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PH's Yuka Saso to complete unfinished business in Japan tilt

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:39 PM

The 17-year-old will compete in the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific golf championship, where she will try to bag the title she fell short of winning last year

YOUNG SUCCESS. Yuka Saso is coming off a successful title defense in the Philippine Ladies Open. Photo from Roco Communications

Boxing body vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Hit by allegations of bout-fixing, amateur boxing may be dropped in the 2020 Tokyo Games

BIG BLOW. Controversial decisions abound even during the recent Asian Games boxing competition. File photo from PSC

Hurdlers Medina, Unso strike gold in Vietnam Open

Jul 28, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Philippine bets Francis Medina and Patrick Unso shine in the last major athletics event before the Asian Games

CHAMP. Philippine bet Francis Medina (center) rules the 400m hurdles at the Vietnam Open. Photo from Medina’s Facebook account

Karen Janairo rules 200m in Singapore Open athletics meet

Apr 13, 2018 - 7:31 PM

Janairo's win gives the Philippines two golds medals here

'Extremely worried' Olympics body threatens to expel boxing

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:06 PM

This comes as the IOC opens an investigation into the sport's controversial governing body and says concerns linger over possible match-fixing at Rio 2016

AMATEUR BOXING. In this file photo, Ankushita Boro (L) of India and Ekaterina Dynnik of Russia take part in the final bout of the Women’s Light Welterweight (64kg) category at the AIBA Youth Women's World Boxing Championship 2017 in Guwahati on November 26, 2017. / Biju Boro/AFP

PH Blu Girls promise medal from Asian Softball Championship

Nov 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

The PH Blu Girls start their campaign for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

ROAD TO 2020. The PH Blu Girls set their eyes in qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PATAFA to buy 5 new poles for vaulter Obiena

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Ernest John Obiena had fallen on bad luck after his 8 poles were damaged beyond use on his way to Italy

BACK IN THE GAME. Ernest John Obiena will be able to resume training for the SEA Games as PATAFA stepped is stepping in to replace his training equipment. Photo from

Hong Kong harbor race under review after swimmer's death

Oct 18, 2016 - 1:33 PM

The man died when he was rushed to hospital after being pulled unconscious from the water by a rescue boat

CROSS-HARBOR SWIM. Competitors take part in the annual cross-harbor swim in Hong Kong on October 16, 2016. A swimmer drowned in this year's event and another was left in critical condition. Photo from AFP

Pro boxers climb into the Olympic ring in Rio

Jul 19, 2016 - 2:10 PM

What you need to know about boxing before the Rio Olympics

BOXING IN RIO. Team USA boxers train at the Boxing Center, at the US Olympic Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 25, 2016. Jason Connolly / AFP

Torres-Sunang qualifies for third Olympics after record jump

Jul 05, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang s Philippine record breaking jump was within the allowable wind limits meaning she ll be heading to Rio

RIO BOUND. Marestella Torres-Sunang jumps back into the Rio Olympics after setting a new Philippine record with a 6.72 meter leap. Photo from Team Torres

Torres-Sunang breaks PH long jump record to reach Olympic qualifying mark

Jul 04, 2016 - 10:44 PM

Marestella Torres Sunang could be back in the Olympic fold if her 6 72 meters jump is certified by the IAAF

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang may have just snatched back her spot in the Rio Olympics with a strong showing in Kazakhstan. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PATAFA reinstates marathoner Mary Joy Tabal

Jun 14, 2016 - 7:45 PM

Tabal is one step closer to making it to the Rio Olympics and competing for the Philippines

REINSTATED. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is reinstated by PATAFA to the Philippine national team. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Tabal meets PATAFA, but no decision yet on Rio Olympics

Jun 13, 2016 - 8:17 PM

Mary Joy Tabal is still not a lock to represent the Philippines at the Olympics despite making the qualifying time

LONG HAUL. Mary Joy Tabal could become the first Filipina to qualify for the Olympic marathon event, but there is still much to be settled among PATAFA officials. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

PATAFA may face tough decision after Tabal beats Olympic mark

May 30, 2016 - 9:58 PM

Mary Joy Tabal s Olympic qualifying time could put PATAFA in an unprecedented quagmire after Marestella Torres was granted an Olympic spot due to universality

LONG HAUL. Mary Joy Tabal could become the first Filipino to qualify for the Olympic marathon event, but there is still much to be settled among PATAFA officials. Photo from Tabal's Facebook page

Tabal makes marathon cut-off time for Rio Olympics

May 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Mary Joy Tabal beats the Olympic qualifying time at the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon by 91 seconds but her entry is contingent upon PATAFA accepting the result

MARATHON QUEEN. Mary Joy Tabal (R) beat the Olympic qualifying time, but her participation in the Rio Olympics isn't yet solidified. Photo from Tabal's Facebook

AIBA continues to woo Pacquiao for Olympics

Apr 06, 2016 - 2:57 AM

Amateur boxing body AIBA reiterates its offer to have Manny Pacquiao fight at the Rio Olympics

RIO DREAMS. Manny Pacquiao could come out of retirement on an even bigger stage in boxing. File photo by Wendell Alinea/Rappler

Caida Tile, UP-QRS win on PBA D-League opening day

Jan 21, 2016 - 7:31 PM

The PBA Developmental League opens its new season at the San Juan Arena

Ladon falls to Russian in World Amateur Boxing semis

Oct 12, 2015 - 1:34 AM

The last Filipino remaining in the 2015 World Amateur Boxing Championships loses a decision to Vasilii Egorov falling one win short of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics

SPEED BUMP. Rogen Ladon lost a decision in Qatar, but may still have opportunities to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Screenshot from AIBA livestream

Filipino boxer Ladon dominates Polish foe, Marcial loses in AIBA quarters

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:13 PM

Rogen Ladon of Bago City defeats Dawid Jagodzinski by a 3 0 shutout to inch closer to a spot at the 2016 Rio Olympics

NEXT ROUND. Rogen Ladon defeated his Polish foe in dominant fashion as he enters the 108-pound semifinals. Screenshot from AIBA livestream

Filipino boxer Marcial survives brawl to enter AIBA Worlds quarterfinals

Oct 09, 2015 - 10:14 PM

Welterweight Eumir Marcial outslugs Spain s Youba Ndiaye Sissokho to join the final 8 at the 2015 AIBA World Amateur Boxing Championships

SLUGGER. Eumir Marcial of the Philippines showed heart and guts in outlasting Spain's Youba Ndiaye Sissokho to enter the quarterfinals. Screenshot from YouTube

Filipino Ladon upsets top seed at World Amateur Boxing Championships

Oct 08, 2015 - 11:05 PM

Rogen Ladon pitches a shutout against the top junior flyweight in the competition in their second round showdown

How does it feel to beat Floyd Mayweather?

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Augie Sanchez and Martin Castillo are two fighters who can say they hold victories over Floyd Mayweather Jr Decades later they recall their nights of glory

LAST AMERICAN TO BEAT FLOYD. Floyd Mayweather said he was done with amateur boxing after his loss to Augie Sanchez in the Olympic qualifiers before returning to beat Sanchez twice. Screen shot from YouTube

Angara pushes for creation of PH amateur sports training center

Mar 30, 2015 - 5:35 PM

Senator Sonny Angara is pushing for the passage of a bill to create a state of the art sports complex to be called the Philippine Amateur Sports Training Center

SPORTING CHANCE. Sonny Angara is pushing a bill aimed at enhancing Philippine amateur sports. Photo from Angara's Facebook

What if communication lines break down during disasters?

Dec 05, 2014 - 5:59 PM

With power as low as 3 watts a HAM radio operator in the Visayas can contact another operator located in any other given point of the country

Kazakhs loom large in Asian Games boxing

Sep 23, 2014 - 3:31 PM

Kazakhstan looks to have a leg up in the Asian Games boxing competition as powerhouses China India send depleted rosters

This file photo taken on August 6, 2012 shows Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan (in red) fighting against Simon Kean of Canada (in blue) during the super heavyweight boxing quarterfinals during the 2012 London Olympic Games. File photo by Jack Guez/AFP

Ako Bicol seeks to ban minors from combat sports

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:38 PM

The said measure plans to ban Under 18 athletes in participating in what is considered to be dangerous full contact sports and imposing penalties and other sanctions for violating it

Juvenile boxers in Leyte prepare to spar outside the ring. Photo by Sev Sarmena

PH seeks Fil-Am UNLV softball standout to boost Asian Games bid

Jun 04, 2014 - 10:59 PM

The Philippine softball team is actively recruiting Fil Am college softball standout Garie Blando to boost their chances at the Incheon Asian Games

Fil-Am softball infielder Garie Blando in action with the UNLV Rebels. Photo from UNLV website

Palarong Pambansa debut puts wrestling on PH map

Apr 26, 2014 - 12:58 AM

The inclusion of wrestling in the Palarong Pambansa took much lobbying but now one of the world s oldest combat sports looks to make its name in the Philippines

BEYOND THE MAT. Wrestling traces its roots to Biblical times. The sport will make its long-awaited debut on Palarong Pambansa this year. Photo by Martin Alipaz/EPA

Rappler Newscast | August 23, 2013

Aug 24, 2013 - 12:14 PM

Aquino: ‘overhauled’ pork barrel will replace PDAF Keen says Internet has been an “epic failure ” Trials for the gang rape of an Indian student move towards conclusions

#ThinkPH: Internet an 'epic failure,' says author

Aug 23, 2013 - 12:29 PM

Internet entrepreneur Andrew Keen criticizes the Internet in the ThinkPH summit organized by Rappler Google and Social Good

#ThinkPH: The Internet, Big Data & You

Aug 06, 2013 - 4:42 PM

Andrew Keen author of the Cult of the Amateur and other international experts will challenge the way you see the world today and help you imagine the potential applications of big data in your business and personal life

'Manhood for Amateurs': No-woman’s land

Jul 29, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Finally here is a book that shows me what it’s like to be a man

MUST-READ FOR GIRLS — AND BOYS. Will Staehle’s brilliant cover design for Michael Chabon’s book. Screen grab from courtesy of Florianne Jimenez

Carleans Rivas: Beauty outside, beast inside

Jul 26, 2013 - 9:18 AM

Rappler gets to know the female boxer as she prepares for a July 27 bout

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. 'Whenever I got punched, I felt stronger.' Carleans Rivas photo by Ryan Songalia

Olympic boxing to look more like pro boxing

Mar 24, 2013 - 12:00 AM

The AIBA made waves by implementing a series of drastic rule changes in Olympic competition with two changes moving amateur boxing closer to its professional counterpart

New media in the new age

Jul 04, 2012 - 6:38 PM

We are in an age of hybrid where professional and amateur journalists co exist to bring the news It s up to us to use what s best in the old and new media

The Obamas and divorce

May 21, 2012 - 6:34 PM

Did the White House first couple almost call it quits?

DID THEY ALMOST? Obama fans cannot help but wonder if they almost missed seeing their favorite couple together. Photo from