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A horrific sight on TV

IT was the fourth time that I have witnessed on television a gruesome player injury on a basketball floor, the most recent of which was what happened to All-Star forward Gordon Hayward yesterday during his Boston debut (following seven seasons with the Utah Jazz) and in the opening game of the National Basketball Association’s 2017-18 […]

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Changes in NBA Season 72

VARIOUS changes, some of which are considered cosmetic, are to be introduced when the 72th renewal of the U.S. National Basketball Association unwraps on October 17 (October 18, Manila time) – the earliest to start a regular season in 37 years – with the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Boston Celtics and the reigning league titlist […]

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More NBA moments

FROM Tuesday’s Hoopster dish, here are more memorable moments in National Basketball Association (NBA) history in the month of October. October 19, 1961 – Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia (now Golden State) Warriors began a streak of 126 consecutive games with 20 or more points. The streak, which included an all-time league single game record […]

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Memorable NBA moments

THE 72nd edition of the National Basketball Association will unwrap on October 17 (October 18, Manila time). It is the earliest start in 37 years. Two games are on tap on opening day. Best friends LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the reigning Eastern Conference titlist Cleveland Cavaliers will host ex-Utah All-Star frontliner Gordon Hayward, […]

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Streaking Panthers

MAYBE it’s the hype. Maybe it’s simply luck. Maybe it’s written in the stars. No matter what, the Philadelphia High School Panthers have been performing way above expectations in the ongoing Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation (FCAAF) high school basketball competitions. Since dropping a tournament-opening 62-60 decision to Grace Christian College after blowing an 11-point lead […]

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Topnotch basketball begins

OCTOBER is here and October is the month of topnotch basketball here in our country and elsewhere. Locally, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will hold its best-of-three Finals late in the month. Perennial titlist San Beda College, the only founding member left in the 10-team league, seeks to retain the crown in Season 93 […]

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Remember Typhoon Ondoy?

IT may be already in the distant past, but how can I forget about it? Eight years ago today (September 26), Typhoon Ondoy struck Metro Manila and the nearby provinces Rizal and Bulacan, resulting in heavy flooding and the loss of many lives. I lost some of my most precious earthly possessions to the catastrophic […]

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Open letter to JM

AN open letter to my son Justin Miguel: Son, another year has gone by. But here I am still holding it together and tickling your heart with some inspirational messages. Two years ago (2015), you started an ambitious journey in school athletics at Philadelphia High School, suiting up the Panthers colors not only in basketball […]

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Taipei Universiade

IN the last three editions of the biennial Summer Universiade, also known as the World University Games, the host country had topped the overall medal standings (based on gold production). Not this year, though. In the 29th renewal of the Summer Universiade in New Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei last month, Japan emerged No. 1 among the […]

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29th Summer Universiade

THE Philippines, through the privately-funded Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP), was one of only 66 countries among the 145-nation cast (plus host Chinese-Taipei) to capture a medal (gold/silver/bronze) during the recently-concluded 29th Summer Universiade in New Taipei City, Chinese-Taipei from August 19-30. Our Filipino university athletes, totaling a record-setting number 116 […]

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Business over loyalty

I’M back after a two-week hiatus from journalistic inking. With much respect to the Celtics faithful, this is simply my two cents’ opinion. Indeed, the Boston Celtics have acquired Kyrie Irving (from Cleveland in a trade) and Gordon Hayward (from Utah in a sign-and-trade free agency) during the National Basketball association (NBA) offseason, but “How […]

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