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Tim Tebow PH baseball debut delayed

Mar 14, 2020 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine baseball team hopes to continue training as the world qualifiers may be rescheduled in October

POSTPONED. Tim Tebow delays his Phiippine team debut because of the coronavirus outbreak in the US. Photo from Tim Tebow's Instagram

Tokyo-bound Eumir Marcial nails gold in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:40 AM

Narrowly winning the first two rounds, Eumir Marcial puffs enough gas in the third and final round to beat Abilkhan Amankul of Kazakhstan

GOLD HAUL. Eumir Felix Marcial follows up his gold-medal winning run in the Southeast Asian Games with another top prize. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


PH's Irish Magno punches way to Olympics

Mar 11, 2020 - 6:21 PM

Irish Magno becomes the fourth Filipino to clinch a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

MAIDEN. Irish Magno will see action in her first Olympics. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Marcial punches Olympic qualifiers finals ticket

Mar 11, 2020 - 11:52 AM

After clinching a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth, Eumir Marcial goes for gold in the men's middleweight final

FINALS-BOUND. Eumir Marcial aims for the gold to fulfill his expectations of being the tournament No. 1 seed in the men's middleweight. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Olympic qualifier heartbreak more painful than breakup, says Petecio

Mar 09, 2020 - 11:31 PM

Nesthy Petecio succumbs to her Japanese foe as she falls short of nailing a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

FALL SHORT. Nesthy Petecio could not carry her winning ways from her gold-medal triumph in the Southeast Asian Games to the Olympic qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Petecio fails first shot at Olympics

Mar 09, 2020 - 8:55 PM

World boxing champion Nesthy Petecio bows to her Japanese foe in the Olympic qualifiers as she misses her first try at securing a Tokyo 2020 ticket

ONE MORE CHANCE. Nesthy Petecio can still qualify for the Olympics through the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler


Eumir Felix Marcial books Tokyo 2020 Olympics slot

Mar 09, 2020 - 1:04 AM

(UPDATED) Filipino boxer Eumir Felix Marcial secures his maiden Olympic berth as he advances to the semifinals of the qualifiers

ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. Eumir Felix Marcial qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men's middleweight category.Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxers Magno, Paalam make quarters as Bautista crashes out

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:05 PM

Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam are one win away from a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth

OLYMPICS CHANCE. Irish Magno will go up against Indian legend Mary Kom in the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers quarterfinals. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcial books quarterfinals slot, nears Olympics berth

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:49 PM

Eumir Felix Marcial moves one win away from qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

OLYMPIC DREAM. Eumir Felix Marcial nears his dream of qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Petecio one win away from maiden Olympics berth

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Nesthy Petecio eases into the Olympic qualifiers quarterfinals, putting her a win away from qualifying for the quadrennial meet

FAVORITE. Nesthy Petecio proves that she is one of the favorites for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

FIBA postpones 3x3 Olympic qualifiers due to coronavirus crisis

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:29 PM

The Philippine 3x3 basketball team looks to use the extra time to beef up its Olympic bid

BUSINESS AS USUAL. Practice continues for 3x3 coach Stefan Stojacic (second right) and national team players (from left) Alvin Pasaol Mo Tautuaa, Joshua Munzon, and CJ Perez. Photo release

Ian Clark Bautista stuns former youth world champion in Olympic qualifiers

Mar 04, 2020 - 8:26 AM

The Philippines opens its campaign with Ian Clark Bautista upsetting Japanese Hayato Tsutsumi in the 2020 Asia and Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers

REVENGE WIN. Ian Clark Bautista is set to face his Thai rival Chatchai Butdee in the next round of the 2020 Asia & Oceania Olympic boxing qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PH boxers begin Tokyo 2020 Olympics quest in Jordan

Mar 01, 2020 - 9:23 PM

The Philippines sends a 10-pug delegation to the 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

CHAMPION. Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Gilas Pilipinas responds to Indonesia blowout challenge

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:07 AM

Parading 5 amateur players in its 12-man lineup, Gilas Pilipinas still manhandles Indonesia to open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. Kiefer Ravena and Marc Pingris issued a challenge to the rest of Gilas Pilipinas to beat Indonesia by a big margin, and their teammates did not disappoint. Photo from fiba.basketball


Thirdy a revelation for Gilas Pilipinas, but Dickel far from surprised

Feb 23, 2020 - 10:41 PM

Thirdy Ravena leads Gilas Pilipinas' 30-point romp of Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers with a masterful game on both ends

STERLING START. Thirdy Ravena and Gilas Pilipinas open the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers on the right foot. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas blasts Indonesia behind Thirdy revelation

Feb 23, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Thirdy Ravena shines the brightest in a team with 7 PBA players as Gilas Pilipinas gets off to a rousing start in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena powers his way to 23 points in just his second game for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz, Guam crushed by New Zealand in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 23, 2020 - 5:35 PM

Bouyed by its statement win over defending champion Australia, New Zealand demolishes Jericho Cruz and Guam for a perfect start in the first window

WORLD STAGE. PBA player Jericho Cruz gets a starting nod for Guam. Photo from fiba.basketball


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Indonesia - FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

