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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  • ‘Next leader must not be newbie’
    ‘Next leader must not be newbie’

    Vice President Jejomar Binay believes the next president of the Philippines must have vast experience and a long track record in governance and in dealing with crises. “I am very much convinced that the local government is the best training ground for those who want to run for national government positions,” he said. Binay said he is determined to run for president in 2016 on the strength of his competence and track record. …

  • Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning
    Massacre suspect tests negative for poisoning

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  • ‘Homework first before Facebook’
    ‘Homework first before Facebook’

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  • Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement
    Espina resignation confirmed; Noy looks for replacement

    President Aquino ended speculations yesterday and confirmed that Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina had indeed resigned as officer-in-charge of the Philippine National Police. As of this time, we are conducting various interviews and checks on the various candidates,” Aquino told reporters at the Tarlac National High School in Tarlac City. Aquino had kind words for Espina, saying that he stood by and defended the 44 slain police Special Action Force (SAF) commandos in the operation in …

  • Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation
    Palace welcomes G7 concern over sea reclamation

    President Aquino welcomed yesterday the Group of Seven industrialized countries’ expression of concern over rising tension in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, calling it a clear indication of the global scope of the problem ramped up by China’s massive reclamation activities in disputed waters. In Tarlac City where he led the turnover of new classrooms, Aquino told reporters that goodwill and not tension must prevail in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, where territorial …

  • DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12
    DepEd, TESDA tie up for K to 12

    The Department of Education (DepEd) has partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the first two years of implementation of the K to 12 program. “We will use TESDA centers as technical-vocational laboratories for senior high school,” DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro said during the inauguration of 30 new classrooms at the Tarlac National High School yesterday. The classrooms were constructed in partnership with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. …

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  • Philippine Airlines parent says back in black
    Philippine Airlines parent says back in black

    Philippine Airlines' parent firm said it had returned to profitability, the first time in three years either entity reported being in the black for an entire year. In a filing with the Philippine Stock Exchange Thursday, PAL Holdings reported an after-tax net profit of 129.74 million pesos ($2.93 million) in its fiscal year to December 31. …

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