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Chris Panzer outplays Quatro, Jeff Cobb to win PWR Championship

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:50 PM

The Motor City wrestler spoils Jeff Cobb's homecoming and Quatro's title run in 'PWR Special: Homecoming'

NEW CHAMP. Chris Panzer raises his newly-won PWR Championship belt at PWR Special: Homecoming on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

ONE: Adiwang makes impressive debut; Vera, 3 others drop matches

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:15 PM

Lito Adiwang puts together a stellar showing but 4 other Filipinos struggle in ONE Championship: Century

SPECTACULAR. Aung Lang N Sang (left) delivers a stunning TKO of Brandon Vera to retain the ONE light heavyweight world championship. Photo release

Majestic Biles extends record to 25 world gymnastics medals

Oct 13, 2019 - 10:52 PM

American star Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history

RECORD-BREAKER. Simone Biles surpasses the previous all-time mark of 23 world medals. Photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Yulo 'did not expect' to win elusive world championship gold

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:47 PM

'I am speechless,’ says Filipino teen gymnast Carlos Yulo after his historic feat at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Germany

UNEXPECTED. Carlos Yulo defies the odds to cop the country's first ever gold medal in the World Artistic Gymnastics Championshps. Photo from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events

Nesthy Petecio strikes gold in women's world boxing

Oct 13, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Featherweight boxer Nesthy Petecio rules in the Women's World Boxing Championships to become the second Filipina world titlist

ON TOP. Nesthy Petecio (back row, second from left) becomes the latest boxer to bring glory to the Philippines. Photo from AIBA

WATCH: Carlos Yulo flashes 'dynamic, exquisite' Worlds routine

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:19 PM

Check out the thrilling performance of Filipino teen gymnast Carlos Yulo at the World Championships

Photo from Jat Tenorio/Red Ox Media Events

Filipinos celebrate Carlos Yulo's 'stunning and riveting' golden performance

Oct 13, 2019 - 11:55 AM

For the first time ever, the Philippine national anthem gets played in the world gymnastics stage as Carlos Edriel Yulo becomes the first Filipino world gymnastics champion

Carlos Yulo claims PH's historic world championship gold

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:25 PM

After qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Carlos Edriel Yulo rules the men's floor exercise to emerge as the first Filipino world champion in gymnastics

WORLD CHAMPION. Carlos Edriel Yulo continues to make history with a world championship gold. Photo by Janet Tenorio/Photo release

Biles bewildered by own success: 'How do I do that?'

Oct 12, 2019 - 11:30 AM

US gymnastics queen Simone Biles can break the all-time record for most world championships medals this weekend

HISTORIC. Simone Biles tries to stay calm as a record golden sweep beckons. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Olympics-bound Carlos Yulo lands 10th in world all-around final

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Carlos Edriel Yulo makes it to the top 10 of the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships men's all-around event

TOP BET. Carlos Yulo sustains his impressive form in the men's individual all-around final. Photo release

Wesley So through to semis of World Fischer Random Chess Championship

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Wesley So beats Vladislav Fedoseev to join Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Final Four

IN THE RUNNING. Wesley So becomes one of the last 4 men standing in the World Fischer Random Chess Championship. Photo from

US bags 3 more golds as World Championships draw to close

Oct 07, 2019 - 1:09 PM

Nia Ali wraps up a dominant performance for the USA, which finished atop the medal table with 14 gold, 11 silver, and 4 bronze medals

PROUD MOM. Now with two kids, Nia Ali still proves too fast for the competition. Photo from Twitter/@iaaforg

New mothers Fraser-Pryce, Felix seal record golds at Worlds

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:40 PM

'To be standing here as world champion again after having my baby, I am elated,' says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on her grand comeback

GRAND COMEBACK. Jamaican Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce (left) and US legend Allyson Felix highlight the record-breaking 2019 IAAF World Championships.

'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)

Belingon wants KO win vs Fernandes in ONE title fight

Sep 23, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Kevin Belingon will meet rival Bibiano Fernandes for the fourth time as he tries to reclaim lost glory

FOR THE THRONE. Kevin Belingon says he knows what to expect against Bibiano Fernandes. Photo from ONE Championship

Didal crashes out of Skateboarding World Championship semis

Sep 22, 2019 - 6:59 PM

Margielyn Didal lands at 15th place in the semifinals with only the top 8 advancing to the championship round

MOVING FORWARD. Margielyn Didal will now turn her focus on the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host late this year. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Marcial settles for silver in World Boxing Championships

Sep 22, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Eumir Marcial becomes only the third Filipino to win a silver in the Worlds

FILIPINO PRIDE. Eumir Marcial deliver another medal for the Philippines. Screengrab from Youtube/AIBA Boxing

Hidilyn Diaz wins bronze in 2019 world championships

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 AM

After a podium finish in the last two editions, Hidilyn Diaz captures another bronze in the World Weightlifting Championships to stay on track of her 2020 Olympic bid

STILL A FORCE. Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz proves yet again that she’s among the world’s best. Photo from the International Weightlifting Federation

Gymnast Yulo shares gold with Olympic medalist in Japan tilt

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:44 AM

Filipino teen standout Carlos Yulo ties seven-time Olympic medalist Kohei Uchimura in the floor exercise of the All Japan Senior Championships

STELLAR. Carlos Yulo (right) shares the podium with legendary gymnast Kohei Uchimura of Japan. Photo from Linzi Arellano-Co’s Facebook account

Woods shoots par but won't get to defend Tour Championship

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Tiger Woods places beyond 40th in the US PGA season playoff points standings with only the top 30 advancing in the season-ending Tour Championship

GOING FOR MORE. Tiger Woods continues to chase the major title record set by Jack Nicklaus of 18. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)

Gotta catch – and keep – 'em all: Pokemon's enduring legacy

Aug 17, 2019 - 12:00 PM

More than 7,500 people from 49 different countries are expected to attend the annual Pokemon World Championships in Washington this weekend

GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL. People peruse Pokemon products during the first day of the 2019 Pokemon World Championships at the Washington Convention Center on August 16, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

PH lands record 5th place in World Juniors Tennis Championships

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Teen tennis ace Alex Eala leads the Philippines to its best finish in the world juniors tournament

HISTORIC. The Philippine girls tennis team clinches 5th place, the country's best result in the World Juniors Tennis Championships. Photo courtesy of Michael Francis Eala

Gritty Buto leads late charge as PH bags 6 chess golds

Aug 09, 2019 - 8:18 PM

Al-Basher Buto cops the under-10 crown as 5 other young Filipinos rule in the 2019 Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championship

BACK ON TOP. After a dry spell, chess whiz Al-Basher Buto regains his winning form. Contributed photo

'We shall return': Lakay headstrong after another ONE setback

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:27 PM

Danny Kingad emerges as the lone winner from Team Lakay in ONE Dawn of Heroes

TO RETURN. Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang picks up a second-straigh loss in the ONE: Dawn of Heroes. File photo by Dux Carvajal

WATCH: Kingad advances to ONE Flyweight Grand Prix Finals

Aug 03, 2019 - 8:41 AM

Team Lakay's Danny Kingad impresses the home crowd but 4 other Filipino brawlers struggle

Photo by Alvin S. Go/Rappler

Accused Hungarian swimmer allowed to leave South Korea

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:05 PM

Olympic medalist Tamas Kenderesi has been allowed to leave South Korea after paying a fine for 'thoughtlessly touching' a nightclub dancer

DENIAL. Tamas Kenderesi denies allegations of sexual harassment. Photo from Instagram/@tamaskenderesi

Folayang shoots for ONE bounce-back win against Alvarez

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Team Lakay's Eduard Folayang goes up against former UFC champion Eddie Alvarez in the ONE lightweight world grand prix semifinal bout

EPIC. Eduardo 'Landslide' Folayang (left) goes up against Eddie 'The Underground King' Alvarez. Photo by Alvin Brian Go/Rappler

Former troublemaker Danny Kingad seeks ONE glory

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:33 PM

'When I was young, I was in a very bad crowd and it had a negative impact on my life. Team Lakay helped me out of that dark place,' says Danny Kingad

LIFE-CHANGING. Danny Kingad leaves his troubled past to pursue mixed martial arts. Photo from release

Dalilah Muhammad smashes women's 400m hurdles world record

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:20 PM

American Dalilah Muhammad breaks the 16-year-old previous record set by Russian Yuliya Pechonkina in 2003

RECORD SET. Dalilah Muhammad is now a holder of a world record. Photo from Twitter/@iaaforg

Dressel 'hair loss' after Brits foil bid for magnificent 7

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:44 AM

American swimming superstar Caeleb Dressel expresses relief that the world championships is over

DOMINATING. Caeleb Dressel ends the world championships with 6 medals. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

Aussie swimmer Jack vows to clear her name after positive drug test

Jul 28, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Shayna Jack did not participate in the world championships, first citing 'personal reasons' before confirming a banned substance was found in her system

SUSPENDED. Shayna Jack had been taking a drug that aids muscle mass. Photo from Instagram/@shayna_jack

PH tankers shatter 5 national records in 2019 FINA World Championships

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:35 PM

Fil-Am swimmer Remedy Rule leads the pack in being on track for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth

WORLD STAGE. (from left to right) Remedy Rule, Luke Gebbie, Nicole Oliva, James Deiparine and coach Sherwyn Santiago participate in the 2019 FINA World Championships. Photo courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc

Hungarian swimmer held in Korea over alleged sexual harassment

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:07 PM

Tamas Kenderesi, an Olympic bronze medallist, has been banned from leaving South Korea over an incident at a nightclub

HARASSMENT. Police have arrested Tamas Kenderesi. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Swimming Australia denies cover-up of Jack failed drug test

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:43 PM

Shayna Jack pulled out of the world championship citing 'personal reasons,' but it has been revealed she failed an out-of-competition test and has been suspended

SUSPENDED. Shayna Jack has denied any wrongdoing, claiming she did not take the prohibited substance found in her system knowingly. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Ex-WWE wrestler Ho Ho Lun is new MWF champion

Jul 28, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Ho Ho Lun defeats longtime rival and inaugural Manila Wrestling Federation champion Robin Sane at MWF 10: Republika

NEW CHAMPION. Ho Ho Lun (center) celebrates with HKWF colleague Bitman (left) and MKW Champion Michael Su after winning the MWF Championship at MWF 10: Republika on Saturday, July 27. Photo by Miggy Hilario via MWF's Facebook page

Dressel treble after nightclub deaths rock world swim championships

Jul 28, 2019 - 10:58 AM

American superstar Caeleb Dressel looks untouchable, but controversies continue to hit the world meet

RECORD-SMASHER. After shattering Michael Phelps’ decade-long record, Caeleb Dressel becomes the first swimmer to capture at least 6 gold medals at two world championships. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'I'm just protecting athletes,' insists China swim star Sun

Jul 27, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Amid the heated podium protests due to doping suspicions, Sun Yang says he has 'nothing to prove' and doesn't deserve the insults from fellow swimmers

Sun Yang. Photo from Twitter/@fina1908

2 dead in Korean nightclub balcony collapse at world swim meet

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:05 AM

(UPDATED) A 38-year-old and a 27-year-old succumbed to grave injuries after an internal balcony gave away in a South Korea nightclub

Dressel smashes Phelps' 100m butterfly world record

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Another Michael Phelps world record goes down this week as American Caeleb Dressel pulls off an incredible semifinal swim

SMASHING. USA's Caeleb Dressel is on track of at least matching his personal record medal haul in the world championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

FINA threatens bans as swimming image hurt by Sun protests

Jul 26, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Swimmers may be stripped of their medals or face a ban if Sun Yang podium protests continue

SWIMMING ROW. Silver medalist Mack Horton of Australia (left) refuses to stand on the podium with gold winner and Chinese star Sun Yang (center) and bronze medalist Italy's Gabriele Detti. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Phelps hails 'incredible' Milak after losing world record

Jul 25, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Hungarian teen Kristof Milak shatters American legend Michael Phelps' long-standing 200m butterfly record

TEEN TITAN. Nineteen-year-old Kristof Milak celebrates his record-breaking romp in the world championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Galedo leads ITT winners in national cycling championships

Jul 24, 2019 - 6:31 PM

John Mark Lexer Galedo rules the men's elite as the girls of Standard Insurance sweep the women’s category of the individual time trial races

WINNING WAYS. Women elite champion Jermyn Prado (right) and her Philippine Navy-Standard Insurance teammates (from left) Marella Salamat (runner-up women elite), Kate Yasmin Velasco (under-23 titlist) and Maritoni Krogg (junior winner) celebrate their team’s triumphant run. Photo release

Sun, Scott warned by FINA over world swim medal clash

Jul 24, 2019 - 1:25 PM

'You're a loser, I win!' Chinese swimming star Sun Yang rages at British rival Duncan Scott after another salty medal snub

CONTROVERSY. Britain's Duncan Scott (right) walks out during the podium ceremony in protest of gold medallist Sun Yang (center), the Chinese star competing under doping suspicions. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Adam Peaty, Caeleb Dressel splash to world swim golds

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:55 PM

Britain's Adam Peaty and American Caeleb Dressel retain their world titles in the 2019 FINA World Championships

AIMING FOR SWEEP. Caeleb Dressel (left) and Adam Peaty are aiming to sweep their events in the 2019 FINA World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. Photos by Ed Jones/AFP (Dressel) and Oli Scarff/AFP (Peaty)

Margielyn Didal strikes gold in 2019 National Skateboarding Championships

Jul 14, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal continues to dominate the women's free skate field

GOLDEN GIRL. Margielyn Didal continues to vie for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth. Photo from Margielyn Didal's Instagram

ONE Championship: Torres falls anew against Malaysian foe

Jul 13, 2019 - 1:34 AM

Filipina brawler Jomary Torres fails to end her losing slump against Jihin Radzuan

SLIPPING. Jomary Torres fails to sustain the fiery start to her MMA career. File photo from ONE Championship

Filipino chess whiz wins Asian Juniors blitz tournament

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:35 PM

The 14-year-old Daniel Quizon comes out triumphant in all of his 7 games to bag the crown

REDEMPTION. Daniel Quizon vents his ire in the blitz tournament after failing to finish high in the standard chess. Photo from grandmaster Jayson Gonzales

Quizon falls, Asian junior chess bid in peril

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Top Philippine bet Daniel Quizon drops to a share of 5th place after losing a roller-coaster game against an Indian foe

PRODIGY. Daniel Quizon, in the file photo, is poised to becoming the next big thing in Philippine chess. Photo from the FB account of Daniel Quizon

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)

2019 SEA Age Group: PH swimming records best haul in 9 years

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine swimming team doubles its gold medal haul in the 2019 edition of the regional age group contest

DOUBLE THE GOLD. The Philippine national junior swimming team bags 8 gold medals in the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships. Photo courtesy of Lani Velasco/Philippine Swimming Inc