Tickets on Sale for Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament

by Jerry Schneider December 17, 2014 06:16

 

All-Star Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and the Professional Bowlers Association are once again joining forces to host his charity bowling tournament, CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by Bowlmor AMF, Thursday, Jan. 8 at the AMF Bowl-O-Drome in Torrance, California.

A new addition to the day’s activities will be a pro-am which will allow bowling fans to compete with star PBA players.

The sixth fundraiser, which benefits Paul’s CP3 Foundation, will make its first appearance at AMF Bowl-O-Drome with several PBA stars and celebrities competing. In addition to Paul, early celebrity commitments include comedian/talk-show/podcast personality Chris Hardwick and former NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens, who is currently appearing on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. Additional celebrities will be announced at a later date.

Celebrity bowlers who have participated in previous events include fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay and Kevin Durant; National Football League stars Michael Strahan, Hines Ward, LaMarr Woodley, Jack Del Rio and Reggie Bush; hip-hop stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Lil Wayne and Nelly, and comedian, motion picture star Kevin Hart.

The Celebrity Invitational begins with a red carpet ceremony at 6 p.m. PT at AMF Bowl-O-Drome (22000 S. Western Ave.) with the competition beginning at 7 p.m. The event will be tape-delayed and will air Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1) at 4:30 p.m. ET on ESPN just prior to the Super Bowl.

Bowling with the celebrities will be nine PBA stars including the five PBA finalists who will compete in the live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship at the new South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET.

The PBA players who will compete in the Celebrity Invitational and the pro-am (which begins at 1 p.m. PT), include:

●Pete Weber, PBA Hall of Famer and 37-time PBA Tour winner
●Jason Belmonte, reigning PBA Player of the Year and 10-time PBA Tour winner
●Chris Barnes, 2007-08 Player of the Year and 17-time PBA Tour winner
●Sean Rash, 2011-12 Player of the Year and 8-time Tour winner

The World Championship finalists competing are:

●Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, a nine-time PBA Tour Champion and 2013 U.S. Open winner
●Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, a four-time PBA Tour champion and 2012 USBC Masters winner
●Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., a two-time PBA Tour champion
●Stuart Williams of England, the 2012 Viper Open winner
●Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, who will be trying for his first PBA Tour title

Ticket Packages for the CP3 event are available at pba.com./tickets:

Taping begins at 7 p.m.

● VIP Package - $250 – Priority VIP seating for the PBA CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational presented by AMF telecast, Round Room access with full buffet and premium bar (2 hours prior to the event), an article of signed memorabilia and meet and greet with Chris Paul, buffet and premium bar package (2 hours prior to the event).  This is ONLY available by calling Megan Garcia at 310-526-0602 or megarcia@bowlmor-AMF.com

VIP Premier Seat - $100
●Seated General Admission - $50
●General Admission (no seat) - $25

Pro-am begins at 1 p.m.

The pro-am entry fee is $100 which includes a ticket to the CP3 show and a PBA goodie bag. Pro-am spots can be reserved at pba.com./tickets or by calling 206-654-6003.

Chris Paul PBA League All-Stars Past Winners

2013 – Chris Barnes/Chris Hardwick

2012 – Pete Weber/Jerry Ferrara/Blake Griffin

2011 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2010 – Jason Belmonte/Chris Paul

2009 – Jason Couch/LeBron James

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Pickford to Battle for First Tour Title in TV Debut Against Tour Veterans in PBA Viper Championship Final Sunday on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider December 15, 2014 04:49

Newcomer and first-time television finalist Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., will be hoping to upset a field of PBA Tour champions Sunday when the finals of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Viper Championship air on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Opening the second telecast of the World Series will be the three-player shootout round featuring PBA titlists Mika Koivuniemi, Dom Barrett  and Ronnie Russell. The player who bowls the highest game will meet Pickford in the title match.

Koivuniemi, who won a record fourth Brunswick Ballmaster Tournament in his native Finland earlier this season, will be trying for his 14th career Tour title.  Russell, the winner of the 2014 Summer Swing Bear Open, will be trying for his third Tour title, and defending PBA World Championship winner Dom Barrett will be trying for his fifth Tour title.

Pickford, 22, is a fourth-year PBA member and a three-time PBA Regional winner who will be trying for his first PBA Tour title.  He has a previous best Tour finish of 14th which came in the 2013 U.S. Open.

For a Viper Championship video preview click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk1tg7Pqozc

The Viper Championship is the second of five World Series Tour events on ESPN to be aired on consecutive Sundays through Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. ET.  Following the Viper Championship will be the Chameleon Championship (Dec. 28) and the Scorpion Championship (Jan. 4).  The PBA World Championship will wrap up the season with a live telecast on Sunday, Jan. 11 from the South Point Bowling Plaza at 1 p.m. ET.

ESPN World Series telecasts will conclude with the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET and the World Bowling Tour presented by PBA Men’s and Women’s Finals Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

Road to the PBA World Championship Finals:

The Viper Championship is the second of four qualifying events for the PBA World Championship, the third major and final tournament of the 2014 season.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England advanced to the World Championship finals based on 52 games of qualifying and match play during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

After 14 games of World Championship qualifying (seven from the Cheetah and seven from Viper Championships), Fagan ranked 5th, