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Azkals drub Timor-Leste, but Cambodia dashes PH’s semis hope

Dec 04, 2019 - 8:36 PM

The Philippine men’s under-22 football team closes out the elimination round with a dominant win over Timor-Lester but still falls short of its semifinal bid

END OF THE ROAD. Stephan Schrock (right) and the Philippine Azkals wrap up their SEA Games campaign. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA

Azkals look to end group stages on triumphant note

Dec 04, 2019 - 11:31 AM

Their medal hopes hang by a string but the Philippine Azkals vow to stay in contention in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

TALL ORDER. Stephan Schrock and the Azkals seek a dominant win over Timor-Leste to keep their semifinals hopes alive. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE


PH women’s football crashes semis; Azkals bite back

Nov 29, 2019 - 11:47 PM

The Philippine women’s football team marches to the semifinals and the men’s side stays in the medal hunt as both squads drub Malaysia

GAME HERO. Sarina Bolden delivers a sensational show for the Philippine women’s football team. Photo from @PilipinasWNFT

Azkals brace for must-win games

Nov 29, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Vying to crash the semifinals, the Philippine men's football team goes for a sweep of its last two assignments in the SEA Games group stage

Skipper Stephan Schrock (right) and the Philippine Azkals tackle Malaysia next. Photo by EPA-EFE/Mark R. Cristino

Azkals fall short vs Myanmar in second SEA Games 2019 outing

Nov 27, 2019 - 6:55 PM

A victory remains elusive as the Philippine men's under-22 football team bows to Myanmar

GALLANT EFFORT. The Philippine Azkals face another tough foe in Malaysia on Friday. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

SEA Games 2019: PH water polo teams off to contrasting starts

Nov 27, 2019 - 1:49 PM

The Philippine men's water polo team forces a shock draw versus favored Indonesia, while the women's side absorbs a brutal loss to Singapore

HEAVY LOSS. The Philippine women's water polo team opens its campaign with a loss to Singapore. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

RESULTS: SEA Games 2019 Football

Nov 27, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Southeast Asian football teams go all out as action in the region's most popular sport unfolds from November 25 to December 10

Media center, stadium still unfinished as SEA Games 2019 football begins

Nov 26, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Foreign media work inside an unfinished squash venue converted into a press center inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex

UNFINISHED. Steel beams and hollow blocks are visible during the press briefings at Day 1 of football competitions of the SEA Games 2019. B

Azkals draw Cambodia in 2019 SEA Games opener

Nov 25, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Dennis Chung saves the Under-22 Philippine Azkals with a late equalizer against Cambodia

LEADER. Stephan Schrock captains the young Azkals team in the 2019 SEA Games. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

LOOK: Workers rushing Rizal Memorial facelift for SEA Games football

Nov 25, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Construction workers are seen repainting the facade of the 85-year-old sports complex on the same day the men's football action kicks off

UNDER RENOVATION. Workers put the finishing touches outside the Rizal Memorial Stadium. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


PH football team suffers same SEA Games accommodation woes

Nov 24, 2019 - 9:07 PM

'Sad that we're the host team and this is how we're being treated. I can't imagine how other countries must feel,' says Philippine football player Hali Long

WAITING GAME. The Philippine women's football team spends hours waiting for the rooms to be prepared. Photo from Hali Long's Facebook account


Football teams 'move on' from SEA Games arrival debacle

Nov 24, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'It wasn't ideal. We had to wait maybe like 8 or 9 hours to get our hotel. But things happen,' says Cambodia football Felix Dalmas

ROUGH START. Participating football teams encounter problems even before the start of the SEA Games. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Football teams grumble: SEA Games hosting chaotic

Nov 24, 2019 - 10:51 AM

After SEA Games organizers made them wait for hours at the airport, several Southeast Asian football teams discover that rooms and practice venues aren’t ready

Phil Younghusband retires from football

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:09 PM

The country's leading goalscorer ends his football career with 52 international goals

RETIREMENT. Phil Younghusband represents in the Philippines in his last AFF Suzuki Cup tournament in 2018. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

Myles Garrett slapped with record ban for helmet attack in NFL brawl

Nov 16, 2019 - 2:02 PM

The NFL hands the Cleveland Browns defensive end the longest ban in the history of the sport for a single on-field incident

STUNNING. The match between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers turns into a full-blown brawl as Myles Garrett hits Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP


US Women's World Cup champs certified as class in lawsuit

Nov 09, 2019 - 3:12 PM

'The failure to provide the WNT with equal working conditions is a real injury which affects each plaintiff in a personal and individual way,' says the ruling

EQUAL RIGHTS. The US women's national football team continues its fight for equal rights. File photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Football action swings to Batangas

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:39 PM

AboitizLand Football Cup, the longest running football tournament in the country, returns to Batangas for its second Luzon stint

FOOTBALL GALORE. The AboitizLand Football Cup is expected to host at least 100 teams in 9 different categories. Photo from Aboitiz


Bayern hand Spurs record defeat as Real Madrid blushes spared

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Bayern roars back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe

UN-FOUR-GETTABLE. Serge Gnabry nets 4 second-half goals to lead the drubbing over Tottenham Hotspur. Photo from Twitter (@FCBayernEN)

Patriots, Chiefs stay unbeaten with NFL road victories

Sep 30, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both improve to 4-0 with victories over the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions, respectively

KINGS OF NFL. Defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots continue to dominate. Photo from Twitter/@Patriots


Neymar, Barcelona legal battle goes to court after talks collapse

Sep 27, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Football superstar Neymar and his former club Barcelona brace for a multi-million dollar court battle over a contract dispute

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

FIFA orders Iran to allow women free access to football stadiums

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:32 PM

This comes after a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium to watch the team she supported

RULE CHANGE. Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. Photo from FIFA.com


Brown says he's done with NFL after Patriots drop him

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:37 PM

With rape and sexual assault allegations haunting him, Antonio Brown gets released by the Patriots after just one game into the new NFL season

SHORT-LIVED. Antonio Brown ends his stint with the New England Patriots after just one game. Photo from Twitter/@AB84


New England Patriots dump Brown amid NFL rape investigation

Sep 21, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Controversies continue to unfold as the Patriots release Antonio Brown after just 11 days

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots receiver Brown dropped by Nike, sidesteps questions

Sep 20, 2019 - 2:34 PM

'I'm just here to focus on ball and look forward to getting out there,' says Patriots star Antonio Brown amid a sexual assault case filed by his former trainer

EMBATTLED. The NFL launches an investigation on the allegations against Antonio Brown. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Brown scores in Pats debut as NFL champs thump Dolphins

Sep 16, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The Patriots waste no time in making use of Antonio Brown, who engineered his departure from the Oakland Raiders

WINNING DEBUT. Antonio Brown makes an immediate impact for the New England Patriots. Photo from nfl.com


Brown trains with Patriots as NFL mulls rape probe

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Just days after joining Super Bowl champion Patriots, Antonio Brown gets rocked by a fresh controversy

TUMULTUOUS. New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown denies accusations of rape in a federal lawsuit filed by his former fitness trainer. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. women footballers' equal pay lawsuit to go to trial in 2020

Aug 20, 2019 - 1:58 PM

'We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve – nothing less than equal pay and working conditions,' says the US women's football spokesperson

ON THE MOVE. US women's football star Megan Rapinoe and her team dedicate their 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup win to their fight for equal pay. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

James Younghusband joins Ceres in PFL return

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Months after his Davao-based squad folded, James Younghusband heads back to action to reinforce Ceres' bid for a third straight PFL title

VETERAN PRESENCE. James Younghusband aims to impress for two-time PFL champion Ceres-Negros FC. Photo from Ceres Media

PH women's rugby tops 2019 7s Trophy Series

Aug 11, 2019 - 7:24 PM

The Philippine Lady Volcanoes get promoted to the top-tier Asia Rugby Women's Series

CHAMPIONS. The Philippine Lady Volcanoes go undefeated in the 2019 Asia Rugby Women's 7s Trophy Series. Photo from Philippine Rugby

Neymar 'relieved' after rape case dismissed

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:57 PM

Football superstar Neymar says the 'scar will remain' even after the dismissal of his rape case

Photo by Pascal Guyot/AFP

Neymar rape case dismissed

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:30 PM

A Brazilian judge dismisses the rape case against football superstar Neymar

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Brazil prosecutors ask judge to close Neymar rape case

Aug 09, 2019 - 10:43 AM

Football superstar Neymar may have just gotten a reprieve as prosecutors agree with Brazilian police on the lack of evidence to prove the rape allegations

Photo by Evaristo/AFP

Brady, Patriots agree on two-year extension – reports

Aug 05, 2019 - 11:56 AM

The 42-year-old Tom Brady has talked of playing until 45 and the new deal could make that a possibility

CAN STILL PLAY. Tom Brady is not stopping anytime soon. Photo from Twitter/@TomBrady


Messi banned for 3 months after 'corruption' outburst

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:42 AM

The Argentine superstar gets barred from playing for the national team after criticizing South America’s football governing body

SUSPENDED. Lionel Messi says ‘corruption and the referees’ have tarnished football. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Messi blasts Copa America 'corruption' after red card

Jul 07, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Argentina star Lionel Messi and Chile captain Gary Medel were given the boot after tangling on the goal line

FURIOUS. Lionel Messi says 'corruption and the referees are preventing people from enjoying' football. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP


Portuguese police interview Cristiano Ronaldo over 'Football Leaks'

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:06 PM

The Juventus striker is one of the main targets of Portuguese hacker Rui Pinto

TARGET. Cristiano Ronaldo becomes a witness to a police case against a Portuguese hacker. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Netherlands reaches 1st women's World Cup semifinal over Italy

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Netherlands' 1st ever semis berth nails them a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

61. Vivianne Miedema scores her 61st international goal in only 80 appearances for the Netherlands. Photo from Instagram (@oranjeleeuwinnen)

Megan Rapinoe accepts House invite after snubbing Trump

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Megan Rapinoe is heading to the House of Representatives as she accepts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' invitation

STANDING FIRM. Megan Rapinoe stars with a brace in the quarterfinal match against host France. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

AFC Cup: Ceres misses ASEAN Zonal final in loss to Hanoi FC

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Ceres-Negros FC fails to advance to its third straight AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal final

BOWING OUT. Ceres-Negros FC exits the 2019 AFC Cup as a semifinalist. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

World Cup in ASEAN's sights in '15 years' – Thai FM

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Southeast Asian nations hope to bring for the first time in the region football's biggest spectacle by launching a joint bid to host the 2034 World Cup

CHAMPS. French players celebrate their World Cup triumph in the 2018 edition in Russia. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

AFC Cup: Ceres draws Hanoi in zonal semis 1st leg

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:41 PM

Ceres-Negros FC aims to bounce back in the 2nd leg that can propel the Busmen to their 3rd ASEAN Zonal Final

PLAYMAKER. Stephan Schrock continues to orchestrate Ceres-Negros' attack. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

13-0 win 'part of growing the game,' says USA football captain

Jun 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

Team USA records the biggest win in Women's World Cup history as Alex Morgan scores 5 goals in a 13-0 demolition of hapless Thailand

DISRESPECT? Alex Morgan (center) and Megan Rapinoe (right) whoop it up after a goal, but the Americans have also received criticisms for their wild goal celebrations in the one-sided game versus Thailand. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Ronaldo still hungry for more glory with Portugal

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The Juventus superstar helps Portugal seize the inaugural Nations League crown

LOVE FOR NATIONAL TEAM. Cristiano Ronaldo says he still has the same enthusiasm for the national team he had when he was a teenager. File photo from FIFA.com


Neymar rape accuser gives police statement

Jun 08, 2019 - 3:42 PM

More than 60% of Brazilians believe Neymar is innocent of the sexual assault allegation that has gripped the football-mad country

(FILES) In this file photograph taken on May 4, 2019, Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and OGC Nice at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. - PSG star striker Neymar has made an appeal against his suspension for three games in the Champions League next season, UEFA told AFP on May 10, 2019, confirming reports in the newspaper L'Equipe. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

China prevails over shorthanded Azkals in international friendly

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:04 PM

The Philippines bows to a dominating China once again as the Azkals go down to 10 men

TESTED. Azkals keeper Michael Falkesgaard gets tested by China's offense. File photo from 2019 AFC Asian Cup

Lope Pascual, who led football in tough times, dies at 84

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The genial Air Force colonel helmed Philippine football in the 1970s

Ronaldo rape lawsuit dropped

Jun 05, 2019 - 7:09 PM

There's still no report on whether the world football star reached a settlement with American accuser Kathryn Mayorga

MOVING ON. Ronaldo looks to move on from the case where he allegedly assaulted a former model in 2009 in Las Vegas. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

WATCH: Brazil coach Tite refuses to judge Neymar after rape accusation

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:48 PM

'The facts are not sufficiently clear. Only time will give us answers,' says Tite

'TEAM FIRST'. Brazil head coach Tite focuses on preparing the national team rather than Neymar's personal matters. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Green Archers spoil Mendiola debut in PFL for second straight win

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The Green Archers break a first-half deadlock with 4 goals in the second half

Photo from Shutterstock


Neymar denies rape allegations

Jun 02, 2019 - 6:09 PM

'It surprised me, it's a really ugly thing and a sad thing because anyone who knows me knows what kind of person I am,' says football star Neymar

BLACKMAIL. Neymar and his family say that the female complainant has tried to extort money. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP