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'Sports Illustrated' uses transgender model in swimsuit issue for first time

Jul 11, 2020 - 10:37 AM

Brazil's 23-year-old Valentina Sampaio will be the first ever transgender model to grace the magazine's swimsuit issue, which is set for a July 21 release

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Jack Animam?

Jul 08, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Rappler catches up with Philippine women's basketball star Jack Animam, who is taking her talents to Taiwan

South Korea to allow limited number of fans at sports games

Jun 28, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Several pro leagues like the Korea Baseball Organization look to fill around 30% of the stands

VIRTUAL FANS. A cheerleader performs in front of a large screen displaying baseball fans cheering from their homes during a game. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

PH athletes build resilience in pandemic

Jun 21, 2020 - 11:14 AM

As the pandemic continues, athletes get creative and explore other roles in sports to keep themselves busy

Pandemic forces PH schools to slash varsity budget

Jun 20, 2020 - 6:54 PM

‘Whether we admit it or not, it became very expensive for some schools to maintain their sports program,’ says Lyceum’s Hercules Callanta

DOWNSIZING. Letran reevaluates its sports program. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Going viral: Winners and losers from sports shutdown

Jun 18, 2020 - 10:23 PM

The NBA proves to be one of the most online savvy leagues, generating content for its audiences around the world

ENGAGED. The NBA manages to keep its fans entertained amid the global sports shutdown. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

National Academy of Sports: Home of future Filipino athletes

Jun 17, 2020 - 11:13 PM

The National Academy of Sports is envisioned to be the breeding ground of the next world-class Filipino athletes

SPORTS HUB. The New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac will serve as home to the National Academy of Sports. Photo courtesy of Team Pacquiao

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Rex Intal?

Jun 10, 2020 - 10:16 AM

National men's volleyball team player Rex Intal takes his passion for art to the next level while sports remains on hiatus

What future for sports and sponsors after the coronavirus lockdown?

Jun 03, 2020 - 10:54 AM

A former Olympic official says the unexpected crisis caught global sports woefully unprepared

HARD HIT. The Tokyo Olympics is one of the major events forced to postpone to 2021. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

PH sports associations propose league restart guidelines

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:56 PM

7 national sports associations, including basketball, meet to discuss protocols for resuming competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic

RESTART. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) joins the meeting to discuss protocols for the return of the sport. Photo from PBA Images

PSC gets 90% fund cut from Pagcor in April

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:53 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission only received P9 million in April, prompting the government agency to slash the allowances of national athletes and coaches

National team members to get discount but face allowance cut

May 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

The allowance reduction is a 'hard decision to make,' says Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez

BENEFIT. National athletes and coaches will be able to avail a 20% discount in their future purchases. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Key legal issues to answer when sports makes a comeback

May 29, 2020 - 7:03 PM

There are a lot of challenges that Philippine sports needs to hurdle to get back on its feet

STANDSTILL. The future still looks uncertain for collegiate leagues like the UAAP. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

Physical Education stays, PSC and DepEd say

May 28, 2020 - 4:29 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission fights for the retention of PE, citing it as a 'core subject' as the country shifts to blended learning

Audi parts with Formula E star who used ringer in virtual race

May 27, 2020 - 5:47 PM

After initially suspending Daniel Abt, Audi parts ways with the German driver for cheating in a charity video game race

SCANDAL. Formula E champion Daniel Abt owns up to his 'huge mistake.' Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Faith Nisperos?

May 27, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The highly touted Ateneo volleyball rookie draws inspiration as an athlete from her idol Michael Jordan

EXPLAINER: When can sports resume amid coronavirus pandemic?

May 20, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission releases a framework for reintroducing sports amid the pandemic

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Nesthy Petecio?

May 20, 2020 - 10:17 AM

Rappler catches up with Nesthy Petecio as the world boxing champion tries to stay focused on her Olympic goals amid the tough times

Sports Academy drops 'Mamba' name out of respect for Kobe

May 13, 2020 - 10:02 AM

The Mamba Sports Academy says Kobe Bryant's legacy should live 'on its own'

LEGEND. Kobe Bryant has been inducted to basketball's 2020 Hall of Fame last April. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA-EFE

Mindfulness in sports: How athletes can cope with quarantine challenges

May 09, 2020 - 8:54 PM

With sports at a standstill, athletes can practice mindfulness to help cope with stress and anxiety

Mid-pandemic mayhem: How the future of sports may look like

May 09, 2020 - 7:29 PM

Stellar plays from the world's best athletes will be rewarded with scattered cheers and applause from their own teammates as they play in empty arenas

ABS-CBN Sports turns to digital amid broadcast shutdown

May 06, 2020 - 10:52 PM

As ABS-CBN goes off-air, S+A shifts its efforts to other platforms to continue showing fans their favorite game replays and highlights

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Maxine Esteban?

May 06, 2020 - 3:05 PM

Filipino national fencer Maxine Esteban finishes 9 Ivy league online courses while also giving back to the frontliners

WATCH: Sports stars salute frontliners in music video

May 01, 2020 - 4:18 PM

Jimmy Alapag, Mika Reyes, Ricci Rivero, Pauline Lopez deliver words of encouragement to frontliners in the music video 'Fly High'

TRIBUTE. Virtual Playground athletes and artists recognize the efforts of frontliners during the coronavirus crisis. Screengrab from Youtube/@Virtual Playground PH

No-contact sports will be allowed soon – Año

Apr 30, 2020 - 9:23 PM

While sports events remain prohibited, the government may allow fitness activities that can conform to physical distancing like tennis, bowling, and golf

SAFE DISTANCE. In other countries, bowling centers have been allowed to operate as lockdown rules ease up. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Fauci warns U.S. leagues may have to cancel seasons

Apr 30, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Major sports leagues may need to consider canceling the season if safety cannot be guaranteed, says top US infectious disease specialist Anthony Fauci

OPTION. The NBA has discussed playing the rest of the season in Las Vegas. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Local sport easier to restart after virus, says health adviser

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:55 PM

A health official warns that restarting major leagues soon could have ‘life and death’ consequences

DIFFERENT TIMES. Bournemouth's Jack Simpson (left) grabs Liverpool star Mohamed Salah as they vie for the ball in the English Premier League last March. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

PSC: No coronavirus vaccine, no PH sports events

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:47 PM

'For as long as there's no available vaccine, no sports competition activities can be held,' says PSC chairman Butch Ramirez

GLORY DAYS. Philippines comes off a successful hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games before the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Meggie Ochoa?

Apr 29, 2020 - 11:25 AM

World jiu-jitsu champion Meggie Ochoa continues her fight against sexual abuse amid the coronavirus lockdown

Sports nostalgia all the rage during virus lockdown

Apr 24, 2020 - 7:26 PM

With no live action worldwide, sports fans forced to go cold turkey the past months turn to comforting trips down memory lane

CHAMPS. Dennis Rodman (left) of the Chicago Bulls pours champagne on the head of teammate Michael Jordan after winning Game 6 of the NBA Finals over the Utah Jazz in 1998.Photo by Mike Nelson/AFP

MILO to provide online sports clinics for free

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:10 PM

For 4 weeks, kids and adults can undergo online training for basketball, volleyball, taekwondo, and gymnastics

HOME TRAINING. BEST Center will facilitate the sessions on basketball and volleyball. Photo from MILO Philippines

Sports can come back but without fans – Fauci

Apr 16, 2020 - 11:17 AM

Several states like California and New York say they won't host large gatherings, such as sporting events and concerts, any time soon

NO CHEERING. Major leagues like the NBA may just have to resume their season minus the fans. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/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

How long can the Philippines go without sports?

Apr 12, 2020 - 12:15 PM

'For those athletes experiencing cabin fever, know that… it is okay not to be 100% at this point,' says taekwondo jin and medical intern Ven Ponce

UNCERTAIN. Philippine sports leagues like the PBA take a wait-and-see approach. Photo from PBA Images

Doing the best they can: Lockdown athletes use brain, not just brawn

Apr 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

It may not be the best preparations for the next Olympics, but many athletes find ingenious ways to train at home

INVENTIVE. Alexandra Recchia of France, five-time karate world champion, sets up an improvised training equipment in the garden of her house. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP

Americans won't attend sports events without vaccine – survey

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:12 AM

A poll shows there's still deep unease among Americans about returning to stadiums

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 05: Stephen Curry #30 talks to Damion Lee #1 of the Golden State Warriors after Lee missed two free throws in the final minute of their loss to the Toronto Raptors at Chase Center on March 05, 2020 in San Francisco, 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. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

NBA legend Michael Jordan wins long-running China trademark dispute

Apr 09, 2020 - 1:02 PM

In a landmark ruling, Michael Jordan wins an eight-year legal battle with a sportswear brand that used the Chinese translation of his name

ICON. Retired Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan still has a huge following in China. Photo by Vincent Laforet/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with EJ Obiena?

Apr 08, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Rappler catches up with Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena on his overseas training regimen amid the Italy lockdown

PSC to offer 7 more venues as quarantine facilities

Apr 08, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, PSC offers its other venues within the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Philsports Complex

MORE VENUES. The Philsports track oval is set to be used to help the DOH with its efforts to relieve the coronavirus in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pope Francis: Amid crisis, best fruits of sports emerge

Apr 06, 2020 - 8:28 PM

After leading the Angelus Prayer on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis also reflects on the United Nations' International Day of Sports

Does sports even matter now?

Apr 05, 2020 - 5:48 PM

‘Sports is magnetic. It brings humans together. It gives us something to talk about. Something to root for. Some form of hope’

LIST: More sports action hits on YouTube

Apr 01, 2020 - 9:36 PM

As leagues remain shut down, here are some YouTube channels that can satisfy your sports craving

Photos from Jamie Squire/AFP (Patrick Mahomes) Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP (Brady), Shutterstock (Rey Mysterio and Undertaker), Harry How/Getty Images/AFP (LeBron James) and Jeff Haynes/AFP (Tim Duncan)

From winners to worriers: Isolated athletes face mental health risks

Apr 01, 2020 - 7:44 PM

The stress caused by the extreme adjustment – from a highly active lifestyle to isolation – can take its toll on athletes

TOUGH BATTLE. Olympic star Michael Phelps (center), shown here with US swimming teammates Cody Miller (left) and Ryan Murphy, has openly admitted his battle with depression. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Bea de Leon?

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:58 AM

Rappler catches up with former Ateneo captain Bea de Leon on quarantine life and the suspended UAAP volleyball season

Barren basketball courts and other sports musings

Mar 29, 2020 - 5:20 PM

'If there's one thing that sports has taught us, that is so long as there's time left on the clock, there's always hope'

Rizal Memorial, Philsports eyed as temporary medical facilities

Mar 29, 2020 - 2:31 PM

The DOH and DPWH plan to tap Metro Manila's sports stadiums as temporary medical facilities in the country's battle against coronavirus

MEDICAL FACILITIES. Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is one of the venues being considered to be used by the Department of Health in the country's war against coronavirus. Photo from PHISGOC Media

LIST: In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

Mar 28, 2020 - 8:57 PM

Here's a look at the sports stars who turned high-profile victims of coronavirus

POSITIVE. NBA star Kevin Durant reminds everyone to quarantine. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFP

Missing sports? Films to stream on Netflix

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:38 AM

As leagues worldwide shut down their seasons, here are some films to watch on Netflix to get that sports fix

Rappler Sports Timeout: What's up with Isaac Go?

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:35 AM

Rappler catches up with Isaac Go on how he manages time between graduate school and playing for the national team

Sports in time of crisis: Is it really that important?

Mar 23, 2020 - 12:42 AM

‘The COVID-19 pandemic really just shed light on how important – or unimportant – sports really are in the bigger picture’