Lonzo Ball bounces back from disastrous debut with near-triple double

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:31 PM

Lonzo Ball has 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in his second NBA game to lead the Lakers over the Phoenix Suns

REDEMPTION. Lonzo Ball redeemed himself after being humiliated by Patrick Beverley in his first NBA game. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Rockets could be without Chris Paul for 4 weeks - reports

Oct 21, 2017 - 1:56 PM

Chris Paul could miss a few weeks, but Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni says there are no tears or serious damage in his knee

BUMP. The Rockets have downplayed the seriousness of Chris Paul's knee injury but he could sit out for 4 weeks. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron works his way into game shape as Cavs breeze past Bucks

Oct 21, 2017 - 1:29 PM

LeBron James scores 24 and dishes 8 assists as the Cavs beat the Bucks by 19 points

GETTING BETTER. After missing much of the pre-season with an injury, LeBron James says he feels better in the Cavs' second game than he did in their season-opener. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP

DNA test confirms Hapilon's death

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon was killed in an assault in Marawi past midnight on October 16

KILLED. Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Isnilon Hapilon and Maute Group leader Omar Maute are killed Monday, October 16, as troops assault enemy position.

The week in photos: October 14-20, 2017

Oct 21, 2017 - 11:29 AM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

LaVar Ball fires back after son Lonzo’s 3-point debut: 'Who is Patrick Beverley?'

Oct 20, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Daddy Ball comes to his son's aid after Patrick Beverley trashes him after shutting down Lonzo Ball

TRASH TALK DOESN'T STOP. It appears that even in defeat, LaVar Ball will not stop talking, because he’s LaVar Ball. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Former NBA star Marbury buys Chinese gridiron football team

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Stephon Marbury is moving towards his next evolution as a sports executive

TEAM OWNER. Stephon Marbury is now the proud owner of the Beijing Lions. File photo by AFP

Lonzo Ball was tortured by Patrick Beverley in his first NBA game

Oct 20, 2017 - 4:39 PM

Clippers' Patrick Beverley didn't exactly roll out the red carpet for Lonzo Ball in his NBA debut

ROUGH WELCOME. The All-Defense 1st Team member Beverley didn't show Ball an ounce of respect in his NBA debut. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Draymond Green's knee scan shows no serious damage

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:04 PM

The Golden State Warriors star hobbled out of the team's season-opener against Houston

NO SERIOUS DAMAGE. Draymond Green remains 'doubtful' for Golden State's next game against New Orleans. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Clippers blow out Lakers in Lonzo Ball's NBA debut

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:51 PM

Blake Griffin has 29 points and 12 rebounds as the Clippers pound their cross-town rivals

ROUGH START. The highly-touted Ball shot one-of-six from the floor and finished with just 3 points in front of a crowd of 19,000 at Staples Center arena. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Cybersex traders nabbed in Manila

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:36 PM

Police catch the suspects offering P9,000 to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex during a sting operation

SEXUAL ABUSE. Two Filipino cybersex traders are arrested in the US FBI's cross-country operation.

More Pinoys frown on Duterte govt’s 'unequal' enforcement of law

Oct 20, 2017 - 12:14 PM

(UPDATED) But the government gets majority approval on its work on most urgent national concerns, topped by its response to the needs of calamity victims and fighting criminality, the latest Pulse Asia survey shows

WAR ON DRUGS. A street vendor is gunned down in Mandaluyong File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler.

Jeremy Lin will miss remainder of season with ruptured patella

Oct 20, 2017 - 1:19 AM

Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season

SIDELINED. Jeremy Lin's season ends before the final buzzer of their first game. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

'Greek Freak' Giannis praised as 'MVP candidate' by Celtics coach Stevens

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:52 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo can play all 5 positions in the same position, and at least one opposing coach believes he will be in the MVP discussion this season

RISING UP. Last season, Giannis Antetokounmpo posted numbers comparable to those that Kobe Bryant had in his fourth season, hinting at possible greatness to come. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Philippines AirAsia flying to Bali, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh soon

Oct 19, 2017 - 4:49 PM

Philippines AirAsia will start flying to Ho Chi Minh on November 17 this year, and to Jakarta and Bali in January next year

Graphics by Rappler

Jeremy Lin breaks into tears after injuring knee in Nets loss

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Jeremy Lin suffers a severe right knee injury in Brooklyn's loss to the Indiana Pacers

HEARTBREAKER. "I'm done man, I'm done," Jeremy Lin was reported to have said after going down clutching his right knee. Screenshot from Youtube

Bulls suspend Bobby Portis 8 games for breaking teammate's jaw

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:47 PM

Nikola Mirotic will miss 4 to 6 weeks after suffering upper jaw fractures and a concussion

SIDELINED. While unable to play, Bobby Portis will be able to continue practicing with the team. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Gordon Hayward vows to be 'all right' after gruesome left leg injury

Oct 19, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The Celtics forward appears in a video on the arena scoreboard to reassure fans that he's in good spirits after suffering a dislocated left ankle and fractured tibia

STAYING STRONG. Gordon Hayward reassures fans with a video message from his hospital bed. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 19, 2017

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Thursday.

ANTI-HAZING LAW. Senators watching the slides of the executive session with John Paul Solano. Photo by Angie de Silva

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:01 AM

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

DICT acting chief says PH internet like Manila traffic: 'Slow, congested, expensive'

Oct 19, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) presents band-aid solutions to address the country's need for more cellular towers

Solano testimony, war on drugs, Harvey Weinstein | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:47 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Natashya Gutierrez

Blue Eagles' 4th quarter heroics over NU keep unbeaten record alive

Oct 18, 2017 - 6:35 PM

J-jay Alejandro sparks a scare that the Blue Eagles fend off in the final frame

ALIVE. The Blue Eagles's undefeated record is still alive and well. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Second petition vs TokHang filed at SC

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:39 PM

The petition is filed on behalf of residents of 26 barangays in San Andres, Manila, including the families of 35 residents killed in police operations in the area

WAR ON DRUGS. A drug-related killing in Metro Manila. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Nick Young has 'Swaggy' Golden State debut despite opening loss

Oct 18, 2017 - 3:59 PM

A team lacking nothing in offensive firepower got a boost from Swaggy P

SWAGGED OUT. Nick Young showed just how fast he can heat up, scoring 20 points in the first half in his Golden State Warriors debut. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

SC affirms ruling vs P8.5-B back pay for Napocor employees

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:06 PM

The Supreme Court says the National Power Corporation employees failed to raise new issues that could convince it to reverse its ruling

NEXT SC JUSTICE. The JBC holds interviews to screen applicants for the post of Supreme Court associate justice. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler

3 dead in Tondo a day after Duterte's new drug war memo

Oct 18, 2017 - 11:25 AM

The killings happen a day after President Rodrigo Duterte issues a memorandum order removing the Philippine National Police from the helm of the drug war operations

The wake of Sherwin Vitas, 34, and Rolando Ocampo, 60, in Tondo Manila. Both were killed in a police-led buy bust operation last October 11, moments before it was announced to the public that PDEA would lead all drug operations Photo by Kimberly dela Cruz

No progress on aid, refugee return in UN-Myanmar talks

Oct 18, 2017 - 8:16 AM

The United Nations has for weeks demanded that UN aid workers be allowed in Rakhine state and that Rohingyas be given permission to safely return to their homes

Rohingya refugees walk after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

Marawi, transport strike, Duterte and Trump | Evening wRap

Oct 18, 2017 - 12:00 AM

Watch Rappler’s evening newscast with Maria Ressa

NDRRMC to local officials: Prepare for Severe Tropical Storm Paolo, LPA

Oct 17, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Those in Bicol, the Visayas, and Mindanao are advised to take precautionary measures amid rain from Paolo, while Palawan is affected by the low pressure area

PREPAREDNESS. The NDRRMC conducts an emergency response preparedness meeting to discuss government response for combined effects of Tropical Storm Paolo and the low pressure area. Photo from NDRRMC

AFP, Duterte and Trump, neutron stars | Midday wRap

Oct 17, 2017 - 2:39 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Chay Hofileña

Olympic champion Ervin kneels during U.S. anthem

Oct 17, 2017 - 10:58 AM

Veteran US national swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee after anchoring the team in the mixed 200m medley relay

ANCHOR'S PROTEST. Mixed medly relay anchor Anthony Ervin is the first swimmer to kneel down during the U.S. national anthem. Photo from Facebook.

In Cavite, motorcyclists ride with cops to end riding-in-tandem crimes

Oct 17, 2017 - 9:00 AM

The Cavite Provincial Police Office (PPO) allows motorcyclists to join cops in police operations against street crimes, including those committed by riding-in-tandem criminals

TOGETHER. Cops and volunteers share the road to end criminality. Cavite Police photo

Malaysian firm wants to replicate Putrajaya at New Clark City

Oct 16, 2017 - 7:15 PM

MTD Capital Berhad proposes a P121.8-billion, 207-hectare national government administrative center outside the Philippines' capital

CLARK GOV'T OFFICE. Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) receives unsolicited proposal from MTD Berhad Capital to establish the New Clark City National Government Administrative Center through a joint venture agreement. Artist perspective of New Clark City courtesy of BCDA

Lorenzana: ‘We're not talking about lifting martial law yet’

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:35 PM

The defense secretary says they will assess the lifting of martial law in Mindanao once troops have cleared the Marawi battle area of terrorists

MARTIAL LAW ADMINISTRATOR. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says they have yet to discuss if they can lift martial law in Mindanao. File photo

If VP wants to be president, 'let Duterte finish first' – PNP chief

Oct 16, 2017 - 6:17 PM

'Kung gusto niyang mag-presidente, subukan natin siya. Basta patapusin muna 'yung buong administration ni presidente,' says top cop Ronald dela Rosa

LOYAL COP. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa asks opposition leader Leni Robredo to wait for her turn at the presidency. Rappler file photo

CHR hopeful PDEA will follow rule of law in drug war

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:05 PM

As the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency handles the war on drugs, the Commission on Human Rights also calls on the Philippine National Police to shift its focus to extrajudicial killings

Politics after PNP? Dela Rosa leaves it up to Duterte

Oct 16, 2017 - 3:02 PM

'Handa na ako magretire. Kung bigyan ng another trabaho, hindi ko rin pwedeng turn down si presidente,' says PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa

UP TO DUTERTE. Dela Rosa will step up if Duterte will need him. File photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Superteams emerge as greatest threat to Golden State dynasty

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:24 PM

The nuclear arms race to build teams that can beat the Warriors creates new challenges for teams that must manage the talent and egos of their players

SUPER FRIENDS. Paul George combined with Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony to form a team in Oklahoma City which could challenge the Golden State Warriors out west. Photo by David Mcnew/AFP

Golden State Warriors look formidable as ever as NBA title defense begins

Oct 16, 2017 - 2:08 PM

The Warriors signed their core to new contracts and added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup

DYNASTY. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan's 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

3 conditions when police can join PDEA drug war operations

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:33 PM

PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa gives the special circumstances needed when the PNP can join in illegal drug operations

EXCEPTION. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa says cops can only join operations if PDEA agents are losing a gunfight. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Injury woes behind him, 76ers' draft stud Ben Simmons set for NBA debut

Oct 16, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Ben Simmons will join Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz as they try to pull the 76ers out of the NBA gutter

DEBUT. Ben Simmons has not played a regular season game since being selected first overall last year. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Most Filipinos afraid they'd end up like Kian delos Santos – Pulse Asia

Oct 16, 2017 - 12:06 PM

In a poll held a month after the teenager's death, more than three-fourths of Filipinos who knew about Kian delos Santos said they were worried they or somebody they knew would meet the same fate

KIAN'S FATE. A survey shows most Filipinos are worried they could end up like the 17-year-old, who died during a police operation. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

14,000 lone children among Rohingya refugees – Bangladesh

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:24 PM

'Majority of them said they lost one or both parents in the violence in Rakhine,' says Bangladesh's social services department deputy director

ETHNIC CLEANSING. Myanmar Rohingya refugees look on in a refugee camp in Teknaf, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, on November 26, 2016. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

SC affirms CA ruling on Smokey Mountain project

Oct 15, 2017 - 7:25 PM

The case involves the 1993 agreement between private firm R-II Builders and government housing agencies to develop the Smokey Mountain landfill in Tondo, Manila

SMOKEY MOUNTAIN. Supreme Court affirms the decision of the Court of Appeals that favored developer R-II Builders on the legal battle over the botched Smokey Mountain Development and Reclamation Project. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MVP award is nice, but Russell Westbrook really wants a championship

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:57 PM

Now with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to back him up, Russell Westbrook looks to add NBA champion to his list of achievements

REVAMPED. Russell Westbrook is playing the best basketball of his career, but with a revamped lineup behind him, he hopes to take the Thunder deep into the playoffs. Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James and revamped super-team Cavs look to unseat dominant Warriors

Oct 15, 2017 - 2:49 PM

After being overpowered by Golden State last season, the Cavs added Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder, among others

NEW AND IMPROVED. After losing to the Warriors in the finals for the second time in 3 seasons, LeBron James and the Cavs have revamped their roster in a big way. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Videos you need to watch this week, October 9-15, 2017

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:38 PM

Must-watch videos from this week

Great expectations in Lakers' whole new Ball game

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The Lakers have missed the playoffs for the past 4 seasons, but the addition of Lonzo Ball has given fans a reason for hope

FRANCHISE ROOKIE. Lakers fans are hoping Lonzo Ball can return the franchise back to its past glory. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP