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Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

May 20, 2018 - 8:57 PM

Just a week before the French Open, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina stuns top-ranked Simona Halep to repeat as Italian Open champion

WINNING STREAK. Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, who won her last 8 finals, now stands as favorite in Roland Garros. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

PH falters as China, Japan sweep YOG slots in Asian Trampoline Championships

May 20, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Benjamin Jesus Mendoza fails to bring home a medal after becoming the only Filipino to advance in the final round

Duterte doubles prize for top teams in Philippine National Games 2018

May 20, 2018 - 2:19 PM

A P10 million cash prize awaits the overall champion of the nationwide multi-sport event

FESTIVE. A colorful opening ceremony kicks off the 2018 Philippine National Games in Cebu City. Photo by Mars Alison/Rappler

RAW Deal: Who needs Money in the Bank most this year?

May 20, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Here's a quick look at the WWE’s championship and midcard scenes

ENTERTAINING. It’s always fun to watch the charismatic Rusev. Photo from Givemesport.com

Nadal dismisses Djokovic, sets up Zverev clash in Rome final

May 20, 2018 - 9:56 AM

The world number two Spaniard trims the deficit in his head-to-head series with Djokovic to 26-25

CONFIDENCE BOOSTER. Rafael Nadal’s impressive win over Novak Djokovic in the Rome Masters bodes well for his French Open bid. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Halep downs Sharapova, sets Rome final rematch vs Svitolina

May 20, 2018 - 9:32 AM

The Romanian world number one fights back from a set down to win only her second match against the Russian tennis star

STILL ON TOP. After booking a title berth, Simona Halep gets to keep the top spot in the world rankings. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Biado-De Luna tandem misses out on World Cup of Pool semis

May 19, 2018 - 10:47 PM

The Filipino pair crashes out vs China in the prestigious tournament the country last ruled in 2013

END OF THE ROAD. Jeff de Luna and Carlo Biado fail to snap the Philippines' 5-year title drought in the World Cup of Pool. Photo from World Cup of Pool's official Twitter account (@worldcupofpool)

PH trampoline gymnast snatches bronze in Asian championships debut

May 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Erin Abaniel transitions from artistic to trampoline gymnastics

UNEXPECTED LOVE. Erin Abaniel develops a love for the trampoline after being forced to switch from the artistic discipline. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

How can Rafa Nadal wrest top ranking from Roger Federer?

May 19, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The second-seeded Spaniard needs to get past old rival Novak Djokovic first in bid to rule the Italian Open

MUST WIN. Anything less than a championship for Rafael Nadal would keep Roger Federer on top of the rankings. Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Sharapova supports special Grand Slam seeding for old rival Serena

May 19, 2018 - 9:04 AM

The Russian tennis star says it’s ‘such an incredible effort’ for Williams to return to court after pregnancy

SUPPORTIVE. Despite their bitter rivalry, Maria Sharapova wants to see Serena Williams back on tour. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

WATCH: Eduard Folayang side kicks his way to rebound win in ONE battle

May 19, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The Team Lakay stalwart recovers in a big way by topping Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev via a unanimous decision

RELENTLESS. Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang unleashes a flurry of side kicks to down Russia’s Kharun Atlangeriev. Photo from ONE Championship

PH duo of Biado-De Luna advances to World Cup of Pool quarterfinals

May 18, 2018 - 11:38 PM

International pool glory and a $250,000 cash prize await the winner

ON TO THE NEXT. Carlo Biado (middle) and partner Jeff de Luna will face China B in the quarterfinals. Photo from JP Parmentier/Matchroom Multi Sport 2018


P15 million prize up for grabs in Philippine National Games 2018

May 18, 2018 - 2:59 PM

The multi-sport event offers cash prizes to the top 5 teams as Cebu hosts for the first time in 21 years

Sharapova has good 'inner feeling' ahead of French Open return

May 18, 2018 - 12:14 PM

The Russian tennis star looks forward to her Paris comeback after getting denied a wild-card entry last year

SEEDED. Maria Sharapova secured a French Open seeding after booking a quarters berth at the Italian Open. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Verlander fans Ohtani to reach 2,500 strikeout milestone

May 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Astros ace is the 33rd Major League Baseball pitcher to record the mark

STRIKEOUT CLUB. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander throws his first shutout in 3 years. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Ledecky smashes own 1,500m freestyle world record in pro debut

May 17, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The 21-year-old American swimmer now owns the 8 fastest times in history in the event

FAMILIAR FEELING. Olympian Katie Ledecky, who competed in the NCAA collegiate championships two months ago, says turning professional feels no different. File photo by AFP

