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Right place, right time

SOMETIMES you don’t need to be an outstanding player to win a championship in team sports. You don’t have to be very talented so long as you have a star athlete or two for a teammate. You only need to be lucky and be in the right place at the right time. Vagabond frontliner Cris […]

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Playoff record for LeBron

LEBRON James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may have stumbled heading into the playoffs, going just 23-23 over its last 46 games (including 10-14 since March 1) in the regular wars, but the reigning NBA titlists are the first team to advance to the second round of the ongoing four-tier playoffs following a 4-0 sweep of […]

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Exciting NBA season finale

TODAY (Manila time) marks the final playdate of the National Basketball Association’s 1,230-game regular season. It’s one exciting finale for various seeding positions entering the real season that is the 2017 playoffs have yet to be determined. A total of 14 games are scheduled to be played on the last day of the regular wars […]

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Tight NBA MVP race

RECENTLY-RETIRED National Basketball Association and Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant said that point guards Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder and James Harden of the Houston Rockets should share the league’s Most Valuable Player award this season. With the declaration, Bryant was probably just being polite and his belief may be politically correct […]

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Special day for PBA

TRADITIONALLY, April 9 has been a “red-colored” national holiday in the Philippines as we Filipinos commemorate the fall of Bataan to the invading Japanese military forces during the four-year World War II hostilities. During my younger days, the holiday was called “Bataan Day.” Now, it’s called “Araw ng Kagitingan.” In sports, April 9 also is […]

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Redemption time for Tar Heels

IT was redemption time for the University of North Carolina as the Tar Heels made up for their 77-74 finals loss to the Villanova University Wildcats a year ago with a 71-65 victory over the Gonzaga University Bulldogs in the championship game of the 79th U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball […]

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US NCAA Finals today

FOR the first time ever, the Desert City will play host to the championship game of a U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament. The nationally second-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs (37-1) and nationally fifth-rated North Carolina Tar Heels (32-7) slug it out for the national crown today, April 4 (Manila time), in […]

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Team or personal success?

AND then there were four. The Final Four or national semifinals of the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men’s basketball tournament, featuring the Gonzaga Zags (36-1) vs. the South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (31-7) vs. the Oregon Ducks (33-5), will be held on April 2 (Manila time) […]

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Father vs son in pro game

IN international basketball history, there was only a single instance that a father and son that competed in a major professional (or semi-professional) league in the same season and even played against each other. Italian all-time great Dino Meneghin dribbled long enough for him to go up against son Andrea during the 1993-94 season of […]

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Sonny and Dodot

TO date, this matter remains a mystery. Father and son could have been the first tandem in the 42-year existence of the professional Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) league to see action in the same season – if not play together on the same floor. Robert (Sonny) Jaworski and Robert (Dodot) Jaworski Jr., however, blew the […]

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Big J’s legend

HE may be a most polarizing figure in Philippine basketball history during his heyday. But love him or hate him, “The Big J” Robert Jaworski is one of legendary cagers the country has ever produced. The son of a Polish father and a Filipino mother, Jaworski, who turned 71 on March 8, starred for the […]

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