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Creating a bubble: How PH football will resume training

Jul 10, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Filipino professional football teams can now resume training as players prepare for a 'bubble' in Carmona

BACK TO TRAINING. Three-time Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros FC is set to go back to training to defend its title. Photo by Ceres-Negros FC

PFL plans to open season in Carmona 'bubble'

Jul 09, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The country's top tier league looks to confine this season's games at the Philippine Football Federation training center in Carmona

BUBBLE. Kaya FC forward Joven Bedic brings down the ball against Philippine Air Force. Photo from Kaya-Iloilo FC

Ceres-Negros FC to revamp with new investor talks

Jul 08, 2020 - 2:16 PM

New owners are set to take over top Philippine football club Ceres-Negros FC

TOP CLUB. Bienvenido Marañon gives Ceres-Negros FC a strong start to its 2020 AFC Cup campaign against Svay Rieng FC. Photo from Ceres-Negros FC

'We have obligation to re-sign Messi' says Barcelona president

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:28 PM

'He is the best player in history. He has many years of football left,' says Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu

KEEPING A LEGEND. Lionel Messi reportedly is frustrated with FC Barcelona's failure to build a winning squad and was tired of leaks from the club which paint him in a bad light. Photo from Instagram/@fcbarcelona

Basketball, football get green light for training resumption

Jul 03, 2020 - 2:07 PM

The IATF approves appeals from the PBA and the PFF to allow their teams and clubs to practice again

HARDCOURT RETURN. The PBA took a big step towards a potential season resumption after getting the approval from the government allowing its players to return to practice. Photo from PBA Images

WATCH LIVE: Liverpool vs Manchester City pregame show

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Bookmark this page to catch the live pregame show between Premier League champion Liverpool and Manchester City

BLOCKBUSTER. Liverpool tests its mettle as the newly-crowned Premier League champion against No. 2 seed Manchester City. Photo by  Phil Noble/Pool/AFP

WATCH: Klopp expects more teams in title race next season

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Jurgen Klopp believes that the upcoming clash between Liverpool and Manchester City would not be a marker for next season

DOMINANCE. Sadio Mane (left) and Mohamed Salah prepare for the top 2 clash between Liverpool and Manchestery City.  Photo by Paul Ellis/Pool/AFP

WATCH: Liverpool FC highlights through the years

Jul 02, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Bookmark this page to relive Liverpool FC's best moments over the years

CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE. Liverpool's Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah (C) raises the European Champion Clubs' Cup as he celebrates with teammates winning the UEFA Champions League final football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. File photo by Paul Ellis/AFP

NFL players union unhappy at Brady, Wilson workouts

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Buccaneers star Brady and Seahawks signal-caller Wilson have both faced scrutiny recently after conducting throwing sessions with receivers

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. All eyes will be on Tom Brady when he debuts for the Buccaneers in the NFL. Photo from Instagram/@buccaneers

Patriots fined $1.1 million, lose pick over film furore

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:09 PM

The controversy revived memories of the Patriots' notorious 2007 'Spygate' scandal, when the team illegally filmed New York Jets coaching staff

PROBE. New England Patriots were put under investigation last December after it emerged that their TV crew had filmed the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline during a Week 14 game. Photo from Instagram/@patriots

Cam Newton joining Patriots on one-year deal – reports

Jun 29, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Released by the Panthers in March, former NFL MVP Cam Newton seeks to rebuild his career with the Patriots

NEW TEAM. Cam Newton ends a nine-season career with the Panthers. Photo from Instagram/@panthers

WATCH LIVE: Manchester City vs Chelsea pregame show

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:12 PM

Catch the live pregame show of the Manchester City and Chelsea match that may just pave the way for Liverpool to bag the Premier League title

CRUCIAL. Chelsea FC can help propel Liverpool to its first Premier League title in 30 years. Photo from Chelsea FC Twitter

Vilified to vindicated: What next for Kaepernick?

Jun 19, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick took a knee on the right side of history

COMEBACK? It’s still uncertain if Colin Kaepernick (right) would get a chance to play again. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/AFP

Trump has change of heart, Kaepernick 'absolutely' deserves a shot

Jun 18, 2020 - 2:43 PM

US President Trump's latest comments come two days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign the controversial Colin Kaepernick

PEACEFUL PROTEST. Colin Kaepernick (center) and San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game in 2016. Photo by Ezra Shaw/AFP

NFL chief Goodell encourages clubs to sign exiled Kaepernick

Jun 16, 2020 - 2:31 PM

After a kneeling protest kept Colin Kaepernick out of of the league, the NFL says it will 'support a club' that decides to welcome the controversial quarterback

SANTA CLARA, CA - OCTOBER 06: (L-R) Eli Harold #58, Colin Kaepernick #7, and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to their NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Browns' Mayfield, Texans' Watt support NFL kneel protest

Jun 15, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he is 'absolutely' taking a knee during national anthems before NFL games

BEYOND FOOTBALL. Baker Mayfield has been supportive of the need for more social justice and a greater understanding of racial issues in the wake of the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. Photo from Instagram/@clevelandbrowns

Seahawks coach says team interested in Kaepernick

Jun 13, 2020 - 12:48 PM

Former NFL star and outspoken social justice advocate Colin Kaepernick may have a future in the league again

SILENT PROTEST. In 2016, Colin Kaepernick (center) sparked controversy for kneeling pregame as protest to racial injustice. Photo by Ezra Shaw/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS: Manchester City FIFA 20 charity tournament

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:46 PM

Catch Manchester City stars Sergio Aguero and Oleksandr Zinchenko go head-to-head in the club's first-ever FIFA 20 challenge

HIGHLIGHT. Sergio Aguero will go against Oleksandr Zinchenko in Manchester City's first ever esports charity event. Photo from  @ManCity/Twitter

Del Rosario hopes fans still get a kick out of online football

Jun 11, 2020 - 8:13 PM

‘We do want to bring the games to the people in some sort of way,’ says former Philippine Azkals player Anton Del Rosario

NEW GOALS. Football veterans like Anton del Rosario think the sport can still thrive in the 'new normal'. File photo

Kaepernick deserves apology, job – Jenkins

Jun 10, 2020 - 4:41 PM

Despite apologizing for its botched handling of players’ peaceful protests, the NFL has yet to directly address Colin Kaepernick's case

INJUSTICE. Colin Kaepernick (right) and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game in 2016. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump responds to NFL chief's protest statement

Jun 09, 2020 - 11:03 AM

Donald Trump asks whether the NFL would now allow players to kneel during the national anthem

PEACEFUL PROTESTS. US President Donald Trump continues to fire against the kneeling stance of athletes during the national anthem. File photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Former NFL player Caldwell shot and killed in Florida

Jun 08, 2020 - 6:23 PM

TMZ reports Reche Caldwell was shot by a person or persons who jumped out of bushes and tried to rob him

VETERAN. Reche Caldwell played for the San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, and Washington Redskins. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America/AFP

Drew Brees 'received death threats' over flag comments

Jun 08, 2020 - 12:56 PM

NFL star quarterback Drew Brees has since changed his stance after saying he will 'never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag'

REALIZATION. Drew Brees joined the black community in its fight against racism and social injustice after his controversial flag comments drew flak. Photo from Instagram/@saints

Trump slams Brees apology over U.S. flag remarks

Jun 06, 2020 - 3:28 PM

US President Donald Trump says NFL star Drew Brees shouldn’t have apologized for criticizing kneeling protesters

SORRY. Drew Brees draws the ire of President Donald Trump for taking back his ‘hurtful and insensitive’ comments. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

NFL boss admits 'we were wrong' over player protests

Jun 06, 2020 - 10:54 AM

Criticized for its earlier statement, the NFL finally addresses its failure to listen to players protest on racism

BLACK LIVES MATTER. In 2017, NFL teams like the Indianapolis Colts kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFP

Brees sorry for 'hurtful, insensitive' kneeling remarks

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:09 PM

NFL star Drew Brees admits his comments on kneeling to protest racism and police brutality ’lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy’

CONTRITE. Drew Brees vows to stand with the black community. Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

Fury as Saints ace Brees criticizes NFL kneeling protests

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:39 AM

The 'insensitive' remarks of NFL star Drew Brees draw an angry response from LeBron James and fellow athletes

CONTROVERSIAL. Drew Brees believes 'taking a knee' during the US national anthem means disrespecting flag and country.  Photo by Sean Gardner/AFP

PFF asks GAB endorsement for potential football return

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:23 PM

The Philippine Football Federation says it will work closely with the government for the gradual return of football, starting with the resumption of the Philippine Football League

Photo from Shutterstock

Kaepernick defends protesters after police killing

May 29, 2020 - 12:03 PM

Controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick supports the protest against the police killing of George Floyd

SILENT PROTEST. Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the US national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice sparked controversy in 2016. file photo

A fighter: PH team recalls Bea Luna's tough character before passing

May 28, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Bea Luna thought she would get cut from the team, but she wound up with a spot in the starting XI because of her hard work

AN ANGEL. National girls football team head coach Rachelle delos Reyes (left) remembers how passionate Bea Luna was about the sport before she died. Photo from Rachelle delos Reyes' Facebook

16-year-old PH youth football player dies

May 27, 2020 - 7:22 PM

Bea Luna, 16, records one international goal in her national team debut in 2019

TOO SOON. Bea Luna passes away at 16 years old with a maiden national team appearance in 2019. Photo from Philippine Football Federation

Football return: League-by-league guide around Europe

May 24, 2020 - 6:42 PM

Some of the world’s top football leagues look to complete their season with Spain’s La Liga the latest to announce its comeback in June

BACK SOON. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (left) challenges Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Alex Remiro during their La Liga match last March. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

NFL players turn themselves in on robbery charges

May 18, 2020 - 3:10 PM

New York Giants' DeAndre Baker and Seattle Seahawks' Quinton Dunbar each face 4 counts of armed robbery

CAREER ON HOLD. DeAndre Baker has played one season for the New York Giants. Photo from Instagram/@drebaker1

Florida police seek NFL players in alleged armed robbery

May 15, 2020 - 10:46 AM

NFL players DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar allegedly robbed party guests at gunpoint

WANTED. DeAndre Baker (left), a first-round pick in the NFL draft last year, started 15 games in his rookie season for the New York Giants. Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. women's World Cup star Alex Morgan welcomes daughter

May 10, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'She made us wait longer than expected,' says football star Alex Morgan, who was due to give birth in April

HOTSHOT. Forward Alex Morgan (right) starred in Team USA's title defense in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Premier League does not have 'green light' yet, minister warns

May 09, 2020 - 5:29 PM

Premier League clubs are due to meet to discuss the latest plans for 'Project Restart'

TOP OF THE TABLE. Mohamed Salah and Liverpool are set to win the Premier League title once the season resumes. File photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

Police say arrested wife of NFL star held gun to his head

May 08, 2020 - 1:18 PM

Nina Thomas, who caught her husband and former Super Bowl champion Earl Thomas in bed with another woman, has posted bail

TOUGH TIMES. Ravens star Earl Thomas tries to address his domestic problem. Photo by Otoo Gruelle JR/AFP

Resuming football season 'definitely possible', claims UEFA medical committee

Apr 30, 2020 - 3:23 PM

Although some football officials remain skeptical about restarting leagues, UEFA's medical committee says it can be done

UNCERTAIN. Football stars like Kylian Mbappe remain unsure if they’ll return to action this season. File photo from Paris Saint-Germain FC

NFL virtual draft sets viewer records

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:05 PM

According to Nielsen ratings, viewership increased by 16 percent overall from the 2019 draft and each day of the three-day spectacle set highs

WAITING GAME. The next NFL season is slated to come off the wraps in September. File photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFP

Premier League eyes June return behind closed doors

Apr 26, 2020 - 12:26 PM

It's going to be a financial nightmare for the clubs should the season abruptly ends

SO CLOSE. Before the league shutdown, the championship was within reach of Mohamed Salah (left) and Liverpool. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

NFL star Tom Brady enters wrong house in Florida mix-up

Apr 24, 2020 - 12:51 PM

New Bucs recruit Tom Brady laughs off another blunder as he walked into a neighboring house by mistake

NEW GUY. Tom Brady has just moved in Tampa Bay to join the Buccaneers after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Bengals choose Burrow with first pick in virtual NFL draft

Apr 24, 2020 - 9:49 AM

‘To jump to No. 1 is crazy to me but it is a dream come true,’ says Joe Burrow, who had a historic collegiate campaign

HARD WORKER. Collegiate champion Joe Burrow says he worked on his game since he 'wasn’t very good' in his junior year. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/AFP

NFL superstar Tom Brady kicked out of park closed due to virus

Apr 21, 2020 - 6:16 PM

A warden spots the new Bucs recruit working out in a Florida city park closed due to the virus pandemic

STAY PUT. Tom Brady’s new home city reminds him to just stay home. Photo from Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Keeping fit mentally, physically: How Neil Etheridge copes with lockdown

Apr 20, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Cardiff City and Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge gives a glimpse of how he's coping with the global health crisis in the UK

LOCKDOWN. Neil Etheridge is forced to take a break from The Championship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo from Instagram (@neil38etheridge)

'We have no coronavirus': Turkmenistan football season restarts with crowds

Apr 19, 2020 - 2:02 PM

'Joy boosts our immunity,' jokes a fan who plans to attend the 1st game of the restarting league

Phil Younghusband hints on new role in PH football

Apr 18, 2020 - 9:47 PM

While his football career didn't end on a high note, Phil Younghusband still wants to continue his legacy with a new role

NEW ROLE. Phil Younghusband still feels a connection to Philippine football despite retiring from the sport in November 2019. Photo from AFF Suzuki Cup Facebook

Asian football tournaments to go ahead this year, official says

Apr 15, 2020 - 5:04 PM

The Asian Football Confederation still looks to stage the region’s major tournaments even behind closed doors

Philippines' midfielder Stephan Schrock (L) fights for the ball with South Korea's defender Yong Lee during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Korea Republic and Philippines at the al-Maktoum stadium in Dubai on January 07, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Stephan Schrock?

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Rappler catches up with Stephan Schrock on managing his football training while parenting during quarantine

Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson dies in road accident

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson passes away at 36 years old

ACCIDENT.  Tarvaris Jackson succumbs to injuries from a car crash in Alabama. Photo by Otto Greule Jr/ Getty Images North America/ AFP

NFL readies 'virtual draft' in April

Apr 07, 2020 - 7:42 PM

The NFL comes up with a virtual draft after it was forced to scrap out its Las Vegas event due to the coronavirus

TOP DRAFT PICK. Chase Young of Ohio State is slated to be the top pick of the NFL Draft 2020. Photo from Chase Young's Instagram