Sharapova delight at popping the question to Nadal

May 16, 2018 - 8:57 AM

The Russian tennis star finds thrill in practicing with the 16-time Grand Slam champion

FAN GIRL. Maria Sharapova gets to tick one item off her bucket list. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

PH gymnasts seek Youth Olympic Games berth in home competition

May 15, 2018 - 8:21 PM

Philippines hosts Asia's qualifying tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games for the first time

YOUTH OLYMPIC QUALIFIER. Colombian Katish Hernandez performs in the artistic gymnastics women's trampoline competition, during the XVIII Bolivarian Games 2017. File photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

PH Rugby open international season with win over Guam

May 15, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Residents XV remain undefeated at home since the program started in 2016

MAN OF THE MATCH. Clark Jet Kingsley  Ballesteros finished with the Best on ground performance for Team Philippines. Photo from Philippine Rugby Football Union

Incoming Grade 8 student tops U-14 in National Age Group Chess tilt

May 14, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Jasper Faeldonia scores 7.5 points out of 11 rounds to win his first national tournament

CHAMP. Jasper Faeldonia wins the Under-14 category in the National Age Group Chess Championships. Photo from Pinoy ChessClub Online's Facebook page


Madrid champ Zverev next to Federer, Nadal, says Thiem

May 14, 2018 - 10:17 AM

Tagged as a future star, the 21-year-old German powers past Dominic Thiem to rule the Madrid Masters

RISING STAR. A Grand Slam breakthrough may be close as Germany's Alexander Zverev bags his 3rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Madrid champion Kvitova dismisses French Open talk as 'crazy'

May 13, 2018 - 11:37 AM

Despite winning her 4th title this year, world number 10 Petra Kvitova says a Grand Slam is a different story

THIRD TRIUMPH. Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova bags her 3rd Madrid Open title after downing unseeded Kiki Bertens. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Cricket, anyone? Philippines to host World Cup qualifier

May 12, 2018 - 4:03 PM

The quintessentially British sport hopes to flourish in the country as Cavite hosts the December qualifier

POTENTIAL. Philippine Cricket Association management committee chairman Faisal Khan (3rd from left), along with (from left) Cricket Australia’s Rob Gomm, PCA board member Carlota Khan, and Cricket Australia’s Jane Livesy note the huge potential of the sport in the Philippines. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Thiem ends Nadal's magical clay court streak

May 12, 2018 - 9:08 AM

Austria's Dominic Thiem stuns Rafael Nadal just a day after the world number one Spaniard records a 50-set winning streak on clay

UPSET. Rafael Nadal’s shock loss to Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Masters paves the way for Roger Federer to reclaim the world number one ranking. Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

High on rugby: Letts dreams of homegrown national team

May 11, 2018 - 4:27 PM

Philippine Rugby Football Union’s newly appointed general manager Jake Letts hopes to develop the sport's grassroots program

HOMEGROWN. Lito Ramirez is one of the Filipino talents discovered by the Philippine Rugby union. Photo from Instagram (@philippinerugby)

Teacher uses cycling to raise money against online sexual exploitation

May 11, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Simon Fox cycled through different countries to help International Justice Mission's cause of rescuing children subjected to sexual abuse

CYCLING FOR A CAUSE. Simon Fox raised more than P200,000 for IJM. Photo from Fox


Nadal smashes 34-year McEnroe record

May 11, 2018 - 10:44 AM

The top-ranked Spaniard wins 50th set to claim new Open era record for consecutive sets won on a single surface

WINNING STREAK. Spain's Rafael Nadal looks on track to rule the Madrid Open. Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Cabuyao City bags back-to-back U19 men’s softball titles

May 09, 2018 - 4:52 PM

After surviving a semi-final thriller, Cabuyao City overpowers Pasig City in the finals

CHAMPS AGAIN. The Cabuyao City players celebrate their title romp with ASAPHIL secretary general Denis Nuevo.

FitCon MNL kicks off on May 18

May 08, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The fitness and health convention features over 60 workshops in 3 days

GETTING FIT. Participants can learn about the latest in nutrition, sports science, and workout programs.

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Hurdler bags PH's lone gold in 2018 Thailand Open

May 07, 2018 - 9:05 PM

The Philippines also collects 5 silver medals

CHAMPION. Francis Media shrugs off the scorching heat to bag gold in 2018 Thailand Open Track and Field Championship. Photo from Medina's Facebook account


'Game of Thrones' actor Hafthor Bjornsson is World's Strongest Man 2018

May 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

'The Mountain' is this year's world's strongest man

Back from a break, Grandmaster Frayna gears up for 2018 Chess Olympiad

May 06, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The country’s first female Grandmaster thinks she has more to learn after settling for a couple of runner-up finishes

LONG-TERM GOAL. Woman Grandmaster (WGM) Janelle Mae Frayna looks to hurdle the 2019 Asian Zonal to qualify for the World Cup. Photo from Frayna's Facebook account

RAW Deal: Predicting Backlash 2018

May 05, 2018 - 2:54 PM

The match featuring Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe makes for an interesting story

RIVALRY. There's no love lost between Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. Photo courtesy of WWE

Toledo, Sunang banner 17-man PH team in Thai athletics open

May 03, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Members of the Philippine athletics team look to improve their marks as they gear up for the 2018 Asian Games

BIG LEAP. Marestella Torres-Sunang hopes to do far better than her 6.06-meter leap earlier this year in Singapore. File photo/Rappler

IN PHOTOS, VIDEOS: 'PWR Live: Trapik'

May 03, 2018 - 9:11 PM

Mad scrambles all around at the final stop before the PWR Wrevolution X fires off on May 20

ALL IN. The combustible tag team main event at 'PWR Live: Trapik' on April 22, 2018 eventually exploded with all 6 men brawling in the ring. All photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Rafael Nadal romps to 11th Barcelona title

Apr 30, 2018 - 7:13 AM

The world number one claims his 77th overall crown and hikes his career clay-court match record to 401 wins

UNSTOPPABLE. Spain's Rafael Nadal only needed 77 minutes to claim victory. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

WATCH: World champion Meggie Ochoa shows off jiu-jitsu moves

Apr 29, 2018 - 8:25 AM

The 27-year-old uses jiu-jitsu as her platform to help end child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation in the Philippines

CHAMPION. Meggie Ochoa is not just a champion in jiu-jitsu but also a champion of children who have been abused and traumatized. Photo by Rappler

Unstoppable Nadal racks up 400th clay court win

Apr 29, 2018 - 7:43 AM

The world number one sweeps Belgium's David Goffin to clinch record and reach the Barcelona final

TITLE ROUND. Rafael Nadal shoots for his 77th overall career title in the Barcelona final. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Rafael Nadal one win away from 400 record on clay

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:34 AM

The world number remains on track of becoming the fourth male tennis player to win 400 matches on clay surface

ON A ROLL. As Rafael Nadal goes for a record, the Spaniard also looks poised to win his 11th Barcelona crown. Photo by Joseph Lago/AFP

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Philippine bowling and badminton teams get shot in the arm

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Smart Sports commits to support both national teams' campaigns this year

World Cup champion Tabora banners PH bowling's bid vs Asia's best

Apr 25, 2018 - 9:06 AM

The Philippine Bowling Federation says the tournament will also serve as the national team's build-up for the 2018 Asian Games

MENTAL GAME. World champion Krizziah Lyn Tabora says she has learned to deal with pressure. Photo from Facebook

Bradley Weiss, Carina Wasle retain XTERRA Danao Asia Pacific Triathlon

Apr 23, 2018 - 8:26 PM

The scorching heat and the shorter course did not prevent the South African and Austrian from keeping their titles

The guy is Bradley Weiss, the one in white.  The girl is Carina Wasle, the one in blue. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Irrepressible Nadal looks to build on 11th Monte Carlo triumph

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:01 AM

At 31, world number one Rafael Nadal shows no sign of rustiness versus Kei Nishikori in the final

RAW Deal: The strategies of the 2018 Superstar Shakeup

Apr 22, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Find out who have shifted their loyalties in the RAW and SmackDown shakeup period

TRADED. Angle gets the tandem of Kevin Owen and Sami Zayn while The Miz (right) heads to SmackDown. Photo from WWE

Banario willing to fight anywhere after ONE ditches cage for ring

Apr 21, 2018 - 9:33 AM

'The Rock' finds himself inside a new fighting space, but comes out with a win just the same

Photo by Richard Esguerra

Kevin Belingon destroys Andrew Leone at ONE Heroes of Honor

Apr 21, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Fellow Team Lakay stalwarts Honorio Banario, Gina Iniong also emerge victorious

NUMBER ONE. Kevin Belingon dominates former bantamweight world title challenger Andrew Leone. Photo by Richard Esguerra

I don't see myself missing Grand Slams on purpose, says Rafael Nadal

Apr 19, 2018 - 9:18 AM

Tennis world number one not following Roger Federer's footsteps

FOCUSED. Rafael Nadal shoots for an 11th Monte Carlo title this week. Photo by Yann Coatsaliou/AFP