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The Star Hotshots and the NLEX Road Warriors clash on the Nov. 20 opener of the 2016-17 PBA season where the league makes innovations and brings back old, exciting stuff like an invitational tourney featuring Asian top club teams.Tentatively, the Hotshots and the Road Warriors are pitted in a lone opening game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum marked by a first-ever clash between coach Yeng Guiao and his former ace playmaker Paul Lee in their old team Rain or Shine.The league also considered an NLEX-Rain or Shine opening game but decided to scrap it since James Yap is to undergo a minor procedure on an injury. PHILSTAR

The Philippine Basketball Association is looking to improve its social media outlets and soon introduce new digital apps in an effort to reach out to more Filipino basketball fans either abroad or anywhere in the world.Even PBA fans riding in busses, jeepneys and trains are on the PBA radar.The PBA takes new avenues to reach more fans under new league chairman Mikee Romero, the GlobalPort team owner and 1Pacman party list representative in Congress.  PBA INQUIRER

An Atenean and a La Sallian are setting aside the color barrier to join forces in bringing the Philippine Basketball Association closer to the fingertips of fans all over the world – via the Internet highway. Incoming PBA chairman Mikee Romero, team owner of the Globalport Batang Pier and a De La Salle Green Archer during the 90s, and second-year PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, who played for the Ateneo Blue Eagles in the 80s, closed ranks during the Board of Governors planning session here to plot strategies designed to draw worldwide attention to the 42-year-old league, especially from Filipinos working abroad.Also their radar are the nation’s millennials, young audiences born at the turn of the century who are now transfixed with everything that goes on in the electronic media, from politics to religion, entertainment, advertising and sports.  MANILA BULLETIN SPORTS

Mikee Romero gave out his marching orders as new chair of the PBA and wants Asia’s pioneering pro league to go the same direction most entities are heading: tap the social media market and go regional. Realizing the need to attract more fans and prevent the PBA from stagnating, Romero, during the league’s annual planning session here, wants to create awareness through social media while at the same time harness affiliation between players and fans.  SPORTS INQUIRER

Rain or Shine governor Atty. Mert Mondragon, slight and quiet and with a quick smile, doesn’t flinch when the question is thrown at him Friday morning, two days after the PBA Board of Governors flew in for its annual planning session.Is there life after coach Yeng Guiao? he is asked straightaway. “Of course, there is,” Mondragon rifles right back. “There’s coach Caloy Garcia, after all, and he’s been trained and taught well by Coach Yeng.”  TEMPO

Yeng Guiao and Paul Lee had great memories together with Rain or Shine. Coach and player will be on different teams, though, and are set on a collision course with NLEX, Guiao’s new team, and Star, which Lee now spearheads, slugging it out at the opening of the PBA’s 42nd Season on Nov. 20 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. This was the tentative game schedule when league blasts off with the Philippine Cup on that day and is expected to be made official in the next couple of hours.    Sports Inquirer

After a forgettable campaign last season, Star ushers a new chapter in its storied franchise and looks forward to regaining its lost glory with the arrival of a new coach and a pair of top-caliber guards.Paul Lee, for whom the Hotshots traded James Yap, and Jio Jalalon, a member of the Gilas cadet who was picked in a special draft, certainly brings a lot of positivity to a team that has lost its luster and seemed to have forgetten how to win. With old reliables Marc Pingris, Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca still around, observers believe the Hotshots should be competitive in the 2017 PBA season. PBA INQUIRER

The Mahindra Floodbuster underwent a major shakeup of its roster on Thursday by acquiring key players that will help boost their campaign in the PBA’s 42nd season.Four days after the PBA Rookie Draft, Mahindra sent energetic Paolo Taha to Ginebra in exchange for Franklin Bonifacio and sophomore Dennice Villamor.Mahindra also traded Aldreich Ramos and Keith Agovida, in a multi-player deal involving Star and San Miguel.  PBA INQUIRER

The Ramos-Mallari deal was revised and now sent to the Commissioner’s Office for approval. It morphed into something, very interesting.With three teams, two future picks and four players involve, we need to take a deeper look. With this deal, Star unloaded RR and Mallari from their guard rotation. Value-wise though, Mallari and Garcia is too much for what they received. SMB got an RR Garcia for a bench player and a sure late 1st rounder. Mahindra got equal aggregate value for what they gave up.  PBA TALKS

JUST moments after we reported that RR Garcia has been put on the trading block, we got word from sources that the Star guard is indeed on the way to San Miguel in a three-team trade that also involves Mahindra.Under the terms of the trade, Star will deal Garcia and Alex Mallari to Mahindra for Aldrech Ramos and a 2017 second-round draft pick (from NLEX). Mahindra will then send Garcia and Keith Agovida to SMB for Ryan Arana and the Beermen’s 2016 first-round draft pick.Once approved by the Commissioner’s Office, the deal will have Mallari and Arana reinforcing Mahindra, Ramos returning to Star and Garcia reinforcing an already formidable San Miguel backcourt.  SPIN.PH

Mahindra traded Aldrech Ramos and its 2017 second round pick to the Star Hotshots for RR Garcia and Alex Mallari.The Floodbuster also sent Paolo Taha to Barangay Ginebra for Franklin Bonifacio and Dennice Villamor.Mahindra then dealt Garcia and Keith Agovida to the San Miguel Beermen in exchange for Ryan Araña and a 2018 first round pick.Looking to bolster their lineup for the upcoming season, Mahindra had the most number of players selected in the recently-concluded draft with five – Russel Escoto, Joseph Eriobu, Cedrick Ablaza, Jan Jamon, and Paolo Pontejos. CNN PHILIPPINES

The Mahindra Floodbuster underwent a major shakeup of its roster on Thursday by acquiring key players that will help boost their campaign in the PBA’s 42nd season.Four days after the PBA Rookie Draft, Mahindra sent energetic Paolo Taha to Ginebra in exchange for Franklin Bonifacio and sophomore Dennice Villamor.Mahindra also traded Aldreich Ramos and Keith Agovida, in a multi-player deal involving Star and San Miguel. PBA INQUIRER

A PROPOSAL to bring back Ginebra import Justin Brownlee for two conferences next season has been put into doubt after the PBA approved a new handicapping system for imports.Meeting in Seoul, Korea for its annual planning session, the league board approved a new height ceiling of 6-10 for all teams in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup and 6-5 for the Governors Cup.The new height limit for the Commissioner’s Cup may leave Brownlee, who stands a shade below 6-5, a bit undersized for Ginebra if he indeed comes back to play for two conferences next season.  SPIN.PH

Unbeaten De La Salle University battles rival Ateneo De Manila University as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 79 men’s basketball tournament resumes today at the Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers, with a 12-0 win-loss record plus a twice-to-beat advantage going into the Final Four, will meet the Blue Eagles at 4 p.m. after the 12 p.m. match between the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors and the National University (NU) Bulldogs.  MAINLA TIMES

Coach Aldin Ayo feels restless every time he steps with his La Salle Green Archers on the UAAP floor.The tension will certainly build up tenfold as the Archers face arch-nemesis Ateneo Blue Eagles at 4 p.m. today at Smart Araneta Coliseum in the most thrilling rivalry in college basketball.“Some of the guys are excited. Me? I’m nervous,” said Ayo as they aim to move one game away from a probable elimination-round sweep of the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tourney.  SPORTS INQUIRER

A CROWD that was much smaller than usual showed up for the second La Salle-Ateneo showdown in UAAP Season 79 seniors basketball on Saturday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers-Blue Eagles match saw many empty seats at the Big Dome, unlike in the past when matches between the two longtime rivals never failed to attract a full house.While the patron and lower box seats are filled with fans, there are a large number of seats and spaces left unoccupied from the upper box to gallery sections.  SPIN.PH

Ateneo gave La Salle a taste of “mayhem” with a jarring 83-71 win, stopping what had seemed to be an interminable streak in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament Satu SPORTS INQUIRER