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NFL star changes jersey to No. 24 in tribute to Kobe Bryant

Mar 23, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Defensive back Darius Slay will start his stint for the Philadelphia Eagles with a new jersey number after wearing No. 23 during his first 7 seasons in the NFL

HONORING A LEGEND. Darius Slay pays homage to the "greatest of all time" Kobe Bryant. Photo from Instagram/@bigplayslay23

Patriots owner says thank you to Brady in full-page Tampa ad

Mar 23, 2020 - 2:12 PM

NFL star Tom Brady ends a 20-year run with the New England Patriots to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FAREWELL. Tom Brady will not play for the New England Patriots in the next NFL season. File photo from Twitter/@NFL

Uncertainty abounds as football's transfer industry grinds to a halt

Mar 22, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Canceling the rest of the football season may cost Europe's top 5 leagues as much as $4 billion

MORE WORRIES. Football clubs brace for bigger concerns other than talks like where superstars such Kylian Mbappe will end up playing. Photo from PSG

Chinese football star Wu Lei has coronavirus in Spain

Mar 21, 2020 - 3:54 PM

China's most popular football player Wu Lei tests positive for COVID-19

Espanyol's Chinese forward Wu Lei warms up before the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol against Getafe CF Girona FC at the RCDE Stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on April 2, 2019. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)

Tom Brady signs NFL contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mar 20, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Three-time MVP Tom Brady joins a Buccaneers side that hasn't reached the NFL playoffs in 13 years

Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady announces departure from New England Patriots

Mar 17, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Decorated quarterback Tom Brady leaves the New England Patriots after 20 years in the team

END OF AN ERA. Tom Brady announces his departure from the New England Patriots after 20 years. Photo from Twitter (@NFL)

Players treated like 'guinea pigs' over coronavirus – Rooney

Mar 15, 2020 - 10:59 PM

Former England captain Wayne Rooney says he'll 'never forgive the authorities' if anyone from his family gets infected

FURIOUS. Wayne Rooney slams British football officials for their late action on the virus pandemic. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

More European football players test positive for virus

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:10 PM

All 5 of Europe's top football leagues have been suspended as more players fall victim to the coronavirus

OUTBREAK. Paderborn's German defender Luca Kilian becomes the first Bundesliga player to contract COVID-19. Photo by Ina Fassbender/AFP

Sala crash pilot lost control, flew too fast – UK probe

Mar 14, 2020 - 12:05 PM

A 115-page report on the death of football player Emiliano Sala highlights the use of unlicensed commercial flights in the sporting world

Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala gestures during the French L1 football match Nantes vs Montpellier at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France, on January 8, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

LIST: Philippine leagues suspended amid coronavirus outbreak

Mar 13, 2020 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Local sports leagues and events are put on hold due to the virus pandemic

HIATUS. Sports action takes a break as major local leagues prioritize the safety of athletes and staff members.

Mendiola FC aims for top 3 finish in 2020 PFL Season

Feb 29, 2020 - 9:19 PM

A retooled Mendiola FC vies to become one of the contenders in the upcoming PFL season

TOP 3. Mendiola FC primes itself to be more competitive in the 2020 Philippines Football League season. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Chiefs celebrate Super Bowl title with parade, rally

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'Next year, we're coming right back here,' coach Andy Reid promises as the Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their first Super Bowl title in 50 years

TOP OF THE WORLD. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (center) and the Kansas City Chiefs bask in championship glory. Photo by Ed Zurga/EPA-EFE

Jarvey Gayoso to turn pro, skips final UAAP year

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

Ateneo star Jarvey Gayoso opts out of his final playing year in the UAAP to chase his professional football dreams

LEGACY. Jarvey Gayoso wins two UAAP championships and two MVP awards with Ateneo. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Trump misplaces Super Bowl champs Kansas City Chiefs

Feb 03, 2020 - 5:07 PM

US President Donald Trump commits another gaffe as he mentions the wrong state after the Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl

BLUNDER. Donald Trump draws laughter from social media after his Twitter blunder regarding the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win. Photos from Shutterstock (Trump) and Instagram/@chiefs (Damien Williams)

Comeback king Mahomes sparks Chiefs to Super Bowl win

Feb 03, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs erase a double-digit deficit to win for the third straight game as Kansas City ends a 50-year Super Bowl title drought

ALL SMILES. Patrick Mahomes (right) and Frank Clark celebrate as the Chiefs win their first Super Bowl since 1970. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

New era beckons as Chiefs, 49ers clash in Super Bowl

Feb 02, 2020 - 8:35 PM

The Super Bowl could mark a changing of the guard for the NFL's quarterback hierarchy as the curtain comes down on the league's 100th season

HISTORY-SEEKING. The Kansas City Chiefs look to win their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. Photo from Instagram/@chiefs

Ravens ace Lamar Jackson unanimous pick for NFL MVP

Feb 02, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Lamar Jackson becomes only the second player in NFL history to be a unanimous pick for the MVP award after Tom Brady in 2010

BEAST. Lamar Jackson totalled 3,127 passing yards for a league-leading 36 touchdowns for the Ravens in the ongoing NFL season. Photo from Twitter/@Ravens

After 'Hustlers' and turning 50, Jennifer Lopez takes on Super Bowl

Jan 31, 2020 - 10:45 AM

The powerhouse performer and 'Hustlers' star is set to take on the Super Bowl halftime show with singer Shakira

NFL player Brown surrenders himself to Florida police

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Police say Antonio Brown allegedly refused to pay for the goods delivered to his home and threw a rock at the delivery vehicle

CONTROVERSIAL. Antonio Brown starts the new year on the wrong foot. File photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots ace Edelman arrested for vandalism

Jan 13, 2020 - 2:33 PM

Julian Edelman, who won Super Bowl MVP in the NFL last season, was detained briefly by police

TOUGH BREAK. Julian Edelman is reportedly due to undergo knee and shoulder surgery during the offseason. Photo from Instagram/@patriots

Former PH football stalwart Iñaki Vicente dies at 65

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:06 PM

Philippine football legends honor Kaya Football Academy general manager Iñaki Vicente for dedicating his life to the sport

NFL champions Brady, Patriots dethroned by upstart Titans

Jan 05, 2020 - 1:39 PM

The loss could spell the end of the storied career of Tom Brady, who won 6 Super Bowl championships

PLAYOFF EXIT. Tom Brady and the Patriots fail to defend their NFL throne. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Marshawn Lynch glad to be back in NFL after one-year retirement

Dec 25, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The Seahawks are gambling that Marshawn Lynch, who has not played in over a year, can still produce touchdowns

REUNION. Marshawn Lynch will play for the Seattle Seahawks for the first time since 2015. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Tottenham fail with appeal against Son red card

Dec 25, 2019 - 10:44 AM

South Korean Tottenham winger Son Heung Min is set to serve a three-game ban

BANNED. VAR confirms that Son Heung Min kicked out at Blues defender Antonio Rudiger after being fouled. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Injury-hit Seahawks poised to bring back Marshawn Lynch – reports

Dec 24, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Marshawn Lynch returns to the NFL after a one-year hiatus as he links up with the Seahawks, the team he played for 6 seasons

BEAST MODE BACK. Marshawn Lynch is set to reunite with the Seahawks. File photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Malaya FC bags 4 titles in YFL Season 3

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Malaya FC dominates the under-11, under-15, under-17, and under-19 categories of the Youth Football League

DOMINANCE. Malaya FC becomes a force to be reckoned in the Youth Football League. Photo from release

NFL bans Seattle receiver Gordon indefinitely for drugs

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:59 AM

NFL issues Seattle Seahawk's Josh Gordon his sixth suspension since the 2013 season

BANNED. Josh Gordon gets banned from the NFL indefinitely. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America/AFP

‘Unlucky’ Azkals deserve better SEA Games finish, says coach

Dec 15, 2019 - 5:11 PM

'Sometimes you deserve to go up, but you’re unlucky, but I am confident that we’ll be much better,' says Azkals coach Goran Milojevic

GALLANT EFFORT. Amani Aguinaldo (left) emerges a one of the Azkals’ top performers in the SEA Games. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Makati FC vies for Asiana Cup boys under-11 title

Dec 14, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The multi-titled youth football team looks to pick up another crown after ruling the Borneo Cup

WINNING WAYS. Makati FC hopes to cap the year with another crown. Photo release

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