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Rappler Talk Sports: UAAP S80 men's basketball champions Ateneo Blue Eagles

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:06 AM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles drop by the Rappler office to talk about their championship win

Tyson Fury cleared to fight again after 'nightmare' two-year layoff

Dec 13, 2017 - 8:26 AM

Tyson Fury's two-year ban for a positive drug test has been backdated, clearing the way for his ring return

RING RUST. Tyson Fury has dealt with many problems since winning the heavyweight title, having ballooned in weight, failed drug tests, and suffered depression. File photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

A brotherhood of champions: A guide to the members who defined the 2017 Ateneo Blue Eagles

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The GUIDON Sports Basketball writers look back at the cast of characters of the 2017 Ateneo Blue Eagles

Stalzer, Hurley combine for 40 as Petron wins PSL finals opener

Dec 12, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Petron now leads F2 1-0 in the PSL best-of-three finals

WATCH: Michael Jordan says 'Mabuhay' to the Philippines

Dec 12, 2017 - 9:01 PM

When Jordan speaks, you listen

LEGEND. Michael Jordan continues to inspire Filipino athletes to always give their all and hydrate with Gatorade.

Foton bounces back, sweeps Cocolife for bronze in PSL

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Foton Logistics is the bronze medalist of the Philippine Superliga

BRONZE. Foton bests Cocolife in 3 sets for the bronze medal. Photo by Roman Prospero/Philippine Superliga

AMA nabs Fil-Canadian Owen Graham PBA D-League top pick, Pasaol to Marinerong Pilipino

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:08 PM

Owen Graham will be seeing action with AMA next year in the PBA D-League

UNCONVENTIONAL. AMA Online Education surprises everyone in selecting Fil-Canadian Owen Graham as the top pick. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

[Gameplan] Beginners try suspension training

Dec 12, 2017 - 6:16 PM

Strengthen your core with suspension training!

Rockets and Warriors roll on to remain top 2 in the West

Dec 12, 2017 - 5:08 PM

The Rockets make late scoring spree from guards James Harden and Chris Paul to thank for the win

7TH STRAIGHT. Klay Thompson leads the Curry-less Warriors to their 7th straight victory. File photo from AFP

Wesley So beats former world champ Anand, finishes co-3rd in London Chess Classic

Dec 12, 2017 - 1:01 PM

(UPDATED) Wesley So collected draws in all his previous matches before pulling off his win over Anand in the $300,000 chess classic

THIRD. Wesley So finished co-3rd place in the London Chess Classic. From his Facebook account

Bulls trample Celtics as Irving sits with thigh injury

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:33 PM

The Celtics miss Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris due to injuries

SHORT-STAFFED. Chicago and Boston switch roles as the lowly Bulls topple the Celtics. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Ronaldo vs Neymar as Real Madrid draws PSG in Champions League

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:57 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid stands in the way of Neymar's Paris Saint-Germain after the big-spending duo were drawn together in the tie of the round in the Champions League last 16

SUMMIT CLASH. Stars will collide as PSG and Real Madrid face off in the round of 16. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

[OPINION] Why the Boston Celtics shouldn’t rush to bring back Gordon Hayward this season

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:04 PM

Hayward needs more time for recovery as this might cause problems for the Boston Celtics

NOT OUT FOR THE SEASON. Hayward was stretchered out of the court when he fractured his ankle in the opening game but now there is a possibility of him returning. File photo from Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

PFL holds inaugural finals series in Pana-ad Stadium

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The PFL finalizes the venue of the Global Cebu vs Ceres-Negros finals match

FINALS. Bienvenido Marañon in his second leg match against Kaya. File photo by Ceres Media

Neymar heads to Brazil for 'personal matters'

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Neymar might miss Wednesday's clash with Strasbourg

PERSONAL MATTERS. Neymar heads home to Brazil for personal reasons. Photo from AFP

Global Cebu FC wants to host PFL finals in Cebu City Sports Complex

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Global makes up for not hosting their home semis match in Cebu by appealing to bring the finals to their home pitch

HOME PITCH. Global Cebu FC will be facing Ceres Negros at home. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook

IOC 'confident' Tokyo 2020 venues will be ready on time

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:53 PM

IOC's Games coordination commission chairman John Coates backs Tokyo 2020 to deliver the venue on time

WBO champ Jeff Horn a 'dirty' fighter, taunts challenger Corcoran's camp

Dec 11, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Australian champion Jeff Horn defends his World Boxing Organization welterweight belt for the first time against English challenger Gary Corcoran in Brisbane on December 13

NEXT FIGHT. World Boxing Organization titleholder Jeff Horn (left) of Australia and Gary Corcoran of Britain attend a press conference at Brisbane Convention Centre on October 23, 2017. Horn will defend his WBO World welterweight title for the first time when he takes on Corcoran on December 13. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Boston Celtics breeze past slumping Detroit Pistons

Dec 11, 2017 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) The Celtics are on a mission to continue their winning ways and even open up to the possibility of having Hayward back within the season

REVENGE. The Boston Celtics exact revenge on the Pistons as Al Horford led the team with 18 points. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup: PH up against Jordan, China, Thailand

Dec 10, 2017 - 4:10 PM

This will be the first senior national team in Philippine football history to reach an Asian Cup finals

SUPERHEROINE. The new logo concept features the female footballer as a superheroine – capturing the strength, agility, intelligence and bravery in the women’s game.

Lebron James carries Cleveland Cavs, Clippers edge Wizards

Dec 10, 2017 - 2:27 PM

James had a hand in Cleveland's final 22 points of the game as he finished with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists in 39 minutes

Lomachenko forces Rigondeaux to quit on his stool

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:46 PM

Guillermo Rigondeaux packs it in after the sixth round, quitting on his stool for his first ever defeat as a pro.

EASY WORK. Vasyl Lomachenko puts a beating on Guillermo Rigondeaux until the Cuban fighter quits on his stool following the sixth round. File photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images/AFP

Ateneo honors its UAAP Season 80 champions with bonfire party

Dec 10, 2017 - 12:18 PM

While the celebrations were for teams of all sports, the men’s basketball team was the focus of the annual party

ONE BIG FIGHT. The Ateneo community comes together to celebrate with their champion teams. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

WATCH: Ateneo UAAP S80 first sem champion teams light bonfire

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The Ateneo community celebrates the glory of their champion teams of the first half of UAAP Season 80

BONFIRE.The Ateneo de Manila University community holds a bonfire party to celebrate its UAAP teams' successes in the first semester of the league. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Clippers, Williams sink Wizards with game-winning three-pointer

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Lou Williams sinks the go-ahead shot with 1.2 remaining to give LA the win

CLUTCH GENE. Lou Williams puts the Clippers up for good with a dagger of a three-pointer. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo bonfire celebrates UAAP S80 athletic excellence

Dec 09, 2017 - 11:22 PM

(UPDATED) Scenes during the bonfire to honor the Ateneo UAAP champions

BONFIRE. The Ateneo de Manila University community holds a bonfire party to celebrate its UAAP Teams' successes in the first semester of the league. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Stalzer, Hurley scorch hot as Petron eliminates Foton to return to PSL finals

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:17 PM

The Petron Blaze Spikers claim the right to challenge the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in the best-of-3 finals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix

PH to co-host 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan, Indonesia

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:03 PM

(3RD UPDATE) This marks the first time multiple countries will jointly host the basketball World Cup

Baldwin draws inspiration from Bear Bryant in team system

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:56 PM

The success of the team boils down to the character that each Blue Eagle had manifested in the 10 months of training

NO 'I' IN TEAM. Coach Tab Baldwin had to 'break' the Blue Eagles to make them realize the importance of 'team'. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

F2 Logistics advances to PSL finals with rout of Cocolife

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:24 PM

F2 logistics is now one of the finalists of the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix

FINALS. F2 Logistics clinch PSL Grand Prix 2017 finals berth in 3 sets. Photo from Philippine Super Liga Facebook

Aston Palicte sets sights on title fight after dismantling Jose Rodriguez in Texas

Dec 09, 2017 - 6:35 PM

Aston Palicte is in devastating form for his most experienced foe to date, stopping Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in 5 rounds

HEAVY HITTER. Aston Palicte finished off the former title challenger from Mexico with a mix of uppercuts and overhand rights. File photo by Ryan Songalia/Rappler

Indiana Pacers stop cold streaking Cleveland Cavaliers

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:17 PM

The Pacers beat the Cavs, denying the NBA defending champions of their 14th straight win

CLUTCH BASKETS. Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 8, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

'Japan's Babe Ruth' Shohei Ohtani joins Angels in U.S. Major League Baseball

Dec 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Shohei Ohtani agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels, but the US MLB team must pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani's Japanese club the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

JAPAN'S PRIDE. Major League Baseball Tweets Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese baseball sensation, agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels. Screengrab from @MLB

Vasyl Lomachenko takes on unbeaten Guillermo Rigondeaux

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The 29-year-old Lomachenko (9-1, 7 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Organization junior lightweight belt against the unbeaten Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) when they meet at Madison Square Garden Theater

PROMISING. File photo of Vasyl Lomachenko of Ukraine after beating Miguel Marriaga of Columbia by TKO in the seventh round during their WBO World Championship Junior Lightweight title fight at the Microsoft Theater on August 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao launches search to discover Chinese boxing stars

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:34 AM

There are plans to build a Manny Pacquiao International Boxing Academy in Beijing to develop the sport in the world's most populous country

LOOKING AT CHINA. File photo of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao (right) fighting Jeff Horn of Australia last July 2, 2017. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/ AFP

Derrick Rose back with Cavs, but might need ankle operation

Dec 09, 2017 - 8:12 AM

A sore left ankle, the latest in a litany of injuries for the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player, has sidelined Rose on November 7, and he later took an extended break as he weighed his options

ANOTHER OPERATION. File photo of Derrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers driving around Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo wins 5th Ballon d'Or award

Dec 09, 2017 - 7:54 AM

The second successive win drew Real Madrid's Ronaldo level alongside Barcelona rival Lionel Messi with 5 Ballons d'Or (Golden Ball), after the Argentinian took second in the vote, with Brazilian Neymar 3rd

NUMERO 5. This combination of pictures created on December 8, 2017 shows file photos, at right of Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo holding his four European footballer of the year award "Ballon d'Or" (Golden ball) trophies in (from top left to bottom right) 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016 and, at left, his fifth award on December 7, 2017. AFP

LOOK: 5 best plays in the NBA today

Dec 08, 2017 - 8:48 PM

Ben Simmons trip-dubs, Brandon Ingram gets last laugh with game-winner as the young guns dominate today's NBA games

YOUNG GUNS. Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers is part of the young guns strutting their wares in the NBA. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Wesley So claims 5th draw, stays at joint second in London Chess Classic

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:03 PM

The Philippine-born So is part of the 7-man second place in the chess tournament

Serena Williams entered for 'family-friendly' Australian Open 2018

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:40 PM

All eyes in the 2018 Australian Open will be on Serena Williams, who won this year's tournament while pregnant

COMEBACK. This file photo taken on January 29, 2017 shows Serena Williams of the US posing with the championship trophy after her victory against Venus Williams of the US in the women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.  Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP

Brandon Ingram buzzer-beating triple lifts Lakers past Sixers

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:14 PM

Lonzo Ball draws the defense to set up Brandon Ingram's buzzer-beater for the Lakers win

FOR THE WIN. Brandon Ingram #14 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Larry Nance Jr. #7 after Ingram hit the game winning three pointer to give the Lakers a 107-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center on December 7, 2017 in Philadelphia,Pennsylvania. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

'Trust' turns around Ikeh's last season with the Ateneo Blue Eagles

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:41 PM

It took more than just practice to make a stronger Chibueze Ikeh this UAAP Season 80

TRUST. Chibueze Ikeh caps off his emotional roller coaster college life with a championship and renewed strength. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sixers trade disgruntled prospect Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Okafor has been riding the bench for the 76ers without seeing a single minute of action in 21 out of 23 games

TRADED. Big man Jahlil Okafor brings his show to Brooklyn. AFP photo

LaVar Ball says younger sons aiming to play overseas

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:38 AM

LaVar Ball wants his younger sons to play together overseas

BALLS. The Ball family (from) Melo, Lonzo, father LaVar, and Gelo. From the LaVar Ball's FB account.

Olympics chief seeks North Korea visit – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 11:26 AM

South Korean organizers of the Pyeongchang Olympics are pushing for the North to compete as they hope to portray the event as a symbol of peace on the flashpoint peninsula

OLYMPIC CHIEF. International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach at a press conference closing the 125th IOC session on September 10, 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Barangay Ginebra's Joe Devance out for two months

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:23 AM

Art de la Cruz takes over as Joe Devance, a crucial role player for Barangay Ginebra, undergoes foot surgery

SURGERY. Ginebra's Joe Devance underwent foot surgery and will be out for two months.

Cocolife sweeps injury-plagued Cignal to advance to PSL semis

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:47 AM

The Cocolife Asset Managers challenge the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers in the semifinals on Saturday, December 9

Foton cools hot-starting Sta. Lucia, seals PSL semis berth

Dec 08, 2017 - 1:28 AM

The Foton Tornadoes arrange a semifinals clash against rivals Petron Blaze Spikers

Why Azkals fans shouldn't panic about the losses in Taiwan

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:28 PM

The national team is beaten by Chinese Taipei and Timor Leste – a deep breath is needed

SECOND PLACE. The Azkals absorbed losses but still finished second in the Chinese Taipei Football Association International Tournament . From Azkals Facebook

Real deal Ronaldo set for Ballon d'Or No. 5

Dec 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to match his great rival Lionel Messi of Argentina by claiming a fifth Ballon d'Or as recognition for leading Real Madrid to a La Liga and Champions League double last season

FAVORED. Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo thumbs up during the UEFA Champions League group H football match Real Madrid CF vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 6, 2017. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP