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NBA Star Filam Clarkson joining Gilas?

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson attended Gilas Pilipinas practice on Wednesday night, leaving fans excited about the prospect of seeing him playing for the flag at the FIBA Asia Championship in September.

He is part of the 24-man pool submitted by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), but it remains to be seen whether he can represent the country as matters of his eligibility are still being ironed out.

Gilas coach Tab Baldwin warned against pinning too much hope on Clarkson wearing the country's colors soon, as they still have to wait for FIBA to process hiss documents.

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Hornets play better, win more with Kidd-Gilchrist

Charlotte coach Steve Clifford can rattle off a dozen reasons why the Hornets gave small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist a big contract extension.

But in Clifford's mind it all came down to one basic fact: "When he's on the floor we play well; when he's not on the floor we don't."

The numbers bear that out.

The Hornets were 62-55 with Kidd-Gilchrist in the starting lineup the last two seasons and 14-33 without him.

"As much as anybody that we have had in the two years I've been here, he's been the guy that we can't play well without for any long period of time," Clifford said.

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Clippers fined $250K for Jordan flap

The Los Angeles Clippers were fined $250,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for violating the league's rules while trying to re-sign DeAndre Jordan last month.

The league said the Clippers made a presentation to the then-free agent on July 2 that improperly included a potential third-party endorsement opportunity. League rules prohibit teams from arranging for others to provide compensation for a player unless it is included in a contract or is otherwise permitted by the collective bargaining agreement.

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Pacers, St. Vincent join forces on new training facility

The Indiana Pacers and St. Vincent, a local health provider, have released more details plans for a $50 million training facility in downtown Indianapolis.

At a news conference Wednesday, team officials showed what the 130,000-square foot St. Vincent Center will look like. The five-story building will be built on a pie-shaped space on Delaware Street, across the street from Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Pacers home court, and will include two NBA regulation-sized courts along with office and retail space.

The Capital Improvement Board unanimously approved the deal Monday.

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Suns to induct 2-time MVP Nash into team's Ring of Honor

The Phoenix Suns will induct Steve Nash into the franchise's Ring of Honor at halftime of their game against Portland on Oct. 30.

Nash was twice named NBA MVP while at the controls of the high-octane Suns teams that were the forerunner of the style employed by reigning NBA champion Golden State.

Nash was an eight-time All-Star, six with the Suns, and earned league MVP honors in 2005 and 2006. The Suns' 2004-05 team compiled the best record in franchise history.

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Derrick rose accused of drugging and raping ex-girlfriend

Derrick Rose is being sued by a woman who claims the NBA superstar and two of his friends drugged and gang raped her.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she and Rose dated from 2011 to 2013. During that time, Rose allegedly tried to pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused.

Rose's accuser says the two continued to date until August 2013, when Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton (who is also Rose's personal manager), invited her to Rose's Beverly Hills house. She says there, they slipped a drug into her drink with the aim of raping her.

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Ricky Rubio: student of the game

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Reporter
THE RAINS brought about by typhoon Ineng over the weekend was continuous but it did not stop Minnesota Timberwolves Spanish star guard Ricky Rubio from “taking on Manila” and, in the process, showed how he is truly a student of the game of basketball.

Part of his “Take On Manila Tour” for sports shoes and apparel maker Adidas, the 25-year-old Rubio said going to the Philippines was something he always looked forward to doing after seeing and hearing how Filipinos are very passionate about the sport he plays.

“I watched a lot of the Philippines last year when they were in Spain playing the World Cup and the fans of the Philippines won an award for that. I want to see that kind of passion personally,” said Mr. Rubio when he met members of the media in a rainy Friday morning at the Adidas store at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

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CROSBY FESTIVAL SHOWCASES PINOY MARTIAL ARTS

THE Gemmalyn Crosby Sports Festival showcases Filipino martial arts at its finest on Aug. 29 at the SMX Convention Center.

International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness pro athlete Candyce Graham is one of the international guest judges.

Martial arts and fitness enthusiasts from all over the country, along with guests from Australia, India, the United States, Saipan, Guam, and Malaysia, will gather and compete in 13 Filipino martial arts and body building categories during the two-day event.

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Filipino-Tongan gives TNT an inside force

HIGHLY-TOUTED Moala Tautuaa’s name was called first as the top overall pick in the 2015 Philippine Basketball Association Draft yesterday at Robinson’s Place in Ermita, Manila.

As expected, Talk ‘N Text used its No. 1 pick to select the Filipino-Tongan big man out of Chadron State and instantly upgrade its frontline.

The talented 6’7” inside force, who was the PBA D-League Most Valuable Player in the Foundation Cup, is expected to provide the Tropang Texters with a lot of muscle in the paint. He is projected to be a constant double-double producer once he starts his career in the pros.

Also as expected, versatile big man Troy Rosario was selected second by the Mahindra Enforcers (formerly KIA). Rosario is projected to make an immediate impact in the league with his talent.

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