier in scoring with 33 points. But it was Jay Washington’s putback in the final 28 seconds that led to GlobalPort’s third straight win.

The Batang Pier trailed the Elasto Painters for most part of the game until Washington found an opening to sink the basket that pushed GlobalPort ahead, 100-99.

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 Manny Pacquiao may not be able to join his Senate pals in UNTV Cup. PBA Media Bureau photo

The Philippine Basketball Association reminded Mahindra playing-coach and Senator Manny Pacquiao that he is barred from participating in tournaments outside the PBA as he is bound by the Uniform Players Contract (UPC).

Pacquiao was supposed to team up with fellow senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva as they join the Senate Defenders for the UNTV Cup.

However, PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial clarified in Gerry Ramos’ report on Spin.ph that Pacquiao, who juggles his time between the Senate, boxing and basketball coaching, has a UPC to fulfill.

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Cardona now back on his feet (August 28, 2016)
[ Source: ABS CBN News ]

PBA star MacMac Cardona of NLEX (second from left) is back on his feet and in good spirits although he's still confined in the hospital ... he survived a suicide attempt last Sunday and was 2 hours away from death when brought to the hospital unconscious by neighbor Paranaque Councilor Binky Favis and former La Salle player Dino Aldeguer ... MacMac is thankful to God for this second chance and vows to straighten his life ... he battled depression after his girlfriend Bianca left him with their 2 children and was confined for a week last July to address his mental condition ... MacMac said he's embracing God's will and determined to become the new Miracle Man! In photo are his La Salle friends Mon Jose, Dino Aldeguer and TY Tang #NLEXRoadWarriors #PBA #MiracleMan #RoadToRecovery  A photo posted by Joaquin Henson (@therealdeanquinito) on Aug 26, 2016 at 1:24am PDT

NLEX shooting guard Mac Cardona is recovering well a week after he was rushed to the hospital for ingesting a large amount of prescription drugs.

A photo posted by sports commentator Joaquin Henson on Instagram showed Cardona back on his feet while posing with his La Salle friends Mon Jose, Dino Aldeguer and TY Tang.

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.

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Meet Mr. Brightside (August 28, 2016)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

FEU Tamaraws head coach Nash Racela. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

BEFORE Nash Racela took over the Far Eastern University program, he made sure everyone would buy into his plan to change the team culture.

“There was a lot of resistance at first,” admitted Racela Thursday night in an interview with Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live omni-platform sports talk show.

Racela inherited a team that been the target of nasty basketball rumors, including game-fixing. Its players would often get into on-court controversies. And one player had been accused of taking drugs.

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John Wall. ESPN

Washington Wizards star John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better."

"I just wanted to clear the air for all these people," Wall said in a video published to the Twitter feed of the LeBron James media platform "The Uninterrupted."

"Listen, that doesn't matter to me," Wall said. "If I produce like I'm supposed to on the basketball court and take care of myself and image, I'm going to be fine with making money. That's not why I play the game of basketball."

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Dwyane Wade previously called for an end to gun violence when he appeared at the ESPYS, saying, "It has to stop." Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A woman who was fatally shot while pushing a baby in a stroller on Chicago's South Side has been identified as a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Authorities say Nykea Aldridge, 32, was killed when two males walked up and fired shots at a third man about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police say the woman was not the intended target.

Wade's mother, Jolinda Wade, spoke on behalf of the family Friday night while holding her sobbing sister close.

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Terrence Romeo. PBA Media Bureau

The GlobalPort Batang Pier try to push their winning streak to three games as they take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in PBA Governors’ Cup out-of-town action Saturday at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City, Albay.

GlobalPort and Rain or Shine face off at 5 p.m. live on TV5.

After losing their first four games, the Batang Pier (2-4) finally got their campaign going by registering two straight victories. GlobalPort is hoping to ride the momentum of its huge 98-92 win over defending champions San Miguel.

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Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA Media Bureau

The Phoenix Fuel Masters were able to outduel NLEX on Friday and a big part of that win was the work they put in defending the Road Warriors’ import Henry Walker.

Walker, the former NBA player, finished with 23 points but shot just 8-for-23 (34%) from the field. His frustration also showed late in the game as lost his temper with the game officials over the calls.

Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia credited assistant coach Nic Belasco and the rest of his staff for studying Walker’s tendencies closely.

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NBA

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Jazz have traded center Tibor Pleiss to the Philadelphia 76ers for guard Kendall Marshall in a cost-cutting move. The Jazz announced the deal Friday morning and then waived Marshall.

Two second-round picks were also sent to the 76ers.

Marshall was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2012 draft but spent four seasons with four teams. His 2016-17 salary of just more than $2 million would have become fully guaranteed on Sept. 1, according to Spotrac.com.

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