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The NBA failed to pass reform on the draft lottery process that would have discouraged teams from tanking to increase the odds of landing a better draft position. Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images

An effort to reform the NBA's draft lottery process failed to get enough votes to pass at the league's board of governors meeting Wednesday.

While the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform, that was short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.

Sources had said the reform had been expected to pass ahead of Wednesday's vote.

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The Spurs are the favorite to win a second straight title, according to the NBA's general managers. Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images

The San Antonio Spurs are an overwhelming choice to repeat as NBA champion while LeBron James is the favorite to win the MVP award, according to NBA.com's 2014-15 survey of league general managers.

The general managers gave their answers to 56 questions and were not permitted to vote for their own players or team.

In the survey, the Spurs were chosen to repeat as NBA champion with 46.2 percent of the votes, finishing far ahead of the second-place Cleveland Cavaliers (15.4). The Miami Heat were picked in 2013 by NBA GMs to win the title (75.9 percent).

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After 20 seasons as an NBA head coach, Phil Jackson begins his first as team president for the Knicks. AP Photo/Seth Wenig

At West Point, where the New York Knicks began training camp for the first time this year, the vast grounds are covered with reminders of military idols.

There's a bronze statue of George Washington astride a horse. George Patton getting ready to sight the enemy through a huge pair of cast iron binoculars. Dwight Eisenhower standing with his hands on his hips and staring fearlessly into the infinite future.

And, high atop a hill overlooking the Hudson River to the west and the fabled West Point Plain to the east, stands the magnificent Thayer Hotel. Inside the hotel, a hoops idol sits at a large round table in a private corner of the elegant General Douglas MacArthur Restaurant.

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Basketball

Saigon had to escape a late big rally from the Warriors to secure their first ever trip to the ABL Playoffs. The Heat improved to  a 9-10 record.

“I knew they’d come back. They are a proud team and all the players have played in big games before. We missed a lot of free throws as well down the stretch. But we dug in and we did it with our defense,” said Heat’s head coach Anthony Gabelotto after their big win. “I’m very proud of our team and we did it for Coach Jason Rabedeaux.”

Leo Avenido and Justin Williams played their heart out for the Heat as they registered 25 points and 23 points respectively. New acquisition Mark Yee, who came in for Dustin Scott, finished with 10 points. 

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Anthony Semerad. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — San Beda forward Anthony Semerad saved his best for last.

Playing in his final game for the Red Lions on Wednesday, Semerad scored 30 points built on four 3-pointers as San Beda clinched its fifth straight NCAA championship with an 89-70 win over Arellano to sweep their best-of-three series at the Mall of Asia Arena.

The 6-foot-5 big man also grabbed six rebounds and earned the Finals MVP award.

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The San Beda Red Lions celebrate their th straight NCAA title. InterAksyon.com/Ver Marquez

MANILA, Philippines — Let the red and white confetti fall and fill Mendiola with screams as the San Beda Red Lions claimed a fifth straight NCAA Seniors basketball title at the expense of the Arellano University Chiefs, 89-70, at the Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday afternoon.

In total, the Red Lions now have 19 basketball titles under their crimson manes making them the most successful school in the basketball history of the NCAA.

From the get-go, it looked like the Chiefs could tame the Lions with an early 7-4 lead over the defending champs.

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Basketball

Along with the Manila visit of Iverson, NBA Café Manila will be offering different dining packages to its customers for a chance to dine with the former NBA Most Valuable Player on November 4.

The event is one of the activities lined up for Iverson’s forthcoming visit to the country for a charity basketball event.

“We want to offer our avid patrons a unique dining experience by offering them different packages for a chance to dine with and meet their basketball idols,” said NBA Café Manila general manager Nian Liwanag-Rigor. “Slots are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis so I urge everyone to call us now to make reservations.”

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