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Kevin Louie Alas of Talk 'N Text. Sports5/Paolo Papa

Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas is proud that his son Kevin, now playing in Talk ‘N Text, has made it to the big leagues.

That doesn’t mean he’s planning on taking it easy on his son, though, when their respective teams clash for the first time on Tuesday.

“I’m looking forward to kicking his ass,” the elder Alas told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.

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Rain or Shine teammates Jonathan Uyloan and Paul Lee. Sports5 file/Pranz Kaeno Billones

In Rain or Shine’s two games this season, Jonathan Uyloan has gotten the most playing his time he’s had in his career.

With backcourt star Paul Lee suffering an injury in their season opener, Uyloan has been granted plenty of minutes and he’s made the most of them, averaging 6.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 23.5 minutes per contest.

“Jonathan deserves the time he’s getting. Last conference, the offseason, nagpakita naman siya na kaya niya,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao told InterAksyon.com in an interview.

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Eddie Laure of Blackwater Elite. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

In more than 10 years of playing in the PBA, veteran Eddie Laure was rarely given a chance to shine.

The journeyman role player may have just found his place in expansion team Blackwater, a squad that will give him every opportunity to become a star.

In the team’s loss to Rain or Shine last Friday, Laure finished with 16 points, knocking down jumper after jumper as he kept his team in the lead for most of the game before the more experienced Elasto Painters pulled through with the win in the end.

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Purefoods guard PJ Simon shown here being guarded by Alaska rookie Chris Banchero. Sports5/Paul Ryan Tan

The San Miguel Beermen eyes a second straight win for an early share of the lead in their match against defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots in PBA Philippine Cup action Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Beermen and the Hotshots tangle at 5:15 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between the Barako Bull Energy Cola and the GlobalPort Batang Pier at 3 p.m. Both games will be aired live on TV5.

San Miguel Beer opened its season with an 87-79 triumph over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters last Tuesday in a game which new coach Leo Austria hopes would be a good start for the team that, despite its star-studded lineup, has failed to meet expectations.

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Sacramento Kings' Rudy Gay, Ben McLemore cleared to play in opener (October 26, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]

NBA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay and guard Ben McLemore have been cleared to play in the team's season opener next week.

The Kings said Saturday that a CT scan on Gay's jaw showed no fracture. He was injured in the second quarter of Sacramento's 93-92 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday night's preseason finale.

The team said McLemore received five stitches above his right eye following a collision with the Lakers' Wayne Ellington in the game in Las Vegas. McLemore also passed a concussion test.

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GlobalPort, Barako Bull eye first win (October 26, 2014)
[ Source: Interaksyon ]

D-League

GlobalPort and Barako Bull seek to grab their first wins of the season.

The Batang Pier built a huge lead all throughout only to crumble in the end and yield a 101-96 result to the NLEX Road Warriors last Wednesday.

The Energy Cola also dropped a tight 112-108 overtime game to the Meralco Bolts last Wednesday.

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LA Tenorio and Greg Slaughter. Sports5/Paolo Papa

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel once again flashed the same fine form they showed in their opener as they put together a dominant performance against expansion team Kia, 87-55, in an out-of-town PBA Philippine Cup clash on Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, Quezon Province.

Ginebra made it back-to-back blowouts to start the season after a 101-81 rout of title contender Talk ‘N Text on opening day.

Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar each scored 16 points to lead Ginebra in the romp.

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Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers salutes Steve Nash (October 26, 2014)
Arash Markazi [ Source: ESPN ]

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash both entered the league in 1996. "We've both been playing years that we probably should not have been," Bryant said. Noah Graham/NBAE/Getty Images

LAS VEGAS -- Kobe Bryant said Steve Nash can go to sleep at night knowing he did everything he could in order to return this season.

Bryant also said that if he was in Nash's position, he would accept his fate as well.

"You can control what you can control," Bryant said before the Lakers' final preseason game, a 93-92 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. "He did everything to get back and play at a high level. From that standpoint he should be able to sleep at night. I know I would. I can only think about that in my situation; I just tried to do everything possible to be ready, and if it wasn't in the cards, if I couldn't get back to being at that level, you just have to accept it and when you lay your head down you know that you did absolutely everything possible."

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Ian Sangalang. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Purefoods Star Hotshots promising big man Ian Sangalang, a key figure in the team’s Grand Slam campaign last season, will be out for six to eight months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

Head coach Tim Cone confirmed the development in a text message to InterAksyon.com.

“Ian will be out for six to eight months as it looks like he tore his ACL,” wrote Cone in a text message.

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Raymond Almazan of Rain or Shine. Sports5/Pranz Kaeno Billones

Rain or Shine center Raymond Almazan has worked hard to get back into playing shape after suffering an illness a few months before the start of the season and it’s beginning to pay off for the lanky, 6-foot-8 sophomore.

Almazan was diagnosed with hepatitis during the offseason and it took a big toll on his body, with his weight dropping from his usual 200 lbs to just 180.

But he’s back on top of his game now, as he showed in his team’s win over the Blackwater Elite on Friday, scoring 17 points, grabbing eight rebounds and providing his usual defensive presence in the paint.

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