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Harden to skip 2019 FIBA World Cup

Jul 20, 2019 - 11:16 AM

Begging off from Team USA, James Harden wants to focus on the new-look Rockets that also now banner Russell Westbrook

TWO STARS OUT. James Harden’s announcement comes just days after Anthony Davis also decides to skip Team USA’s World Cup campaign. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

Azkals to face China, Syria in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Jul 17, 2019 - 8:12 PM

Odds may be against them but the Philippine Azkals hope to be one of the top 4 Asian countries who will see action in the 2022 World Cup

THROWBACK. The Philippine Azkals make the  Asian Cup for the first time. File photo by Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler

Sixers star Simmons out of Aussie World Cup bid

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:56 AM

Ben Simmons says it's a 'difficult decision' to skip playing for Australia in the 2019 FIBA World Cup

NEW CAMPAIGN. Ben Simmon decides to focus on the Sixers’ NBA run next season. Photo from NBA

Blatche, Ravena, Clarkson lead Gilas 19-man pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Gilas Pilipinas will have plenty of talented players to choose from to form a formidable 12-man lineup for the global hoops showdown

BACK-TO-BACK. Andray Blatche could see action in his second straight FIBA World Cup. File photo from FIBA


Clarkson included in Gilas pool for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:51 PM

Gilas Pilipinas eyes to have Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson play as a local, but if not, he may serve as a backup to naturalized player Andray Blatche

ANOTHER LEVEL. Jordan Clarkson could be a difference-maker for the Philippines in the FIBA World Cup. File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Blatche back as Gilas boosts buildup for FIBA World Cup

Jul 15, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Andray Blatche buckles down to work with the Philippine team with less than two months to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup begins

DRAY BACK. Andray Blatche returns to Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Ben Simmons 'doubtful' for Aussie World Cup campaign

Jul 14, 2019 - 3:01 PM

Even minus Sixers star Ben Simmons, Australia boasts of a solid roster laced with several NBA players

PRESEASON. Ben Simmons reportedly wants to focus on the Sixers' NBA buildup. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. World Cup champ feted with confetti, chants of 'equal pay'

Jul 11, 2019 - 3:23 PM

'This group is so resilient, is so tough, has such a sense of humor, is just so bad ass,' women's football captain Megan Rapinoe on Team USA

WONDER WOMEN. Megan Rapinoe (center) flashes her iconic goal-scoring pose as she celebrates with teammates (from left) Ashlyn Harris, Alex Morgan, and Allie Long. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Rapinoe: World Cup champions USA to snub White House invite

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:38 PM

'You're excluding me. You're excluding people that look like me. You're excluding people of color,' Team USA star Megan Rapinoe tells President Donald Trump

POWER PAIR. Team USA, bannered by Megan Rapinoe (left) and Alex Morgan, says it doesn’t want to lend the platform it 'worked so hard to build.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Toroman on Gilas chances in FIBA World Cup: 'Everything is possible'

Jul 09, 2019 - 5:50 PM

Rajko Toroman says the Philippines has grown to a 'powerful basketball country now in Asia' since the last time he called the shots for the national team

BELIEVER. Rajko Toroman sees Gilas Pilipinas pulling off surprises in the FIBA World Cup. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler


Women's World Cup victory a big win for gay community

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:35 AM

According to Outsports, around 40 of the women who played in the World Cup are members of the LGBTQ community

BREAKTHROUGH. (from left to right) Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and defender Ali Krieger are vocal about their LGBTQ pride. Photo from Megan Rapinoe's Instagram

Gilas draws with Mighty Sports in tuneup match

Jul 08, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The national team shows poise in the endgame, erasing a six-point deficit in the final minute

WORLD STAGE. June Mar Fajardo and Gilas Pilipinas are nearing the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Kai Sotto finishes as top U19 blocker, Dave Ildefonso 9th in scoring

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Filipino youngsters prove they can go toe-to-toe with the best the world has to offer

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto puts in the work on the defensive end in the FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


US rejoices after women's football World Cup win

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The USA women's football team captures its second consecutive World Cup and a record-setting fourth overall

BACK-TO-BACK. The USA women's football team defends their throne in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Photo from Twitter/@alexmorgan


Trump congratulates US women's team on World Cup win

Jul 08, 2019 - 3:23 PM

US president Donald Trump tells the US women's football team the country is 'proud of you all'

CHAMPS. Megan Rapinoe and USA capture another FIFA World Cup. Photo from Twitter/@FIFAWWC


Rapinoe shines brightest at story-packed women's World Cup

Jul 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

From winning the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot to the way she handled being attacked online by Donald Trump, Megan Rapinoe steals the show

