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Champions League draw throws up possible Barcelona-Bayern clash

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:01 PM

The draw offers the possibility of a Barcelona-Bayern clash in Lisbon

SHOWDOWN. Lionel Messi and Barcelona may be headed into a semifinal clash against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

So faces Carlsen, Nakamura in Clutch Chess International

May 31, 2020 - 4:43 PM

Fresh from clinching an online chess crown, Wesley So goes for another title against a tougher international field

TITLE HUNT. Wesley So (right) targets a second straight online chess championship against some of the world's best. File photo from FIDE

Wesley So clinches Clutch Chess title, P1.5M

May 30, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Filipino-born Wesley So upsets world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana to rule an inaugural US online chess tournament

CHAMP AGAIN. Six months after bagging the Fischer crown, Wesley So returns to the top in an online chess tournament. File photo from Chess.com

Wesley So overtakes Caruana in Clutch Chess finals

May 29, 2020 - 8:51 PM

After grabbing the early lead in the finals, Wesley So inches closer to upsetting world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana

CONSISTENCY. Wesley So looks to sustain his momentum in the final round. File photo from FIDE

So clinches final tussle with world No. 2 Caruana in Clutch Chess

May 28, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Wesley So topples Hikaru Nakamura to advance in the $100,000 online event exclusive to the top 4 US chess players

BOUNCE BACK. Wesley So rebounds from a loss against world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in another online chess tournament. File photo from FIDE

Gaethje 'can't wait' to face Khabib

May 12, 2020 - 10:25 PM

After pulling off an upset over Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje aims for a match against reigning UFC lightweight titlist Khabib Nurmagomedov

NEXT LEVEL. Justin Gaethje thinks he's ready to challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images/AFP

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

Sporting calendar shredded as coronavirus ravages top events

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:06 PM

All major sporting events worldwide are swept aside by the coronavirus pandemic

UEFA postpones all Champions League, Europa League matches next week

Mar 13, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Football action comes to a halt as UEFA suspends the Champions League, the world's grandest club tournament, and other matches

ON HOLD. Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus (left) vies with Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg. Photo by Javier Soriana/AFP

Ateneo puts clamps on San Beda to claim back-to-back PCCL crowns

Mar 08, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The Ateneo Blue Eagles limit the San Beda Red Lions to a measly 5 points in the final quarter to capture the PCCL championship

CLUTCH. SJ Belangel delivers when it matters most. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


San Beda punches PCCL finals ticket after surviving gutsy UP

Mar 07, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Calvin Oftana and San Beda set up a PCCL finals date with Ateneo

CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR. Ricci Rivero and UP fall short against San Beda. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Ruthless Ateneo crushes UV to reach PCCL finals

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:59 PM

Reigning three-time UAAP champion Ateneo proves head and shoulder above the competition with a masterful fourth-quarter showing against UV

CLUTCH. Tyler Tio provides the endgame hits for Ateneo. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


WATCH: Teen mothers strive to reclaim their future

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:07 PM

Despite the passage of the Reproductive Health Law in 2012, there are still around 150,000 adolescent-led families that lack support

No fans for South Korea AFC Champions League games due to virus

Feb 25, 2020 - 4:28 PM

No fans will be allowed when FC Seoul plays Thailand's Chiangrai United or when Ulsan faces Australia's Perth Glory

CLOSED DOOR. The 2020 AFC Champions League matches of Ulsan Hyundai and FC Seoul will play without South Korean fans. Photo by Jeon Hyon-Kun/EPA-EFE

Defiant Messi gives troubled Barca hope of Champions League glory

Feb 24, 2020 - 3:56 PM

Lionel Messi fires 4 goals in a 5-0 thrashing of Eibar to to lead Barcelona, which is undergoing a transition after sacking manager ErnestO Valverde

HUNGRY FOR MORE. Lionel Messi and Barcelona are gunning for another Champions League crown. Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona


Marcelito Pomoy says international singing engagements are pouring in

Feb 19, 2020 - 10:16 AM

Marcelito, who placed 3rd runner-up in 'America's Got Talent: The Champion', already has singing engagements lined up abroad

Pacquiao camp to get 'best deal available' for next fight

Feb 18, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Paradigm Sports Management and Premier Boxing Champions vie to deliver Manny Pacquiao his first fight in 2020

STILL GOT IT. Manny Pacquiao last fought in July 2019, dominating erstwhile unbeaten Keith Thurman. File photo by Wendell Alinea/MP Promotions


Liverpool the team to beat as Champions League returns

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Liverpool is on course for a potential five-trophy haul this season after winning the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup

ENDING LONG DROUGHT. Jordan Henderson and Liverpool coast towards a first Premier League title in 30 years. Photo from Twitter/@LFC


[PODCAST] Making Space: Children having children

Feb 14, 2020 - 1:31 PM

What can be done about the alarming rates of adolescent pregnancies in the Philippines? We explore the topic with insights from Oxfam Pilipinas' Erika Geronimo.

[PODCAST] Making Space: Lumad schools face challenges after government-ordered closure

Feb 10, 2020 - 9:30 AM

What challenges lie ahead for indigenous children in Mindanao after the government closed down 54 Lumad schools? Rius Valle of the Save Our Schools Network give us some answers.

[PODCAST] Making Space: Sexual harassment survivors 'fighting to fight'

Feb 06, 2020 - 1:40 PM

What is it like to take your abuser to court? This is one woman's story.

WATCH: Lumad children want to be back in classrooms

Jan 31, 2020 - 11:00 AM

Will students from indigenous communities be able to return to their schools now that martial law in Mindanao has been lifted?

Ceres falls short of AFC Champions League berth vs FC Tokyo

Jan 28, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Ceres-Negros FC gets relegated to the AFC Cup as FC Tokyo overpowers the Busmen for a Champions League berth

RELEGATED. Ceres-Negros FC forward Robert Lopez-Mendy almost scores a goal against FC Tokyo. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC

WATCH: Youth pushes PH anti-sexual harassment movement further

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Students and youth groups demand accountability in sexual harassment cases and send a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated

Ceres outlasts Port FC, advances to AFC Champions League qualifiers 3rd round

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:27 PM

Ceres-Negros is one win away from qualifying for the AFC Champions League

ON TRACK. Stephan Schrock (left) leads Ceres-Negros FC to a stunning win over Thailand's Port FC in the 2nd round of the AFC Champions League qualifiers. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC

WATCH: PH rising up from a year of outbreaks

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:10 PM

In 2019, the Department of Health declared outbreaks of measles and polio in the Philippines. How did this happen?

Ceres rolls to AFC Champions League qualifiers 2nd round over Shan United

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:37 PM

Ceres-Negros FC will face Thai League 1 team Port FC in the 2nd round of the AFC Champions League qualifiers

EARLY START. Robert Lopez-Mendy opens the floodgates early in the AFC Champions League qualifier first round. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC media

WATCH: Bill ending child marriage inches forward in Congress

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:08 PM

Many young girls in Muslim and indigenous communities in the Philippines are forced by their elders to marry. Several lawmakers push for a bill that would criminalize this.

Ceres kicks off 2020 with Champions League history in mind

Jan 07, 2020 - 8:50 PM

'I'm playing against the idea of losing. In the back of my mind, I want to qualify. I'm looking for history,' says Ceres captain Stephan Schrock

HISTORY. Ceres-Negros FC hopes to be the first Philippine club football team to make an AFC Champions League berth. Photo from AFC Cup Twitter

Rappler columnist Ana Santos among IOM 2019 Champions of Migration

Dec 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The International Organization for Migration and the Department of Foreign Affairs recognize Ana P. Santos along with Sister Rosa Angelica Libron, Dr Edna Estifania Co, and WarPeace Arnold

ANA P. SANTOS receives the 2019 Champions of Migration Award.

Liverpool faces Atletico in Champions League last 16

Dec 17, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Defending champion Liverpool opens the Champions League knockout stage against Atletico Madrid

TITLE DEFENSE. Liverpool aims to defend its Champions League title. File photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Barcelona breaks down impressive Inter Milan

Oct 03, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi team up to propel Barcelona to a win over Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League

BRACE. Luis Suarez bails out Barcelona from Inter Milan's threat. Photo from FC Barcelona Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: Salah powers Liverpool past Salzburg scare

Oct 03, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Mohamed Salah scores twice to save Liverpool from blowing a three-goal lead

BRACE. Mohamed Salah scores a brace to ensure Liverpool of a win. Photo from Twitter (@LFC)

WATCH LIVE: Slavia Prague vs Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League game

Oct 02, 2019 - 5:23 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the UEFA Champions League game between Slavia Prague and Borussia Dortmund

DETERMINED. Borussia Dortmund hopes to score a breakthrough win after 3 straight draws. Photo from Twitter (@BlackYellow)

