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Pogoy wishes hot shooting in PBA translated to FIBA World Cup

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Roger Pogoy has been lighting it up from deep since he returned from the World Cup to help keep TNT unbeaten

SPOTLESS. Roger Pogoy and TNT have yet to lose in the PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


PH preparations for FIBA World Cup hosting underway

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The 2023 hosting could not have come at a better time for Gilas Pilipinas, which will seek redemption on home soil after finishing dead last in China

BIG STAGE. The Philippines will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan and Indonesia. Photo from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' Facebook page


Spain World Cup win, US woes blow Olympic basketball wide open

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

USA will shoot for a fourth straight Olympic gold, but standing in its way are contenders Spain, Argentina, France, and Australia

KINGS OF BASKETBALL. Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit with a gold in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gasol claims rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain crushes Argentina

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Marc Gasol joins Lamar Odom as the only players to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup championship in the same year

CHAMPIONS. Marc Gasol and Spain are kings of international basketball once again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Spain trounces Argentina to recapture FIBA World Cup crown

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ricky Rubio and 5 other players breach double figures as Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit

CHAMPS AGAIN. Marc Gasol and Spain deny Luis Scola and Argentina the FIBA World Cup title. Photo from fiba.basketball


France turns back Australia for FIBA World Cup bronze

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Led by Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier, France storms back from 15 points down to stun Australia

PODIUM FINISH. Evan Fournier and France replicate their third-place finish in the last World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Australia's Bogut to be investigated for FIBA World Cup rant

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'In this case there will be a disciplinary procedure,' says FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis on Andrew Bogut's World Cup outburst

IN TROUBLE. FIBA starts its investigation on Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Argentina – FIBA World Cup 2019 Championship

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Argentina and Spain duke it out for the gold medal in a do-or-die final at 8 pm on Sunday, September 15

HIGHLIGHTS: Australia vs France – FIBA World Cup 2019 Battle for 3rd

Sep 14, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Australia and France vie for the bronze medal at 4 pm on Sunday, September 15

USA slinks out of FIBA World Cup with lowest-ever finish

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Led by Donovan Mitchell, USA ends its campaign with a win over Poland to wind up at 7th place

Photo from fiba.basketball

Spain's Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Marc Gasol may be poised for a rare feat – winning the NBA crown and a FIBA World Cup in the same year

ENDURING. Marc Gasol admits the long basketball has been tough, but it’s 'all worth it.’ Photo from fiba.basketball

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from fiba.basketball

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from fiba.basketball

Scola stars as Argentina thwarts France for FIBA World Cup finals berth

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola chalks up game-highs in points and rebounds to catapult Argentina to its third World Cup finals

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. Luis Scola and Argentina will face Spain in the FIBA World Cup finals. Photo from fiba.basketball


Sports wRap: Yeng Guiao steps down from Gilas, the UAAP is back and wild

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Naveen Ganglani and Agatha Uvero look back at Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup campaign and the thrilling UAAP opening week

Spain boots out Australia in 2OT to reach FIBA World Cup finals

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio take over in the extra periods to power Spain past Australia in the knockout semifinal

Photo from fiba.basketball

Team USA basketball star hits out at 'slander, disrespect'

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:55 PM

A member of deposed World Cup champion USA says they're the ones 'who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down'

LAST SHOT. Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker hope to close out Team USA’s failed title defense bid with a win. Photo from fiba.basketball

USA plummets to worst World Cup finish after loss to Serbia

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Team USA won't finish any higher than 7th as Serbia adds to the deposed champion's World Cup woes

Photo from fiba.basketball

LIVE UPDATES: Argentina vs France - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Successful in eliminating title favorites Serbia and USA, Argentina and France duke it out in the knockout semifinals at 8 pm on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Australia - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Spain and Australia face off in a knockout semifinal duel at 4 pm. on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


USA faces Olympic questions after World Cup flop

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The debacle in China raises the pressure on the US to lock in NBA A-listers or risk missing out the Olympic gold

MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED. Team USA, which settled for second-tier NBA stars, fails in its bid for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo from fiba.basketball

Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro fiba.basketball

Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Major upset: France dethrones USA in FIBA World Cup quarters

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:18 PM

It's the end of the road for Team USA as France deals the reigning champions their first World Cup loss in 13 years

UPSET. Jaylen Brown and Team USA fail to get France out of their way. Photo from fiba.basketball

Brothers propel Spain at World Cup – but it's not the Gasols

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pau and Marc Gasol may be in the twilight of their brilliant careers, but Spain boasts another set of standout siblings

Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The search for a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach begins as Yeng Guiao resigns from his post after failing to steer the team to a win in the FIBA World Cup

FAREWELL. Yeng Guiao says he is sorry that Gilas Pilipinas could not deliver a better performance. Photo from fiba.basketball


Stunned Serbia buckled under World Cup expectations, says coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Coach Sasha Djordjevic says Serbia may be a great squad but it sometimes 'does not help' to be tagged as favorite

NBA star Nikola Jokic (right) and the Serbians bow out in the quarterfinals. Photo from fiba.baketball

Ricky Rubio makes history to lead Spain to World Cup semis

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Spain gears up for a semifinal showdown against Australia or Czech Republic after a record-setting run with Ricky Rubio

RECORD BREAKER. Ricky Rubio becomes the all-time World Cup leader in assists. Photo fro, fiba.basketball

Argentina ousts Serbia behind Scola in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola provides the spark as Argentina crushes Serbia's bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown

GOLDEN GENERATION. Luis Scola is the last active member of Argentina's 2004 Olympics champion team. Photo from FIBA

NBA star Gasol slams Mediterranean migrant inaction

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:02 PM

'I'm not thinking about governments but people, the risk they take when they take to the sea for a journey that is almost suicidal,' says Spanish center Marc Gasol

SEND HELP. Spanish NBA star Marc Gasol denounces European countries that consistently refuse to allow civilian rescue vessels to dock. Photo from FIBA

Guiao: Shooting, quality big men what Gilas Pilipinas needs in future

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In the FIBA World Cup, the Philippines ranked second to last in three-point percentage – a department where half of the top 10 are at least 6-foot-8

HEARTBREAKING RUN. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup campaign without a single win. Photo from fiba.basketball


LOOK: Gilas Pilipinas arrives in Manila after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 6:09 PM

Gilas Pilipinas is back in Manila after a winless 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign

HOME, SWEET HOME. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao (left) and Kiefer Ravena make their way out of the airport. Photo By Ben Nabong/Rappler

Greece seeks to ban referees after FIBA World Cup exit

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos accuses referees of disrespecting NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo

FOULED OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo fouls out as Greece ends its bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown. Photo from FIBA

'Disrespected' MVP Antetokounmpo and Greece out of World Cup

Sep 09, 2019 - 8:32 PM

Greece fails to reach the quarterfinals, admitting it failed to make the most out of NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo's presence

OUT. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece bid their title hopes goodbye. Photo from fiba.basketball

Gilas Pilipinas dead last in FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 09, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Winless in 5 outings, the Philippines also finishes with the worst point differential in the 32-nation tournament

HEARTBREAKING. Gilas Pilipinas wraps up a nightmarish campaign. Photo from fiba.basketball

Winless in his World Cup debut, Bolick says the feeling 'sucks'

Sep 09, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Gilas guard Robert Bolick thinks the World Cup fiasco was a result of their limited preparation time

NOT ENOUGH. Robert Bolick goes all out in his last game, but Gilas Pilipinas still ends up getting whipped by Iran. Photo from fiba.basketball

Yao Ming blames self for China's World Cup, Olympic setbacks

Sep 09, 2019 - 2:07 PM

'The gap between China and the world-leading basketball countries has been enlarged,' says former NBA All-Star Yao Ming

DISAPPOINTED. China surprisingly crashes out early in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball

Guiao on Gilas Pilipinas coaching job: 'I'm open to anything'

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:09 AM

After failing to steer the Philippine team to at least one win, coach Yeng Guiao says he's taking responsibility for the World Cup debacle

Photo from fiba.basketball

Frustration hits tipping point as Blatche ends FIBA World Cup ejected

Sep 09, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Andray Blatche can't contain his disappointment any longer in a game that encapsulates Gilas Pilipinas' painful campaign in the FIBA World Cup

HORROR. Andray Blatche and Gilas Pilipinas wrap up their FIBA World Cup journey without a single win. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jokic ejected as Spain stuns Serbia at FIBA World Cup

Sep 08, 2019 - 11:18 PM

NBA star Nikola Jokic figures in a row with a referee as title favorite Serbia gets rattled for the first time with a blowout loss to Spain

THROWN OUT. The ejection of of Nikola Jokic proves fatal for Serbia as Marc Gasol and Spain top their group. Photo from fiba.basketball

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

Sep 08, 2019 - 10:29 PM

A crucial mistake in the dying seconds of the France-Lithuania quarterfinal match prompts FIBA to expel 3 referees from the World Cup

CONTROVERSIAL. Lithuania’s Jonas Valanciunas and France’s Rudy Gobert figure in a contentious sequence in the final stretch of the game. Photo from fiba.basketball

Gilas Pilipinas blown out by Iran, in danger of finishing dead last

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The Philippines fails to crack the winning column in the FIBA World Cup against its Asian rival as Iran proves to be on another level

WINLESS. Gabe Norwood and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup journey in agony. Photo from fiba.basketball


Iran game to test how Gilas Pilipinas measures up in Asia

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a familiar foe in Iran as it tries to avoid ending its FIBA World Cup campaign winless

LAST STAND. CJ Perez and Gilas Pilipinas go for one last chance to get a win in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Losing to Iran could sink Gilas Pilipinas to last place

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:48 PM

Winless after 4 outings, the Philippines cannot afford another loss in its final game versus Iran in the FIBA World Cup

HELL-BENT ON WINNING. Gilas Pilipinas can still salvage its woeful FIBA World Cup campaign with a win. Photo from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 07, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Gilas Pilipinas tries to salvage a nightmarish campaign with a victory against Asian rival Iran on Sunday, September 8

Towering Iran stands in way of Gilas Pilipinas' last-gasp bid

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippines takes on an Iran side fielding a full-strength roster with its one-two punch of Hamed Haddadi and Nikkah Bahrami back in the fold

GIANT PROBLEM. Gilas Pilipinas battles a familiar foe in Hamed Haddadi when it faces Iran. Photo from fiba.basketball


FIBA World Cup 2019: Spain, Serbia book quarterfinal berths

Sep 07, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Spain squeezes into the World Cup last 8 with a no-frills Italy win while Serbia shows again how it's done

Blatche vows to keep fighting as Gilas Pilipinas seeks first win

Sep 07, 2019 - 1:48 AM

Dropping its fourth straight game in the FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas has one final try to go home with at least one victory

FRUSTRATING. Not even Andray Blatche finding his rhythm could propel Gilas Pilipinas to a win. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas still winless as Tunisia breezes in blowout win

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:42 PM

The loss dashes the Philippines' chances of clinching an automatic berth for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

NOT ENOUGH. Andray Blatche delivers a double-double but the Philippines falls short anew. Photo from fiba.basketball