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Carl Bryan Cruz white-hot from three, lifts Chooks to Go Pilipinas over Thailand

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:40 PM

Chooks-to-Go Philippines holds a 2-1 record in the league

STELLAR. Carl Bryan Cruz provides 26 points on a stellar 8/11 clip from three. Photo from FIBA Basketball

Blue Eagles' balanced team effort garners the win over the Red Warriors

Sep 24, 2017 - 4:17 PM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles are 4-0 in the league, while the Red Warriors fall to 0-4

UNDEFEATED. The Blue Eagles exhibited their deep bench over the winless Red Warriors.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Golovkin-Alvarez rematch in the works

Sep 24, 2017 - 2:36 PM

The two top middleweights could meet again to settle supremacy at 160 pounds.

REMATCH IN WORKS. Golovkin and Alvarez battled to a disputed draw, which featured a controversial 118-110 scorecard. Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Fil-Am NFL star Baldwin believes 'dehumanized' Trump’s comments can unify sports world

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr joins a growing number of athletes speaking out against Donald Trump, saying 'this can be an opportunity for us to change the narrative of society.'

SEAHAWK SWOOPS. Doug Baldwin Jr calls US president Donald Trump 'a poor example of what you can become if you remain close minded, ignorant and uneducated.' Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino boxer Romero Duno defeats crafty Juan Sanchez by decision in LA

Sep 24, 2017 - 11:54 AM

Juan Pablo Sanchez didn't come to lay down but Romero Duno gets the win by unanimous decision.

TOUGH WIN. Romero Duno had to work to a decision win against a fighter not keen on being bulldozed. Photo by Jhay Oh Otamias

Donaire, with new promoter and trainer, returns with decision win over Hernandez

Sep 24, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Nonito Donaire wins a unanimous decision against unheralded Mexican boxer Ruben Garcia Hernandez in San Antonio.

BACK WITH A WIN. Nonito Donaire Jr returned to the featherweight division with a new promoter and new head trainer. Photo from Ringstar Sports

WATCH: Philippine Underwater Hockey team aims for AUHC championship

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:28 AM

The Philippines is relying on a mix of strong veterans and young players to bring home a medal in this obscure sport.

MEDAL PROMISE. The Philippines Underwater hockey team is confident to bring home a medal from the 7th Asian Underwater Hockey Championships. Photo from Instagram @polopuckpirates

Carmelo Anthony traded to Thunder for Kanter, McDermott

Sep 24, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The Knicks will also receive a second round 2018 draft pick.

HEADED WEST. Carmelo Anthony will head to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Enes Kanter (L) and Doug McDermott. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron slams 'bum' Trump after U.S. president attacks Curry

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:54 AM

'Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up,' LeBron James tweets.

SAME TEAM. LeBron James and Steph Curry may have played against each other in the NBA Finals, but they're on the same team when it comes to Donald Trump. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

How UP's Rob Ricafort won twice in one game

Sep 24, 2017 - 7:46 AM

Behind a standing ovation from the packed lower boxes, Rob Ricafort entered a UAAP court for the first time.

MAGIC. “When I step on the court, I just try to bring the energy, I try to motivate everybody, especially when we’re going down. I have to tell everybody that we still got this.” Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

TNT KaTropa dominates Ginebra to secure twice-to-beat

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:20 PM

The TNT Katropa secured their spot in the top 4 and surged to their fourth straight win after toppling the top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

TWICE TO BEAT. Jayson Castro showed why he is one of the best guards in the league by dropping 28 points and 7 assists. Photo by PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Thailand - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:47 PM

Follow Rappler for live updates on Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA ACC match-up vs Thailand's Mono Vampire Basketball Club on Sunday, 2:30 pm

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters manhandle Blackwater Elite

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:42 PM

Rain or Shine gets the win but falls short of a top 4 spot after TNT defeated Ginebra.

