Arwind Santos (C) came up clutch in the fourth quarter, sparking San Miguel Beer's rally. KC Cruz

Arwind Santos spurred the San Miguel Beermen to a fourth quarter comeback against the Air21 Express, 93-85, as they locked up the second seed in the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals on Friday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel (7-2) has now won five of their last six games, while Air21 (3-6) is in a tailspin after losing three straight and six of their last seven.

The Beermen's quarterfinals matchup will be between the Express and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (4-4). San Miguel will face Rain or Shine if the latter loses to Ginebra (3-5) on Sunday, while the Express would slide to eighth and play Talk N' Text (9-0). Otherwise, the Beermen will play Air21 anew.

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Jahii Carson of Arizona State Sun Devils declares for NBA draft (April 17, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jahii Carson has made it official: He's headed to the NBA.

The Arizona State point guard said before his sophomore season that it would be his last with the Sun Devils and he stayed true to his word by declaring for the NBA draft on Wednesday.

Carson spent three years at Arizona State, playing two after sitting out as an academic non-qualifier as a freshman.

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Freeman impresses in practice (April 17, 2014)
Tito Talao [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

 Former Best Import winner Gabe Freeman is out to give struggling Ginebra a big lift.

Is he or isn’t he?

Exactly a month after Barangay Ginebra San Miguel brushed aside reports that two-time Best Import Gabe Freeman was going to replace Leon Rodgers in the PBA Philippine Cup, word spread a few days ago that the 29-year-old livewire from Phoenix is actually back.

“Well, he is,” said Barangay Ginebra governor Robert Non. “In fact, he went straight from the airport upon his arrival this morning (Wednesday) to team practice at Green Meadows.”

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It was a season of frustration for coach Mike D'Antoni, whose Lakers put together the worst record in team history. Russ Isabella/USA TODAY Sports

SAN ANTONIO -- The Los Angeles Lakers play their final game of the worst season in franchise history on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs. Will it also be the final game of Mike D'Antoni's tenure with the team? The coach says his future is still undetermined.

"The next step will be to sit down with Jim (Buss) and all them and Mitch (Kupchak) at the end of the year and talk things out, see where things are," D'Antoni said after shootaround Wednesday morning.

D'Antoni is scheduled to have his exit interview with team management Friday. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers worth $4 million, plus the Lakers have a team option for the following season. Kupchak, the Lakers' general manager, told USA Today last week that no decision has been made about retaining D'Antoni.

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MANILA, Philippines — Gabe Freeman, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s third import in the on-going 2014 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, arrived in the country early Wednesday morning in a report posted on the league’s official website.

The former two-time Best Import Freeman looks to breathe life into the Kings’ struggling campaign so far wherein they struggled to clinch a quarterfinals spot with a 3-5 record.

Ginebra tapped the services of Freeman after erstwhile import Josh Powell got a call-up from the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

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Sophomore guard Kyle Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season. Robert Hanashiro/USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft.

Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forgo their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers.

Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season, closer to a triple-double than any other player in the nation.

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Some teams take a break, others sweat (April 17, 2014)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]


Teams that made the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup are taking advantage of the Holy Week break to either give their players time to rest or sharpen their skills in time for the big battles ahead.

Half of the eight playoff teams will have practice today (Maundy Thursday) and tomorrow (Good Friday). Others will resume training on Saturday.

One of the teams that will train during the PBA break is defending champion Alaska whose players rested Tuesday and Wednesday. Aces coach Luigi Trillo called for morning practice starting today instead of their usual 1 p.m. schedule at the Hoops gym in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.

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Milwaukee Bucks announce sale of team (April 17, 2014)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]


Longtime Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced Wednesday that he has reached an agreement to sell the team to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The deal is valued at $550 million, according to sources familiar with the transaction, and is subject to league approval.

In January, Forbes valued the Bucks at $405 million, last among the league's 30 franchises.

Kohl, a longtime U.S. senator who bought the team for $18 million in 1985, made keeping it in Milwaukee a condition of the sale. It's also believed Kohl, while relinquishing majority control, will retain a significant percentage of the team.

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Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17 (April 17, 2014)
Roy Luarca [ Source: Inquirer ]

Manny Pacquiao AP FILE PHOTO

HOLLYWOOD—Manny Pacquiao sure is giving serious thought to this plan of making it to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

He already has a jersey number picked out. “No. 17,” revealed the global boxing icon and congressman. Pacquiao’s birthday is Dec. 17.

“I might play in the PBA with Kia,” Pacquiao told Filipino sportswriters, confirming a story that came out in a news outlet that one of the three expansion teams accepted by the PBA would hire him.

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Ekpe Udoh of Milwaukee Bucks starts book club for fans (April 17, 2014)
Associated Press [ Source: ESPN ]


MILWAUKEE -- Ekpe Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season with the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

Few, if any, NBA players can say they've started a book club on Twitter. Fewer still probably cite entertainment magnate Oprah Winfrey as a role model.

Udoh, a four-year NBA veteran, is thinking big.

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