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After tweeting early Tuesday morning that he "met with three teams" about playing in China, that a "deal [was] done" and that he "just [had] to sign now," the former Ron Artest has reportedly reached an agreement to join the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, as first reported by ESPN New York's Ian Begley and subsequently confirmed by Chinese news outlet Sports Sina (via Sportando).

Apparently, World Peace already has his first order of business lined up:

    First thing I am doing when I get to china will be visiting Pandas with my daughter @BabyGirl_Sade
    — mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) July 31, 2014

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The 6-foot-3 guard played for Memphis and Boston last season, averaging 9.3 points in 72 games. Now he gets a chance to play for Jason Kidd, who left the Brooklyn Nets this summer to coach the Bucks.

"The thing that was most intriguing was Kidd," Bayless said Thursday at the Bucks' training facility. "He can help me in a variety of different ways. There aren't a lot of guys like him that come around."

General manager John Hammond announced the deal Thursday, but terms were not disclosed.

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Jarin said the postponement of the tournament, originally scheduled Aug.19 to 28, would give the national squad more time to prepare for the continental qualifier, which offers a slot in the Fiba World U19 in Greece next year.

But at the same time, the multi-titled high school coach from Ateneo said the composition of the team may be affected since many of his players, including the slam-dunking Kobe Paras, were already allowed to play by their schools.

Paras, son of PBA legend Benjie Paras, was about to fly home today after getting the go-signal from his school, LA Cathedral in California, to suit up for the national five.

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A bumpy past few months has put pressure on the Pacers to deliver, but Paul George says they can handle it. Issac Baldizon/NBAE/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- It seemed like July was a bit of a bad month for the Indiana Pacers, with Lance Stephenson bolting to Charlotte after what seemed like an unnecessary contract dispute and LeBron James signing with a division rival.

Or maybe that's how the Pacers want people to see it.

The Pacers made last season rather fascinating with their rapid rise and fall that was centered around sometimes unpredictable events and odd bouts of chemistry problems.

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NU's Alfred Aroga (19) blocks the attempt of Adamson's Ivan Villanueva (14). Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com

MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) head coach Eric Altamirano is not making a big deal of the Bulldogs' current status as the top team in the UAAP Season 77 men's basketball tournament.

The Bulldogs currently have the best win-loss record in the league at 4-1 following their 62-25 demolition of the Adamson Falcons on Wednesday. They have been impressive even without stars Ray Parks and Emmanuel Mbe, thanks in part to their league-best defense.

Their lone loss of the season came at the hands of defending champions De La Salle University, and it was a close game that could have gone either way until the final minutes.

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Polican has already missed two games for Adamson – a 49-50 lost to the University of Santo Tomas and their now infamous 25-62 defeat to National University on Wednesday.

"Polican is out I think for two weeks pa. He will be back, hopefully, against UP," Duremdes said.

The Falcons play the Fighting Maroons on August 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena.

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The NBA is becoming the first league to usher social media literally into its players' hands. Courtesy NBA

NBA players now can get their handle on the league's handle.

The NBA announced Thursday that it would be putting its social media identifier, @NBA, right under the words "official game ball," becoming the first league to usher social media literally into the players' hands.

"We have a young, tech-savvy fan base," Melissa Rosenthal Brenner, the league's senior vice president for digital media, said. "This acknowledges our commitment to being part of the conversation."

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