PAINT JOB. Gabe Norwood added 15 points in the win over Blackwater. Photo by PBA Images

UPrising: #UPFight tops PH trends as netizens celebrate win over DLSU in UAAP

Sep 23, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Paul Desiderio, WowUP, and DLSU Green Archers also among top 10 trends shortly after the game

Chooks to Go Pilipinas falls to Palestine in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:57 PM

The Philippine team fails to recreate last night's magic, falling to Sareyyet Ramallah.

FALLING SHORT. Isaiah Austin added 13 points, 8 rebounds and two blocks but was seen limping to the locker room at halftime. File photo by Bounty Sports

UP Fighting Maroons pull off shocking win over the Green Archers

Sep 23, 2017 - 6:39 PM

The Fighting Maroons sink 16 triples, the most a team had made since 2010.

STUNNER. The UP Fighting Maroons give the defending champions their first loss. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FEU sparks late 3rd quarter comeback to crush Growling Tigers

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:09 PM

A balanced effort by the Tamaraws sparked a 16-2 run, that ultimately sealed the win for the Tamaraws

ESCAPE. The FEU Tamaraws exacted revenge on the Growling Tigers' dominant start.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Sorriest team I ever played against': Netizens rage after Astana import bashes PH team

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:47 PM

BC Astana import Justin Carter didn't exactly endear himself to basketball fans in the Philippines.

LOW BLOW. Justin Carter calls Chooks to Go the 'sorriest team' he'd ever played against, but it was Carter who shot 3-of-21 from the field. Photo from Carter's Facebook

PH improves on ASEAN Para Games finish, exceeds 2015 medal haul

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

The Philippines improves from its seventh place finish in 2015, winning 20 golds for fifth place.

MORE THAN A GAME. Prudencia Panaliga, who won gold in the women's 200m race, was one of the athletes who shone brightly at the ASEAN Para Games. Photo by Janneth Tenorio

RAW Deal: Will RAW also have No Mercy on Braun Strowman?

Sep 23, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Will Braun Strowman walk out of No Mercy as the WWE Universal champion, or will Brock Lesnar carry the title through to the Royal Rumble?

STRONG MAN. It boils down to what you believe will and should happen: does Lesnar win, but he won’t be seen again until the Royal Rumble, or does Strowman bring the championship back full-time to RAW? Photo from

Servania drops Valdez, but loses world title bid by decision

Sep 23, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Genesis Servania scores a knockdown in round 4 but Oscar Valdez boxes his way to a unanimous decision win.

VALOR IN DEFEAT. Genesis Servania dropped Oscar Valdez but lost a unanimous decision in his first fight in the United States. Photo by Top Rank

Philmar Alipayo wins first title in 19th Siargao National Surfing Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Alipayo bested his hometown's bemedalled surfer Piso Alcala in the 25-minute man-on-man finals duel despite suffering from a lower back injury.

HISTORY. Philmar Alipayo nabs his first championship in the 19th Siargao Surfing Cup. Photo by Gaps Sabuero/ 2017 PSCT Media

Jack Tepora scores crushing one-punch KO of Lusanda Komanisi in South Africa

Sep 23, 2017 - 4:18 AM

Jack Tepora sends the hometown fighter crashing to the canvas for a second round knockout win in East London, South Africa

BIG WIN. Jack Tepora proves he is a Filipino prospect to take seriously after knocking out Lusanda Komanisi in the second round. File photo from Tepora's Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Palestine - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 23, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up vs Palestine's Sareyyet Ramallah on Saturday, 4:45 pm

Ravena, Austin lead Chooks to Go comeback over Kazakhstan in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:55 PM

Team Philippines opens up the tournament with a 73-65 win over BC Astana.

STRONG START. Isaiah Austin posts a double-double of 17 points, 18 rebounds and 6 huge blocks in the win while Kiefer Ravena led the team in scoring with 22 points. File photo from Czeasar Dancel/Rappler

Durham drops triple-double to power Meralco over Globalport

Sep 22, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Globalport trims a big deficit to single digits but can't topple the Meralco Bolts

BIG STATS. Allen Durham dropped 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists in the win. Photo by PBA Images

After reaching 5K point club, Pingris jokes: 'Aabot ng 10,000 ‘yan'

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:06 PM

Marc Pingris admits he isn't playing at 100 percent after coming back from a hip injury.

HOTSHOT. Marc Pingris entered the 5,000-point club with his 12-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist outing. Photo by PBA Images

Star demolishes Kia by 47 as Pingris joins 5,000-point club

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:55 PM

Kia ends its conference with a 0-11 record.

HOTSHOTS. Star shot a scintillating 60 percent from the field and outrebounded Kia by 21 boards. Photo by PBA Images

Bronze medal finish for PH wheelchair basketball in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 22, 2017 - 5:47 PM

The Philippines edges Myanmar in the battle for third

BRONZE. The Philippine para basketball team earns bronze in Malaysia. File photo by Janneth Tenorio

Wesley So eliminated in World Chess Cup semifinals

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:40 PM

So loses the first blitz playoff in the semifinal against China's Ding Liren and then settles for a draw in the second game.

FINAL 4. Wesley So, seen in action from January 2017, made it to the semifinals of the World Chess Cup, the furthest since 2009. File photo by Koen Suyk/ANP/AFP

'Penaltygate' threatens to halt PSG's lightning start

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:01 PM

Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery refuses to name his first-choice penalty taker after Neymar and Edinson Cavani's apparent falling out against Lyon.

TROUBLE IN PARADISE. Paris may not be big enough for the egos of Edinson Cavani and Neymar. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Davao raising P30M for biggest Ironman race in 2018

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:59 PM

The race hopes to gather 2,700 contestants who will traverse from Davao City to Tagum City on their bikes, take a 21.1-kilometer run on Davao’s commercial district, and swim at a mixed-use property developed by Ayala Land Inc.

GOING THE DISTANCE. Wilfred Uytengsu Jr, the main organizer of major Ironman races in the country, meets Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte. Davao will host the Ironman 70.3 race in 2018. Photo by Mick Basa

Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found to have advanced CTE

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hernandez had stage 3 CTE, with stage 4 being the most severe form of the disease, researchers say. The illness is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

HEAD TRAUMA. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in April 2015 for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose bloodied body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's luxury Massachusetts home in 2013. Hernandez was appealing the conviction at the time of his suicide. File photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Rob Ricafort to play for UP after court issues TRO on UAAP ruling

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Rob Ricafort will get to play in his first and final season in the collegiate ranks.

ELIGIBLE. Rob Ricafort will get to suit up for the UP Fighting Maroons after initially being deemed ineligible.

Boxing champ Andre Ward abruptly announces retirement

Sep 22, 2017 - 2:47 AM

Light heavyweight champion Andre Ward announces his retirement from boxing, saying his weary body could no longer put up with the physical demands of the sport.

UNDEFEATED. Andre Ward has had a complete career, winning an Olympic gold medal and world titles in the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Kazakhstan - 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Follow Rappler’s blog for live updates on the Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ FIBA Asia Champions Cup match-up on Friday, 9:45 pm!

Cielo Honasan completes sprint treble for PH in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 21, 2017 - 6:18 PM

Honasan, who ruled both the century dash and 200m run in the previous days, dominated once more in the women’s 400m event.

GONE WITH THE WIND. Cielo Honasan, age 15, finished with a record time of 63.35 seconds en route to her 3rd straight gold. Photo from 9th ASEAN Para Games Manila-Based Secretariat

40 sports to be held at 2018 Asian Games

Sep 21, 2017 - 4:11 PM

The final program includes all 33 sports that will be staged at the 2020 Olympics, as well as others that are popular in Asia such as additional martial arts, sepak takraw, kabaddi, jet ski, paragliding and the card game bridge.

