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FAST FACTS: Canada and its love affair with basketball

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

For a country where the sport's inventor was born and where the first NBA game was held, the Toronto Raptors capturing their first title is a significant moment

TRUST THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard helps bring to Toronto the Raptors' maiden championship in franchise history. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


Anthony Davis heading to Lakers in blockbuster trade

Jun 16, 2019 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) The Pelicans agree to trade the All-Star forward to the Lakers for a young trio and 3 first-round draft picks

FILE - JUNE 15: The Los Angeles Lakers have traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks to the New Orleans Pelicans for star Anthony Davis on June 15, 2019. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 21: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers guards Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans during a 112-104 Laker win at Staples Center on December 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kawhi's postseason for the ages

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

After his much publicized move from the Spurs to the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard proves yet again he’s one of the league’s best

SENSATIONAL. Kawhi Leonard powers the Raptors to the NBA championship right on his first year in Toronto. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. unhappy about U.N. counterterror envoy's Xinjiang visit

Jun 15, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'Such a visit is highly inappropriate in view of the unprecedented repression campaign underway in Xinjiang against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other Muslims,' the United States says

MUSLIM CHINA. This photo taken on June 4, 2019 shows the Chinese flag flying over the Juma mosque in the restored old city area of Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Toronto to hold Raptors championship parade Monday

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'Prehistoric: Dinosaurs rule the Earth again,' a newspaper headline screams as Canada cheers the Toronto Raptors' historic NBA title romp

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:17 AM

'This is why I play basketball. This is what I work hard for,' says Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard as the Raptors dethrone the Warriors for their first NBA championship

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Online gambling: Good for whose business?

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:47 PM

China absolutely hates gambling, but the Philippines is fueling its citizens' addiction

5 things we learned from the NBA Finals

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The Raptors become the first team outside the US to win the NBA Finals, and they did it with a roster of stars from around the world

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates their teams victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

'We the champs:' Twitter users go wild after Raptors' historic NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Social media users congratulate the new kings of basketball

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard silences doubters with NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'The Klaw' powers the Raptors to their maiden NBA championship and captures his second Finals MVP plum in the process

DYNASTY KILLER. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors stop the Golden State Warriors from winning a third straight NBA crown. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Jubilation in Toronto as fans celebrate Raptors' NBA win

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also joins the Raptors revelry, tweeting 'And that's how we do it in the North'

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Injury-riddled Warriors vow 'We'll be back' atop NBA

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'True champions like we are, we should be able to adapt and keep this same kind of DNA no matter what our roster looks like next year,' says Steph Curry

NOT OVER. Steph Curry says the Golden State Warriors are far from done. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA personalities react to Raptors dethroning Warriors

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson, Vince Carter, and more chime in as the Raptors prevent the Warriors from clinching a third straight NBA title

WE THE NORTH. Twitter reacts to the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title. Background photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP


Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL as Warriors face tough off-season

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Warriors now head to a difficult postseason as both stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant face a year-long rehab

BIG BLOW. Warriors star Klay Thompson after hurting his leg following an awkward landing in Game 6. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson falls as Golden State crumbles in Game 6 loss

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The Warriors dynasty comes to an end as another star in Klay Thompson succumbs to injury

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

RAPTORS RULE: Toronto dethrones Warriors to bag first NBA crown

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The Raptors pounce on a Warriors side that lost another star to injury to capture the franchise’s first championship

HISTORIC. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors wrap it up on the road. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

World cannot afford major confrontation in the Gulf – U.N. chief

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:08 AM

'I strongly condemn any attack against civilian vessels,' United Nations chief Antonio Guterres tells a Security Council meeting on UN cooperation with the Arab League

UN REACTS. This file photo shows United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Warriors set for emotional NBA Finals showdown with Raptors

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:58 PM

History favors the Raptors but the Warriors take inspiration playing for injured star Kevin Durant in their farewell game at the Oracle Arena

