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Marinerong Pilipino pulls plug on Zark’s-Lyceum comeback in D-League opener

MANILA, Philippines - The Marinerong Pilipino Skippers proved steadier in the endgame as they hacked out a 94-92 win over the Zark’s Jawbreakers-Lyceum in the opening game of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City Thursday, January 18.  Leading ........»»

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Ateneo coach Silva on 3 Eaglets in NBTC 24: ‘They deserve to be there’

Ateneo de Manila High School is undefeated in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. And with a lineup as talented and as deep as they have, the Blue Eaglets are expected to go all the way to the Finals – and even get the championship. Led by three players in the top five in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) in the UAAP in second-running Kai Sotto, third-running SJ Belangel, and fourth-running Dave Ildefonso, indeed, no team is as talented and as deep as the kids from Katipunan. For head coach Joe Silva, those three are only worthy of being mentioned as top talent not only in the UAAP, but also the entire Philippines. “The three of them really are blue-chip talents sa high school,” he said. The first-ever NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 high school player rankings seems to agree with him as in the initial list revealed last Monday, Sotto was deemed the top talent among all players taking part in the NCAA, UAAP, CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), MMBL (Metro Manila Basketball League), and FCAAF (Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation). The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players which will ultimately be used to select the participants in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at the MOA Arena. There, Belangel was ranked fifth while Ildefonso was eighth. That means that Ateneo has three players in the top eight in all of the Philippines. In Silva’s eyes, there is no doubt that his three prized prospects are nothing but deserving of their ranks. “They deserve to be there,” he said. That statement is even truer for Sotto, the towering teen who has long had scouts drooling about his potential. “If you put him in another team, he’d dominate, double-double yan easily. We’re not about individual stuff, but it’s not a surprise that Kai’s number one,” he said. The 7-foot-1, 15-year-old has per game counts of 12.6 points in 53.7 percent shooting, 12.6 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks in just 23.2 minutes of play. Silva was quick to remind Sotto, Belangel, and Ildefonso, however, “Good for them, pero they shouldn’t settle. They should work harder, stay humble, and focus on their studies.” The Blue Eaglets mentor, though, would also like to see two more names of his players on the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24. “For me, Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel should be there. Maybe they’re being overshadowed kasi medyo malakas yung team namin kaya they don’t get their numbers,” he said. He then continued, “Pero versatility-wise, value to the team, I believe they should be there.” Manuel has been their breakout player with averages of 11.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while Credo has been their glue guy with norms of 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals. Manuel and Credo’s next chance to get on the list will be next Monday when the new rankings will be released. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros

After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA. The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more. So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there. But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday. Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with. “He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.” Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia. While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad. “I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared. What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.  “Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said. This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career. “I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said......»»

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WATCH: Nintendo Switch’s latest accessories made of cardboard, fueled by imagination

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3Bd3HUMkyU Nintendo has begun an experiment on a new way to play with the Switch: by inserting the console into cardboard creations. Like folding origami, Nintendo Labo provides users with instructions on how to create a cardboard accessory for the Switch. Accessories, called Toy-Cons, range from small houses to robot backpacks, motorcycle handlebars and pianos. Apart from folding cardboard, it appears strings and possibly rubber bands are also part of the building materials. Users attach their Switch and Joy-Cons in various ways depending on what game they want to play. The video previewed a bit of the inner workings for one of the more co...Keep on reading: WATCH: Nintendo Switch’s latest accessories made of cardboard, fueled by imagination.....»»

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Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix

It took just the first few possessions of the game for Phoenix coach Louie Alas to see that his team was in trouble. And it took only 12 minutes for Alas' fears to come true. "First three plays of the game and I already called a quick timeout. I told my guys that we're very passive," Alas recalled after his team took a 120-99 beating at the hands of Rain or Shine. "We already had two turnovers at that point and in the first quarter, I called two timeouts just to stop the bleeding." But to no avail. READ:Rain or Shine reduces Phoenix to ashes Phoenix trailed, 39-11, at one point in the first quarter before falling behind by as much as 39 points in the third period. "...Keep on reading: Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix.....»»

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Ryan Agocncillo’s daughter cheers him on through a touching letter

  Ryan Agoncillo received more than an ample encouragement from his daughter Johanna "Yojan" Louis as he tried to learn playing an instrument. He shared the short handwritten letter on Instagram and captioned it, "When your musically gifted daughter walks in on you majorly struggling to learn the chords and lyrics of her favorite song #mysingingbuding" Netizens were also touched by the short message of encouragement. Yohan celebrated her 13th birthday last Nov. 7. /ra RELATED STORIES: LOOK: Kim Chiu achieves a 'life goal,' cries in front of Judy Ann Santos Maymay Entrata sends heartfelt IG birthday message to her mom Belgium crowns Filipina as rep...Keep on reading: Ryan Agocncillo’s daughter cheers him on through a touching letter.....»»

