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TIP, St. Clare punch PBA D-League semis tickets

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:24 PM

BRT Sumisip Basilan-St. Clare shatters D-League records after erupting for 180 points, while TIP capitalizes on its win-once incentive

LAST FOUR. Guilber Carurucan and the TIP Engineers complete the semifinals cast of the Foundation Cup. Photo from PBA Images


PBA teams open campaign in Terrific 12

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:10 PM

San Miguel, TNT, and Blackwater will battle it out with 9 other teams from the Chinese Basketball Association, Korean Basketball League, and B.League

BACK AT IT. June Mar Fajardo returns to action for San Miguel after playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Blackwater taps ex-Best Import Marqus Blakely for Governor's Cup

Sep 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

After an impressive run with TNT last season, Marqus Blakely returns for Blackwater to replace injured import Aaron Fuller

Photo from PBA Images

Poligrates sets D-League record of 67 points as Marinero crushes iWalk

Aug 26, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Eloy Poligrates knocks down 11 three-pointers to break James Martinez's 58-point feat recorded two years ago

SCORING MACHINE. Eloy Poligrates is in his bag for Marinerong Pilipino. Photo from PBA Images


After coaching change, Alaska not bringing back Mike Harris

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Mike Harris helped lead Alaska to the finals of the PBA Governors' Cup last year and captured the Best Import of the Conference award

NOT COMING BACK. Mike Harris hopes nothing but the best for Alaska. Photo from PBA Images


Compton resigns as Alaska coach, Cariaso takes over

Aug 22, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Through 5 years as Alaska head coach spanning 15 conferences, Alex Compton towed the Aces to 5 finals appearances but fell short of the grand prize each time

FAREWELL. Alex Compton ends his coaching stint with Alaska after 5 years. Photo from PBA Images


Jones eyeing NBA return after stellar PBA stint

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Terrence Jones says he will think about giving the PBA another run, but for now, he is focused on getting ready for the next NBA season

RETURNING HOME. Terrence Jones says his experience in the PBA and the Philippines is something he will never forget. Photo from PBA Images


McCullough still up to be Gilas' naturalized player

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Chris McCullough says he would 'love to play' for Gilas Pilipinas after helping San Miguel become the lowest-seeded team in PBA history to win a title

STEADY FORCE. Staying consistently dominant in the entire Commissioner's Cup, Chris McCullough delivers a championship for coach Leo Austria and San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images


Learning unselfish play, Romeo rewarded with another PBA title

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:50 PM

No longer needing to play hero all the time, Terrence Romeo thrives in his new role to capture a second straight PBA crown and first Finals MVP

CHAMP AGAIN. After winning his first PBA title a couple of months ago, Terrence Romeo experiences another first with San Miguel, this time by clinching his maiden Finals MVP award. Photo from PBA Images


Ex-NBA player KJ McDaniels to reinforce TNT in Governors' Cup

Aug 17, 2019 - 7:05 PM

TNT plans to follow the same formula that brought it back to PBA relevance by tapping KJ McDaniels, the former NBA teammate of Terrence Jones

UNFINISHED BUSINESS. TNT will look to end its title drought with KJ McDaniels in the fold. Photo from Instagram/@kocmj


PBA finalists San Miguel, TNT rekindle rivalry in Macau

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Newly crowned San Miguel Beer leads 3 PBA teams in an Asian club tournament this September

SUPER TEAM. PBA champion San Miguel tests its mettle against club teams from China, Japan, and South Korea. Photo from PBA Images

Arwind gains peace of mind as Jones accepts his apology

Aug 17, 2019 - 9:09 AM

Arwind Santos admits he picked up a ton of lessons following his controversial monkey gesture towards Terrence Jones

MAKING AMENDS. Arwind Santos and Terrence Jones put the incident behind them. Photo from PBA Images


Jones accepts Arwind apology, says he only wants respect

Aug 17, 2019 - 12:15 AM

Former NBA player Terrence Jones says Arwind Santos' monkey taunt did not dampen his experience in the PBA and the Philippines

END OF THE ROAD. Terrence Jones ends his PBA stint as TNT loses the championship to San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images


Romeo hailed Finals MVP as San Miguel rules anew

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:54 PM

Terrence Romeo proves he remains one of the deadliest guards in the league by torching his former team TNT in 6 games

San Miguel dispatches TNT in Game 6 to reclaim Comm's Cup crown

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Down 1-2 in the best-of-seven finals series, the Beermen seize the next 3 games for their 27th title in franchise history

CHAMPS AGAIN. San Miguel completes its Cinderella run in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Rain or Shine trades Ahanmisi to Alaska for Exciminiano, draft pick

Aug 16, 2019 - 2:44 PM

Maverick Ahanmisi and Ping Exciminiano both bid farewell to the teams that drafted them in the PBA

