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Evan Nelle ready to step up in post-Bolick, Mocon era

Jan 22, 2019 - 7:40 PM

'There's no pressure because I like stepping up,' says San Beda's Evan Nelle

BREAKOUT GAME. Behind tested veteran Donald Tankoua's 18 points, Nelle drops 12 markers on 3/4 (75%) shooting from downtown. Photo by Josh Albelda /Rappler

Nieto twins late to San Beda clash due to class

Jan 21, 2019 - 8:50 PM

Matt and Mike Nieto, together with Tyler Tio and Jolo Mendoza, arrive late to the game against San Beda since they had to attend class

STUDENTS FIRST. Matt Nieto squeezes in time to show up for the game midway in the third quarter. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

San Beda bests Ateneo in Game 1 of PCCL semis

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The San Beda Red Lions need only one win to set up a finals date with the University of Visayas Green Lancers

TOP DOG. Donald Tankoua leads the way as San Beda inches closer to the PCCL finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


LIST: Under Henry Sy, NU bags 33 UAAP championships

Jan 20, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The NU Pep Squad and the women's basketball team have turned into dominant forces in the UAAP

ZERO TO HERO. The NU Bulldogs transform into winners with Henry Sy's help. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Get study tips from Ateneo's Isaac Go

Jan 18, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Two-time UAAP champion Isaac Go shows us his study habits that helped him nab back-to-back first honors in Ateneo

UAAP juniors: Ateneo vents ire on UE, NU blasts UST

Jan 16, 2019 - 7:39 PM

The Blue Eaglets snap a two-game skid as the league-leading Bullpups remain as the top dogs in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

LEAGUE’S BEST. Gerry Abadiano and the NU Bullpups strengthen their hold of the solo top spot. Contributed photo

Couple talk: How DLSU athletes Kib and Des thrive on teamwork

Jan 13, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Check out how La Salle varsity players Kib Montalbo and Des Cheng support each other on and off the court

Jeff Napa out as Letran head coach

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Coach RJ Guevarra takes over on an interim basis as Jeff Napa exits after 3 years with the Knights

OUT. Letran didn't renew Jeff Napa’s contract even after steering the Knights to the semifinals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Expect packed UAAP Season 82 as PH hosts 2019 SEA Games

Jan 06, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Season 82 host Ateneo plans to compress the UAAP basketball schedule as league athletes also gear up for the regional meet

THREE-PEAT? The Ateneo Blue Eagles' mission for a three-peat championship adjusts to the 2019 SEA Games schedule. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

NCAA volleyball: Lady Bombers keep Final Four hopes alive

Jan 03, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Dolly Grace Verzosa stars as JRU downs San Sebastian in straight sets in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament

Lady Stags gun for 2nd place as NCAA volleyball returns

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:46 PM

San Sebastian tangles with the JRU Lady Bombers as they seek to extend their winning streak to 3 games

Photo from Shutterstock


IN PHOTOS: Breakthroughs, dynasties highlight 2018 UAAP, NCAA

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:53 AM

Relive the best basketball moments in UAAP Season 81 and NCAA Season 94

SCHEDULE: Ateneo, San Beda face off in PCCL

Dec 23, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The two top-tier teams will clash for the PCCL title in a best-of-three series starting on January 21, 2019

BATTLE OF CHAMPIONS. Ateneo's Thirdy Ravena powers past San Beda's Ranbill Tongco in the 2018 Filoil Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New regime: La Salle seeks return to glory

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:49 PM

La Salle aims to live up to its rank of being one of UAAP's powerhouses in men's basketball

RETURN TO GLORY. La Salle's Aljun Melecio and the Season 79 Rookie of the Year is set to develop under his third coach in his UAAP collegiate career. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After getting called out, Thirdy Ravena aces group work

Dec 19, 2018 - 6:31 PM

Thirdy Ravena may be a campus hero for powering Ateneo to the UAAP crown, but it isn't exactly the same with his group mates in school

STUDENT-ATHLETE. Thirdy Ravena commits himself to being a student-athlete in Ateneo. Rappler Screenshot

Pumaren: 'I’ll be with Adamson for the long haul'

Dec 19, 2018 - 9:25 AM

(UPDATED) Coach Franz Pumaren denies talks that Adamson won't renew his contract after the Falcons fell short of reaching the UAAP Finals

STILL ON BOARD. Coach Franz Pumaren says he still has some ‘unfinished business’ with the Adamson Falcons. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravenas: PH's 'lucky charm' in Miss Universe

Dec 18, 2018 - 7:01 PM

'Lucky charm lang. There’s nothing wrong with being a lucky charm,' says Thirdy Ravena

'DESERVING'. Thirdy Ravena votes for Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray during her Binibini Pilipinas contest. Photo from Instagram (@3rd_e)

Rappler Talk Sports: Thirdy Ravena on Ateneo's UAAP back-to-back title run

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Thirdy Ravena drops by the Rappler office to talk about the Ateneo Blue Eagles' UAAP Season 81 championship

Tab Baldwin: Nowhere to go but Ateneo

Dec 16, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin intends to stay with the Blue Eagles even if the American-Kiwi has been recommended to take over the Batang Gilas program

BALDWIN STAYS. Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin plans to lead the Blue Eagles to a three-peat UAAP dynasty. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo bonfire honors UAAP Season 81 champions

Dec 16, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Ateneo men's basketball, men's and women's swimming, women's fencing and women's badminton teams bask in the spotlight after their successful campaigns

BONFIRE. The Ateneo community gathers to the Grade School grounds for the bonfire celebration. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Kai Sotto stands tall as undisputed leader in juniors MVP race

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo superstar emerges as the runaway statistical leader in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

Tab Baldwin wants Ateneo to dominate PBA Rookie Draft 2019

Dec 15, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Ateneo head tactician Tab Baldwin hopes to see 6 Blue Eagles in the top 10 draft picks

BACK-TO-BACK. The Ateneo Blue Eagles will remain intact for Season 82. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Jet Nieto hopes twins Matt, Mike surpass his feat

Dec 14, 2018 - 6:50 PM

'It’s every father’s dream for your boys to outdo you,' says former Ateneo champion Jet Nieto

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Former Qatar coach tapped as new La Salle mentor

Dec 14, 2018 - 12:12 AM

La Salle is expected to name former Qatar national basketball team head coach Tim Lewis as Louie Gonzalez's replacement

UAAP juniors: Blue Eaglets cruise past winless Junior Warriors

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Kai Sotto delivers another stellar outing as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the way again for the blue and white. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

The fight is not done for the UP Maroons

Dec 12, 2018 - 4:16 PM

'Our work is not yet done, and we are just getting started,' says Renan Dalisay, the founder of Nowhere to go but UP

ATIN 'TO. University of the Philippines fans cheer for captain Paul Desiderio who makes his exit from the UAAP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

NU Bulldogs stun defending champ Thailand in ASEAN University Games

Dec 11, 2018 - 5:24 PM

The shock Pool A win virtually seals the Filipinos' spot in the ASEAN University Games semifinals

PHILIPPINE TEAM. The National University Bulldogs donn the Philippines' colors in the 2018 ASEAN University Games. Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

From Team B to champion: Asistio completes long Ateneo journey

Dec 11, 2018 - 2:30 PM

Anton Asistio may have had his share of team struggles, but Ateneo's lone graduating player won't have it any other way

A FIGHTER. Anton Asistio defies the odds to become one of the best players in the two-peat champion crop of the Ateneo Blue Eagles.Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

La Salle Zobel reclaims UAAP high school volley crown

Dec 09, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The Junior Lady Spikers complete a title series sweep to end the NU Bullpups' four-year reign

Bright Akhuetie: No basketball, for now

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:12 AM

After a historic yet grueling UAAP season, the UP star just wants to ‘get lost in the province and hide from the world’

TIME OUT. After a stellar season, Bright Akhuetie turns his attention to studying and getting a much deserved break. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Why Thirdy Ravena had 'Javi V' written on his arm

Dec 08, 2018 - 3:49 PM

'Javi reminded me to just enjoy the game. I’m pretty sure I had the best game of my life,' Thirdy Ravena says of his late friend

FOR JAVI. Thirdy Ravena reveals that he is inspired by his dream of Javi Villareal. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kai Sotto goes off for 36 as Ateneo Eaglets crush UPIS

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 prodigy tallies a double-double in the wire-to-wire triumph

PILING IT UP. Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets earn their fourth win in 5 games in UAAP Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Paul Desiderio joins 2018 PBA Draft

Dec 07, 2018 - 8:03 PM

Aside from highlighting his season with clutch performances, the 21-year-old guard is coming off a historic UAAP Finals stint with the UP Fighting Maroons

ON TO THE NEXT. Paul Desiderio moves up to the next level. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Tab: Back-to-back no comparison to Black's 5-peat 'mountain'

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:20 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says his back-to-back title romp looks like just 'a little bump' compared to Norman Black's string of UAAP crowns

TWO-PEAT. The Ateneo Blue Eagles nab their second straight UAAP men's basketball title. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

#AtinTo: Paul Desiderio leaves winning legacy in U.P. farewell

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:11 PM

What started as an unscripted, impassioned rallying cry turned into a passion-filled season that couldn’t have been scripted any better

ONE LAST TIME. Paul Desiderio bids farewell to the UP community after the Fighting Maroons’ magical run. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kiefer: Thirdy now the better Ravena

Dec 06, 2018 - 2:50 PM

For now, at least, Kiefer admits his younger brother Thirdy owns the 'better Ravena' title after a sensational UAAP Finals showing

KING EAGLES. Thirdy (left) and Kiefer Ravena each own two UAAP championships and two MVP awards. Photo from Instagram (@3rd_e)

Hurting, U.P.? Good, it means you’ve made it

Dec 06, 2018 - 9:41 AM

As heartbreaking as it is, don’t get over the memory of watching another team celebrate a championship because, UP, one day it will be you who watches the confetti drop from the heavens

HEARTBREAK. The UP Fighting Maroons’ magical run comes to a painful end, but looking ahead, it may just be all worth it. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kouame: ‘I want 4 more championships’

Dec 06, 2018 - 8:19 AM

After getting a taste of his first UAAP championship, Ateneo's Angelo Kouame just wants more of it

ON TOP. Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame (back row, center) has 4 more years to help the Blue Eagles whip up more championship celebrations. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

In team-first system, Thirdy still on top

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:39 AM

Thirdy Ravena and the Ateneo Blue Eagles show yet again why they're the kings of UAAP men’s basketball

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

From quirky cheers to diehard dogs, UAAP fans up their game

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

There's no lack of team spirit among fans, and some pets, during the UAAP Finals Game 2 clash between the Ateneo Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons

Ateneo wrecks U.P., clinches back-to-back UAAP titles

Dec 05, 2018 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) Thirdy Ravena erupts for 38 points as a solid Blue Eagles crew completes a 2-0 sweep of the Maroons to bag the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball crown

UNSTOPPABLE. Thirdy Ravena and Angelo Kouame play hero in the Blue Eagles' title romp against the Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Akhuetie tops UAAP Season 81 individual awards

Dec 05, 2018 - 5:26 PM

UP's Bright Akhuetie makes sure to celebrate this season's top individual award with the rest of the Fighting Maroons

Photo byMichael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: Fans compare UP Fighting Maroons to Slam Dunk's Shohoku

Dec 05, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Do you agree with the comparison between the UP men's basketball team and Slam Dunk's Shohoku?

Still perfect: NU Lady Bulldogs bag 5th straight UAAP crown

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:17 PM

National University completes another perfect season in UAAP women's basketball to stay unbeaten in a record 80 games in 5 years

SENSATIONAL. Finals MVP Jack Animam drops a double-double to power the Lady Bulldogs to another title. Photo by Joaqui Flores

IN NUMBERS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:53 PM

It's now or never for the UP Fighting Maroons as the Ateneo Blue Eagles look to sweep the series for a second straight UAAP championship

BIG BATTLE. UP’S Bright Akhuetie and Ateneo’s Angelo Kouame will again be at the forefront of the title showdown. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: A guide to U.P.'s live screening venues for UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 04, 2018 - 6:07 PM

UP Manila cancels classes, while the Diliman campus sets up viewing areas for Game 2 of the Finals between the Fighting Maroons and Blue Eagles

SOLIDARITY. UP Fighting Maroons fans can gather at the Sunken Garden for another live screening of their UAAP Finals match against Ateneo. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Perasol: UP 'can’t sleep' on defense, needs sharper endgame

Dec 04, 2018 - 5:41 PM

'If I can show them that we can hold on to our focus up to the end, we will still have a chance against them. With a team like Ateneo, you can’t sleep,' says UP head coach Bo Perasol

POSITIVE TAKEAWAY. UP head coach Bo Perasol is banking on the fact that the Fighting Maroons could keep up with Ateneo despite the loss. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs U.P. – 2018 UAAP Finals Game 2

Dec 04, 2018 - 4:31 PM

Will Ateneo cruise to its second straight championship or can UP force another crucial do-or-die game this season?

The real Matt Nieto shows up

Dec 04, 2018 - 1:18 PM

It may have taken a while, but it’s safe to say that the Matt Nieto we know finally returned

MAIN PLAYMAKER. Matt Nieto unconsciously takes up scoring duties to lift Ateneo to a Game 1 win in the best-of-three Finals series. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ateneo not affected by raucous U.P. crowd

Dec 04, 2018 - 12:37 PM

The Blue Eagles expect diehard UP fans to come in droves as the Fighting Maroons try to spoil their bid for a second straight UAAP championship

UNWAVERING. Matt Nieto keeps his composure to lead the Ateneo Blue Eagles past the Fighting Maroons with their 6th man. Photo by Mix Gatpandan/Rappler