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RJ Abarrientos seeks improvement after first B.League season

MANILA, Philippines—RJ Abarrientos didn’t have the most colorful maiden season in the Japanese B.League with the Shinshu Brave Warriors but that didn’t hinder him from looking at the silver lining. After an impressive campaign in the Korean Basketball League (KBL) where he was named Rookie of the Year, Abarrientos took his talents to Japan in the B.League where he suited up for Shinshu. “[It was a] very rough season for our team, especially for...


Caitlin Clark nabs first WNBA win for Indiana Fever

Women’s basketball sensation Caitlin Clark drilled a dagger three-pointer to help the Indiana Fever notch their first win of her debut WNBA season Friday, 78-73 over the Los Angeles Sparks. Clark, whose record-setting exploits in collegiate basketball brought unprecedented attention to the women’s game, has struggled since Indiana made her the number one pick in the NBA draft. She endured another tough shooting night on Friday, but finished with...


Baseball World Baffled By Player's Missile From Right Field To Home

Chusei Mannami of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters might have to be inspected by Nippon Professional Baseball because his right arm could be viewed as a lethal weapon. Earlier this week, a video of Mannami gunning down a runner at home plate went viral on social media. Some people ...


Maxine Esteban off to Paris Olympics carrying PH pride

Maxine Esteban, a natural-born Filipino who will fence for Ivory Coast in the Paris Olympics in a few months, is entering a crucial stretch in her buildup while having the thoughts—and backing—of two nations. “I’m very proud [because] coming into the Olympics, I’m representing both countries: the Philippines and Ivory Coast,” she said after watching Alas Pilipinas win over Australia in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup on Thursday...


Verstappen: Red Bull "getting found out" by F1 rivals as gap closes

Max Verstappen says his Red Bull Formula 1 team is "getting found out" by its rivals after qualifying sixth in Monaco with car handling issues.


PBA record can wait as Marcio Lassiter shoots for another title

MANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter is keeping his priorities straight. After helping San Miguel Beer make the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Lassiter knows he can’t afford to have any distractions when the Beermen go for championship No. 30. That said, becoming the PBA all-time leader for most 3-pointers made is not something that Lassiter would try to pursue amid San Miguel’s title chase which has become his top priority. READ: Marcio Lassiter has...


AVC Cup: Australia bounces back, boosts semis bid

MANILA, Philippines — Australia bolstered its semifinal chances in Pool A after overcoming gritty India, 26-24, 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, in the AVC Challenge Cup on Saturday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Coming off a tough first loss to Alas Pilipinas two days ago, Caitlin Tipping poured in 27 points off 19 attacks, four blocks, and four aces as they improved to a 2-1 record, needing to beat Iran on Sunday at 4 p.m. to enter the semifinals. Australia...


Paalam downs Greek foe in qualifiers

FILIPINO boxer Carlo Paalam began his final push for a Paris Olympics slot by defeating Greek Alexie Lagkazasvili via unanimous decision in the second World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday evening. All five judges favored Paalam in the men's 57-kilogram (kg) class round of 32 match. A Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, Paalam needs to finish at least in third place in this boxing final Olympic qualifying event to book...


Cage Warrior fighter Connor Hitchens passes away unexpectedly aged 26


PBA: Ginebra bounces back, ties semis series vs Meralco at 2-2

SCHEDULE: 2024 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Barangay Ginebra found gaps in the enemy’s interior and made Meralco pay all of Friday night for a 90-71 victory in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday night. Japeth Aguilar starred with 21 points as LA Tenorio, who started the clash at Mall of Asia Arena, provided a spark with seven points, ultimately helping level the best-of-seven Final Four showdown to two games apiece. “As bad...


PBA: Timely call helps Scottie Thompson regain touch for Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines—Scottie Thompson got some much-needed boost for Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals from a simple phone call. After the Gin Kings evened their series with the Meralco Bolts via a 90-71 domination on Friday, Thompson revealed that there was a driving force that made things easier for him in Game 4. Thompson said he got a call from Ginebra team manager Alfrancis Chua and that conversation turned out to be crucial for...


Haas F1 duo disqualified from Monaco qualifying over rear wing breach

Haas drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have been thrown out of qualifying for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix after their rear wings failed inspection.


The communication breakdown that led to Haas's Monaco F1 disqualification

Haas has explained how a communications breakdown triggered its exclusion from qualifying for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix for an illegal rear wing.


McLaren: F1 Monaco GP banner issues 'unacceptable'

McLaren and Lando Norris have labelled the advertising banner issues during Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix weekend as "not acceptable".


Gandler shows readiness to deliver as Laure rested against Iran

MANILA, Philippines — In an effort to preserve the health of starting outside hitter Eya Laure, Alas Pilipinas head coach Jorge Souza de Brito fielded second stringer Vanie Gandler and the national team rookie showed her readiness as a starter. Gandler fired nine points as the Philippines dominated Iran, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15, to go 3-0 and booked its first semifinals entry in the AVC Challenge Cup for Women at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on...


Moment trans runner wins 400m race a full second ahead of rivals

At the Washington State Championship, transgender teen athlete Veronica Garcia was booed after winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.75 seconds.


What F1 GPS data reveals about Piastri's Monaco pole near-miss

McLaren’s Oscar Piastri was left to rue “a couple of mistakes at the end” of his Monaco Grand Prix qualifying defeat to Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc, which is highlighted in the GPS data of his lap.


Djokovic ‘worried’ as French Open build-up suffers new setback

World number one Novak Djokovic admitted he was “worried” about his French Open title defense after falling to 44th-ranked Czech Tomas Machac in the Geneva semifinals on Friday. Djokovic went down to a 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 loss having taken a late wildcard into the Swiss clay-court tournament in a bid to reverse an alarming dip in form ahead of Roland Garros where the 24-time Grand Slam champion has won three times. “Of course I’m worried. I haven’t...


Cone, Ginebra left searching for answers after 'terrible' Game 3 loss

Cone: 'They outshot us, outplayed us, outcoached us'


Cubs prospect blasts home run after being thrown at

Pete Crow-Armstrong hit what has to be the most satisfying home run of the season. On Friday, Crow-Armstrong was facing former MLB pitcher Wily Peralta in a Triple-A game between PCA’s Iowa Cubs and Peralta’s Indianapolis Indians.


30 year-old Grayson Murray died a day after withdrawing from the PGA tournament

Grayson Murray, a two-time PGA Tour winner, withdrew from the Charles Schwab Challenge on Friday, citing an unspecified illness. He was 30.


Gandler says games vs international squads will help PH volleyball growth

Being called up to join Alas Pilipinas is a dream come true for Vanie Gandler, one that she had her eye on for a while now. “[Being on the national team is] an honor and I am very excited to be here,” Gandler told the Inquirer ahead of her debut with Alas Pilipinas against Australia on Thursday for the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. “I think it’s everyone’s dream to be a part of the national team...


Yeng Guiao confronts Terrence Romeo over garbage-time trey

Terrence earns Guiao ire


NBA: Jrue Holiday helps Celtics edge Pacers for 3-0 lead in East finals

INDIANAPOLIS — Jrue Holiday didn’t feel well all day. He even missed the team’s morning shootaround. When it mattered most, though, the Celtics guard looked just fine. Holiday converted a three-point play with 38.9 seconds left to give Boston its first lead in nearly 36 minutes, followed that with the game-saving steal and then clinched the 114-111 victory at Indiana with two free throws Saturday night to give Celtics a commanding 3-0 lead in...


Rondina surprised on how well she played vs taller Australians

Sisi Rondina may only be 5'6" in height but in the game against Australia in the AVC Challenge Cup on Thursday, the former University of Santo Tomas outside hitter towered over her taller counterparts. Alas Pilipinas debuted in the tournament with a rousing 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 victory before a boisterous crowd of 4,945 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate, Manila. Rondina, who scored 15 points and the game-winner, was the first...


Hulkenberg: "Stupid" F1 Monaco crash unnecessary from Perez and Magnussen

Haas Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg says the Monaco Grand Prix start accident that he fell victim to was "stupid" and "unnecessary from both" Sergio Perez and team-mate Kevin Magnussen.


Gilas Women whip Malaysia in U18 Seaba qualifiers

MANILA, Philippines–Gilas Pilipinas came out the gates hard and played with sustained brilliance all of Saturday afternoon to trample Malaysia, 100-68, in the Fiba U18 Women’s Asia Cup Seaba Qualifiers in Thailand. Fresh off a rousing tournament debut, the Nationals picked the enemy apart with methodical precision at Ratchaburi Gymnasium, burying them in holes as deep as 36 points. Gabriella Ramos was solid once again, this time leading the...


Fil-Am gymnast Malabuyo catches final bus to Olympics

LAST month at the FIG World Cup Doha leg, a Paris Olympics berth was within reach for Filipino American gymnast Emma Malabuyo. Entering the final installment of the four-leg World Cup series, Malabuyo was running second at the floor exercise event with 69 points accumulated through the first three legs in Cairo, Cottbus and Baku. Per apparatus, the top two gymnasts who accumulate the highest three-meet point total will advance to the Olympics....


Jia De Guzman is ace up Alas Pilipinas sleeve

Jia De Guzman is thankful that the crowd keeps coming out to support Alas Pilipinas in the AVC Challenge Cup. She’s happy for the opportunity to play for the country and with some of the best young standouts today. The national squad is happy it has Jia de Guzman. SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 “Ate Jia has been a huge factor. [S]he knows what to do inside the court. We’re very grateful to have her as our setter because...


NBA: Anthony Edwards struggling as Timberwolves head to Dallas down 0-2

MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards drove toward the lane with the time on the clock dwindling and the Minnesota Timberwolves clinging to a two-point lead on the Dallas Mavericks. Edwards stopped at the foul line as three Mavericks defenders closed in, hesitating to shoot on another off night for the 22-year-old guard. He looked for a step-through to his right. Then he pivoted left, went airborne and, not seeing a path to the basket he liked, flicked...


Rodel Canino proud to see daughter Angel thrive in Alas Pilipinas

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — Eleven years after playing for the Philippine men’s volleyball team, Rodel Canino is delighted to see her daughter, Angel, spread her wings for Alas Pilipinas in front of the outpouring of support in the AVC Challenge Cup 2024. The second-generation volleyball player has continued her father’s legacy by playing for the flag and competing on the international stage with...


F1 discussing new team $600 million dilution fund formula

Formula 1 is discussing the idea of a new $600 million dilution fund format for new teams as part of the next Concorde Agreement, Autosport has learned.


Guiao eyes another big man in PBA draft after Fajardo crushes ROS hopes

Guiao says Rain or Shine needs to bolster its frontline to be competitve against SMB and Fajardo


Nisperos makes the most of limited action in Alas win over Iran

MANILA, Philippines — Akari's Faith Nisperos did not see action in Alas Pilipinas' first two games in the ongoing AVC Challenge Cup for Women at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. And in the Philippines' third game in the tournament against Iran on Saturday, May 25, the former Ateneo standout was only fielded by coach Jorge Souza de Brito in the latter part of the third set. A consummate professional, Nisperos did not complain and made the most of her...


COLUMN: Converge has a back-up plan in case Balti skips PBA draft

Blue-chips like Evan Nelle, Kai Ballungay, Jerom Lastimosa are on Converge's draft board, too


Kiefer in Jones Cup

MANILA, Philippines — Seasoned guard Kiefer Ravena will reinforce Strong Group Athletics in the 43rd William Jones Cup on July 13 to 21 in Taipei. SGA yesterday announced the signing of Ravena for the invitational tourney in time for the offseason of the Japan B. League, where he just towed his mother club Shiga Lakestars to the Division II championship. “I’m really excited to be part of the Strong Group and play in the Jones Cup. It’s a great...


Gallent, Fajardo left impressed by ROS young guns

MANILA, Philippines — San Miguel Beer may have scored a four-game sweep of Rain or Shine in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series. But coach Jorge Gallent tipped his hat off to ROS coach Yeng Guiao for developing a number of his young players early in their pro careers. Gallent was specifically impressed with how second year guard Gian Mamuyac rose to a more prominent role this season under Guiao. "Definitely Mamuyac, he's been playing well...


PBA: Ginebra has no time to celebrate ‘pogi points’ after big win

MANILA, Philippines—Ginebra blew out Meralco in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals but the winning margin isn’t anything to glorify, at least for coach Tim Cone. After the Gin Kings’ 90-71 win over the Bolts at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, Cone reiterated that the only reason to breathe easier is because they virtually brought the series back to square one. Winning by a huge margin? That’s just “pogi points.” READ: PBA: Ginebra bounces...


AVC Cup: Vanie Gandler delivers in first start for Alas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines — Vanie Gandler proved that she’s ready to deliver for Alas Pilipinas when given an opportunity to play for the flag. Gandler was instrumental in her first start with nine points to help the Philippines book a semifinal berth in the AVC Challenge Cup after dominating Iran, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15, on a rainy Saturday evening, which didn’t stop the electric home crowd from a wild celebration at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. “I’m just...


Magnussen incensed after aborting Monaco F1 quali lap for "no reason"

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen was incensed by a decision to abort a Monaco Grand Prix qualifying lap that he felt was on track for a Q3 appearance.


Fil-Ivorian fencer Maxine Esteban pulls up to watch Alas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines — Paris Olympics-bound fencer Maxine Esteban was part of the electric crowd of 4,945 cheering for her good friend Faith Nisperos and Alas Pilipinas in the AVC Challenge Cup on Thursday evening at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Esteban, who is set to debut with Ivory Coast in the 2024 Paris Olympics, stopped by in Alas Pilipinas’ opening game during her short vacation in Manila, witnessing the Filipino Spikers take down the taller...


Girlfriend of former world snooker champion was a drug dealer: "Money transfers up to €35,000"


Bad dog! Moment pooch stealing tennis balls is caught red handed

On walks with his owner, Shauneen Fowler, 42, Buddy would sniff out tennis balls that had been hit out of the courts and into bushes and claim them as his own. He has been forced to return over 100 balls to tennis courts.


PBA: June Mar Fajardo picks best time to bounce back for San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines—There was not better time for June Mar Fajardo to bounce back from an abysmal game than Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. The Kraken did just that to give Rain or Shine the boot at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday. In San Miguel’s 107-100 win over the Elasto Painters to advance to the Finals, Fajardo dominated with a monster double-double of 17 points and 23 rebounds. This after going ice cold from the field in Game 3...


F1 urged to improve overtaking chances at Monaco Grand Prix

MONACO — Red Bull boss Christian Horner added his voice to those calling for ways to improve overtaking at the Monaco Grand Prix. Formula 1’s wide and heavy cars have almost nowhere to pass, and often follow each other around the tight and sinewy 3.3-kilometer (two-mile) street circuit. “They’re so big now, arguably they’re too big to be racing around these streets because you can barely get two side by side,” team principal Horner said on...


Alas spikers wow hometown crowd

MANILA, Philippines — Displaying incredible grit, Alas Pilipinas tamed a higher-ranked India, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, last night to continue its surge in the AVC Women’s Challenge Cup before another sellout crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. It was the second straight victory for the Filipinas who shoved the Indians, ranked 57th in the world compared to the Filipinas 62nd, down to 2-1. Angel Canino swooped down on the Indians with 22...


AVC Cup: Vietnam nears sweep of pool stage, upends Kazakhstan

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen erupted for 30 points to put defending champion Vietnam on the verge of sweeping Pool B after beating Kazakhstan, 25-14, 25-19, 14-25, 25-23, in the AVC Challenge Cup on Friday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Tuyen closed out the fourth set with 10 points to finish the game with 26 kills, three blocks, and an ace to keep the Vietnamese unbeaten in...


Alas reaches semis with 3-0 card

MANILA, Philippines — Like a bullet train, Philippine volleyball’s renaissance is fast approaching. It was accelerated by Alas Pilipinas’ 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 decimation of Iran last night in the AVC Challenge Cup at the jampacked Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The Filipinas continued their impressive showing, coming through with their best game of the tournament against the Iranians following a pair of electric wins over the Aussies and the Indians...


Pacers stake unbeaten home mark vs Celtics road success in Game 3

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers can read the numbers. They’re down 2-0 in another best-of-seven series and are heading home, where they are a perfect 6-0 during this season’s NBA playoff run. They need a win in Saturday’s pivotal Game 3 to get back in this series, just as they did last week against New York. And, yes, they’re facing the top-seeded Boston Celtics, who are a perfect 4-0 on the road this postseason. The bleakest part of this...


AVC Cup: Fifi Sharma hopes to sustain play after solid debut

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — After an impressive start in front of an electric crowd, Fifi Sharma hopes Alas Pilipinas sustains its momentum as it battles unbeaten India in a crucial Pool A match in the AVC Challenge Cup on Friday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Sharma had a decent national team debut with seven points to help Alas overcome the taller Australia, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21, on Thursday...