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Duterte signs law creating PH Sports Training Center

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:52 PM

The Philippine Sports Training Center targets the country's grassroots programs for national teams

DREAM COME TRUE. The Philippine Sports Training Center law mandates the rise of a new sports complex in Pangasinan in the near future. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee

Djokovic, Biles win Laureus sports people of year awards

Feb 19, 2019 - 2:17 PM

Novak Djokovic beats France's World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and NBA superstar LeBron James for the award

2018 SPORTS STARS. Tennis star Novak Djokovic and Olympic gymnast Simone Biles are awarded for their achievements in 2018. Photo from Australian Open Twitter (Djokovic) and Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP (Biles)

4 budding athletes to receive Tony Siddayao awards

Feb 19, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Jessel Lumapas, Jasmine Mojdeh, Marc Bryan Dula, and Czerrine Ramos are the country's young and promising athletes

GOLDEN GIRL. CALABARZON’s sprint queen Jessel Lumapas overtakes rivals to win another gold medal in the 200-meter girls event at the 2018 ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo courtesy of the official ASG 2018 website

Osaka cites 'happiness' as motive behind coaching split

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:09 PM

The Japanese parts ways with Sascha Bajin despite winning the US and Australian Opens and claiming the world No. 1 ranking under the renowned coach

STILL THANKFUL. Naomi Osaka says she is grateful for everything Sascha Bajin did for her. Photo by David Gray/AFP


SEA Games 2019 suffers 33% budget cut

Feb 15, 2019 - 3:14 PM

Only P5 billion of the proposed P7.5 billion budget for the country's hosting of the regional sporting event has been approved

9 MONTHS. The 30th Southeast Asian Games to be hosted in the Philippines will take place on November 30 to December 11. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz ramps up bid for top Olympic ranking

Feb 15, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz plans to intensify her training in China for two months to gear up for the 2019 Olympic qualifying events

GOLDEN GIRL. Hidilyn Diaz is one of the Philippines' hopes for a first Olympic gold medal. Photo from Asian Games media pool

In fitness and in love: Couples who work out together

Feb 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

These couples stay in love (and in shape) by sweating it out together

Photo from Instagram (@kieferravena15)

Pinoy golfer Tabuena equals birdie record at World Super 6

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:04 PM

Miguel Tabuena fires 7 birdies in a row to equal the European Tour record

RECORD RUN. Two-time Asian Tour winner Miguel Tabuena flirts with the course record of 63. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Fil-Australian teen swimmer breaks Akiko Thomson's record

Feb 13, 2019 - 12:43 PM

Georgia Peregrina smashes the national women's senior 200m backstroke record Olympian Akiko Thomson held for 26 years

NEW ERA. Georgia Peregrina breaks the last of Olympian Akiko Thomson's records. Photo from Georgia Peregrina's Facebook

Japan’s swimming star Rikako Ikee diagnosed with leukemia

Feb 12, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Eighteen-year-old Rikako Ikee hopes to overcome her battle with leukemia before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

SWIM QUEEN. Rikako Ikee makes a name for Japan as the 2018 Asian Games Most Valuable Player. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Seoul picked for joint Korean bid to host 2032 Olympics

Feb 12, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Seoul edges out its rival Busan as South Korea's chosen city to host the 2032 Summer Olympics

UNIFIED KOREA. South Korea and North Korea join forces in team sports in the 2018 Asian Games. Rappler Screenshot

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka in shock split with tennis coach

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:58 AM

Naomi Osaka will no longer work together with Sascha Bajin after winning back-to-back Grand Slams

SPLIT. Naomi Osaka moves on in her tennis career without her former coach Sascha Bajin. File photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Top athletes, para athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Boxing world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Donnie Nietes, and rising gymnast Carlos Yulo lead the list of major awardees

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Jerwin Ancajas, Carlos Yulo and Donnie Nietes (L-R) will be recognized for their triumphs in 2018. Photos by Ryan Songalia/Rappler (Ancajas and Nietes) and Delfin Dioquino/Rappler (Yulo)


PH skateboarding to host tryouts for SEA Games buildup

Feb 11, 2019 - 3:11 PM

The search for the most talented Filipino skaters will kick off with the Luzon leg in Iba, Zambales, in March

GAME CHANGER. Margielyn Didal has sparked an emergence of skateboarding in the Philippines with a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo from Warren Stuart’s Instagram (@wzahk)


Davao retains Batang Pinoy Mindanao crown

Feb 10, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Dominant in various fronts, Davao picks up a total of 56 gold medals to capture the overall championship

CHAMPS AGAIN. Davao rules the Mindanao leg of the nationwide sporting event featuring athletes 15 years old and below. Photo from PSC

Batang Pinoy: Archer Loreno completes golden sweep

Feb 08, 2019 - 8:05 PM

Koronadal's John Carlo Loreno nails his seventh archery gold in the 2019 Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

ON TARGET. John Carlo Loreno leads Koronadal’s dominant showing in the archery competition. Photo from PSC

Turning garbage into gold: Tokyo to award e-waste Olympic medals

Feb 08, 2019 - 4:40 PM

Tokyo's Olympic organizing committee has stockpiled electronic waste from smartphones and laptops to collect metal for the medals

ECO-FRIENDLY. In the 2012 Rio Olympics, around 30 percent of the silver and bronze in medals also came from recycled materials. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Batang Pinoy: Amoguis sisters make waves in Mindanao leg

Feb 06, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Swimming sisters Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah Amoguis boost Davao City’s medal haul

GOLDEN HAUL. Davao City eyes swimming as a medal source as the Amoguis sisters vie for more mints in other events. Photo from PSC

GenSan jin sweeps poomsae golds in Batang Pinoy Mindanao leg

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:15 PM

Thirteen-year-old Paul Anthony Rodriguez rules the individual, pair, and team events of the taekwondo poomsae competition

YOUNG STAR. Paul Anthony Rodriguez of General Santos continues to prove why he deserves a slot in the national team. Photo from PSC release

South Cotabato, Koronadal win first Batang Pinoy 2019 golds

Feb 04, 2019 - 8:55 PM

South Cotabato's Grace Signacio and Rhyniyll Yvis Endaya, along with Koronadal City's Romee Jonathan Rioja and Justin Matthew Basadre rule the archery tournament

Photo from Shutterstock


IN PHOTOS: Maroon 5's Super Bowl halftime performance

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:37 PM

Adam Levine and the band shares the stage with Travis Scott and Big Boi during the halftime show

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - FEBRUARY 03: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 03, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

2019 SEA Games swimming to serve as Olympic qualifier

Feb 03, 2019 - 7:51 PM

FINA approves the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila as an Olympic qualifying meet

OLYMPIAN. Filipino swimmer Jessie Lacuna hopes to represent the country anew in the world's biggest sporting event. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Super Bowl ads speak more to women, female empowerment

Feb 03, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Ads starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Serena Williams are among the commercials that tackle female empowerment

POC: Gov't agency support can speed up SEA Games 2019 preparations

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas has started to feel anxious as plans for the 2019 SEA Games have fallen behind schedule

UNDER PRESSURE. Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas hopes that government agencies will heed the call of the executive order. Photo from SBP Facebook

PH skater Julian Macaraeg qualifies for 2020 Winter Youth Olympics

Jan 31, 2019 - 9:03 PM

Julian Macaraeg makes history as the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics

HISTORY. Julian Macaraeg becomes the first Filipino to qualify for the Winter Youth Olympics. Photo from Philippine Skating Union

LOOK: New device tracks national athletes' performance

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

SmarTracks allows Filipino athletes to monitor their progress for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

INNOVATIVE. The SmarTracks device that will help improve training of Filipino athletes. Photo from BCDA release

Baseball to commemorate Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The league will launch a series of initiatives in tribute to Robinson during February's Black History Month activities

LEGENDARY. Jackie Robinson is the first black Major League Baseball player in history. Photo from Wikicommons

Rams ace taunts Brady over age ahead of Super Bowl

Jan 29, 2019 - 3:43 PM

'For him to still be doing it, that's a great compliment for him. But I think that he's definitely not the same quarterback he was,' says Robey-Coleman on Brady

Kvitová slowly returns to the top in Australian Open

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:21 PM

'I felt very well throughout those 3 weeks I played in Australia,' says Australian Open finalist Petra Kvitova

BAD LUCK. Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova aims to win a Grand Slam title in 2019. Photo by Patrick Hertzog/AFP

Australian Open winner Osaka leaps to No. 1

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The 21-year-old Japanese player gets past former world No. 1 Simona Halep

NEW QUEEN. Naomi Osaka soars to the top of the world rankings with back-to-back Grand Slams. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP


Nadal takes positives out of Australian Open thrashing

Jan 28, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Still rediscovering his deadly form, the Spanish great vows there is more to come from him

ON TO THE NEXT. Rafael Nadal sets his sights on the French Open, where he has won a record 11 titles. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP


Golden girls to be honored as PSA Athletes of the Year

Jan 28, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal, Yuka Saso and the women's golf team will be recognized for winning 4 gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games

GIRL POWER. Yuka Saso and the women's golf team, Hidilyn Diaz and Margielyn Didal, who all won gold medals in the 18th Asian Games, will be feted by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)


Djokovic’s target: Matching Federer's 20 Grand Slams

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:56 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he's motivated to 'have a shot' at Roger Federer's record

NEXT GOAL. After ruling the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic heads to the French Open where he seeks to become the only man in the Open Era to win all 4 majors twice. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Dominant Djokovic wins magnificent 7th Australian Open

Jan 27, 2019 - 7:29 PM

(UPDATED) World No.1 Novak Djokovic puts on a show of flawless tennis to outclass Rafael Nadal

Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Osaka embraces pressure, eyes 'Naomi Slam'

