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Jones Cup canceled amid coronavirus pandemic

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines ruled the previous Jones Cup as Mighty Sports swept the tournament

UNBEATEN. Renaldo Balkman and Mighty Sports secured the Philippines its sixth Jones Cup title last year with a sweep. Photo release

Toyota Motor Philippines to hold 'Gran Turismo Sport' tournament

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Heads up, 'Gran Turismo Sport' players!

TOYOTA SUPRA. Image from official Gran Turismo website

Davis Cup, Fed Cup finals postponed to 2021

Jun 27, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The International Tennis Federation says staging an international team event 'poses too great a risk'

TEAM LEADER. Rafael Nadal powers Team Spain to the Davis Cup crown last November. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

PH para chess bet Severino lands 2nd in FIDE Online Cup

May 22, 2020 - 9:25 PM

Asian Para Games gold medalist Sander Severino settles for a runner-up finish in the 31-player field

IN THE HUNT. Sander Severino hopes to sustain his solid game in other upcoming online chess tournaments. Screengrab from Rappler

FIBA sets date for World Cup 2023

May 11, 2020 - 7:30 PM

It will be the first time the Philippines will host the World Cup since 1978, only this time it will share the rights with Japan and Indonesia

GEARING UP. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has been preparing for the Philippines' hosting of the 2023 FIBA World Cup. File photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Wesley So, USA edged by China in FIDE Online Nations Cup finals

May 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

China clinches the title by virtue of its runaway victory in the double round robin group stage of the six-team $200,000 tournament

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR. Wesley So and the USA fall short of the top prize in the FIDE Online Nations Cup. File photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

Wesley So, Caruana prevail as USA forges title duel with China

May 10, 2020 - 7:47 PM

After drawing his first 3 games, Wesley So regains his form to help US advance to the final round of the Online Nations Cup

KEY PLAYER. Wesley So looks to help Team USA upset top-ranked China in the title round of the online chess tournament. File photo from

Wesley So, USA vying for finals slot in FIDE Online Nations Cup

May 09, 2020 - 9:47 PM

USA and Europe will dispute the last spot in the finals where powerhouse China awaits

FINALS-SEEKING. Wesley So and the USA seek to face China in the championship round. Photo from

China, Europe stay 1-2; Wesley So shoves US past India

May 08, 2020 - 9:33 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So posts his first win after 3 draws to boost Team USA’s bid in the online chess event

IN THE MIX. Wesley So ruled the World Fischer Random Chess Championship last November. Photo by Berit Roald/NTB Scanpix/AFP

China pulls ahead of USA, Rest of the World in Nations Cup

May 06, 2020 - 5:45 PM

Team USA, which includes Philippine-born Grandmaster Wesley So, settles for a draw in the opener of the online chess event

Chess legend Kasparov to play in new Online Nations Cup

Apr 22, 2020 - 6:37 PM

An online world tournament featuring chess greats Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik kicks off this May

GENIUS. Russia's Garry Kasparov leads an online gathering of the world’s best chess players. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/AFP

Laver Cup postponed until 2021 due to French Open clash

Apr 18, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The Boston debut of the Europe vs World men's team tennis tournament won’t happen this year

NEW CALENDAR. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hope to be back to lead Europe in the 2021 Laver Cup. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Qatar reports new coronavirus cases at World Cup sites

Apr 17, 2020 - 6:39 PM

A total of 8 workers involved in the construction of the World Cup stadiums tested positive for COVID-19

HOST. This picture taken with a fish-eye lens on December 2019 shows a view inside the new al-Bayt Stadium in Doha, which will host the 2022 World Cup. Photo by Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Montreal WTA tournament put off until 2021

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Tennis absorbs another blow as Montreal cancels the Rogers Cup, one of the key build-up events ahead of the US Open

CANCELED. Canadian champion Bianca Andreescu won't get to defend her crown this year. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Former tennis chief Buddy Andrada dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Nicknamed 'Buddy' for his friendly demeanor, Salvador Andrada served as head of Philippine tennis for two decades

DEDICATED. Buddy Andrada staged the Andrada Cup for 30 years to promote juniors tennis. File photo from PSA

No Olympic worries for Yulo after Baku World Cup loss

Mar 14, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Philippine star gymnast Carlos Yulo fails to qualify for the finals, which were eventually canceled due the coronavirus outbreak

MOVING ON. Carlos Yulo fails to advance to the finals in the parallel bars and vault events of the FIG Apparatus World Cup. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas serves Filipinos all love

Mar 13, 2020 - 5:39 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas gets a warm welcome from Filipinos during his Manila visit

FILIPINO LOVE. Stefanos Tsitsipas enjoys his visit to the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Ceres blanks Bali United in closed-door 2020 AFC Cup match

Mar 11, 2020 - 10:36 PM

Ceres-Negros FC continues its dominant run as the Busmen stay on top of Group G

BRACE. Bienvenido Marañon adds another two goals to his personal scoring list. Photo courtesy of Ceres-Negros FC

Giganto saves Kaya with draw vs PSM Makassar

Mar 10, 2020 - 7:21 PM

Kaya-Iloilo FC escapes with a draw over the shorthanded PSM Makassar team

EQUALIZER. Eric Giganto scores the equalizer in the 50th minute to save Kaya-Iloilo FC from the loss. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

San Miguel mauls Magnolia in PH Cup debut even without June Mar

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:20 PM

Competing at a high level was a concern for San Miguel with June Mar Fajardo injured, but the reigning five-time All-Filipino champions prove their mettle

STILL GOT IT. Arwind Santos churns out a double-double for San Miguel in the win over Magnolia. Photo from PBA Images

Stone age Wi-Fi? Tsitsipas still 'really likes' the Philippines

Mar 08, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'I really like it here, I won't lie,' says world tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas despite struggling with the country's Wi-Fi

COMING BACK. Stefanos Tsitsipas hopes to come back to the Philippines for vacation. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to Davis Cup triumph vs Philippines

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:27 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas powers Greece to a long-awaited Davis Cup World Group II promotion

TIE VICTORY. World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas plays his 2nd match in the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH duo Alcantara, Gonzalez stun Tsitsipas’ Greece in Davis Cup tie

Mar 07, 2020 - 1:54 PM

Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzalez keep the Philippines’ Davis Cup bid alive over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ Greece

STUNNING WIN. Ruben Gonzalez (left) and Francis Casey Alcantara stun tie-leading Greece team of Petros Tsitsipas and Markos Kalovelonis. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Meet the Philippines' first Coffee Tasters Champion, Mich Sy

Mar 07, 2020 - 8:00 AM

The World Cup Tasters Championship tests one's ability to distinguish the taste differences in several coffee cups in an accurate, quick, and skillful manner

'Unreal': AJ Lim happy to play against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:36 PM

'He was just unreal. He's obviously really good, he's No. 6 in the world,' says AJ Lim about facing Stefanos Tsitsipas

HONOR. AJ Lim feels honored to have played against Stefanos Tsitsipas again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dominance: Stefanos Tsitsipas routs AJ Lim for Greece Davis Cup lead

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to its first win in the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs tie

DOMINANT. Stefanos Tsitsipas breezes past Filipino AJ Lim in the Davis Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

FAST FACTS: Who is tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas?

Mar 05, 2020 - 6:25 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas swings by Manila for the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs

BREAKTHROUGH. Stefanos Tsitsipas ousts Roger Federer in the 2019 Australian Open tournament. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

PH banks on home edge over Tsitsipas-led Greece in Davis Cup

Mar 04, 2020 - 5:52 PM

'We know they are tough especially with a world class player like Stefanos Tsitsipas,' says SEA Games gold medalist Francis Alcantara

SURPRISE. Francis Casey Alcantara hopes to sustain the momentum from his golden finish in the 2019 SEA Games as he gears up for the Philippines' upset bid against Greece. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

World No. 6 Tsitsipas ready to clash with PH in Davis Cup

Mar 03, 2020 - 3:45 PM

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to deliver a world-class performance in Manila

READY. Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the Greece team in the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

La Salle outguns Letran, Marinero blasts CEU in D-League debut

Mar 02, 2020 - 7:51 PM

La Salle banks on a balanced scoring attack as the Green Archers give head coach Derrick Pumaren a fitting return to the team

GREEN ARCHERS. Aljun Melecio and La Salle showcase their dangerous form in a blowout win over Letran. Photo from PBA Images

Kaya settles for goalless draw vs Tampines Rovers

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:04 PM

Despite the draw, Kaya-Iloilo FC stays on top of Group H in the 2020 AFC Cup

LACKLUSTER OFFENSE. Takumi Uesato and the rest of Kaya-Iloilo FC fail to strike a goal at home. Photo from Kaya-Iloilo FC Twitter

World No. 6 Tsitsipas to clash with Pinoys in Davis Cup

Feb 26, 2020 - 7:17 PM

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Greece will face the Philippines in the World Group II Davis Cup in Manila

WORLD STAR. 21-year-old Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas plays the Philippines in the Davis Cup leg in Manila. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Ceres absorbs draw vs Than Quang Ninh in 2020 AFC Cup

Feb 25, 2020 - 10:29 PM

Ceres-Negros FC suffers a draw at home against winless Than Quang Ninh in the 2020 AFC Cup

LEAD. OJ Porteria gives Ceres-Negros FC the lead in the second half before Than Quang Ninh strikes back. Photo by Janb Dayrit/ Ceres-Negros FC

Djokovic urges Davis and ATP Cups to merge or die

Feb 24, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Novak Djokovic suggests the idea of 'one super cup' after always having to choose between the two competitions

CHANGE. Novak Djokovic says having two competitions, which are held less than two months apart at the end of one season and the start of the next, is not "sustainable" for tennis. Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GlobalPort-PH polo team nails All Asia Cup medal finish

Feb 19, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines settles for runner-up honors after bowing to Thailand in the final match

PODIUM. GlobalPort-Philippine team members Adrian Garcia (left), Rep. Mikee Romero (third from left), Anthony Garcia and Robert Esguerra (right) celebrate their podium finish with Thailand Polo Association President Kanoksakdi Bhinsaeng (fourth from left) and AirAsia vice chair Sheila Romero, Anthony Garcia. Photo release

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

Asia's AFC Cup matches postponed over coronavirus

Feb 11, 2020 - 10:51 PM

The AFC Cup 2020 East Zone preliminary, playoff and group stage matches are postponed to April

POSTPONED. Hong Kong's Tai Po FC will see action starting April 7, 2020 due to the coronavirus threat. Photo from Tai Po FC website