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Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports


Does sports even matter now?

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:48 PM

‘Sports is magnetic. It brings humans together. It gives us something to talk about. Something to root for. Some form of hope’

LIST: More sports action hits on YouTube

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:36 PM

As leagues remain shut down, here are some YouTube channels that can satisfy your sports craving

Photos from Jamie Squire/AFP (Patrick Mahomes) Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (Brady), Shutterstock (Rey Mysterio and Undertaker), Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (LeBron James) and Jeff Haynes/AFP (Tim Duncan)


From winners to worriers: Isolated athletes face mental health risks

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The stress caused by the extreme adjustment – from a highly active lifestyle to isolation – can take its toll on athletes

TOUGH BATTLE. Olympic star Michael Phelps (center), shown here with US swimming teammates Cody Miller (left) and Ryan Murphy, has openly admitted his battle with depression. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Bea de Leon?

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Rappler catches up with former Ateneo captain Bea de Leon on quarantine life and the suspended UAAP volleyball season

Barren basketball courts and other sports musings

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

'If there's one thing that sports has taught us, that is so long as there's time left on the clock, there's always hope'

Rizal Memorial, Philsports eyed as temporary medical facilities

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The DOH and DPWH plan to tap Metro Manila's sports stadiums as temporary medical facilities in the country's battle against coronavirus

MEDICAL FACILITIES. Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the venues being considered to be used by the Department of Health in the country's war against coronavirus. Photo from PHISGOC Media

LIST: In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Here's a look at the sports stars who turned high-profile victims of coronavirus

POSITIVE. NBA star Kevin Durant reminds everyone to quarantine. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Missing sports? Films to stream on Netflix

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:38 AM

As leagues worldwide shut down their seasons, here are some films to watch on Netflix to get that sports fix


Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Isaac Go?

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Rappler catches up with Isaac Go on how he manages time between graduate school and playing for the national team

Sports in time of crisis: Is it really that important?

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:42 AM

‘The COVID-19 pandemic really just shed light on how important – or unimportant – sports really are in the bigger picture’

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH athletes evacuate dorms as PSC restricts facility access

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission orders national athletes to go home as it places sports facilities on restricted access amid the coronavirus pandemic

'RESTRICTED ACCESS'. The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the two facilities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Barbie launches dolls to honor women sports stars

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Dina Asher-Smith, Amandine Henry, and Olga Kharlan are the latest personalities to have their own Barbie dolls

Pacquiao camp to get 'best deal available' for next fight

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Paradigm Sports Management and Premier Boxing Champions vie to deliver Manny Pacquiao his first fight in 2020

STILL GOT IT. Manny Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, dominating erstwhile unbeaten Keith Thurman. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Smart Siklab Saya empowers PH ‘Mobile Legends’ scene

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:02 PM

People from all walks of life gathered at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome last February 1 and 2 for Smart Siklab Saya

TEAM 'TRABAHO'. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Batang Pinoy, other sports events postponed amid coronavirus threat

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission postpones several national sporting events as a 'safety measure' against the novel coronavirus

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. The PSC has canceled all sports gatherings and activities exceeding 40 people. File photo

Mighty avenges Al Riyadi heartbreak with first Dubai title

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Led by former NBA veterans Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche, Mighty Sports ends its title drought in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

UNBEATEN. Mighty Sports sweeps the Dubai International Basketball Championship en route to the title. Photo release


Undefeated Mighty blows out Al Riyadi, wins 31st Dubai championship

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:58 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines completes a tournament sweep and becomes the first team outside Middle East to rule the Dubai International Basketball Championship

EXPLOSIVE. Renaldo Balkman powers Mighty Sports to a historic title romp. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Basketball Championship Finals

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Unbeaten Mighty Sports Philippines goes for the crown against defending champion Al Riyadi Lebanon at 12 am on February 2, Sunday

Mighty averts late AS Sale scare, clinches Dubai finals debut

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:27 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines survives a late challenge from Morocco's AS Sale to nail the first championship berth

Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Morocco - Dubai International Championship Semifinals

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines vies for a championship berth versus Morocco's AS Sale in Dubai at 11 pm on Friday, January 31

Flawless Mighty Sports crushes Syria's Al Wathba to reach Dubai semis

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:22 AM

Mighty Sports gets a balanced scoring production from its veterans and young guns to remain unbeaten in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

ON A ROLL. Andray Blatche and Mighty Sports cruise into their fifth straight win. Photo release


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Syria - Dubai International Championship Quarterfinals

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines targets a Final Four spot versus Syria's Al Wathba Sport Club at 1 am on Friday, January 31

Fil-Am Williams erupts in 2nd half as Mighty sweeps Dubai elims

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:23 AM

Mighty Sports clinches its 4th straight win to top Group A heading into the knockout quarterfinals

RED-HOT. Mikey Williams puts on a shooting clinic for Mighty Sports. File photo from Instagram/@mightysports.ph


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines goes for an elimination sweep versus Lebanon’s Beirut Sports Club early Wednesday, January 29

Gomez de Liaño, Ravena spark up Mighty blowout over ES Rades

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:09 AM

Juan Gomez de Liaño and Thirdy Ravena flash their best game yet in Dubai as Mighty Sports stays unbeaten in 3 games

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Tunisia - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 27, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Barely scraping past in its first two wins, Mighty Sports looks to win convincingly against Tunisia's Es Rades on Tuesday, January 28

