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05/31/16

Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman dies

2014PBAHoFTedMarilynHoffmanGeorgeBush_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Ted Hoffman Jr. (pictured with his wife Marilyn and President George W. Bush), who served the PBA in a number of capacities for more than 50 years, died Monday following a lengthy illness. He was 76. The son of a bowling proprietor, Hoffman was a star bowler in suburban Philadelphia in his teens. In 1964 he was selected as Pennsylvania "Bowler-of-the-Year" by the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and was a winner of the famed Newsday Long Island Open Tournament.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

05/31/16

Norm Duke takes first round lead in Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

Defending champ Pete Weber in contention for fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title

2015PBANormDuke_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke (pictured) arrived at Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Bowling Center in Las Vegas feeling under the weather, but he even surprised himself by averaging 248 on demanding lane conditions to charge into the early first round lead in the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open Monday. Duke, a third-year PBA50 Tour competitor at age 52, rolled a 280 game out of the gate and followed with games of 196, 245, 242, 249 and 276 for a six-game total of 1,488 pins and a 72-pin lead over 61-year-old Tom Baker of King, N.C.

2016 PWBA Tour #5

05/31/16

Stefanie Johnson set to defend PWBA Wichita Open title

2015PWBATourStefanieJohnson_small.jpgThe opportunity to compete on a professional women's bowling tour is something Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, thought might never happen, and she's appreciative of the chance to showcase her skills. When she arrives in Wichita, Kansas, for this week's Professional Women's Bowling Association Wichita Open, she will enter Northrock Lanes as the defending champion. The event kicks off with a practice session on Thursday at 5 p.m., and official competition will be Friday and Saturday.

2016 PWBA Tour #1-3

05/28/16

Titles determined for three PWBA events

SPOILER ALERT: The following story contains information about the stepladder finals of PWBA events that will air on CBS Sports Network at a later date.

2016PWBALogo_small.jpg The stepladder finals of the first three events of the 2016 PWBA Tour season were held Thursday at The Orleans Bowling Center, and CBS Sports Network will air the finals of the events in June as part of its television package with USBC. The PWBA Las Vegas Open, Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open and Storm PWBA Sacramento Open stepladders were taped for broadcast at the site of the first major of the season, the USBC Queens, in Las Vegas.

2016 PWBA #4

05/27/16

Singapore's Bernice Lim wins 2016 USBC Queens

2016USBCQueensBerniceLim5_small.jpg Bernice Lim of Singapore became the sixth international player to win the USBC Queens, defeating top seed Sandra Andersson of Sweden, 248-223, at The Orleans Bowling Center on Thursday. Lim started the championship match, live on CBS Sports Network, with six consecutive strikes, before a 10 pin ended her run at perfection. She needed just three pins on the first shot of her final frame to secure the victory. The USBC Queens is the first major of the 2016 PWBA Tour season.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #19

05/26/16

Xtra Frame to cover Pete Weber's bid for Senior U.S. Open begins

2015PBA5005PeteWeber2_small.jpgXtra Frame fans will have a full June schedule of viewing options, filled with live PBA Tour, PBA50 Tour and PWBA coverage, but none of the events are likely to have the historical significance of the Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open that takes place May 30-June 3 at the Suncoast in Las Vegas. Fans following the PBA50 Tour's first major championship of the year will be watching to see if PBA Hall of Famer and defending champion Pete Weber can make more history.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/26/16

Sweden's Sandra Andersson earns top seed at 2016 USBC Queens

Live TV stepladder final includes five bowlers from Sweden, Singapore, United States, Malaysia and Germany

2016USBCQueensSandraAndersson_small.jpg Sweden's Sandra Andersson went undefeated in match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals of the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens, which will air live on CBS Sports Network on Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern. Andersson (pictured left) is looking to become the sixth international player, and first since 2014, to win the USBC Queens. This year's stepladder includes bowlers from five different countries – Sweden, Singapore, United States, Malaysia and Germany.

2016 PWBA #04

05/25/16

Sixteen players remain in contention at 2016 USBC Queens

Six international bowlers and two from the U.S. remain in the winners' bracket

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg2016USBCQueensStefanieJohnson2_small.jpg After four days of competition at the 2016 USBC Queens, only 16 players remain in contention for the coveted tiara and $20,000 top prize. Among the undefeated competitors after the opening round of match play Tuesday are top seed Birgit Pöppler (l.) of Germany and Team USA member Stefanie Johnson (r.) of Grand Prairie, Texas, who each have had very different experiences this week at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

2016 PBA Tour #8

05/24/16

Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to bowl in PBA Jonesboro Open June 3-5

Super Bowl 50 champ is taking his bowling experiences seriously

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpg CJ Anderson, who helped the underdog Denver Broncos upset the heavily favored Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, made his debut in Professional Bowlers Association competition over the weekend in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City, and is already making plans for his second appearance in the Downums Waste Services PBA Jonesboro Open presented by Xtra Frame at Jonesboro Bowling Center in Jonesboro, Ark., June 3-5.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/24/16

Germany's Birgit Pöppler top qualifier for 2016 USBC Queens

29 international bowlers make the cut to the top 64 for double-elimination match play, eight of whom finish qualifying in the top 10; Kelly Kulick is the top-positioned U.S. bowler in fifth place

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler4_small.jpg Birgit Pöppler of Germany continued her scorching pace through the third round of qualifying Monday at the 2016 USBC Queens and earned the top seed for the match-play portion of the event. Pöppler averaged more than 240 over 15 games at The Orleans Bowling Center in Lass Vegas for a 3,601 total, the second-highest in USBC Queens history. She had blocks of 1,238, 1,159 and 1,204. As the top seed, Pöppler will square off against the No. 64 seed, Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, in the opening round.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/23/16

Germany's Birgit Pöppler takes second-round lead in USBC Queens

Seven international bowlers in the top 10 after 10 of 15 qualifying games

2016USBCQueensBirgitPoppler_small.jpgGermany's Birgit Pöppler leads a field of more than 250 bowlers after two rounds of qualifying at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens. Pöppler used games of 236, 245, 267, 186 and 225 for a 1,159 total Sunday at The Orleans bowling center in Las Vegas to bring her 10-game total to 2,397. Two-time USBC Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, is in second place with 2,388, and Singapore's Jazreel Tan is third with 2,324.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/22/16

Erin McCarthy leads opening day at 2016 USBC Queens

2015USBCQueensErinMcCarthy_small.jpgTeam USA's Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska, continued where she left off at the United States Bowling Congress Queens and led a field of more than 250 players Saturday in the opening round of the 2016 event. McCarthy (pictured) averaged more than 251 for her five-game block at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, including games of 268, 257, 259, 232 and 241, for an opening-round total of 1,257. Germany's Birgit Pöppler ended the day in second place with 1,238.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #18

05/21/16

Denver Broncos' CJ Anderson to compete in Oklahoma City PBA Regional event

Top 10 PBA Fall Swing money-winners to earn berths in 2017 DHC Japan Open; Xtra Frame kicks into high gear in June; PBA50 National Championship host center making major upgrades; Wodka, Verble, Shafer notch regional wins

2016CP3CJAnderson_small.jpgThe PBA has learned that Denver Broncos' running back CJ Anderson is going to compete in the PBA Planet Bowl Southwest Open in Oklahoma City this weekend. Anderson, who made his PBA debut as a celebrity guest in the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational in Los Angeles in January, is serious about bowling and reportedly has been practicing diligently with guidance from PBA competitors, including fellow Denver area PBA member Brett Cooper.

2016 PBA Tour

05/20/16

PBA World Series of Bowling VIII returns to National Bowling Stadium

Silver Legacy, Reno to host multi-event international bowling showcase

PBAWorldSeriesofBowlingLogo_small.jpgThe eighth annual edition of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling, an international multi-event showcase for the world's most talented bowlers, will return to the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., from Nov. 27 through Dec. 11, 2016. WSOB VIII will return to a PBA members-only event and will offer its members from around the world an opportunity to compete for shares of an estimated $750,000 in prize money and five PBA Tour titles in nationally-televised ESPN finals.

2016 PBA50 Tour #5

05/19/16

Pete Weber juggernaut's next stop: Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open

Hall of Famer hopes to defend title, win record fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour event

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgJust four events into the relatively young 2016 PBA50 Tour season, Pete Weber has his sights set on a record-setting campaign, including a second consecutive PBA50 Player of the Year crown, back-to-back Suncoast PBA Senior U.S. Open titles and an unprecedented fourth consecutive PBA50 Tour title. After a fourth-place finish in the Pasco County Florida Open to start the year, followed by three consecutive wins to start the season, he's in prime position to make good on all three goals.

2016 PWBA Tour #4

05/17/16

2016 USBC Queens draws largest field since 2008

Defending champion Liz Johnson leads more than 250 of the top female competitors to The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas May 20-26

2015PWBATourLizJohnson_small.jpg The resurgence of the Professional Women's Bowling Association continues to show as the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Queens will draw its biggest turnout in nearly a decade starting Saturday in Las Vegas. USBC Hall of Famer and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (pictured) of Cheektowaga, New York, will look to defend her title against more than 250 of the top female competitors in the world. The stepladder finals, which will be televised live Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

2016 PWBA Tour #3

05/15/16

Singapore's Cherie Tan earns top seed for PWBA finals in Sacramento

2016PWBATour03Finalists_small.jpg With as many as six bowlers on the lanes for each PWBA event this season, Singapore has been well-represented, and the group now is guaranteed to bowl for the title at the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. Cherie Tan, the lone left-hander of the contingent, averaged more than 225 this weekend to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.

2016 PWBA Tour #3

05/14/16

Anggie Ramirez leads at 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open

2016PWBATour03AnggieRamirez_small.jpgColombia's Anggie Ramirez started and finished her day at the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open with her two best games, closing with a 258 effort to surge to the top of the standings after 12 games. The 25-year-old left-hander (pictured) averaged more than 231 during the second block of qualifying Friday at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., to move up from fifth place after the day's first block. She finished with a 2,713 total, an overall average of 226.08.

2016 PBA Spare Shots #17

05/13/16

WRW vs. PDW: The Race to 100 titles is getting close

2015PBAWalterRayWilliams_small.jpg 2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpg Maybe the most celebrated rivalry among contemporary bowling stars is the ongoing battle between Hall of Famers Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber, made famous by WRW's domination of PDW in their history of PBA Tour television battles. In head-to-head duels on national television, Williams (l.) has beaten Weber (r.) nine times in 11 matches. Lesser known is the competition between the two that began more than 35 years ago.

2016 PBA50 Tour #4

05/11/16

Pete Weber wins record-tying third straight PBA50 tour title

Brian LeClair's bid for victory ends with pocket 7-10 split in 10th frame

2015PBAPeteWeber_small.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber continued his torrid 2016 PBA50 Tour campaign Tuesday night, winning the Johnny Petraglia BVL Open presented by Brunswick at Farmingdale Lanes in Farmingdale, N.Y., for a record-tying third consecutive PBA50 Tour title. Weber (pictured) again dominated the field of 50-and-older players to earn the top berth in the stepladder finals, but he narrowly escaped with a 223-204 victory over Brian LeClair of Delmar, N.Y., when LeClair left a pocket 7-10 split on his first shot in the 10th frame.

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