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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  • Philippine, Vietnamese troops play soccer and sing on disputed island

    By Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Vietnamese and Philippine troops played soccer and sang karaoke on a South China Sea island on Wednesday in a sign of the growing security ties between the two Southeast Asian nations most at odds with Beijing over the contested waterway. Cooperation has blossomed between Hanoi and Manila since they shelved decades of enmity over their competing claims in the Spratly archipelago to try to counter China, whose creation of artificial islands in the region …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Fall on renewed U.S. rate hike concerns

    BANGKOK, May 27 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets tumbled on Wednesday as investors resumed selling on expectations of an interest rate hike in the U.S. sooner rather than later, derailing Philippine ... …

  • Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute
    Phl, US defense chiefs to meet on sea dispute

    As US aircraft carrier USS Ronald Regan began its journey to Asian waters amid China’s power flexing in the region, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin would try to hear directly from his US counterpart how far America is willing to go to aid its long-time ally against China’s threatening moves in disputed waters. Gazmin flew to Hawaii last Monday to attend ceremonies for the turnover of leadership of the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) from Admiral Samuel Locklear to Admiral Harry …

  • Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level
    Water in Angat Dam falls below critical level

    The water level of Angat Dam in Bulacan yesterday fell below the 180-meter critical level for irrigation, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said. PAGASA said the dam’s water level further dropped to 179.98 meters as of 6 a.m. yesterday from 180.2 meters on Monday. The priority is the domestic consumption in Metro Manila, according to PAGASA. …

  • PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid
    PCSO gets P3-B fund for medical aid

    The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) reported yesterday that an estimated P3-billion charity fund has been allocated by Congress to the agency to provide medical assistance to indigent patients and also give funds to other government offices including the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Crop Insurance Program. …

  • Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila
    Image of Asia: Tearing down squatters' homes near Manila

    In this photo by Bullit Marquez, a demolition crew begins to tear down a squatters' community at suburban Caloocan city, north of Manila, Philippines. Population growth and the lack of economic opportunities in rural areas have driven millions of Filipinos into the squatters' colonies that dot the sprawling metropolitan area in and around Manila. Most of the land they occupy is privately owned, and clearing the dwellings often results in violence. The landowner had offered about $1,344 in …

  • SE Asia Stocks - Mostly down; Thai shares near 2-week low

    BANGKOK, May 26 (Reuters) - Most sharemarkets in Southeast Asia fell on Tuesday with the Thai index ending at a near two-week low and the Philippines touching a near four-week low after trade data while ... …

  • China breaks ground on lighthouse project in South China Sea

    China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the building of two lighthouses in the disputed South China Sea, state media said on Tuesday, a move that is likely to escalate tensions in a region already jittery about Beijing's maritime ambitions. China's Ministry of Transport hosted the ceremony for the construction of two multi-functional lighthouses on Huayang Reef and Chigua Reef on the disputed Spratly islands, state news agency Xinhua said, defying calls from the United States and the …

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