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FIBA sets date for World Cup 2023

May 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

It will be the first time the Philippines will host the World Cup since 1978, only this time it will share the rights with Japan and Indonesia

GEARING UP. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has been preparing for the Philippines' hosting of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler


Qatar reports new coronavirus cases at World Cup sites

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:39 PM

A total of 8 workers involved in the construction of the World Cup stadiums tested positive for COVID-19

HOST. This picture taken with a fish-eye lens on December 2019 shows a view inside the new al-Bayt Stadium in Doha, which will host the 2022 World Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

No Olympic worries for Yulo after Baku World Cup loss

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Philippine star gymnast Carlos Yulo fails to qualify for the finals, which were eventually canceled due the coronavirus outbreak

MOVING ON. Carlos Yulo fails to advance to the finals in the parallel bars and vault events of the FIG Apparatus World Cup. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Hidilyn Diaz bags 3 golds in 2020 Roma World Cup

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:27 PM

Filipina star Hidilyn Diaz impresses with a sweep of the 2020 Roma Weightlifting World Cup

ROAD TO TOKYO. Hidilyn Diaz further boosts her chances of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Screenshot from Youtube

'No holidays': Hidilyn Diaz on track for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Hidilyn Diaz wants to boost her world ranking as the Philippine weightlifting star competes in the penultimate Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier

MOMENTUM. Hidilyn Diaz rides on her golden performance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Thirdy Ravena seeks overseas career in buildup for 2023 FIBA World Cup

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:37 PM

SBP president Al Panlilio says Thirdy Ravena wants to better himself to become a 'major contributor' for Gilas Pilipinas in the next World Cup

DETERMINED. Thirdy Ravena is already preparing for the next FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA


USA Soccer cancels plans for men's team to train in Doha

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:51 AM

The US men's soccer team drops plans to set up a training camp in Doha 'due to the developing situation in the region'

NEW PLANS. The US soccer team, which had hoped to check the country hosting the 2022 World Cup, looks for a new training site. Photo by Tytus Omijewski/EPA-EFE

Liverpool caps memorable year as Firmino seals Club World Cup triumph

Dec 22, 2019 - 11:10 AM

The Club World Cup title is Liverpool's 3rd piece of silverware to go with the Champions League and UEFA Supercup

WORLD CHAMPIONS. Liverpool adds a Club World Cup trophy to its stellar collection in 2019. Photo from Mohamed Salah's Twitter

Everyone welcome? Gay football fans prepare for FIFA World Cup

Dec 16, 2019 - 12:54 PM

Organizers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have travelled to Britain in recent months to meet Liverpool fan clubs, including the side's gay supporters' group

FOOTBALL SPECTACLE. Despite criminalizing homosexuality, Qatar seems to have opened its doors to LGBT fans for the 2020 FIFA World Cup.


Syria sweeps Azkals in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2nd round opener

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:10 AM

The Philippines heads home without a win, but the Azkals prevent another serious drubbing from Group A leader Syria

RECOVERY. The Azkals prevent another drubbing by 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Group A leader Syria. File photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Azkals escape Maldives in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Nov 14, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The Philippine men's football team bags its second win in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers

SPARK. Iain Ramsay opens the scoreline for the Philippine Azkals. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Katy Perry plans 'record-breaking show' at Women's T20 World Cup final

Nov 13, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Katy Perry aims to set a new world attendance record at a women's sporting fixture during the Twenty20 World Cup in Melbourne next year

South Africa dominates England to cop 2019 Rugby World Cup

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In a stunning display of power and precision, South Africa captures its third rugby world crown after 12 years

CHAMPS. Team captain Siya Kolisi (center) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa lift the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Qatar to end controversial migrant worker restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Qatar has introduced a series of reforms to its 'kafala' sponsorship system since its selection to host the 2022 World Cup, which set in motion a huge construction program employing foreign workers

QATAR. Migrant workers are seen walking next to a construction site in the Qatari capital Doha on December 6, 2016. Ever since being chosen as the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar's labor laws have been internationally condemned and kafala has been at the heart of that criticism. AFP photo

Etheridge flashes brilliance in Azkals' draw with China

Oct 15, 2019 - 10:41 PM

The Philippine Azkals hold group leader China to a draw thanks to Cardiff City keeper Neil Etheridge

KEY PLAYER. Neil Etheridge's return to national duty gives the Azkals a competitive edge against group leader China. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Football Federation

Up to 35 dead as Typhoon Hagibis slams Japan

Oct 13, 2019 - 8:50 AM

(6th UPDATE) Typhoon Hagibis weakens and backs off land, but leaves a trail of destruction in its wake

A damaged vehicle sits in a ditch next to a badly damaged house after strong winds brought by Typhoon Hagibis hit the area in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than a million people. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Pogoy wishes hot shooting in PBA translated to FIBA World Cup

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:46 PM

Roger Pogoy has been lighting it up from deep since he returned from the World Cup to help keep TNT unbeaten

SPOTLESS. Roger Pogoy and TNT have yet to lose in the PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images


Wesley So knocked out of Chess World Cup quarterfinals

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:07 PM

Former world No. 2 Wesley So bows to Russian Nikita Vitiugov

SETBACK. Wesley So tries to shake off a recent slump. Photo from FIDE

Asia's first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Rugby takes its global showcase in Asia for the first time as Tokyo declares the World Cup games open

GLEAMING. Former New Zealand international Richie McCaw holds the Rugby World Cup trophy during the tournament's opening ceremony at the Tokyo Stadium. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

US World Cup star Morgan ruled out for rest of 2019 season

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:14 PM

'I'm disappointed I won't be able to compete with the Pride for the remainder of 2019 due to a knee injury I've been managing since the World Cup,' writes Alex Morgan on Instagram

PREMATURE EXIT. Alex Morgan is set to sit out for rest of the 2019 National Women's Soccer League season. Photo from Alex Morgan's Instagram

PH preparations for FIBA World Cup hosting underway

Sep 16, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The 2023 hosting could not have come at a better time for Gilas Pilipinas, which will seek redemption on home soil after finishing dead last in China

BIG STAGE. The Philippines will host the 2023 FIBA World Cup with Japan and Indonesia. Photo from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas' Facebook page


Spain World Cup win, US woes blow Olympic basketball wide open

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:48 PM

USA will shoot for a fourth straight Olympic gold, but standing in its way are contenders Spain, Argentina, France, and Australia

KINGS OF BASKETBALL. Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit with a gold in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


MVP Rubio says World Cup winners Spain 'had biggest heart'

Sep 16, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Ricky Rubio leads Spain to its second FIBA World Cup crown with averages of 16.4 points, 6.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals

AT THE TOP. Ricky Rubio and Spain are world champions again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gasol claims rare NBA-World Cup double as Spain crushes Argentina

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:32 PM

Marc Gasol joins Lamar Odom as the only players to win an NBA title and a FIBA World Cup championship in the same year

CHAMPIONS. Marc Gasol and Spain are kings of international basketball once again. Photo from fiba.basketball


Spain trounces Argentina to recapture FIBA World Cup crown

Sep 15, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Ricky Rubio and 5 other players breach double figures as Spain reclaims its place at the basketball summit

CHAMPS AGAIN. Marc Gasol and Spain deny Luis Scola and Argentina the FIBA World Cup title. Photo from fiba.basketball


France turns back Australia for FIBA World Cup bronze

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:12 PM

Led by Nando de Colo and Evan Fournier, France storms back from 15 points down to stun Australia

PODIUM FINISH. Evan Fournier and France replicate their third-place finish in the last World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Australia's Bogut to be investigated for FIBA World Cup rant

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:36 PM

'In this case there will be a disciplinary procedure,' says FIBA secretary general Andreas Zagklis on Andrew Bogut's World Cup outburst

IN TROUBLE. FIBA starts its investigation on Australian NBA player Andrew Bogut. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Argentina – FIBA World Cup 2019 Championship

Sep 14, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Argentina and Spain duke it out for the gold medal in a do-or-die final at 8 pm on Sunday, September 15

HIGHLIGHTS: Australia vs France – FIBA World Cup 2019 Battle for 3rd

Sep 14, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Australia and France vie for the bronze medal at 4 pm on Sunday, September 15

USA slinks out of FIBA World Cup with lowest-ever finish

Sep 14, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Led by Donovan Mitchell, USA ends its campaign with a win over Poland to wind up at 7th place

Photo from fiba.basketball

Spain's Gasol on verge of rare NBA-World Cup double

Sep 14, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Marc Gasol may be poised for a rare feat – winning the NBA crown and a FIBA World Cup in the same year

ENDURING. Marc Gasol admits the long basketball has been tough, but it’s 'all worth it.’ Photo from fiba.basketball

Calls for Bogut ban after Australia's crushing World Cup loss

Sep 14, 2019 - 2:27 PM

A video footage shows Australian star Andrew Bogut swearing and accusing FIBA and its referees for favoring Spain in the semifinals

CONTROVERSIAL. Australian NBA standout Andrew Bogut may face sanctions. Photo from fiba.basketball

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

Sep 14, 2019 - 9:15 AM

'We are just going to win some and lose some,' NBA legend Kobe Bryant on Team USA's failed World Cup title defense bid

TOUGH RUN. Team USA gets relegated to a battle for 7th place. Photo from fiba.basketball

Scola stars as Argentina thwarts France for FIBA World Cup finals berth

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:13 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola chalks up game-highs in points and rebounds to catapult Argentina to its third World Cup finals

BATTLE FOR SUPREMACY. Luis Scola and Argentina will face Spain in the FIBA World Cup finals. Photo from fiba.basketball


Sports wRap: Yeng Guiao steps down from Gilas, the UAAP is back and wild

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Naveen Ganglani and Agatha Uvero look back at Gilas Pilipinas’ World Cup campaign and the thrilling UAAP opening week

Spain boots out Australia in 2OT to reach FIBA World Cup finals

Sep 13, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio take over in the extra periods to power Spain past Australia in the knockout semifinal

Photo from fiba.basketball

Team USA basketball star hits out at 'slander, disrespect'

Sep 13, 2019 - 12:55 PM

A member of deposed World Cup champion USA says they're the ones 'who stepped up to the plate when others stepped down'

LAST SHOT. Donovan Mitchell and Kemba Walker hope to close out Team USA’s failed title defense bid with a win. Photo from fiba.basketball

USA plummets to worst World Cup finish after loss to Serbia

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Team USA won't finish any higher than 7th as Serbia adds to the deposed champion's World Cup woes

Photo from fiba.basketball

HIGHLIGHTS: Argentina vs France - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Successful in eliminating title favorites Serbia and USA, Argentina and France duke it out in the knockout semifinals at 8 pm on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Spain vs Australia - FIBA World Cup 2019

Sep 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Spain and Australia face off in a knockout semifinal duel at 4 pm. on Friday, September 13

Photos from fiba.basketball


USA faces Olympic questions after World Cup flop

Sep 12, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The debacle in China raises the pressure on the US to lock in NBA A-listers or risk missing out the Olympic gold

MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED. Team USA, which settled for second-tier NBA stars, fails in its bid for a third straight World Cup crown. Photo from fiba.basketball

Australia surges into World Cup semis for first time

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Behind Patty Mills, Australia avoids becoming a surprise casualty against the Czech Republic in what has been an unpredictable World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Patty Mills and Australia hit Czech Republic with a reality check in the World Cup quarterfinal. Photo fro fiba.basketball

Filipino ref officiates anew as France eliminates USA

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Bong Pascual calls the game in another USA match in the FIBA World Cup

STUNNING WIN. Rudy Gobert and France show the door to the USA out of the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Major upset: France dethrones USA in FIBA World Cup quarters

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:18 PM

It's the end of the road for Team USA as France deals the reigning champions their first World Cup loss in 13 years

UPSET. Jaylen Brown and Team USA fail to get France out of their way. Photo from fiba.basketball

Brothers propel Spain at World Cup – but it's not the Gasols

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:33 PM

Pau and Marc Gasol may be in the twilight of their brilliant careers, but Spain boasts another set of standout siblings

Yeng Guiao steps down as Gilas Pilipinas head coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:47 PM

The search for a new Gilas Pilipinas head coach begins as Yeng Guiao resigns from his post after failing to steer the team to a win in the FIBA World Cup

FAREWELL. Yeng Guiao says he is sorry that Gilas Pilipinas could not deliver a better performance. Photo from fiba.basketball


Stunned Serbia buckled under World Cup expectations, says coach

Sep 11, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Coach Sasha Djordjevic says Serbia may be a great squad but it sometimes 'does not help' to be tagged as favorite

NBA star Nikola Jokic (right) and the Serbians bow out in the quarterfinals. Photo from fiba.baketball

Ricky Rubio makes history to lead Spain to World Cup semis

Sep 11, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Spain gears up for a semifinal showdown against Australia or Czech Republic after a record-setting run with Ricky Rubio

RECORD BREAKER. Ricky Rubio becomes the all-time World Cup leader in assists. Photo fro, fiba.basketball

Protestors boo Hong Kong anthem during football World Cup qualifier

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Ear-splitting booing all but drowns out 'March of the Volunteers', the anthem the semi-autonomous territory shares with mainland China, at what was Hong Kong's first home game after a summer of upheaval

People turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem at the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying football match between Iran and Hong Kong at Hong Kong Stadium on September 10, 2019. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Argentina ousts Serbia behind Scola in 2019 FIBA World Cup

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The 39-year-old Luis Scola provides the spark as Argentina crushes Serbia's bid for the 2019 FIBA World Cup crown

GOLDEN GENERATION. Luis Scola is the last active member of Argentina's 2004 Olympics champion team. Photo from FIBA