Jane Bracher


Jane covers college and professional basketball, volleyball, the national teams, even the occasional football and mixed martial arts, and everything in between for Rappler Sports.

Currently, her primary focus is on Gilas Pilipinas, the PBA, collegiate basketball (UAAP, NCAA) and collegiate volleyball (UAAP, V-League).

Jane has been covering sports for nearly 3 years now. Among the special events she covered include the NBA Global Games, UFC Fight Night in Manila, as well as NBA players who visited Manila such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Paul George, James Harden, among others.

She participated in Rappler's extensive coverage of Pope Francis' Manila visit in January 2015. Jane is also proud to have covered Tim Cone's second PBA Grand Slam season from 2013 to 2014.

Jane's favorite sports stories are the human ones. It's those real life stories of struggle, failure, breakthrough and success that make her want to keep writing despite the difficulties of the daily grind.

For every sports story, her goal is to write about and give justice to the athletes who go above and beyond human limitations to touch greatness – in the hope that those stories will inspire the rest of us to do the same.

A graduate of University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts, Jane is big on a well-packaged story that includes words, photos and videos. She not only writes, she shoots photos and videos as well.

Jane is a huge music geek. She also loves film, cartoons, books, art, history, adventure, and solo living room dance parties.

Jun 2017
PBA 11:51pm, Jun 28, 2017
TNT in full support of Smith as he plays through pain, awaits birth of daughter

MANILA, Philippines – TNT KaTropa fully understands, and more importantly appreciates, the sacrifice tenacious import Josh Smith is making in pursuit of the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup title. So ...

PBA 09:50pm, Jun 28, 2017
Smith, Castro power TNT to win over SMB, tie PBA Finals at 2-2

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Import Joshua Smith relied on his toughness while Jayson Castro paced the offense down the stretch as the TNT KaTropa prevailed over the San Miguel Beermen in Game 4, ...

PBA 07:32pm, Jun 28, 2017
Ross bags Best Player award, Rhodes wins Best Import

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chris Ross has relentlessly proven his worth to the San Miguel Beermen this past year, and the 32-year-old guard is finally getting recognized league-wide for it ...

PBA 01:26pm, Jun 22, 2017
Rookie Pogoy shows valor of a veteran in Finals Game 1

MANILA, Philippines – RR Pogoy sized up his defender Ronald Tubid on the left wing, right in front of TNT KaTropa's bench early in the fourth quarter. He moved to his right, dribbling forward, Tubid ...

PBA 10:33pm, Jun 21, 2017
Smith hits winner, rookie Pogoy shines as TNT seizes Game 1 vs SMB

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Import Josh Smith hit the game-winner, while RR Pogoy played like he was not a rookie, putting up a career-high 27 points, as the TNT KaTropa escaped with a Game 1 ...

PBA 02:55pm, Jun 21, 2017
Championship experience may spell difference between SMB, TNT in PBA Finals

MANILA, Philippines – In a series where both teams appear evenly matched, championship experience might be the deciding factor as the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-7 finals tip off on ...

PBA 09:47pm, Jun 20, 2017
Ross, Cabagnot, Fajardo lead Best Player race, but all espouse teamwork

MANILA, Philippines – The race for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Player of the Conference award is a close one – and 3 teammates are in the running for the title. Guards Chris Ross and Alex ...

BASKETBALL 09:00am, Jun 18, 2017
The day Jimmy Alapag nearly quit basketball

On a very early morning in 1993, a skinny boy about 5-feet tall and barely a hundred pounds woke up and made a decision. “I’m done. It ends here,” the boy stubbornly thought to himself. So he ...

PBA 07:17pm, Jun 17, 2017
Castro powers TNT past Ginebra and into PBA Finals

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Jayson Castro exploded for 38 points, 7 rebounds, and 11 assists and the TNT KaTropa usurped top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 122-109, in Game 4 of the 2017 PBA ...

PBA 12:18pm, Jun 15, 2017
Lassiter gushes over being compared to idol Curry after game-winning 3

MANILA, Philippines – Marcio Lassiter was smiling ear-to-ear and gushing over receiving what amounts to the highest honor in his book: being compared to his idol Stephen Curry. Lassiter, a long-time ...