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Messi misses penalty as Barcelona s 29-game unbeaten run ends

MADRID — Lionel Messi missed a penalty and Barcelona conceded late as its 29-match unbeaten streak ended in a 1-0 loss to city rival Espanyol in the first le.....»»

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Golden State’s Bell leaves with sprained left ankle

CHICAGO (AP) — Jordan Bell has left Golden State’s game against Chicago with a sprained left ankle. Bell got hurt when he challenged Robin Lopez’s dunk on the Bulls’ first possession. Bell stayed down for a while and then was helped to his feet. He tried to put pressure on his leg and grimaced before he opted for a wheelchair ride off the court. X-rays were negative, and the team announced Bell will have an MRI on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The NBA champion Warriors already were without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala for Wednesday night’s (Thursday, PHL time) game. Green is dealing with right shoulder soreness, and Iguodala has a bruised left calf. The 23-year-old Bell was selected by the Bulls in the second round of the June draft and then dealt to the Warriors for financial considerations. He made his first career start against Chicago on Nov. 24 (Nov. 25, PHL time) and blocked six shots in the Warriors’ 143-94 victory......»»

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Hornets rout Wizards 133-109 behind record-setting 1st half

By Steve Reed, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 21 points, Dwight Howard had another double-double and the Charlotte Hornets used a record-setting first half to beat the Washington Wizards 133-109 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) in coach Steve Clifford's return. The Hornets made 12 of their first 13 shots and scored a franchise-record 77 points in the first half to build a 16-point lead. They extended that to 28 in the second half in a game that was never close. Kemba Walker had 19 points, Howard had 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeremy Lamb had 16 points for the Hornets, who won for the fifth time in their last seven games. Clifford returned after missing 21 games because of headaches caused by sleep deprivation. The Hornets were 9-21 in Clifford's absence and had fallen eight games under .500. Bradley Beal had 26 points for the Wizards, whose five-game road trip got off to a rocky start. The Hornets shot 65 percent from the field in the first half, including a pair of four-point plays from Walker and Marvin Williams. Charlotte's Michael Carter-Williams and Washington's Tim Frazier were ejected and given double technical fouls after an altercation with four minutes remaining in the game. It started when Jason Smith fouled Carter-Williams, who went to retaliate before Frazier stepped in the middle. With the Wizards down by 20, coach Scott Brooks elected to have Howard, a 52 percent free-throw shooter, come off the bench to shoot Carter-Williams' free throws. Howard, clearly irritated over the move since he'd been sitting out the entire fourth quarter because of the big lead, promptly sank both free throws. He looked over at the Wizards bench and raised his palms incredulously as if to say, "Why?" Clifford quickly removed Howard from the game. The teams played in front a sparse crowd because of the wintry weather that has gripped Charlotte, which led to most schools being closed. Across town, the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League played a game closed off to fans because of the wintry mix. TIP-INS Wizards: Have allowed at least 100 points in 16 straight games. ... Were outscored 50-30 in the paint. Hornets: The 10 straight field goals made to start the game are the most to start a game since 2002-03. ... Howard recorded his 691st double-double and 25th this season. ... With a 23-point lead in the fourth quarter, Hornets fans started chanting "We want [Malik] Monk." Clifford put the rookie in with four minutes to play and he hit a three-pointer. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit Detroit on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Hornets: Host Miami on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports13 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

Valanciunas has double-double Raptors beat Pistons 96-91

By Ian Harrison, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 16 rebounds, C.J. Miles scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 96-91 Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and DeMar DeRozan had 17 to help the Raptors avoid their first three game losing streak of the season. Toronto lost at home to Golden State last Saturday before losing at Philadelphia on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). The Raptors improved to 16-3 at home, the second-best record in the league behind San Antonio (19-2). Toronto has not lost back-to-back games at Air Canada Centre since last Jan. 22 and 24 (Jan. 23 and 25, PHL time), when they lost to Phoenix and the Spurs. Andre Drummond had 25 points and 17 rebounds but the Pistons lost for the seventh time in eight road games. Avery Bradley scored 19 points, Tobias Harris had 12 and Langston Galloway 11 for the Pistons, who have lost 7-of-10 overall. The Raptors led by as many as 15 in the first half but trailed 79-75 early in the fourth quarter before rallying. Toronto took the lead for good on a layup by Miles at 6:43, the first basket in a 10-2 spurt that gave the Raptors a 90-83 lead with 4:47 left. Bradley started for Detroit after missing Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) practice because of a sore right groin, the same injury that kept him out of the final seven games in December. DeRozan scored 10 points in the first and Miles had seven as Toronto led 31-18 after one. Detroit shot 6-for-20 in the first quarter and then made 14-of-25 attempts in the second and took advantage of nine Raptors turnovers to pull to 54-51 at halftime. Drummond scored 11 of Detroit's 22 points in the third quarter. The score was tied 73-73 heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Pistons: F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor) missed his third straight game. ... Guard Luke Kennard was available but did not play. Kennard missed Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) practice because of a left thumb injury suffered in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss to Charlotte. Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) was not available. ... Toronto has lost consecutive games four times this season. ... The Raptors had 21 turnovers, one shy of their season-worst. UP NEXT Pistons: Host Washington on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The Pistons have lost both meetings with the Wizards this season, and nine of the past 12 overall. Raptors: Host San Antonio on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Toronto has lost four straight against the Spurs......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports13 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

Ray Allen to visit Manila in Comic-Con Asia 2018

NBA legend Ray Allen will be among those attending the first-ever Comic-Con Asia 2018, which will be held March 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Allen, who won two NBA titles as a player, will be in the country in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's movie, "He Got Game", which starred the NBA career leader in three-pointers made and Denzel Washington. Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be in the event as he was chosen as the event's ambassador last September. Headlining the two-day event will be former comic-book writer and Marvel legend Stan Lee, who has already confirmed his attendance.     Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn more about how you could meet and greet him soon! #ComicConAsia2018 #CCAsia2018 A post shared by ComicCon Asia (@comiccon_asia) on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:48am PST Also joining the 95-year old Lee and Allen is Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". The full slate of guests has also be announced and as follows: Cosplayers:  Hoku Props Vampy Bit Me Nana Kuronoma Anna Redei Jay Tablante (photographer) Local talents:  Yael Yuzon Harvey M. Tolibao (comic book artist) Carlo Pagulayan (comic book artist) Ian Sta. Maria (comic book artist) Armand Serrano (Walt Disney Animation Studios)  Visitors may register here. .....»»

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Bazemore hits winning shot, Hawks beat Pelicans 94-93

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Kent Bazemore hit a jumper with 2.1 seconds remaining and the Hawks rallied from 19 points down to beat the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before a sparse crowd on an icy night in Atlanta. With the score tied at 92, DeMarcus Cousins drew a blocking foul on John Collins with 13.7 seconds remaining, earning a trip to the foul line. Cousins made only one, giving the Hawks a chance to pull out the victory. .@24Bazemore comes up BIG for the @ATLHawks in #CrunchTime! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/a57TuUTgb9 — NBA TV (@NBATV) January 18, 2018 Bazemore knocked down the winning shot with Anthony Davis in his face. New Orleans had one last chance, inbounding the ball to Cousins near the hoop. He came up short on a quick shot, pleading with the officials for a foul call while the Hawks celebrated. Bazemore led the Hawks with 20 points, while rookie John Collins added 18. Jrue Holiday paced the Pelicans with 22 points, while Cousins had 19 points and 14 rebounds. But Davis was held to just eight points on 2-of-8 shooting. Coming off a victory over San Antonio, the Hawks won back-to-back games for only the second time this season and snapped the Pelicans’ three-game winning streak. The Hawks started quickly, knocking down four of their first six shots — including a couple of three-pointers — but it was all Pelicans the rest of the first half. The Hawks missed seven straight shots during two different stretches in the first quarter and endured another long drought at the beginning of the second period, going nearly five minutes without a field goal. New Orleans ripped off 12 straight points to erase Atlanta’s early edge and pushed ahead twice by as many as 19 before settling for a 60-45 lead at the break. The Hawks wiped out that big deficit by the end of the third quarter. The Pelicans made only 3-of-18 shots in a 10-point period, allowing Atlanta to grab a 71-70 lead heading to the fourth. The game was played after a winter storm moved through Atlanta, leading most schools and businesses to shut down for the day because of treacherous roads. The upper deck wasn’t even used, allowing everyone in the estimated turnout of around 5,000 to watch the contest from the lower level. The announced attendance was 10,894, the smallest crowd of the season at Philips Arena. TIP-INS Pelicans: Davis, coming off a 45-point effort in a win at Boston, and was held to single figures for only the second time this season. ... New Orleans had a season-low 33 points in the second half, missing their first eight shots after the break. Hawks: C Dewayne Dedmon fouled out with 4:48 remaining after playing 20 minutes off the bench. He had 10 rebounds. ... F Luke Babbitt, who was on the inactive list, hasn’t played in five straight games. In fact, he’s gotten in only two of the last 13 games — scoring five points in just over 13 minutes of playing time — after making nine starts early in the season. ... The Hawks came into the night ranked last in the league with an average attendance 14,239 — more than 1,300 less per game than the next-lowest team, the Indiana Pacers. UP NEXT Pelicans: Return home Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) to face the Memphis Grizzlies. Hawks: Continue a six-game homestand by hosting the Chicago Bulls on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

