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PH athletes see silver lining in tough road to glory

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'I think everybody here knows that we lost a lot of times before we actually won,' says Olympic pole vault qualifier EJ Obiena

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'I'm not the new Bolt I am me,' says 200m champion Lyles

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:26 AM

'Don't say I'm the new Bolt. I'm me. If you like me, I'll happily entertain you. It's my time,' says US star Noah Lyles

PRODIGY. Noah Lyles of the US wins his first major title in the 200m dash. Photo from Instagram (@nojo18)

Dreadlock-cutting wrestling referee banned

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Referee Alan Maloney gets suspended for two years after ordering a high school wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit the match

VILIFIED. The controversial incident involving wrestling referee Alan Malone has been descrived as 'racist' and 'cruel.' Photo from Twitter (@mikefrankelISNJ)

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Mark Magsayo, Pride of Bohol

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo turns his life around to bring glory back to his hometown in Bohol

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Fastball-throwing baseball fan signs for Oakland A's

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Baseball fan Nathan Patterson gets a chance of lifetime as a pro team signs him up after hurling a blisteringly quick pitch during a spectators’ challenge

LUCKY. Nathan Patterson joins Oakland Athletics just two weeks after his video went viral. Photo from Nathan Patterson’s Twitter account

ATHLETE'S CORNER: New goal in sight for Jarvey Gayoso

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Boasting a string of accolades, the young Philippine football star vies for glory this time in the 2019 SEA Games

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EJ Obiena bags 2019 Universiade pole vault gold, sets new PH record

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The national athletics team standout shatters the Philippine pole vault record yet again

File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

San Beda clamps down on Arellano to start 4-peat bid

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Kicking off their title defense in style, the Red Lions make sure there are no surprises against the Chiefs

Donald Tankoua. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Marcelino magic dazzles in Lyceum's opening win over Letran

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Lyceum's standout twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino commandeer the Pirates to a thrilling triumph versus the Knights

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Defiant Semenya says no 800m, no worlds

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Caster Semenya has a legal battle with the IAAF over new rules governing testosterone levels in female athletes

SPEED QUEEN. Caster Semenya has not been beaten in the 800m for 4 years now. Photo from Semenya's Twitter account (@caster800m)


ATHLETE'S CORNER: Sisi Rondina pours out love for volleyball

Jun 30, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Spunky as she is talented, Sisi Rondina looks for a winning debut in the 2019 SEA Games beach volleyball tournament

Batangas joins MPBL games in Dubai; Pacquiao attending

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The inaugural MPBL champions join the Davao Occidental Tigers and Imus Bandera in the Dubai showcase this September

ACTION-PACKED. Expect a thrilling duel when a solid Batangas side battles an Imus squad bannered by former Ginebra player Jayjay Helterbrand and celebrity Gerald Anderson. Photo from MPBL

Corrales-Nelson surpasses Lydia de Vega's 200m PH mark

May 25, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Filipino-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson shatters the 33-year-old record of the Philippine athletics legend

IN NUMBERS: Athletes, coaches in the 2019 elections

May 10, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Find out some quick facts on local sports personalities taking a shot at politics

Tausug athletics standout pockets double gold

Apr 30, 2019 - 6:48 PM

Rozikan Sali Balli hands the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Athletic Association its first gold

RIGHT ON TRACK. Rozikan Sali Balli aims for another gold after ruling the boys triple jump and long jump events. Photo by Adz Bernabe

WATCH: Why this Filipina trackster ran alone for 1st Arafura gold

Apr 29, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Despite being the lone participant in her event, Abigail Manzano decides to run for the first 2019 Arafura Games athletics gold

DETERMINED. Abigail Manzano clinches the Philippines and the 2019 Arafura Games athletics' first gold medal. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Prioritize athletes so they don't get pirated, LGUs told

Apr 28, 2019 - 2:58 PM

'By nurturing their local athletes, provinces would eventually reap honors,' says Filipina long-jump queen Elma Muros Posadas

MORE SUPPORT. Having represented another province during her younger years, Elma Muros Posadas knows support from local government units will go a long way. Rappler photo


PH bags 10 gold medals in 2019 Arafura Games opener

Apr 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

Philippine athletics leads the golden haul with 7 mints in the opening day of the 2019 Arafura Games

DOUBLE GOLD. John Lloyd Cabalo leads the athletics team with two gold medals in the 2019 Arafura Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Asian championship: Natalie Uy cops pole vault bronze

Apr 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Fil-Am Natalie Uy surpasses the Philippine record she also set last March at the National Open

RECORD SETTER. Natalie Uy celebrates  her record-setting feat with Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association president Philip Ella Juico. Photo from PATAFA

EJ Obiena shatters records in golden Asian Athletics meet

Apr 22, 2019 - 8:02 AM

EJ Obiena's advances to the world championships following his golden performance in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

RECORD-BREAKING. Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena sets a new Asian Athletics Championship record in the men's pole vault. Photo from Edward Kho's Facebook

Cray leads 13 PH tracksters in 2019 Asian championship

Apr 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

National team star Eric Cray looks to defend his 400-meter hurdles title in the 2019 Asian Athletics Championship

HIGHER GOAL. Eric Cray and the Philippine athletics team vie to surpass their medal haul in the 2017 edition. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

China bans Boston Marathon trio in latest cheating scandal

Apr 19, 2019 - 1:16 PM

Marathon running is growing fast in China but there have been numerous instances of cheating, including a woman who jumped on a bike in a recent domestic race and several others who took shortcuts

MARATHON. Runners passing the 24 mile marker in this file photo of the 2018 Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018 in Brookline, Massachusetts. Photo by Scott Eisen / Getty Images North America / AFP

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball round 2

Mar 23, 2019 - 2:32 PM

The battle for the top 4 spots intensifies as the second round goes underway

Ateneo stops FEU, NU sweeps Adamson in UAAP men's volleyball

Mar 20, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The Tamaraws' seven-game winning streak comes to a screeching halt against the Blue Eagles

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Former PH 4x400m standout Romeo Gido dies

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:04 PM

Gido was member of the celebrated Bicol Express, the national 4x 400 meter relay team which surpassed the Asian Games record

FABLED SQUAD. Romeo Gido (right) formed a formidable Philippine 4x400m team with (from left) Honesto Larce, Isidro del Prado, and Marlon Pagalilauan. Photo from Marlon Pagalilauan


Fil-Am pole vaulter shatters 11-year national record

Mar 07, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Natalie Uy’s record-breaking feat boosts Philippine athletics' gold-medal hopes in the 2019 SEA Games

STELLAR DEBUT. Natalie Uy shatters an 11-year-old national record in her debut competition in the Philippines. Photo from Philippine Olympic Committee website

Top PH athletes share limelight in PSA Awards 2019

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:20 PM

The Philippine Sportswriters Association honors the various sports personalities who made the country proud

GOLDEN GIRLS. Yuka Saso (top left), Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal and the women's golf team share the Athlete of the Year honor in the PSA Awards. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)


Philippine Airlines to fly SEA Games 2019 athletes to Manila

Feb 14, 2019 - 2:49 PM

Flag-carrier Philippine Airlines will be flying sport leaders from the 10 other participating countries in the 2019 SEA Games to Manila

OFFICIAL CARRIER. Philippine Airlines signs a partnership agreement with Philippine sports officials granting them the official carrier status for the 2019 SEA Games. Photo from Philippine Airlines

Top athletes, para athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2019

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:18 PM

Boxing world champions Jerwin Ancajas and Donnie Nietes, and rising gymnast Carlos Yulo lead the list of major awardees

COUNTRY'S PRIDE. Jerwin Ancajas, Carlos Yulo and Donnie Nietes (L-R) will be recognized for their triumphs in 2018. Photos by Ryan Songalia/Rappler (Ancajas and Nietes) and Delfin Dioquino/Rappler (Yulo)


NCAA: Almodiel, Ebuen bag volleyball MVP honors

Feb 05, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Joebert Almodiel is the back-to-back MVP in the NCAA men's volleyball tournament, while Nicole Ebuen is the MVP on the women's side

LOOK: New device tracks national athletes' performance

Jan 31, 2019 - 5:57 PM

SmarTracks allows Filipino athletes to monitor their progress for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

INNOVATIVE. The SmarTracks device that will help improve training of Filipino athletes. Photo from BCDA release

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball round 1

Jan 31, 2019 - 4:31 PM

This season, La Salle aims for a historic four-peat championship with multi-titled head coach Ramil de Jesus

4 more sports targeted for 2020 ASEAN Para Games

Jan 19, 2019 - 9:49 PM

If things go as planned, a record 18 sports will be played in the biennial meet to be hosted by the Philippines

WIN AS ONE. The Philippines will host the 10th ASEAN Para Games in January 2020. Contributed photo


Para athletes' special needs top of mind in New Clark City

Jan 18, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Rooms tailor-made for persons with disabilities will be built in the Athletes' Village for the 10th ASEAN Para Games

MONTHS TO GO. The athletic stadium in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac is slated to be finished on August 31. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Jeff Napa out as Letran head coach

