Sports newsbits for June 17, 2013


Second division side Union Internacional Manila defeated Cimarron FC, 4-3, to clinch a spot in the two-legged playoff for a first division berth next year Saturday in the United Football League at Emperador Stadium in McKinley Hill. Ebenezer Owusu had two goals for Union, which overcame a 1-0 deficit by scoring four straight in the first and second halves to assure themselves of a runner-up finish to Team Socceroo in the second division table. Union improved to 31 points on nine wins, four draws and two losses with one game remaining, and beat third-running Agila in the race for the playoff against the second-worst club of the 10-team first division. Agila has 27 points (9-0-6) with one match left on its schedule. - Jonas Terrado


Dancesport Council of the Philippines will be staging their 2013 DSCPI Midyear Ranking & Competition on June 22 at the Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena (Ultra), Pasig City. According to DSCPI President Becky Garcia, 318 dance athletes from all over the Philippines are competing in this national championship. Eight World DanceSport Federation licensed adjudicators are coming to adjudicate this competition. The event is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee, Calata Corporation, Vitug Beach Resort, PCSO, Philippine Orthopedic Institute, Radio High 105.9, Water Zone, Studio 116 and The Greenery Bulacan. Tickets are available at the DanceSport Training Center, Philsports Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City and at the entrance of the Philsports Multi-Purpose Arena (Ultra).


Tennis star Marianne Jade Capadocia leaves next week for the Netherlands to undergo a three-month training in the hope of harnessing her game for future international tournaments she's going to take part. ''The training will boost her career in preparation for bigger tournaments. For sure she will learn a lot under foreign coach,'' said father Joenito Capadocia. Winner of the recent POC-PSC National Games, Capadocia becomes the first Filipino to train in Netherlands considered home of some of the world's best tennis player. - Clyde Mariano


LONDON (AP) - Top-seeded Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic will contest the final at Queen's Club after both claimed three-set victories on Saturday. Murray, the champion in 2009 and 2011, rallied to defeat fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a repeat of their 2011 final, and fifth-seeded Cilic of Croatia held off former four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Murray will play for his 27th career title and first since he won at Key Biscayne in March, while Cilic will be bidding for the 10th title of his career.


BRASïLIA (AFP) - Neymar inspired Brazil to a 3-0 win over Japan on Saturday as the five-time world champions made a perfect start to their bid to clinch a third successive Confederations Cup title. Brazil won the competition in 1997, as well as the 2005 and 2009 editions, although their ensuing World Cup performances left much to be desired.