Bayern hand Spurs record defeat as Real Madrid blushes spared

Oct 02, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Bayern roars back to leave Spurs on the receiving end of the biggest ever home defeat for an English team in Europe

UN-FOUR-GETTABLE. Serge Gnabry nets 4 second-half goals to lead the drubbing over Tottenham Hotspur. Photo from Twitter (@FCBayernEN)

WATCH LIVE: Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Tottenham aims to rebound from blowing a two-goal lead in its opening game by denying the streaking Bayern Munich

COLLAPSE. Harry Kane converts a penalty to open the scoreline in favor of Tottenham. Photo from Tottenham Hotspur Twitter (@SpursOfficial)

WATCH LIVE: Barcelona vs Inter Milan UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Bookmark this page to catch FC Barcelona's UEFA Champions League opener over Inter Milan

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE. Barca captain Lionel Messi hopes to impress the home crowd with an opening game win. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

WATCH LIVE: Real Madrid vs Club Brugge UEFA Champions League game

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Real Madrid's bounce back bid against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League

RETURN. Luka Modric is set to see action for Real Madrid as he suited up for the team's 0-0 result against Atletico Madrid last Saturday, September 28. File photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Di Maria stars as PSG tears apart sorry Real Madrid

Sep 19, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Watch how PSG's Angel Di Maria gets back at his former club Real Madrid by opening the match with a brace

STEPPING UP. Angel Di Maria provides the firepower needed by PSG who are missing the services of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. Photo from PSG Twitter

HIGHLIGHTS: Tottenham blows two-goal lead vs Olympiakos

Sep 19, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Watch how Greek side Olympiakos rallied back from a two-goal deficit to nab a draw against the Tottenham Hotspur

COLLAPSE. Harry Kane converts a penalty to open the scoreline in favor of Tottenham. Photo from Tottenham Hotspur Twitter (@SpursOfficial)

5 things we learned from the Champions League

Sep 19, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Defending champion Liverpool crashes early as PSG shrugs off the absence of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to tear apart Real Madrid

DOMINANT. Angel Di Maria (center) scores twice against his former club as Paris Saint-Germain thrashes Dani Carvajal and Real Madrid. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

WATCH LIVE: PSG vs Real Madrid UEFA Champions League game

Sep 18, 2019 - 4:39 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the UEFA Champions League opener of PSG and Real Madrid live for free

BLOCKBUSTER CLASH. Sergio Ramos captains Real Madrid against a shorthanded PSG squad in the 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League opener. Photo from Facebook

WATCH LIVE: Olympiacos vs Tottenham Hotspur UEFA Champions League game

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the UEFA Champions League opener of Olympiacos and Tottenham Hotspur live for free

OPENER. Tottenham opens its 2019-2020 UEFA Champions League campaign over Olympiacos FC. Photo from @SpursOfficial/Twitter

Neymar's PSG Champions League suspension cut

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:17 PM

Neymar will be free to face Belgian side Club Brugge on October 22

BAN LIFTED. Neymar will only miss two UEFA Champions League games instead of 3. Photo from PSG Twitter

Cavani, Mbappe to miss Real Madrid clash

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe will sit out in PSG's Champions League match against Real Madrid

SHORTHANDED. Edinson Cavani (left) and Kylian Mbappe add to Neymar's absence in PSG.

WATCH: Messi comeback possible as Barcelona launches Champions League charge

Sep 17, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Lionel Messi joins the squad list as Barcelona opens its Champions League campaign against Borussia Dortmund

GRAND RETURN. Lionel Messi may suit up for Barcelona after being sidelined due to a calf injury. File photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Djokovic reflects on 'unreal' Wimbledon 2019 final victory

Jul 15, 2019 - 9:10 AM

The 32-year-old Serbian, winning back-to-back Wimbledon titles for the second time, prevails in an epic duel, the longest ever final and the first decided by a deciding set tie-break

Serbia's Novak Djokovic raises the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2019.  Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

Djokovic saves match points to claim fifth Wimbledon title in record-breaking final

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:21 AM

At 4 hours and 57 minutes, it was the longest Wimbledon final ever played and settled by a final set tiebreak for the first time

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the winner's trophy after beating Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles final on day thirteen of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 14, 2019.  Laurence Griffiths / POOL / AFP

INFOGRAPHIC: Take the whole family on an unforgettable trip to Singapore

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:57 AM

Are you into sports, food, or the arts? You’ll surely make memories you’ll never forget!