Jeron Teng in the hospital with brother Jeric. Photo from TJ Manotoc (tjman77) Instagram account

MANILA, Philippines – De La Salle University star Jeron Teng was hospitalized for dengue fever this week, just days before the Green Archers' crucial match on Sunday against Far Eastern University (FEU).

Both Jeron and his older brother Jeric were confined due to "mild dengue" but are now recovering, according to their manager, Paula Punla.

Their mother, Susan, confirmed that both Teng brothers will be discharged later Thursday and that Jeron has the go-signal to play on Sunday.

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Marcus Douthit. Sports5 file/Paul Ryan Tan

Marcus Douthit is cleared to play for the Asian Games.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas head Manuel V. Pangilinan reassured that the country has received authorization from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for Douthit, who was tapped to replace ineligible naturalized player Andray Blatche, to play for the Philippine national men’s basketball team in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.

Reports surfaced on Wednesday evening that rival Asian teams planned on protesting Douthit’s inclusion in the Gilas Pilipinas roster due to a rule that only allows changes to the lineup if there are injuries.

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Ryan Hollins, Sacramento Kings agree to 1-year, $1.3 million deal (September 18, 2014)
Arash Markazi [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

LOS ANGELES -- Center Ryan Hollins agreed to a one-year contract with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Hollins, who had been talking to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs this offseason, agreed to join the Kings when they fully guaranteed his one-year deal for around $1.3 million.

The 7-foot, 240-pound center averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.9 minutes per game with the Los Angeles Clippers last season. Outside of his rookie season in 2006-07 season, those were all career lows for the veteran big man.

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Paul Lee. AFP

MANILA, Philippines – After making peace with his coach Yeng Guiao, PBA star Paul Lee wants to settle his contract issues with his team Rain or Shine.

After a near falling out with the Elasto Painters team, Lee said it is now time to sit down with the Rain or Shine management and put his papers in order.

“At least, sa aming dalawa (Guiao), okay na. Kailangan na lang mag-usap ng agent ko and management ng Rain or Shine para matapos na ito,” Lee said in an interview with Spin.ph’s Richard Dy.

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NBA suspends Denver Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson 5 games (September 18, 2014)
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Nuggets forward J.J. Hickson was suspended five games for violating the league's anti-drug policy. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images

NEW YORK -- Denver Nuggets center/forward J.J. Hickson was suspended for five games without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for violating the terms of the anti-drug program.

Hickson averaged 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 69 games last season, his first with Denver.

He has played six seasons in the NBA with Cleveland, Sacramento, Portland and Denver, averaging 10.1 points and 7.2 rebounds.

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Will Pacquiao play on PBA opening day? (September 18, 2014)
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D-League

MANILA, Philippines – Eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is still unsure if he is going to suit up when KIA Motors makes its Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) debut on October 19.

KIA is scheduled to tangle with fellow expansion team Blackwater Elite on opening day and Pacquiao is raring to go into action.

But the playing coach is thinking it over as his training for the Chris Algieri fight has already started.

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Jayson Castro of Gilas Pilipinas. FIBA Photo

Philippine national men’s basketball team member Jayson Castro, who was named the best point guard in last year’s FIBA Asia Championship in Manila, will miss the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea but believes longtime teammate and captain Jimmy Alapag is more than a capable replacement for him in the tournament.

Alapag, who had planned on retiring from international competition after the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, will delay those plans due to the banged-up Gilas Pilipinas national team’s various injuries.

“Nakakahiya nga kasi nag-promise siya sa amin na yung World Cup na yung huli niyang tournament. Ibinuhos na niya yata sa World Cup lahat,” Castro told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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NBA

Tiago Splitter played international basketball over the summer for his home-nation Brazil in the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Today, we take a look at the Brazilian’s performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Tiago Splitter came into the 2014 FIBA World Cup fresh off an NBA Championship and a solid season for the San Antonio Spurs, posting averages of 8.2 points and 6.2 rebounds on 52.3% shooting and 21.5 minutes of action per game.

Splitter was a key contributor for the San Antonio Spurs during their championship run and translated his solid NBA performance to the international game in the 2014 FIBA World Cup for Brazil.

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Blatche issue may still hound Gilas (September 18, 2014)
Musong R. Castillo [ Source: Inquirer ]

International Basketball

Reports coming from Incheon, South Korea—a day before the 17th Asian Games opens—said that several countries will be protesting the organizing committee’s decision to allow Marcus Douthit to replace the ineligible Andray Blatche in the Gilas Pilipinas basketball roster.

Gold medal contenders like China, Japan and Iran are reportedly set to raise the issue during the team managers’ meeting, pointing out that replacements are only allowed because of injuries and medical reasons.

The report said the protesting countries want no replacement for Blatche since he is ineligible to begin with under a rule disqualifying a naturalized player who has not resided for three years in the country he will play for in the Asiad.

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International Basketball

MANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes was asked what the Filipinos could hope for when the team leaves for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

The eloquent Reyes vowed one thing Wednesday night.

“We’re not in the habit of making promises. We didn’t make any promise going into the Fiba World Cup except for the fact that nobody’s going to try harder,” Reyes said.

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