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The extraordinary life of Sam Dowd

Mar 11, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Growing up in the tough streets of Seattle, new UP Maroons recruit Sam Dowd hopes to show the same grit on the UAAP floor

NEW LIFE. Sam Dowd looks forward to kickstarting his basketball career in the Philippines. Photo from Sam Dod’s Instagram (@osammy_gawd)

U.P. Maroons eye multiple overseas training camps for Season 83

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons aim to bounce back strong for UAAP Season 83

VETERAN. Kobe Paras continues to be one of the leaders of the UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

San Beda punches PCCL finals ticket after surviving gutsy UP

Mar 07, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Calvin Oftana and San Beda set up a PCCL finals date with Ateneo

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR. Ricci Rivero and UP fall short against San Beda. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Molde responds to Ateneo loss with career-high versus UE

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:52 PM

After a lackluster outing in the opener, UP star Isa Molde makes sure to more than make up for it

NO LET UP. UP veteran Isa Molde goes all out against UE. Photo release

Molde, Carlos lead UP bounce-back effort over UE

Mar 07, 2020 - 2:37 PM

Mauled by Ateneo in the opener, UP ramps up its aggressive play to crash into the win column

Josafat fires 32, powers UE past UP in UAAP men’s volley

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:45 PM

The UE Red Warriors pick up their first win of the season behind Lloyd Josafat's 32-point explosion

BOUNCE BACK. Lloyd Josafat takes charge as UE arrests UP’s late surge. Photo release

Tolentino, Nisperos-led Ateneo blasts UP in Battle of Katipunan

Mar 04, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Ateneo sets its UAAP title defense in motion with a decisive victory over UP

ADMU (17) Faith Janine Nisperos. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

UP pulls off upset over Ateneo in UAAP Season 82 opener

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:46 PM

After only tallying one win last season, the UP Fighting Maroons get off to a blazing start over Ateneo

UPSET. John Mark Millete captains his team to  stun the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

WATCH: UP veterans relish UAAP Season 82 return

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:17 PM

Veterans Tots Carlos and Isa Molde are out to make the most of their final playing year in the UAAP

FINAL YEAR. Isa Molde grows to be one of the top players in the Philippines thanks to UP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Maroons express support for Gomez de Liaño brothers' Gilas bid

Feb 07, 2020 - 3:18 PM

Despite losing two key cogs, the UP Maroons back up Juan and Javi Gomez de Liaño's decision to focus on their Gilas Pilipinas campaign

Juan GDL to sit out UAAP Season 83 for full-time Gilas stint

Feb 06, 2020 - 9:15 PM

UP hotshot Juan Gomez de Liaño decides to skip next UAAP season just days after his brother Javi announced the same

File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Maroons bolster team with new recruits Calimag, Eusebio

Feb 06, 2020 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Former high school standout RC Calimag and 6-foot-5 slasher Anton Eusebio beef up the UP Maroons roster

NEW RECRUIT. RC Calimag has been a vital cog in the Philippine basketball youth team's campaign. Photo from FIBA

UP's Javi GDL to sit out Season 83, opens door for return

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Javi Gomez de Liaño makes a decision with Gilas Pilipinas and MPBL in mind

OWN DREAMS. Javi Gomez de Liaño prioritizes his career first as he sits out of UAAP Season 83. File photo by Josh Albelda

Molde, UP veteran spikers back for another UAAP run

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Six veterans return as the UP women’s volleyball team targets a UAAP Final Four breakthrough

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

LOOK: U.P. athletes show teamwork in packing Taal eruption relief goods

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:08 PM

Past and present UP Fighting Maroons work tirelessly to pack relief goods for the victims of the Taal Volcano eruption

HELPING HAND. Paul Desiderio (right) dishes out a much needed assist to Nowhere to Go but UP’s relief efforts. Photo from Renan Dalisay’s Facebook account

La Salle's Cagulangan set for transfer to UP

Jan 13, 2020 - 4:10 PM

Former NCAA juniors MVP Joel Cagulangan will serve a one-year residency before seeing action for the UP Fighting Maroons in the UAAP

NEW HOME. Joel Cagulangan leaves the La Salle lair. Photo from Chooks-to-Go


UP, La Salle banner PBA D-League field

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:19 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons return to the PBA D-League for the first time since 2016

BIG NAME. Kobe Paras is expected to debut in the PBA D-League. File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


'Nowhere to Go But UP': Book on Fighting Maroons launched

Dec 16, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Authored by Rappler sports correspondent Naveen Ganglani, the book chronicles the rise of the UP Fighting Maroons from UAAP cellar-dwellers to Final Four contenders

Winning and misery: 7 takeaways from the UST-UP battle

Nov 15, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Renzo Subido turns into a UST legend, the Aldin Ayo effect continues, rumors of a potential UP exodus swirl, plus all the hot buzz in the classic showdown

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

After painful exit, Manzo wants UP to keep winning mindset

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Cebuano standout Jun Manzo says he’s just glad to witness the Maroons’ transformation from a perpetual cellar-dweller to a Final Four contender

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Tigers target bigger upset: 'This is not our main goal'

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

After stunning the UP Fighting Maroons, UST coach Aldin Ayo reminds his Tigers that their job is far from done

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras embraces changed mindset in UAAP debut season

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:02 AM

After a stellar run ended in a heartbreak, UP stalwart Kobe Paras just wants to 'take a break and enjoy life'

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

GDLs future with UP in doubt after heartbreak exit vs UST

Nov 13, 2019 - 9:41 PM

'We couldn’t prove the haters wrong,' says UP stalwart Juan Gomez de Liaño

TRAGIC. Juan Gomez de Liaño gets consoled by temmates Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras after UP's heartbreaking loss to UST. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Tears and thrills as UST takes fight out of UP

Nov 13, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The UST Growling Tigers prove too strong for the UP Fighting Maroons yet again to advance to a title showdown against the Ateneo Blue Eagles

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UST Tigers roar back to shock favored UP Maroons

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) The UST Growling Tigers overcame the twice-to-beat advantage of the UP Fighting Maroons to arrange a championship showdown against Ateneo

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

MVP Chabi Yo tips hat to ex-MVP Akhuetie for 'tough matchup'

Nov 11, 2019 - 7:52 PM

Soulemane Chabi Yo and UST have a chance to sweep UP and set up a UAAP finals date with Ateneo

CUT ABOVE THE REST. UAAP MVP Soulemane Chabi Yo continues to provide a steady presence for UST. Photo from UAAP


Juan GDL not focusing on UST win streak heading into do-or-die

Nov 11, 2019 - 2:51 PM

UST has swept UP in their 3 matches in UAAP Season 82, but the Fighting Maroons can get back at the Growling Tigers in the most important duel between them

BATTLE OF WILL. Juan Gomez de Liaño says the UP Fighting Maroons need to "want it more" in their do-or-die match against the UST Growling Tigers. Photo from UAAP


Rivero downplays LED punching incident in lopsided loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:57 PM

A frustrated Ricci Rivero injures his shooting hand after punching an LED screen

DISAPPOINTED. Ricci Rivero ends up hurting his right hand during the Maroons’ blowout loss to the Tigers. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Kobe Paras mum on subpar outing in UP blowout loss

Nov 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

After a stellar run all season, UP star Kobe Paras winds up with just 9 points in his first UAAP playoff game

IN PHOTOS: UST vs UP – UAAP Season 82, semifinals

Nov 10, 2019 - 8:33 PM

UST forces a do-or-die game for the last UAAP Finals berth as the UP Maroons plunge to another loss against the Tigers

EARLY DOWNFALL. Rhenz Abando – who delivers 17 points, 7 boards and 3 blocks – fuels a hot UST start as Ricci Rivero and the Maroons dive into a double-digit hole early. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Staying alive: UST forces knockout semis duel vs UP

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:38 PM

UST proves too puzzling for UP yet again as the Growling Tigers force a winner-take-all match for the last UAAP Finals berth

Friends and foes: Ricci, Brent face off in UP-UST semis duel

Nov 10, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Even if their La Salle departure led them to different parts of the UAAP map, UP’s Ricci Rivero and UST’s Brent Paraiso remain tight

Sports wRap: Missing Wesley So, bracing for UP-UST

Nov 09, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani talk about chess whiz Wesley So and the blockbuster UP and UST semifinal showdown in the UAAP

Not subjudice: UST-UP ribbing reaches Supreme Court

Nov 08, 2019 - 3:08 PM

UP alum Justice Marvic Leonen comes to the defense of the Fighting Maroons as Thomasian Chief Justice Peralta says, 'Walang laban ang UP'

Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta (left) and Associate Justice Marvic Leonen (right)

Perasol rues 'immense weaknesses' as Ateneo schools UP

Nov 01, 2019 - 11:28 AM

After UP absorbed a double demolition against Ateneo, coach Bo Perasol admits the Maroons look too far behind

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

SCHEDULE: UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball semis, finals

Oct 31, 2019 - 5:39 PM

The last 4 teams standing fight for the UAAP men's basketball crown starting with a stepladder semifinals

SHOWDOWN. Soulemane Chabi Yo and the UST Growling Tigers look to pull off another upset in the title series versus the Ateneo Blue Eagles. Photo by Josh Albelda

LOOK: UAAP Season 82 stepladder semifinals

Oct 31, 2019 - 12:09 PM

Which team gets to challenge the Ateneo Blue Eagles for the UAAP men's basketball crown?

TITLE HOPEFUL. Juan Gomenz de Liaño and the Maroons look to arrange another championship series against the Blue Eagles. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

FINALS-BOUND: Ateneo completes rare sweep after UP drubbing

Oct 30, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Mighty Ateneo clinches an outright UAAP title berth after capping a perfect 14-0 elimination run with a rout of UP

UNTOUCHABLE. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Rivero embraces defensive role in Maroons’ Final Four return

Oct 30, 2019 - 9:22 AM

As UP tries to clear one last hurdle in the elimination round, Ricci Rivero makes the most out of his new tasks in the loaded Maroons roster

NEW ROLE. Ricci Rivero knows his place in the star-studded UP squad. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Ravena emphasizes need for strong start vs cardiac-gaming UP

Oct 30, 2019 - 8:27 AM

‘Business is not done,’ says Thirdy Ravena as Ateneo targets a 14-0 sweep of the UAAP elimination round

GAME FACE. Ateneo star Thirdy Ravena says there should be no room for complacency. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ateneo vs UP - UAAP Season 82 round 2

Oct 29, 2019 - 4:02 PM

Mighty Ateneo shoots for a 14-0 elimination sweep but a UP side riding on momentum plans to play spoiler

UAAP Player of the Week Manzo making every game count for UP

Oct 28, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Jun Manzo steers the ship as the UP Fighting Maroons sail towards history with its second straight Final Four appearance

PLAYOFF BONUS. Jun Manzo and the UP Fighting Maroons clinch the twice-to-beat incentive heading into the Final Four. Photo from UAAP


Paras grateful Maroons stepped up in twice-to-beat clincher

Oct 27, 2019 - 10:18 PM

The UP Fighting Maroons nail the No. 2 spot and the semifinal bonus for the first time in the Final Four era

Photo release

IN PHOTOS: UP vs La Salle – UAAP Season 82, 2nd round

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Check out some photos of the heart-stopping showdown that propels UP back to the Final Four and boots out La Salle

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP eliminates La Salle, clinches Final Four twice-to-beat

Oct 27, 2019 - 6:41 PM

In another cardiac contest, the UP Fighting Maroons survive a La Salle fightback to secure the No. 2 spot and the semifinal bonus

THRILLER. Kobe Paras and the Maroons put an end to Jamie Malonzo and the Green Archers' Final Four hopes. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP 'Cramming Maroons'? Coach Bo Perasol looks at positives

Oct 25, 2019 - 5:34 PM

All 8 wins of the UP Fighting Maroons this season have been decided by no more than 6 points

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Manzo relishes last few games for UP with clutch performances

Oct 23, 2019 - 3:56 PM

After becoming an afterthought in the loaded Maroons’ offensive arsenal, Jun Manzo wants to make a mark in the final stretch of the season

Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

UP escapes NU, clinches Final Four playoff

Oct 23, 2019 - 12:39 PM

In another cardiac finish, the UP Maroons slip past the NU Bulldogs to inch closer to a return trip to the Final Four

Photo release

Kobe Paras credits Maroons' comeback ability to overseas training

Oct 22, 2019 - 11:42 AM

'If you guys watched our off-season, we went to Taipei, I think that’s where we got how we play to fight back,' says Kobe Paras

TAIWAN EXPERIENCE. Kobe Paras thinks that the UP Fighting Maroons learned how to stage massive comebacks from their overseas trainings. Photo from UAAP release

Chauca takes 'full responsibility' for repeat meltdown versus UP

Oct 21, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Adamson gets swept by UP in UAAP Season 82, squandering double-digit leads in their two encounters

TAKING RESPONSIBILITY. Val Chauca shoulders the burden as Adamson sees its Final Four hopes further dented. Photo from UAAP