Semifinals: San Mig Coffee vs. Talk n Text - 2014 PBA Governors' Cup Game Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Watch 2014 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals game San Mig Coffee Mixers vs. Talk n Text Tropang Texters at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Competition: 2014 PBA Governors' Cup - Semifinals Game 2
Match date: June 25, 2014
Game Time: 8:00 PM PST
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum
TV: Live on TV5
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San Mig Coffee vs. Talk n Text Coffee Game 4 Preview: TEXTERS OUT TO FOIL MIXERS ANEW

TALK N Text has shown its capacity to come up with the kind of game coach Norman Black wants.

It’s now time to see if the Tropang Texters can continue to foil San Mig Super Coffee’s bid to put a quick ending to their PLDT Home Telpad PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Notwithstanding an 86-112 drubbing last Monday, the Mixers still lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and would sure be bristling to bounce back and close the deal, or else see momentum swinging over to the Texters.

Just how San Mig has gathered its wits together after admittedly being overrun by a rampaging TNT crew is the biggest question nagging supporters of the Grand Slam-seeking defending champion.

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Ecuador vs. France: 2014 FIFA World Cup Game Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup game Ecuador vs. France at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group E Elimination round
Match date: June 25, 2014
Kick Off Time: 16:00 ET / 17:00 BRT / (June 26 - 04:00 Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
TV: Live on ESPN
Philippine TV: ABS-CBN Sports+Action (June 26 - 6 am / Replay at 4 pm)
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Ecuador vs France: World Cup 2014 match preview

France are now sitting comfortably in Group E’s top spot after overcoming all the doubts regarding the team’s unity and a dramatic qualification to the competition. Les Tricolores have proven that the team has absolutely no resemblance to Raymond Domenech’s mess in South Africa four years ago and have beaten Honduras and destroyed Switzerland in the space of two weeks.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho had to be withdrawn during the second half of the Switzerland win because of an injury, but the 24-year-old has played down any concerns regarding his fitness.

Manager Didier Deschamps is expected to make changes to his starting line-up and save his key players for the next round, as Les Bleus are safe thanks to their goal record. One player that could possibly sit that one out is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who has scored three goals at the group stage, with QPR’s Loic Remy being considered among the possible replacements.

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Honduras vs. Switzerland: 2014 FIFA World Cup Game Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup game Honduras vs. Switzerland at the Arena Amazônia in Manaus on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group E Elimination round
Match date: June 25, 2014
Kick Off Time: 16:00 ET / 17:00 BRT / (June 26 - 04:00 Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Arena Amazônia, Manaus
TV: Live on ESPN
Philippine TV: ABS-CBN Sports+Action (June 26 - Live at 4 am)
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Honduras vs Switzerland preview World Cup 2014: Swiss fired up to avoid repeat of 2010 exit

Switzerland are aiming to erase the frustration of 2010 and claim a place in the World Cup knockout stages with victory over Honduras today.

Swiss hopes of reaching the last 16 in South Africa four years ago were dashed as they were held to a goalless draw by the central Americans in their final group game. The situation is similar this year as they face the same opponents in Manaus looking for a victory to progress from Group E.

A draw would suffice if Ecuador lose to France but, with an inferior goal difference to the South Americans, with whom they are level on three points, the Swiss cannot afford to leave much to chance.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran: 2014 FIFA World Cup Game Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup game Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Iran at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group F Elimination round
Match date: June 25, 2014
Kick Off Time: 12:00 ET / 13:00 BRT / (June 26 - 00:00 Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
TV: Live on ESPN
Philippine TV: ABS-CBN Sports+Action (June 26 - Live at 12 am / Replay at 8 am)
Live Stream: WatchESPN

2014 FIFA World Cup: Iran vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina game preview

Hey, Group F, just a bit of friendly advice: lighten up a bit. Loosen that tie, pal. Live a little. We all only come through this way once, you know.

Thus far, Group F hasn't gotten the memo. The group's first four matches saw a total of five goals, by far the least of any group in this year's World Cup at that stage. (Two others had nine.)

Things have been particularly yawn-inducing if either Iran or Nigeria were involved -- those two teams' three combined matches produced all of two total goals, and their head-to-head 0-0 draw stands as comfortably the worst game of the tournament. While Iran manager Carlos Quieroz deserves some credit for organizing the talent-shy "Team Melli" into a stout defensive force, it's also impossible to ignore that dating back to his 2010 appearance with Portugal, three of the past six World Cup matches he's managed have ended as scoreless draws. Five have ended with his team shut out*.

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Nigeria vs. Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Game Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Watch 2014 FIFA World Cup game Nigeria vs. Argentina at the Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

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Competition: 2014 FIFA World Cup - Group F Elimination round
Match date: June 25, 2014
Kick Off Time: 12:00 ET / 13:00 BRT / (June 26 - 00:00 Philippine Standard Time)
Venue: Estádio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
TV: Live on ESPN
Philippine TV: ABS-CBN Sports+Action (June 26 - 2 am / Replay at 2 pm)
Live Stream: WatchESPN

Nigeria vs Argentina: World Cup 2014 match preview

Argentina and Nigeria are ready to settle Group F’s top spot as the Albiceleste would just need a draw to win the table whereas the same result would mathematically help the Nigerians qualify ahead of Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Alejandro Sabella’s side must be in great spirits thanks to star striker Lionel Messi’s form that has casted away his negative record from the last World Cup. However, the team raised doubts with their performance last week where they barely beat Iran – the result could have definitely been different if it was not for the Barcelona player.

The Argentineans are not facing any injury concerns or suspensions but it is not yet clear if Gonzalo Higuain will start up front with Messi and Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, as the manager may decide to save just a couple of players for the next round.

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PBA Trade: Garcia to Barako Bull, Globalport gets Jensen

After another disappointing season, Globalport parted ways with its promising rookie and added a versatile forward that could make immediate impact right away.

The Batang Pier shipped guard RR Garcia to Barako Bull for Keith Jensen, who showed improvement for the Energy in the PBA Governors’ Cup, in a one-on-one trade approved by the PBA Office Tuesday.

Garcia, who was drafted sixth overall by Globalport in the 2013 Draft, averaged 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in his first season in the league.

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LeBron James opts out of contract, becomes free agent (Video)

NBA superstar LeBron James has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and will become a free agent this summer.

ESPN reports that James’s agent has informed the team of his decision to exercise an early termination option four years into a six-year contract with the Heat.

James – widely acclaimed as the world’s best basketball player and one of the greatest ever – has won two NBA titles and two MVP awards in Florida. However, the Heat were well beaten by the San Antonio Spurs in this month’s NBA Finals.

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Bobby Ray Parks Jr. gets called to re-join LA Lakers workout

Bobby Ray Parks Jr. continues to make strides with his training in the United States.

The ultimate goal, of course, is to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA) someday.

After working out with the Los Angeles Lakers last June 20 at the Toyota Sports Center, the Filipino-American cager got a call to re-join the team.

"Got called back to work out with the Lakers tomorrow," said Parks on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.


Four days ago, the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player posted on his Instagram account a picture of his LA Lakers' training gear.

"Just finished working out with one of the best team in NBA history," Parks posted. "Dad, I know this is your favorite team and you would have loved to had been there, but this is just the beginning. Thank you Lord for this blessed opportunity."


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ASEAN lauds two Fil-foreign players competing in World Cup

The Association of South East Asian (ASEAN) expressed delight in seeing three Southeast Asian football players competing in the on-going 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"Although no ASEAN country is represented in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, there is one player of Indonesian descent that gets to play there," posted the ASEAN last Saturday.

Massimo Luongo, a midfielder from Australia, was born in 1992 to a Indonesian mother and an Italian Father.

On Tuesday morning the ASEAN revealed that aside from the 21-year-old Luongo, the two other Asean athletes participating in the biggest stage of world football are of Filipino descent.

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Manila to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour

Versatile Alaska Milk player Calvin Abueva is being eyed to lead the elite Philippine team to be fielded in the 2014 FIBA 3x3 World Tour Manila Masters set July 19-20 at the SM Megamall Activity Center in Mandaluyong.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said they’re actually hoping to get the nod of the PBA for pro or D-League players to compose two of the four Phl teams allowed to compete in the Asia-Pacific qualifier for the 3x3 World Tour Final in Japan in October.

“The two other teams are our national 3-on-3 champion and our 3-on-3 youth team that had made the world championship. Hopefully, we can have PBA or D-League players to make the two other teams we’re allowed to field as the host country,” said Barrios.

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