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Magic 2020 playoff preview: What home court advantage?

Jun 26, 2020 - 12:50 PM

A champion will be crowned in Orlando, but that almost certainly won’t be the Magic

INCONSISTENCIES. Nikola Vucevic and the Orlando Magic need to deal with their inconsistent performances. Photo from NBA

Universal Orlando is first big Florida theme park to reopen after virus

Jun 06, 2020 - 11:14 AM

The reopened theme park will only operate at 35% capacity, with new rules like mandatory face masks, temperature checks at the entrance, and ground markers

The cast of 'The Lord of the Rings' is reuniting online

May 28, 2020 - 4:54 PM

Friends of old have been summoned once again to answer the threat of Mordor (virtually)

REUNITED. Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Orlando Bloom, and Ian McKellen come together virtually on Josh Gad's web series, 'Reunited Apart.' Screenshot from Josh Gad's YouTube channel

Jazz plane used by Magic, Grizzlies before Gobert virus news

Mar 12, 2020 - 2:35 PM

The Grizzlies and Magic are placed under monitoring after boarding the plane that also carried COVID-19 positive player Rudy Gobert

PRECAUTION. Memphis players like (from left) Ja Morant, Marko Guduric, Dillon Brooks need to self-quarantine. Photo by Brandon Dill/Getty Images/AFP

Katy Perry announces pregnancy in new music video

Mar 05, 2020 - 4:07 PM

The baby is due in the Summer of 2020

NEW SONG. Katy Perry is giving birth – to a baby and a new album. Photo from Katy Perry's Instagram account

Greenhills negotiator also led talks in 2010 Manila bus hostage crisis

Mar 03, 2020 - 12:42 PM

Colonel Orlando Yebra has the rare record of speaking with two high-profile hostage takers in his career

BUNGLED CRISIS. Philippine police at the Luneta hostage crisis. File photo by Rappler/Vincent Go

Raptors escape Nets to extend club-best winning streak

Feb 09, 2020 - 2:18 PM

The reigning champions stay on a roll as the Raptors stretch their winning run to 14 games

IN CHARGE. Fred VanVleet (right) takes over in the final quarter. Photo from Toronto Raptors

NBA fines Magic coach over outburst

Feb 08, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Magic coach Steve Clifford barks at officials after he tried unsuccessfully to call a timeout with a chance to win against the Knicks

FRUSTRATED. Steve Clifford says referees, just like players and coaches, should have awareness in late-game situations. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images/AFP

Maria Ressa among 2020 Four Freedoms Awards laureates

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:34 PM

Maria Ressa joins the United Nations, the Religions for Peace International, Dutch journalist Sander de Kramer, and Palermo, Sicily Mayor Leoluca Orlando as awardees

Fultz erupts for triple-double as Magic shock Lakers

Jan 16, 2020 - 5:24 PM

Markelle Fultz and Aaron Gordon take over as the Magic snap the Lakers' nine-game winning streak

STUNNER. Aaron Gordon and the Magic upset LeBron James’ side as the Lakers play minus Anthony Davis. Photo from Los Angeles Lakers

Golden State Warriors end skid for 1st win

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:11 PM

The Warriors bounce back against the New Orleans Pelicans for a breakthrough win this season

FIRST WIN. The Golden State Warriors score a breakthrough win after dropping their first two games of the season. Photo from NBA Twitter

Not all EPD cops pleased with Mocha Uson as community relations speaker

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The Eastern Police District reportedly withdrew an invitation to a businessman – the original event speaker – in favor of the controversial blogger

GUEST. Blogger and President Duterte's ardent supporter Mocha Uson graces the community relations event of the Eastern Police District on July 29, 2019. Sourced photo

Raptors rid of Magic, advance to East semis

Apr 24, 2019 - 10:05 AM

After a series-opening shocker, the Toronto Raptors wrap it up convincingly at 4-1

SPELLBOUND. Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors dominate Khem Birch and the Orlando Magic all the way. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Siakam picks up slack as Raptors escape Magic

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:54 AM

The Raptors take a 2-1 series lead over the Magic behind Pascal Siakam's playoff career-high 30 points

PIVOTAL. Pascal Siakam takes charge in the Raptors’ road win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Raptors bite back, rout Magic to level series

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:33 AM

Kawhi Leonard erupts for 37 points and Kyle Lowry rebounds from a scoreless stint as Toronto dominates Orlando

FULL CONTROL. Toronto star Kawhi Leonard dribbles past Orlando's Jonathan Isaac during the Raptors wire-to-wire win. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Augustin hits game-winner as No. 7 Magic stun Raptors

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Orlando's huge upset win reawakens doubts surrounding Toronto's playoff mentality

GAME HERO. DJ Augustin powers  Orlando to its first playoff lead since 2012. Photo from NBA Twitter

Hayward shines as Celtics hand Heat damaging defeat

Apr 04, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The results leave 4 East teams – Detroit, Brooklyn, Orlando and Miami – fighting for the last 3 playoff berths

FINAL PUSH. Playoff-bound Boston gets a big lift from Gordon Hayward in the Celtics’ bid to secure a top 4 spot. Photo from NBA Twitter

Magic, Hornets boost playoff bids

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:04 PM

'We're still trying to accomplish a goal here. Anything is possible,' says Kemba Walker as the Hornets keep their playoff hopes alive

FIGHTING CHANCE. Kemba Walker and the Hornets stay in the running for the 8th and last playoff spot in the East. Photo from Charlotte Hornets Twitter

Magic's Vucevic casts a 28-point spell to stun Sixers

Mar 26, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Orlando deals the Philadelphia 76ers a second straight loss

STUNNER. Nikola Vucevic scores 28 points to lead the Orlando Magic over Philadelphia. Photo from NBA Twitter.

New Grizzly leads Memphis' upset on Westbrook's Thunder

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:15 PM

Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, Memphis manages to act as a spoiler against Oklahoma

BREAKOUT GAME. Bruno Caboclo notches a career-high of 24 points over Oklahoma City Thunder. Photo from Bruno Caboclo's Instagram (@brunofive)

Magic rally stuns Durant-less Warriors

Mar 01, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Aaron Gordon and the Magic pull off a stunner against a Warriors side playing minus Kevin Durant

CLUTCH. Aaron Gordon fuels the Magic’s incredible run agains the defending champions. Photo from NBA Twitter

Vucevic, Ross spark Magic over Raptors

Feb 25, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Orlando moves one game behind Charlotte for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference

STUNNED. Nikole Vucevic powers the Orlando Magic to an upset of the Toronto Raptors. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom are engaged

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:48 PM

Congratulations to the happy couple!

British actor Orlando Bloom (L) and US singer Katy Perry pose upon their arrival at the 2nd Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean 2018 held in Monaco on September 26, 2018. - On September 26, 2018, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation will hold its second Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean, a major fundraising event in the heart of Monte Carlo, in order to support its worldwide initiatives in favor of a sustainable ocean, a crucial issue calling for immediate and collective action. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

'Walk on the road to integrity,' bishop urges Ilocanos as church becomes minor basilica

Feb 08, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Retired Cotabato Bishop Orlando Quevedo makes the call in his homily at the elevation rite of the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte

POPE'S CHURCH. Church officials solemnly declares the Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc in Ilocos Norte as a minor basilica -  a church with special pontifical privileges. Photos from La Virgen Milagrosa de Badoc - Coronada Facebook page

Bucks bounce back, Thunder roll

Jan 30, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks remain as the only NBA team that hasn't lost two in a row this season

CRUISING. The Bucks keep hold of the top spot with a league-best 36-13 record. Photo from Milwaukee Bucks Twitter

Harden catches fire for 40 as Rockets edge Magic

Jan 28, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The reigning NBA MVP has now scored at least 30 points in 23 straight games

VIRTUOSO. It's another game and another 40-point performance for James Harden. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Russell soars as Nets rally from 21 down to beat Magic

Jan 19, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Russell equals his career high total and buries the clutch three-pointer for the win

Warriors scorch Suns, Spurs roll past Celtics

Jan 01, 2019 - 2:30 PM

The defending champion Warriors and the Spurs close out 2018 with huge victories

ONE-SIDED. Steph Curry and the Warriors easily ward off De’Anthony Melton and the Suns in the last NBA game of 2018. Photo from NBA Twitter

AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe laid to rest in Albay

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) A big crowd of people join the funeral procession on Monday, December 31, despite heavy rainfall

LAID TO REST. Thousands of AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe's supporters attend the funeral Mass officiated by Bishop Joel Baylon on Monday, December 31. All photos by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Mavs silence Thunder, Towns shines for Timberwolves

Dec 31, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Karl-Anthony Towns records a sensational stat line of 34 points, 18 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 6 blocks

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves post up Tyson Chandler #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Magic deal league-leading Raptors most lopsided loss

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Nikola Vucevic registers 30 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Magic to a surprise 29-point whipping of the Raptors

SURPRISING MAGIC. Nikola Vucevic paces 5 Orlando Magic players in double figures in the upset win. Photo from NBA Twitter

Gov't to shoulder schooling, housing of family of slain Batocabe security aide

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte offers his condolences to the family of SPO1 Orlando Diaz, the slain security escort of the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe

CONDOLENCES. President Rodrigo Duterte visits the wake of slain AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe in Daraga, Albay on December 26, 2018. Photo from Malacañang

WATCH: Raptors rally from 17 down to edge Heat

Dec 27, 2018 - 1:26 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green star as the Toronto Raptors snap Miami Heat's five-game winning streak

ON TOP. Kawhi Leonard pumps in 30 points as the Raptors improve to a league-best 26-10 record. Photo from Toronto Raptors Twitter

Widow remembers slain security aide as husband, father, police officer

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Juvy Diaz, the widow of slain police officer Orlando Diaz, says her husband and the late AKO Bicol Representative Rodel Batocabe developed mutual respect for each other

RESPECTS. Juvy Diaz, wife of slain cop Orlando Diaz, acknowledges PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, during the wake of her husband. SPO1 Diaz was killed together with Representative  Batocabe on Saturday, December 22 in Daraga, Albay. Photo from the Office of the Chief PNP

Suns spoil Nowitzki's record-setting season debut

Dec 14, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Dallas talisman Dirk Nowitzki becomes the first player in NBA history to suit up for 21 seasons for the same team

RECORD-SETTING. Dallas veteran Dirk Nowitzki high fives Maximilian Kleber after checking out of the first half. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

Vucevic scores 31 as Magic cool off Lakers

Nov 26, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Orlando beats Los Angeles for the second time in 8 days

HALTED. LeBron James sees the Lakers' three-game winning streak snapped. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Brother of Honduran president arrested in U.S. over drug ties – officials

Nov 24, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Juan Antonio Hernandez is arrested after his brother, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, declared that 'no one is above the law'

Honduran President and presidential candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez waves to supporters in Tegucigalpa after the general elections on November 26, 2017.  Honduras' six million voters are to cast ballots in a controversial election Sunday in which President Juan Orlando Hernandez is seeking a second mandate despite a constitutional one-term limit. This small country is at the heart of Central America's "triangle of death," an area plagued by gangs and poverty. / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUA

Green lifts Raptors to NBA win, Blazers take West lead

Nov 21, 2018 - 2:17 PM

The Toronto Raptors complete a dramatic finish against the Orlando Magic to stay on top of the Eastern Conference

HIGH UP. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors soar to the NBA Eastern Conference lead. Photo from Toronto Raptors

Butler beaten on debut as Magic rally stuns Sixers

Nov 15, 2018 - 11:59 AM

Orlando roars from a 16-point deficit in the final quarter to spoil Jimmy Butler's Philly debut

NEW CHAPTER. Jimmy Butler drops 14 points in his first game with the Sixers. Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images/AFP

Bangsamoro advocate retires as Cotabato archbishop

Nov 07, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Retired Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, an advocate of the peace process in the southern Philippines, is the first cardinal from Mindanao

RETIRED. Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo steps down as he is past retirement age. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Evan Fournier hits buzzer-beater over Cavs

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Orlando Magic's Evan Fournier dashes the hopes of the league's cellar-dweller Cleveland Cavaliers

CLUTCH. Evan Fournier works his clutch magic to send the Cleveland Cavaliers to another heartbreaking loss. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)

Celtics spellbound by Magic, Raptors march on

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:44 AM

The Magic kept their noses in front for the entire contest, with Boston unable to take the lead at any stage

LOSING EFFORT. Kyrie Irving chips in 22 points in a losing effort to Orlando Magic. File Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Magic to host Bulls, Jazz in NBA Mexico City games

Aug 08, 2018 - 9:58 AM

The NBA returns to Mexico, the country that has hosted the most number of games outside the United States and Canada

MEXICO-BOUND. Jerian Grant of the Chicago Bulls drives against Ricky Rubio of the Utah Jazz in last season's NBA action. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Rappler Talk: Orlando Mercado on rethinking national security threats

Aug 06, 2018 - 2:30 PM

On Monday, August 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug talks to former defense secretary Orlando Mercado about national security and the threats the Philippines is facing

Washington Wizards comeback cast spell on Boston Celtics

Mar 15, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Bradley Beal leads the way for the Wizards, scoring 34 points with 7 rebounds and 9 assists

ALL-AROUND. Bradley Beal finishes with a near-triple-double for the Washington Wizards. File photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

LaVine seizes command to lift Bulls past Magic

Feb 13, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Jazz continues to roll on

GO-AHEAD DUNK. Zach LaVine's go-ahead dunk allows the Bulls to break away from the 101-101 tie. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland Cavaliers buried by Orlando Magic 'avalanche'

Feb 07, 2018 - 1:44 PM

The Cavs' misfiring performance is highlighted by a dismal fourth quarter when they could manage only nine points

BLOWOUT. LeBron James' 25 points goes for naught for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Historic night for Harden in Rockets' win

Jan 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Harden is the first NBA player to make 60 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a single game

HISTORY. James Harden's 4-point play allows him to beats Calvin Murphy's franchise record. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

'No legitimacy': Honduran president begins second term amid angry protests

Jan 28, 2018 - 12:33 PM

Supporters of defeated opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla accuse him of setting up a 'military dictatorship,' and insist that the election was stolen

PRESIDENT. Public outcry welcomes Juan Orlando Hernandez as he assumes as president of Honduras. AFP photo

The week in photos: January 20-26, 2018

Jan 27, 2018 - 3:20 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Italy's Valentina Marchei and Ondrej Hotarek perform during the Gala Exhibition at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV