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The Detroit Pistons have been pretty busy this offseason. They acquired highly-coveted power forward Josh Smith from the Atlanta Hawks, brought back old reliable Chauncey Billups, finalized a trade for guard Brandon Jennings, and signed Maurice Cheeks as their new head coach. Suddenly, the Pistons are a relevant team and…

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The ever reliable Webster dictionary identifies the word “rouge” with the color red; in particular reddish makeup on the cheeks. In the case of Filipino mittslinger Milan Melindo, you can say that his recent bid for the world flyweight championship went array the moment he went, well, Milan rouge. Challenging…

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The Aetas (also called Agtas) of the mountainous part of northern Luzon, Philippines belong to the Negrito group of people that was believed to be the first to inhabit the country when the land bridges in Asia still exist. In terms of physical features, the Aetas are dark skinned; short…

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Center Greg Oden—formerly of the Portland Trailblazers—has not played a single game of professional basketball since December 2009 and yet many NBA teams are quite interested in his services. Oden has reportedly done workouts for officials of the Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs in…

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Milan “El Metodico” Melindo honestly believes that Brian Viloria employed the correct strategy when he fought Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in April, only the “Hawaiian Punch” failed to sustain it and consequently ended up losing his World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight (112 pounds) titles on…

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There was a time when Puerto Rican Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez was one of the most feared fighters in the lower divisions. In his first championship fight on June 7, 2008, he easily disposed Daniel Ponce De Leon, then also a feared fighter, in just one round. That set off…

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A staple in a traditional Indian wrestlers training program are two bodyweight exercises namely the dand or Hindu pushup and the baithak or deep-knee squat. The Great Gama (Ghulam Muhammad), known as the greatest of the Indian wrestlers, used the dand and the baithak as conditioning tools throughout his career…

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In the first five years of the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) signed in 2011, teams are allowed to “amnesty” one of their player contracts signed before the 2011-2012 season. In effect, this provision gives teams a one-time chance to get out of “bad” contracts or shed salary to get…

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World Boxing Organization (WBO) minimum weight champion Merlito “Tiger” Sabillo is still a long way from joining the country’s elite list of gloved beak-busters, but he might just end up bumping off somebody in the list if the tenacity he showed in taming Colombian challenger Jorle Estrada at Pinoy Pride…

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There was a time when Anderson Silva was touted as an unstoppable force in the octagon, and that the only one who can beat him was Jon Jones, who, however, was fighting at a higher weight class. But then, even the toughest fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) and even…

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