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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


Gilas comeback 'new challenge' for Arwind Santos

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:51 AM

At 37 years old, Arwind Santos gets a chance to join the national team again after 9 years

SPIDERMAN. Arwind Santos will be suiting up for the national team for the first time since 2009. Photo courtesy of PBA media group.

From World Cup to Suzuki Cup for globe-trotting Azkals coach

Nov 07, 2018 - 5:05 PM

New coach Sven-Goran Eriksson vies to lead the Philippine men's football team to the Suzuki Cup final

BIGGER GOAL. Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and team manager Dan Palami hope to lead the Azkals to unprecedented heights. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

LA Tenorio: This is the best Philippine team pool

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:37 PM

'I think this lineup is very versatile. We can play small and quick, we can play big,' says Tenorio, who was surprised to get a national team call-up

RETURN. LA Tenorio returns to the national team after four years. Photo courtesy of PBA media group

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

Mbappe is Time magazine's 'Future of Soccer'

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:04 PM

Football's teenage superstar Kylian Mbappe sustains his rapid rise to global fame

TEENAGE TITAN. Kylian Mbappe’s stock skyrocketed this year when he played a major role in France’s World Cup title romp. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

RJ Abarrientos nabs gold in FIBA 3x3 U-23 World Cup Shoot-Out Contest

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The FEU Baby Tamaraw serves as the silver lining to the Philippines' early exit from the tournament

CHAMP. The Philippines' RJ Abarrientos eclipses his Russian and German foe to clinch the championship. Photo courtesy of FIBA


Russia captain Igor Akinfeev calls time on his international career

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 32-year-old says he will be focusing instead on his club duties with CSKA Moscow

RETIREMENT. Igor Akinfeev hangs his spurs from the international stage. Photo courtesy of Alizada Studios/Shutterstock.com


Yeng open to stay as Gilas coach, but ready to resign if World Cup bid fails

Sep 18, 2018 - 7:02 PM

Guiao is poised to take over as permanent coach of national team after Chot Reyes chooses to 'step aside' from the Gilas program

CONTINUOUS SUPPORT. To remain in the long haul for Gilas, Yeng Guiao wishes that the PBA's support for the national team continues. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Slaughter itching to suit up and form Gilas triple tower

Sep 18, 2018 - 9:14 AM

If things fall into place, the 7-footer expects to return from injury and team up with the towering duo of Japeth Aguilar and June Mar Fajardo

RECUPERATING. Greg Slaughter is still nursing a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Japeth makes it up to Yeng in Gilas 9 years after PBA breakup

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:45 AM

Aguilar admits he wishes he could have handled his exit from Burger King, which was then mentored by Guiao, a little bit better

CATALYST. Japeth Aguilar powers Gilas Pilipinas to a come-from-behind win over Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Gilas pulls off comeback win over Qatar in closed-door match

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:29 PM

The Philippine men's basketball team unleashes a third-quarter storm to rally past Qatar in the FIBA World Cup qualifier

COME-FROM-BEHIND. Alex Cabagnot and Gilas Pilipinas recover from a slow start to topple Qatar. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Matthew Wright eager to shake off suspension 'stigma'

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:10 PM

Known for his outside sniping and scoring, Wright will be a welcome addition for Team Pilipinas against Qatar in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

BACK AT IT. Matthew Wright returns to national team duty after serving a one-game suspension from FIBA. Photo from FIBA.com


Yeng, Gilas bracing for unusual environment in closed-door game

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

The Filipinos will not have their usual 'sixth man' at their disposal

UNUSUAL ENVIRONMENT. Yeng Guiao says he has already briefed his Gilas Pilipinas wards to prepare for the closed-door game against Qatar. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Qatar - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Gilas Pilipinas looks to capitalize on the return of Japeth Aguilar and Matthew Wright and the debut of Stanley Pringle in the qualifiers

Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright back in Gilas final 12 vs Qatar

Sep 16, 2018 - 3:46 PM

The two Team Pilipinas mainstays finish serving their respective one-game suspensions from FIBA

BACK AT IT. Japeth Aguilar (second to the right) and Matthew Wright (rightmost) return to national team duties. Photo from FIBA


