PH sees tough battle in Cambodia SEA Games

MANILA – Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino on Tuesday sees tough battle ahead for the Philippine contingent as Cambodia hosts the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in less than four months.“Frankly, kinakabahan ako because of the formula na... Read More

No delays on financial support to athletes: PSC chief

MANILA – Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richard Bachmann’s first order of mission for the PSC manpower: “No delays on the financial support that PSC provides the athletes.”Bachmann, on his very first flag raising ceremony as the sports agency’s 12th... Read More

Australian Open 2023 open to players without Covid tests

ANKARA – Australian Open 2023 players will not be required to take Covid-19 tests and will be able to play even if they had the virus, said the head of Tennis Australia on Monday."We’ve made it clear to our players, as well as our over 12,000 staff. We ask ... if anyone is feeling... Read More

Brazil football body slams use of nat’l team jersey in protests

ANKARA – The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Monday criticized the use of Brazilian National Team jersey in political demonstrations on Sunday.The CBF published a statement from official website, which emphasizes that the CBF is a non-partisan and democratic entity and encourages the... Read More

Filipinas placed in Pot 1 of Olympic qualifier draw

MANILA – The Philippine women's football team is on track to cruising past the first round of the Paris Olympic qualifiers this April.The Filipinas, ranked 53rd in the world and 11th in Asia, have been placed in Pot 1 of the upcoming group draw on Thursday at the Asian Football Confederation... Read More

Familiarity with Cone to help Brownlee in FIBA WCQ

MANILA – Justin Brownlee will have to learn a different basketball system once he suits up for Gilas Pilipinas in the February window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.He, however, will not be alone in adjusting to coach Chot Reyes' dribble-drive offense as no less than his coach at Ginebra,... Read More

Stephen Loman wants to challenge for ONE bantam title

MANILA – Filipino mixed martial arts star Stephen Loman has expressed his intent to go for the ONE bantamweight title.Loman said it is his goal for this year to take home the championship belt in the promotion's 145-pound division.“My goal in 2023 is to stay active, stay in tip-top... Read More

Filipino Japanese twins continue quest for Olympic slots

MANILA – The hunt for 2024 Paris Olympics slots continues for Filipino Japanese siblings Shugen and Keisei Nakano as they compete in the Grand Prix Portugal, the first event of the 2023 World Judo Tour, scheduled from Jan. 27 to 29.The twins were among the 425 athletes -- 243 men and 182 women... Read More

Chess IM Jem Garcia off to a good start

MANILA – International Master Jan “Jem” Emmanuel Garcia kicked off his campaign this year with a title victory at the Sir Herky Del Mundo Memorial Open rapid chess tournament held at the Open Kitchen Foodhall in Rockwell Business Center, Mandaluyong City last Jan. 3.The 27-year-old... Read More

Puentevella elected Asian Weightlifting Federation VP

MANILA – Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas President Monico Puentevella was chosen as one of the five vice presidents on the Asian Weightlifting Federation (AWF) Executive Board during the Electoral Congress in Doha, Qatar last Jan. 5.Shakhrillo Makhmudov (Uzbekistan), Meng Bo (China), Choi... Read More

Ginebra takes pivotal 3-2 lead vs. Bay Area

MANILA – Barangay Ginebra moved to within a win from claiming the PBA Commissioner's Cup championship after holding off Bay Area Dragons for a 101-91 win in Game 5 of the finals on Sunday night in front of 21,823 fans at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Stanley Pringle came up huge down... Read More

Korean soft tennis team to hold training camp in Manila

MANILA – The Korea Soft Tennis Association (KSTA) will send one of its professional women's teams to the Philippines this month for a technical training exchange program.The Korea Daegu Bank team headed by coach Cho Kyoung Soo will arrive on Jan. 16, a day before the training begins at the... Read More

Bay Area ties finals vs. Ginebra anew

MANILA– Bay Area bucked the absence of Andrew Nicholson and held off Ginebra, 94-86, in Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals before 17,236 fans at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday night.Kobey Lam caught fire for the Dragons as he led their fightback, where they held the Gin... Read More

Ginebra’s Thompson, Brownlee win PBA Comm's Cup individual awards

MANILA – Justin Brownlee and Scottie Thompson were named the top performers of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner's Cup, announced before Game 4 of the finals at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Friday.Brownlee won Best Import in the mid-season conference while... Read More

James Yap to juggle basketball, public service in PBA return

MANILA – San Juan City councilor James Yap will return to his old job as a professional basketball player after re-signing with Rain or Shine (ROS).The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) superstar agreed to a one-conference contract with the Elasto Painters in the season-ending Governors'... Read More

PH netter Pascua bows out of ITF Juniors first leg in India

MANILA - Joewyn Rey Pascua from the Philippines lost his quarterfinal match to Ke Hau Hung of Chinese Taipei, 4-6, 2-6, on Friday in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Juniors Championships at the Chandigarh Tennis Stadium in India.Pascua got off to a good start last Thursday after pulling... Read More

SMB trades off Zamar for Allyn Bulanadi

MANILA —The Philippine Basketball Association approved Thursday a trade involving Allyn Bulanadi and Paul Zamar.NorthPort sent Bulanadi to San Miguel in exchange for Zamar.To sweeten the pot, the Beermen also sent their second-round pick for the Season 51 Draft, likely to be scheduled for... Read More

Powell, Blankley fined for ranting on socmed

MANILA – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) slapped Bay Area's Myles Powell and Hayden Blankley with hefty fines for ranting on social media after Game 3 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals against Ginebra.PBA fined Powell PHP100,000 after posting on Twitter that the referees were making... Read More

Karateka Junna Tsukii eyes more international wins

MANILA – Filipino-Japanese Karateka Junna Tsukii is keeping a positive attitude as she gears up for her tournaments this year.First on her list is the Cairo leg of the Karate 1 - Premier League scheduled on Jan. 27 to 29 in Egypt."In 2022, I had only the World Games medal. But it's my biggest... Read More

Djokovic likely to miss Indian Wells, Miami Open over Covid vax

ANKARA – Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is set to miss the Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments for the second year in a row due to his refusal to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.The US Transport Security Administration (TSA) reported that until April 10, 2023, any foreigner... Read More