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Tsung-Hsien "Jet" Chang of Kia Carnival. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The Kia Carnival is eyeing its fourth win in five games and a share of the lead as it takes on the slumping Star Hotshots in the PBA Governors' Cup in Angeles city, Pampanga.

The Carnival sports a 3-1 win-loss record and a win would propel them into a tie with idle Barako Bull and Alaska at the top.

Kia will rely on imports Hamady Ndiaye who is averaging 15.5 rebounds and a league-best 5.25 blocks per game, including 9 against Blackwater Elite, and Tsung-Hsien "Jet" Chang, who leads the team in scoring at 16 per game.

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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are aware of the daunting task ahead in containing NBA MVP Stephen Curry in the Finals. AP Photo/Ron Schwane

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Looking ahead to the NBA Finals for the first time since the Golden State Warriors clinched their place as the Cleveland Cavaliers' championship opponent, LeBron James was asked Friday what it will take to slow down league MVP Stephen Curry.

"Well, the same way you slow me down," James said. "You can't."

Curry, who has taken his award-winning regular-season numbers of 23.8 points and 3.6 made 3-pointers per game to an even higher level in the postseason -- 29.2 points and 4.9 made 3s per game -- finished with more than double the number of MVP award voting points, 1,198 to 552, as James, who ended up third.

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Jarencio dedicates win to fallen brother (May 30, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Pido Jarencio of Globalport. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

He was still the fiery coach that basketball fans see.

Dressed in a black buttoned-up shirt, Pido Jarencio still coached his Blackwater Batang Pier to victory over the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters 123-120.

A few scores of Globalport fans dressed in green were on the stands cheered on as the game went into a frenzy.

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Judge keeps court closed in Saints, Pelicans ownership row (May 30, 2015)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


NEW ORLEANS -- A judge denied a motion by media outlets who sought to open court for next week's trial involving New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson and his estranged heirs.

Judge Kern Reese, who ruled Friday in New Orleans civil court, said he carefully weighed the public's constitutional right to access the courtroom against the 87-year-old Benson's privacy rights regarding his medical history.

"If Mr. Benson had brought forward the case and was seeking damages from this court, then that would surely be a public proceeding," Reese said. "He is the defendant in the case and is having his health and his volition called into question.

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Stanley Pringle of Globalport. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

GlobalPort felt relieved to score an upset against Commissioners' Cup champions Talk 'N Text on Wednesday night, 123-120, despite failing to get a crucial possession call down the stretch.

The Batang Pier was leading by only a single point, 121-120, with 26.7 seconds remaining, when rookie Stanley Pringle swatted the ball from Jayson Castro.

Pringle attempted to save the ball which was flying out of bounds, but the referees awarded the possession to the Tropang Texters after reviewing the play.

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Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson sustained a concussion during Wednesday's series-clinching win over the Houston Rockets and is out indefinitely, the team announced.

"Following extensive examinations over the last two days -- including neurological tests earlier Friday morning -- Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion. He will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA's concussion protocol guidelines," the Warriors said in a statement. "He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

Thompson threw up and experienced other "concussion-like symptoms" late Wednesday night after being kneed in the head by Rockets forward Trevor Ariza in the fourth quarter of Game 5, his father, Mychal Thompson, told ESPN. Thompson was initially cleared to return to the game by team doctors.

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Stanley Pringle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

An inspired Globalport looked unfazed as it took care of Talk ‘N Text, 123-120, in their PBA Governor’s Cup showdown on Friday at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

It was the Batang Pier’s fourth win in six matches and they got to the third seed with their head coach Pido Jarencio dedicating the game to his older brother, Giovanni, who passed away on Monday.

“This game is dedicated to my brother Giovanni,” Jarencio said, his voice hoarse. “This is for his family.”

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James Harden looking for ballhandling help (May 30, 2015)
Calvin Watkins [ Source: ESPN ]


HOUSTON -- James Harden said at the Houston Rockets' exit interviews on Friday that he wants to alleviate some of his ballhandling responsibilities next season.

Harden, the runner-up for 2014-15 MVP, committed an NBA playoff record 13 turnovers in a loss in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors that ended the Rockets' season.

He finished the postseason fourth in scoring (27.4 points per game) and fourth in assists (7.5 assists per game) but first in turnovers (4.5 turnovers per game).

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Seiya Ando on Meralco win: I just take shots (May 30, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Seiya Ando. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

As the Meralco Bolts held the Blackwater Elite at bay in the fourth quarter, its Asian import wanted to increase the lead even more.

With his team up 71-61 early in the fourth quarter, Seiya Ando went to work. Then went back to his work about four times in less than six minutes.

“I just take shots, that’s it,” Ando said of his fourth quarter takeover where he scored eight of his 12 points.

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Thabo Sefolosha says he is trying to bring to light the aftermath of an altercation with police and his resulting injuries. Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images

ATLANTA -- Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha, who has blamed Manhattan police for the season-ending leg injuries he suffered during his April arrest in the city, told ESPN on Friday that the incident, in addition to carrying a physical toll, has damaged his reputation.

"I was injured in the hands of the police, and it took away a lot from my everyday life," Sefolosha said during an interview at his home. "From being able to help put the kids in bed, going up and down the stairs.

"We are talking about the stress that it has brought to the entire family, you know, my mom and dad in Switzerland, my brothers and sisters, my wife. Also, the damage to my reputation. I've had people texting me about what they saw in the newspaper and things like this. Every aspect of my life was affected by something like this, and I think putting light on the aftermath of something like this, I think that's also something that's important."

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