10 of the most loved fitness gyms in Metro Manila

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:14 PM

It's getting fit in here

Photo from Booky

Mighty Sports seeks to remain unbeaten in Dubai tilt

Jan 26, 2020 - 7:30 PM

After back-to-back thrillers, Mighty Sports shoots for a third straight triumph in the Dubai International Basketball Championship against Tunisia's Es Rades

BATTLE-TESTED. Andray Blatche proved to be crucial for Mighty Sports winning its first two games. Photo from Mighty Sports


PH karate coach Arpa probe starts after Tsukii 'bullying' incident

Jan 26, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Karate officials hope to fix the 'estranged' relationship between top talent Junna Tsukii and national team coach Okay Arpa

BULLIED. Junna Tsukii reveals that she was bullied by Turkish head coach Okay Arpa after she won a SEA Games gold. Photo from Junna Tsukii's Facebook

Mighty catches fire in 1st half, survives Syria for 2nd Dubai win

Jan 25, 2020 - 2:18 AM

Propped up by Andray Blatche and Renaldo Balkman, Mighty Sports Philippines outlasts Syria for a 2-0 start in Dubai

Sports wRap: It’s nearly time for UAAP volleyball

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani give their take on the UAAP volleyball season, the PBA Finals, and the country’s bid in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

El Khatib faces Dave Ildefonso, 20 years after father Danny

Jan 24, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib gets to face two generations of Ildefonsos in his storied basketball career

EVERGREEN. Lebanon’s Fadi El Khatib (right) has become a familiar foe to Philippine team players. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Syria - Dubai International Basketball Championship

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:59 PM

After an opening-day escape, Mighty Sports Philippines shoots for a more convincing win versus Syria's Al Ittihad Aleppo on Friday, January 24

Mighty survives El Khatib eruption for Dubai opener win

Jan 24, 2020 - 1:33 AM

A poised Mighty Sports squad overcomes the stellar showing of Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs UAE - Dubai International Basketball Championship

Jan 23, 2020 - 1:11 PM

A star-studded Mighty Sports Philippines squad kicks off its campaign in Dubai versus the United Arab Emirates national team on Thursday, January 23

Kai Sotto to miss Mighty Sports' Dubai stint

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Mighty Sports announces that Kai Sotto is experiencing 'unresolved logistical and scheduling issues'

MISSING OUT. Kai Sotto will not see action in the Dubai International Basketball Tournament. Photo from FIBA

Blatche arrives but no Kai Sotto yet for star-studded Mighty

Jan 12, 2020 - 3:06 PM

A Mighty Sports squad bannered by Andray Blatche, Thirdy Ravena, and Kai Sotto gears up for a Dubai tilt next week

Sports wRap: Looking forward to 2020

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Rappler Sports host Naveen Ganglani and former editor Ryan Songalia take a look at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other anticipated sporting events this year

Thirdy Ravena joins Kai Sotto, GDLs in Mighty for Dubai tourney

Jan 08, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Mighty Sports-Philippines assembles a young star-studded squad bannered by Thirdy Ravena, Jamie Malonzo, Kai Sotto and the Gomez de Liaño brothers

WINNER. After leading Ateneo to a third straight UAAP championship, Thirdy Ravena looks to bring his winning ways in Dubai. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tokyo 2020: 10 sports to watch in PH Olympic drive

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:32 PM

With the Olympics just around the bend, the Philippines turns to 10 sports in its bid for Tokyo 2020 berths

NBA mastermind David Stern dead at 77

Jan 02, 2020 - 7:46 AM

'Because of David, the NBA is a truly global brand – making him not only one of the greatest sports commissioners of all time but also one of the most influential business leaders of his generation'

MASTERMIND. In this file photo taken on June 6, 2013 David Stern, Commissioner of the National Basketball Association, addresses a press conference prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Crowns, curses and magic: Why we love PH sports in the 2010s

Dec 31, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Check out the most memorable moments of the this decade in Philippine sports

Power plays, record romps: Top Filipino athletes of 2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Meet the athletes who made 2019 a year to remember for Philippine sports

On parties and pressure: Best sports quotes in 2019

Dec 27, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Here are this year's top quotes from some of the world’s best athletes

Notable deaths around the world in 2019

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:27 PM

Here are some of the notable deaths of 2019

MERCI. This photograph taken on October 5, 2019, shows a portrait of late French President Jacques Chirac at the "Musee du President Jacques Chirac" (President Jacques Chirac museum), the museum opened to public, free of charge on October 5 and 6, 2019 in Sarran, central France. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

For better or for worse: Moments that defined Gilas Pilipinas in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:41 PM

From finishing last in the FIBA World Cup to winning another gold in the Southeast Asian Games, it was a roller-coaster year for Gilas Pilipinas

Photos from fiba.basketball and Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Hotter, faster, pricier: 10 records in 2019

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:59 PM

A look back at 10 new records in the year about to end

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge (white jersey) celebrates after busting the mythical two-hour barrier for the marathon on October 12 2019 in Vienna. - Kipchoge holds the men's world record for the distance with a time of 2hr 01min 39sec, which he set in the flat Berlin marathon on September 16, 2018. He tried in May 2017 to break the two-hour barrier, running on the Monza National Autodrome racing circuit in Italy, failing narrowly in 2hr 00min 25sec. (Photo by HERBERT NEUBAUER / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT

Duterte commits P100M to PH's Tokyo 2020 Olympics budget

Dec 23, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'This will greatly help our national athletes who are both qualified and have potential Olympic entry,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

BEST BET. Carlos Yulo is the country's best bet for an Olympics gold. Photo from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events