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Youngsters rule National Chess championships

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:06 PM

Haridas Pascua, 25, and Shania Mendoza, 19, are crowned national chess champions

CHAMPS. Haridas Pascua and Shania Mendoza reign supreme in the men's and women's division, respectively, of the National Chess Championships. Photo from Shutterstock


Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo ready to take spotlight in World Cup

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The versatile 6-foot-7 youngster is finally suiting up for the Batang Gilas squad, just in time for the FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina starting June 30

THREE POSITIONS. Batang Gilas first-timer Carl Tamayo. Photo by John Remil Isaga/Rappler

Why the Jeff Chan trade is a game changer for Ginebra

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The Gin Kings' move has low-risk, high-reward potential written all over it

NEW SQUAD. Jeff Chan will be playing in his 4th team in 10 years. Photo from PBA Images


LOOK: Donovan Mitchell holds mini-clinic, attends PBA’s Manila Clasico

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The NBA Rookie of the Year candidate makes his Philippine visit worthwhile

Koreas discuss joint teams at Asian Games

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:29 PM

North and South Korea formed their first-ever unified Olympic team – a joint women's ice hockey squad – for the 2018 Winter Games

JOINT. South Korea's chief delegate Jeon Choong-ryul (R) shaking hands with his North Korean counterpart Won Kil U (L) during their athletic talks at the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarised zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. Photo from AFP/South Korean Culture, Sports and Tourism Ministry


After MPBL disappointment, Abu Tratter gets call from Gilas for Asiad

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The former La Salle forward is part of the 12-man Philippine team that will fly to Indonesia in August for the Asian Games

NEXT LEVEL. Abu Tratter will be seeing action for the national team for the second time. File photo from PBA Images


CEU spoils Andre Paras' return for hapless AMA

Jun 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Not even a double-double from Paras could give the Titans their first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup

BIG WIN. The Scorpions bag their second win in 4 games while the Titans remained winless in 4 outings. Photo from PBA Images


Marinero Pilipino toys with Batangas-EAC with 42-point rout

Jun 18, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The Skippers ride on balanced scoring attack with 5 players reaching double figures

TOPSCORER. Robbie Manalang paces the Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points. Photo from PBA Images


PH pole vaulter EJ Obiena betters SEA Games record twice in Europe

Jun 18, 2018 - 4:31 PM

The national team mainstay is working on making it to the 2018 Asian Games podium

RETURN. EJ Obiena is back to grinding it out after almost a year of recovering from the ACL injury. Photo from Facebook (Ernest Obiena)

Rivero, Paras join Castro, Romeo in Gilas lineup for Asian Games

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:54 PM

The Philippine delegation to the Asiad will be a mix of TNT KaTropa players and Gilas cadets

BETTER FINISH. Gilas Pilipinas aim to improve from their 7th-place finish in the last edition of the Asian Games.


With second US Open title, Brooks Koepka can't be overlooked now

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Koepka reasserts his mastery in the US Open, beating household names in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and world number one Dustin Johnson

CHAMP. Brooks Koepka is the US Open king for the second straight year. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP


PSC to recognize Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:52 PM

The national federation will need PSC's recognition for financial assistance in the upcoming Kazakhstan tournament

Croatia to consult Messi's teammate for advice on thwarting Argentina star

Jun 18, 2018 - 12:27 PM

Lionel Messi eyes to beat Croatia after Argentina figured in a draw in its opening game against Iceland

MARKED MAN. Lionel Messi will be a marked man when Argentina meets Croatia in the World Cup. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev


Ginebra acquires Jeff Chan in trade with Phoenix

Jun 18, 2018 - 11:15 AM

The veteran sharpshooter averaged 11.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 9 games he played for the Fuel Masters in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup

NEW TEAM. Jeff Chan will be wearing the Barangay Ginebra colors the next time he plays. File photo from PBA Images


Brazil suffers first-night nerves in Swiss stalemate

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:11 AM

The Brazilians’ bid for a 6th World Cup gets off to a slow start as the favorites settle for a draw against the Swiss

CHALLENGE. Neymar (center) falls as a gritty Switzerland side keeps pace with powerhouse Brazil. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Germany 'very bad' in shock Mexico loss

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The defending World Cup champions bow to the Mexicans only for the second time in history

MATCH HERO. Mexican forward Hirving Lozano celebrates after scoring against defending champion Germany. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Ginebra still not at its best despite romp of Magnolia, says Greg Slaughter

Jun 17, 2018 - 11:15 PM

The win brings the Gin Kings into a more comfortable position in the playoff race, where 4 teams are still vying for a quarterfinals slot

DOUBLE-DOUBLE. Greg Slaughter submits 12 points and 14 rebounds as Barangay Ginebra wins back-to-back games for the first time in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA


Federer wins 98th ATP title ahead of world number one return

Jun 17, 2018 - 10:23 PM

The title romp in Stuttgart augurs well for Roger Federer's chase for a 9th Wimbledon triumph next month

CHAMP AGAIN. Switzerland's Roger Federer outlasts Canada's Milos Raonic in the finals to rule the ATP Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Ginebra annihilates Magnolia for 7th straight Manila Clasico win

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:50 PM

Justin Brownlee's double-double pushes the Gin Kings to their 3rd win in 8 games

SALVAGE. Justin Brownlee saves Barangay Ginebra from being in a tough position with 35 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Trackster Bautista bags silver in 2018 Korean Open

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Hurdler Clinton Bautista emerges as the only Filipino medalist as two others fail to crack the top 3

Best Player of the Conference award not Vic Manuel's priority

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:12 PM

'The Muscle Man' is the highest scoring local in the Commissioner's Cup with 24.2 points despite norming just 22.2 minutes per game

CONSISTENT. Vic Manuel extends his streak of scoring at least 20 points to 8 straight games. File photo from PBA Images


Meralco hands Alaska first loss in almost two months

Jun 17, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The Aces see their 7-game winning streak come to an end as the Bolts hold them to a conference-low in scoring

TOP SCORER. Chris Newsome paces the Meralco Bolts with 18 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Donovan Mitchell recruits Paul George, LeBron to Utah Jazz

Jun 17, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The NBA rookie sensation, who's in Manila for the first time, makes his own recruitment pitch to the superstar free agents

RISING STAR. NBA slamdunk champion Donovan Mitchell may just be part of a potential Utah Jazz "Big 3." Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

RAW Deal: Depositing Money in the Bank 2018

Jun 17, 2018 - 4:08 PM

This may finally be the moment Shinsuke Nakamura wins the title he’s been chasing since January

SHOWDOWN. This year's Money in the Bank may go down as the most exciting yet. Photo from WWE.com

Spence keeps title with quick KO of Ocampo

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:06 PM

The American boxer decks Mexican challenger Carlos Ocampo right in the first round

POWER PUNCH. Errol Spence sends previously unbeaten challenger Carlos Ocampo to the canvas to score his 21st career knockout. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Gutted by Grenfell fire, boxing gym comes off the ropes

Jun 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Dale Youth boxing club, which has produced two world champions in George Groves and James DeGale, is operating temporarily out of a multi-story car park in west London near the site of the blaze.

BOXING HOPEFUL. Young boxer Sulayman looks on during a training session at the Box Clever Sports club in Ladbroke Grove, west London on June 8, 2018. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Former New Zealand beauty queen competes in Xterra Albay

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Kristy Jennings and Bradley Weiss join the off-road triathlon in Legazpi City, Albay

SPORTSWOMAN. Former beauty queen Kristy Jennings is in the Philippines for a series of sporting events. Photo from Jennings' Instagram

World Cup duel: Ronaldo 1 - Messi 0

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Ronaldo revels after dramatic hat-trick as Messi misses in the first round of the global football showcase

ETERNAL RIVALS. Who’s better? The never-ending debate pitting superstars Lionel Messi of Argentina (left) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal continues. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Federer reclaims world number one title

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:53 AM

The 36-year-old Swiss regains his place at the top on Monday as Rafael Nadal slips to second heading to Wimbledon

ON TOP. Roger Federer says ‘it’s quite fun’ that the world number title has been going back and forth between him and Rafael Nadal. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Iceland's hero keeper did homework to psych out Messi

Jun 17, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Football superstar Lionel Messi misses penalty as World Cup debutant Iceland holds Argentina to 1-1 draw

STUNNER. Messi (right) fires a free kick against an Iceland side that finds a hero in goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson (left). Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

San Miguel coach Austria salutes Santos, Lassiter despite ejections

Jun 17, 2018 - 8:24 AM

Arwind Santos almost comes to blows with Tony Semerad while Marcio Lassiter figures in a word war with Terrence Romeo

DEPTH. The San Miguel lost key cogs Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos to ejections but managed to survive and nipped the TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel staves off TNT behind Balkman's 43 in scuffle-marred game

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:49 PM

The Beermen survive without Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos, who both got ejected together with the KaTropa's Terrence Romeo and Tony Semerad

BEAST. Renaldo Balkman finished with 43 points, 15 rebounds, 6 blocks and 4 assists as the San Miguel Beermen nab their 4th win in 8 games. Photo from PBA Images


Griezmann hits historic VAR penalty as France slips past Australia

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:41 PM

The World Cup utilizes the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system for the first time

TIGHT DUEL. French forward Antoine Griezmann (right) gets challenged by Australian defender Aziz Behich during their Group C football match. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

'No hard feelings' for Thomas Dooley after Azkals sacking

Jun 16, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The former USA team captain, who steered the Philippine football team to a historic Asian Cup berth, ends his coaching stint after 4 years

BRIGHT FUTURE. Thomas Dooley believes the Philippines can be an Asian powerhouse in football. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Johnson stars as Rain or Shine escapes Phoenix to gain solo top spot

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:12 PM

The Elasto Painters bagged their 5th straight win to improve to a league-leading 8-1 record

CLUTCH. Reggie Johnson chalks up a double-double and hits timely buckets to steer the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to their 5th straight win. Photo from PBA Images


Bright shines for Perlas, Ubben-Whyte duo tows Oragons in PVL quarters

Jun 16, 2018 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) Banko Perlas pins a first quarterfinal loss on Pocari, while Iriga-Navy halts a two-game skid

MPBL warns Parks: Repeat offense may lead to severe sanction

Jun 16, 2018 - 1:49 PM

Commissioner Kenneth Duremdes issues Ray Parks a memo for his disparaging statements on the fledgling basketball league

WARNING. The MPBL reminds newcomer Ray Parks to abide by the league rules and regulations. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Neymar puts injury woe behind, kicks off World Cup assault

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:54 PM

The Brazilian superstar appears to have fully recovered from a foot fracture

Kawhi Leonard wants out of Spurs, looks for Lakers trade

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Reports say the relationship between Leonard and San Antonio may be irreparably damaged

NEW POWERHOUSE? Kawhi Leonard may end up with the LA Lakers, which can assemble a new superteam with incoming free agents LeBron James and Paul George also linked to join the glamour squad. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

Paolo Orbeta leaves past nightmares, treads new basketball path

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The once embattled CSB Blazers point guard now owns the Makati team that's set to debut in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League

UNDYING LOVE. Paolo Orbeta pursues a different basketball dream and offers his new path to his son Grey.  Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Ronaldo hat-trick steals show as Portugal and Spain draw classic

Jun 16, 2018 - 7:07 AM

After only 3 goals in the last 3 World Cups, Cristiano Ronaldo doubles his tournament tally in one night

INCREDIBLE. Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring his hat-trick during the 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Portugal and Spain. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Yeng Guiao sees mix of Jimwell Torion, Willie Miller in rookie Mac Tallo

Jun 16, 2018 - 6:46 AM

The Cebuano rookie finishes with 11 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and two blocks as the NLEX Road Warriors fall short against the Alaska Aces

Uruguay strikes late to beat Egypt as Salah sits out match

Jun 15, 2018 - 10:31 PM

Jose Gimenez scores last-gasp goal as Uruguay kicks off its FIFA World Cup 2018 bid with a dramatic win

CLUTCH. Uruguay's defender Jose Gimenez celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Egypt. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Alaska keeps hot streak alive, downs NLEX for 7th straight win

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:13 PM

It is the first time the Aces have beaten the Road Warriors since Yeng Guiao took the coaching reins for NLEX

Adamson, St. Benilde clinch FilOil quarters seats

Jun 15, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The Falcons soar past the Lyceum Pirates, while the Blazers overpower the San Sebastian Stags

TOP SCORER. Jerrick Ahanmisi leads the Adamson Falcons to their 6th triumph. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Bong Ramos to Blackwater: 'Para akong binitawan sa ere'

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:53 PM

The Elite barely looked like the team that defeated contender Magnolia and almost pulled off an upset against league-leading Rain or Shine

DEMOLITION. The Blackwater Elite absorb a 27-point beating from the Meralco Bolts. Photo from PBA Images


Thomas Dooley: A retrospective

Jun 15, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The outspoken nature of the former Philippine football coach may have cost him his post, but the American deserves praise for the Azkals' play under his watch

Subido fires 30 as UST bows out with a win

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:54 PM

The Growling Tigers wrap up their campaign in the preseason basketball tournament with a 2-6 record

ON FIRE. Renzo Subido sizzles in the UST Growling TIgers' last FilOil game. Rappler file photo

Streaking Meralco toys with Blackwater to clinch playoffs spot

Jun 15, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Five players finish in double figures to electrify the Bolts early on the way to a 3rd straight win

FLEXING HIS MUSCLES. Arinze Onuaku finishes with a double-double to anchor the Bolts to their 6th win in 8 games. Photo from PBA Images


San Beda drubs EAC, books Filoil quarters slot

Jun 15, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The Red Lions advance to the next round after picking up their 7th win in 9 games in the preseason basketball tournament

BALANCED CHARGE. San Beda standoout Javee Mocon steps up along with Kenmark Cariño and Toba Eugene in the lopsided victory. Rappler file photo