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Wakeup Call: Kobe Bryant’s Thrilla in Manilla

Jul 14, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

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Its official: Filipinos love it when Kobe Bryant dunks. I mean really love it. Bryant was only supposed to be one of the coaches in an exhibition game in Manila as part of a Nike promotional tour in Asia, but decided to play for the UAAP All-Star team at the last minute.

Wait, is that Jack Nicholson in the front row?

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT

‘‘We realized that the falafel doesn’t belong in McDonald’s,’’ Omri Padan, chief executive of McDonald’s Israel told the news website Ynet …

TODAY IN RATHER AMAZING BACKHEEL GOALS

[Outside the Boxscore]

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TODAY IN MARK TRAIL

You’re grounded.