FOOTBALL QUEENS. Megan Rapinoe leads USA to their fourth World Cup in 8 editions. Photo from FIBA Women's World Cup's Twitter account (@FIFAWWC)


Rapinoe bags Golden Ball and Golden Boot at Women's World Cup

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Playing what may have been her last World Cup, Megan Rapinoe proves yet again that she’s a star on and off the pitch

GOLDEN. Megan Rapinoe whoops it up with her teammates after emerging as the tournament’s best player. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

USA retains World Cup as Rapinoe, Lavelle sink Dutch

Jul 08, 2019 - 7:20 AM

Behind star captain Megan Rapinoe, Team USA turns back the Netherlands to capture a record-setting fourth overall Women's World Cup crown

PHENOMENAL. Team USA celebrates after completing its back-to-back World Cup title bid. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Gilas Youth absorbs heartbreaking loss to Kiwis, settles for 14th

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:25 PM

The breaks of the game didn't go the Philippines' way as the young Filipinos end their U19 World Cup campaign with a painful loss to New Zealand

Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs New Zealand – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Classification Stage

Jul 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Bookmark this page for live updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth tries to wrap up its World Cup campaign on a high note against New Zealand

Rapinoe blasts lack of respect for women's game before World Cup final

Jul 07, 2019 - 10:15 AM

‘There are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup final, this is like, cancel-everything day,’ says Megan Rapinoe

READY FOR ACTION. Megan Rapinoe assures fans that she will see action in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Photo from the US women's national team Instagram

Gilas Youth conquers China for breakthrough U19 World Cup win

Jul 06, 2019 - 6:55 PM

After scoring its first triumph over China, the Philippines goes for a best possible finish of 13th place

STEPPING UP. Carl Tamayo and Gilas Pilipinas Youth prove their mettle this time. File photo from FIBA

Morgan, USA hoping for more celebrations vs Dutch pretenders

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:59 PM

After all the talk on Alex Morgan's tea-sipping goal celebration, Team USA can't wait to put on a show

TEA TIME. Team USA star Alex Morgan says she’s surprised that her goal celebration turned controversial. Photo by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs China – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Classification Stage

Jul 06, 2019 - 12:06 PM

Bookmark this page for live updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth vies for a breakthrough win versus China on Saturday, July 6

Australia pummels free-falling Gilas Youth in U19 World Cup

Jul 05, 2019 - 11:27 PM

A World Cup victory remains elusive as the Philippines gets mauled by Australia at the start of the classification phase

ONE-SIDED. Australia overwhelms Dalph Panopio and the Gilas Pilipinas Youth Team right from the get-go. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Australia – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Classification Stage

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:23 PM

Bookmark this page for live updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth tries to salvage its campaign in the classification stage starting Friday, July 5

'Uniquely American' Rapinoe unfazed by Trump spat

Jul 04, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I know I'm not perfect but I think that I stand for honesty and for truth,' says Team USA captain Megan Rapinoe after being blasted by President Donald Trump

United States' forward Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup quarter-final football match between France and USA, on June 28, 2019, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Netherlands to face USA in World Cup final

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:44 AM

An extra-time strike by Jackie Groenen lifts the Netherlands past Sweden in a grueling semifinal showdown

GLORIOUS. Netherlands midfielder Jackie Groenen (left) celebrates with  teammate Lieke Martens. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Serbia knocks Gilas Youth out of U19 World Cup contention

Jul 04, 2019 - 1:15 AM

Winless in 4 outings, the Philippines gets relegated to the classification round

MAJOR CHALLENGE. Kai Sotto and Gilas Pilipinas Youth find Serbia tough on both ends. Photo from FIBA

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Serbia – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Round of 16

Jul 03, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Gilas Pilipinas Youth hopes to stay alive as it shoots for an upset versus world No. 4 Serbia in the Round of 16

Injured Rapinoe 'expects' to be fit for World Cup final

Jul 03, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Megan Rapinoe looks to see action after missing out on the semis clash against England

READY FOR ACTION. Megan Rapinoe assures fans that she will see action in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final. Photo from the US women's national team Instagram

Morgan takes USA to World Cup final as England misses penalty

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Team USA captain Alex Morgan scores the game-winner on her 30th birthday

BIRTHDAY GOAL. Alex Morgan celebrates her 30th birthday with a goal that powers Team USA to the 2019 Women's World Cup final. Photo from FIFA World Cup Instagram

Russia destroys Gilas Youth to end U19 World Cup group phase

Jul 03, 2019 - 3:33 AM

The Philippines drops its third straight game to finish at the bottom of Group C

Photo from FIBA

Destiny? England eye World Cup final over U.S.

Jul 02, 2019 - 5:31 PM

England is not planning to fall short in its 3rd straight semifinal at a major tournament

DEFYING ODDS. Lucy Bronze hopes England can get past a streaking US team for a 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup final berth. Photo from Lucy Bronze' Instagram

ON THIS DAY: Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:20 PM

It's been a year since Philippines and Australia figure in the infamous bench-clearing basketbrawl

ONE YEAR AGO. The infamous Gilas-Australia FIBA brawl breaks out on July 2, 2018. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alex Morgan 'happy' to sacrifice Golden Boot for team glory

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'It would be a great accolade but that's not my goal, my goal is to help this team win a World Cup,' says Team USA star Alex Morgan

FOR USA. Alex Morgan does not mind winning the Golden Boot, but sets her eyes on the 2019 World Cup title. Photo from Alex Morgan's Instagram (@alexmorgan13)

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Russia – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:24 PM

Bookmark for updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth vies for its first triumph versus Russia in Greece on Tuesday, July 2 (Wednesday, July 3, Philippine time)

AJ Edu thankful for support as long ACL tear rehab begins

Jul 02, 2019 - 1:08 PM

'I'm just so proud that I can at least represent the Philippines for a little bit,' says injured Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu

OVERWHELMED. Fil-Nigerian star AJ Edu thanks Filipinos for their support in his ACL recovery. Photo from FIBA

Guiao on Gilas chemistry for FIBA World Cup: 'There are no egos'

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Yeng Guiao says that all the players in his pool have a good grasp of their roles in the team

GETTING CLOSER. Yeng Guiao and Gilas Pilipinas have two months before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


Gilas Youth falls short vs Argentina, stays winless in FIBA U19 World Cup

Jul 01, 2019 - 3:18 AM

Dave Ildefonso finishes with a double-double and does most of the late heavy lifting for the Philippines, but Argentina builds enough lead to escape

ACHING TO WIN. Dave Ildefonso and Gilas Pilipinas Youth are still looking for their first win in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


AJ Edu out for remainder of FIBA U19 World Cup

Jun 30, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Initial findings reveal the Gilas Pilipinas Youth stalwart suffered an ACL and meniscal tear on his knee during their first match against host country Greece

HUGE BLOW. Gilas Pilipinas Youth will have to continue playing without one of its reliable players in AJ Edu. Photo from FIBA


AJ Edu 'most probably' suffered ACL injury, says SBP chief

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:21 PM

The Filipino-Nigerian started for the Philippines in its first match against Greece in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, but hurt his knee on a drive attempt early

BIG LOSS. Gilas Pilipinas Youth standout AJ Edu sustains what appeared to be a knee injury early in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Argentina – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jun 30, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Bookmark for updates as Gilas Pilipinas Youth shoots for its first win in Group C when it faces Argentina in Greece on Sunday, June 30 (Monday, July 1, Philippine time)

Netherlands reaches 1st women's World Cup semifinal over Italy

Jun 30, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The Netherlands' 1st ever semis berth nails them a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

61. Vivianne Miedema scores her 61st international goal in only 80 appearances for the Netherlands. Photo from Instagram (@oranjeleeuwinnen)

Megan Rapinoe accepts House invite after snubbing Trump

Jun 30, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Megan Rapinoe is heading to the House of Representatives as she accepts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' invitation

STANDING FIRM. Megan Rapinoe stars with a brace in the quarterfinal match against host France. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Sotto, Gilas Youth fall to Greece in FIBA U19 World Cup opener

Jun 30, 2019 - 4:19 AM

The Philippines could not maintain its hot start as AJ Edu goes down after hurting his knee early

BAD START. Gilas Pilipinas Youth drops its opening game in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup. Photo from FIBA


After Trump spat, Rapinoe powers U.S. in World Cup thriller

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:14 AM

Fiery Megan Rapinoe sinks host France as USA sets up a semifinal showdown against England

UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT. Megan Rapinoe and Team USA deliver a ruthless performance against France to keep their title defense going. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo to play in FIBA World Cup

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Six years since his senior national team debut, Giannis Antetokounmpo hopes to power Greece to a medal finish

GREEK PRIDE. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo looks forward to donning his national colors after a spectacular NBA season. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Greece – FIBA U19 World Cup 2019 Group Phase

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:46 PM

Bookmark for updates on the Gilas Pilipinas Youth team's match versus host Greece in the 2019 FIBA Under-19 World Cup

Rapinoe urges U.S. teammates to join White House boycott

Jun 28, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Football star Megan Rapinoe says the controversy hasn't destabilized the team as USA gears up for its quarterfinal match versus France in the Women's World Cup

FIERY. US forward Megan Rapinoe says the administration 'doesn't fight for the same things we fight for.' Photo by Franck Fife/AFP