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Barangay Ginebra San Miguel

Ginebra gets their new star guard, Sol Mercado and Northport gets to reunite two Growling Tigers with their old head coach. Sol Mercado gets the opportunity to be a player that deals with the business of the game. Mercado, who dealt to Northport Tuesday as part of the three-player package that allowed Ginebra to land Stanley Pringle from the Batang Pier. After finding a home in Ginebra as a beloved

Yeng Guiao

A high chance that Jayson Castro might not play in the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Gilas PIlipinas head coach Yeng Guiao exposed after the team wrapped up its first official practice on Monday at the Meralco Gym. There were only eight players that showed up in the two-hour training; June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Marcio Lassiter, Raymond Almazan, Roger Pogoy, Gabe Norwood, Mark Barroca and Troy Rosario. Castro


PetroGazz made official its Final Four appearance after eradicating BaliPure, 25-19, 25-22, 25-18, yesterday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference at the Imus City Sports Complex in Cavite. A seventh straight win for the Angels, who leaned on the prolific scoring of American Janisa Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas to preserve their unbeaten record and solidify their hold of the top spot. PetroGazz met resistance from BaliPure


San Miguel Beer successfully scored a breakthrough in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup by pulling to pieces a short-staffed Blackwater, 127-106, on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Charles Rhodes made 32 points, 19 rebounds, 6 blocks, and 3 assists for San Miguel. Marcio Lassiter waxed hot from the perimeter, connecting 9 triples to finish with a conference-high 29 points making the Beermen’s first win in 3 games. Ray Parks

Andray Blatche

MANILA, Philippines — Andray Blatche Naturalized Filipino and Gilas’ designated center will soon arrive on July 8 to take part in the Philippine national team’s preparation for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. Team manager Gabby Cui proclaimed Thursday night that Blatche will arrive next month, but Gilas Pilipinas is already set to hold practices twice weekly starting next week. “We’ve been in touch with Dray. He’s staying in shape,


Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (PBA) Lakan Cup on Wednesday saw take part multiple PBA champion Nic Belasco, who retired playing pro basketball 5 years ago on the opening-day roster of the Pasig club. The former San Miguel Beer forward was acknowledged eligible to play by the office of the MPBL commissioner under the “Fil-American” category for the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors (formerly known as the Pasig Pirates). Belasco is an


Centro Escolar University had gritted their teeth and pulled off an 89-72 Game Three semifinal blitz to boot St. Clare College Virtual Reality Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig and progress to the 2019 PBA D-League Finals. “We didn’t expect to be here, to make it to the Finals, but the heart and the desire to win from the players, there’s no substitute for that,” recalled coach Derrick Pumaren.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant decides to play Monday night in a must-win for the Golden State Warriors, and oddsmakers slanted the line for Game 5 of the NBA Finals as a result. Toronto opened as a 3-point favorite but was down to a 1-point edge at Westgate on Monday afternoon. The accord line of -1.5 was still a big drop from the opening number. The Warriors trail the Toronto Raptors 3-1 in


MANILA, Philippines — Taking advantage of on its match-fitness, Alaska Milk seized on the rusty Magnolia side, 103-80, for its third victory in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup last Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Aces had heroics from JVee Casio, Jeron Teng and Chris Banchero, who backed up import Chris Daniels’ 23-point, seven-rebound performance, in streaking to back-to-back triumphs and 3-2 overall at the expense of a Magnolia team

Calvin Abueva

Events almost got way out of hand Sunday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup between TNT and Phoenix. With an already-heated game that reached a boiling point in the middle of the fourth quarter, and Calvin Abueva literally clotheslined TNT import Terrence Jones. Jones snapped for a moment and tried to go after Calvin for a brawl. Cooler heads managed to keep the two away from each other and things