Basketball

  • Antetokounmpo's marketing rise could land him big sneaker deal

    The 2016-17 season was a milestone one for Giannis Antetokounmpo. In February he played in his first All-Star Game, in May he was named to the All-NBA second-team, and in June he earned the league's Most Improved Player trophy. While racking up honor after honor, the Milwaukee Bucks forward was being paid by Nike to wear the company's sneakers. His take on that deal? A mere $25,000.

  • Anthony Davis says he doesn’t pay attention to Lakers trade rumors or free agency speculation

    Anthony Davis is trying to focus on the present even while his switching to the same agent as LeBron James triggers a cascade of free agency speculation and Lakers trade rumors.

    The Los Angeles Lakers will be extremely active in the market for a second superstar to play alongside LeBron James for the foreseeable future. They’ll have options, as several max players will hit free agency over the next couple years, and speculation has been swirling about one name in particular, especially since he switched agents to Rich Paul of Klutch Sports: Anthony Davis.

  • Anthony Davis to the Celtics rumors won't go away. Here's why

    A trade isn’t imminent, but if the Pelicans can’t win, they’ll want to trade Davis before losing him for nothing.

    The Cavaliers and Celtics will likely soon finalize a blockbuster trade that sends Kyrie Irving to Boston. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, landing Irving could be the the precursor to hooking a bigger fish in the future: Anthony Davis.

  • Anthony Davis’ historic night lifts New Orleans Pelicans past New York Knicks, 110-96

    While Davis was going HAM, the interwebs were contemplating the disappearance of Derrick Rose.

    In a game I’m sure you all watched instead of the absolutely bananas college football national championship between Clemson and Alabama, the New Orleans Pelicans finally got into the win column for the 2017 calendar year thanks to another superstar effort from Anthony Davis and a barrage of three point bombs from the rest of the cast.

  • Appreciative of players’ sacrifices, Guiao determined to forge ahead

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    WHILE admitting that being a national team coach is no easy task, Yeng Guiao said he is determined to continue as Team Pilipinas coach, especially after the “special bond” he has created with the players and seeing how his wards went all out for flag and country.

  • Archers expect tough battle with similarly styled Falcons

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    SIMILARLY earning their card on defense, the De La Salle Green Archers know all too well that when they take on the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines it is going to be a battle.

  • Aron Baynes leads Celtics with 21 points in 107-96 win over Lakers

    Boston didn’t have the prettiest game, but found a way to get their 10th straight win.

    It was a big night in the NBA, as Boston hosted the Lakers for the first ever Lonzo Wednesday. The Celtics was in a tough spot missing Al Horford. While nobody can replace his versatility, Aron Baynes played great starting in his stead. He was a monster on the offensive boards and held his own against Brook Lopez. Baynes posted a career high 21 points, aided by some nice feeds from Kyrie Irving. Leading scorer Aron Baynes isn’t what anyone expected, but you have to be ready for anything in 2017.

  • Ateneo edges UP to near sweep of elims

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE Ateneo Blue Eagles are now one win away from a rare sweep of the elimination round in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) after winning their 13th straight game in Season 80 with a 96-82 victory over a gutsy University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in a key game yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

  • Ateneo stays unscathed with win over UE, 83-65

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE league-leading Ateneo Blue Eagles stayed in top form yesterday, adding to the misery of still-winless University of the East (UE) Red Warriors, 83-65, to race to their fourth straight win in as many games in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 80.

    The lone unbeaten so far early in the new UAAP season entering the contest, the Katipunan-based Eagles made sure that such standing would hold with a convincing win over the Warriors, which dropped to 0-4 for the season following their latest defeat.

  • Ateneo stops UP, 87-79

    THE defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles notched their first win in Season 81 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines after defeating the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 87-79, in their “Battle of Katipunan” on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Lost in their season opener previously, the Eagles bounced back by taking on everything the Maroons threw at them, banking on balance and collective composure.

  • Avery Bradley buries game winner as Celtics Beat Cavs 111-108 in Game 3

    Avery Bradley hit an incredible game winning three as the Celtics are back in the series.

    CLEVELAND – Marcus Smart wanted one last game in the Garden. Avery Bradley wanted one last chance at home.

    As the ball bounced over the rim, with the clock ticking down to zero, Avery Bradley begged it to fall. The Basketball Gods relented, gifting Boston its first win in the series.

  • Avery Bradley, Boston Celtics Leap to NBA Playoffs Series Lead with 108-97 Game 5 win over Chicago Bulls

    Avery Bradley put on a career performance against Jimmy Butler as he led the Celtics to their third straight win in Game 5 to take his team back to Chicago for an elimination Game 6.

    BOSTON — The Celtics are almost to the finish line and the second round of the NBA Playoffs after beating the Chicago Bulls in Game 5 108-97.

  • Bad defense equals great fun, Raps beat Wolves 124-110

    All these Raptors want to do is entertain you. As they exhibited once again their their 124-110 win over the Wolves on Thursday night, the Raptors are still looking for cohesion on defense. Against the league’s top squads, Toronto’s inability to lock in has resulted in some narrow, high-scoring defeats. But against an energetic, freaky-athletic and utterly inexperienced team like Minnesota, sloppy play and shaky defense tends to breed ultimately harmless entertainment.

    Because the Raptors have a still-historically efficient offense capable of posting 131.2 points per 100 possessions over the course of a game, Toronto tends to come out on top in these types of uproarious shootouts.

  • Balanced attack nets Star 97-83 win over Mahindra

    AFTER a few years, Star once again tasted a share of a tournament lead.

    The Hotshots remained in the zone, steamrolling ailing Mahindra, 97-83, with ease for their fourth straight win to gain a share of the lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Using a balanced attack, Star fired from all cylinders en route to the easy victory.

  • Balanced Heat attack powers 105-88 victory against Knicks

    The Miami Heat used a balanced team effort on both ends of the court to take apart the inconsistent New York Knicks over the course of the second half for the 105-88 win on Wednesday night. There would be no hangover after last night’s buzzer beater against the Detroit Pistons in their once-improbable quest to make the playoffs.

  • Barangay Ginebra battles Blackwater

    TWO more games with big implications in the race to the quarterfinals are set to take place in the resumption of the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup.

    The Blackwater Elite (5-4) and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (4-4), teams in the middle of the pack, try to avoid possible elimination and enhance their chances of securing a berth in the quarterfinals when they battle at 7 p.m.

  • Barangay Ginebra dethrones San Miguel

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings are Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup champions again after two decades following their closeout of erstwhile defending champs San Miguel Beermen in Game Six of their best-of-seven finals series, 93-77, on Wednesday to come out on top, 4-2.

  • Barangay Ginebra goes for the clincher

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    ONE win away from repeating as Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup champions, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings go for the jugular when they battle the Meralco Bolts today in Game Six of their best-of-seven championship affair at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

    Took Game Five, 85-74, on Sunday, the Kings now use the first of the two tries they have to close out the Bolts and race to their second straight Governors’ Cup title and 10th PBA championship in franchise history.

  • Barangay Ginebra Kings go for PBA title clincher

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    SEIZING control of their best-of-seven Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup finals series after winning back-to-back games, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings now try to complete the dethronement of defending champions San Miguel Beermen in Game Six today at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

  • Barangay Ginebra Kings welcome Brownlee back

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    LOOKING to give their Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup campaign renewed boost, the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings welcome back today old reliable import Justin Brownlee when they make their tournament return.