MANILA – PBA chairman Ricky Vargas sees no problem of local Filipino players signing up to play basketball abroad following the top collegiate basketball star Thirdy Ravena’s decision to skip the PBA draft and play in the Japan B-League. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas in a virtual forum said it’s up to the players if they want to join a league in foreign countries despite enticing offers from PBA. According to


MANILA – The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines or ABAP is optimistic that the Tokyo Olympics will push through in July next year. ABAP president Ricky Vargas is hopeful that the Olympics would push through as this is our nation’s best chance to achieve Olympic glory. In a recent survey in Japan, half of Tokyo residents are not comfortable with hosting the Olympics in their city, Some either

Keith Thurman demands

Almost a year after getting his first setback, former WBA welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman continues demand rematch with the legendary Filipino eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao. In an interview with Boxingscene, Keith Thurman wants another crack at his former belt. According to him, The WBA championship is his belt and he would love to have another opportunity to take it back from the Filipino boxer. Even though

Basketball patron Danding Cojuangco dies

MANILA – San Miguel Corporation Chairman and CEO Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr. died on Tuesday night. He turned 85 last June 10. His family confirmed his passing at 10:45 PM due to pneumonia and heart attack. They will be holding a private wake following his immediate cremation due to current quarantine restrictions. Cojuangco was a known basketball patron to his alma mater De La Salle University and currently holds three

Tab Baldwin apologizes

MANILA – Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and Former Philippine Team head coach Tab Baldwin apologized on Monday for the unfiltered remarks that he made regarding the league and its coaches last weekend. The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) said in a statement that Tab Baldwin was apologetic and claimed that his comments were taken out of context. Baldwin issued his apology in a video conference meeting yesterday and was

first-ever International Basketball Federation

MANILA – The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas released Philippines ‘ official line-up in the first-ever International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Esports Open 2020. Representing the Philippines in the 17-nation tournament are Aljon Cruzin, Rocky Brana, Custer Galas, Rial Polog, Philippe Alcaraz, Al Timajo, and Clark Banzon. FIBA media and marketing services director-general Frank Leenders said in a statement that the e-sports’ initiative is consistent with the strategic objective of Fiba to

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, signed a law the would establish the country’s first National Academy of Sports. Senator Win Gatchalian, one of the bill’s co-authors and co-sponsor, confirmed the signing of the law that would institutionalize an educational system in aid of the national sustainable sports program. The National Academy of Sports will be offering a full scholarship basis, secondary education to all natural-born Filipino citizens with


MANILA – Even with the countless accomplishment that Mayweather has accrued during a 21 year career, current Welterweight contender Shawn Porter would rather takes Manny Pacquiao’s career instead of Mayweather’s. “I’m actually gonna go with Manny.. I think that even though Manny has taken a lot of punishment – he’s been in a lot of wars, he’s been in a lot of exciting fights.” Porter told in an interview hosted


ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio of Baguio District, Philippines, had been inspired to take up martial arts from the age of 12. It’s a hobby he strongly followed, winning multiple major wushu competitions in the Philippines before moving into mixed martial arts. Indeed, it was martial arts that helped him grow up through several tough times, as his father moved overseas to work and support the family when he


As a tribute to his tragic death in a helicopter crash in California, Philippine fans of late NBA star Kobe Bryant have created a special mural at a covered tenement home court in Taguig City. The artists created the mural to pay homage to Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who was also killed in the incident, according to Bam Alegre’s post on Unang Balita Tuesday. They’ve said painting the mural