Jan 27, 2019 - 4:23 PM

'I'm not going to lie and say that thought hasn't crossed my mind,' Naomi Osaka on eyeing the French Open and Wimbledon titles next

PUMPED UP. After winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles, 21-year-old Naomi Osaka says she’s hungry for more. Photo by Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia/AFP

WATCH: Guess who's world No. 1… me! – Osaka

Jan 27, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Japan's Naomi Osaka says she's shocked to pull off the win that propelled her to the top of the world ranking

JOY. Naomi Osaka gets to relish her Grand Slam win this time unlike her tearful title romp in the US Open. Photo from Australian Open

New world No. 1: Osaka rules Australian Open

Jan 26, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Japanese star Naomi Osaka becomes the first Asian to hold the world's top tennis ranking

BACK-TO-BACK. Naomi Osaka outlasts Petra Kvitova to capture her second straight Grand Slam crown. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

WATCH: Djokovic, Nadal set up Australian Open title showpiece

Jan 26, 2019 - 2:13 PM

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal prove to be unforgiving in their march to the 2019 Australian Open final

HISTORIC. Records are in sight in the Novak Djokovic-Rafael Nadal title duel. Photos from AFP

Dominant Djokovic demolishes Pouille to set up Nadal final

Jan 25, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Novak Djokovic arranges a blockbuster Australian Open championship duel against the similarly ruthless Rafael Nadal

QUICK WORK. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic celebrates after quickly bundling out regular practice partner Lucas Pouille in the semifinal. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Ruthless Nadal routs Tsitsipas to reach Australian Open final

Jan 24, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Rafael Nadal advances to the final to face either world No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Lucas Pouile

Spain's Rafael Nadal (right) embraces Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas as he celebrates his semifinal victory. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Osaka sets up Australian Open final with Kvitova

Jan 24, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Japanese star Naomi Osaka outlasts Karolina Pliskova in the semifinal to reach a second straight Grand Slam title decider

BIG TARGET. Naomi Osaka bids to become the first woman since Serena Williams in 2015 to rule the US and Australian Opens back to back.Photo by David Gray/AFP

Go For Gold, Sunrise team up to discover new triathlon talents

Jan 24, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Go For Gold aims to develop future national athletes like Nikko Huelgas through the Sunrise Sprint series

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT. (from left to right) Nikko Huelgas, Jeremy Go and Fred Uytengsu work together to develop the grassroots program of Philippine triathlon. Photo from release

Djokovic through to Pouile semis after Nishikori retires

Jan 23, 2019 - 7:39 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic enjoys an early night as Kei Nishikori retires with a thigh strain in the Australian Open

LUCKY BREAK. After a late-night quarterfinal win, Novak Djokovic luckily cruises through the Final Four. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Serena to 'keep soldiering on' in search of 24th Slam

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Karolina Pliskova slays to halt Serena Williams' bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title

LESSONS LEARNED. After blowing a huge lead against Karolina Pliskova, Serena Williams admits she needs to do more to get better. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Japan's Osaka powers past injured Svitolina into Open semis

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Naomi Osaka reaches her second straight Grand Slam semifinal in the Australian Open

STILL IN IT. Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after a point against Ukraine's Elina Svitolina during their women's singles quarterfinal match. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Sports management agencies HypeSportsPH, EMBM merge

Jan 22, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The agencies of Scottie Thompson, Japeth Aguilar and the Gomez de Liaño brothers form a partnership

PARTNERS. (from left to right) Matthew Manotoc, Paula Punla, Naveen Ganglani, Marvin Espiritu and Karina Sitaldas are forming HypeSportsPHxEMBM. Photo from release

Djokovic survives challenge to reach Australian Open quarters

Jan 21, 2019 - 10:31 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic drops a set in a physical battle with Daniil Medvedev

TOUGH EXAMINATION. Novak Djokovic continues to prove why he's the world's No. 1 men's tennis player. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Serena muscles past top seed Halep into Australian Open quarters

Jan 21, 2019 - 7:17 PM

'She's the No. 1 player in the world and there's a reason why... but I'm such a fighter, I just never give up,' says Serena Williams

HALF A CENTURY. Serena Williams makes it to her 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal after knocking out Simona Halep. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

Awesome Nadal faces Tiafoe test as Tsitsipas eyes semifinal

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:18 PM

The Spanish great says he would be on his guard against the 21-year-old American, a man he had never played

CHASING HISTORY. Rafael Nadal looks to become the first player in the Open Era to win all 4 Grand Slams at least twice. File photo by Eric Feferberg/AFP


Zverev implodes as Osaka sets up Svitolina quarterfinal

Jan 21, 2019 - 3:08 PM

The German throws a major tantrum while the Japanese keeps her composure to advance to the last 8 of the 2019 Australian Open

DIFFERENT ROUTES. Alexander Zverez crashes out while Naomi Osaka advances in the 2019 Australian Open. Photos by Javier Soriano/AFP (Zverev) and Greg Wood/AFP (Osaka)