Sports newsbits for June 17, 2013

INTERNACIONAL RAPS CIMARRON

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 TILT SLATED

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).

BIG BOOST FOR TENNIS PLAYER

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

MURRAY, CILIC IN LONDON FINAL

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.

BRAZIL WINS

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.

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  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

    The summer tour for local junior golfers kicks off with the holding of the ICTSI-JGFP Baguio Junior Open today and tomorrow at the treacherous Baguio Country Club course in Baguio.Sixty players aged 6 to 17 years old are entered in the 36-hole tourney serving as the opening leg of the summer circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation as main sponsor. ... …

  • PH now market ready to absorb infra bonds

    The Philippine market is now ready to absorb infrastructure bonds that will be issued by private companies amid a growing pipeline of infra-related projects under the government’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) program. President Benigno Aquino III last week said the government is still committed to spend more on the country’s infrastructure, with 16 PPP projects currently on the pipeline and nine that have already been awarded. Over the years, some of the country’s biggest infrastructure …

  • Filipinos are saving more – BSP survey

    More Filipinos have the extra cash to save for that proverbial rainy day, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Philippines (BSP). Based on a quarterly survey on consumer confidence, domestic households with savings have the means to increase family reserves and to bring up the amount to historical highs. The central bank said improved family income, a generally positive outlook on the economy, inflation and foreign exchange rates encouraged saving behavior during the first three months of 2015. …

  • AXA Philippines growing alongside its parent firm

    Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corp. is growing side by side with its parent firm, global insurance firm AXA, after posting significant growth in its total premium income amid an increasing market share in the country. A statement showed that in the Philippines, multi-billion firm AXA Group saw P18.35 billion in total premium income. The local entity of AXA, AXA Philippines is a joint venture between AXA Group and the Metrobank Group. In 2014, it saw an increase in market share to 11.6 …

  • End to traffic jam in sight? Japan to lend P4B to PHL for road projects

    The Japanese government will be providing some P4 billion to the Philippines for road projects aimed at decongesting monstrous jams in Metro Manila.Noriaki Niwa, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), said the loan will cover major interchanges to address traffic congestion in Metro Manila, including flyovers, and road links.Among them are the interchanges on EDSA-Roosevelt/Congressional, EDSA-West/North, and C-5-Green Meadows and North/Mindanao Avenue. ... …

  • US won’t provide flexibility for countries interested in TPP

    Washington D.C.—The US government will not provide any flexibility for potential member countries, like the Philippines, in their bid to become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a senior official said. Economic and Business Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary William E. Craft, Jr., said all restrictions stated under the TPP trade deal will be maintained and have to be met by the current and future member countries. Earlier, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said that the …

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