COUNTDOWN. The Asian Games - larger than the Olympics both in terms of the number of sports and competitors - will incorporate 40 sports and 462 gold medal events. Photo by Azqa Harun/AFP

Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta grabs powerlifting gold in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Veteran para athlete Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta picked up another gold for the Philippines as she dominated the women’s over 86-kg powerlifting event in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games

GOLD FINISH. Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, the first athlete from the Philippines to ever medal at the Paralympics, added another gold to her legacy. Photo from Dumapong-Ancheta's Facebook

Australia, Oceania will compete at first Asian Games in 2022

Sep 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Athletes from Australia and the rest of Oceania have been invited to compete at the 2022 Asian Games, Australian Olympic chief John Coates says.

NEW POWERHOUSE. Australia, which won 8 gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, will add tough competition to the Asian Games beginning in 2022. Photo by François-Xavier Marit/AFP

Real Madrid held scoreless for first time in 74 matches in shock Betis loss

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:57 PM

The defeat leaves Real Madrid 7 points adrift of leaders Barcelona after having failed to win any of their 3 home games so far.

UPSET. Betis snatched all 3 points in the 93rd minute when Antonio Sanabria powered home a header from Antonio Barragan's cross. Photo by Gerard Julien/AFP

Sink-or-swim for Jack Tepora in South Africa

Sep 21, 2017 - 7:56 AM

Jack Tepora will take his much-awaited step-up in competition against South African banger Lusanda Komanisi

INTERNATIONAL DUTY. The promoter of Filipino prospect Jack Tepora hopes to secure a world title shot should he win in South Africa. File photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

'Raging Bull' boxer Jake LaMotta dead at 95

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:55 AM

Jake LaMotta, best known for handing Sugar Ray Robinson his first ever defeat, has died

RAGING BULL. Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion who had one of the sport's sturdiest chins, outlived his in-ring contemporaries. Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images/AFP

San Miguel Beermen continue bid en route to a quarterfinals berth

Sep 21, 2017 - 12:03 AM

San Miguel solidified their bid for a win-once incentive in the quarterfinals after improving to 7-3 and forced a three-way tie with the Meralco Bolts and the TNT Katropa

SLUGGISH START. Alex Cabangot's charities secured the win for the Beermen. Photo by PBA Images

'A bad win': Archers struggle mightily in Mbala’s return

Sep 20, 2017 - 10:43 PM

Even Mbala himself, who had a career-high 32 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks, had butterfingers

BAD WIN. “We started strong, but down the stretch, we committed lots of mistakes. The players thought that after the first half, tapos na ‘yung laro.” Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Austin, Ebondo secure visas for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:17 PM

Isaiah Austin and Rod Ebondo will reinforce the Chooks-to-Go lineup

CLEARED. American professional basketball player Isaiah Austin and Centro Escolar University star Rod Ebondo have secured their visa. Photos from PBA Images and Wikipedia

Alaska's Dela Cruz has played his last PBA game, Hontiveros leans towards retirement too

Sep 20, 2017 - 9:08 PM

Dondon Hontiveros, now 40, may have also played his last game in the league

END OF AN ERA. After 18 years in the league, Tony dela Cruz is retiring from the PBA. Photo by PBA Images

Back-to-back golds for sprinter Cielo Honasan in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Sander Severino, Menandro Redor, Arman Subaste, Henry Roger Lopez and Prudencia Panaliga also claimed gold medals for the Philippines

DOUBLE GOLD. Honasan earned her second gold in the women's 100m dash T44 event. Photo from Facebook.

Rain or Shine thrashes Alaska by 30, remains in race for top 4 spot

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Chris Tiu is named Player of the Game with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

DOWNPOUR. Rain or Shine led by as much as 37 points in the victory over Alaska. Photo by PBA Images

Ben Mbala powers DLSU to continue title defense

Sep 20, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Ben Mbala returns to fortify the reigning champions' arsenal with a UAAP career high of 32 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

THE RETURN. Ben Mbala drained a slam and a go-ahead and-1 in the dying minutes of the match. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler