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The PBA Commissioner’s Cup begins today with a doubleheader featuring Talk ‘N’ Text against Blackwater and the Star Hotshots against Meralco at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Texters are the defending champions but they’ll start off crippled as import Ivan Johnson will serve a one-game suspension for scuffling in a tune-up with the team they’re facing in the opener.

When former UP Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Administration Martin Gregorio passed away Tuesday last week, the PBA lost a fiercely loyal fan. Papa Mart loved the PBA which he followed with a passion from its inaugural season in 1975. It was like a dream come true for Papa Mart that as time went by, his three sons became involved in Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

Two worlds suffered a great, irreplaceable loss over the weekend. Supreme Grandmaster Ciriaco “Cacoy” Cañete passed away. He would have turned 97 this year. Not only did arnis – more commonly known as Filipino Martial Art or FMA around the world – lose perhaps its greatest proponent, Filipino culture lost a great pillar of its richness and history.

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. with the Texas Legends | via Texas Legends Flickr
MANILA, Phippines – Slowly but surely.   Homegrown cager Bobby Ray Parks Jr., whose stomping grounds is with the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League, again made his presence felt. This time it was quick.  
Manny Pacquiao poses with TV host Crystina Poncher during an interview upon his arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport early Tuesday. | Screengrab from Top Rank's video
Manny Pacquiao and his entourage arrived at the Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning, ready to hype his rubber match with Timothy Bradley in a two-leg press tour.
Despite the loss, the Philippines has still a chance to make it to the Olympics via wildcard games scheduled next year. |
While many Filipino basketball fans blame the referees for Gilas Pilipinas' loss to China in the finals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship, Bballbreakdown’s Coach Nick analyzed the game that led the host team to the crown and the lone ticket to 2016 Rio Olympics that came with it.
NBA superstar Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors during his visit here last week. | Asuncion
Watch The STAR's sports columnist Quinito Henson sit down with NBA MVP Steph Curry in this exclusive clip.
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PBA Philippine Cup Finals

February 3, 2016 (Wednesday)

Game 7: Mall of Asia Arena | 7:00 PM


Series tied 3-3


 It was an incredible 94-90 win by the Letran Knights over the San Beda Red Lions in Game One of the NCAA Season 91 Men’s Basketball Finals.

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