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Perpetual in big game vs EAC

Games today: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 11 a.m. – UPHSD vs EAC (Women) 12:30 p.m. – CSJL vs LPU (Women) CONSISTENCY is what University of Perpetual Help System Dalta needs at this point of the season as it seeks to close in on unbeaten squads Arellano University and San Beda….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: News19 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

St. Clare outplays JRU

THREE-time NAASCU champion St. Clare College-Caloocan made a fitting farewell game to the 2018 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL), beating NCAA heavyweight Jose Rizal University, 88-85, at the close of the elimination phase at the JRU gym in Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. Beaten 80-87 by fellow NAASCU member Colegio de….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: News19 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

‘Fortnite’ gunning for ‘PUBG’ in the western world

The studio behind free multiplayer game "Fortnite" is pushing the idea that their game is, will be, or could become the biggest of its kind in the western world. So what about everywhere else? Free multiplayer action game "Fortnite: Battle Royale" is talking up its impact ahead of a map update due this week. Developed by Epic Games, which is also responsible for one of the industry's game development suites, the Unreal Engine, "Fortnite" established itself as a direct competitor to one of Unreal's most high-profile exemplars, "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds". "PUBG" burst onto the scene in March 2017, honing a last-man-standing Battle Royale formula its creative director was ...Keep on reading: ‘Fortnite’ gunning for ‘PUBG’ in the western world.....»»

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‘Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition’ slated for March

A bumper edition of 2016's open-world adventure "Final Fantasy XV" will arrive on console as the game debuts on PC. First released in November 2016, "Final Fantasy XV" was the fruit of a ten-year development cycle. Its quartet of black-clad, boy band-esque heroes roamed the world of Eos, diverted from a royal wedding when a powerful crystal is stolen from their country and its king, one of the friends' fathers, is assassinated. As the story progressed, the open-world game funneled players towards a decisive face-off against its devious antagonist. Four expansions followed the well-received "Final Fantasy XV". Each of the first three focused on a different one of the main ...Keep on reading: ‘Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition’ slated for March.....»»

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New coach wants to see better speed, power, accuracy from Lady Maroons

University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu isn't asking much from his Lady Maroons, he just wants them to be better. Okumu said he wants the Lady Maroons to take every aspect of the game of volleyball and push it to another level. "I'm not trying to change the way they play, what I'm here to do is improve the way they play," said Okumu Wednesday at UP College of Human Kinetics. "They should be faster, if they spike they should spike stronger, if they can pass they should pass better. Every thing, I'm trying to improve the speed, power, accuracy." Last year, Okumu took over a UP team that ended up with a 7-7 record in Season 79 under head coach Jerry Yee. Th...Keep on reading: New coach wants to see better speed, power, accuracy from Lady Maroons.....»»

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Kelly Williams rides ‘Angkas’ to beat traffic for TNT game

There's a first time for everything. Even for someone as punctual as TNT forward Kelly Williams, who has never been late coming into a game throughout his 12-year career, his time was up. As iftraffic along C-5 Road in Taguig City wasn't already horrible as it is, what made thingsworse on Wednesday night was a fire that razed a residential area around the time when Williams was on his way to Araneta Coliseum in Cubao coming from his home in Alabang for a 7 p.m. game against Blackwater. READ:Pogoy lifts TNT past Blackwater "Coming from the South, I got to Taguig in about two and a half hours and I heard there was a fire on C5 and I was like, "Oh my god what am I going to d...Keep on reading: Kelly Williams rides ‘Angkas’ to beat traffic for TNT game.....»»

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LOOK: Couple looks overjoyed in celebrating the ‘birth’ of new cat

To celebrate the latest addition to their growing family, a couple from Denver, Colorado had a photoshoot to document the miracle of life coming out of a woman's body -- but what came out was their cat. On Facebook, Lucy Schultz posted photos on Friday as she was "giving birth" to their new pet, weighing six pounds, 7 oz and was 22 inch. long. She and her husband were game as they acted in horrid as she went through labor, then ecstatically as their new child popped up. Schultz's post reached internet virality with 28,000 reactions, majority of which were 12,000 'laughs' and 75,000 shares. She shared her "birthing story" to local media by admitting that she was skeptical at fi...Keep on reading: LOOK: Couple looks overjoyed in celebrating the ‘birth’ of new cat.....»»

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Davis scores 45 as Pelicans beat Celtics

LOS ANGELES — Anthony Davis scored 45 points as the New Orleans Pelicans jolted the Boston Celtics, 116-113, in an overtime thriller at the TD Garden on Tuesday. Davis, who before the game had brushed off reports linking him to a possible move to Boston, gave the home fans a glimpse of what they might […] The post Davis scores 45 as Pelicans beat Celtics appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

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