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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


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


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

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

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

France frustrates Croatia, bags 2nd World Cup crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 AM

Kylian Mbappe becomes only the second teenager to score in the World Cup

FRENCH LOVE. Teen sensation Kylian Mbappe celebrates with his teammates France's title romp over Croatia. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Croatia optimistic it can make World Cup history

Jul 15, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The small Balkan nation swells with pride as its football squad gears up for the World Cup final against fancied France

ECSTATIC. The World Cup fever is rampant in Croatia, one of the smallest nations to reach the World Cup final. Photo by Denis Lovrovic/AFP

'Golden generation' completes Belgium's best World Cup finish

Jul 15, 2018 - 12:23 AM

Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard score as Belgium shuts out England to clinch 3rd place

CONSOLATION. Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) celebrates with teammates Dries Mertens (right) and Kevin De Bruyne after scoring their second goal in the consolation match versus England. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

Jul 14, 2018 - 8:08 PM

A young but fancied France side hopes to avoid an upset from one of the smallest nations to reach the final

FOR ALL THE MARBLES. Kylian Mbappe (right) leads France's young charge against Domagoj Vida's Croatia. Photo by Gabriel Bouys and Adrian Dennis/AFP

Dejected England, Belgium aim to leave World Cup on a high

Jul 14, 2018 - 11:31 AM

After gut-wrenching semifinal losses, England and Belgium hope to salvage a 3rd-place finish

Deep striker: FIFA World Cup 2018 best scorers

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Check out the top 5 contenders for the Golden Boot award

FRONTUNNER. England's Harry Kane leads the top Golden Boot candidates. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

Croatia reaches first World Cup final as England pain goes on

Jul 12, 2018 - 7:16 AM

Mario Mandzukic's extra-time winner sends Croatia to a title showdown against France

ECSTASY. Croatia's players Dejan Lovren (left) and Domagoj Vida celebrate at the end of their semifinal triumph over England. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Pogba dedicates France win to Thai cave survivors

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The French midfielder says the young Thai football players rescued from a flooded cave are the 'heroes of the day'

CELEBRATION. French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates as France wins over Belgium in the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Paris erupts as France struts to World Cup final

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:57 AM

A header from Samuel Umtiti seals France's semifinal triumph over Belgium

GAME HERO. French defender Samuel Umtiti celebrates scoring the opening goal during France's semifinal match against Belgium. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

France and Belgium fight it out for World Cup final place

Jul 10, 2018 - 6:02 PM

France aims to return to the final for the first time since 2006 while Belgium looks to make history with its first

CLASH. Kylian Mbappe's (left) and Eden Hazard's teams will go head-to-head in the World Cup semifinal. Photos by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP (Mbappe) and Benjamin Cremel (Hazard)

Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

Jul 10, 2018 - 12:16 PM

New Azkals head coach Terry Butcher eyes World Cup dream after the 2019 Asian Cup

FOOTBALL IS HERE. Football growth in the Philippines is also proven by the country's greater interest in the World Cup. Photo by Glen Charles Lopez/ Philippine Football Federation

Rooney lauds 'fantastic' England World Cup: 'We believe'

Jul 10, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The former Manchester United striker will make his MLS debut on Saturday, July 14

'WE BELIEVE'. Wayne Rooney wishes the England team good luck in the semifinals. Photo by Ian Kington/AFP

Batang Gilas nabs record-high World Cup finish

Jul 09, 2018 - 8:33 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team wraps up its campaign with back-to-back wins to finish 13th overall

STRONG FINISH. Raven Cortez and Batang Gilas dismantle New Zealand by 22 points. Photo from FIBA

Croatia thrills as Russia's fairytale World Cup run ends in tears

Jul 08, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Luka Modric and his impressive Croatia side nip Russia on penalties to reach the semifinals

ECSTATIC. Croatia's players celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Russia. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

Batang Gilas escapes Egypt for first World Cup win

Jul 08, 2018 - 9:28 AM

The also-ran Philippine basketball youth team salvages a win in the classification match as Kai Sotto drops a monster double-double

NEXT CHALLENGE. The Batang Gilas squad bannered by Kai Sotto faces New Zealand next in a battle for 13th place. Photo from FIBA

England sinks Sweden to clinch World Cup semis berth

Jul 08, 2018 - 1:41 AM

Harry Maguire and Dele Alli send England into last 4 against a Sweden side that sees the Three Lions going 'all the way'

STEP CLOSER. Dele Alli (right) doubles England’s lead against Sweden in the second half. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Tactical masterstroke key as Belgium stuns 'bitter' Brazil

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:50 AM

Coach Roberto Martinez says the Belgian players 'deserve to be heroes' back home

SHOCKER. Belgium's Vincent Kompany (left) consoles Brazil superstar Neymar. Photo by Luis Acosta/AFP

France: Expect 'more to come' in World Cup semis

Jul 07, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Griezmann and Varane score as France eases past Uruguay to reach the last 4 for the first time since 2006

FRENCH BLISS. France's Antoine Griezmann celebrates his goal with teen sensation Kylian Mbappe. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

World Cup last 8: Uruguay ready for France's unstoppable Mbappe

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:10 AM

The tournament's top defensive team warns French teen sensation Mbappe won't have the same freedom

FACE-OFF. It's speed versus defense for Kylian Mbappe's France team (left) and Luis Suarez's Uruguay side. Photos by Franck Fife and Pascal Guyot/AFP

Elite Canada side eliminates Batang Gilas

Jul 05, 2018 - 7:18 AM

The second-ranked youth basketball team blasts the Philippine squad by 40 points in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ELIMINATED. Canada’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe (left) floats over Joshua Lazaro and 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto during their 40-point destruction of Batang Gilas in the knockout Round of 16. Photo from FIBA

World Cup 2018: The elite 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The big guns are all primed up for global football's quarterfinal battles

FAVORED. England stands among the favorites to reach the World Cup semifinals. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Batang Gilas drops heartbreaker to Argentina

Jul 04, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Host Argentina keeps the Philippines winless in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup

ONE FOR THE FANS. Leading scorer Juan Francisco Fernandez (left) savors host Argentina’s first win in the FIBA U17 World Cup at the expense of RC Calimag (right) and Batang Gilas, who finished winless in the group phase. Photo from FIBA

Sweden ends 24-year World Cup quarters wait

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Emil Forsberg delivers as Sweden squeaks past Switzerland to reach the last 8 for the first time since 1994

GAME-WINNER. Sweden's midfielder Emil Forsberg (center) gets congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

England snaps penalty jinx to reach World Cup last 8

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:18 AM

Luck finally smiles on England after edging Colombia in a shootout

PILE OF JOY. England players celebrate after ending a string of shootout heartaches. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Belgium strikes back to beat Japan in epic World Cup duel

Jul 03, 2018 - 9:44 AM

The Belgians rally from a two-goal deficit as the Japanese exit in the most painful fashion

TURNAROUND. Belgium stars (from left) Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Meunier and Nacer Chadli celebrate their incredible comeback. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Stylish Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico

Jul 03, 2018 - 2:02 AM

The Brazilians blank the Mexicans in a 'difficult match' to reach the World Cup quarterfinals

WHOOP IT UP.Neymar (top) celebrates with Brazil's midfielder Paulinho after scoring the opening goal. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

WATCH: High-flying Fil-Am Jalen Green stars in FIBA Under-17

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The 16-year-old standout struts his stuff in the United States' 57-point rout of Mali

YOUNG STUD. Fil-Am Jalen Green (middle) drives past two Malian defenders in the United States’ victory over Mali. Photo from FIBA

Iniesta after Spain farewell: 'That's life'

Jul 02, 2018 - 6:15 PM

Spanish football icon Andres Iniesta ends his international career on a bitter note

SAD EXIT. Andres Iniesta admits it’s not the international farewell he wanted. Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

World Cup penalty drama sets up Croatia against host Russia

Jul 02, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic plays hero as Croatia downs Denmark in shootout to advance to the quarterfinals

HISTORIC. Croatia's Danijel Subasic becomes the first goalkeeper in 12 years  to save 3 in a penalty shootout since Portugal's Ricardo against England. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Batang Gilas falls to France by 41 points

Jul 02, 2018 - 7:48 AM

The Philippine basketball youth team absorbs its second loss in two days in the 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup

OVERPOWERED. Philippine standout Kai Sotto struggles with 7 points and 6 rebounds against France after a 20-10 debut. Photo by FIBA

Akinfeev stars as Russia knocks out Spain on penalties

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:12 AM

The host country advances to the World Cup quarterfinals at the expense of the 2010 champions

UPSET. Home team Russia continues to defy expectations by defeating favorites Spain. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP


France's Mbappe hailed as new global superstar

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:54 PM

The 19-year-old outshines Lionel Messi with two goals as France sends Argentina packing in the World Cup

Cavani optimistic over injury after firing Uruguay into quarterfinals

Jul 01, 2018 - 3:01 PM

The Paris Saint-Germain striker fires all of Uruguay's goals in a 2-1 win over Portugal before hobbling off the pitch with a calf problem

INJURY SCARE. Edinson Cavani had to be helped by Cristiano Ronaldo after suffering an injury late in Uruguay's win over Portugal. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


Cristiano Ronaldo tight-lipped on future after World Cup KO

Jul 01, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The Portuguese superstar makes his World Cup exit following a 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the last 16

MUM. Cristiano Ronaldo says it is not the time to talk about his future after Portugal's last 16 exit in the World Cup. File photo from Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP


Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:40 PM

Argentina's loss to France in the last 16 is the earliest Messi has exited in the quadrennial competition

HEARTBREAKER. Lionel Messi suffers another heartbreak in the World Cup. File photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP


Croatia annihilates Batang Gilas in FIBA Under-17 World Cup opener

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:37 AM

The Philippine basketball youth squad absorbs a by 22-point whipping against the world’s 10th-ranked boys’ team

RUDE WELCOME. Batang Gilas’ 7-foot-1 phenom Kai Sotto (left) backs up on Croatia’s 6-foot-7 Matej Bosnjak during their lopsided duel. Photo by FIBA

Uruguay shatters Ronaldo, Portugal’s World Cup hopes

Jul 01, 2018 - 8:05 AM

Brilliant Cavani fires Uruguay into last 8 as Ronaldo dream ends

MATCH HERO. Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani (left) says it's a 'special day' after scoring a brace to power Uruguay. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

France ends Messi's dream in World Cup classic

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:05 AM

Superb Mbappe strikes to send Messi, Argentina crashing out

TEEN TITAN. France’s forward Kylian Mbappe becomes the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup match since Pele in 1958. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Batang Gilas captain Forthksy Padrigao primed for world spotlight

Jun 30, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The 16-year-old standout vows to strive harder in the FIBA Under-17 World Cup 2018

TEAM PLAYER. As the Philippine basketball youth team skipper, Forthsky Padrigao says he's prioritizing his teammates. Photo by NBA Philippines