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LOOK: NBA stars dress up for Halloween

Nov 01, 2019 - 8:57 PM

LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Paul George steal the Halloween spotlight with their costumes

HALLOWEEN KING. LeBron James takes Halloween seriously. Photo from Instagram/@kingjames


190,000 cops on full alert for Undas 2019

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:31 AM

The Philippine National Police also enlists almost 100,000 civilian volunteers to act as 'force multipliers' in securing Undas 2019

FULL ALERT. Police nationwide are set to work overtime for Undas 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / AFP

As global leaders meet, the Amazon rainforest burns

Sep 22, 2019 - 9:00 AM

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon has nearly doubled since far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro came to power in January

AMAZON ON FIRE. View of a burnt area of forest in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, in the Amazon basin, on August 27, 2019. Photo by Joao Laet/AFP

Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from NBA.com


WATCH: Kawhi's postseason for the ages

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

After his much publicized move from the Spurs to the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard proves yet again he’s one of the league’s best

SENSATIONAL. Kawhi Leonard powers the Raptors to the NBA championship right on his first year in Toronto. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Toronto to hold Raptors championship parade Monday

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'Prehistoric: Dinosaurs rule the Earth again,' a newspaper headline screams as Canada cheers the Toronto Raptors' historic NBA title romp

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, 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

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:17 AM

'This is why I play basketball. This is what I work hard for,' says Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard as the Raptors dethrone the Warriors for their first NBA championship

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, 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

5 things we learned from the NBA Finals

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The Raptors become the first team outside the US to win the NBA Finals, and they did it with a roster of stars from around the world

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates their teams victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, 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

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard silences doubters with NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'The Klaw' powers the Raptors to their maiden NBA championship and captures his second Finals MVP plum in the process

DYNASTY KILLER. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors stop the Golden State Warriors from winning a third straight NBA crown. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Jubilation in Toronto as fans celebrate Raptors' NBA win

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also joins the Raptors revelry, tweeting 'And that's how we do it in the North'

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, 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

Injury-riddled Warriors vow 'We'll be back' atop NBA

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'True champions like we are, we should be able to adapt and keep this same kind of DNA no matter what our roster looks like next year,' says Steph Curry

NOT OVER. Steph Curry says the Golden State Warriors are far from done. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL as Warriors face tough off-season

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Warriors now head to a difficult postseason as both stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant face a year-long rehab

BIG BLOW. Warriors star Klay Thompson after hurting his leg following an awkward landing in Game 6. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson falls as Golden State crumbles in Game 6 loss

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The Warriors dynasty comes to an end as another star in Klay Thompson succumbs to injury

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

RAPTORS RULE: Toronto dethrones Warriors to bag first NBA crown

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The Raptors pounce on a Warriors side that lost another star to injury to capture the franchise’s first championship

HISTORIC. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors wrap it up on the road. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors set for emotional NBA Finals showdown with Raptors

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:58 PM

History favors the Raptors but the Warriors take inspiration playing for injured star Kevin Durant in their farewell game at the Oracle Arena

SUPERSTAR SHOWDOWN. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors hope to contain the Warriors 'Splash Brothers' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 6

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Bookmark for Game 6 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 9 pm ET (June 14, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Family tragedy taught Kawhi to enjoy life and hoops

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Since his father's murder, Kawhi Leonard has learned that life and basketball are 'two different things'

COMPOSED. With his trademark calm demeanor, Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors handle pressure situations. Photo from AFP

Warriors' Durant undergoes torn Achilles tendon surgery

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this,' says Kevin Durant as he faces a year of rehabilitation

ROAD BACK. After Kevin Durant turns his focus on rehab, the Warriors star says he’ll be cheering for his 'brothers' as they try to force a Game 7 against the Raptors. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Playing for Durant, Warriors face emotional must-win test

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'We'll be ready for it, but there's no more statements needed to be made about who we are as a team and our heart and our competitiveness,' says Steph Curry

INSPIRED. Steph Curry and the Warriors expect fans to rally behind them in their final game at the Oracle Arena. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Durant injury sends shock waves across NBA free agency

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:49 AM

After suffering an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant now faces a year of intense rehabilitation and another season working his way back to peak form

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The Warriors edge the Raptors by the slimmest of margins to keep their NBA title hopes alive

FIGHTING CHANCE. Steph Curry and the Warriors look to extend the title series again in Game 6 at home. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors seek one last win in farewell to NBA's oldest arena

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Before moving to a swanky $1 billion stadium in San Francisco next season, the Warriors hope to treat their fans with a win at the Oracle Arena one last time

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Durant's shock injury exit stuns NBA Finals rivals

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

'There was just a couple minutes where it all seemed so eerie and strange and it took maybe a little bit for both teams to collect themselves,' coach Steve Kerr on the moment the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to injury again

BROTHERHOOD. Toronto guard Kyle Lowry hushes the Raptors fans as an injured Warriors star Kevin Durant exits in the 2nd quarter. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors must cope with near miss as Warriors get new life

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:08 PM

After coming within a shot of their first NBA championship, the Raptors need to quickly recover from the heartbreak against the resurgent Warriors

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA players react to Kevin Durant Achilles injury

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:21 PM

NBA players give Raptors fans a piece of their mind after some burst to raucous cheering as Kevin Durant goes down to injury again

Warriors confirm Durant Achilles injury after Game 5 win

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Warriors' victory dims as Kevin Durant's injury gets worse after willing himself to play in their must-win match against the Raptors

Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' three-peat bid still alive but Durant out again

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Despite losing Kevin Durant again, the Warriors spoil the Raptors’ bid to wrap up the series behind the clutch plays of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Durant's return for Warriors in NBA Finals was a short one

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Warriors star Kevin Durant appears to have reaggravated the same right calf injury in Game 5

OH NO. Kevin Durant clearly isn't 100% yet as he exits in the 2nd quarter of Game 5. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors star Durant returns for NBA Finals Game 5

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Kevin Durant represents the Warriors’ last chance to stay alive and seize momentum against the Raptors

SAVIOR. The Warriors hope Kevin Durant can help them save their three-peat bid. Photo by  Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Ronaldo still hungry for more glory with Portugal

Jun 10, 2019 - 2:53 PM

The Juventus superstar helps Portugal seize the inaugural Nations League crown

LOVE FOR NATIONAL TEAM. Cristiano Ronaldo says he still has the same enthusiasm for the national team he had when he was a teenager. File photo from FIFA.com


HIGHLIGHTS: Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 5

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Bookmark for Game 5 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 10, 9 pm ET (June 11, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Ontario

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:40 PM

The Raptors reach the brink of their first NBA title after a Game 4 drubbing of the Warriors

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

'Stone-faced' Raptors refuse to celebrate after 3-1 lead over Warriors

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:49 PM

'We haven’t done anything. We won 3 games,' says Raptors guard Kyle Lowry

Cool-as-ice Kawhi sinks 'big-boy shots' as Raptors near title dream

Jun 08, 2019 - 2:31 PM

When the excitement of winning beckons, Kawhi Leonard's low-key attitude keeps the Raptors calm

BIG BUCKETS. Kawhi Leonard takes command in the Raptors’ second-half turnaround against the Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

On brink of getting dethroned, Warriors still defiant

Jun 08, 2019 - 1:46 PM

'It's not over,' says Warriors star Steph Curry. 'We still have life and have an opportunity to win'

MAJOR CHALLENGE. The Warriors believe they can still climb out of a 1-3 series hole. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Kawhi, Raptors head home a win away from first NBA crown

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors turn the game around in the second half to stun the Warriors and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors investor says sorry to Raptors guard Lowry

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:42 AM

'What I did was wrong and there is no excuse for it,' says Warriors part-owner Mark Stevens, who shoved and cursed at Raptors' Kyle Lowry in Game 3

REMORSE. Warriors investor Mark Stevens says he takes full responsibility for his actions toward Kyle Lowry. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images North America/ AFP

Warriors to use Looney despite 'series-ending' injury

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:48 AM

'He's dying to play so we'll give him a shot and we'll see what he's got,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr says of reserve forward Kevon Looney

GOOD TO GO. Kevon Looney looks to help the Warriors level the series again versus Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 4

Jun 07, 2019 - 12:26 PM

Bookmark for Game 4 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 7, 9 pm ET (June 8, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Lowry praised for calm after shove by Warriors investor

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:03 AM

'For him to handle it the way he did says a lot about his character,' Golden State's Draymond Green says of Toronto guard Kyle Lowry

UNACCEPTABLE. Warriors forward Draymond Green and several other NBA players are appalled by Golden State investor Mark Stevens’ actions toward Kyle Lowry. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Durant out for Game 4 of NBA Finals but Thompson to return

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

With streaky shooter Klay Thompson back, the Warriors look to even the title series versus the Raptors again

NO WORRIES. Klay Thompson says going down 2-1 in the championship series is ‘not the end of the world.’ Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors part-owner banned a year, fined $500,000 for shove

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:51 AM

The NBA didn't go easy on Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens after he shoved and cursed at Toronto guard Kyle Lowry in Game 3

FOUL. The NBA issues a statement calling Mark Stevens' actions toward Kyle Lowry as ‘beyond unacceptable.’ Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images North America/ AFP

WATCH: Locked-in Raptors to ride momentum of Game 3 win

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'Two wins away now and let's see what this momentum carries us to,' says Kawhi Leonard after the Raptors moved halfway to their first NBA championship

ROAD WIN. Kawhi Leonard pumps in 30 points to power the Raptors to a Game 3 triumph over the depleted Warriors. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 06, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The Raptors rip the injury-hit Warriors to regain the NBA Finals lead

ADVANTAGE. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors take full control in Game 3 against Draymond Green and the Warriors for a 2-1 series lead. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Curry unleashes career night in Warriors' NBA Finals loss

Jun 06, 2019 - 4:59 PM

'We're going to fight again. I don't really see us losing too many more, though,' says Steph Curry after erupting for a playoff career-high 47 points in a losing cause

INCREDIBLE. The Raptors gang up on Steph Curry but the Warriors star still ges away with a sensational performance. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Lowry gets shoved by fan, pushes Raptors to Game 3 win

Jun 06, 2019 - 3:21 PM

'There's no place for that. He had no reason to touch me,' Raptors star guard Kyle Lowry says of the Warriors fan

KEY COG. Kyle Lowry delivers his best game yet in the series to help power the Raptors past Andre Iguodala and the Warriors. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors crush weakened Warriors for 2-1 NBA Finals lead

Jun 06, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors come out in full control even as Steph Curry erupts for 47 points for a Warriors side that lost two stars to injury

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson out for NBA Finals Game 3

Jun 06, 2019 - 8:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'He's making a very strong case. He wants to play no matter what,' Warriors coach Steve Kerr says of injured guard Klay Thompson

GAME-TIME DECISION. Klay Thompson is listed day-to-day after sustaining a mild left hamstring strain. File photo

Raptors think outside the box to stop Warriors in NBA Finals

Jun 05, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Warriors star Steph Curry describes the Raptors' defensive play as 'janky,' saying he hasn't seen it since his college days

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 02: Fred VanVleet #23 of the Toronto Raptors and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors battle for the ball in the second half during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP