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Abueva on to next stage of ending PBA suspension

Feb 28, 2020 - 10:40 PM

Calvin Abueva has not played for 9 months as he awaits the PBA to lift his indefinite suspension

ONE DOWN. Calvin Abueva has already finished the first stage of his bid of returning to the PBA. Photo from PBA Images

Cone: Japeth to spread his wings with Slaughter out

Feb 28, 2020 - 9:10 PM

Tim Cone believes Japeth Aguilar will 'take off' in the Philippine Cup now that he does not have to share minutes with Greg Slaughter

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Japeth Aguilar is expected to play a bigger role for Barangay Ginebra in its title quest in the Philippine Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Erram trade to TNT approved by PBA

Feb 28, 2020 - 4:43 PM

The trade reunites Poy Erram with the team that drafted him in 2013

BIG BOOST. Poy Erram gives TNT one of the deadliest starting five in the league. Photo from PBA Images

PBA to punish 'ligang labas' violators

Feb 27, 2020 - 10:38 PM

A hefty fine and a possible suspension await PBA players who break the rules

NEW RULE. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial (middle) says the punishment is put in place for players' welfare. Photo from PBA Images

Cone speaks up on Slaughter: 'He got beat up on the internet a lot'

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Barangay Ginebra head coach Tim Cone says Greg Slaughter needed a break to 'get himself mentally right'

BREAKING HIS SILENCE. Tim Cone speaks up about Greg Slaughter for the first time. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Vic Manuel admits being stubborn after joining Abueva in 'ligang labas'

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Alaska suspends Vic Manuel for playing in an outside league in Laguna with former teammate Calvin Abueva

SMARTER. Vic Manuel should be 'wiser' after being suspended by Alaska, says head coach Jeff Cariaso. Photo from PBA Images

Without June Mar, San Miguel feels like an 'underdog'

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:10 PM

An injured June Mar Fajardo leaves a gaping hole in the middle for San Miguel, which is seeking a sixth straight Philippine Cup title

LONG TIME. June Mar Fajardo might miss an entire PBA season. Photo from PBA Images

PBA to have own 3x3 league in 45th season

Feb 25, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Fourteen teams will participate in the inaugural 3x3 tournament, with 12 PBA teams building their own 3x3 versions and two additional squads also seeing action

BUILD YOUR TEAM. PBA commissioner Willie Marcial bares the 3x3 tournament will not have a draft. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra governor Chua belies Slaughter trade rumors

Feb 25, 2020 - 6:09 PM

Alfrancis Chua says Barangay Ginebra is 'ready' to make a push for the Philippine Cup title with or without Greg Slaughter

HIATUS. Greg Slaughter takes a break from basketball. File photo from PBA Images

Suspended Abueva has 'learned his lesson,' insists Phoenix boss

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

It has been nearly 9 months since the PBA suspended Calvin Abueva indefinitely for his on-court antics

STILL OUT. Calvin Abueva will be a big addition to Phoenix, which is seeking to end a two-conference playoff drought. File photo from PBA Images

June Mar in 'high spirits' amid fear of missing entire PBA season

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:17 PM

San Miguel coach Leo Austria says June Mar Fajardo assured him that he will be 'back soon'

BIG LOSS. June Mar Fajardo will be greatly missed by San Miguel in the upcoming PBA Philippine Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Alaska keeps San Miguel winless in pocket tournament

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Robbie Herndon and Alaska build a lead big enough to stave off a comeback by San Miguel, which wraps up the mini tournament with a 0-3 card

HIGH NOTE.Vic Manuel and Alaska end the tourney with a 2-1 record. Photo from PBA Images

Romeo hurts ankle in San Miguel-Alaska tuneup game

Feb 21, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Terrence Romeo trips on a workout equipment right after hitting a buzzer-beater

ACCIDENT. Terrence Romeo says he heard a pop on his ankle. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

NLEX trips Phoenix to sweep mini tournament

Feb 21, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Stars Kiefer Ravena and Poy Erram didn't see action due to their commitments to Gilas Pilipinas, but NLEX hardly felt their absence

SWEEP. JR Quinahan leads the balanced attack for NLEX. Photo from PBA Images

Erram set for TNT reunion in 3-team trade

Feb 17, 2020 - 11:15 PM

NLEX is expected to part ways with Poy Erram as he reunites with TNT, the team that drafted him in 2013

BIG BOOST. Poy Erram will beef up the TNT frontcourt unit for the upcoming PBA season. Photo from PBA Images

Parks stays with TNT after signing one-year deal

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:18 PM

With Ray Parks on board, TNT eyes to capitalize on the absence of June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter in its bid to end a five-year title drought

DONE DEAL. Ray Parks and TNT finally come into an agreement. Photo from PBA Images

PBA, D-League 2020 season opening postponed due to novel coronavirus

Feb 10, 2020 - 6:01 PM

The PBA says its fans, teams, players, and officials are its 'topmost priority' following the decision to delay the season

POSTPONED. Japeth Aguilar and the rest of PBA players will have an extended break due to delay of the 45th season. Photo from PBA Images

Slaughter goes on hiatus as Ginebra contract expires

Feb 08, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Greg Slaughter ends a six-season run with Barangay Ginebra, which he helped win 4 PBA championships

HIATUS. Greg Slaughter says he will 'work on myself in all aspects.' Photo from PBA Images

June Mar health top priority for San Miguel, not PH Cup six-peat

Feb 05, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo could miss an entire season due to the severity of his shin injury

OUT. June Mar Fajardo will be badly missed by San Miguel as he recuperates from his shin injury. Photo from PBA Images

June Mar out indefinitely due to shin injury

Feb 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

San Miguel absorbs a major blow as reigning five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo suffers a shin fracture in practice

KEY LOSS. San Miguel braces for a season minus main man June Mar Fajardo. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel faces Magnolia as PBA kicks off 45th season

Feb 03, 2020 - 2:33 PM

San Miguel will open its bid for a sixth straight Philippine Cup title against Magnolia on March 1

REIGNING CHAMPS. June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel seek to protect their throne in the All-Filipino conference. Photo from PBA Images

PBA, SBP to launch 3x3 basketball league in March

Feb 01, 2020 - 5:10 PM

The new 3x3 basketball tournament will feature teams from all 12 PBA franchises

Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Sports wRap: It’s nearly time for UAAP volleyball

Jan 24, 2020 - 9:32 PM

Rappler Sports hosts Agatha Uvero and Naveen Ganglani give their take on the UAAP volleyball season, the PBA Finals, and the country’s bid in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Caguioa, 40, to play one more year for Ginebra

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Mark Caguioa says he still 'feels good' as he is set to see action in his 20th PBA season

ANOTHER ONE. Mark Caguioa wins his eighth PBA title with Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: Ginebra joins 'Tala' dance craze at victory party

Jan 20, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Finals MVP Japeth Aguilar and Scottie Thompson take center stage, drawing cheers from the fans who trooped to their victory party

DO-IT-ALL. Scottie Thompson shows off his dancing chops to the delight of the fans. Photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Marinero wins big with Malonzo in PBA D-League draft

Jan 20, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Projected to be the top draft pick, Jamie Malonzo slides to No. 2 with Marinerong Pilipino as AMA Online Education decides to go with a homegrown player

HIGH-FLYER. Jamie Malonzo begins his journey to the PBA in the PBA D-League. Photo from UAAP

Mercado parts ways with NorthPort in trade to Phoenix

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:58 PM

Sol Mercado, a three-time PBA champion, is touted to provide leadership for Phoenix, which looks to make a splash in the Philippine Cup

NEW HOME. Sol Mercado will play for his seventh PBA team. Photo from PBA Images

Scottie also deserving of Finals MVP, says Cone

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Tim Cone lauds Scottie Thompson for his contributions that often get overlooked, especially his defense on Chris Newsome in the PBA Governors' Cup finals

ANOTHER ONE. Scottie Thompson wins his fourth PBA title with Barangay Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Almazan to return stronger after injury derailed PBA title bid

Jan 19, 2020 - 6:58 PM

Raymond Almazan says the injury that kept him out of a crucial stretch in the PBA Governors' Cup finals serves as his motivation to come back better

BOUNCE BACK. Raymond Almazan is determined to come back stronger for Meralco. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee no doubt an 'NBA-caliber' player, says Cone

Jan 19, 2020 - 4:01 PM

Justin Brownlee's on-court brilliance reminds Ginebra coach Tim Cone of the late seven-time Best Import Bobby Parks

ULTIMATE WINNER. Justin Brownlee adds another PBA title to his belt. Photo from PBA Images

Projected top pick Malonzo takes first step to pro dream

Jan 19, 2020 - 12:52 PM

La Salle sensation Jamie Malonzo emerges as favorite to be chosen first in the 2020 PBA D-League Draft

Jamie Malonzo. Photo release

Durham aching to win elusive PBA title despite another finals heartbreak

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Allen Durham and Meralco fall short of the PBA Governors' Cup crown yet again versus Barangay Ginebra

TAKING THE POSITIVES. Allen Durham says life goes on despite falling short of his goal. Photo from PBA Images

MANILA, Philippines – A PBA crown remains elusive for Allen Durham.

'Surreal' to win PBA title vs ex-team, says Ginebra's Dillinger

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Jared Dillinger ends a personal six-year title drought as Barangay Ginebra drubs his former team Meralco

CHAMP AGAIN. Jared Dillinger helps Barangay Ginebra rules the PBA Governors' Cup for the third time in the last 4 seasons. Photo from PBA Images

First-time champ Pringle the 'difference' for Ginebra, says Cone

Jan 18, 2020 - 9:11 AM

After failing to get past the semifinals in his first 4 seasons in the league, Stanley Pringle captures his first PBA title with a new team

TITLE DROUGHT OVER. Stanley Pringle gives Barangay Ginebra another dimension in its third conquest of the PBA Governors' Cup in the last 4 seasons. Photo from PBA Images

Japeth deflects Finals MVP credit to entire Ginebra team

Jan 18, 2020 - 1:13 AM

Japeth Aguilar admits having a hard time accepting his first Finals MVP plum, saying all of his teammates did their part in winning the PBA Governors' Cup title

BIG CONTRIBUTOR. Japeth Aguilar captures his first Finals MVP award. Photo from PBA Images

Japeth clinches first Finals MVP as Ginebra rules

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:49 PM

Japeth Aguilar delivers on both ends to help power Barangay Ginebra to a PBA Governors' Cup title for the third time in the last 4 seasons

DOMINANT FIGURE. Meralco finds no answer for Japeth Aguilar as he helps key Barangay Ginebra to another PBA Governors' Cup crown. Photo from PBA Images

Ginebra breaks Meralco heart anew, bags Govs' Cup crown

Jan 17, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra win the PBA Governors' Cup title for the third time in the last 4 seasons – all at the expense of Meralco

CHAMP AGAIN. LA Tenorio adds another PBA title to his belt. Photo from PBA Images

Memory of blowing past 3-1 lead keeps Cone on his toes

Jan 17, 2020 - 3:53 PM

Tim Cone knows that a 3-1 series lead could either set up a quick wrap-up or lead to a colossal meltdown

ON THE CUSP. Tim Cone and Barangay Ginebra are a win away from another Governors' Cup crown. Photo from PBA Images

HIGHLIGHTS: Ginebra vs Meralco - PBA Governors' Cup Finals 2019-2020 Game 5

Jan 16, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Barangay Ginebra seeks to wrap it up but Meralco aims to stay alive when they meet in Game 5 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, January 17.

No pain, no gain: Almazan wants to finish PBA finals despite knee injury

Jan 16, 2020 - 3:59 PM

Raymond Almazan endures the pain from a meniscal tear on his left knee and suits up for Meralco in Game 4 against Barangay Ginebra

ON THE BRINK. Raymond Almazan and Meralco have their backs against the wall after going down 1-3 in the PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images

Tenorio, Ginebra dedicate Game 4 win to Taal eruption victims

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:51 AM

LA Tenorio hopes to make the Barangay Ginebra fans affected by the Taal Volcano eruption happy by winning the PBA Governors' Cup title

ONE MORE WIN. LA Tenorio and Barangay Ginebra dominate Meralco to move a win away from ruling the Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Cone: Brownlee after championships, not awards

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:51 PM

Justin Brownlee falls short of the Best Import award anew, but pushes Barangay Ginebra on the cusp of another PBA title

ON THE BRINK. Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra are a win away from another PBA crown. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee, Ginebra blast Meralco to move on cusp of PBA title

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra dominate the last 3 periods after a tight opening quarter to gain a 3-1 lead in the PBA Governors' Cup finals

ONE MORE WIN. Justin Brownlee and Barangay Ginebra are a win away from a third Governors' Cup crown in the last 4 seasons. Photo from PBA Images

Standhardinger caps fresh start in NorthPort with first Best Player award

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:15 PM

Traded in the middle of the PBA Governors' Cup, Christian Standhardinger shows he can put up monster numbers and lead a team to success

STELLAR CAMPAIGN. Christian Standhardinger beats out former teammate June Mar Fajardo for the coveted plum. Photo from PBA Images

Durham cops third Best Import honor

Jan 15, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Meralco's Allen Durham beats out Ginebra's Justin Brownlee yet again for the coveted award

UPPER HAND. Allen Durham beats out Just Brownlee anew for the top import award. Photo from PBA Images

Malonzo, Tungcab banner D-League draft pool

Jan 15, 2020 - 6:15 PM

Former La Salle high-flyer Jamie Malonzo and Gilas pool member Jaydee Tungcab headline the 2020 PBA D-League Draft

File photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Ginebra vs Meralco - PBA Governors' Cup Finals 2019-2020 Game 4

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Barangay Ginebra shoots for a 3-1 lead, while Meralco seeks to level the best-of-seven duel at 2-2 in Game 4 at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, January 15

Injured Almazan a gametime decision for Meralco

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Raymond Almazan had been averaging 17.5 points, 11 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in the finals before injuring his left knee

CRUCIAL DECISION. Raymond Almazan will warm up for Game 4 and decide whether he is fit enough to play. Photo from PBA Images

TNT pulls off another trade, gets Ed Daquioag

Jan 14, 2020 - 2:46 PM

The move comes just a week after TNT shipped Mike Digregorio to Alaska to acquire combo guard Simon Enciso

NEW HOME. Ed Daquioag gets shipped to TNT, the third team of his young PBA career. Photo from PBA Images

Told by Cone of measly assist production, Brownlee answers call

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:50 PM

Justin Brownlee flirts with a triple-double to lead Barangay Ginebra to a 2-1 finals lead over Meralco after tallying just a single assist in the first two games combined

DO-IT-ALL. Justin Brownlee displays his full offensive repertoire in Game 3 of the PBA Governors' Cup finals. Photo from PBA Images