The Beermen will have a new import in Michael Singletary. Photo courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

San Miguel Beer will be parading replacement import Michael Singletary in its game against Meralco on Wednesday, in a bid to push its PBA Governors’ Cup campaign further.

The Beermen were forced to secure Singletary while Arizona Reid recuperates after injuring his Achilles heel.

San Miguel was able to pull off a victory over nemesis Alaska last week despite going all-Filipino, but coach Leo Austria would still rather have a reinforcement by their side.

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TNT targets bonus vs GlobalPort (August 31, 2016)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

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TNT KaTropa seeks the first of two wins it needs to nail a first-round bonus in the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs against the tournament’s hottest team of late, GlobalPort, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao today.

Coming off their first defeat in the season-closing conference, the Texters take on the streaking Batang Pier in the 4:15 p.m. contest.

The game will basically pit GlobalPort’s high-octane offense against TNT’s tried and tested defense.

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 Barangay Ginebra is now in second place behind league-leading TNT KaTropa. PBA Media Bureau photo

Barangay Ginebra looked impressive after it brought down Star, 116-103, and racked a sixth victory in eight starts in the PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday.

The win moved the Gin Kings to second place in the standings, with the “Never-Say-die” team looking like a contender for the crown.

But for Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, it’s too early to say if Ginebra now is championship caliber.

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 New Rain or Shine import Greg Smith. Photo grabbed from Greg Smith's YouTube page

MANILA -- Rain or Shine has shown import Dior Lowhorn the door following the team’s shaky outing at the ongoing PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Elasto Painters’ team management has decided to bring in Greg Smith, hoping it would save their beleaguered campaign.

Smith played for the Colorado State Rams in the US NCAA and is a more versatile player compared to Lowhorn, according to Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao.

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 San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel center June Mar Fajardo earned PBA Player of the Week honors after his sensational effort against bitter rival Alaska that saw the Beermen play without import Arizona Reid.

Reid was out due to a lingering injury, but Fajardo made sure the Beermen would not miss a step, as he came through with a dominant 37-point, 14-rebound effort in San Miguel's 106-103 comeback win over the Aces.

Fajardo scored 16 points in the final quarter, carving out space inside the paint for point-blank baskets. His 37-point output was his highest-scoring game since firing a career-high 43 points against Alaska in the PBA Philippine Cup last December.

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Cardona grateful to MVP for support (August 31, 2016)
Joaquin Henson [ Source: Philippine Star ]

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MANILA, Philippines – NLEX player MacMac Cardona said the other day he’s grateful to the MVP Group for giving him a chance to live a second life after surviving a suicide attempt and while still confined in the hospital, the man known as Captain Hook is looking forward to getting his career back on track.

Cardona’s contract with NLEX is expiring today but he’s been assured of an extension. The MVP Group is footing the bill for a three-month rehabilitation program to straighten Cardona out. Last Sunday, Cardona’s two daughters Natalia and Adriana visited him at the hospital.

PLDT chairman Manny V. Pangilinan said the MVP Group is extending all possible help to Cardona. “The immediate phase is necessary but perhaps, the less challenging,” said MVP. “What will be tricky is to place MacMac into the regular mainstream of life, on the important premise that he’s accepted that his basketball career has set.”

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Deadlines for PBA Rookie aspirants set (August 31, 2016)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Last year’s PBA Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Deadlines for aspiring PBA rookies are nearing with the league’s 41st season winding down in its third conference.

September 2 is the final date for the submission of requirements for the Fil-foreign applicants, with the preliminary list of applicants to be released to member teams on September 9.

These applicants will then undergo a contestability period from September 10 to October 9 with the list of Fil-foreign applicants set to be finalized on October 14.

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