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Andray Blatche to play in World Cup

Updated: June 11, 2014, 9:35 AM ET
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MANILA, Philippines -- Brooklyn Nets player Andray Blatche has been granted Filipino citizenship so he can play for the national team in the FIBA World Cup this year, officials said Wednesday.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said President Benigno Aquino III signed a law Wednesday granting citizenship to the American-born Blatche.

Senator Juan Edgardo Angara, the main author of the law, says Filipinos are a "sports-loving nation with a distinct affection for basketball." ...

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