Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn right meniscus and will undergo surgery. Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

DENVER -- Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to soon undergo surgery.

The team has yet to announce a timetable for his return.

Gallinari turned in one of his best games of the season Saturday in a win over Indiana as he scored 19 points, including a 3-pointer to spark a critical fourth-quarter run.

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Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Phoenix Suns shown here with NBA commissioner Adam Silver during the 2014 NBA Draft. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

FIBA Europe recently opened up the voting for FIBA Europe Player of the Year 2014. The awards are split into four categories: Men, Women, Young Men and Young Women. For each category FIBA releases a list of ten players to vote from based on their performances and/or special achievements at both international and club level in 2014.

Two Phoenix Suns players made the list for the Men's category this year: Goran Dragic and pick #27 of the 2014 Draft Bogdan Bogdanovic. To make it clear: out of all European players ten were selected for this prestigious list and TWO of them are Suns. Kudos to the players, but some props to the Suns front office as well.

For Goran this is nothing new, seeing as he was already on the list last year; mostly because of his outstanding performance in Eurobasket2013 in Slovenia where he also made the All-Tournament Team. He came in 5th place overall, though he had the third most fan votes (final ranking reflects a combination of fan and expert voting). This year FIBA is acknowledging Goran's efforts again:

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Dikembe Mutombo said he is glad to see J.J. Watt carrying on his signature finger-wag move. Bob Levey/Getty Images

HOUSTON -- Before the Texans faced the Baltimore Ravens at NRG Stadium on Sunday, former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo was caught in what looked like a finger-wag lesson with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Well, it wasn't exactly that.

"No, I was just telling him that he's just a copycat and I'm the original," Mutombo said on the sideline before the game. "... I cannot pass all of my recipe to him. I want him to pay some royalty for using my finger wag."

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Pangilinan is a member of the 26-strong FIBA Central Board that will deliberate on the offers of six countries and decide on the winning bid during a meeting on June 18-19 in Geneva. A Philippine delegation attended a two-day bid workshop conducted by FIBA in Mies, a Swiss village about a 10-minute drive from Geneva international airport, last week and will brief Pangilinan on details of the tender process in Manila today.

The Philippine delegation was made up of PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Sean Nicholls, SBP deputy executive director for external affairs Butch Antonio, Octagon Asia-Pacific president Sean Nicholls and logistics consultant Andrew Teh. Philippine Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein Leslie Baja motored from Berne to join the delegation on the first day of the workshop.

The Philippines was the first to express intent to host the 2019 conclave with Pangilinan announcing a “serious” bid last July “to show the world the Filipino can, that we’re capable of staging a complex global event and (for) the world to know who we are as a people – our values, culture and music.” Other countries represented in the FIBA workshop were China, France, Germany, Qatar and Turkey.

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Nieto has tallied 69.8571 statistical points (SPs) so far as he led Ateneo to an unbeaten 7-0 record at the end of the first round of eliminations.

Nieto is averaging 15.0 points, fourth in the league, and 10.4 rebounds, also fourth in the league.

To bolster his MVP credentials, Nieto scored the game-winning lay-up in Ateneo's 66-64 win over defending champion NU in their Finals rematch last weekend.

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The team paid a visit to spread some cheer for the all-boys shelter late Thursday night.

In an act to uplift both their spirits and the children of the foundation entering the holiday break, the team spent some time to help out the shelter’s cause of rehabilitating boys and sheltering them from being exploited.

The team played out its last PBA D-League game of 2014 earlier in the day and immediately rushed from the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City to the shelter located at G. Araneta Avenue in Quezon City to end their year on a good note.

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Hapee, Cagayan favored (December 22, 2014)


The Fresh Fighters seek to extend their perfect run to eight games against MP Hotel at 12 noon, while the Rising Suns aim to go 7-0 as they take on Racal Motors at 2 p.m.

In the curtain raiser, Wang’s Ballclub and MJM M-Builders hope to enter the holiday break with the winning feeling at 10 a.m.

Hapee and Cagayan Valley are unstoppable in the season-opening conference, as the two teams proved that their pre-season billing as favorites was no fluke.

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