Feb 22, 2020 - 6:23 PM

Five amateur standouts see action as Gilas Pilipinas faces Indonesia in a road game on Sunday, February 23

Kiefer, Gilas Pilipinas out to stamp class vs Indonesia

Feb 20, 2020 - 11:36 PM

Gilas Pilipinas may be heavily favored against Indonesia, but Kiefer Ravena says there will be no letup for the young squad in the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers

LEADERSHIP ROLE. Kiefer Ravena will serve as captain for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Jericho Cruz cracks Guam lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:03 PM

NLEX guard Jericho Cruz aims to help Guam pull off an upset against New Zealand

GUAM PROUD. Jericho Cruz has been named into Guam's 12-man lineup for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. Photo from fiba.basketball


Double Gilas Pilipinas duty not a problem for CJ Perez

Feb 20, 2020 - 5:40 PM

CJ Perez says he is always willing to give his all for the country as he competes for Gilas Pilipinas in the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events

RELIABLE. CJ Perez has become a Gilas Pilipinas mainstay, both for the 5-on-5 and 3x3 events. Photo from fiba.basketball

Thirdy-Kiefer Gilas Pilipinas linkup a 'big responsibility'

Feb 20, 2020 - 10:52 AM

Ravena brothers Thirdy and Kiefer team up for Gilas Pilipinas for the first time

FOR THE FUTURE. Thirdy Ravena gets his second Gilas Pilipinas call-up. Photo from fiba.basketball


Mocon the 'unlucky' cut in Gilas Pilipinas lineup

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Javee Mocon joins Marc Pingris as the only PBA players to miss the final 12-man cut against Indonesia in the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

CUT. Javee Mocon will have to wait for another opportunity to suit up for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas 3x3 quartet gets to work as Stojacic replaces Magsanoc

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:01 PM

PBA players CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa team up for the first time with the country's top-ranked 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol

PREPPING. Mo Tautuaa and CJ Perez suit up for several tune-up games as Gilas 3x3 prepares for the Olympic qualifiers. Photo release

Ravena bros headline Gilas Pilipinas lineup for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:31 PM

Interim coach Mark Dickel names 7 PBA players and 5 amateur standouts in Gilas Pilipinas' 12-man lineup

LEADER. Kiefer Ravena is tasked to lead this new bunch of Gilas Pilipinas players as team captain. Photo from fiba.basketball


Munzon, Pasaol lead Perez, Tautuaa for Gilas 3x3 in Olympic qualifiers

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Top-ranked 3x3 players Joshua Munzon and Alvin Pasaol will be reinforced by SEA Games 3x3 gold medalists CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa

TOUGH TASK. Gilas Pilipinas' 3x3 team composed of Alvin Pasaol, Joshua Munzon, Mo Tautuaa, CJ Perez will try to clinch a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photos from Chook-to-Go (Pasaol and Munzon) and Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler (Tautuaa and Perez)


Gilas Pilipinas game in FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers postponed

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Two other games are moved to a later date due to the threat of the novel coronavirus outbreak

GEARING UP. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas will have an extra couple of days to prepare and practice for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Injured Wright also begs off from Gilas Pilipinas

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Matthew Wright is the fourth PBA player to withdraw from the original 24-man pool

INJURED. Matthew Wright says he wanted to join Gilas Pilipinas but needs to rehabilitate his ankle. Photo from FIBA


Manuel, Tratter, Mocon boost Gilas Pilipinas frontline

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Gilas Pilipinas gets a battle-tested forward and two promising big men in its frontline unit

MUSCLE MAN. Fresh from a successful stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Vic Manuel will have a chance to don the national colors anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Justin Chua added to Gilas Pilipinas pool

Feb 10, 2020 - 10:48 PM

After a number of key big men begged off, Gilas Pilipinas was forced to look elsewhere for an inside presence that resulted in the inclusion of Justin Chua

NEW ADDITION. Justin Chua will vie for a spot in the final 12-man lineup for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Photo from PBA Images


Gilas Pilipinas captaincy step to make Kiefer Ravena 'world-class' guard

Feb 10, 2020 - 4:55 PM

Kiefer Ravena will take the role of a leader of the hybrid 24-man pool that consists of PBA stars and a bevy of amateur standouts

WORLD STAGE VET. Despite being only 26, Kiefer Ravena is battle-tested in the international scene. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Pilipinas yet to hear from Parks as TNT negotiation continues

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:24 PM

Program director Tab Baldwin hopes Ray Parks resolves his 'basketball issues' soon so he could be part of the new Gilas Pilipinas culture

IN TALKS. Ray Parks remains in negotiation with TNT for the upcoming PBA season. Photo from PBA Images


Alex Compton back at Gilas Pilipinas sidelines: 'I love being here'

Feb 07, 2020 - 6:16 PM

Former PBA coach Alex Compton serves as deputy to Gilas mentor Mark Dickel, his first coaching job since he stepped down from his Alaska post

TOP BASKETBALL MINDS. Alex Compton reunites with Tab Baldwin for Gilas Pilipinas. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Standhardinger, Aguilar beg off from Gilas Pilipinas

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Bad news hit Gilas Pilipinas as Christian Standhardinger and Japeth Aguilar decide to skip the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

NEXT TIME. Christian Standhardinger assures he will be ready for the next window should Gilas Pilipinas need his services. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


19 present as Gilas begins prep for FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers

Feb 06, 2020 - 3:13 PM

A hybrid cast turns up as Gilas Pilipinas gear ups for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers in two weeks

NEW BREED. Thirdy Ravena leads a bunch of up-and-coming players for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


Mark Dickel to call shots for Gilas Pilipinas

Jan 29, 2020 - 5:48 PM

Interim coach Mark Dickel is no stranger to the international scene, having represented New Zealand in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics as a player

MAJOR UPGRADE. Mark Dickel currently serves as coaching consultant for TNT in the PBA. Photo from PBA Images


Boxing chair Pangilinan 'disappointed' in failed bid to host Olympic qualifiers

Jan 25, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Manny Pangilinan says he was disappointed the IOC Boxing Task Force rejected the Philippine offer to host the Olympic qualifiers

FAILED BID. Nesthy Petecio and other Filipino boxers are set to participate in the Olympic qualifiers that was moved to Jordan. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Boxing Olympic qualifiers in Wuhan cancelled as PH offers hosting

Jan 23, 2020 - 5:14 PM

Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, cancels several events including the 2020 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament

PREPARATIONS. Eumir Marcial is one of the Pinoy pugs who are vying for a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NLEX’s Jericho Cruz added to Guam FIBA Asia Cup roster

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:34 PM

Jericho Cruz brings his act to the international stage again, but it won't be for the Philippines

Jericho Cruz. Photo from PBA Images

FIBA lists Dickel, Arespacochaga, Trunic to coach Gilas’ ACQ

Jan 14, 2020 - 8:51 PM

Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic are listed as part of the Gilas coaching staff for the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers

AT THE HELM. (from left to right) FIBA lists Mark Dickel, Sandy Arespacochaga and Nenad Trunic as the coaches of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2020 FIBA Asian Cup Qualifiers. Photos from PBA Images (Dickel), Josh Albelda/Rappler (Arespacochaga) and FIBA (Trunic)

Amid China pneumonia outbreak, PH boxers prepare for Olympic qualifiers

Jan 14, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The 2020 Asia & Oceania Boxing Olympic qualifying tournament in Wuhan, China is still scheduled to push through

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. World women's boxing champion Nesthy Petecio vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the upcoming continental qualifiers. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Fajardo still a 'big part' of Gilas despite exclusion in new pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:22 PM

June Mar Fajardo won't see action in the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifiers, but the SBP assures the San Miguel star remains part of its future plans

WELL-DESERVED REST. June Mar Fajardo will take a break from Gilas Pilipinas to start the new year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Pingris surprise addition to Gilas Pilipinas' new 24-man pool

Jan 10, 2020 - 1:59 PM

As Gilas Pilipinas moves forward with a younger team for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, Marc Pingris may have been tapped to impart his knowledge and experience

BACK AT IT. Marc Pingris returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from fiba.basketball


Magsanoc appointed Gilas 3x3 Olympic qualifier coach

Jan 09, 2020 - 8:41 PM

PBA legend Ronnie Magsanoc hopes to steer the Philippines to a historic run in the 3x3 basketball Olympic qualifier

AT THE HELM. Ronnie Magsanoc looks to whip the national 3x3 team in competitive form in two months. File photo

Pasaol, Munzon banner PH 3x3 Olympic qualifier pool

Jan 09, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Looking to make history, the Philippines aims for a spot in the inaugural staging of 3x3 basketball in the Olympics

HOPEFULS. The Philippine 3x3 pool members vie for a spot in the Olympic qualifier roster. Photo release

Next Gilas Pilipinas coach remains a question mark

Jan 04, 2020 - 7:54 PM

Gilas Pilipinas has yet to tap even an interim coach for the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup qualifiers in February

GUESSING GAME. There is a small chance that Tim Cone might call the shots for Gilas Pilipinas anew. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Gilas Pilipinas, SBP moving on from Blatche

Jan 04, 2020 - 5:13 PM

The SBP and Gilas Pilipinas eye a different naturalized player for the qualifiers of the FIBA Asia Cup starting in February

THE END? Andray Blatche may have played his last game for Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA World Cup last year. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women denied graceful exit after 78-point loss to China

Nov 17, 2019 - 1:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women end up winless in 3 games in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament

LOPSIDED. Janine Pontejos and Gilas Pilipinas could not catch a break, suffering another blowout loss. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women drop Olympic hopes after 39-point loss to South Korea

Nov 16, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women remain winless in the FIBA Women's Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournament, losing a combined 96 points in two games

BLOWN OUT. Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas suffer another lopsided loss, this time at the hands of South Korea. Photo from fiba.basketball


Gilas Women quashed by New Zealand in FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying opener

Nov 14, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Women fail to recover from a 32-point halftime deficit as New Zealand gains a share of the lead in Group A with Korea

BADLY BEATEN. New Zealand proves too strong for Afril Bernardino and Gilas Pilipinas Women. Photo from fiba.basketball