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Durant sorry for 'idiotic' tweets

Sep 20, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The NBA Finals MVP was caught out on Twitter after using his official account on the social media site to reply to comments from a fan asking why he had left Oklahoma City.

TOO FAR. Kevin Durant uses Twitter to engage with fans, but he took it too far this time. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Ravena, Jose, CBC banner PH Team to FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 19, 2017 - 2:26 PM

Chooks-to-Go calls up a young team to lead it to its first international stint

12-MAN LINEUP. Chooks-to-Go will be sending out a young delegation for their first international stint. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Carl Bryan Cruz joins Chooks-to-Go in 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup

Sep 19, 2017 - 12:04 PM

Carl Bryan Cruz will join Kiefer Ravena and Raymar Jose in guiding the young delegation

RELEASED. Carl Bryan Cruz was released by Alaska to participate in the FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Ex-PBA player Cris Bolado dies in motorcycle accident

Sep 18, 2017 - 3:13 PM

Bolado, an 11-time PBA champion, played in the league from 1994 to 2003.

FINAL RIDE. Cris Bolado, an 11-time PBA champion, died in a motorcycle accident in Cambodia. Photo from Bolado's Facebook

Maglasang's buzzer beater pushes UV Baby Lancers to finals

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:15 PM

The University of the Visayas Baby Lancers sweep the elimination round and earn an automatic ticket to the CESAFI finals

SWEEP. Justin Jake Rosete of the UV Baby Lancers attempts a lay-up. Photo by PJ Estan

UAAP Weekly wRap: Led by Ravena, Ateneo stands tall once again

Sep 18, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Thirdy Ravena is still the vocal and statistical leader of the Ateneo Blue Eagles

CLEAN SWEEP. The Ateneo Blue Eagles swept through their two games this week. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

TNT edges Star, Blackwater clinches playoff berth in Govs' Cup

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:53 PM

TNT held off Star to notch their 7th win

EXPLOSIVE. Glen Rice Jr finished with an explosive double-double of 43 points and 19 rebounds in TNT's win. Photo by PBA Images/AFP

Ateneo Blue Eagles topple FEU Tamaraws to win third straight

Sep 17, 2017 - 6:39 PM

The Blue Eagles' deep outside shooting proved to be the x-factor in the victory over the Tamaraws.

THREE. Ateneo exhibits a deep talent as 7 Blue Eagles made outside shots.Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Paul Desiderio lifts Fighting Maroons to convincing win over Red Warriors

Sep 17, 2017 - 4:19 PM

Paul Desiderio attains a career-high 28 points as he leads UP to a 2-1 record

COMEBACK. The Fighting Maroons bounce back from a sluggish first half to convincingly win against the Red Warriors. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra bests Rain or Shine to grab solo lead in Governors' Cup

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:20 PM

'It was a real grind tonight trying to get that win,' says Ginebra head coach Tim Cone

SOLO LEAD. Raymond Almazan finished with a team-high of 20 points. Photo by PBA Images.

Aldin Ayo praises coaching rival Jamike Jarin after UAAP clash

Sep 16, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Both Ayo and Jarin are known for ruling the roost in the NCAA, and they finally meet again in the UAAP

PRAISE. "“Coach Jamike is a very good coach. Kanina, di ko alam kung anong ilalabas ko pa sa bulsa ko eh." Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: Adamson rookie Tyrus Hill exhibits dunking abilities vs UST

Sep 16, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Tyrus Hill showcases his dunking abilities, but one of them leads to posterizing Jeepy Faundo

OUCH. Tyrus Hill debuts his ability with a painful dunk on Jeepy Faundo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

Soaring Falcons bounce back from Ateneo loss to win against the Growling Tigers

Sep 16, 2017 - 7:26 PM

The Soaring Falcons hold the lead throughout the game against the Growling Tigers

BOUNCING BACK. The Adamson Soaring Falcons earn their first win in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler.

San Miguel Beer avoids upset against Kia, secures quarterfinals spot

Sep 16, 2017 - 6:05 PM

June Mar Fajardo scores 41 points and grabs 17 rebounds in the 118-112 win

MAIN MAN. San Miguel banked on June Mar Fajardo, who dropped 20 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter alone. Photo by PBA Images

Green Archers slip past Bulldogs in high-scoring affair

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:44 PM

The first meeting of rival NCAA champion coaches Jamike Jarin and Aldin Ayo in the UAAP ends in favor of DLSU

CLUTCH. Green Archers fend off Bulldogs' threat to their title defense. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Zach Randolph pleads no contest in marijuana case

Sep 14, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The case against him will be dismissed if he completes a diversion program and community service

ROYAL MISTAKE. Zach Randolph, who was recently acquired by the Sacramento Kings, had the charges against him reduced to delaying an officer. File photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Balanced effort tows TNT past NLEX in post-RDO era

Sep 13, 2017 - 9:53 PM

TNT scores a crucial 112 107 victory over the NLEX Road Warriors

GAME-WINNER. Jayson Castro sealed the game for TNT with a triple. Photo by PBA Images

Ateneo soars over the Fighting Maroons in the battle of Katipunan

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:19 PM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles win the battle of Katipunan by 21 points

DOMINATION. The Ateneo Blue Eagles win their second straight game by at least 20 points to open the season. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rain Or Shine holds on for the win, keeps Phoenix reeling

Sep 13, 2017 - 6:48 PM

The Phoenix Fuel Masters fall to their 8th straight loss

OUT OF FUEL. The Fuel Masters pulled to within two in the third quarter but couldn't get the win over Rain or Shine. Photo by PBA Images

FEU earns first win vs Red Warriors, 90-83

Sep 13, 2017 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED The Tamaraws lead in offensive output despite the Red Warriors efforts to make a comeback

SLAMMING IT HOME. Prince Orizu made three dunks in the game. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Lakers to retire both Kobe Bryant jersey numbers

Sep 13, 2017 - 3:58 PM

Bryant the third highest scorer in NBA history will have his number 8 and 24 jerseys retired

HONORED. Kobe Bryant will have two jersey numbers hanging from the rafters of the Staples Center. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

USPF Panthers win commotion-marred game vs USC Warriors

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:09 AM

Four key players of the University of San Carlos were ejected from the game against the USPF Panthers

COMMOTION-MARRED. Kenneth Cada of the USPF Panthers attempts a difficult shot against the Warriors' Julius Salvador Cadavis. Photo by PJ Estan

Kobe Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

Sep 12, 2017 - 4:04 PM

The NBA Basketball School Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star

AMBASSADOR. Kobe Bryant, seen at a 2016 function, says "the Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training." File photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images/AFP

Ranidel De Ocampo traded to Meralco in 3-team deal

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:28 PM

TNT acquires Norbert Torres and Justin Chua in the deal

BLOCKBUSTER. Ranidel de Ocampo landed with the Meralco Bolts in the multiplayer 3-team trade. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Green Archers escape late FEU comeback to open title defense

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:20 PM

FEU Tamaraws were down by 19 in the third and sparked a late comeback that proved to be a little too late

ESCAPED. Tamaraws came close to cracking the DLSU full court press but fell short against the defending UAAP champions. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Allein Maliksi set to be traded to Blackwater from Star - report

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Maliksi and Chris Javier are headed to the Elite while Star gets Bambam Gamalinda and Kyle Pascual

ELITE TRADE. The Elite are living up to their name after attaining Allein Maliks shortly after trading for Chris Ellis. Photo from PBA Images

Durham leads the charge as Meralco stops Star’s endgame rally

Sep 09, 2017 - 7:47 PM

The Meralco Bolts zap the Hotshots in Laguna

TOUGH STRETCH. Star absorbs its third straight loss. Screenshot from Sports 5 livestream

Ateneo Blue Eagles exploit Sarr-less Adamson Falcons for blowout win

Sep 09, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The Blue Eagles best the Adamson Falcons by 20 points to open their season

DOMINANCE. Ateneo wins the first round of the battle of the blue birds. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

NU Bulldogs dominate UE Red Warriors in Season 80 opener

Sep 09, 2017 - 4:55 PM

NU Bulldogs pull away from a tight first half to earn their first victory in UAAP Season 80

BARK AND BITE. After Dave Wilson Yu's 14 point, 8-rebound performance, NU coach Jamike Jarin says 'I don’t know what he ate today but he played so well.' Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra pulls away late to beat Blackwater for 7th straight win

Sep 08, 2017 - 9:34 PM

Greg Slaughter had a team high 22 points coupled with 8 rebounds while Justin Brownlee had 17 markers and 13 boards

SEVEN STRAIGHT. Ginebra's fourth quarter rally helped seal the deal for their seventh straight win. Photo by PBA Images/AFP

Alaska holds off GlobalPort late to make it two wins in a row

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:37 PM

After shaking off a lengthy slump the Alaska Aces have now made it two victories in a row

MILK RUN. After defeating the San Miguel Beermen, the Alaska Aces follow it up with a win over GlobalPort. Photo by PBA Images

Ex-NBA champ Caron Butler visits the Philippines

Sep 07, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The former NBA All Star stops by the Philippines for an appearance at TriNoma

VISITING THE PHILIPPINES. Caron Butler, thought not officially retired from the NBA, is now working as an analyst and studying at Harvard Business School. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas: Boston did not get better with trade

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Isaiah Thomas says being traded from the Celtics hurt bad but looks forward to teaming with LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers

NEW TEAM. 'You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,' promises Isaiah Thomas. File photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

San Miguel, TNT hold on for victories over Rain Or Shine, Meralco

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The Elasto Painters comeback falls short against the Beermen

BEER RUN. The San Miguel Beermen ended their two-game losing streak with a win over Rain or Shine. Photo by PBA Images

Houston Rockets sold for record-breaking $2.2 billion

Sep 06, 2017 - 10:39 AM

US restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta pays the highest amount ever for an NBA franchise

LIFTOFF. Forbes had valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion, making it the eighth most-valuable in the league, with revenues of $244 million. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron James immerses in PH women's basketball in 2017 visit

Sep 05, 2017 - 2:18 PM

LeBron James continues to inspire the girls who play in the country s most popular sport

NERVOUSNESS AND EXCITEMENT. Women's basketball players around Metro Manila got a chance to meet and train with The King LeBron James. Photo from Instagram @kingjames

DLSU Green Archers possibly down to 10 men for opening game

Sep 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

Ben Mbala is currently representing Cameroon in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket tournament while Kib Montalbo is confined in the hospital

UNDERMANNED. The DLSU Green Archers will face the FEU Tamaraws in the opening game of the UAAP. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ginebra continues streak, overcomes rival Star in overtime

Sep 03, 2017 - 10:09 PM

Ginebra has now won 6 straight games to grab the solo lead in the elimination ladder of the season ending conference

OVERTIME. Down 92-95 with 2.5 seconds to go, the Hotshots sent the game into overtime. Photo by PBA Images

UP Fighting Maroons Season 80 team preview – Keeping the fire alive

Sep 03, 2017 - 9:03 PM

The departure of Jett Manuel leaves a hole in the lineup but young guns like Paul Desiderio and Diego Dario give the team a fighting chance in season 80

PUTTING UP A FIGHT. Paul Desiderio was UP's all-around producer last season, leading the Fighting Maroons in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks per game. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Q and A: Columnist on Curry’s quarterback potential, Warriors’ offseason

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:29 PM

Rappler talks to Marcus Thompson Warriors columnist and author about everything from Golden State’s offseason moves to his prediction for the next NBA playoffs

DIFFERENT SPLASH. Stephen Curry remains 11 strokes off the lead in his first pro golf outing. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: LeBron James thrills fans in 2017 Manila visit

Sep 03, 2017 - 2:00 PM

King LeBron James shows off his basketball skills with Gilas Pilipinas in his Strive for Greatness tour stop

THE KING. "Strive for greatness basically means that everyone, we all wanna be great. And whatever respective thing that you do, you wanna work hard at it, put in all your time." File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UE Red Warriors Season 80 team preview – Like a bad movie sequel

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:46 PM

UE has resisted bringing in a foreign import but looks set for a few more years at the bottom of the UAAP standings

BAD SEQUEL. A long list of departures leaves sophomore Alvin Pasaol as the team's captain. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: LeBron James joins Gilas exhibition in Manila return

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:19 PM

LeBron James makes his third appearance in Manila and plays alongside Bobby Ray Parks Paul Lee and other Filipino players

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alaska tops San Miguel to snap Aces' worst ever losing streak

Sep 02, 2017 - 7:53 PM

Alaska wins its first game since April to snap their 14 game losing streak

SPOILED MILK. Calvin Abueva registered 13 points and 9 rebounds to get the Aces on the board with a victory. Photo by PBA Images

Kyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:10 PM

Kyrie Irving says he learned much from LeBron but says he requested the trade so he could maximize my potential

WELCOME TO BEANTOWN. Kyrie Irving, seen with fellow Celtics newcomer Gordon Hayward, says he hasn't spoken to LeBron James since being traded. Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images/AFP

GlobalPort subdues TNT for bounce back win

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:50 PM

TNT refuses to go away in the final quarter but GlobalPort closes the door

GLOBAL WARMING. Sean Anthony scored 21 points in the GlobalPort win. Photo by PBA Images

Blackwater rolls to 4th win after crushing Kia

Sep 01, 2017 - 6:51 PM

Blackwater spoils the debut of Kia s new import Geron Johnson

WINNING WAYS. Blackwater has now won 4 of its last 5 games, while Kia dropped to its 8th straight defeat in the conference. Photo by PBA Images

Kyrie Irving pens farewell note to Cleveland, but doesn’t mention LeBron James

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:55 PM

Kyrie Irving thanks the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise for taking a chance on him but doesn t mention LeBron James by name

MOVING OUT. Kyrie Irving is heading to the Boston Celtics after 3 straight NBA Finals appearances with the Cavs. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Ginebra trades Chris Ellis, Dave Marcelo to Blackwater for Art Dela Cruz, Raymond Aguilar - report

Aug 31, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Chris Ellis is expected to get more playing time with Blackwater

TRADED. Chris Ellis is heading to the Blackwater Elite. Photo by PBA Images

Barangay Ginebra trounces Phoenix for 5th straight win

Aug 30, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Ginebra keeps peace with fellow conference leaders Meralco

GIN STREAK. Japeth Aguilar contributed 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks in the win. Photo by PBA media