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Kai Sotto rises in ESPN's top 100 high school players

Jan 25, 2020 - 7:13 PM

Kai Sotto recently won MVP in an Atlanta tournament as he climbed 8 notches higher from the previous edition of the list

WUNDERKIND. Kai Sotto continues to make noise in the USA. Photo from

LOOK: ESPN commentator calls Duterte 'garbage'

May 24, 2019 - 7:00 PM

SportsCenter host Keith Olbermann pokes fun at Duterte's order to ship out Canada's trash from the Philippines

THROWING SHADE. ESPN SportsCenter host Keith Olbermann's tweet on Duterte draws both flak and comical responses from netizens. Photo from Wikipedia (Olbermann) and Malacañang (Duterte)

Fury challenges rivals after ESPN signing: 'Come to Tyson'

Feb 19, 2019 - 4:12 PM

'I want Joshua, Wilder, and everyone else out there too. If you're watching Deontay, I'm coming for you, baby,' said Fury

'COMING FOR YOU'. Tyson Fury's signing with ESPN allows him to make a world title rematch with Deontay Wilder 'more possible'. Photo from Instagram (@gypsyking101)

Filipino Romero Duno unanimously outpoints Mexican in US main bout

May 18, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The 22-year-old pride of General Santos City has come a long way since his US debut last year

PILING IT UP. Romero Duno (right) extends his winning streak to 8 fights with a win over Gilberto Gonzales. Photo from Golden Boy Boxing's Twitter account (@goldenboyboxing)

Twitter to show live ESPN events in new Disney deal

May 01, 2018 - 2:03 PM

Twitter will also serve as an online venue for video from other Disney subsidiaries, including ABC and Marvel

VIDEO ATTRACTION. Twitter's video content registers doubled daily video views in the past year.

To lure more sports fans, TV5 offers digital content with ESPN

Jan 31, 2018 - 7:59 AM

TV5, the Philippines' 3rd largest network, forges an alliance with ESPN to achieve its goal of becoming the main sports media destination in the country

NEW STRATEGY. This is the latest step in the licensing and co-branding agreement between TV5 and ESPN. In the photo are Joyee Biswas, head of Southeast Asia, ESPN (L) and TV5 president Vincent Reyes (R). Photo from TV5

TV5 expects to cut losses by half in 2018 amid ESPN deal, restructuring

Jan 29, 2018 - 5:45 PM

The country's 3rd largest media network also says it expects to break even in 2019

BETTER FINANCES. Since the announcement, the TV5 chief Vincent Reyes says his network has seen significant improvement in its bottomline. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

ESPN president John Skipper resigns citing 'substance addiction'

Dec 19, 2017 - 3:02 AM

'I have struggled for many years with a substance addiction,' says Skipper

RESIGNATION. John Skipper will step down as the head of ESPN, a role he has held since 2012. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

ESPN returns to Philippine TV with TV5 partnership

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:21 PM

ESPN 5 will replace Sports 5 beginning on Friday, October 13

REBRANDING. Chot Reyes announced that SportsCenter Philippines, a local version of ESPN's flagship show, will launch on December 17 to coincide with tip-off of the next PBA season and conference. Photo by JR Isaga/Rappler

Thomas: 'I am not damaged. I'll be back, and I'll be the same player'

Aug 30, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Still no final confirmation of Isaiah Thomas transfer to the Cavs

Thomas' hip injury has stalled his transfer to the Cavs. "I am not damaged," Thomas said. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player." File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Pacquiao vs Horn to be broadcast on ESPN in U.S.

Jun 19, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Pacquiao will fight on basic cable for the first time

NBA: Players, owners, ratify new deal

Dec 24, 2016 - 12:10 PM

The new agreement will run through the 2023 2024 NBA season

NO WORRY FOR CURRY. Both Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr were hit with fines, which was a significantly lower sanction than some had feared. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NBA stars use ESPY Awards platform to call for end to violence

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:13 PM

LeBron James Dwyane Wade Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul take a stand and deliver a powerful message at the ESPY awards

Baseball: Schilling fired by ESPN over transgender comments

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:50 PM

The analyst and former Major League Baseball pitcher loses his job over a controversial Facebook post

ESPN sports analyst: Mayweather will KO Pacquiao

May 02, 2015 - 2:28 PM

Unlike most observers ESPN s Stephen Smith sees Mayweather knocking out Pacquiao

WATCH: ESPN's mini-docu on Pacquiao’s early life

Apr 28, 2015 - 4:13 PM

Manny Pacquiao: The Roots travels to the Philippines to retell Pacquiao’s rise as one of the top boxers of his generation

WATCH: Pacquiao says Mayweather is afraid of losing

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:42 AM

Manny Pacquiao says he wanted this fight to prove Manny Pacquiao can easily beat the undefeated

NO FEAR. Manny Pacquiao feels that Floyd Mayweather Jr avoided the fight for years because he was afraid of losing. Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Kevin Durant calls former ESPN employee a 'dumbass'

Feb 04, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant took shots at a former ESPN employee for criticizing the team s contract extension of Nick Collison

DEFENSIVE PLAYER. Kevin Durant doesn't like it when you criticize his teammates. File hoto by Larry W. Smith/EPA

ESPN sportscaster Scott dies after cancer battle

Jan 05, 2015 - 12:17 PM

Scott was ESPN s most prominent black sportscaster and he infused his reports not only with references to Shakespeare but also with hip hop slang that resonated with a young black audience

ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. Image by Rich Arden/ESPN Images

Crawford beats Pacquiao for ESPN Fighter of the Year

Dec 24, 2014 - 12:53 PM

He won all three of his fights in impressive fashion says ESPN boxing expert Dan Rafael

UP AND COMING. Terence Crawford records three outstanding wins in 2014 prompting ESPN to name him their Fighter of the Year. Photo from Crawford's Facebook page

NBA looks to alter finals format – report

Sep 30, 2013 - 9:13 AM

ESPN reports owners are expected to return to the 2 2 1 1 1 format for hosting games in the best of seven championship series scrapping the 2 3 2 format used since 1985

Pacquiao to face Rios in Macau

May 07, 2013 - 8:21 AM

Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios will face off at the CotaiArena at the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel on November 24 ESPN reports

Pacquiao makes a guarantee that he will fight again this September. RAPPLER/John Javellana

Nonito Donaire is Yahoo! 2012 Fighter of the Year

Jan 10, 2013 - 9:30 AM

Yahoo : None of them [the other fighters] had the goods in 2012 because of the brilliance of a quiet understated guy [Donaire] who consistently went out and performed at a high level

Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

ESPN's Fight of the Year: Pacquiao-Marquez 4

Dec 31, 2012 - 12:45 PM

The sports authority said the 4th fight had a shocking conclusion which made it the best of the bunch

FIGHT OF THE YEAR. Marquez's 4th bout with Pacquiao was the best for ESPN.

Sports Illustrated names Donaire 'Fighter of the Year'

Dec 29, 2012 - 2:17 PM

In a sport starved for new superstars Donaire 30 is emerging as one He is fast with power in both hands Sports Illustrated writes

FIGHTER OF THE YEAR. Sports Illustrated says Donaire deserves the title for winning "bigger" battles outside the ring.Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Marquez vs Pacquiao is ESPN's KO of the year

Dec 27, 2012 - 7:39 PM

Juan Manuel Marquez s 6th round knockout of Manny Pacquiao was named Knockout of the Year by sports network ESPN

Rappler Newscast | December 26, 2012

Dec 26, 2012 - 8:53 PM

The Abu Sayyaf posts a video of kidnap victim Australian Warren Rodwell on Facebook and YouTube | Asia’s longest running insurgency The Communist Party of the Philippines celebrates it’s 44th anniversary nowhere near its goal of armed revolution | ESPN names junior featherweight titlist and 4 division world champion Nonito Donaire “2012 boxer of the year”

(UPDATED) Donaire is ESPN's Boxer of the Year

Dec 26, 2012 - 10:31 AM

ESPN s Boxer of the Year is Nonito The Filipino Flash Donaire after he fought and won 4 times in 2012

The Olympics' sex culture

Aug 10, 2012 - 7:47 PM

The intensity of Olympians exceeds past competition and into the bedroom

Sex in the Olympics

Aug 10, 2012 - 2:40 PM

The intensity of Olympians exceeds past competition and into the bedroom

Compubox, Sports networks unanimously give win to Pacquiao

Jun 10, 2012 - 2:32 PM

Official judges had Bradley winning by a split decision but the rest of the sports world saw it differently