Scottie a 'revelation' for Gilas, says Yeng Guiao

Sep 14, 2018 - 7:48 PM

The firebrand tactician is left impressed with the do-it-all guard's impact despite his limited minutes against Iran

DEBUT. Scottie Thompson dazzles in his debut for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev cleared of doping

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Spain's anti-doping agency closes its investigation on Russian striker Denis Cheryshev

PROBE. The investigation on Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev stemmed from an interview with his father. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Gilas falls prey to Iran in World Cup qualifiers

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Gilas slides to a 4-3 record as Iran takes the Group F lead at 6-1

BIG GAME. The Iranians spoil Christian Standhardinger'€™s huge outing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers 2019

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The Filipinos look to become the first team to beat the Iranians in their own turf in the World Cup qualifiers

Team Pilipinas has 'pretty good chance' vs Iran, says Yeng

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Filipinos aim to be the first team to beat the Iranians in their home turf in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

NOT BACKING DOWN. Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao is confident in his 12-man squad against Iran. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


No Slaughter in Gilas final 12 as Thompson, Cabagnot suit up

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Yeng Guiao unveils the 12-man Philippine lineup set to compete against Iran in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers

DEBUT. Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson is set to debut under national team coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FIBA: Greg Slaughter cleared to play as Gilas local

Sep 08, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The Filipino-American center gets the go signal to suit up as a local player when Gilas Pilipinas sees action in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

ADDED CEILING. Greg Slaughter will provide the much needed height when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran on Thursday, September 13. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Fajardo makes surprise visit at Gilas practice

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The injured four-time PBA MVP says he's itching to see action in the next FIBA window

SUPPORTIVE. June Mar Fajardo shows his full support for the retooled Gilas Pilipinas squad. Photo from FIBA

Scottie Thompson in awe of Gilas inclusion

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:13 AM

The Barangay Ginebra guard is the youngest from Yeng Guiao's 16-man pool at 25 years old

CHOSEN. Scottie Thompson is among the 16 players who received a call-up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


No final Gilas lineup yet with Slaughter's FIBA eligibility unclear

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:30 AM

The 7-footer needs to come up with the required documents for him to count as a local player for the national team

TOWERING. Greg Slaughter is groomed to give Gilas Pilipinas a much-improve inside presence. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Sidelined: Injured Fajardo rues Gilas absence

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:27 AM

Since the discovery of his shin injury, the reigning four-time PBA MVP has not played basketball

SPECTATOR. June Mar Fajardo will be turned into a spectator when Gilas Pilipinas faces Iran and Qatar in the fourth window of the World Cup qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


If Gilas calls, Scottie Thompson will answer

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Weeks after winning Finals MVP, the third-year guard is being eyed for the national team in the second round of the World Cup qualifiers

KEY ADDITION. Scottie Thompson may just represent the Philippines again in international play. Photo from PBA Images

World Cup champ Lloris sorry after drunk driving charge

Aug 25, 2018 - 1:03 PM

French team captain Hugo Lloris has been released on bail after spending seven hours in jail

UNACCEPTABLE. France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says his actions were 'completely unacceptable' and takes full responsibility of the incident. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Guiao replaces Chot as Gilas coach in World Cup qualifiers

Aug 20, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Yeng Guiao will mentor the Philippine team against Iran when the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers resumes in September

COACHING REINS. Yeng Guiao will once again coach the Philippine team after the 2018 Asian Games ends. Photo from PBA Images


Neymar blames 'brattish' behavior on his inner child

Jul 30, 2018 - 8:31 PM

The world's most expensive football gets back at his critics, saying they have no idea what he goes through

THEATRICS. Brazil's Neymar was widely lambasted in the recent World Cup for his theatrical reactions to challenges. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini


French World Cup glory costs China firm $9 million and counting

Jul 30, 2018 - 4:48 PM

The total payout of kitchen appliance maker Vatti's marketing stunt will amount to nearly $12 million

CHAMPS. France raises the World Cup trophy for the first time in 20 years. File photo by Franck Fife/AFP


Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour hits Manila

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Filipino sports fans get a chance to see rugby’s most coveted trophy

TROPHY TOUR. Junior players from development clubs and foundations of the Philippine Rugby Football Union pose with the Webb Ellis Cup.

France's Pavard wins World Cup goal of the tournament

Jul 26, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Fans pick Benjamin Pavard's spectacular half-volley against Argentina as best goal

STUNNING. France's Benjamin Pavard celebrates after scoring an incredible goal  against Argentina during the last 16 round of the 2018 World Cup. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Ozil has 'respect of every player,' says Arsenal boss

Jul 25, 2018 - 4:23 PM

Arsenal assures embattled German player Mesut Ozil that he'll feel 'at home' with the football club

MOVING ON. Mesut Ozil looks to focus on Arsenal’s pre-season training following his surprise decision to quit the German national team. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

The week in photos: July 14-20, 2018

Jul 21, 2018 - 1:13 PM

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

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. AFP Photo

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Aussie Maker slams FIBA ban

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:00 AM

NBA player Thon Maker disagrees with his 3-game suspension, noting that poor security led to the free-for-all between the Philippines and Australia

MOVING ON. Australia's Thon Maker hopes to move forward from the 'terrible event.' Photo by Ted Alijbe/AFP

Chot Reyes denies fanning unsportsmanlike actions

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Gilas Pilipinas head coach says he never gave the Gilas Pilipinas players 'instructions to hurt'

PENALIZED. Chot Reyes gets suspended for one game and find by half a million pesos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

U.S. host Trevor Noah answers French envoy over 'African-ness' of World Cup champs

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

' Why can't they be both?' asks 'The Daily Show' host

Australia: Goulding ban 'tough to swallow'

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Basketball Australia says Chris Goulding got mauled as Australian star center Andrew Bogut also chimes in on the FIBA decision

SUSPENDED. Australia player Chris Goulding gets a one-game suspension.

FULL TEXT: FIBA decision on Gilas Pilipinas-Australia brawl

Jul 19, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Ten Filipino players and two Filipino coaches are suspended for their role in the infamous 'basketbrawl'

SUSPENDED. Andray Blatche is one of the 10 Filipino players suspended by FIBA from international play. Photo from FIBA


10 Gilas players suspended, SBP fined for FIBA brawl

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:30 PM

(UPDATED) Basketball's world governing body comes down hard on the players and officials involved in the Gilas-Australia brawl during the FIBA World Cup qualifying game

 Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Heroes' welcome for France World Cup winners

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The Paris metro system temporarily renames 6 of its stations in honor of key players

GLORIFIED. France's national football team players parade down Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris. Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/AFP

World Cup win symbolizes unity, diversity – French Ambassador in PH

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:01 PM

Ambassador Nicolas Galey praises French-Pinoy Alphonse Areola for exemplifying a united spirit in France's World Cup campaign

DIVERSITY. France's World Cup champion team brings hope to country's marginalized immigrant population. Photo by Frank Fife/AFP

Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:58 PM

The World Cup final between Croatia and France saw two of the tournament's best players lead their respective squads

AWARD-WINNERS. Croatia's Luka Modric (left) wins the Golden Ball despite losing in the final while France's 19-year-old wonder Kylian Mbappe nabs the young player plum. Modric photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP and Mbappe photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP


LOOK: Alphonse Areola is the first Filipino World Cup champion

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:50 PM

The 25-year-old goalkeeper is one of the 18 players in Les Bleus' young 24-man roster with immigrant backgrounds

CHAMPION. Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, born to Filipino parents, is a member of the France team that won the 2018 World Cup. Photo from Areola's Instagram (@areolaofficiel)


IN PHOTOS: The highest scoring FIFA World Cup finals since 1966

Jul 16, 2018 - 6:57 AM

France joins Uruguay and Argentina in winning the World Cup for a second time

Croatian supporters react after their team scored in downtown Zagreb on July 15, 2018, during the 2018 Russia World Cup final football match between Croatia and France, the first final World Cup match ever in the history of Croatia. Photo by Attila Kisbenedek/AFP