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No fans in US PGA Memorial tournament over virus fears

Jul 07, 2020 - 7:31 PM

The spiking number of coronavirus deaths prompts the US PGA Tour to call off its plans for fans

NO FANS. Jack Nicklaus (left) is set to host the US PGA Tour's Memorial tournament. Photo from Jack Nicklaus' Instagram

6th golfer tests positive in U.S. PGA Tour

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:03 PM

As the tour rolls into into its fourth week, American Chad Campbell joins the list of players who tested positive for COVID-19

PULLOUT.  Four-time winner Chad Campbell withdraws from the PGA Tour. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Tennis in spotlight: What went wrong in disastrous Adria Tour?

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Several high-profile tennis players, including world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, test positive for coronavirus after playing in the Adria Tour

SORRY. Novak Djokovic apologizes for staging the Adria Tour, which saw several participating player not follow social distancing guidelines. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

PGA: 11 test negative after contact with virus-hit Watney

Jun 21, 2020 - 3:31 PM

Nick Watney withdraws from the RBC Heritage after testing positive for the coronavirus

QUICK ACTION. The PGA Tour says it had conducted follow-up tests after contact tracing for anyone who had been in close contact with Nick Watney. Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic's tennis 'capital' shrugs off trouble on border

Jun 14, 2020 - 5:28 PM

Although his charity tennis event hit a setback, Novak Djokovic manages to sell the first 1,000 tickets in just 7 minutes

ON COURT. Tennis action returns in Novak Djokovic’s home country. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Birthday boy Djokovic to organize Balkan tennis tournament

May 23, 2020 - 5:21 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic gathers several top players to play for a cause

BACK IN ACTION. Novak Djokovic returns to court with the Adria Tour. Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Wesley So enters $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour

May 16, 2020 - 9:40 PM

Philippine-born Wesley So joins an online chess series pitting only Super Grandmasters

EXCLUSIVE. Wesley So gets tapped to compete in the tournament series pitting only Super Grandmasters. File photo from FIDE

WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

US PGA Tour plans to resume in June without fans

Apr 17, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Golf may be in full swing again in two months

SAFETY FIRST. Former PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas says 'everyone's safety remains a top priority.' Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP

Light at end of tunnel as rescheduled Tour de France unveiled

Apr 16, 2020 - 10:33 AM

While the dates have changed, the original Tour de France route that starts in Nice and ends in Paris remains intact

COMPETITIVE. With several cycling events canceled, riders expect an even more competitive Tour de France. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Tour de France organizers scramble to save cycling's crown jewel

Apr 15, 2020 - 1:09 PM

Organizers face a mammoth logistical task of rescheduling cycling's biggest race

HIT THE BRAKES. Elite cyclists like last year’s champion Egan Bernal, here wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, need to wait a little longer before they can hit the road again.    Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

Tiger Woods relives joy of winning fifth Masters

Apr 13, 2020 - 1:19 PM

Tiger Woods will have to wait for months before he defends the Masters title he won last year after the tournament was postponed until November

STILL GOT IT. Tiger Woods ended an 11-year major drought by winning the Masters last year. File photo from Twitter/@TheMasters

Tour de France racing against time and losing

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:01 PM

The Tour de France is still scheduled to start on June 27, but the situation across Europe suggests that a postponement is increasingly likely

BIGGEST RACE. The Tour de France is considered the most prestigious race in the cycling calendar. File photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP

Cycling shutdown extended, Tour de France dates remain

Apr 02, 2020 - 3:27 PM

There's no postponing the Tour de France just yet

DEFENDING CHAMP. Colombia's Egan Bernal (left) of Team Ineos wears the overall leader's yellow jersey as he passes with the pack past the pyramid of The Louvre Museum in the 106th edition of the Tour de France cycling race last year. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/AFP

Hit list: What's next in line for possible coronavirus postponement

Mar 29, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Here are the upcoming major competitions that will likely be delayed or canceled altogether due to the worldwide health crisis

Switzerland's Roger Federer (R) shakes hands and embraces Spain's Rafael Nadal (L) after Federer won their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Coronavirus-hit Grand Princess cruise ship to dock in Oakland

Mar 08, 2020 - 3:51 PM

The vessel will begin disembarking guests in need of 'acute medical treatment and hospitalization' from Monday, March 9, says the Princess Cruises tour company

GRAND PRINCESS. This file handout photo shows the Grand Princess cruise ship during a cruise to Hawaii in February 2020. File photo by Carolyn Wright/AFP

San Sebastian Basilica offers Lent tours for the public

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The tours are scheduled on March 14, March 28, and April 5

GRAND CHURCH. A tour guide leads guests inside the main hall of the San Sebastian Church. Photo from the San Sebastian Church Conservation and Development Foundation

Pompeo closes Africa tour with warning about China's 'empty promises'

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:43 PM

'Countries should be wary of authoritarian regimes with empty promises. They breed corruption, dependency,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

AFRICA TOUR. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo enters the plane before departing from the Addis Ababa Bole international Airport in Addis Ababa on February 19, 2020, as he travels to Saudi Arabia. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool/AFP

We're living for K-pop group Red Velvet as Trolls

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:14 PM

Check out the character posters here!

K-POP TROLLS. The girl group is part of an ensemble voice cast for the 'Trolls' sequel. Photo from SM Town

WATCH: WINNER performs Sarah Geronimo's 'Tala'

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Not even the K-pop boy band is spared from the phenomenon of 'Tala'

DANCE CRAZE. WINNER dances to Sarah Geronimo's viral hit 'Tala' at their Manila concert on January 25. Screenshot from

LOOK: WINNER in Manila for Cross Tour

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:50 PM

The K-pop group performs at the Mall of Asia Arena on January 25

WINNER. The K-pop group arrives in Manila as part of their Cross Tour. Screenshot from

PH, Chooks set to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters leg

Jan 20, 2020 - 11:13 PM

Expected to compete in the event are some of the world's best 3x3 clubs, including Liman, Novi Sad, Riga Ghetto, and NY Harlem

REPRESENT. Local teams will also play in the Manila Masters. Photo from Chooks-to-Go

Politics in U2 songs, a primer

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:24 AM

We dissect the meanings behind some of the songs U2 performed in Manila

U2 IN MANILA. The band's political stands – for some reason – confuse some 'fans.' Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: U2 rocks Manila

Dec 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

‘It has been a long, long road that has brought us to Manila,' U2 frontman Bono tells tens of thousands of fans at their first-ever Philippine concert. Here are some photos of the historic event.

The Joshua Tree Tour of band U2 at the Philippine Arena on December 11, 2019. Photo by Mia Gonzalez/Rappler

U2 plays 'Heroes' for volunteers, journalists: 'We salute you, truth-tellers'

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:19 PM

U2's frontman Bono recognizes Red Cross volunteers and journalists before launching into a cover of the David Bowie classic

SALUTE. U2 plays at the Philippine Arena on December 11. Rappler photo

Angry, happy: Fans react to Bono's politics during U2's Manila concert

Dec 12, 2019 - 11:06 AM

For some reason, some fans are still confused by U2's political activism

LISTEN: U2’s Philippine concert setlist

Dec 12, 2019 - 9:12 AM

The Irish rockers performed a set including their entire 'Joshua Tree' album at their first Philippine concert on December 11

TONIGHT WE CAN BE AS ONE. U2 opens their Philippine concert with 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.' Photo by Dino Testa/Rappler

U2 dedicates 'Ultra Violet' to Maria Ressa, PH women

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Images of the Rappler CEO and other Filipinas like Cory Aquino, Lea Salonga, and Lidy Nacpil are projected on screen as the band performs 'Ultra Violet'

HERSTORY. U2 pays tribute to 'women who light up history' as they play their song 'Ultra Violet.' Photo by Dino Testa/Rappler

Fil-Am poet Bino Realuyo's work to be featured in U2's first Philippine concert

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:52 PM

The poet says there is 'poetic justice' in his inclusion in the band's first-ever concert in the Philippines

U2. The band performs their Joshua Tree tour in Singapore. The Irish rockers are now in Manila to play their first ever Philippine show. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

What to expect from U2's 2019 Philippine concert

Dec 07, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Setlist, stage design, and more

PHILIPPINE-BOUND. The Irish rockers wave to the crowd at their Singapore show. They are set to make their Philippine debut at the Philippine Arena on December 11. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler

Philippine Surfing Tour hits Eastern Samar waves

Nov 12, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The last leg of the national surfing competition heads to a rising sports hub in Borongan City

NEW SURF SPOT. Borongan City hopes

Slipknot is heading to Manila in 2020

Nov 07, 2019 - 10:45 AM

It’s the band’s first time in Manila – finally

SLIPKNOT. Over 15 years after their cancelled Manila show, the heavy metal band is performing in the Philippines for the first time. Photo from

Nadal's late-season injury jinx strikes again

Nov 04, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Paris Masters with an abdominal muscle strain, which has also put in doubt his participation in the ATP Tour Finals and the Davis Cup

RECOVERY MODE. Rafael Nadal is set to leapfrog Novak Djokovic for the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, but could lose the distinction if he fails to work his way back to health. File photo Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic ready for 'big task' to grab 'fantastic' year-end No. 1

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:36 PM

Novak Djokovic seeks to equal Pete Sampras' record of finishing 6 years as the world No. 1

TALL ORDER. Novak Djokovic would be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the ATP Tour Finals and Rafael Nadal does not reach the semifinals. Photo from Twitter/@atptour

'It's crazy': Tiger Woods secures record 82nd US PGA Tour win in Japan

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Tiger Woods ties US legend Sam Snead for most US PGA Tour victories

LIKE FINE WINE. Twenty-three years since his US PGA Tour title, Tiger Woods continues to dominate the tournament. Photo from Twitter/@PGATour

Entering the Church of Carly Rae Jepsen

Oct 26, 2019 - 10:18 PM

I know not everyone would understand the reasons behind our near-spiritual obsession, so let me tell you the story of mine

'REAL LOVE.' Carly Rae Jepsen performs in the New Frontier Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Jeremy Caisip/Rappler

Carly Rae Jepsen in Manila: ‘No such thing as too much’

Oct 26, 2019 - 6:56 PM

To her faithful following, she’s more than ‘that ‘Call Me Maybe’ singer,’ as they pack the concert venue to the rafters.

Photo by Jeremy Caisip/Rappler

Metallica postpones Australia, NZ tour after frontman enters rehab

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:30 PM

The American band was set to perform their first Australian show

METALLICA. The heavy metal band postpones their upcoming tour in Australia and New Zealand. Screenshot from

‘Mario Kart Tour’ quick review: Potentially addictive but beware the microtransactions

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:15 AM

It has the kind of fun you'd expect from a Mario game but those who pay for characters and items may get some advantages

Photo from Twitter/Mario Kart Tour

'Mario Kart Tour' out now on iOS, Android

Sep 25, 2019 - 9:00 PM

You can now play Mario Kart on your mobile

Photo from Nintendo/official Mario Kart Tour website

These 'Drag Race' queens are bringing the 'Werq the World' tour to Manila

Sep 14, 2019 - 1:22 PM

From Violet Chachki to Miss Vanjie, these queens are giving Filipino fans a good dose of Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent

WERQ THE WORLD. The 'Drag Race' queens take their show on the road for the 'Werq the World' tour. Photo from

BVR: Rondina, Pons lead stellar beach volley women's cast

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons headline a 10-team field in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Gran Ola, Lianga leg this weekend

POWER PAIR. Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons jope to put on another solid showing. Photo release

Murray routs French teen for 1st singles comeback win

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray sweeps past French 17-year-old Imran Sibille

COMEBACK. Andy Murray continues his climb back to the top with his first singles match win in the 2019 ATP Challenger Tour. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Murray hoping for match practice, faces $150 French player in Mallorca

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:06 PM

Andy Murray has shunned the bright lights of the US Open to play in a second-tier Challenger event as he continues his injury comeback

COMEBACK. Andy Murray is taking it slow as he seeks to regain his old form that saw him win 3 Grand Slam titles. File Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Golf star Olesen to face trial on sexual assault charge

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Already suspended from the European Tour, golf champion Thorbjorn Olesen now faces a legal battle in Britain

LEGAL BATTLE. Thorbjorn Olesen can’t see action pending the outcome of his legal proceedings. Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images/AFP

Woods shoots par but won't get to defend Tour Championship

Aug 19, 2019 - 2:36 PM

Tiger Woods places beyond 40th in the US PGA season playoff points standings with only the top 30 advancing in the season-ending Tour Championship

GOING FOR MORE. Tiger Woods continues to chase the major title record set by Jack Nicklaus of 18. Photo from PGA Tour's Twitter account (@PGATOUR)

Golf star Olesen charged with sexual assault

Aug 08, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Five-time golf champion Thorbjorn Olesen has been suspended after being charged for sexually assaulting an aircraft passenger

EMBATTLED. Thorbjorn Olesen won’t see action pending the outcome of his legal proceedings. Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images/AFP

U2 is coming to the Philippines in December

Jul 31, 2019 - 8:48 AM

Ticket prices start at P2,499

FINALLY, MANILA. The iconic rock band finally makes a stop in Manila. Image from the U2 Twitter account

'My greatest victory': Egan Bernal hails Tour de France triumph

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:10 PM

At 22, Egan Bernal becomes the first Colombian winner of cycling's greatest prize and its youngest in more than a century

NEW CHAMP. Egan Bernal unseats 2018 champion and teammate Geraint Thomas. Photo from Twitter/@TeamINEOS

Bernal wraps up 'incredible' Tour de France triumph

Jul 28, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Only needing to cross the finish line in the final stage, 22-year-old Egan Bernal is poised to become the youngest Tour de France champion in more than a century

CHAMPION-IN-WAITING. Egan Bernal is set to become the first Columbian to win the world’s most popular cycling tour. Photo by Marco Bertorello/AFP