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The extraordinary life of Sam Dowd

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Growing up in the tough streets of Seattle, new UP Maroons recruit Sam Dowd hopes to show the same grit on the UAAP floor

NEW LIFE. Sam Dowd looks forward to kickstarting his basketball career in the Philippines. Photo from Sam Dod’s Instagram (@osammy_gawd)

U.P. Maroons eye multiple overseas training camps for Season 83

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons aim to bounce back strong for UAAP Season 83

VETERAN. Kobe Paras continues to be one of the leaders of the UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Beau Belga set to join UST coaching staff with 'kababayan' Ayo

Mar 05, 2020 - 5:28 PM

UST coach Aldin Ayo taps Rain or Shine bruiser Beau Belga as big man coach

NEW CHALLENGE. Beau Belga looks to juggle his coaching and playing careers. Photo from PBA Images

Thirdy Ravena, Nietos relish historic Ateneo GS jersey retirement

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Back to where they all started, Thirdy Ravena and Nieto twins Matt and Mike earn an unprecedented Ateneo honor

Padrigao has 'no regrets' in skipping NBA camp for UAAP semis

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Forthsky Padrigao decides to stay in the country and play for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets instead of joining Kai Sotto in the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp

ELIMINATED. Forthsky Padrigao and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets crash out of the UAAP Season 82 semifinals. Contributed photo


Jermaine Byrd leaves La Salle, pursues other coaching options

Feb 12, 2020 - 5:28 PM

La Salle's American consultant Jermaine Byrd turns down the school's offer to work as a skills coach under new mentor Derrick Pumaren

EXIT. Former La Salle basketball consultant Jermaine Byrd decides to return to the United States. File photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

UAAP 'still a go' amid coronavirus threat

Feb 11, 2020 - 2:33 PM

'As for the UAAP, as we speak, we are all systems go,' says executive director Rebo Saguisag

PUSHING THROUGH. UAAP volleyball action is slated to push through amid the novel coronavirus threat. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Jamike Jarin joins UE Red Warriors coaching staff

Feb 10, 2020 - 8:28 PM

Former NU mentor Jamike Jarin moves to the UE Red Warriors camp as Jack Santiago's deputy

NEW CHALLENGES. Jamike Jarin makes his move to the UE Red Warriors. UAAP Photo Release

Maroons express support for Gomez de Liaño brothers' Gilas bid

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Despite losing two key cogs, the UP Maroons back up Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño's decision to focus on their Gilas Pilipinas campaign

Adamson rookie Jake Figueroa snags UAAP boys' MVP

Feb 07, 2020 - 1:23 PM

A 17-year-old find from Pampanga, Adamson's Jake Figueroa quickly dominates UAAP juniors basketball

PRIZED FIND. Jake Figueroa averages a double-double for the Adamson Baby Falcons. Photo release

Maroons bolster team with new recruits Calimag, Eusebio

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Former high school standout RC Calimag and 6-foot-5 slasher Anton Eusebio beef up the UP Maroons roster

NEW RECRUIT. RC Calimag has been a vital cog in the Philippine basketball youth team's campaign. Photo from FIBA

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

Evan Nelle wants to 'spread his wings' in move to La Salle

Jan 21, 2020 - 12:43 PM

Evan Nelle seeks growth in the UAAP as he joins the De La Salle Green Archers in Season 84

NEW CHALLENGES. Evan Nelle transfers from San Beda to De La Salle University. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

La Salle's Cagulangan set for transfer to UP

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Former NCAA juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan will serve a one-year residency before seeing action for the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP

NEW HOME. Joel Cagulangan leaves the La Salle lair. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


Dave Ildefonso leaves NU to play for Ateneo

Jan 12, 2020 - 8:17 PM

(UPDATED) Amid the NU Bulldogs’ team shake-up, Dave Ildefonso returns to Ateneo where his career kickstarted as a high school champion

Dave Ildefonso, NU. UAAP Photo Release

A reunion with Derrick Pumaren might be what La Salle needs

Jan 10, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Is Derrick Pumaren too old-school for La Salle? A return to tradition may just work for the Green Archers this time

