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Kai Sotto makes unofficial visit to Kentucky Wildcats

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:43 PM

The 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto meets with John Calipari, who is known for producing NBA players after only one season in the NCAA

NBA DREAM. Kai Sotto is currently ranked 75th by ESPN in the Class of 2020. Photo from Twitter/@kzsottolive


Kai Sotto joins Jr NBA-affiliated international basketball club

Nov 09, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Kai Sotto joins The Skill Factory where NBA players like James Harden and John Wall previously trained

NEW HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto is set to compete in various US and international tournaments with The Skill Factory. Photo from FIBA

New Tunisia president sworn in after upstart poll win

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Tunisia's new president, Kais Saied, is a conservative academic with no previous political experience who won the overwhelming support of younger voters in an October 13 runoff

KAIS SAIED. Kais Saied is Tunisia's new president. Image from Kais Saied's Facebook page.

Murder suspect whose case was catalyst for Hong Kong protests released

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Hong Konger Chan Tong-kai is wanted in Taiwan for the 2018 murder of his pregnant girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing. He apologizes to the victim's family and the city as he leaves the maximum security prison.

CHAN TONG-KAI. Chan Tong-kai, wanted in Taiwan for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend during a holiday in 2018, walks out the Pik Uk Prison in Hong Kong on October 23, 2019, after serving a short jail sentence for stealing his girlfriend's possessions. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan – pastor

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Police have rejected an application for a large rally on Sunday, October 20, saying they fear hardcore protesters would hijack it and turn violent

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Anti-establishment parties battle political elite in Tunisia election

Oct 06, 2019 - 4:27 PM

The vote comes two weeks after the first round of a presidential election that eclipsed traditional political parties in favor of independent candidates

TO THE POLLS. A Tunisian man looks at posters of legislatives' candidates in the capital Tunis, on October 5, 2019. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

Outsider leads after divisive Tunisia presidential poll

Sep 16, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The initial signs point towards a major upset for Tunisia's political establishment, in place since the 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali

TUNISIAN POLLS. This combination of file pictures created on September 16, 2019, shows (L to R) Nabil Karoui, Tunisian media magnate and presidential candidate for Qalb Tounes party, currently jailed on corruption charges, in the capital Tunis on August 2, 2019; and independent candidate Kais Saied in the capital Tunis on September 10, 2019. Photos by Hasna and Fethi Belaid/AFP

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:14 PM

Some 7 million voters head to the polls on Sunday, September 15, to choose from a crowded field

KEY CANDIDATES. This combination of pictures created on September 12, 2019 shows 6 of the 26 candidates for Tunisia's upcoming presidential election (from top L clockwise): former president Moncef Marzouki, president of the Free Destourian Party (PDL) Abir Moussi, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, media magnate Nabil Karoui, former defense minister Abdelkrim Zbidi, and interim parliamentary speaker Abdelfattah Mourou. Photo by Fethi Belaid, HASNA/AFP

Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Not just Kai or AJ: Teamwork key for Gilas youth in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:09 AM

The Philippines will have its work cut out for it in the global hoops showdown as it faces heavyweights Argentina, host country Greece and Russia in the first round

TWIN TOWERS. Kai Sotto (middle) and AJ Edu (right) are expected to be the cornerstones of the Gilas Pilipinas youth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: Kai Sotto shows improved shooting in workout video

May 21, 2019 - 4:32 PM

The seven-foot Filipino wunderkind has consistently knocked down midrange and three-point shots

SKY IS THE LIMIT. Kai Sotto will be the cornerstone of the Philippine team that will see action in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Cavs’ Collin Sexton likens workmate Kai Sotto to Dirk Nowitzki

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Collin Sexton and Kai Sotto train under the same skills coach and the Cavs hotshot says the Filipino teen can definitely ‘shoot it and space the floor’

IMPRESSED. Collin Sexton, who’s in Manila for the Jr NBA, showers the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto with praise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Gilas still 'No. 1 priority' for overseas-bound Kai Sotto

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:56 PM

The 7-foot-2 teen star may be headed to the US and Europe, but his dad promises that their doors will always remain open for the Philippine team

NBA MOVES. Kai Sotto continues to prove why he deserves to be one of the best Filipino basketball players of today. Photo by FIBA

Kai Sotto takes talents to U.S. for training

Mar 26, 2019 - 6:51 PM

The 16-year-old, 7-foot-2 Batang Gilas star will first head to Atlanta in April to train for two months as he prepares for the upcoming 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup

THE FUTURE. Kai Sotto is tasked to lead the Philippines to basketball glory in the future. Photo from FIBA

With NBA dream in mind, Kai Sotto leaves Ateneo to train overseas

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:15 PM

The 7-foot-2 wunderkind seeks to reach the NBA by '2021 or 2022'

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto moves on to bigger things for his NBA dream. Photo from FIBA


Green outduels Sotto, FilAm Sports ousts Ateneo in 2019 NBTC Nationals

Mar 20, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fil-Am Jalen Green's thunderous dunk over Kai Sotto highlights the third day of action in the high school national championship

POSTER DUNK. FilAm Sports USA's Jalen Green skies for a slam jam on Ateneo's Kai Sotto in the 2019 NBTC Nationals Supreme 16. Photo from NBTC

Kai vs Kai: Fil-Am Ballungay eager to take on Ateneo’s Sotto

Mar 20, 2019 - 4:27 PM

Another towering teen named Kai has been making an impact in the NBTC National Finals

BIG BATTLE. Fil-Am star Kai Ballungay and UAAP juniors MVP Kai Sotto face off for the first time. Photos from NBTC

NBTC: Sotto drops 35 in LPU squeaker, sets date with Green's FilAm USA

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:47 PM

Kai Sotto lives up to expectations with a dominant 35-point and 15-rebound performance

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to impress in the 2019 NBTC National Finals. Photo from release

As Kai Sotto nears decision, Baldwin says PH still best choice

Mar 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin says people don't realize how difficult it is for a 16-year-old like Kai Sotto to make the jump to Europe

STAY HERE. Tab Baldwin (right) thinks Kai Sotto can still significantly improve his skills even if he stays in the Philippines. Photos by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


Ex-NBA D-Leaguer Ray Parks on Kai Sotto: 'Send him overseas ASAP'

Mar 13, 2019 - 4:38 PM

Ray Parks says Kai Sotto should jump on the opportunity after the 7-foot-2 high school star received offers from top-tier European teams

Kai Sotto could decide very soon on Europe offers, eyeing NBA as top goal

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:43 PM

There are 4 teams from Spain and another 1 from Germany which have tendered their offers to the 7-foot-2 wunderkind

BIG DREAMS. Kai Sotto says he is willing to do everything to reach the NBA. Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler


Kai Sotto mum on future: 'Tapusin muna school year'

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:57 PM

Rather than focusing on what jersey he will wear next – whether here or overseas – the 7-foot-2 basketball teen sensation says he's prioritizing school

SENSATIONAL. Ateneo’s Kai Sotto tallies impressive numbers of 26 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks in Game 2 of the UAAP juniors basketball finals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto cruises to UAAP juniors MVP award

Feb 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

It's a landslide win for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets star, who bests UST Tiger Cubs' Mark Nonoy by 15 statistical points

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto (right) leads the league in points, rebounds and blocks to be the rightful winner of the Most Valuable Player award. File photo


EXO’s Kai is reportedly in Cebu, posts photos on Instagram

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:28 PM

The K-pop star shares photos that appear to be taken in Cebu

TOURIST. EXO's Kai has been spotted in Cebu. Screenshot from Instagram.com/zkdlin