TRADED. Maverick Ahanmisi and Ping Exciminiano exchange teams. Photos from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 6

Aug 15, 2019 - 8:27 PM

San Miguel goes for the PBA Commissioner's Cup crown as TNT tries to stay alive in Game 6 at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, August 16

Arwind fined P200,000 for monkey taunt on Jones

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:54 PM

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial says Arwind Santos may face a more severe punishment should he repeat his racist action

JUST A MAN. Arwind Santos admits to be in the wrong for his monkey gesture aimed at Terrence Jones. Photo from PBA Images


Arwind says sorry to Jones: I hope you forgive me

Aug 15, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Arwind Santos claims he had no bad intentions when he tried annoying Terrence Jones on court with a monkey gesture

SORRY. Arwind Santos says he is just a man who makes mistakes. Photo from PBA Images


No place for racism in sports, says TNT after Arwind monkey gesture

Aug 15, 2019 - 4:28 PM

TNT says Arwind Santos' actions were rude even to his African-American teammates like Chris Ross and Chris McCullough

OVERBOARD. Terrence Jones urges the PBA to take action against Arwind Santos for his monkey gesture. Photo from PBA Images


Jones urges PBA to take action on Arwind's monkey gesture

Aug 15, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Arwind Santos claims the monkey gesture was just 'mind games,' but Terrence Jones says it is racism

MIND GAMES? Terrence Jones says Arwind Santos' gesture is not just disrespectful to him, but also to his family and race. Photo from PBA Images


PBA summons Arwind over monkey gesture on Jones

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Arwind Santos claims he was merely trying to get under Terrence Jones' skin with the act

CONTROVERSIAL. Arwind Santos draws flak for his monkey gesture directed towards Terrence Jones. Photo from PBA Images


Ross on helping Jones: 'I'm not a terrible person'

Aug 15, 2019 - 9:13 AM

Despite their heated encounters, Chris Ross displays sportsmanship by helping Terrence Jones get up from the floor

ON THE VERGE. Chris Ross and San Miguel are a win away from another PBA championship. Photo from PBA Images


Arwind not sorry for monkey gesture towards Jones

Aug 15, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Comparing black people to monkeys is a racist attack, but Arwind Santos says he's only trying to get into Terrence Jones' head

MIND GAMES. Arwind Santos says it all depends on Terrence Jones if he loses his cool. Photo from PBA Images


McCullough comes up clutch as San Miguel stuns TNT for 3-2 lead

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:37 PM

Chris McCullough delivers the goods in the closing stretch to help the Beermen storm back from 16 points down in the final 10 minutes

TURN BACK. Chris McCullough and San Miguel pull off a come-from-behind win over TNT. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 5

Aug 13, 2019 - 7:06 PM

TNT and San Miguel both seek to move one win closer from claiming the championship in Game 5 at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, August 14

After shoving match, Nabong says Jones flops 'all the time'

Aug 12, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Kelly Nabong believes Terrence Jones pushed him because he did not like that TNT fell victim to San Miguel in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals

DEADLOCK. Kelly Nabong and San Miguel tie TNT in the best-of-seven series at 2-2. Photo from PBA Images


Castro focused on grander goal for TNT after seizing Best Player plum

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Ending a two-year title drought remains at the top of the list for Jayson Castro

RAN OUT OF GAS. Jayson Castro and TNT fall short in gaining a 3-1 lead over San Miguel in the PBA finals. Photo from PBA Images


Comic relief after Arwind-Jones shouting match: 'Amoy burger'

Aug 11, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Fouled hard by San Miguel's Arwind Santos, TNT import Terrence Jones lets out a roar and figures in a brief staredown in Game 4

MIND GAMES. Arwind Santos admits that he and his teammates have been trying to get into Terrence Jones' head. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel banks on McCullough, Fajardo to nip TNT in Game 4

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Staying composed in the endgame this time, the Beermen knot the best-of-seven series at 2-2

ALL TIED UP. Chris McCullough and San Miguel avoid falling into a 1-3 hole against TNT. Photo from PBA Images


After nearly 3 years, Castro wins PBA Best Player award again

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:36 PM

TNT's Jayson Castro bests San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo, Blackwater's Ray Parks, Columbian's CJ Perez, and NorthPort's Robert Bolick for the coveted plum


Jones dethrones Brownlee, tops McCullough for PBA Best Import plum

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Terrence Jones clinches the award after churning out monster numbers and towing TNT back to the finals for the first time in two years


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 4

Aug 10, 2019 - 6:00 PM

TNT shoots for a 3-1 lead while San Miguel eyes for the tie in Game 4 at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, August 11

Jones not trading barbs with Ross on 'baby' jab

Aug 10, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Opting to keep his focus on the game, Terrence Jones heaps praise on his teammates as TNT gains a 2-1 lead over San Miguel in the PBA finals