Derrick Pumaren. Photo from PBA Images

Pumaren magic returns to La Salle amid development flux

Jan 07, 2020 - 1:25 PM

Derrick Pumaren is back at the forefront of the La Salle Green Archers' continued growth

AT HELM. Derrick Pumaren returns to La Salle to lead the Green Archers in Season 83. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Derrick Pumaren tapped as La Salle coach

Jan 06, 2020 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) A third Pumaren takes over the reins for the La Salle Green Archers

BACK AT IT? Derrick Pumaren could return to the UAAP. Photo from PBA Images


Are we in the middle of another Ateneo Blue Eagles dynasty?

Nov 27, 2019 - 4:25 PM

After a three-peat title romp, will the best be even better in UAAP Season 83?

PASSING THE TORCH. Three-time UAAP Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena leaves the Blue Eagles in the hands of rising star SJ Belangel. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Lady Bulldogs march to 6th straight UAAP title

Nov 23, 2019 - 4:09 PM

NU sweeps UST in the best-of-three finals series to further extend its unprecedented winning streak to 96 games

UAAP QUEENS. The NU Lady Bulldogs stretch their dominance in the UAAP with another crown. Photo from UAAP


'Fireman' Belangel answers Ateneo’s call in 3-peat clincher

Nov 22, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Basking in the glory of their season sweep, the Ateneo seniors make sure to give props to their little brother SJ Belangel for dousing the Tigers' fire

GUTSY. SJ Belangel delivers in crucial stretches in the title-clinching match. Photo release

Subido leaves UST in capable hands of Nonoy, Ayo

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:43 PM

After going through the highs and lows of the UST program, Renzo Subido feels grateful to play a major role in the Tigers' turnaround

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Two-time champ Jet Nieto proud of twin sons’ Ateneo 3-peat

Nov 22, 2019 - 11:41 AM

'There’s no better feeling in the world for Mike and me than to beat daddy’s record,' says Ateneo star Matt Nieto

WINNING TRIO. Nieto twins Mike (left) and Matt (right) surpass their father Jet's feat. Photo by Jasmine W. Payo/Rappler

Ayo won’t leave UST unless UST leaves him

Nov 20, 2019 - 11:05 PM

Even if Aldin Ayo failed to weave his coaching magic, expect a fearsome UST basketball program next season

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Baldwin glad to be proven wrong by Ateneo seniors core

Nov 20, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin admits he once didn't think too highly of his veteran core: 'I’ll be honest. I didn’t see it'

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ravena thanks Baldwin for pushing him out of family’s shadow

Nov 20, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Once known as just Kiefer’s brother or Bong’s son, Thirdy Ravena shares a Tab Baldwin pep talk helped him transform into a sought-after basketball prospect

MENTOR. Thirdy Ravena credits Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin for helping him focus on what matters. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo Blue Eagles relish three-peat and a sweep

Nov 20, 2019 - 8:57 PM

A mighty Ateneo squad steamrolls the rest of the UAAP field to bag its third straight crown on a perfect 16-0 season run

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Sweep victory:' Twitter erupts as Ateneo completes UAAP three-peat

Nov 20, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Social media goes full-on celebration mode after the Ateneo Blue Eagles' perfect run in UAAP Season 82 men's basketball

CHAMPS AGAIN: Ateneo dynasty romps to rare season sweep after UST scare

Nov 20, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Punctuating a historic season, the unbeaten Ateneo Blue Eagles survive a hard-fighting UST Growling Tigers to capture a third straight UAAP championship

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UST - UAAP Finals 2019 Game 2

Nov 19, 2019 - 5:35 PM

Poised to leave like legends, the Ateneo Blue Eagles go for a perfect season against a UST Growling Tigers side vying to pull off the improbable

Nonoy tears up as career game not enough in Game 1 blowout loss

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Rookie sensation Mark Nonoy delivers a herculean effort but the Tigers still fall short against the mighty Blue Eagles

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Finals Thirdy' makes most of last games after 32-point eruption

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:17 PM

As always, two-time Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena puts on a show in the UAAP championship series

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Ateneo reduces UST to tears

Nov 16, 2019 - 7:44 PM

A razor-sharp Ateneo squad still looks too invincible as UST crumbles in Game 1 of the UAAP men's basketball finals

ADMU vs UST UAAP Finals Game 1. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Still unstoppable: Ateneo shuts down UST as Ravena catches fire

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:01 PM

A hot-starting Ateneo Blue Eagles squad blows out the UST Growling Tigers behind Thirdy Ravena's scoring outburst

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UST - UAAP Finals 2019 Game 1

Nov 15, 2019 - 6:11 PM

A well-rested Ateneo Blue Eagles side battles a UST Growling Tigers crew that's ready to pounce

Winning and misery: 7 takeaways from the UST-UP battle

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Renzo Subido turns into a UST legend, the Aldin Ayo effect continues, rumors of a potential UP exodus swirl, plus all the hot buzz in the classic showdown

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After painful exit, Manzo wants UP to keep winning mindset

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Cebuano standout Jun Manzo says he’s just glad to witness the Maroons’ transformation from a perpetual cellar-dweller to a Final Four contender

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tigers target bigger upset: 'This is not our main goal'

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

After stunning the UP Fighting Maroons, UST coach Aldin Ayo reminds his Tigers that their job is far from done

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras embraces changed mindset in UAAP debut season

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:02 AM

After a stellar run ended in a heartbreak, UP stalwart Kobe Paras just wants to 'take a break and enjoy life'

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Subido turns dreams to reality as clutch shot lifts UST to finals

Nov 13, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'There’s pressure to perform, but I’ve already gone through a lot,' says Renzo Subido after draining the game-winning triple

GDLs future with UP in doubt after heartbreak exit vs UST

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'We couldn’t prove the haters wrong,' says UP stalwart Juan Gomez de Liaño

TRAGIC. Juan Gomez de Liaño gets consoled by temmates Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras after UP's heartbreaking loss to UST. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tears and thrills as UST takes fight out of UP

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The UST Growling Tigers prove too strong for the UP Fighting Maroons yet again to advance to a title showdown against the Ateneo Blue Eagles

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UST Tigers roar back to shock favored UP Maroons

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) The UST Growling Tigers overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of the UP Fighting Maroons to arrange a championship showdown against Ateneo

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: UP vs UST - UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals Game 2

Nov 12, 2019 - 3:03 PM

As the UP Fighting Maroons try to sneak their way back to the UAAP Finals, the UST Growling Tigers look to prove they're too good to stop

MVP Chabi Yo tips hat to ex-MVP Akhuetie for 'tough matchup'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Soulemane Chabi Yo and UST have a chance to sweep UP and set up a UAAP finals date with Ateneo

CUT ABOVE THE REST. UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo continues to provide a steady presence for UST. Photo from UAAP


Juan GDL not focusing on UST win streak heading into do-or-die

Nov 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

UST has swept UP in their 3 matches in UAAP Season 82, but the Fighting Maroons can get back at the Growling Tigers in the most important duel between them

BATTLE OF WILL. Juan Gomez de Liaño says the UP Fighting Maroons need to "want it more" in their do-or-die match against the UST Growling Tigers. Photo from UAAP


Rivero downplays LED punching incident in lopsided loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

A frustrated Ricci Rivero injures his shooting hand after punching an LED screen

DISAPPOINTED. Ricci Rivero ends up hurting his right hand during the Maroons’ blowout loss to the Tigers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras mum on subpar outing in UP blowout loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

After a stellar run all season, UP star Kobe Paras winds up with just 9 points in his first UAAP playoff game

IN PHOTOS: UST vs UP – UAAP Season 82, semifinals

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:33 PM

UST forces a do-or-die game for the last UAAP Finals berth as the UP Maroons plunge to another loss against the Tigers

EARLY DOWNFALL. Rhenz Abando – who delivers 17 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks – fuels a hot UST start as Ricci Rivero and the Maroons dive into a double-digit hole early. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Staying alive: UST forces knockout semis duel vs UP

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:38 PM

UST proves too puzzling for UP yet again as the Growling Tigers force a winner-take-all match for the last UAAP Finals berth