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Charito Bandal, top PH chess player in the '70s, dies at 78

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Rosario 'Charito' Bandal played in a time when tournament prizes included modest cash, trophies or even chess clocks

Rosario 'Charito' Bandal grew up in a big chess-playing family. Photo from Bandal's Facebook account

P1 million for Asian Games gold

Aug 16, 2018 - 9:07 AM

Siklab Atleta Pilipinas Sports Foundation has offered a reward to top Filipino performers in the continental meet in Indonesia

BEST BET. Philippine weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz leads the country’s campaign in the 2018 Asian Games. File photo Noel Celis/AFP

Alonso to retire from Formula One at end of season

Aug 15, 2018 - 3:28 PM

Formula One icon Fernando Alonso says it's time for him to 'move on' after 17 years

MOVING ON. F1 racer Fernando Alonso looks forward to ‘new exciting challenges’ after the season. Photo by Jean-Francois Monier/AFP

Olympic champ Schooling leads superstars to light up 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 11:52 AM

These global sensations will be solidifying their titles as 'Asia's Best' in the upcoming continental games

1ST OLYMPIC GOLD. Singapore's Joseph Schooling poses with his gold medal on the podium of the Men's 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Coming, ready or not: thousands pour in for 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Organizers are making reassuring noises about their arrangements but Indonesia has never hosted a sports event on this scale

CLOSING IN. Foreign badminton athletes walk past laborers working on the old athletes villages renovation at the Senayan sports complex. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Koepka won't be satisfied with 3 major titles

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:17 AM

After the 2018 PGA championship, there will be more to come for Brooks Koepka

MAJOR. Brooks Koepka of the United States celebrates with the US Open Championship trophy after winning the 2018 U.S. Open. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Serena rebounds from worst loss to advance in Cincinnati tennis

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Williams manages to clean up her opponent this time around

RETURN. Serena Williams bounces back from  the worst loss of her career in San Jose. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Duterte sends off PH team to 2018 Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 - 8:12 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte holds a ceremony in Malacañang to send off some 270 athletes competing in Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte interacts with the athletes of the Philippine delegation to the 18th Asian Games as he leads the ceremonial send-off at the Rizal Hall of Malacañan Palace on August 13, 2018. The Philippine delegation is set to compete in Indonesia from August 18 to September 2. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Japanese dominate 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Compatriots Jumpei Furuya and Yurie Kato reign supreme in the men's and women's categories

DIVERSE. At least 750 triathletes from 18 countries joined the 2018 Mt. Mayon ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia


PH Blu Girls move on from sorry World Championship stint

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Philippine women's softball team aims for a historic podium finish at the Asian Games

FIRST 2018 TOURNEY. Riflayca Basa pitches in relief in the last two innings of the game versus the Netherlands allowing two hits but no runs. Photo from WBSC

2018 Asian Games: PH softball vies for historic podium finish

Aug 13, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The Philippine Blu Girls like their chances in this year's continental games in Jakarta

SOLID CHANCES. The Philippine Blu Girls like their chances in the 2018 Asian Games. Photo by Mia Montayre

Koepka holds off Woods to win 100th PGA Championship

Aug 13, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Koepka became only the 5th player to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gene Sarazen and Ben Hogan

CHAMP. Brooks Koepka of the US poses with his girlfriend, Jena Sims, and the Wanamaker Trophy on the 18th green after winning the 2018 PGA Championshipat Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images/AFP

2018 Asian Games: PH jins aim to surpass 5-bronze haul

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:48 PM

Kirstie Alora and Samuel Morrison banner the Philippine taekwondo team's Asiad campaign

SEARCH FOR GOLD. 2016 Asian Championships silver medalist Kirstie Alora banners the Taekwondo national team. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

POC: NBA 'broke the hearts of 100 million Filipinos'

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'We were one clearance away,' says POC official Patrick Gregorio after the NBA turned down the country's request to line up Jordan Clarkson in the Asian Games

NO GO. Philippine sports officials said they 'worked round the clock' to get Jordan Clarkson only to be denied by the NBA. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Former Tour champ Ullrich admitted to psychiatric hospital

Aug 11, 2018 - 7:06 PM

The German cycling star, who has been suffering from drug and alcohol problems, is under investigation for attempted manslaughter

FALL FROM GRACE. Jan Ullrich (in pink) used to be a sporting hero as the only German to have won the Tour de France in 1997. File photo by Joel Saget/AFP

NBA champ Steph Curry finishes last in Web.com golf event

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:18 PM

The Golden State Warriors star places a whopping 33 shots behind the 36-hole leader Alex Prugh

AMATEUR. Stephen Curry, playing as an amateur, tees off on the 17th hole during round 2 of the Ellie Mae Classic. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Daniel Caluag still a go for 2018 Asian Games

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:49 PM

PhilCycling quells talks that the Asian BMX cycling champion won't be around to defend his title

CHAMPION BIKER. Daniel Caluag, seen during the 2012 Summer Olympics, brings home a bronze in the 29th SEA Games. File photo by Odd Anderson/AFP

Indonesia ready to roll for 2018 Asian Games

Aug 11, 2018 - 2:15 PM

Host Indonesia is all set to welcome 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries

KICK OFF. The 2018 Asian Games torch makes a stop in Purwakarta before heading to Jakarta late this week. Photo from official Asian Games website

NBA star Steph Curry shoots 71 in Web.com golf event

Aug 10, 2018 - 2:47 PM

The Golden State Warriors star trails by 8 strokes in the opening round of the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic

CROSSOVER. NBA player Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lines up a putt on the 9th hole during round 1 of the Ellie Mae Classic. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle dead at 36

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:35 AM

The former US PGA Tour player loses his battle with cancer

FAREWELL. ’My time was short,’ said Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle. File photo by William West/AFP

Quizon, Mordido rule Eastern Asia juniors chess

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Filipino chess prodigies Daniel Quizon and Kylen Mordido earn International Master norms

GENIUS. Chess officials see Filipino whiz Daniel Quizon (left) as the country’s 'next Wesley So.' Photo from Ignatius Leong's Facebook page

Top US college tennis coaches to visit Manila

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Young Filipino tennis players get a shot at bringing their talents overseas

EXPOSURE CAMP. Young tennis players get to find out about US college tennis, recruitment process and opportunities, and university admission tips. Photo from AddedSport

PH weightlifters bag medals in Indonesia Youth championship

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:06 PM

14-year-old Vanessa Sarno leads the pack with 3 gold medals

FUTURE. (from left to right) Vanessa Sarno, Rosegie Ramos, John Paolo Rivera Jr and Jane Linete Hipolito brought home a total of 12 medals from Bali, Indonesia. Photo Beatrice Go/Rappler

Serena Williams admits suffering from postpartum emotions

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Williams' disclosure comes a week after she suffered the worst loss of her career

POSTPARTUM. File photo shows Serena Williams during her recent lost in the  Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Tanauan-PH claims 2018 Senior League Softball World Series tiara

Aug 06, 2018 - 7:22 PM

Royevel Palma stars for Tanauan Little League after striking out 15 and allowing only two hits and zero runs in 7 innings

CHAMPS. Tanauan Little League becomes the first team from the Asia-Pacific region to win a Senior League World Series title. Photo from littleleague.org


Andy Murray climbs 457 places in ATP rankings

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The former world number one is continuing his comeback from an 11-month injury layoff

RISING THROUGH THE RANKS. Andy Murray is now ranked 357th. Photo by Martin Bernetti


Ironman organizer 'gets lucky' with new Cebu course

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:22 PM

Many Ironman professionals laud Fred Uytengsu and company for the great race organization

TECHNICAL ROUTE. Four-time Cebu Ironman champion Caroline Steffen is one of the pros who prefer the new bike route for it's technicality. Photo from press release

A decade on, Olympics changed China, but not how many hoped

Aug 06, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Ten years later, Communist control is more concentrated than at any time since the era of Mao Zedong

BACK AT IT. China will once again host the quadrennial showpiece in 2022 after winning the hosting rights for the Winter Olympics. Photo from Shutterstock


Pinoys nab Ironman 70.3 world championship slots

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:30 PM

Asian elite winners Banjo Norte and Alexandra Ganzon are going to Nice, France in 2019 to compete against some of the world's top triathletes

PINOY PRIDE. Banjo Norte (left) and Alexandra Ganzon top the Asian elite category while competing among the world's best in the Ironman 70.3. Photos by Beatrice Go/Rappler

WATCH: How Ironman darling Mendez fell in love with PH

Aug 05, 2018 - 4:56 PM

The Filipino fan favorite from Mexico recalls how he first felt that he was part of a family in the Philippines

FAN FAVORITE. Mauricio Mendez swoons the crowd after clinching the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific title. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Mendez, Kahlefeldt clinch Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific titles

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The 2018 Davao Ironman 70.3 winners repeat their title performances in Cebu

STREAKING. Mauricio Mendez (left) and Radka Kahlefeldt win the Ironman titles again in their second time in the Philippines this year. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Colorful parade opens 10th Gay Games in Paris

Aug 05, 2018 - 10:50 AM

The aim of the games is to combat discrimination, promote the recognition and freedoms of LGBT people

UNIFIED. More than 10,000 participants from 90 countries around the world, including some where homosexuality is illegal or repressed, gather in Paris, France for the Gay Games. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP


2018 Ironkids: Borja nips Pusing by fraction of a second

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:02 PM

National developmental team members Zedrick Borja and Moira Erediano rule the 13-14 age group of the swim-bike-run race

CLOSE FIGHT. Age group champion Zedrick Borja (left) edges out Clifford Pusing by 1/10 of a second. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

World's best duke it out in Ironman Asia

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:17 PM

Tim Reed and Melissa Hauschildt are picked as favorites to rule the Asia-Pacific triathlon championships in Cebu

AUSSIE RULE. Australians Melissa Hauschildt (left) and Tim Reed look to continue their Asia-Pacific Ironman reign. Photos by Ironman Philippines (Hauschildt) and Beatrice Go/Rappler (Reed)

Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee lead Ironman relay squad

Aug 03, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The two celebrities banner the Sun Life relay team vying for honors in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu

STAR POWER. Sun Life Financial boasts a star-studded team composed of celebrity athletes like Piolo Pascual, company executives and elite athletes. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PH shooting eyes UP, Ateneo as breeding grounds

Aug 02, 2018 - 8:27 PM

The Philippine National Shooting Association leaders aim to discover new talents for the national pool

NEW LEADERS. The Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) officials take their oath of service in the Philippine Olympic Committee. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

LOOK: Michael Phelps congratulates Pinoy Clark Kent

Aug 02, 2018 - 6:00 PM

(UPDATED) The world's most decorated Olympian praises 10-year-old Clark Kent 'Superman' Apuada for smashing his record

FUTURE GREAT. Filipino-American Clark Kent Apuada (left) gets noticed by swimming legend Michael Phelps. Photos from Facebook

Pinoy junior tankers smash long-standing records in U.S.

Aug 02, 2018 - 12:14 PM

Nicole Oliva sets a new Philippine record in girls butterfly as 10-year-old Clark Kent Apuada shatters Michael Phelps' 23-year-old mark

FUTURE STARS. Clark Kent Apuada (left) and Nicole Oliva banners US competitions with their record-smashing performances. Photos from Facebook

World slots up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Age-group berths for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in France are up for grabs in the Cebu race

FAVORITE. Three-time world champion Melissa Hauschildt of Australia hopes to flash her winning Ironman form in Cebu.

Sports bits: Azkals tickets on sale, Perlas hold fans day, ColorManila set

Aug 01, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Here are some updates on the Philippine football team, BanKo Perlas Spikers and the ColorManila race

FUN RUN. ColorManila brings the unique obstacle race to Davao.

Serena suffers worst defeat of her career

Aug 01, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Unseeded Johanna Konta stuns former world number one Serena Williams at the WTA San Jose

STUNNER. Serena Williams bows to Johanna Konta in just 51 minutes. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Thomas fulfills childhood dream of winning Tour de France

Jul 30, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Geraint Thomas, a 32-year-old Welshman, became the third Briton to win the fabled race after four-time and defending champion Chris and Bradley Wiggins

CHAMP. Tour de France 2018 winner Great Britain's Geraint Thomas (center), wearing a Welsh flag and the overall leader's yellow jersey, second-placed Netherlands' Tom Dumoulin (left) and third-placed Great Britain's Christopher Froome celebrate on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race. Photo by Stephane Mantey/pool/AFP photo

Manila Milo Marathon champions seek SEA Games slots

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The top placers in the Manila leg hope for a repeat win in the national finals where they get a chance to earn spots in the 2019 Manila SEA Games

NATIONALS-BOUND. Christine Hallasgo and Jeson Agravante lead the marathon finishers of the 42nd National Milo Marathon Manila leg. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

RAW Deal: Evolution is no longer a mystery

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:39 PM

WWE finally decides to feature an all-women pay-per-view event

GIRL POWER. The launch of the WWE all-women championships proves that the ladies of wrestling should be taken seriously. Photo from WWE.com

Solenn Heussaff cracks personal best in Milo Marathon

Jul 29, 2018 - 12:52 PM

The French-Filipino celebrity attains a personal 10K milestone despite the early morning rain

FITSPIRATION. Solenn Heussaff proves that she can compete with some of the best in the country as she finishes in the top 10 of her division. Photo from Instagram (@milophilippines)

'Great guy' Thomas takes over Tour mantle

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:21 AM

Former Olympic champion Geraint Thomas virtually secures the Tour de France title

HISTORIC. Geraint Thomas is set to become the first Welshman to rule the grueling multi-stage cycling event. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hurdlers Medina, Unso strike gold in Vietnam Open

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Philippine bets Francis Medina and Patrick Unso shine in the last major athletics event before the Asian Games

CHAMP. Philippine bet Francis Medina (center) rules the 400m hurdles at the Vietnam Open. Photo from Medina’s Facebook account

Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour hits Manila

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Filipino sports fans get a chance to see rugby’s most coveted trophy

TROPHY TOUR. Junior players from development clubs and foundations of the Philippine Rugby Football Union pose with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Sports bits: PH Para bets get boost, GAB issues licenses to pro 3-point shooters

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Here's some good news from the Philippine Paralympic Committee and other roundup of local sports events

 NEW ALLY. Mighty Sports officials (from left) Gen. Melito Mabilin (ret.), Caesar Angelo Wongchuking, and Dr. John Edwin Sy are shown with PPC executive director Dennis Esta, para athletes Edwin Villanueva, Roland Sabido and RufoTablang during the turnover of cash donation.

Belingon clinches ONE crown, Folayang avenges home loss

Jul 28, 2018 - 12:26 AM

Kevin Belingon and Eduard Folayang banner the famed Team Lakay's successful night at ONE: Reign of Kings

Eduard Folayang. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler