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Rookie rampage in UAAP men's football

Mar 17, 2019 - 8:54 AM

A bumper crop of talented freshmen has electrified this year's competition

UAAP football: Ateneo thrashes UST for 1st victory

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:44 PM

Ateneo star Jarvey Gayoso hits a brace to lead the Blue Eagles' shutout of the UST Tigers

MOTIVATED. Jarvey Gayoso and the Blue Eagles break their slump to snatch a breakthrough win. Photo by Jason Santos/Rappler

Reigning champs UP remain unbeaten in UAAP football

Mar 04, 2019 - 6:56 PM

Dan Saavedra and King Miyagi find the back of the net as UP turns back Ateneo


Kaepernick's lawyer says quarterback still wants to play

Feb 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Mark Geragos, whose past clients include pop icon Michael Jackson, says he wouldn't be surprised if the Panthers or the Patriots acquire Colin Kaepernick

RARING FOR COMEBACK. Colin Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016 before severing his contract with the San Francisco 49ers the following year. File photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP


UAAP Season 81 football: Can UP make it two in a row?

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:32 PM

Here's Part 2 of the UAAP Season 81 men's football preview, plus a look at the women's division

TOUGH CHALLENGE. Christian Lapas and the UP Maroons stand as favorites anew but the defending champions brace for a souped-up field. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Collegiate standouts banner PH Under-22 football team

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Philippine Under-22 football team targets a solid run in the AFF U22 Championship 2019 in Cambodia

BUILDUP. The young national team vies to make the most of the tournament to gear up for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo from PFF

UAAP Season 81 football: Brace for a wide-open field

Feb 15, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Expect plenty of excitement when the UAAP men's football competition kicks off this Sunday

KING EAGLE. Expect Jarvey Gayoso (right) to be the focal point again of Ateneo’s campaign. File photo by Glen Charles Lopez

Global Cebu FC to pay out 2018 salary debts

Feb 12, 2019 - 7:48 PM

The Global FC management promises to pay the salaries it owes its players and staff before the Philippine Premier League kicks off

PROMISE. Global FC is mandated to pay out their debts to the players and staff before the 2019 Philippine Premier League kicks off. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook

5 things we learned from the Premier League

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Manchester City blank Chelsea in a dominant display of their offensive firepower

TOP TEAM. Manchester City proves it is ahead of the pack in the Premier League. Photo from Twitter (@ManCityPT)


Patriots, Rams ready for Super Bowl generation game

Feb 03, 2019 - 10:18 PM

Patriots star Tom Brady looks to become the only NFL player in history to win 6 Super Bowls against a youthful Rams side

FAVORITES. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are tipped to win their sixth title. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Excitement fuels Alvaro Silva's Ceres debut

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:42 PM

Filipino-Spanish centerback Alvaro Silva is expected to reinforce the Ceres-Negros FC backline

DEBUT. Alvaro Silva returns to Bacolod as he debuts for Ceres-Negros FC in the preliminary rounds of the AFC Champions League. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Baseball to commemorate Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday

Jan 29, 2019 - 8:38 PM

The league will launch a series of initiatives in tribute to Robinson during February's Black History Month activities

LEGENDARY. Jackie Robinson is the first black Major League Baseball player in history. Photo from Wikicommons

PSG cruise to victory as Neymar set to miss Man Utd clash

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The world's most expensive footballer suffers a recurrence of a metatarsal injury

OUT. Neymar is set to miss Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League showdown with Manchester United. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Philippine Premier League revamps club football

Jan 23, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'The PPL is a new entity, it’s a rebirth, it's a reboot,' says PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao

'REBIRTH'. Bernie Sumayao leads the Philippine Premier League which will change the country's club football scene. Photo from release

Ronaldo avoids jail but hit by hefty fine for tax fraud in Spain

Jan 22, 2019 - 8:06 PM

(UPDATED) The court sentences Cristiano Ronaldo to a two-year jail sentence that it immediately reduces to a fine of 365,000 euros

FINE. A court orders Cristiano Ronaldo to   pay 3.57 million euros for committing tax fraud when he was at Real Madrid. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Patriots edge Chiefs to book Super Bowl date with Rams

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:49 AM

New England seeks its third title in 5 seasons after winning Super Bowls in 2016 and 2017

OLD BUT GOLD. Tom Brady (12) leads the New England Patriots to their ninth Super Bowl appearance in 18 seasons. File photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP


'I select on penis length,' says German female coach

Jan 18, 2019 - 11:46 AM

As the first woman to coach a men's team in one of Germany's top leagues, Imke Wuebbenhorst tackles sexism by responding sarcastically

TOUGH JOB. Pioneering female football coach Imke Wuebbenhorst says she should be judged on her performance. Photo from Fussball.de

Nothing but praise for the Azkals

Jan 17, 2019 - 11:14 AM

Even though the Philippine Azkals lost all 3 matches, they can hold their heads up high

HISTORIC. Stephan Schrock scores the Philippines' first ever Asian Cup goal against Kyrgyzstan. Photo by AFP

Azkals bow out of maiden Asian Cup tourney

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Vitalig Lux's hat-trick sends the Azkals crashing out of the 2019 Asian Cup as Stephan Schrock scores a historic goal

Kyrghyzstan's defender Mustafa Iusupov (L) fights for the ball against Philippines' forward Javier Patino during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C match between Kyrgyzstan and Philippines at Maktoum Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Stadium in Dubai on January 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

LIVE UPDATES: Philippines vs Kyrgyzstan – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

The Philippine Azkals face a must-win situation against Kyrgyzstan as they vie to advance to the next round


Nigeria eyes graft charges against football officials

Jan 12, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Okoi Obono-Obla discloses that the body is in the process of finalizing charges and that a 'prima facie case' has been established

Azkals stumble to China: Lessons to be learned

Jan 12, 2019 - 1:39 PM

The Philippines is no match for Marcelo Lippi's China. Is there hope against Kyrgyzstan?

MORE DEPTH. The Philippine Azkals need at least a couple more European-bred centerbacks like Alvaro Silva. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals coach Sven cancels dinner as China punishes PH

Jan 12, 2019 - 9:34 AM

'We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope – but small hope, probably,' says coach Sven-Goran Eriksson as his Azkals bow to China

OVERWHELMED. China proves too much for Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals. Photo by Khaled Desouki/AFP

Azkals fall to China as Wu Lei scores brace

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Philippine Azkals absorb their second straight loss in the 2019 Asian Cup

TOUGH SITUATION. Philippines' midfielder Kevin Ingreso (C) marks China's midfielder Hao Junmin (R) as the Azkals pick up another loss. Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Azkals not banking on familiarity against China

Jan 11, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Sven-Göran Eriksson may be all too familiar with Chinese football, but the Azkals coach says it’s just a 'little advantage'

FAMILIARITY. Javier Patiño carries experience from his three years in the Chinese Super League. Photo by Pam Puri

Sven's 'street dogs' put Philippines on Asian Cup map

Jan 10, 2019 - 10:51 PM

'I like the people, I like the players. We are more like a team today than we were a month ago,' says Azkals coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

REAL FRIGHT. John Patrick Strauss (left) and the Philippine Azkals give Asian football giant South Korea a scare. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The Philippine Azkals look to continue their surprising Asian Cup run against China

Captain Yoshida wants Japan to fight Asian Cup pressure

Jan 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'But unlike the World Cup the expectation on Japan is different at an Asian Cup – where we are expected to win,' says Maya Yoshida

FLAVOR OF YOUTH. Takumi Minamino is one of the young Japanese players who will reinforce the Blue Samurais' offense. Photo from Takumi Minamino's Instagram

Azkals, more underdogs trouble Asian football giants

Jan 08, 2019 - 6:50 AM

The Philippine men's football team impresses in its tournament debut as other minnows pull off shockers in the 2019 Asian Cup

KEEPING PACE. Stephan Schrock and the Philippine Azkals give powerhouse South Korea a scare at the start of their campaigns in the 2019 Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Azkals bow to mighty Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 07, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Despite the loss, the Philippine Azkals surpass expectations by holding the Asian powerhouse to a scoreless first half

GALLANT STAND. South Korean forward Jaesung Lee heads the ball against an underdog Philippine side that surprisingly put up a fight in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/ AFP

Azkals plot surprise over South Korea in Asian Cup opener

Jan 06, 2019 - 10:13 PM

'It would be a tough game for us, but we have been in football for very long and there are surprises everywhere,' says Stephan Schrock

DREAMING BIG. The Philippine Azkals are raring to make the tournament's biggest upset against South Korea. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs South Korea – Asian Cup 2019

Jan 06, 2019 - 7:43 PM

The Philippine Azkals open their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign against powerhouse South Korea on January 7 in Dubai

Azkals look to 'get out' of 2019 Asian Cup group stage

Jan 05, 2019 - 7:13 PM

The Philippine men's football team targets a 'realistic goal' to at least finish as one of the 4 best third-placers to advance to the next round

HISTORIC STAGE. The Azkals are not satisfied with just being in the 2019 Asian Cup, but are looking to surpass expectations. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/Philippine Football Federation

Points galore in NFL, NBA as rule changes take effect

Jan 04, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Both major professional sports leagues are experiencing a skyrocket in their offensive plays

THRIVING ON OFFENSE. The NBA and the NFL are seeing a more offensive approach in their respective leagues. File photos from Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP (NBA) and Shutterstock (NFL)


2019 SEA Games: Rizal Memorial Stadium renovations in full swing

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:49 PM

Individual seats and a roof over the spectators' area are some of the improvements expected from the renovation of the Rizal Memorial Stadium

UNDERWAY. The Rizal Memorial Football Stadium is undergoing renovation to conform to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) standards. Photo from Wikipedia

5 players to watch at the Asian Cup

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:07 PM

As the Philippine Azkals try to do without Premier League player Neil Etheridge, the rest of the field bring out their big guns

HOTSHOT. Unlike Neil Etheridge, fellow Premier League player Son Heung-min of South Korea gets a chance to see action for his national team. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

UEFA: Anti-racism protocol not followed in Koulibaly case

Dec 29, 2018 - 1:15 PM

Napoli's Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly gets targeted by monkey noises and racist chants during an Italian league match

UNACCEPTABLE. The UEFA says the match should have been suspended when fans continued to subject Kalidou Koulibaly to racist chanting even when the stadium speaker implored the crowd to stop several times. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Goal-getters: Filipino football players who made a mark in 2018

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:19 AM

A recap of the people and moments that made 2018 another great year for Philippine football

WATCH: Liverpool tests new title favorite tag

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Arsenal and Manchester City look to challenge Liverpool's title credentials in the next Premier League games

UNBEATEN. Liverpool tries to sustain its perfect run behind star striker Mohamed Salah (right). Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

Broken promises: Why Global Cebu players are unhappy

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Global Cebu players reveal a sad reality in local club football – athletes getting evicted from their homes and living on cup noodles as they remain unpaid for 8 months

SAD REALITY. Milan Nikolic and the rest of the Global Cebu FC players go unpaid during the holidays. Photo from Milan Nikolic's Instagram

No Etheridge in Azkals lineup for Asian Cup

Dec 28, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines will make its first appearance in the quadrennial meet's history

BIG SHOES TO FILL. Neil Etheridge won't be seeing action for the Philippines in its Asian Cup debut. Photo from Neil Etheridge's Twitter.


Ronaldo rescues point for 10-man Juventus

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo keeps Juventus unbeaten in Serie A after powering the reigning champions to a draw versus Atalanta

SANDWICHED. Juventus' superstar Cristiano Ronaldo eyes the ball as he gets sandwiched by the Atalanta crew during their Italian Serie A football match. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

WATCH: Solskjaer hails impact of 'happy boy' Pogba

Dec 27, 2018 - 9:02 AM

Paul Pogba strikes twice as Manchester United wins on interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's home debut

HAPPY FIGURE. Paul Pogba, who clashed with sacked coach Jose Mourinho, now has a ‘big smile on his face.’ Photo from Manchester United Twitter

Patriots, Cowboys grab NFL playoff berths as Eagles alive

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:09 AM

New England became the first team in NFL history to reach the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons

10TH STRAIGHT PLAYOFF. The New England Patriots make history as the first team clinch a 10th striaght playoff berth. Photo from Tom Brady's Instagram

James slams NFL owners have 'slave mentality'

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:24 PM

LeBron James does not mince his words regarding his thoughts on the NFL

OUTSPOKEN. LeBron James compares the NFL and the NBA in a new episode of 'The Shop'. Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

Tuchel: 'Neymar went home early with my permission'

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:46 PM

PSG star Neymar posts Instagram images of himself in Brazil with his family as he skips his club's last match of the year

VACATION. Neymar misses PSG's last game of 2018 to be with his family. Photo from Instagram (@neymarjr)

Manchester United sacks Jose Mourinho

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United after suffering from a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool

SACKED. Jose Mourinho leaves the club with immediate effect. Photo from Twitter (@ManUtd)

Rebranded PFL steps in ‘difficult time’ as Davao Aguilas FC folds

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it,' says new league commissioner Bernie Sumayao

CRUCIAL. Davao Aguilas FC leaves the Philippines Football League with only 5 teams. Photo from Davao Aguilas

5 things we learned in the Premier League

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Chelsea prove Manchester City are not invincible while Liverpool remain unbeaten to climb to the top of the table

SCORING MACHINE. Mo Salah (right) powers Liverpool over Bournemouth with a hat-trick. Photo from AFP


Top college football player Kyler Murray could be headed to baseball

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Heisman Trophy awardee has already signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics in the MLB

TWO-WAY STAR. Kyler Murray is a potential first-round pick in the NFL but he is expected to play in the MBL. Photo from Twitter (@TheKylerMurray)