NOT THE OTHER STUFF. Terrence Jones only wants to talk about basketball. Photo from PBA Images


WATCH: Ross says Jones 'mentally a baby'

Aug 10, 2019 - 12:09 AM

Suffering two busted lips in their first two encounters, Chris Ross gets headbutted by Terrence Jones early in Game 3

MIND GAMES. Chris Ross and Terrence Jones continue to get physical against each other in the PBA finals. Photo from PBA Images


TNT back with a vengeance, tops San Miguel in Game 3

Aug 09, 2019 - 9:49 PM

Terrence Jones registers a near triple-double as the KaTropa erase a double-digit deficit to seize a 2-1 series lead over the Beermen

REDEMPTION. Off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss in Game 2, TNT redeems itself against San Miguel. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 3

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:11 PM

San Miguel and TNT vie for the series lead in Game 3 at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, August 9

Ross to continue mind games, says up to Jones to be 'mentally strong'

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Chris Ross plays a crucial role in getting Terrence Jones ejected in Game 2 of the PBA finals as San Miguel survives TNT to level the series

MIND GAMES. Chris Ross and Terrence Jones continue to go at it in the PBA finals. Photo from PBA Images


Jones brushes off San Miguel mind games in PBA finals

Aug 08, 2019 - 7:27 AM

Terrence Jones gets ejected as TNT falls short against San Miguel in double overtime in Game 2 of the best-of-seven series

BOUNCE BACK. Terrence Jones and TNT ache for redemption in Game 3. Photo from PBA Images


Urged to find shot, Romeo puts on scoring clinic in PBA finals

Aug 08, 2019 - 12:47 AM

Since joining San Miguel, Terrence Romeo's offensive game has taken a back seat but he finally shows in Game 2 that he's still the same scoring juggernaut

LEVELLED. Terrence Romeo and San Miguel escape TNT to tie the finals series. Photo from PBA Images


San Miguel escapes TNT in double OT to tie finals series

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:22 PM

The Beermen waste a 17-point lead but pull through when it mattered against the KaTropa

ALL TIED UP. June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel avoid falling to a 0-2 hole in the finals series. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 2

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:16 PM

TNT looks to put on another dominant show as San Miguel Beer tries to equalize in Game 2 of the best-of-seven title series

Poligrates takes over late for Marinero in 47-point PBA D-League romp

Aug 05, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Marinerong Pilipino opens its campaign in the Foundation Cup by manhandling Hazchem, while debuting Black Mamba turns back Alberei

OBLITERATION. Eloy Poligrates and Marinerong Pilipinas prove too strong for Hazchem. Photo from PBA Images


Emotional Jones trying to 'stay calm' in highly charged PBA finals

Aug 05, 2019 - 1:46 AM

Terrence Jones issues a near triple-double performance as TNT takes down San Miguel in Game 1

POISE. Knowing how valuable he is for TNT, Terrence Jones says he focused on keeping himself in the game. Photo from PBA Images


Ross feels elbow to the face from Jones done on purpose

Aug 05, 2019 - 12:01 AM

Videos also reveal that Terrence Jones stepped on Chris Ross' left leg for a couple of seconds right after the hit

PAINFUL. Chris Ross suffers a double whammy as San Miguel loses Game 1. Photo from PBA Images


Jones unstoppable as TNT crushes San Miguel in Game 1

Aug 04, 2019 - 9:07 PM

Terrence Jones flirts with a triple-double and 4 locals breach double figures as the KaTropa draw first blood in the best-of-seven finals series

BEAST. Terrence Jones and TNT manhandle San Miguel to open their finals series. Photo from PBA Images


HIGHLIGHTS: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen - PBA Finals 2019 Game 1

Aug 03, 2019 - 6:56 PM

It's a clash between old foes as San Miguel and TNT dispute the crown in a best-of-seven series starting Sunday, August 4

Former NBA players collide as Jones, McCullough face in PBA finals

Aug 03, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Both have been stories of success for their respective teams, but as the old saying goes, something has to give

BEST OF THE BEST. Chris McCullough and Terrence Jones go up against each other for the first time in the PBA. Photos from PBA Images


GAME SCHEDULE: TNT KaTropa vs San Miguel Beermen PBA Finals 2019

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:23 AM

It's an all-out war as TNT and San Miguel vie for the grand prize in a best-of-seven series

Austria: Title quest vs TNT will be 'toughest' for San Miguel

Aug 03, 2019 - 9:15 AM

With Terrence Jones and the KaTropa locals on the same page, coach Leo Austria says the Beermen will have their work cut out for them

OUTCLASS. San Miguel will look to reassert its mastery over TNT, just like the last 6 times the two teams faced each other in the playoffs. Photo from PBA Images