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FEU clamps MVP Figueroa, clinches finals slot vs unbeaten NU

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Behind Penny Estacio, the FEU Baby Tamaraws shackle rookie MVP Jake Figueroa and the Adamson Baby Falcons

HOT TAM. Penny Estacio unloads 18 points to power the Baby Tams. Photo release

Thirdy Ravena, Nietos relish historic Ateneo GS jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Back to where they all started, Thirdy Ravena and Nieto twins Matt and Mike earn an unprecedented Ateneo honor

Padrigao has 'no regrets' in skipping NBA camp for UAAP semis

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Forthsky Padrigao decides to stay in the country and play for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets instead of joining Kai Sotto in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

ELIMINATED. Forthsky Padrigao and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets crash out of the UAAP Season 82 semifinals. Contributed photo


WATCH: UE Lady Warriors ready for turnaround

Feb 16, 2020 - 5:29 PM

Rookie-laden UE aims to come out fighting as the Lady Warriors unveil their new talents

STEPPING UP. Mean Mendrez aims to make the most out of her last year in the UAAP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Mighty UE Warriors sweep UAAP fencing

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:33 AM

University of the East reigns in all 4 divisions of fencing action in UAAP Season 82

STILL DOMINANT. UE clips Ateneo in the UAAP men's team foil finals. Photo release

WATCH: Young NU Lady Bulldogs stars thrust into major roles

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:35 PM

After just one season in UAAP women's volleyball, Ivy Lacsina and Jennifer Nierva step into bigger roles this year

STEPPING UP. Ivy Lacsina aims to step up to the challenge of leading the NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Adamson stuns Ateneo in UAAP juniors semis turnaround win

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:10 PM

Rookie MVP Jake Figueroa takes over as the Baby Falcons oust the Blue Eaglets in the UAAP boys’ basketball stepladder semifinals

TURNAROUND WIN. Jake Figuerao (center) lifts the Baby Falcons out of a double-digit hole. Photo release

Jermaine Byrd leaves La Salle, pursues other coaching options

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:28 PM

La Salle's American consultant Jermaine Byrd turns down the school's offer to work as a skills coach under new mentor Derrick Pumaren

EXIT. Former La Salle basketball consultant Jermaine Byrd decides to return to the United States. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

UAAP Season 82 volleyball postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus threat

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The UAAP Season 82 second semester games will be postponed until further notice

POSTPONED. The Ateneo Lady Eagles will defend their UAAP Season 82 women's volleyball title. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Will Tai Bundit's magic work on the Adamson Lady Falcons?

Feb 11, 2020 - 9:58 PM

The young Adamson core mentored by UAAP champion coach Tai Bundit aims to make waves in Season 82

BOUNCE BACK BID. Tonnie Rose 'Thang' Ponce instills her veteran presence in the team. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UAAP 'still a go' amid coronavirus threat

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:33 PM

'As for the UAAP, as we speak, we are all systems go,' says executive director Rebo Saguisag

PUSHING THROUGH. UAAP volleyball action is slated to push through amid the novel coronavirus threat. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: UP veterans relish UAAP Season 82 return

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:17 PM

Veterans Tots Carlos and Isa Molde are out to make the most of their final playing year in the UAAP

FINAL YEAR. Isa Molde grows to be one of the top players in the Philippines thanks to UP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

WATCH: Laure sister act brings hype back to UST

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:04 PM

Champion sisters EJ and Eya Laure hope their lethal tandem adds firepower to the UST Golden Tigresses' UAAP volleyball campaign

SISTER ACT. Eya Laure is set to team up with her sister EJ after 4 years. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Maroons express support for Gomez de Liaño brothers' Gilas bid

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Despite losing two key cogs, the UP Maroons back up Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño's decision to focus on their Gilas Pilipinas campaign

Adamson rookie Jake Figueroa snags UAAP boys' MVP

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:23 PM

A 17-year-old find from Pampanga, Adamson's Jake Figueroa quickly dominates UAAP juniors basketball

PRIZED FIND. Jake Figueroa averages a double-double for the Adamson Baby Falcons. Photo release

WATCH: Ebon's return pumps up rebuilding FEU Lady Tamaraws

Feb 07, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The FEU Lady Tamaraws look to secure another UAAP Final Four berth with young star Lycha Ebon back from injury

RETURN. Lycha Ebon is slated to suit up for the FEU Lady Tamaraws this season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Juan GDL to sit out UAAP Season 83 for full-time Gilas stint

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:15 PM

UP hotshot Juan Gomez de Liaño decides to skip next UAAP season just days after his brother Javi announced the same

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maroons bolster team with new recruits Calimag, Eusebio

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Former high school standout RC Calimag and 6-foot-5 slasher Anton Eusebio beef up the UP Maroons roster

NEW RECRUIT. RC Calimag has been a vital cog in the Philippine basketball youth team's campaign. Photo from FIBA

Jarvey Gayoso to turn pro, skips final UAAP year

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Ateneo star Jarvey Gayoso opts out of his final playing year in the UAAP to chase his professional football dreams

LEGACY. Jarvey Gayoso wins two UAAP championships and two MVP awards with Ateneo. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dominant NU Bullpups sweep elims, earn outright finals berth

Feb 05, 2020 - 7:49 PM

The NU Bullpups make another successful trip back to the UAAP juniors basketball finals

LEADER. Terrence Fortea lead the NU Bullpups to another UAAP juniors basketball finals appearance. Photo from release

UP's Javi GDL to sit out Season 83, opens door for return

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Javi Gomez de Liaño makes a decision with Gilas Pilipinas and MPBL in mind

OWN DREAMS. Javi Gomez de Liaño prioritizes his career first as he sits out of UAAP Season 83. File photo by Josh Albelda

Molde, UP veteran spikers back for another UAAP run

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Six veterans return as the UP women’s volleyball team targets a UAAP Final Four breakthrough

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Jho Maraguinot returns to Ateneo for UAAP Season 82

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:53 PM

(UPDATED) After sitting out for one season, veteran Jho Maraguinot suits up again to play her final UAAP year with the Ateneo Lady Eagles

UAAP RETURN. Jho Maraguinot decides to play her final year of eligibility with the Ateneo Lady Eagles. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Evan Nelle wants to 'spread his wings' in move to La Salle

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:43 PM

Evan Nelle seeks growth in the UAAP as he joins the De La Salle Green Archers in Season 84

NEW CHALLENGES. Evan Nelle transfers from San Beda to De La Salle University. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Nelle misses Beda practices amid La Salle transfer rumors

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:06 PM

Months after losing the NCAA crown to Letran, the San Beda Red Lions might also lose a key cog in Evan Nelle

QUESTION MARK. Talks of Even Nelle’s jump from San Beda to La Salle continue to swirl. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: U.P. athletes show teamwork in packing Taal eruption relief goods

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:08 PM

Past and present UP Fighting Maroons work tirelessly to pack relief goods for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption

HELPING HAND. Paul Desiderio (right) dishes out a much needed assist to Nowhere to Go but UP’s relief efforts. Photo from Renan Dalisay’s Facebook account

La Salle's Cagulangan set for transfer to UP

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Former NCAA juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan will serve a one-year residency before seeing action for the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP

NEW HOME. Joel Cagulangan leaves the La Salle lair. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Dave Ildefonso leaves NU to play for Ateneo

Jan 12, 2020 - 8:17 PM

(UPDATED) Amid the NU Bulldogs’ team shake-up, Dave Ildefonso returns to Ateneo where his career kickstarted as a high school champion

Dave Ildefonso, NU. UAAP Photo Release

Undefeated NU escapes feisty Ateneo in UAAP boys’ basketball

Jan 12, 2020 - 7:59 PM

Defending champion NU pulls off its closest win of the season after arresting Ateneo’s late surge

A reunion with Derrick Pumaren might be what La Salle needs

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Is Derrick Pumaren too old-school for La Salle? A return to tradition may just work for the Green Archers this time

Derrick Pumaren. Photo from PBA Images

Pumaren magic returns to La Salle amid development flux

Jan 07, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Derrick Pumaren is back at the forefront of the La Salle Green Archers' continued growth

AT HELM. Derrick Pumaren returns to La Salle to lead the Green Archers in Season 83. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Derrick Pumaren tapped as La Salle coach

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) A third Pumaren takes over the reins for the La Salle Green Archers

BACK AT IT? Derrick Pumaren could return to the UAAP. Photo from PBA Images


'Nowhere to Go But UP': Book on Fighting Maroons launched

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Authored by Rappler sports correspondent Naveen Ganglani, the book chronicles the rise of the UP Fighting Maroons from UAAP cellar-dwellers to Final Four contenders

'Answered prayer': Kat Tolentino to play final UAAP year with Ateneo

Nov 28, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Ateneo Lady Eagles star Kat Tolentino decides to play her 5th and final year with the UAAP volleyball defending champions

LEADERSHIP. Kat Tolentino is set to lead the young Ateneo Lady Eagles. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Are we in the middle of another Ateneo Blue Eagles dynasty?

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:25 PM

After a three-peat title romp, will the best be even better in UAAP Season 83?

PASSING THE TORCH. Three-time UAAP Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena leaves the Blue Eagles in the hands of rising star SJ Belangel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

LOOK: Ateneo bonfire celebrates sporting dynasties

Nov 24, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Ateneo honors the UAAP championship runs of the men's basketball team, men's and women's swimming team, and women's badminton team

DYNASTY. (from left to right) Mike Nieto of the men's basketball team, Aki Cariño of the men's swimming team, Geva De Vera and Chanelle Lunod fo the women's badminton team and Chloe Daos of the women's swimming team lead the lighting of the bonfire. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

NU Lady Bulldogs march to 6th straight UAAP title

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:09 PM

NU sweeps UST in the best-of-three finals series to further extend its unprecedented winning streak to 96 games

UAAP QUEENS. The NU Lady Bulldogs stretch their dominance in the UAAP with another crown. Photo from UAAP


'Fireman' Belangel answers Ateneo’s call in 3-peat clincher

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Basking in the glory of their season sweep, the Ateneo seniors make sure to give props to their little brother SJ Belangel for dousing the Tigers' fire

GUTSY. SJ Belangel delivers in crucial stretches in the title-clinching match. Photo release

Subido leaves UST in capable hands of Nonoy, Ayo

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:43 PM

After going through the highs and lows of the UST program, Renzo Subido feels grateful to play a major role in the Tigers' turnaround

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Jeff Napa returns to Letran as coaching consultant

Nov 22, 2019 - 4:38 PM

As one of the so-called 'super friends' in Letran’s all-star coaching stable, Jeff Napa hopes to help the Knights stay on top

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

After brain surgery, 2-time champ Balanza never stopped believing

Nov 22, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Letran star Jerrick Balanza caps his remarkable comeback from brain surgery with a championship

 Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Two-time champ Jet Nieto proud of twin sons’ Ateneo 3-peat

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:41 AM

'There’s no better feeling in the world for Mike and me than to beat daddy’s record,' says Ateneo star Matt Nieto

WINNING TRIO. Nieto twins Mike (left) and Matt (right) surpass their father Jet's feat. Photo by Jasmine W. Payo/Rappler

Ayo won’t leave UST unless UST leaves him

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Even if Aldin Ayo failed to weave his coaching magic, expect a fearsome UST basketball program next season

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin glad to be proven wrong by Ateneo seniors core

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin admits he once didn't think too highly of his veteran core: 'I’ll be honest. I didn’t see it'

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravena thanks Baldwin for pushing him out of family’s shadow

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Once known as just Kiefer’s brother or Bong’s son, Thirdy Ravena shares a Tab Baldwin pep talk helped him transform into a sought-after basketball prospect

MENTOR. Thirdy Ravena credits Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin for helping him focus on what matters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo Blue Eagles relish three-peat and a sweep

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

A mighty Ateneo squad steamrolls the rest of the UAAP field to bag its third straight crown on a perfect 16-0 season run

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Sweep victory:' Twitter erupts as Ateneo completes UAAP three-peat

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Social media goes full-on celebration mode after the Ateneo Blue Eagles' perfect run in UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

CHAMPS AGAIN: Ateneo dynasty romps to rare season sweep after UST scare

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Punctuating a historic season, the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles survive a hard-fighting UST Growling Tigers to capture a third straight UAAP championship

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Kanto' guy Fran Yu delivers Finals MVP clapback

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Once a fodder for online bashers, Letran's Fran Yu saves his best retort on the hardcourt

GAME CHANGER. Fran Yu silences doubters with a Finals MVP plum and a championship. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Back on top: Twitter revels in Letran Knights' magical run

Nov 19, 2019 - 8:57 PM

After ruling a title series to remember, the Letran Knights go all out to party in Intramuros tonight