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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

Ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez found to have advanced CTE

Sep 22, 2017 - 1:37 PM

Hernandez had stage 3 CTE, with stage 4 being the most severe form of the disease, researchers say. The illness is believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head.

HEAD TRAUMA. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison in April 2015 for the murder of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player whose bloodied body was found less than a mile from Hernandez's luxury Massachusetts home in 2013. Hernandez was appealing the conviction at the time of his suicide. File photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFP

Kaepernick will eventually be signed by a team, NFL commish Goodell believes

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:04 AM

Pressed on whether he felt Kaepernick was good enough to earn a place on an NFL roster Goodell replied: I m not a football expert

BLACKLISTED. Colin Kaepernick's failure to find a team when several less talented players have managed to win contracts has led to speculation that Kaepernick is paying the price for his activism. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Any given Sunday: PAFL brings gridiron hard knocks to Makati

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:52 PM

Philippine American Football League kicks off its second season at Circuit Makati with 5 teams on September 10

SECOND DOWN. The Philippine American Football League kicks off its second season at a new venue, with old challenges to overcome. Photo from PAFL's Facebook

NFL player Bennett alleges police brutality after Mayweather-McGregor

Sep 07, 2017 - 3:22 AM

The Seattle Seahawks star player claims he was targeted by law enforcement because of his ethnicity

HAWK DOWN. Michael Bennett says he had a guns drawn on him by Las Vegas police for 'nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.' Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/AFP

AFC Cup: Ceres, boosted by Negrense pride, aims for regional glory

Aug 19, 2017 - 1:42 PM

A city in thrall to its powerhouse team hopes for success against Istiklol of Tajikistan

Brain damage found in 110 of 111 deceased NFL players – study

Jul 26, 2017 - 11:01 AM

The NFL has faced growing scrutiny in recent years linked to the issue of concussions and head trauma

BRAIN DAMAGE. Researchers examining the brains of deceased NFL players have found that 99% of them showed signs of degenerative disease. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NFL player Whitehead says his dog was stolen and is being held for ransom

Jul 18, 2017 - 12:40 PM

Dallas Cowboys receiver Lucky Whitehead says his pitbull has been stolen and that a 10 000 ransom has been demanded for its return

STOLEN POOCH. Lucky Whitehead says he has agreed to pay the ransom but has not heard back from the thieves about his dog Blitz. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Ceres not pleased with ‘dangerous’ field after loss to Global Cebu

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:09 AM

I think even the Global players are embarrassed to play on a field like this says Ceres captain Martin Steuble

PITCH IM-PERFECT. Global-Cebu pulled off a 1-0 victory over Ceres-Negros, but the post-match emphasis was on how the visiting team felt the pitch was inadequate and uneven. Photo by Nimrod Quinones/CFA

Global Cebu FC to play first home game vs Ceres-Negros

Jul 04, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Global Cebu FC is hoping Cebuanos support will energize them in their first home game against Ceres Negros FC

HOME GAME IN CEBU. Global head coach Marjo Allado and goalkeeper Patrick Deyto will play their first home game in Cebu. Photo by PJ Estan