2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup

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The 40th PBA season rolls along as barely a week will pass between the final game of the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup, which is slated to begin on January 27. The tournament will feature imports with a height limit of 6-9 for the top eight teams of the All-Filipino conference as well as reinforcements of unlimited height for the previous conference’s bottom four.

Defending champions Purefoods Star Hotshots will parade Marqus Blakely for the fourth straight year. He is on interim as they await Daniel Orton, who is currently campaigning for the Sichuan Blue Whales at the Chinese Basketball Association. Also returning for another tour of duty is last year’s Commissioner’s Cup best import Richard Howell of the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters.

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Another balik-import is Michael Dunigan of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel. He previously played for the Air21 Express in 2013. He averaged 23.9 points, 15.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.4 blocks in 15 games for the Express.

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Micheal Dunigan – Image by: Spin.ph

One of the most recognizable imports this conference is the NLEX Road Warriors’ Al Thornton. A first round draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007, he played at the NBA for six seasons, compiling averages of 11.9 points and 4.2 rebounds.

Officially measured at 7-2 3/4, Puerto Rican Peter John Ramos is the tallest in this year’s batch. Then 19 years old, he played one season at the NBA, seeing action for the Washington Wizards in six games in 2004-05

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Al Thornton – Image by: Spin.ph

Others who had NBA experience include Solomon Alabi of the Barako Bull Energy and Arinze Onuaku of recently crowned Philippine Cup champions San Miguel Beermen. Completing the cast are CJ Leslie (GlobalPort Batang Pier), Rick Jackson (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters), DJ Covington (Alaska Aces), Josh Davis (Meralco), and Chris Charles (Blackwater Elite).

Unlike the Philippine Cup, only eight teams will advance after the single round robin eliminations. The first and second seeds will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, while the four middle squads will scuffle in a best-of-three series. Winners will then advance to the best-of-five semifinals with the two victors there battling it out for the championship in the race-to-four-wins finals.

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Can Purefoods defend their crown or will another team hoist the trophy at the end of the conference? Will Howell win another best import award? Will the handicap given to the bottom four squads level the playing field or will the dominant powers continue to lord it over?

How will Talk ‘n Text cope with the retirement of Jimmy Alapag? Can Dunigan lead the Barangay to the promised land or will San Miguel make it two in a row?

These questions will be answered when the Commissioner’s Cup begin next Tuesday as opening day games pit GlobalPort against Kia and Ginebra versus Meralco.

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Road to Super Bowl XLIX has begun

Road to Super Bowl XLIX has begun

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The NFL playoffs began last weekend with the wild card games. This weekend, it will be the divisional playoffs as defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks take on fourth seed Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers battle the Dallas Cowboys over at the NFC, while AFC first seed New England Patriots go up against the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos clash against the Indianapolis Colts in the other bracket.

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The Seahawks are out to prove that their championship run last season was no fluke as they go for a second straight title. Quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, and Filipino-American wide receiver Doug Baldwin will once again lead the charge for the Paul Allen-owned franchise.

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A Super Bowl ring is the only thing lacking in Tony Romo’s collection as the 34-year old quarterback will try to gain what has eluded him in his illustrious career. Out to frustrate Romo for yet another season are Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Interestingly, Peyton Manning is on a collision course against his former team as the Broncos rewrite history and erase the memories of the thrashing they received against Seattle in last year’s Super Bowl.  Will the Colts’ good fortune continue with Andrew Luck at the helm?

Finally, the Patriots are on resurgence as the ageless Tom Brady attests that he still has game and that he and coach Bill Belichick can win another Vince Lombardi Trophy.

If being in the playoffs is a criteria to win the MVP award, then sentimental favorite JJ Watt of the Houston Texans won’t get it. If he manages to buck the odds though, Watt will become only the third defensive player to win that individual award. Nevertheless, other contenders include Rodgers, Brady, Romo, and DeMarco Murray of Dallas.

The NFL season has created headlines outside the gridiron as much as on it. Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted in the league, but has not played a single game yet. Colts owner Jim Irsay was suspended for six games after being found guilty of driving under the influence. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and Greg Hardy were handed different levels of sanctions after they were found guilty of domestic violence and physical abuse.

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2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup Is Set For Its Last Chapter

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The two most successful franchises at the PBA cross paths as the Alaska Aces and San Miguel Beermen battle for the 2014-15 PBA Philippine Cup trophy. This will be their seventh meeting in the finals with the Aces having the upperhand in their head-to-head matchup, 4-2.

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Alaska has been playing with a vigor never seen before. With “The Beast” Calvin Abueva finding his rookie of the year-winning form, the Aces had a 6-0 start that surprised many. They slowed down at the tail end of the elimination round, but that didn’t stop them from ending the campaigns of NLEX and Meralco in the quarterfinals, as well as avenging their semifinals loss to Rain or Shine in the last Governors’ Cup.

Aside from Abueva, who leads his team in points, rebounds, and steals, other players who have delivered for coach Alex Compton are Vic Manuel, Cyrus Baguio, Joseph Evans Casio, Dondon Hontiveros, Joachim Thoss, and Eric Menk.

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On the other end, San Miguel barely encountered any trouble at the Philippine Cup, losing only two games so far. “The Kraken” June Mar Fajardo continues to showcase that he is the best player in the land right now as he heads the league in points (19.2), rebounds (12.5), blocks (2.1), field goal percentage (56.8%), and double-doubles (12).

Other than Fajardo, four other players average in double figures for the Beermen: Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Christopher Lutz. Thus, emphasizing how stocked this squad is.

It won’t be a surprise if the top two candidates for best player of the conference, Fajardo and Abueva, battle it out for the finals MVP award. But don’t count out their respective support cast as any among them can explode and become a key contributor in the best-of-seven series, just like what Hontiveros did on Game Six of the semis. Alaska needs to rely on effort and hustle as it would be hard for the Fred Uytengsu-owned franchise to match SMB man-to-man, especially against Fajardo, who has been a dominating force in the middle.

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Meanwhile, an early front-runner for the rookie of the year award is GlobalPort first pick Stanley Pringle, who is first in assists and second in steals overall, and has averages of 15.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.9 dimes, and 1.9 swipes. Not far behind is Matthew Rosser of Talk ‘n Text, who is third in the league in blocks, with averages of 9.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 blocks in 17 games played.

The 40th season opened to an all-time indoor Philippine sports attendance record of 52,612 at the Philippine Arena on October 19, 2014, as well as the presentation of the 15 additional players in the Greatest List.

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The Purefoods Star Hotshots, then known as San Mig Coffee, were presented the grand slam ring before their first game of the season, and then retired the jersey numbers of Rey Evangelista and Jerry Codiñera on November 9. Unfortunately, their drive for five was stopped by the Meralco Bolts in the first phase of the quarterfinals.

Some of the major transactions during the conference were the replacement of Pido Jarencio as Batang Pier head coach and the re-trade between Alex Cabagnot and Sol Mercado as the two returned to their previous teams.

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Pacquiao defaces Algieri to retain WBO welterweight belt

Manny Pacquiao showcased his supremacy over American Chris Algieri as he won via emphatic fashion in their WBO welterweight championship bout on November 23 at The Venetian Macao.

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Pacquiao blasted the 30-year old New Yorker with timely hits and accurate power punches, thereby frustrating the challenger as Algieri decided to backpedal for most parts of the fight to be able to survive up to the final bell. The judges scored it 119-103, 119-103, and 120-102 for the reigning champion who improved his boxing record to 57 wins, five losses, and two draws.

The “Pambansang Kamao” floored Algieri six times as referee Genaro Rodriguez let the bout finish when it appears to be that although obviously outmatched, the 5-10 former kickboxer was game in wanting to reach the conclusion of the bout. This is the first loss of Algieri on the boxing ring.

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A new facet in Pacquiao’s arsenal is that he never wavered up to the end. In previous fights, he lowered his guard in later parts of fights he was dominating to let opponents land a throw here and there.

Pickings have been slim for Pacquiao, whose last opponents that gave him trouble were Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Márquez, but everything else is just a perceived ‘warm up’ match to the much clamored skirmish between the soon to be 36-year old Filipino and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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MSW presents Last 2 Minutes NBA promo

This is for you, our loyal MSW followers. As a sign of our gratitude in your continuous support, we are having the Last 2 Minutes: The NBA Trivia Challenge from October 29 to December 5.

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All you need to do is visit our promo page at http://bit.ly/wp-msw-last-2-minutes, register using your Facebook account, and answer as many trivia questions about the NBA as you can in two minutes.

Those who join can win the following:

One winner of a PS4 with a copy of NBA 2K15

One winner of a pair of Jordans worth 10,000 pesos

Three winners of TF-1000 Spalding basketballs

Ten winners of Nike gift certificates worth 2,000 pesos

Two correct answers are equal to one raffle entry. One can also earn more raffle entries by sharing their results on Facebook. Participants can only take the quiz once and no backtracking is allowed.

Promo participants should be at least 21 years of age and is a resident of the Philippines. No purchase is necessary to join the contest.

The draw and announcement of winners is on December 9, 2014. Winners will be notified via email or phone, and they must present two valid IDs together with a copy of the notification email.

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When Kobe Bryant will pass Michael Jordan on the career scoring list

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Kobe Bryant enters the 2014-15 season with 31,700 career points. He sits at 4th on the all-time list, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928 points) and Michael Jordan (32,292 points).

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Kobe needs to score 592 points this season to catch Jordan. If he averages 13.83 points this season — his average last season — then he’ll pass Jordan on January 21 in the Lakers’ game at New Orleans. If he averages 20 points, he’ll reach the mark the day after Christmas at Dallas. If he maintains his career average of 25.46 points per game, then he’ll pass Jordan on December 14 at Minnesota. And finally, if he puts up 81 points per game this season (because, well, why not?), then he’ll overtake Jordan for third on the all-time list on November 12 when the Lakers visit the Pelicans.

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Werdum-Hunt interim heavyweight title bout headline UFC 180

Fabrício Werdum tUFC 180akes on Mark Hunt for the interim heavyweight championship in the main event of UFC 180 on November 16, Philippine time, at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City, Mexico. This will be the first time the MMA promotion will have an event in the country.

Werdum was originally set to face current champion Cain Velasquez, but the latter had to pull out due to an injured knee. The 37-year old Brazilian sports an 18-win, five-loss, one-draw record and last fought Travis Browne to a unanimous decision win on April 19.

Hunt recently knocked out Roy Nelson less than two months ago in Saitama, Japan. His MMA record is 10-8-1.

Other bouts in the main card include:

Jake Ellenberger vs Kelvin Gastelum (welterweight)

Ricardo Lamas vs Dennis Bermudez (featherweight)

Augusto Montaño vs Chris Heatherly (welterweight)

Edgar García vs Héctor Urbina (welterweight)

The preliminary card includes a pair of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America final bouts. Yair Rodríguez battles Leonardo Morales in the featherweight division, while Alejandro Pérez takes on José Alberto Quiñónez in the bantamweight class.

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