SUPERSTAR SHOWDOWN. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors hope to contain the Warriors 'Splash Brothers' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Trail Blazers guard Lillard wins NBA Citizenship Award

Jun 13, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Blazers star Damian Lillard gets honored for supporting high school students and boosting an anti-bullying message in Portland

 BEYOND BASKETBALL. Damian Lillard pushes for a positive school culture in Portland. Photo from NBA

HIGHLIGHTS Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 6

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Bookmark for Game 6 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 9 pm ET (June 14, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Family tragedy taught Kawhi to enjoy life and hoops

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Since his father's murder, Kawhi Leonard has learned that life and basketball are 'two different things'

COMPOSED. With his trademark calm demeanor, Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors handle pressure situations. Photo from AFP

Warriors' Durant undergoes torn Achilles tendon surgery

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this,' says Kevin Durant as he faces a year of rehabilitation

ROAD BACK. After Kevin Durant turns his focus on rehab, the Warriors star says he’ll be cheering for his 'brothers' as they try to force a Game 7 against the Raptors. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Shops reopen as Sudan generals, protesters agree to talk

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24 PM

But the main gold market in central Khartoum remains shut, and many residents still prefer to remain indoors given the heavy deployment of security forces across the capital

BREAKTHROUGH. Residents of Khartoum queue outside a bank to withdraw money in the Sudanese capital on June 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

‘Ginawa nila akong kriminal’: Margarita Valle slams police for mistaken arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:11 PM

Margarita Valle's abduction, according to various media groups, is an attempt to silence journalists

Mindanao-based journalist Margarita Valle, who was “mistakenly arrested” by the authorities in Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro City, face the media in Quezon City on June 12, 2019. She narrated her ordeal with the CIDG personnel who served the warrant of arrest. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Kawhi says failure to contain Warriors cost Raptors win

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Raptors may have fallen short against the Warriors in their first try to secure the crown, but Kawhi Leonard believes 'we can win'

KING OF THE NORTH. Kawhi Leonard looks to bring the first NBA title for the Toronto Raptors. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


WATCH: Curry says Warriors 'done with proving people wrong'

Jun 12, 2019 - 3:29 PM

The Warriors look to drag the Raptors to a winner-take-all match when they tangle in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals

ON THE BRINK. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors seek to stop Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in Game 6. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


COA wants Napolcom to stop paying personnel dietary benefits

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:07 PM

It turns out that there are 6 other types of allowances worth P51.22 million that COA had recommended be stopped in recent years, but Napolcom did not comply

Playing for Durant, Warriors face emotional must-win test

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'We'll be ready for it, but there's no more statements needed to be made about who we are as a team and our heart and our competitiveness,' says Steph Curry

INSPIRED. Steph Curry and the Warriors expect fans to rally behind them in their final game at the Oracle Arena. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.

Durant injury sends shock waves across NBA free agency

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:49 AM

After suffering an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant now faces a year of intense rehabilitation and another season working his way back to peak form

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The Warriors edge the Raptors by the slimmest of margins to keep their NBA title hopes alive

FIGHTING CHANCE. Steph Curry and the Warriors look to extend the title series again in Game 6 at home. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Warriors seek one last win in farewell to NBA's oldest arena

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Before moving to a swanky $1 billion stadium in San Francisco next season, the Warriors hope to treat their fans with a win at the Oracle Arena one last time

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Durant's shock injury exit stuns NBA Finals rivals

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

'There was just a couple minutes where it all seemed so eerie and strange and it took maybe a little bit for both teams to collect themselves,' coach Steve Kerr on the moment the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to injury again

BROTHERHOOD. Toronto guard Kyle Lowry hushes the Raptors fans as an injured Warriors star Kevin Durant exits in the 2nd quarter. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors must cope with near miss as Warriors get new life

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:08 PM

After coming within a shot of their first NBA championship, the Raptors need to quickly recover from the heartbreak against the resurgent Warriors

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA players react to Kevin Durant Achilles injury

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:21 PM

NBA players give Raptors fans a piece of their mind after some burst to raucous cheering as Kevin Durant goes down to injury again

Warriors confirm Durant Achilles injury after Game 5 win

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Warriors' victory dims as Kevin Durant's injury gets worse after willing himself to play in their must-win match against the Raptors

Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' three-peat bid still alive but Durant out again

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Despite losing Kevin Durant again, the Warriors spoil the Raptors’ bid to wrap up the series behind the clutch plays of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Durant's return for Warriors in NBA Finals was a short one

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Warriors star Kevin Durant appears to have reaggravated the same right calf injury in Game 5

OH NO. Kevin Durant clearly isn't 100% yet as he exits in the 2nd quarter of Game 5. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Harden, Davis among NBA stars set for USA World Cup camp

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

'We've got an excellent cross-section of veteran USA Basketball and NBA players,' says Team USA coach Gregg Popovich

BIG NAMES. NBA stars James Harden and Anthony Davis headline Team USA’s 20-man pool. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors star Durant returns for NBA Finals Game 5

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Kevin Durant represents the Warriors’ last chance to stay alive and seize momentum against the Raptors

SAVIOR. The Warriors hope Kevin Durant can help them save their three-peat bid. Photo by  Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Lead found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood – study

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The study will justify granting traffic enforcers hazard pay, says a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institutes for Health-University of the Philippines Manila

HEALTH HAZARD. A study finds that traffic enforcers are prone to heart and lung problems due to exposure to air pollution.

Canada's excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Raptors are on the verge of winning their maiden title in their 24-year history and becoming the first NBA champions outside the United States

WE THE NORTH. Fans in Toronto are in full support of their beloved Raptors. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


Former NYC execs urge Comelec to junk Cardema's bid for Congress

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:22 PM

Former National Youth Commission chairpersons and commissioners agree with election experts that Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema does not meet qualifications to become a youth representative in Congress

DUTERTE YOUTH. In this file photo, Duterte Youth Chairman Ronald Cardema attends the proclamation of winning party lists in 2019 elections even without a Comelec decision on his substitution bid. The Comelec eventually approves the bid on June 4. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR: Mistaken arrest of Davao columnist 'puts into question' PNP guidelines

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:10 PM

'Considering the current climate of impunity and growing reports of harassment and red-tagging, cases of mistaken identity raise doubts and fears,' says the Commission on Human Rights

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'We will hold CIDG accountable' – Rius Valle on mother's mistaken arrest

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(UPDATED) The arrest of journalist Margarita Valle, which the police later claims was a case of mistaken identity, is a botched enforced disappearance, Rius Valle says

RIUS VALLE. Rius Valle, spokesperson of Save Our Schools - Mindanao shows photos of when military attacked Lumad ancestral lands. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Raptors plan: Stay calm and capture a historic NBA title

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The Raptors maintain a stoic manner even if they are on the verge of securing their first NBA crown and dethroning the two-time defending champion Warriors

HISTORY IN THE MAKING. The Toronto Raptors are a win away from becoming the first team outside the United States to win an NBA title. Photo from NBA TV's Twitter account (@NBATV)


PNP seeks probe into ‘planted’ Chinese flags in Luneta

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:54 PM

Luneta Park vendors say they were offered P100 to pose with Chinese flags as if selling them

NATIONAL SHRINE. Luneta Park vendors went viral for posing with Chinese flags ahead of Independence Day. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons

Ronaldo still hungry for more glory with Portugal

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The Juventus superstar helps Portugal seize the inaugural Nations League crown

LOVE FOR NATIONAL TEAM. Cristiano Ronaldo says he still has the same enthusiasm for the national team he had when he was a teenager. File photo from FIFA.com


NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Golden State's Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are expected to be highly prized free agents

KING IN THE NORTH. The Toronto Raptors are bent on re-signing Kawhi Leonard. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)