It's official: EXO’s Kai and BLACKPINK’s Jennie part ways

Jan 25, 2019 - 5:11 PM

SM Entertainment confirms that the two K-pop stars have broken up

EXO's Kai and BLACKPINK's Jennie are dating

Jan 01, 2019 - 4:53 PM

SM Entertainment confirms the news and says the two 'have become fond of each other'

Kai Sotto stands tall as undisputed leader in juniors MVP race

Dec 15, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Not surprisingly, the 7-foot-1 Ateneo superstar emerges as the runaway statistical leader in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

UAAP juniors: Blue Eaglets cruise past winless Junior Warriors

Dec 12, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Kai Sotto delivers another stellar outing as the Ateneo Blue Eaglets grab a share of the top spot in the UAAP juniors basketball tournament

DOMINANT. Kai Sotto leads the way again for the blue and white. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Kai Sotto goes off for 36 as Ateneo Eaglets crush UPIS

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 prodigy tallies a double-double in the wire-to-wire triumph

PILING IT UP. Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets earn their fourth win in 5 games in UAAP Season 81. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto a 'fighter,' says Gilas coach Yeng Guiao

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:01 PM

The fiery mentor lauds the 16-year-old high schooler for not succumbing to intimidation after suiting up against Lebanon

LONG WAY TO GO. Yeng Guiao (right) is 'pretty happy' of Kai Sotto's tuneup game debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Guiao) and Josh Albelda/Rappler (Sotto)


Kai Sotto admits there's tons to learn with Gilas

Nov 26, 2018 - 7:45 AM

After playing opponents twice his age in Team Pilipinas' tuneup game against Lebanon, the 7-foot-1 high schooler aches to polish his skills as soon as possible

YOUNG COG. Kai Sotto suits up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time against Lebanon. Photo by Joaqui Flores/Rappler


Academics first: Kai Sotto skips Gilas tuneup vs Jordan

Nov 20, 2018 - 7:05 AM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind misses what could have been his debut for the senior squad

YOUNG GUN. Kai Sotto, though, can still play in Team Pilipinas' other tuneup games. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Big school: Kai Sotto finds mentors in Fajardo, Slaughter

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:05 PM

As the youngest in the Gilias pool, the 7-foot-1 prodigy sees a rare chance to work on his arsenal with the country's best big men

WUNDERKIND. Although the youngest at 16 years old, Kai Sotto is the tallest in the latest Gilas Pilipinas' 20-man pool at 7-foot-1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Kai Sotto, Ricci Rivero can still make Gilas' final 12, bares Yeng Guiao

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Although chances of seeing the Sotto and Rivero suit up for Team Pilipinas in the World Cup qualifiers are slim, the fiery mentor believes it could still happen

YOUNG BUT TALENTED. Young studs Ricci Rivero (left) and Kai Sotto vie for a spot in Gilas Pilipinas' final 12-man lineup for the fifth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photos by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Rivero) and FIBA (Sotto)


Sotto, Fajardo in action as Gilas prep resumes

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:09 PM

Twelve of the 20 pool players selected by head coach Yeng Guiao are present in Day 1 of the buildup for the fifth window of the Asian Qualifiers for the World Cup

YOUNG GUNS. Kai Sotto and Ricci Rivero – two of the youngest players in Team Pilipinas' 20-man pool – answer Yeng Guiao's call-up. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


'Dream come true' as Kai Sotto set to practice with Gilas, Yeng

Nov 11, 2018 - 5:42 PM

The 7-foot-1 teen star can't wait to join PBA stalwarts like June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in the Gilas training

EXCITED. Kai Sotto says he's looking forward to learn from national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from FIBA

Kai Sotto, Jayson Castro join Gilas FIBA World Cup qualifiers training pool

Nov 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Despite their availability for the game against Iran, Andray Blatche and Terrence Romeo are not named to the 20-man training pool

WUNDERKIND. 7-foot-1 Batang Gilas star Kai Sotto is named to Yeng Guiao's 20-man training pool. Photo by FIBA

Former NBA player wants to see Kai Sotto overseas

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Former 10-year NBA veteran Cherokee Parks believes the 7-foot-1 Filipino teen fits the mold of the modern big man

WUNDERKIND. Even at 16 year old, Kai Sotto has already received offers to play abroad. Photo from FIBA


WATCH: Kai Sotto shows off NBA level moves

Oct 30, 2018 - 4:40 PM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind makes another mean dunk off a euro-step on the fast break

GREATER HEIGHTS. Kai Sotto continues to prove that he's one of the most promising Filipino basketball players. Photo by FIBA

WATCH: Kai Sotto slams home off-the-board alley-oop dunk

Oct 28, 2018 - 8:54 PM

The 7-foot-1 wunderkind adds another highlight to his personal reel

LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. Kai Sotto continues to impress. Photo from FIBA Asia


Seeing homegrown Filipino player in NBA 'just a matter of time'

Oct 25, 2018 - 6:04 PM

NBA Asia managing director Scott Levy believes a full-blooded Filipino is bound for the NBA soon

HIGH HOPES. Seven-foot-one wunderkind Kai Sotto is touted to become the first homegrown Filipino player in the NBA. File photo from FIBA


CDO flood project hits snag as Lim Ket Kai changes mind

Oct 22, 2018 - 10:29 PM

DPWH says it could finish the Cagayan de Oro drainage system in 6 months if Lim Ket Kai agrees to allow diggings in a private road inside their complex

File photo of January 16,2017 flood along CM Recto Avenue. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Kai Sotto to stay with Ateneo amid Real Madrid recruitment rumors

Sep 29, 2018 - 1:37 PM

Ateneo Blue Eaglets coach Reggie Varilla says his prized 7-foot-1 ward is staying right here at home to play in the UAAP

BIG SENSATION. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto continues to get international attention. Photo from FIBA

‘Ang Paglilitis Kay Mang Serapio:’ Don’t wear white

Sep 07, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Directed by Juan Ekis, the 50th anniversary staging of the play is a claustrophobia-inducing, ultra-violent look at systemic injustice

ANG PAGLILITIS KAY MANG SERAPIO. Paul Dumol's 1968 masterpiece is staged at The Ruins in Poblacion. Screenshot from Facebook.com/theatretitasph

Batang Gilas a win away from FIBA U19 World Cup berth

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:27 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine basketball youth team needs to win against Bahrain to advance to the world stage

ON A ROLL. The unbeaten Batang Gilas squad continues to show that the future of Philippine basketball looks good. Photo from FIBA

Batang Gilas twin towers Kai Sotto, AJ Edu ready to roll

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:20 AM

The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto and 6-foot-10 AJ Edu make an imposing frontcourt as Batang Gilas kicks off its bid in the FIBA Under-18 Asian Championship

CHEMISTRY. AJ Edu and Kai Sotto (back row, 3rd and 4th from left) hope talent and team chemistry will help Batang Gilas secure a world berth. Photo from Edu Facebook account (@ajedu15)

FIBA Asia U18: Key additions Edu, Panopio boost Batang Gilas bid

Jul 29, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Fil-Nigerian AJ Edu and Fil-Italian Dalph Panopio bolster the Philippine basketball youth team bannered by Kai Sotto

TOWERING STAR. The 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto banners the national under-18 team anew, just weeks after leading the squad’s campaign in the FIBA U17 World Cup. Photo from FIBA

Kais Marzouki is Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:00 AM

The following is a press release from Nestlé Philippines

LOOK: Chinese KOs Pinoy fighter Menchavez in 10 seconds

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Philippine bet Rodian Menchavez absorbs a devastating one-punch knockout from China’s Li Kai Wen

RECORD WIN. Chinese fighter Li Kai Wen improves his record to 8-4. Photo from ONE Championship

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP