Marc Pingris

Mixers give Alaska a dose of their own medicine to force knockout match

The Mixers gave defending champion Alaska a perfect dose of its own medicine in the payoff canto, grinding out a 70-65 victor…

  • Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    1 hour 8 minutes ago
    Knicks looking for hometown discount from Anthony

    Potential free agent Carmelo Anthony will be asked to give the New York Knicks a discount on his next contract in order to help build a title contender, team president Phil Jackson said on Wednesday. Anthony, who finished the 2013-14 NBA season second on the scoring list with an average of 27.4 points a game and was one of the few bright spots in New York's 37-45 campaign, could declare himself a free agent on July 1. "I'd like to appeal to his better nature about winning," Jackson told …

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    Whoops: Clippers color commentator mistakenly filed MVP ballot for Most Improved Player award

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  • Basketball: Ex-NBA star McGrady switches to baseball

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    Tracy McGrady, a seven-time NBA All-Star guard, has signed a deal to become a right-handed pitcher with minor-league baseball's Sugar Land Skeeters, the Texas-based team announced Wednesday. McGrady, 34, spent 16 seasons in the NBA, his longest stint coming with the Houston Rockets from 2004 to 2009 when he was a teammate of Chinese star center Yao Ming. Now McGrady is back in suburban Houston, playing in the Atlantic League, an eight-team independent circuit whose other clubs are located in …

  • San Mig gets back at Alaska in Game 2

    2 hours 7 minutes ago

    Philippine Cup champion San Mig Super Coffee used a big fourth run to beat defending champion Alaska, 70-65, in Game 2 of their quarterfinal series, thus forcing a do-or-die match in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Down by six points, 57-51, with less than six minutes left to play, the Mixers unleashed a 16-0 blast as import James Mays joined hands with Mark Barroca, Marc Pingris, James Yap and Joe Devance, giving them a 67-57 lead with 1:16 left to …

  • Rain or Shine beats Meralco to force sudden death match

    7 hours ago
    Rain or Shine beats Meralco to force sudden death match

    Falling back to its usual sharp form, Rain or Shine got back at Meralco Wednesday night 102-93 to take their best-of-three PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series to a do-or-die showdown at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. …

  • Mixers give Alaska a dose of their own medicine to force knockout match

    11 hours ago
    Mixers give Alaska a dose of their own medicine to force knockout match

    The Mixers gave defending champion Alaska a perfect dose of its own medicine in the payoff canto, grinding out a 70-65 victory Wednesday to forge a sudden-death match in their PBA Commissioners Cup quarterfinals series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. …

  • Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi - Sabella

    Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi - Sabella

    24 minutes ago
    Good ambiance crucial to get best from Messi - Sabella

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina must create the right team climate to give the world's best player Lionel Messi the right support to enable him to shine at the World Cup in Brazil, coach Alejandro Sabella said on Wednesday. Sabella also said Argentina's status among the favourites would be countered by the fact they will be playing in the backyard of the most successful team in the competition with five titles. Messi has had a troubled few months and been the butt of …

  • Madrid 'athletes' too much for Bayern, admits Guardiola

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    Madrid 'athletes' too much for Bayern, admits Guardiola

    Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola said his side had struggled to contain Real Madrid's pace on the counter-attack as Los Blancos secured a 1-0 advantage from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday. Karim Benzema scored the only goal of the game on 19 minutes from one of a series of Madrid counter-attacks in the first-half that caught the European champions wanting at the back. "Madrid have athletes. "It is easy to say we need to play more vertically, but the quicker …

  • Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

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    Former AP reporter Robert Heard dies at age 84

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, including the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings and a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football, has died. He was 84. …

  • Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    19 hours ago
    Super fights open up for Pacquiao as Golden Boy and Top Rank aim to end boxing’s cold war

    For the longest time, the biggest hurdle in making boxing’s biggest fight is the rift between the competing Golden Boy Promotions of Oscar De La Hoya and Top Rank Promotions of Bob Arum. …

  • 10 possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao in the light welterweight division

    Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:50 AM PHT
    10 possible opponents for Manny Pacquiao in the light welterweight division

    After regaining the WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley, Manny Pacquiao openly said the he still thinks he's a natural light welterweight. Instead of 147 pounds, The Pacman feels that he could easily make 140 pounds and be stronger there. With that said, here are 10 options for Pacquiao if he decided to move down a division. (Words by Carlo Pamintuan) …

  • Pacquiao picks 17 as his PBA jersey number

    Thu, Apr 17, 2014 2:55 AM PHT
    Pacquiao picks 17 as his PBA jersey number

    Los Angeles — If everything falls into place, Manny Pacquiao might end up becoming not only as one of the shortest players to ever play hoops in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) but also as the oldest rookie. Pacquiao, 35, had told The Bulletin a few days before he faced Tim Bradley in Las Vegas that he will suit up for Kia Motors in the PBA in October. “Number 17,” said the hard-hitting Pacquiao. Kia is one of three new companies whose application was accepted as a member of the …

  • Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    1 hour 51 minutes ago
    Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    (Reuters) - Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time while slugger Maidana is known for his all-round skill and blistering power. "Maidana deserves the opportunity," Mayweather told reporters at his boxing club in Las …

  • Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 8:49 PM PHT
    Nonito Donaire ready to bounce back after a nightmarish 2013

    Big time boxing will be making it’s way back to the Cotai Arena in Macau and another Filipino star will be in the main event. …

  • Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    Tue, Apr 22, 2014 6:52 AM PHT
    Baseball star stands accused in journey from Cuba to big leagues

    As young Cuban slugger Yasiel Puig is earning millions on the baseball field with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a bizarre story of how the talented player escaped from the Communist-ruled island country is unfolding in U.S. court documents. Puig ran a gauntlet of fast boats, Mexican drug smugglers and even death threats in his 2012 flight from Cuba, according to a $12 million lawsuit filed by a man who accuses the ballplayer of informing on him to Cuban authorities. Puig has declined to comment on …

  • Els seeks spark in 'Big Easy' PGA event

    Els seeks spark in 'Big Easy' PGA event

    2 hours 9 minutes ago
    Els seeks spark in 'Big Easy' PGA event

    Four-time major champion Ernie Els, whose only top-10 placing this year came when he reached the WGC Match Play semi-finals, hopes to get his season going at this week's PGA Zurich Classic. "I've been 19-under in 2012 when I lost in a playoff to Jason Dufner and 12-under in 2013. Although this is my fifth straight week on the road, I just want to channel all my energies into this and see if I can kick-start my season and get something going here." Els will play alongside reigning US Open …

  • 'Big Easy' Els returns to a favored PGA Tour haunt

    2 hours 32 minutes ago
    'Big Easy' Els returns to a favored PGA Tour haunt

    (Reuters) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els returns this week to one of his favorite cities, where he shares the alluring nickname of 'The Big Easy,' to make his eighth career start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At a PGA Tour event where he has always enjoyed a "good vibe," the smooth-swinging South African lost out to American Jason Dufner in a playoff for the title in 2012, then tied for 15th last year at the TPC Louisiana. "At the forefront of my mind right now is making sure I …

  • Pettersen back to LPGA in pursuit of No. 1 Park

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    Pettersen back to LPGA in pursuit of No. 1 Park

    World number two Suzann Pettersen, back after missing three events with a back injury, resumes her chase of top-ranked Park In-Bee when the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic opens Thursday. South Korean star Park has ruled the rankings for the past 54 weeks but is being chased by Norway's Pettersen and American Stacy Lewis, ranked third -- all seeking their first tour win of the season. Pettersen hurt her back after the LPGA Founders Cup and missed the year's first women's major at Rancho Mirage …

  • Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart

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    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. …

  • Ivanovic beats Lisicki in 1st round at Stuttgart

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    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Ana Ivanovic defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-3 to send the Wimbledon finalist out in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. …

  • Hantuchova, Peng reach quarters in Morocco

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    MARRAKESH, Morocco (AP) — Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR. …