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Ex-Blazer chases remnants of pro hoop dream

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Paolo Orbeta Photo by  DENISON DALUPANG

Paolo Orbeta’s page in basketball history is not exactly flattering. He has been tagged as the first player ever caught in a game-fixing sting operation.

Posted: August 8th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

Fallen star takes one last shot at interrupted dream

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Paolo Orbeta Photo by  DENISON DALUPANG

At around 7 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2007, inside an eatery on a side street off Taft Ave. frequented by students , Paolo Orbeta’s life changed forever. In a scene that seemed to pop out of an action movie, at least three agents of the National Bureau of Investigation drew their guns and pointed them at the then 23-year-old cager.

Posted: August 7th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

PLDT refunds tickets; MVP apologizes

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IS IT A BIRD? IS IT A PLANE?  A member of the NBA entourage performs Tuesday night a high-flying slam dunk at Smart Araneta Coliseum using a trampoline to try to pacify the disappointed crowd that expects a game between the NBA stars and Gilas Pilipinas.  AUGUST DE LA CRUZ

Telecommunications giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) on Wednesday began the process of refunding disgruntled ticket holders after the highly anticipated game between a group of National Basketball Association (NBA) stars and the Gilas Pilipinas national team was reduced to an awkward exhibition of drills on Tuesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Basketball,Latest Sports Stories,NBA | Read More »

All show, no play: ‘We never said there was a game’

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(From left to right) Kyle Lowry , Kawhi Leonard , Damian Lillard , Brandon Jennings,James Harden, Demar Derozan  and Terrence Ross at the NBA Cafe in SM Aura during a press conference on July 21, 2014. What was initially scheduled as a match between the Gilas Pilipinas basketball squad and a group of NBA All Stars turned into a glorified training camp after the visiting players were barred from suiting up. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZ

The Last Home Stand All-Star Charity event took on a disastrous twist Tuesday night when what was initially scheduled as a match between the Gilas Pilipinas basketball squad and a group of NBA All Stars turned into a glorified training camp after the visiting players were barred from suiting up.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos | Read More »

NBA stars miss Griffin, George in Gilas game

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DAMIAN Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers (left) gives a young trainee pointers on dribbling techniques in yesterday’s clinic at Smart Araneta Coliseum. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Blake Griffin, the slam-dunking star of the Los Angeles Clippers, and Indiana Pacers main man Paul George begged off from the two-day Last Home Stand All-Star Charity event at Smart Araneta Coliseum, organizers said in a statement Tuesday.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Basketball,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos and Videos | Read More »

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