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2022: ‘Remarkable year' for Filipinas

MANILA — No one could doubt that 2022 was a banner year for the Philippine women's football team.The now-called "Filipinas" fulfilled what Filipino football fans are hoping for with the men's team, winning a Southeast Asian Games medal again after a long while by ruling the AFF Women's... Read More

PH aerobic gymnast Dolar optimistic on 2023 SEAG campaign

MANILA–Aerobic gymnast Charmaine Dolar is hoping for a better result in the Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) next year.The back-to-back bronze medalist in the individual event will be making her final appearance in the tournament to be hosted by Cambodia from May 5 to 17."We already started our... Read More

Cristiano Ronaldo joins Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr on free transfer

ANKARA – Saudi Arabia's Al-Nassr signed Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo early Saturday on free transfer."History in the making. This is a signing that will not only inspire our club to achieve even greater success but inspire our league, our nation, and future generations, boys and... Read More

Football legend Pele passes away at age 82

ANKARA – Brazilian football legend Pele has passed away at age 82, his daughter Kely Nascimento announced on Thursday.Seen as the greatest player of all time and even labeled "the greatest" by FIFA, Pele was the quintessential football model for generations of fans and players who followed... Read More

Bay Area ties finals series vs. Ginebra

MANILA – Bay Area Dragons silenced much of the 16,044 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City after drubbing Barangay Ginebra, 99-82, on Game 2 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals Wednesday.The Dragons held the Gin Kings to just 16 points in the first quarter before outscoring them,... Read More

Athletes leave their mark on 2022

ANKARA – The world in 2022 has seen some outstanding achievements of athletes who left their mark on the year.Argentine football superstar and 2022 FIFA World Cup champion Lionel Messi, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, World Cup silver medalist Kylian Mbappe of France, Real Madrid's longtime... Read More

Doncic logs historic triple-double as Mavs beat Knicks in OT

ANKARA – Dallas Mavericks' Slovenian superstar Luka Doncic displayed a tremendous effort in a Tuesday NBA game that his team won, tallying 60 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists.The Mavericks beat the New York Knicks 126-121 in overtime at Dallas' American Airlines Center where Doncic was on... Read More

PH, Japan volleyball associations forge partnership

MANILA – The Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) and the Japan Volleyball Association (JVA) have agreed on a training exchange program for their national indoor and beach volleyball teams."It is an honor and a privilege to be working alongside such strong federation with a grand... Read More

PH chess player Ellan Asuela rules Singapore tourney

MANILA - FIDE Master (FM) Ellan Asuela from the Philippines ruled the Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific (KCFAP) Absolute Challenge on Dec. 23-25 at the Peace Centre in Singapore.Two other Filipinos– International Master (IM) Eric Labog Jr. and FM Nelson Mariano III– placed second... Read More

PH bowlers to join Asian Championships in Hong Kong next year

MANILA – The Philippines will send 12 athletes to the 26th Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships on Jan. 8-18, 2023 at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Centre in Hong Kong.The team, which will leave on Jan. 7, is composed of Christian Dychangco, Ivan Dominic Malig, Patrick Neil Nuqui,... Read More

Azkals fall to Thailand in AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup

MANILA – Thailand sent the Philippine Azkals to the brink of an early elimination from the AFF Mitsubishi Electric Cup after a 4-0 win on Monday night at the Thammasat Stadium in Rangsit, Thailand.It was a Teerasil Dangda show for the Thais as they returned to action after taking the Friday... Read More

PH gymnast Tchelzy Maayo bags 5 golds in Indonesia tourney

MANILA - Tchelzy Maayo has devoted herself to gymnastics from an early age with the hope of becoming an Olympian.Two weeks ago, she made the Philippines proud after scooping five gold medals at the 8th International Gymnastics Invitational in Jakarta, Indonesia."I think I did well because I got five... Read More

Ginebra takes PBA Finals opener vs. Bay Area

MANILA – Barangay Ginebra took the opener of the PBA Commissioner's Cup after beating Bay Area, 96-81, in front of 18,252 fans at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Christmas night.The Gin Kings turned things around late in the second quarter, going on a 15-0 run to turn a 26-34... Read More

French midfielder Matuidi retires from football at age 35

ISTANBUL – Blaise Matuidi, a former Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus player, ended his football career on Friday, at age 35."Football, you gave me so much, but the time has come to say stop. I accomplished my dreams as a child, my dreams as a man. It is with a tight throat but with pride that... Read More

Filipino-German swims way to 6 medals in SEA tourney

MANILA – Alexander Georg Eichler's triple-gold performance at the 44th Southeast Asian Age (SEA) Group Swimming Championships has validated his inclusion to the Philippine junior team.The 15-year-old Eichler, born to a Filipino mother and a German father, ruled the 50-meter, 100-meter and... Read More

Wrestler Lobreguito eyes 2023 SEA Games gold

MANILA –After winning the Philippines' only gold medal at the Southeast Asian Championships held from December 16-18 at the Phumin Phnom Penh University in Cambodia, wrestler Alvin Lobreguito is setting his sights on another golden performance in the 2023 SEA Games.Lobreguito bagged the men's... Read More

Baguio keeps 'Batang Pinoy' crown

BAGUIO CITY – This summer capital has retained the top spot in the annual Batang Pinoy sports competition for athletes 15 years and below held in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur.In a press release coursed through the City Public Information Office, city sports division head Gaudencio Gonzales said... Read More

Football legend Pele to spend Christmas in hospital

ISTANBUL – Brazilian football legend Pele's health has worsened during his stay in the hospital to help battle his cancer, according to doctors and his family.Pele, 82, will remain hospitalized in a common room under the necessary care of the medical team, Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein... Read More

‘Bisht’ worn by Messi at World Cup ceremony draws great interest

DOHA, Qatar – A traditional item of clothing called a bisht, which was worn by Lionel Messi while lifting the World Cup trophy during the awards presentation ceremony, has attracted great interest from football fans, according to Qatari media reports Wednesday.Many fans, especially Argentines,... Read More

Russian Natalya Antyukh’s Olympic gold medal disqualified

ANKARA – Russian athlete Natalya Antyukh’s Olympic gold medal in the women’s 400m hurdles at the London 2012 Olympics was disqualified Thursday by the World Athletics’ Competition Department.The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) notified the International Olympic Committee (IOC)... Read More