Sports

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

Ginebra rallies to take Finals Game 3 vs. Bay Area

MANILA – Ginebra came alive in the final four minutes of Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals to steal an 89-82 win against Bay Area to the delight of most of the 15,004 fans at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Wednesday night.In the first game of Asia's premier professional... Read More

Bachmann vows to instill integrity as PSC chair

MANILA – In his new role as Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman, Dickie Bachmann looks to bring the "Alaska Aces philosophy" to the top government sports body."I bring with me nearly three decades of experience in organized sports, as well as the Alaska Aces philosophy I have learned... Read More

Cebu boxing exec dismisses ‘baseless’ criticisms vs. match judges

CEBU CITY – The president of the Association of Philippine Professional Boxing Officials (APPBRO)-Visayas on Wednesday issued an open letter against a vlogger and asked to stop maligning the reputation of Cebu-based boxing judges, saying they officiated matches professionally.Edward Ligas,... Read More

Rald Ricafort named PLDT volleyball team head coach

MANILA – Rald Ricafort has been appointed head coach of the PLDT High Speed Hitters for the 2023 Premier Volleyball League (PVL) season.He was a former mentor of the Petro Gazz Angels, who reached the finals of the 2022 PVL Reinforced Conference as a third seed and eventually won the... Read More

Converge tweaks lineup anew, gets Balanza in trade

MANILA – Converge FiberXers made another shuffle to its lineup on Wednesday, this time reuniting Jerrick Balanza with coach Aldin Ayo.The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) announced that it has approved a one-on-one trade sending Balanza to the FiberXers from the NorthPort Batang Pier in... Read More

Zamboanga wins ABL debut vs. Surabaya

MANILA – Zamboanga made a successful ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) debut on Tuesday night with a 108-94 win against Louvre Surabaya on the second night of the ABL Invitational at the OCBC Arena in Singapore.Zamboanga turned the tides in the fourth quarter, outscoring Surabaya, 43-20, to... Read More

PH athletics team to join Asian Indoor Championships

MANILA – World's No. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena will lead the 17-member Philippine team to the 10th Asian Indoor Athletics Championships scheduled from Feb. 10 to 12 in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan.Joining him are Fil-Americans Kristina Marie Knott (women's 60-meter), Natalie Uy (women's pole... Read More

Blackwater, Converge engage in 1st PBA trade for 2023

MANILA – Blackwater and Converge have begun rebuilding their respective rosters for the upcoming PBA Governors' Cup by agreeing on the first trade the league approved for 2023.The PBA confirmed on Tuesday that Mike DiGregorio, RK Ilagan, and Tyrus Hill are heading to the Bossing and Barkley... Read More

Pele’s coffin arrives at Santos stadium ahead of funeral rite

ISTANBUL – The coffin of Brazilian football icon Pele on Monday arrived at Santos FC's Vila Belmiro stadium pitch, where he spent most of his career.Pele's coffin, placed under a large canopy at the stadium, will be buried at the Memorial Necropole Ecumenical vertical cemetery in his hometown... Read More

Azkals fall to Indonesia to close out AFF ME Cup stint

MANILA – The Philippine Azkals started 2023 on a sour note on Monday night after dropping a 1-2 defeat to Indonesia in their final match in the 2022-23 AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in ManilaDespite a hot start, the Azkals could not give longtime captain Stephan... Read More

Schrock to retire from Azkals

MANILA–Stephan Schrock will be playing his final match in a Philippine Azkals kit when the national team takes on Indonesia in its last assignment in the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup on Monday night at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.In the first sports news for 2023 right on New Year's Day, Schrock... Read More