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Air21, SMB KO game set (April 25, 2014)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Arwind Santos of San Miguel Beer blocks Mike Burtscher of Air21 in Game 1 action. Sports5/Paolo Papa

This could be the closest Asi Taulava will ever get to redeeming himself and putting behind that harrowing experience in the 1999 PBA All-Filipino Cup playoffs – the one that saw him dissolve in tears.

That year, a much-younger Taulava was left a weeping wreck after his then team, No. 1 seed Mobiline, blew a twice-to-beat quarterfinal advantage and lost to No. 8 Ginebra San Miguel, with Bal David slashing inside and hitting a leaning jumper at the buzzer in Game 2.

Now the 40-year-old Taulava is with seventh seed Air21 which is looking to knock off No. 2 San Miguel Beer in the PLDT Home TVolution PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Spencer Dinwiddie of Colorado Buffaloes entering NBA draft (April 25, 2014)
Jeff Goodman [ Source: ESPN ]


Colorado junior Spencer Dinwiddie announced on Thursday he will leave school for the NBA.

The 6-foot-6 point guard tore the ACL in his left knee Jan. 12 against Washington. He was averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds at the time and was considered a late first-round pick. Now there remains uncertainty among NBA executives, with some feeling Dinwiddie still has a chance to go late in the first round and others telling that he'll most likely fall into the second round.

Colorado finished 23-12 last season, but the Buffaloes were 9-9 without Dinwiddie in the lineup. They lost to Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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San Mig Coffee's Marc Pingris grabs the offensive rebound against Alaska. Photo by Mark Cristino for

MANILA, Philippines – San Mig Coffee may have leveled their PBA Commissioners Cup best-of-three quarter-finals series against Alaska, but the Aces' defense continues to torment the Mixers and their head coach, Tim Cone.

In a grueling defensive battle, San Mig came from behind to beat Alaska, 70-65, thanks to another heroic performance by Marc Pingris (17 points, 12 rebounds) and force a do-or-die game for a spot in the semi-finals.

“Somehow, we won it and I’m not sure how,” Cone said, as quoted by “We’ll take it and see what we could do in Game 3.”

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Nets management believed Jason Kidd needed freedom to succeed -- and the move worked. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King said it was his decision to re-assign assistant coach Lawrence Frank to doing daily reports earlier this season.

The Nets were 5-12 when the Nets decided to move Frank into a reduced role. Sources told that there was friction and a difference of philosophies between Frank and rookie coach Jason Kidd. Frank, who coached Kidd in New Jersey, was brought in to serve as a mentor and show Kidd the ropes. It didn't work out.

"In order for [Jason] to be successful, I had to make a decision, so I said, 'Let's reassign him,' " King said during an interview with NBA TV. "He does his report -- I got it this morning -- and he's helping from afar. But I believe in Jason and so to give him the ability to be successful, we had to make that decision."

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Cliff Hodge of Meralco. Sports5 file/Paolo Papa

Meralco forward Cliff Hodge’s hard foul on Rain or Shine rookie Raymond Almazan triggered an endgame confrontation after Game Two of their PLDT Home TVolution Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals series on Wednesday.

Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao tried to confront Hodge after the game, and continued to rail about the play after the game.

“I’m not the only guy complaining about excessive physicality and I would be the last to complain because it’s our type of game. But I think punching a player on the face on a rebound play, something which was done by Cliff Hodge, that’s way out of the rules of this league,” said Guiao.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul participated in shootaround Thursday and will start Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors despite dealing with an injured right hamstring.

"It's all right," Paul said. "I didn't do a whole lot but I'll be ready for tonight."

When asked if he anticipated playing the whole game Paul said, "I hope so. As long as [coach] Doc [Rivers] will let me."

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Guiao summoned by PBA for name-calling incident (April 25, 2014)
Celest R. Flores [ Source: Inquirer ]


MANILA, Philippines — Rain or Shine’s fiery head coach Yeng Guiao has been summoned by the PBA Commissioner’s Office for a name-calling incident Wednesday night.

Shortly after the Elastopainters’ 102-93 series tying win, a fuming Guiao was heard calling Bolts’ Fil-American forward Cliff Hodge a “mongoloid” as the squads were on their way to the dugout at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

“Name calling and the use of insulting language will have consequences,” said league commissioner Chito Salud on Thursday after the regular board meeting at their office in Libis.

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SAN ANTONIO -- The NBA office has started providing teams detailed analysis of officiating after every game.

For several years, the detailed officiating analysis has been used internally by the league office. The decision was made to make the analysis available to the teams this season.

"For the teams, it gives them an idea of how we're seeing the game, how it's being graded," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn told, adding that the analysis increases confidence around the league about the commitment to quality officiating. "It's no longer a mystery, if you will."

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MANILA, Philippines – The Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters continue their march in the PBA Commissioners Cup, summarily dismissing crowd favorites Ginebra in the quarter-finals to win their 10th straight game and win a place in the Final Four.

Veteran forward Ranidel De Ocampo praised young import Richard Howell for the role that he played in the 97-84 victory, saying the 23-year-old was a tireless worker.

“Masipag siya at nagha-hustle,” De Ocampo said in an interview with “Tanggap niya ‘yung role niya, at ginagawa niya yung kailangan niyang gawin sa court.”

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Carmelo Anthony should walk away from the Knicks this summer, Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson says. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson were advising Carmelo Anthony, he'd tell him to leave the New York Knicks this summer.

"I would leave today [if I were Carmelo]," Roberston said on SiriusXM NBA radio Thursday. "... Let me tell you why: wherever that kid has gone, when he was at Denver, they had a team that fooled around with the ball, fooled around with the ball, then all of the sudden when they needed a basket, threw it to Carmelo. Then, when he shot the ball, they said he shot too much. Then when he didn't shoot they said he didn't shoot enough.

"No matter what he does in New York they're going to criticize him, the people are going to criticize him, because you got guys on [the Knicks] that cannot play. You got guys that are hurt all the time."

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