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Arwind Santos on clutch block over Khobuntin: 'Pride ko na 'yun'

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Arwind Santos denies Glenn Khobuntin's potential go-ahead bucket and the San Miguel Beermen secure the coveted twice-to-beat advantage heading into the playoffs

PRIDE. San Miguel Beermen star Arwind Santos says pride took over him with his clutch block over Glenn Khobuntin. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc


Casio triple-double pumps Alaska in win over Rain or Shine

Feb 23, 2018 - 10:00 PM

JVee Casio finishes with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals to power the playoff-bound Aces to their 7th win in 11 outings.

ALL AROUND. JVee Casio delivers his first career triple-double for the Alaska Aces. Photo by PBA Images


Lassiter hits game winner as San Miguel avoids Kia upset

Feb 23, 2018 - 7:01 PM

The win pulled the San Miguel Beermen closer to clinching one of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals

GAME WINNER. Marcio Lassiter proves clutch for the San Miguel Beermen. Photo by PBA Images


Wizards hold off revamped Cavs; Sixers edge Bulls

Feb 23, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Lebron James became the seventh player in NBA history with 11,000 career baskets, scoring Cleveland's last 14 points in defeat

FUTILE. In this file photo, LeBron James sinks a basket during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, February 18, 2018 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  Robyn Beck / AFP

Chot Reyes hopes Gilas will adapt to international brand of basketball

Feb 22, 2018 - 10:02 PM

'When we come in, it's very hard to kind of erase all of the habits and the things that they do with their mother teams in competitions like this,' says Gilas coach Chot Reyes after their loss to Australia

DIFFERENT GAME. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes in a huddle during the Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia game Thursday, February 22, in the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, Australia.  FIBA Images

Alejandro, Go for Gold send CEU to 1st D-League loss in OT thriller

Feb 22, 2018 - 7:59 PM

Jayjay Alejandro's heroics allow Go for Gold to overshadow Ebondo's obscene numbers for CEU and send them to their first loss

GO-AHEAD DAGGER. Jayjay Alejandro drained a go-ahead dagger for Go for Gold to clinch a victory. Photo by PBA Images.

Australia topples Gilas Pilipinas in FIBA WC Asian Qualifiers

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:28 PM

(UPDATED) Gilas now holds a 2-1 record in Group B while Australia becomes the only undefeated team behind a 3-0 card

FALLEN. Calvin Abueva of Gilas Pilipinas finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds in their first game versus Australia Thursday, February 22, 2018, in the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. FIBA Images

PBA legend Alvin Patrimonio on the state of Philippine basketball

Feb 22, 2018 - 2:51 PM

During his college playing days, Patrimonio says, talagang nagpapakamatay lahat just to win for school, flag and PBA team.

THE CAPTAIN. Four-time PBA MVP, Alvin Patrimonio shares his thoughts with Rappler Sports.

Emotional Poy Erram breathes life to Blackwater

Feb 22, 2018 - 1:39 PM

Poy Erram submits 12 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks in Blackwater's 83-78 win over Phoenix to tie June Mar Fajardo with 7 double-doubles apiece, the most this conference

MULTI-FACETED. Poy Erram's all-around game keeps the Blackwater Elite in playoff contention. Photo by PBA Images


Ravena, Alas take backcourt reins for Philippines vs Australia

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:38 AM

With Jayson Castro and Jio Jalalon out, Gilas Pilipinas' backcourt duties rest on the shoulders of Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas against Australia today

BACKCOURT DUO. Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas take the backcourt reins for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by PBA Images

Blackwater stays alive in playoff race, nips Phoenix

Feb 21, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Poy Erram drops his 7th double-double of the season with 12 points, 19 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the Blackwater Elite, who move to solo 8th place

ALIVE. The Blackwater Elite keeps their quarterfinals bid alive with a win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters. Photo by PBA Images


Kelly Nabong certain of GlobalPort's crashing into the playoffs

Feb 21, 2018 - 9:42 PM

'It's not an 'if ever,' we're making to the playoffs,' says GlobalPort Batang Pier's Kelly Nabong

CONFIDENT. Kelly Nabong is pretty sure the GlobalPort Batang Pier will not go an early vacation in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Photo by PBA Images


GlobalPort cruises past Kia behind Nabong, Anthony

Feb 21, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Kelly Nabong stars for the Batang Pier with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks while Sean Anthony has 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals

CLIMBING UP. The GlobalPort Batang Pier ties Barangay Ginebra at 6th place in the standings with a win over the Kia Picanto. Photo by PBA Images


Dallas Mavericks hit with misconduct allegations

Feb 21, 2018 - 6:43 PM

'It was a real life Animal House,' says an unidentified former Dallas Mavericks employee who left recently after spending over four years with the club

FIASCO. The Dallas Mavericks' corporate work environment is described as toxic by former and current employees.


Louisville Cardinals stripped of 2013 U.S. NCAA men's basketball title

Feb 21, 2018 - 2:38 PM

The penalty is the result of an NCAA probe that found that a former Louisville assistant coach had organized "sex parties" for recruits, rendering them ineligible

STRIPPED. The Louisville Cardinals are stripped of their 2013 NCAA basketball title. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP


Abueva in, Castro out in 12-man Philippine lineup vs Australia

Feb 21, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Chot Reyes says Jayson Castro 'was not there at all' in last night's practice after twisting his ankle two weeks ago

SURPRISE. Gilas head coach Chot Reyes reveals the final 12 of the Gilas Pilipinas lineup against Australia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Australia – 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

The game, which will be played on February 22 at 4:30pm (PH time), will determine who will remain the only undefeated team in Group B with both squads carrying spotless 2-0 records

Cantonjos resigns as Jrs head coach, but leaves his heart in UST

Feb 20, 2018 - 10:47 PM

'Worth fighting for ang UST'

MAYHEM IN UST. Head Coach Chris Cantonjos' heart is still with UST despite the issues that have been affecting him since Ayo took over. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Undefeated CEU unfazed by 2-week layoff, halts Zark’s-LPU’s win streak

Feb 20, 2018 - 7:44 PM

The CEU Scorpions come charging out of a long break to roast Zark's

SWEET-SHOOTING. Rodrigue Ebondo of the CEU Scorpions shoots over Mike Nzeusseu of Zarks in the PBA D-League. PBA Images

NU Bullpups advance to finals at the expense of UST Tiger Cubs

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:07 PM

The NU Bullpups will face the undefeated Ateneo Blue Eaglets for the UAAP Jrs basketball title on Friday, February 23 at the Filoil Flying V Centre

7TH STRAIGHT. The NU Bullpups are back in the finals for the 7th straight time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

EAC drubs JRU for 1st win; Marinero rolls over AMA in D-League

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:24 PM

Marinerong Pilipino improves to 4-2 while EAC pockets its first win in 5 outings

ON BOTH ENDS. Gab Banal turns in a double-double to help the Marinerong Pilipino Skippers bag their 4th win. Photo by PBA Images


How Steph Curry resurrected the All-Star Game by playing dead

Feb 19, 2018 - 6:44 PM

In a perfect twist of irony, Steph Curry’s avoiding a poster dunk became the poster image of everything that has gone wrong with the All-Star Game

CHANGING LANDSCAPES. Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry continues to change the NBA. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


Jason Ballesteros uses Gilas experience to topple Ginebra twin towers

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Ballesteros, a Gilas pioneer, grabs 17 rebounds against the imposing Ginebra frontline of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter to help Meralco win

STEPPING UP. Jason Ballesteros holds his own against former Gilas teammates Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter. Photo by PBA Media Bureau

Gabe Norwood unfazed when Gilas battles Australia: 'We're world class now'

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Norwood believes there is no reason for Gilas Pilipinas to be intimidated against Australia, after all the Philippines has played in the 2014 World Cup

NO INTIMIDATION. Gabe Norwood says Gilas Pilipinas will go hard against powerhouse Australia. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: LeBron James' wins NBA All-Star 2018 Game MVP

Feb 19, 2018 - 3:13 PM

LeBron James' near-triple-double performance gives him his 3rd All-Star Game MVP award

KING. LeBron James wins his 3rd All-Star Game MVP this year. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


Team LeBron frustrates Team Stephen in NBA All-Star 2018 Game

Feb 19, 2018 - 1:25 PM

LeBron James, who chalks up a near-triple-double of 29 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists, is named the Most Valuable Player of the All-Star Game

WINNER. LeBron James of Team LeBron celebrates as Stephen Curry of Team Stephen looks on after the end of the NBA All-Star Game. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


'Tongue-tied' NBA star JJ Redick in racial slur storm

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Redick of Philadelphia 76ers responds to the controversy on Twitter, blaming a verbal slip for his use of the word

RACIAL SLUR. File photo shows JJ Redick #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Calvin Abueva included in 14-man Gilas pool flying to Australia

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:55 PM

With his inclusion, Calvin Abueva has a chance to be part of the 12-man lineup that will face Australia and Japan in the second window of the FIBA Asian Qualifiers

RETURN. Calvin Abueva has a chance of playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the second window of the FIBA Asian Qualifiers. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Alab Pilipinas sends Formosa Dreamers to their 12th straight loss

Feb 18, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Alab Pilipinas earns their 8th straight victory in the ASEAN Basketball League

MAGIC 8. Justin Brownlee leads Alab Pilipinas once again. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Ballesteros becomes unlikely hero as Meralco turns back Ginebra

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Jason Ballesteros' 17 rebounds and 7 points help the Meralco Bolts stay alive in the playoff hunt

UNLIKELY HERO. Jason Ballesteros delivers on both ends of the floor as the Meralco Bolts stayed alive in the playoff hunt. Photo by PBA Images


Kevin Alas repays Yeng Guiao's trust as NLEX books playoff ticket

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:20 PM

'That's just incredible shooting, the best I've seen him shoot from the outside so far in this last one and a half years that I've coached him,' says NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao of Kevin Alas' eruption

BOUNCE BACK. Kevin Alas stays true to his word with a magnificent game for the NLEX Road Warriors against the Blackwater Elite. File photo by PBA Images


NLEX rides Alas' hot hand to secure playoff berth, nip Blackwater

Feb 18, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Kevin Alas catches fire with 16 points in the 4th quarter alone to catapult the NLEX Road Warriors to their 4th straight win

HOT HAND. Kevin Alas catches fire in the 4th quarter to lead the NLEX Road Warriors to their 4th straight win. Photo by PBA Images


LOOK: Mitchell bests Nance Jr in 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Feb 18, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Donovan Mitchell was called up to join the competition just two weeks ago

SLAM DUNK KING. Utah Jazz's Donovan Mitchell is this year's NBA Slam Dunk Champion. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Devin Booker wins 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest

Feb 18, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Booker's 28 points sets the NBA 3-point contest single-round record

HOT SHOOTING. Devin Booker sets the record and takes home the 2018 JBL Three-Point Contest trophy. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

NBA: LeBron James fires back at conservative critics

Feb 18, 2018 - 9:57 AM

The 14-time NBA all-star responds to comments by Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham who said sports stars should stay out of politics, claiming James should "shut up and dribble"

CRITICS. LeBron James speaks out against criticisms that sports stars should refrain from commenting on political issues. Photo by Adam Glanzman/AFP

San Miguel back at No. 1 with come-from-behind win vs Alaska

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, and Arwind Santos combine for 66 points while June Mar Fajardo submits another double-double as the San Miguel Beermen improve to 7-2

DOMINANCE. June Mar Fajardo records another double-double as the San Miguel Beermen foil the Alaska Aces. Photo by PBA Images


Tiger Cubs stay alive in semis with comeback win over Baby Tamaraws

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Reigning MVP CJ Cansino pours in 18 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists for the UST Tiger Cubs, who will face the second seed NU Bullpups next

ALIVE. The UST Tiger Cubs dethrone defending champions FEU Baby Tamaraws. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Aussie Simmons enjoying his first All-Star weekend

Feb 17, 2018 - 1:03 PM

"I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning"

STAR ROOKIE. Not all rookies like Ben Simmons make it to the NBA All Star weekend. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Returning Paul Lee makes quick impact as Magnolia claims No. 1 spot

Feb 17, 2018 - 11:24 AM

Paul Lee returns from a 3-game absence after suffering an ankle sprain that sidelined him for more than two weeks

COMEBACK. Paul Lee submits an all-around performance in his return to the hardcourt for the Magnolia Hotshots. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Magnolia returns to winning column, repulses GlobalPort

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:55 PM

Rome Dela Rosa finishes with a career-high 18 points off the bench to go with 4 rebounds and two steals in leading the Magnolia Hotshots, who moved atop the standings with a 7-3 card

Blackwater's playoff fate 'is in our hands' – Mike Digregorio

Feb 16, 2018 - 9:03 PM

Mike Digregorio is confident Blackwater can pull through in its final two games, especially when winning would mean retaining the Elite's core of players for the future

ROLLING. The Blackwater Elite are looking to win their last two games of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup in hopes of advancing to the playoffs. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Digregorio, Erram pace Blackwater anew in romp of Kia

Feb 16, 2018 - 6:55 PM

(UPDATED) Mike Digregorio finishes with 21 points and 3 assists while JP Erram registers 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists for the victorious Blackwater Elite

HOT HAND. Mike Digregorio records his second straight 20-point game in Blackwater Elite's rout of the Kia Picanto. Photo by PBA Images


After 2 months of turbulence, Green Archers finally have positive outlook

Feb 16, 2018 - 4:21 PM

With the dust having settled, La Salle finds itself in a position to rally from the obstacles thrown its way over the last two months

AGONY OF DEFEAT.  A UAAP Season 80 scene the DLSU Green Archers would rather forget. Ricci Rivero and Ben Mbala console each other after DLSU lost the senior basketball crown. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Nikola Jokic triple makes history as Nuggets sink Bucks

Feb 16, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Nikola Jokic bags a triple-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in 14 minutes and 33 seconds for the Denver Nuggets

HISTORY. Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic stamps himself in NBA history by recording the fastest triple-double. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP


Heat's Dragic, Celtics' Horford set to coach youth camp with NBA Global Reach

Feb 15, 2018 - 4:08 PM

NBA's Basketball Without Borders Global Camp mentors top high school prospects

COACHING KIDS. Al Horford. AFP Photo

Jordan stars as Clippers send Celtics to their 3rd straight defeat

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:22 PM

This is the Boston Celtics' 4th defeat in 5 games

DE FACTO LEADER. DeAndre Jordan scores his career-high of 30 points and has become the de facto leader of the Clippers. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Jeric Teng reunites with college mentor Pido Jarencio in GlobalPort

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'I didn't even expect to get a call from them in the middle of the season,' says Jeric Teng of his new team GlobalPort Batang Pier

DREAM COME TRUE. Jeric Teng reunites with former UST Growling Tigers coach Pido Jarencio in GlobalPort. Photo by PBA Images


Pringle, Elorde lift GlobalPort past skidding TNT KaTropa

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:58 PM

GlobalPort improves to 4-4 for 7th place ,while TNT slides to 9th spot behind a 4-6 slate

ON BOTH ENDS. Stanley Pringle records a double-double to anchor the GlobalPort Batang Pier over the TNT KaTropa. Photo by PBA Images

End of shooting slump best birthday gift for Garvo Lanete

Feb 14, 2018 - 9:24 PM

'Siguro law of averages lang. It's about time na siguro na I hit my shots,' says Meralco Bolts' Garvo Lanete

LAW OF AVERAGES. Garvo Lanete finally finds his shooting touch after a string of dismal games. Photo by PBA Images

Meralco regains power, pulls plug on Phoenix comeback

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Garvo Lanete submits his best game of the conference with 24 points

STEPPING UP. Garvo Lanete scatters 24 points to help the Meralco Bolts get back on the winning track. Photo by PBA Images