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Philippine Baseball League opens first season with UAAP finals rematch

Jan 04, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The new league will feature 7 teams – 6 of which are coming from the UAAP

NEW LEAGUE. Adamson and La Salle open inaugural season of the Philippine Baseball League. Contributed photo

Top college football player Kyler Murray could be headed to baseball

Dec 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The Heisman Trophy awardee has already signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics in the MLB

TWO-WAY STAR. Kyler Murray is a potential first-round pick in the NFL but he is expected to play in the MBL. Photo from Twitter (@TheKylerMurray)


Yankees ace Rivera joins Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Nov 20, 2018 - 12:49 PM

Retired Panamanian right-hander Mariano Rivera is named to the ballot for helping the Yankees to five World Series crowns

LEGEND. Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera makes it to the list of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame candidates. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images North America/AFP

Red Sox rally to stun Dodgers, reach brink of World Series

Oct 28, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Boston wipes out a four-run deficit versus Los Angeles to move within a win of capturing a ninth World Series crown

SPARKPLUG. Boston Red Sox's Steve Pearce hits a three-run RBI double in the 9th inning against the Los Angeles in Game 4. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox dump Dodgers to take control of World Series

Oct 25, 2018 - 4:47 PM

Boston pitcher David Price baffled the Los Angeles batters much of the night

GAME 2 HERO. 'I take a lot of pride of being able to evolve from pitch to pitch,' says Red Sox pitcher David Price. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Nuñez homer powers Red Sox over Dodgers in World Series opener

Oct 24, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The Boston Red Sox take a 1-0 lead versus the Los Angeles Dodgers in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven finals

SERIES OPENER. Eduardo Nunez of the Boston Red Sox celebrates his three-run home run during the 7th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Baseball's World Series: 5 things to know

Oct 24, 2018 - 8:46 AM

It's Los Angeles versus Boston in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven finals

GAME ON. Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers swings at a pitch during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series at Fenway Park in Boston. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox oust defending champ Astros to reach World Series

Oct 19, 2018 - 12:22 PM

Boston locks up a berth in the World Series for the first time since 2013

CHAMPS. The Boston Red Sox celebrate defeating the Houston Astros in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series to advance to the 2018 World Series. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP

Red Sox reach 100 wins for first time since 1946

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:00 PM

The Boston Red Sox inch closer to claiming the American League East division title

NEXT TARGET. David Price and the Boston Red Sox aim for another record. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Verlander fans Ohtani to reach 2,500 strikeout milestone

May 17, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Astros ace is the 33rd Major League Baseball pitcher to record the mark

STRIKEOUT CLUB. Astros pitcher Justin Verlander throws his first shutout in 3 years. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Adamson sweeps La Salle for UAAP baseball crown

Mar 16, 2018 - 8:15 PM

It is Adamson's 12th baseball championship, making it the 3rd-most titles in the UAAP

CHAMPS. Adamson University claims its first UAAP baseball title since 2010. File photo


MLB rookie pays off parents' home mortgage for Christmas

Dec 26, 2017 - 12:59 PM

'Because of all the sacrifices you made to get me where I am, I want our family home to be yours,' Smith's mother read as she choked back tears

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Pavin Smith brought his parents to tears of joy after paying off what they owed on their home for Christmas. Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images/AFP

Flood-ravaged Houston in love with World Series kings

Dec 24, 2017 - 1:13 PM

'We just wanted to show the city how much we love them and care about them'

UPLIFTING. The victory of the Houston Astros in this year's World Series is the light amidst the devastation in Houston. File photo by Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

'Japan's Babe Ruth' Shohei Ohtani joins Angels in U.S. Major League Baseball

Dec 09, 2017 - 1:05 PM

Shohei Ohtani agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels, but the US MLB team must pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani's Japanese club the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters

JAPAN'S PRIDE. Major League Baseball Tweets Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese baseball sensation, agrees to sign up with the Los Angeles Angels. Screengrab from @MLB

Astros celebrate World Series win; White House visit uncertain

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

A visit to the White House is uncertain due to President Donald Trump's rift with sports figures

HISTORY. Houston celebrates the Astros first World Series title. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Mission accomplished, Houston: Astros dedicate win to city

Nov 02, 2017 - 1:05 PM

The Houston Astros fulfill a promise. Ever since Hurricane Harvey deluged the Houston region in August, the Astros have been men on a mission.

JUBILATION. Houston Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane hoists the Commissioner's Trophy after the Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Astros beat Dodgers to win first World Series crown

Nov 02, 2017 - 12:35 PM

A day after the Los Angeles Dodgers forced a decisive game seven, the Houston Astros win their first Major League Baseball crown since their inception in 1962

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: The Houston Astros celebrate defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in game seven to win the 2017 World Series at Dodger Stadium on November 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Dodgers down Astros to keep World Series bid alive

Nov 01, 2017 - 12:56 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers extend the World Series to a game 7

GAME 7. The Dodgers even the series to keep their 7th championship hopes alive. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP.

Gurriel ready for Los Angeles heat after racism furor

Oct 31, 2017 - 9:45 AM

A fiery welcome is almost certain to greet Yuli Gurriel when he steps up to the plate at Dodger Stadium

HEATING UP IN LA. Things will surely heat up for Yuli Gurriel after his racist gesture during game 4 of the World Series. Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America/AFP

Dodgers rip Astros 6-2 to level World Series

Oct 29, 2017 - 12:44 PM

The Dodgers' win puts the 2017 World Series at 2-2

HOME RUN SMASH. Joc Pederson powers a 5-man run final inning to take down the Astros. Photo from Facebook

Darvish seeks punishment for Gurriel's racist gesture in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Astros slugger Yuli Gurriel stretches his eyes with his fingers to mock the Dodgers pitcher in Game 3 of the World Series

UNCALLED FOR. 'Acting like that was just disrespectful to people all over the world,' Darvish says after Gurriel made a racist gesture towards the Japanese pitcher. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Astros chase Darvish early, take 2-1 lead in World Series

Oct 28, 2017 - 1:15 PM

Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish lasts just 1 2/3 innings as he surrenders 4 runs on 5 hits

HOME COOKING. The Astros make a powerful statement in a Game 3 win. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Sizzling Kershaw pitches Dodgers to World Series lead

Oct 25, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Dodgers take game one of the World Series against the Astros

GAME ONE. Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2017 World Series. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Pitched battle promises World Series classic

Oct 23, 2017 - 12:35 PM

The Dodgers are aiming to clinch their first title since 1988, while the Astros are looking to make history with an inaugural championship

ULTIMATE PRIZE. Talented pitchers Kershaw and Verlander are underway to claiming their first World Series title for their respective teams. Photo from Facebook.

Astros down Yankees, set World Series clash with Dodgers

Oct 22, 2017 - 2:11 PM

The Houston Astros win 4-0 against the New York Yankees

WORLD SERIES CLASH. The Houston Astros book a finals clash with the LA Dodgers. File Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Astros stay alive in ALCS, force Game 7 with Yankees

Oct 21, 2017 - 2:18 PM

It all comes down to one final game in Houston to determine which team represents the AL in the World Series

STAYING ALIVE. Justin Verlander's virtuoso pitching performance enables the Astros to tie the series at 3-all. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Three Hernandez homers lift Dodgers into World Series

Oct 20, 2017 - 3:56 PM

The defending champion Chicago Cubs are eliminated in 5 games

HEADED TO THE WORLD SERIES. The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series for the first time since 1988, and will meet either the New York Yankees or the Houston Astros. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees blank Astros to move one win from World Series

Oct 19, 2017 - 2:58 PM

Masahiro Tanaka strikes out 8 batters over 7 scoreless innings as the Yankees win Game 5

START SPREADING THE NEWS. Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and the rest of the Yankees are just one win from the World Series after a shutout win over the Astros. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees overcome 0-2 hole to eliminate Cleveland, advance to ALCS

Oct 12, 2017 - 1:17 PM

The Yankees will meet the Houston Astros to decide which team represents the AL in the World Series

COMEBACK IS REAL. Didi Gregorius smacked two home runs to help the New York Yankees advance to the AL Championship Series. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

The week in photos: June 10-16, 2017

Jun 17, 2017 - 8:11 AM

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

VEGAN ZOMBIES. Protestors dressed as zombies demonstrate in front of a KFC outlet in Sydney, Australia on June 15, 2017. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Albert Pujols joins 600 home run club

Jun 04, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Pujols becomes the fourth youngest to reach the milestone and the first to do it with a grand slam

MILESTONE. Albert Pujols delivered his grand slam in the fourth inning of a 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

Yankees retire Derek Jeter's number 2 jersey

May 15, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Jeter becomes the 22nd Yankee to have his number retired

RETIRED. Derek Jeter and wife Hannah Davis stand beside his plaque which will now hang at Yankee Stadium. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs repair World Series trophy after Boston damage

May 03, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The team s trophy for the achievement was damaged during a benefit concert hosted by Cubs president Theo Epstein the Hot Stove Cool Music event

DAMAGED TROPHY. The Cubs' World Series trophy, the team's first since 1908, needed to be repaired after it was damaged during an event in Boston. The trophy is seen here held by Jon Lester (L) and Anthony Rizzo during the victory celebration in November 2016. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

N. Mindanao wins elementary baseball boys gold vs C. Luzon

Apr 28, 2017 - 3:07 PM

Two Northern Mindanao athletes also win individual awards: Julrey Morales for best pitcher and Kim Adam for the most number of stolen bases

HIGH AND PROUD. Central Luzon athletes line up for today's awarding as they place second after Region X in elementary boys baseball at Camp Fullon. Photo by Regine Villafuerte/ Rappler

Calabarzon sluggers evade plucky Soccsksargen to secure semis seat

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:08 AM

Oliver Cruz saves the Tanauan City based batters in the face possible elimination

THROW IT UP. Calabarzon’s John Matanguihan eyes for a flawless pitch in their fight over Soccsksargen in Camp Fullon, San Jose de Buenavista, Antique on Thursday, April 27. Photo by Jaspher Aspiras/ Rappler

NIR stuns defending champion NCR in secondary baseball event

Apr 25, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The win clinches the first seed in the grouping for the Negros Island Region in the Palarong Pambansa 2017

LOCKED IN. NCR’s Amado stays locked in to every action of the NIR pitcher. Photo by Brent Guiao/ Rappler

US clobbers Puerto Rico to win first World Baseball Classic title

Mar 23, 2017 - 1:11 PM

United States defeats Puerto Rico 8 0 avenging a previous defeat and earning their first championship

CHAMPIONS. The U.S. baseball team celebrates after the final out. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Tim Tebow strikes out in debut with Major League team, still gets cheered

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:41 PM

The football star turned New York Mets prospect faces off with AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and it ends up how you d expect it to

TEBOWING. Tim Tebow, the one-time college football and NFL player known for his on-field displays of Christianity, is easing his way into a second career as a baseball player. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Baseball Hall of Fame

Jan 19, 2017 - 11:55 AM

Tim Raines finally makes it into the Hall of Fame in his final year of eligibility while controversial figures Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds edged nearer to selection

ENSHRINED. Houston Astros legend Jeff Bagwell had career totals of 2,314 hits, a club-record 449 home runs and 1,529 runs batted in before retiring in 2005. Bagwell crossed the 75% voting threshold in his seventh year on the ballot. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

2016 saw Cubs, Cavs finally win championships

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:53 AM

Two of the most notorious curses in American sport were wiped away in 2016 while legends Kobe Bryant and Peyton Manning walked away from the game

END OF A DROUGHT. The Chicago Cubs finally ended over a century of futility, putting the Curse of the Billy Goat to rest. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Kate Upton savages MLB voters who snubbed fiancee Verlander

Nov 17, 2016 - 8:51 AM

I thought I was the only person allowed to f k @JustinVerlander tweets the supermodel

BEANED. Kate Upton doesn't appreciate the MLB voters' unusual decision to snub her fiancee Justin Verlander

LeBron fears NFL losing fun as NBA, MLB ratings surge

Nov 08, 2016 - 6:52 PM

James notes how several top NFL players have said the NFL is more and more becoming the No Fun League

LeBron James (R) speaks as Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on November 6, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs win best thing since sliced bread for fans: Obama

Nov 04, 2016 - 1:05 PM

Despite being a Chicago White Sox fan US president Barack Obama knows how big of a deal it is that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series

Cubs beat Indians in Game 7, win first World Series in 108 years

Nov 03, 2016 - 12:50 PM

The Cubs end the longest run of futility in American sports

Cubs, Indians will go the distance to end droughts

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:38 PM

One set of long suffering supporters will finally celebrate the end of epic misery while the other will endure yet another heartbreak and be left to wonder if their wait will ever be rewarded

GRAND SLAM. Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs hits a grand slam home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field on November 1, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Oldest living World Series player can't bring Indians luck

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:26 PM

The 95 year old Eddie Robinson the last living member of the Indians 1948 World Series championship team attends game 6 but fails to see Cleveland celebrate a title just yet

NO LUCK YET. The presence of Eddie Robinson, 95, the oldest living World Series player, did not bring good luck to Indians in Game 6. Photo from Wikipedia

Cubs rout Indians to force one-game title showdown

Nov 02, 2016 - 12:06 PM

A long suffering Chicago Cubs team charges to the brink of their first World Series title since 1908 by forcing a winner take all Game 7 against the Cleveland Indians

DAGGER. Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs hits a two-run homer during the ninth inning against the Cleveland Indians in Game 6 to seal a 9-3 victory and extend the 2016 World Series to a deciding Game 7. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Mets star pitcher Familia arrested on domestic violence charge

Nov 02, 2016 - 11:01 AM

According to a complaint filed at a court in Fort Lee Jeurys Familia is alleged to have caused bodily injury to another

ARRESTED. Jeurys Familia of the New York Mets is arrested on domestic violence charge. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

World Series: Indians hope to emulate Cavaliers title bash

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:55 PM

Memories of the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship celebration last June inspire the Cleveland Indians to try and win first World Series title since 1948

WILL INDIANS CELEBRATE? Pitcher Josh Tomlin wants to experience celebrating a championship with the Cleveland Indians, just like the Cavaliers 4 months ago. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Cubs try to force winner-take-all World Series showdown

Nov 01, 2016 - 3:24 PM

The Cubs must level the Series to force a seventh game that would decide which hoodoo would finally end

WILL THERE BE A GAME 7? The Chicago Cubs look to extend the World Series to a deciding Game 7. Manager Joe Maddon (C) says it's all up to his team come Game 6. Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP