football leagues - updates

Rappler's latest stories on football leagues

ARTICLE FINDER

Points galore in NFL, NBA as rule changes take effect

Jan 04, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Both major professional sports leagues are experiencing a skyrocket in their offensive plays

THRIVING ON OFFENSE. The NBA and the NFL are seeing a more offensive approach in their respective leagues. File photos from Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP (NBA) and Shutterstock (NFL)


Broken promises: Why Global Cebu players are unhappy

Dec 28, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Global Cebu players reveal a sad reality in local club football – athletes getting evicted from their homes and living on cup noodles as they remain unpaid for 8 months

SAD REALITY. Milan Nikolic and the rest of the Global Cebu FC players go unpaid during the holidays. Photo from Milan Nikolic's Instagram

Patriots, Cowboys grab NFL playoff berths as Eagles alive

Dec 24, 2018 - 11:09 AM

New England became the first team in NFL history to reach the playoffs for 10 consecutive seasons

10TH STRAIGHT PLAYOFF. The New England Patriots make history as the first team clinch a 10th striaght playoff berth. Photo from Tom Brady's Instagram

James slams NFL owners have 'slave mentality'

Dec 22, 2018 - 7:24 PM

LeBron James does not mince his words regarding his thoughts on the NFL

OUTSPOKEN. LeBron James compares the NFL and the NBA in a new episode of 'The Shop'. Photo from LeBron James' Instagram

Rebranded PFL steps in ‘difficult time’ as Davao Aguilas FC folds

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:15 PM

'It was either witness the decline of Philippine pro football as a distant observer, or start working and do something about it. I chose to do something about it,' says new league commissioner Bernie Sumayao

CRUCIAL. Davao Aguilas FC leaves the Philippines Football League with only 5 teams. Photo from Davao Aguilas

5 things we learned in the Premier League

Dec 10, 2018 - 1:59 PM

Chelsea prove Manchester City are not invincible while Liverpool remain unbeaten to climb to the top of the table

SCORING MACHINE. Mo Salah (right) powers Liverpool over Bournemouth with a hat-trick. Photo from AFP


Bernie Sumayao looks to transform Philippine club football

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Thailand-based Pinoy will take over the top flight of football with plenty of fresh ideas

5 things we learned from the Premier League

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:24 PM

Tottenham taint Chelsea's spotless record while Manchester City keep their grasp of the top spot

CONTENDERS. Liverpool remain Manchester City's most likely challengers. Photo by AFP


Tom Brady becomes NFL's all-time passing yard leader

Nov 26, 2018 - 12:45 PM

The five-time NFL champion eclipses Peyton Manning's former record

Tom Brady also reaches 3,000 passing yards for the 16th straight season. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP


Malaya FC shines at 2018 Youth Football League

Nov 04, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The JPV-Malaya Football Club delivers a dominant performance to complete a twin title run

CHAMPS. Malaya FC emerges as the best under-11 squad in the 15-team field.

PFL Cup final preview: Kaya and Davao are a study in contrasts

Oct 26, 2018 - 8:44 AM

An established power takes on a wealthy upstart in a mouthwatering Copa Paulino Alcantara final

Kim Sung Min and Phil Younghusband are a formidable goalscoring tandem for Davao. Photo by Bob Guerrero.

IN NUMBERS: Etheridge leads Premier League penalty saves

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:48 PM

Neil Etheridge is on course to making the most penalty saves in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season

MEMORABLE. Neil Etheridge makes his first English Premier League penalty save against Bournemouth. Photo from Twitter (@Neil38Etheridge)

Ceres-Negros FC ices dominant run with 2nd PFL title

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The Busmen reign anew to earn the right to represent Philippines in the preliminary rounds of the 2019 AFC Champions League

TITLE DEFENSE. Ceres Negros FC is the PFL champion for the second straight time.  Photo by Mark Cristino

Ceres-Negros aims for 2nd PFL title vs Global Cebu

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:18 PM

The Busmen are one point away from the championship

ON THE BRINK. Ceres-Negros' Bienvenido Marañon moves past Global Cebu's Jinggoy Valmayor. Photo by Ceres media

Trump tweets: No pay for NFL anthem protesters

Jul 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The US President provokes another round of debate on pro football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem

TAKE A KNEE. Many NFL players have been kneeling during the national anthem to highlight racial and social injustices. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Kaya FC Iloilo: Football comes home

Jun 30, 2018 - 7:14 PM

The PFL club is poised to reenergize the football scene in one of the Philippines' traditional hotbeds

HOMETOWN HERO. Born in Calinog, Iloilo, Kaya FC standout Shirmar Felongco is an inspiration to local kids. Photo by Don Laczi

What's so unique about PH football? Just ask Soca Loca

May 19, 2018 - 5:50 PM

The Malaysian startup aims to spur the growth of Philippine football with a new mobile app

DEVELOP THROUGH TECH. Sayf Ismail (center) advocates the use of technology to grow the predominantly traditional sport of football. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Browns make Oklahoma's Mayfield top pick in NFL draft

Apr 27, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Cleveland Browns team officials describe the reigning Heisman Trophy winner as an 'ultra-competitor'

TOPNOTCH. The 23-year-old Baker Mayfield emerges as the top choice in a draft field considered as one of the deepest in recent history. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images/AFP

Davao Aguilas FC finds solution for grueling home-and-away PFL games

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The pro football club hopes to ease travel issues with Cebu Pacific partnership

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP. Cebu Pacific Air vice president of marketing and distribution Candice Iyog (left) shakes hands with Davao Aguilas FC general manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Davao Aguilas YFL aims for grassroots growth in Visayas, Mindanao

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

Aside from aiming to win the PFL, Davao Aguilas has taken its efforts to the grassroots level

PIONEERS. From left to right: YFL Chairman Christopher Hagedorn, YFL President Miguel Atayde, Davao Aguilas FC Chairman Jefferson Cheng, Davao Aguilas General Manager Michael Shaw. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Can Marikina become a football mecca?

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:45 AM

JPV's home just might have what it takes to be a magnet for the Beautiful Game.

SPREAD THE WORD. Marikina football evangelist Tetel Siasoco. Photos by Bob Guerrero

Davao Aguilas, Kaya Iloilo frustrate in opening game draw

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:50 PM

James Younghusband falls short of a hat-trick that could've clinched the win for the Davao Aguilas

FRUSTRATION. Davao Aguilas and Kaya Iloilo end game in a 2-2draw. Photo from press release

Stallion, Ceres agree to reschedule opening match

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:07 PM

Both clubs were initially scheduled to play in the PFL opening weekend

Philippines Football League inks new livestreaming deal

Feb 23, 2018 - 11:25 AM

The country's pro football league will now have a new streaming partner in Sportradar

Blame me, says Patriots coach Bill Belichick

Feb 05, 2018 - 1:11 PM

'Obviously we didn't do a good enough job coaching,' says Bill Belichick of New England's Super Bowl loss

UPSET. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick takes the blame for their Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. CJ Gunther/EPA

2018 PFL Season set to begin March 3

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Six clubs will be competing in the second season of the Philippines Football League

Ilocos United FC becomes second PFL team to withdraw from league

Jan 18, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Ilocos United is 'cautiously optimistic' it can return to the league in 2019

WITHDRAWING FROM LEAGUE. Ilocos United FC says operations had been 'financially prohibitive' as a result of being unable to attract a new naming sponsor.

Vikings dump Saints on last-play shocker, Jaguars advance in NFL playoffs

Jan 15, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Minnesota will next play Philadelphia and Jacksonville will meet New England

WALK OFF TOUCHDOWN. Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs on a desperation game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to send the Vikings to the NFC Championship game. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP

Patriots roll past Titans in NFL playoffs, Eagles clip Falcons to advance

Jan 14, 2018 - 2:56 PM

The Patriots will face either the Jacksonville Jaguars of Pittsburgh Steelers for a berth in the Super Bowl

HANDOFF. It was another milestone night for superstar quarterback Tom Brady as the Patriots roll past the Titans and into their seventh straight American Football Conference title game. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

PH football club Meralco Manila ceases operations

Jan 08, 2018 - 8:26 PM

Team leaders including Azkal Curt Dizon, former azkals Simon Greatwich and Daniel Gadia will be seeking new teams as FC Meralco closes down

CEASING OPERATIONS. FC Meralco Manila has folded up after several years as one of the top pro clubs in the Philippines. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

Falcons topple Rams, Titans edge Chiefs in NFL playoff openers

Jan 07, 2018 - 3:14 PM

The Titans also advance to a divisional game against either the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots or the Pittsburgh Steelers

TEAM LEADER. Bryant catapults the Falcons to victory over the Rams via 4 field goals. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Browns fans mark 0-16 season with mock parade

Jan 07, 2018 - 1:19 PM

Browns fans celebrate their season of perfect futility, with some wearing bags over their heads

HISTORIC FUTILITY. At least the Browns fans can keep a sense of humor. Screenshot from YouTube

Saints, Rams, Chiefs, Panthers clinch playoff spots

Dec 25, 2017 - 11:44 AM

The 4 teams join New England, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Minnesota, and Jacksonville in the playoffs

PLAYOFFS. New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers clinch crucial victories to seal spots in the playoffs. Photo from Facebook

Ceres' PFL title heralds a brave new world for Pinoy club football

Dec 17, 2017 - 7:55 PM

Reflections on the Busmen's title and what lies ahead for the PFL

INAUGURAL. Ceres celebrates their PFL crown. Photo by Stephen Tan and Ceres Negros FC

Ceres overpowers Global 4-1 to win inaugural PFL title

Dec 16, 2017 - 9:57 PM

Iain Ramsay scores a hat trick for Ceres Negros FC to lift them to the league championship

INAUGURAL CHAMPIONS. Ceres Negros FC delivered big time for their hometown fans, cruising to a 4-1 victory to win the league title. Photo from PFL's Facebook page

A closer look as Ceres and Global clash for the PFL title

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:01 PM

This is about more than just the silverware and intra-Visayan bragging rights

SUMMIT SHOWDOWN. Stephan Schrock is back with Ceres as a full-time player while Global looks to avoid losing a second final in the past few weeks. File photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

PFL holds inaugural finals series in Pana-ad Stadium

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:28 PM

The PFL finalizes the venue of the Global Cebu vs Ceres-Negros finals match

FINALS. Bienvenido Marañon in his second leg match against Kaya. File photo by Ceres Media

Global Cebu FC wants to host PFL finals in Cebu City Sports Complex

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:27 PM

Global makes up for not hosting their home semis match in Cebu by appealing to bring the finals to their home pitch

HOME PITCH. Global Cebu FC will be facing Ceres Negros at home. Photo from Global Cebu FC Facebook

Finals berth, AFC Cup slot at stake as Sparks and Global clash

Dec 06, 2017 - 11:25 PM

The match on December 9, 7 pm in Rizal Memorial is the second leg of a semi-final encounter between Meralco and Global

CLASH. Spark Connor Tacagni duels for possession with Cebu's Wesley Dos Santos.

Late goals from Global Cebu stun FC Meralco Manila in PFL semis opener

Dec 02, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Top seeded FC Meralco Manila almost took home the win with an away goal until Global Cebu FC scored two home goals late in the match

COME FROM BEHIND. Rufo Sanchez and his team struggled in the first half but team mates Dos Santos and Minegeishi earned the victory for Global Cebu. Photo by Pam Puri/PFL

Mouthwatering PFL Final Four kicks off this weekend

Nov 30, 2017 - 4:27 PM

It's still anyone's title as Ceres, Kaya, Meralco and Global collide in two sizzling matchups

Ashley Flores of Meralco fires a shot past Global's Wesley Dos Santos. Image by Bob Guerrero

Ceres midfielder Iain Ramsay to join Thai League in 2018

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:07 PM

Iain Ramsay will be gaining more football experience but this time in the Thai League

SET. Iain Ramsay is set for his Thailand move for the 2018 Thai League season. Photo from Instagram @iainramsay_7

Former NBA star Marbury buys Chinese gridiron football team

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:35 PM

Stephon Marbury is moving towards his next evolution as a sports executive

TEAM OWNER. Stephon Marbury is now the proud owner of the Beijing Lions. File photo by AFP

NFL player Cam Newton slammed over sexist remark

Oct 05, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The Panthers star smirks at a female reporter and says 'It's funny to hear a female talk about routes like - it's funny'

HOT WATER. Cam Newton's sexist comments to a female reporter were skewered by other female journalists on Twitter. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Sports stars, teams grieve after Vegas shooting horror

Oct 03, 2017 - 6:42 AM

Athletes, teams and leagues react in disbelief as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history hit home

FIRST RESPONDERS. An ambulance leaves the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Ave. after a mass shooting at a country music festival nearby on October 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

The Juice is loose - O.J. Simpson walks out of prison on parole

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:18 PM

The former NFL star is released on parole after 9 years behind bars for armed robbery

NO PULP. OJ Simpson was released 8 minutes after midnight on Sunday 'to ensure public safety and avoid possible incident.' File photo by Jason Bean/Pool/AFP

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as early as next week

Sep 29, 2017 - 2:02 PM

Former NFL star O.J. Simpson was granted parole in July and could walk out a free man as early as this coming Monday

PAROLED. O.J. Simpson is reportedly 'very upbeat' after serving 9 years in prison for armed robbery. Photo by Sholeh L Moll-Masumi/Pool/AFP

NFL player Delanie Walker says he's received death threats over anthem protest

Sep 29, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The Tennessee Titans player says the 'words of hate' motivates him to continue his work in creating dialogue on race matters

BACKLASH. 'The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric,' says Delanie Walker. Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/AFP

Tom Brady disapproves of Trump's 'divisive' comments

Sep 26, 2017 - 1:51 AM

'I thought it was just divisive,' Brady says after Trump called on NFL owners to fire athletes who protest.

NOT HAPPY. Five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who is on friendly terms with Trump, said he was unhappy with the president's comments. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

Fil-Am NFL star Baldwin believes 'dehumanized' Trump’s comments can unify sports world

Sep 24, 2017 - 12:53 PM

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin Jr joins a growing number of athletes speaking out against Donald Trump, saying 'this can be an opportunity for us to change the narrative of society.'

SEAHAWK SWOOPS. Doug Baldwin Jr calls US president Donald Trump 'a poor example of what you can become if you remain close minded, ignorant and uneducated.' Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFP