Basketball

BATANGAS CITY—Batangas City and Muntinlupa came away with similar victories on Tuesday night to put themselves in a better position heading to the playoffs of the MPBL-Anta Rajah Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum here.

The Tanduay-backed Athletics shook off a slow start with a big third-quarter run on their way to scoring an 86-75 triumph over the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich.

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It didn't take long for an NBA reunion of ex-University of Florida heroes to happen.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, veteran guard Corey Brewer has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The move will reunite Brewer, who starred on UF's NCAA championship teams of 2006 and '07, with the Thunder coach Billy Donovan (who coached those UF teams).

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DALLAS Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle responded angrily last Sunday after LaVar Ball’s claim that the Los Angeles Lakers no longer want to play for coach Luke Walton.

Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, made his latest outlandish statement to ESPN for a story published last Sunday. He said Walton is too young to coach and “has no control” of the team—comments that Walton said didn’t bother him, but ones that clearly angered some of his National Basketball Association (NBA) coaching colleagues.

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