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:28 PM

Coach RJ Guevarra takes over on an interim basis as Jeff Napa exits after 3 years with the Knights

OUT. Letran didn't renew Jeff Napa’s contract even after steering the Knights to the semifinals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lady Stags gun for 2nd place as NCAA volleyball returns

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:46 PM

San Sebastian tangles with the JRU Lady Bombers as they seek to extend their winning streak to 3 games

Photo from Shutterstock


Marathon queen Mary Joy Tabal ready for grueling 2019

Jan 02, 2019 - 1:26 PM

The country’s marathon sensation is all set for her campaigns in the 2019 SEA Games and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifiers

SIX-PEAT. Mary Joy Tabal bags a record sixth straight title in the Milo Marathon National Finals last December. Photo release

WATCH: PH golden girls rule 2018 Asian Games

Dec 24, 2018 - 4:11 PM

Women in sports take the spotlight in 2018 after sweeping the Philippines' Asian Games gold-medal haul

WONDER WOMEN. Filipino female athletes (from top left, clockwise) Yuka Saso, Hidilyn Diaz, the women's golf team, and Margielyn Didal emerge as the country's top performers in 2018. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

UAAP: U.P. ends 36-year title drought in athletics

Dec 04, 2018 - 8:51 AM

The Maroons claim their 19th overall championship in UAAP track and field

UPFight. The UP men's track and field team wins its first title since 1982. Photo from UAAP release

UAAP: Juan Gomez de Liaño named Player of the Week

Nov 19, 2018 - 9:19 PM

The sophomore guard helps the UP Fighting Maroons reach the UAAP Final Four for the first time in 21 years

YOUNG GUN. Juan Gomez de Liaño saves his best as UP ends a two-decade Final Four drought. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


#16Strong: UP fans loud and proud on Twitter after historic UAAP win

Nov 14, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Supporters of the Fighting Maroons rejoice as the longest active Final Four drought in the UAAP is finally broken

Photo by Joaquin Flores/Rappler

ATHLETE’S CORNER: No more rough waters for Ernie Gawilan

Nov 09, 2018 - 11:16 AM

The country's most bemedalled Asian Para Games athlete shares his unexpected swimming journey

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It's over: Bolt's Australian football dream collapses

Nov 02, 2018 - 3:58 PM

The track superstar had hoped to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a pro football player with the Central Coast Mariners

STAR POWER. Usain Bolt's presence at the Mariners garnered the club huge publicity. Photo by Thomas Samson/AFP

NAASCU player dead week after shooting

Nov 02, 2018 - 1:31 PM

University of Pasay guard Rutger Acidre and his girlfriend died after getting shot by an unknown assailant

GONE TOO SOON. Rutger Acidre was 24. Photo from Acidre's Facebook account


San Beda downs Perpetual, meets Lyceum anew in NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:06 PM

The defending champion Red Lions march to the NCAA championship round for the 13th straight year

San Beda's AC Soberano and Robert Bolick make sure that Jielo Razon and Perpetual Altas won't get past them in the Final Four. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Perpetual Altas get away with warning after NCAA eligibility complaint

Oct 26, 2018 - 5:19 PM

The league issues a stern warning against the Altas

CONTROVERSIAL. Edgar Charcos was among the Perpetual players accused of violating NCAA eligibility rules. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lyceum overwhelms Letran, coasts to 2nd straight NCAA Finals

Oct 26, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez lead the Lyceum charge as the Pirates get another shot at the championship

WELL DONE.  Lyceum Pirates stars Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez celebrate after sending JP Calvo and the Letran Knights home. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Balanza expects Letran to 'play like a champion' vs Lyceum

Oct 26, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Recovering Knight Jerrick Balanza believes Letran can overcome Lyceum's twice-to-beat semifinal advantage

EXCITEMENT. Jerrick Balanza is more than excited to return to the court with the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA Final Four: San Beda vs Perpetual

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:38 AM

The San Beda Red Lions are poised to roar once more, but the Perpetual Altas may just have the perfect answer in the NCAA Final Four

RETURN TRIP. Robert Bolick vows to lead the San Beda Red Lions back to the NCAA Finals. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NCAA Final Four: Lyceum vs Letran

Oct 26, 2018 - 7:54 AM

The Lyceum Pirates look to quickly dispatch the Letran Knights for a return stint in the NCAA Finals

SEMIS SHOWDOWN. Mike Nzeusseu and the Lyceum Pirates shoot for an NCAA Finals berth against Bong Quinto and the Letran Knights. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler