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EXPLAINER: When can sports resume amid coronavirus pandemic?

May 20, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission releases a framework for reintroducing sports amid the pandemic

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Nesthy Petecio?

May 20, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Rappler catches up with Nesthy Petecio as the world boxing champion tries to stay focused on her Olympic goals amid the tough times

Sports Academy drops 'Mamba' name out of respect for Kobe

May 13, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The Mamba Sports Academy says Kobe Bryant's legacy should live 'on its own'

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant has been inducted to basketball's 2020 Hall of Fame last April. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

Mindfulness in sports: How athletes can cope with quarantine challenges

May 09, 2020 - 8:54 PM

With sports at a standstill, athletes can practice mindfulness to help cope with stress and anxiety

Mid-pandemic mayhem: How the future of sports may look like

May 09, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Stellar plays from the world's best athletes will be rewarded with scattered cheers and applause from their own teammates as they play in empty arenas

ABS-CBN Sports turns to digital amid broadcast shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 10:52 PM

As ABS-CBN goes off-air, S+A shifts its efforts to other platforms to continue showing fans their favorite game replays and highlights

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Maxine Esteban?

May 06, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Filipino national fencer Maxine Esteban finishes 9 Ivy league online courses while also giving back to the frontliners

WATCH: Sports stars salute frontliners in music video

May 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

Jimmy Alapag, Mika Reyes, Ricci Rivero, Pauline Lopez deliver words of encouragement to frontliners in the music video 'Fly High'

TRIBUTE. Virtual Playground athletes and artists recognize the efforts of frontliners during the coronavirus crisis. Screengrab from Youtube/@Virtual Playground PH

No-contact sports will be allowed soon – Año

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:23 PM

While sports events remain prohibited, the government may allow fitness activities that can conform to physical distancing like tennis, bowling, and golf

SAFE DISTANCE. In other countries, bowling centers have been allowed to operate as lockdown rules ease up. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Fauci warns U.S. leagues may have to cancel seasons

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Major sports leagues may need to consider canceling the season if safety cannot be guaranteed, says top US infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci

OPTION. The NBA has discussed playing the rest of the season in Las Vegas. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Local sport easier to restart after virus, says health adviser

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:55 PM

A health official warns that restarting major leagues soon could have ‘life and death’ consequences

DIFFERENT TIMES. Bournemouth's Jack Simpson (left) grabs Liverpool star Mohamed Salah as they vie for the ball in the English Premier League last March. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

PSC: No coronavirus vaccine, no PH sports events

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:47 PM

'For as long as there's no available vaccine, no sports competition activities can be held,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

GLORY DAYS. Philippines comes off a successful hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games before the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Meggie Ochoa?

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:25 AM

World jiu-jitsu champion Meggie Ochoa continues her fight against sexual abuse amid the coronavirus lockdown

Sports nostalgia all the rage during virus lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:26 PM

With no live action worldwide, sports fans forced to go cold turkey the past months turn to comforting trips down memory lane

CHAMPS. Dennis Rodman (left) of the Chicago Bulls pours champagne on the head of teammate Michael Jordan after winning Game 6 of the NBA Finals over the Utah Jazz in 1998.Photo by Mike Nelson/AFP

MILO to provide online sports clinics for free

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:10 PM

For 4 weeks, kids and adults can undergo online training for basketball, volleyball, taekwondo, and gymnastics

HOME TRAINING. BEST Center will facilitate the sessions on basketball and volleyball. Photo from MILO Philippines

Sports can come back but without fans – Fauci

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Several states like California and New York say they won't host large gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, any time soon

NO CHEERING. Major leagues like the NBA may just have to resume their season minus the fans. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Stephan Schrock?

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Rappler catches up with Stephan Schrock on managing his football training while parenting during quarantine

How long can the Philippines go without sports?

Apr 12, 2020 - 12:15 PM

'For those athletes experiencing cabin fever, know that… it is okay not to be 100% at this point,' says taekwondo jin and medical intern Ven Ponce

UNCERTAIN. Philippine sports leagues like the PBA take a wait-and-see approach. Photo from PBA Images

Doing the best they can: Lockdown athletes use brain, not just brawn

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

It may not be the best preparations for the next Olympics, but many athletes find ingenious ways to train at home

INVENTIVE. Alexandra Recchia of France, five-time karate world champion, sets up an improvised training equipment in the garden of her house. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Americans won't attend sports events without vaccine – survey

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:12 AM

A poll shows there's still deep unease among Americans about returning to stadiums

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Stephen Curry #30 talks to Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors after Lee missed two free throws in the final minute of their loss to the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 05, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NBA legend Michael Jordan wins long-running China trademark dispute

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:02 PM

In a landmark ruling, Michael Jordan wins an eight-year legal battle with a sportswear brand that used the Chinese translation of his name

ICON. Retired Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan still has a huge following in China. Photo by Vincent Laforet/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with EJ Obiena?

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Rappler catches up with Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena on his overseas training regimen amid the Italy lockdown

PSC to offer 7 more venues as quarantine facilities

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, PSC offers its other venues within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Philsports Complex

MORE VENUES. The Philsports track oval is set to be used to help the DOH with its efforts to relieve the coronavirus in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports

Does sports even matter now?

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:48 PM

‘Sports is magnetic. It brings humans together. It gives us something to talk about. Something to root for. Some form of hope’

LIST: More sports action hits on YouTube

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:36 PM

As leagues remain shut down, here are some YouTube channels that can satisfy your sports craving

Photos from Jamie Squire/AFP (Patrick Mahomes) Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (Brady), Shutterstock (Rey Mysterio and Undertaker), Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (LeBron James) and Jeff Haynes/AFP (Tim Duncan)

From winners to worriers: Isolated athletes face mental health risks

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The stress caused by the extreme adjustment – from a highly active lifestyle to isolation – can take its toll on athletes

TOUGH BATTLE. Olympic star Michael Phelps (center), shown here with US swimming teammates Cody Miller (left) and Ryan Murphy, has openly admitted his battle with depression. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Bea de Leon?

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Rappler catches up with former Ateneo captain Bea de Leon on quarantine life and the suspended UAAP volleyball season

Barren basketball courts and other sports musings

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

'If there's one thing that sports has taught us, that is so long as there's time left on the clock, there's always hope'

Rizal Memorial, Philsports eyed as temporary medical facilities

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The DOH and DPWH plan to tap Metro Manila's sports stadiums as temporary medical facilities in the country's battle against coronavirus

MEDICAL FACILITIES. Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the venues being considered to be used by the Department of Health in the country's war against coronavirus. Photo from PHISGOC Media

LIST: In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Here's a look at the sports stars who turned high-profile victims of coronavirus

POSITIVE. NBA star Kevin Durant reminds everyone to quarantine. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Missing sports? Films to stream on Netflix

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:38 AM

As leagues worldwide shut down their seasons, here are some films to watch on Netflix to get that sports fix

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Isaac Go?

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Rappler catches up with Isaac Go on how he manages time between graduate school and playing for the national team

Sports in time of crisis: Is it really that important?

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:42 AM

‘The COVID-19 pandemic really just shed light on how important – or unimportant – sports really are in the bigger picture’

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

PH athletes evacuate dorms as PSC restricts facility access

Mar 12, 2020 - 4:54 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission orders national athletes to go home as it places sports facilities on restricted access amid the coronavirus pandemic

'RESTRICTED ACCESS'. The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the two facilities affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Barbie launches dolls to honor women sports stars

Mar 04, 2020 - 10:16 PM

Dina Asher-Smith, Amandine Henry, and Olga Kharlan are the latest personalities to have their own Barbie dolls

Pacquiao camp to get 'best deal available' for next fight

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Paradigm Sports Management and Premier Boxing Champions vie to deliver Manny Pacquiao his first fight in 2020

STILL GOT IT. Manny Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, dominating erstwhile unbeaten Keith Thurman. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions

Smart Siklab Saya empowers PH ‘Mobile Legends’ scene

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:02 PM

People from all walks of life gathered at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome last February 1 and 2 for Smart Siklab Saya

TEAM 'TRABAHO'. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Batang Pinoy, other sports events postponed amid coronavirus threat

Feb 06, 2020 - 6:11 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission postpones several national sporting events as a 'safety measure' against the novel coronavirus

PREVENTIVE MEASURE. The PSC has canceled all sports gatherings and activities exceeding 40 people. File photo

Mighty avenges Al Riyadi heartbreak with first Dubai title

Feb 02, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Led by former NBA veterans Renaldo Balkman and Andray Blatche, Mighty Sports ends its title drought in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

UNBEATEN. Mighty Sports sweeps the Dubai International Basketball Championship en route to the title. Photo release

Undefeated Mighty blows out Al Riyadi, wins 31st Dubai championship

Feb 02, 2020 - 1:58 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines completes a tournament sweep and becomes the first team outside Middle East to rule the Dubai International Basketball Championship

EXPLOSIVE. Renaldo Balkman powers Mighty Sports to a historic title romp. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Basketball Championship Finals

Feb 01, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Unbeaten Mighty Sports Philippines goes for the crown against defending champion Al Riyadi Lebanon at 12 am on February 2, Sunday

Mighty averts late AS Sale scare, clinches Dubai finals debut

Feb 01, 2020 - 1:27 AM

Mighty Sports Philippines survives a late challenge from Morocco's AS Sale to nail the first championship berth

Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Morocco - Dubai International Championship Semifinals

Jan 31, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines vies for a championship berth versus Morocco's AS Sale in Dubai at 11 pm on Friday, January 31

Flawless Mighty Sports crushes Syria's Al Wathba to reach Dubai semis

Jan 31, 2020 - 3:22 AM

Mighty Sports gets a balanced scoring production from its veterans and young guns to remain unbeaten in the Dubai International Basketball Championship

ON A ROLL. Andray Blatche and Mighty Sports cruise into their fifth straight win. Photo release

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Syria - Dubai International Championship Quarterfinals

Jan 30, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines targets a Final Four spot versus Syria's Al Wathba Sport Club at 1 am on Friday, January 31

Fil-Am Williams erupts in 2nd half as Mighty sweeps Dubai elims

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:23 AM

Mighty Sports clinches its 4th straight win to top Group A heading into the knockout quarterfinals

RED-HOT. Mikey Williams puts on a shooting clinic for Mighty Sports. File photo from Instagram/

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Lebanon - Dubai Int'l Basketball Championship 2020

Jan 28, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Mighty Sports Philippines goes for an elimination sweep versus Lebanon’s Beirut Sports Club early Wednesday, January 29

Gomez de Liaño, Ravena spark up Mighty blowout over ES Rades

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:09 AM

Juan Gomez de Liaño and Thirdy Ravena flash their best game yet in Dubai as Mighty Sports stays unbeaten in 3 games