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HIGHLIGHTS: Ginebra vs TNT, Star vs Meralco – PBA 2017 Governors Cup semis

Oct 02, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Tune in here for live updates of the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors Cup semifinals

Sumang posts career-high 32 as Blackwater hangs on to beat NLEX

Aug 18, 2017 - 10:01 PM

Henry Walker also comes through with 29 points 15 rebounds and 6 assists

ELITE PERFORMANCE. Roi Sumang scored 17 of his career-high 32 points in the second quarter to lead the Blackwater offense. Photo by PBA Images

Rain or Shine marksman Jeff Chan traded to Phoenix

Aug 07, 2017 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED Chan 33 is reportedly dealt to Phoenix in exchange for Mark Borboran and a 2020 second round draft pick

END OF AN ERA. Jeff Chan, Rain or Shine's longtime veteran sniper, is shipped to Phoenix for Mark Borboran and a 2017 first round draft pick. Photo from PBA Images

Returning Henry Walker instantly helps Blackwater snap losing streak

Aug 07, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Walker puts up a game high 32 points plus key baskets down the stretch in Blackwater s win over Phoenix

TRIUMPHANT RETURN. Henry Walker, seen here with driving with the ball, returns to the PBA and quickly leads Blackwater to its first win of the 2017 Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco trounces KIA to extend winning run

Aug 06, 2017 - 9:11 PM

Cliff Hodge and Reynel Hugnatan however suffer ankle injuries during the game

4-0. The Bolts remain undefeated after 4 games in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Blackwater breaks through win column after slipping past Phoenix

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:41 PM

The Elite finally have a breakthrough in their fourth game of the conference

FIRST WIN. Henry Walker powers Blackwater to first win. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel asserts mastery of TNT in latest rematch

Aug 02, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The Beermen go up 2 0 while the KaTropa fall to 1 1

STILL WINNERS. The San Miguel Beermen, with import Wendell McKines this time, prevails in a rematch of last conference's finals against TNT KaTropa. Photo from PBA Images

Defending champ Ginebra thrashes KIA for second Govs Cup win

Aug 02, 2017 - 6:20 PM

Ginebra goes up 2 1 while KIA remains winless in 4 games

OFF THE BENCH. Greg Slaughter successfully comes off the bench once again as Ginebra routs KIA. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX rallies past Phoenix to make it 4-0

Jul 30, 2017 - 8:00 PM

NLEX is now 6 0 dating back to last conference

4-0. Carlo Lastimosa scores 14 points as NLEX rolls to a 4-0 record. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: James Yap breaches 10,000 points in PBA career

Jul 29, 2017 - 9:27 PM

Yap becomes the 14th player to join the elite club and the first in 16 years

10,000 POINTS. James Yap receives the game ball as he joins the 10,000-point club. Photo from the PBA's official Twitter/@pbaconnect

SMB, Meralco cruise past opponents in 2017 Govs Cup

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Meralco stays unbeaten at 3 0 while the Grand Slam seeking San Miguel debut with a huge win

STRONG DEBUT. Marcio Lassiter drops 19 points as the Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beermen start strong in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Romeo, GlobalPort survive Phoenix's huge late run for the win

Jul 26, 2017 - 10:38 PM

GlobalPort improves to a 1 1 record while Phoenix loses its first game this conference for a 2 1 slate

1-1. GlobalPort gets its first win of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup against Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX stays undefeated after outlasting Rain or Shine in double OT

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:24 PM

NLEX passes a huge character test to go up 3 0 in the 2017 PBA Governors Cup

CAREER GAME. Kevin Alas puts up a career-high 24 points with 10 rebounds and 5 assists as NLEX soars to a 3-0 start in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

LOOK: Milwaukee Bucks' Matthew Dellavedova watches PBA game

Jul 22, 2017 - 9:54 PM

Dellavedova is in Manila to promote his shoe Delly 1

DELLY IN THE PBA. Matthew Dellavedova of the Milwaukee Bucks is present at a PBA game on Saturday, July 22. Photo from PBA Images

Phelps game-winner lifts Phoenix over slumping Alaska

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:23 PM

Phoenix goes up 2 0 while Alaska s losing streak continues

FOR THE WIN. Eugene Phelps (R) gives Phoenix the victory over Alaska with a bucket at the buzzer. He is seen here earlier in the game going up against Vic Manuel. Photo from PBA Images

NLEX, Phoenix open 2017 PBA Governors' Cup on bright note

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:18 PM

NLEX and Phoenix defeat KIA and Alaska respectively on the opening day of the season ending conference

BIG FIRST WIN. Kevin Alas takes over right away as NLEX defeats Alaska to open the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Pessumal traded to San Miguel for Van Opstal

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:57 PM

2nd UPDATE Von Pessumal joins the loaded Beermen while Arnold Van Opstal will shore up the Batang Pier s frontline

TRADING PLACES. Arnold Van Opstal (L) will head to GlobalPort while Von Pessumal heads to San Miguel

IN PHOTOS: San Miguel wins 5th championship in 8 conferences

Jul 03, 2017 - 5:05 PM

Check out photos from Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner s Cup Finals and the post game celebrations

24TH. This is San Miguel's 24th title as a franchise. Photo from PBA Images

SMB crushes TNT in Game 6 for first PBA Commissioner's Cup title in 17 years

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:03 PM

UPDATED This is the Beermen s 5th championship in 3 seasons or since coach Leo Austria took over in 2015 and the franchise s 24th overall

CHAMPIONS. Alex Cabagnot and the San Miguel Beermen are the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup champions after finishing off the TNT KaTropa in 6 games. Photo from PBA Images

After second half breakdown, TNT, Racela shift eyes on goal of Game 7

Jul 01, 2017 - 4:20 PM

We just have to focus on the next one and there will be a Game 7 says the TNT coach

MAKE IT TO GAME 7. At the brink of a finals defeat, coach Nash Racela wants nothing short of a Game 7 for TNT. Photo from PBA Images

TNT in full support of Smith as he plays through pain, awaits birth of daughter

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:51 PM

On top of potentially missing his daughter s birth the TNT s import is also weathering a foot injury

SUPPORTING SMITH. TNT supports and honors import Josh Smith for his sacrifices in the team's pursuit of a championship. Photo from PBA Images

Smith, Castro power TNT to win over SMB, tie PBA Finals at 2-2

Jun 28, 2017 - 9:50 PM

UPDATED Import Joshua Smith finishes with 20 points and 15 rebounds while Jayson Castro puts up 17 points off the bench

2-2. Jayson Castro, seen here trying to create agains San Miguel, helps TNT tie the PBA Finals at two games apiece. Photo from PBA Images

Rookie Pogoy shows valor of a veteran in Finals Game 1

Jun 22, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Beyond his 27 point career game RR Pogoy also tops the plus minus category

CAREER GAME. Rookie RR Pogoy comes up with a career game in his PBA Finals debut. Photo from PBA Images

Smith hits winner, rookie Pogoy shines as TNT seizes Game 1 vs SMB

Jun 21, 2017 - 10:33 PM

Josh Smith makes the game winning two pointer with just over a second left while RR Pogoy pours in a career high 27 points

1-0. Rookie RR Pogoy (R) sizzles as TNT takes Game 1 over SMB in the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Championship experience may spell difference between SMB, TNT in PBA Finals

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa are both loaded with talented players but a key difference lies in their championship experience

WHO WILL DRAW FIRST BLOOD? San Miguel and TNT tip off their best-of-7 finals series on Wednesday, June 21. Photo from PBA Images

Ross, Cabagnot, Fajardo lead Best Player race, but all espouse teamwork

Jun 20, 2017 - 9:47 PM

Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot are tied for first place while June Mar Fajardo is in close second after the semifinals

TEAM FIRST. Alex Cabagnot (C) is leading the Best Player race along with teammates Chris Ross and June Mar Fajardo. But they're all more focused on winning the championship. Photo from PBA Images

SCHEDULE: 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals – TNT vs SMB

Jun 19, 2017 - 8:34 PM

See the full schedule of the best of 7 series here

Castro powers TNT past Ginebra and into PBA Finals

Jun 17, 2017 - 7:17 PM

TNT will face San Miguel in a best of 7 finals affair

THE BLUR. Jayson Castro leads TNT past Ginebra for a return trip to the PBA Finals. Photo from PBA Images

Lassiter gushes over being compared to idol Curry after game-winning 3

Jun 15, 2017 - 12:18 PM

For Marcio Lassiter there s no greater honor than being compared to Stephen Curry

DUBS FAN. Marcio Lassiter is a proud Warriors fan. And he's even prouder to be compared to idol Steph Curry after his huge game-winning 3-pointer in the semifinals. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

Lassiter banks in game-winning 3 as SMB seizes 2-1 semis lead over Star

Jun 14, 2017 - 9:55 PM

Coach Leo Austria describes Marcio Lassiter s clutch bucket as ala Steph Curry given that Lassiter is a known huge Golden State Warriors fan

'ALA-STEPH CURRY.' Marcio Lassiter makes a big shot 'ala-Steph Curry' as SMB moves ahead of Star in the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

TNT on brink of finals stint after pushing Ginebra down 0-2

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:52 PM

TNT is now a win away from the finals of the 2017 PBA Commissioner s Cup

2-0. Jayson Castro and TNT are a win away from the finals Photo from PBA Images

WATCH: PBA honors fallen Marawi heroes on Independence Day

Jun 12, 2017 - 9:04 PM

The league honors the soldiers and police who died fighting for Marawi City

TRIBUTE. The PBA pays tribute to the fallen heroes in Marawi City on Philippine Independence Day 2017. Photo from PBA Images

TNT and its hulking import Smith too much for Ginebra in semis game 1

Jun 11, 2017 - 8:49 PM

UPDATED TNT holds on to its lead from the first half leaning on import Joshua Smith s size to ward off Ginebra

DOMINANCE. Import Joshua Smith dominates as TNT takes game 1 of the semifinals against Ginebra. Photo from PBA Images

Aldrech Ramos heeds coach's call to shoot for Star in Game 1

Jun 11, 2017 - 5:28 PM

He was told to stop hesitating So he did

TIMELY TRIPLE. Aldrech Ramos buries a timely triple to snuff out San Miguel's comeback hopes in game 1 of the PBA semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Star survives late San Miguel rally for 1-0 semis lead

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:23 PM

UPDATED Allein Maliksi shoots his way to 26 points while Aldrech Ramos buries the timely 3 pointer to stop San Miguel s late comeback attempt

TIMELY TRIPLE. Aldrech Ramos buries a timely triple to snuff out San Miguel's comeback hopes in game 1 of the PBA semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Meralco survives TNT in OT, forces quarters rubber match

Jun 07, 2017 - 10:35 PM

The Bolts cling for dear life from midway in the fourth up until the final buzzer in overtime to force a do or die game 3 on Friday June 9

BIG GAME. Baser Amer (R) continues to shine for Meralco, scoring 32 points to help force a do-or-die game 3 in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals against TNT. Photo from PBA Images

Star sweeps defending champ Rain or Shine, sets up semis with SMB

Jun 07, 2017 - 7:23 PM

There will be a new 2017 PBA Commissioner s Cup champion

SEMIS BOUND. Ricardo Ratliffe has 26 points and 24 rebounds to lead Star to the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

Tenorio surprised by scuffle but still respects Romeo

Jun 06, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Emotions run high between guards LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo during Ginebra s quarterfinals win over GlobalPort

SCUFFLE. Tensions rise between guards LA Tenorio and Terrence Romeo during the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

Brownlee, Ginebra torch GlobalPort to reach Comms Cup semis

Jun 06, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The top seeded Ginebra will face either TNT or Meralco in the semifinals

CONFERENCE HIGH. Justin Brownlee puts up a conference-high 39 points including 7 3-pointers as Ginebra cruises past GlobalPort in the quarterfinals. Photo from PBA Images

San Miguel shoots down Phoenix, books first semifinals ticket

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:06 PM

The second seed twice to beat Beermen become the first team through to the semifinals

FIRST TO THE SEMIS. San Miguel makes it to the semifinals first. Marcio Lassiter, seen here going for a layup, puts up a game-high 26 points in a win over Phoenix. Photo from PBA Images

Star deals defending champ Rain or Shine 36-point beating

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:24 PM

This is the worst ever loss by a defending champion in the past 25 PBA seasons

1-0. Import Ricardo Ratliffe misses only two shot attempts in a 29-point, 8-rebound game to lead Star to a 1-0 quarterfinals lead over Rain or Shine. Photo from PBA Images

Black urges import Stepheson to step up against TNT

Jun 05, 2017 - 9:24 PM

Coach Norman Black encourages Alex Stepheson to use as motivation the fact that TNT did not start its import Josh Smith

STEP UP. Coach Norman Black encourages import Alex Stepheson (L) to step up against TNT and its import Josh Smith. Photo from PBA Images

TNT surges ahead 1-0 with rout of Meralco in quarterfinals

Jun 05, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Jayson Castro leads the offensive surge for TNT in the second half

ONE WIN AWAY. Jayson Castro leads TNT, puts them a win away from the semifinals. Photo from PBA Images

SCHEDULE: 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Quarterfinals

Jun 05, 2017 - 12:30 AM

Check out the full PBA schedule this week here

GlobalPort seizes last playoff spot as Alaska crumbles

Jun 04, 2017 - 9:02 PM

GlobalPort will face the top seed twice to beat Ginebra in the quarterfinals

QUARTERFINALS. Terrence Romeo and GlobalPort book the last quarterfinals slot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images

Star deals Alaska another heartbreaking loss in overtime

May 31, 2017 - 10:55 PM

Star s confidence soars while Alaska absorbs another painful blow to end the eliminations

HUGE COMEBACK. Paul Lee (L) helps Star complete a 21-point comeback against Alaska. Photo from PBA Images

Rappler Talk Sports: Coach Yeng Guiao on his journey with NLEX

May 31, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Rappler s live interview with coach Yeng Guiao of the NLEX Road Warriors on Thursday June 1

San Miguel turns it on in 2nd half to beat Blackwater

May 31, 2017 - 7:30 PM

San Miguel is down by as much as 16 points but explodes for 68 points in the 2nd half

8-2. Marcio Lassiter pours 21 points as San Miguel improves to 8-2 in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. Photo from PBA Images

LOOK: Japeth Aguilar visits wake of avid fan who passed away

May 29, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The Barangay Ginebra big man is seen at the wake of Jusper Soriano affectionately known as Little Japeth by those close to him

'LITTLE JAPETH'. Japeth Aguilar poses with his fan Jusper Soriano, dubbed 'Little Japeth' by his family. Screengrab from Aguilar's Instagram account

Ginebra prevails in hard-fought match against Meralco

May 28, 2017 - 10:24 PM

Wearing retro jerseys Ginebra pulls away late in the game while Meralco ends the elimination round on a 3 game losing skid

RETRO GINEBRA. Barangay Ginebra wears retro jerseys from 1991 and goes on to win against Meralco. Photo from PBA Images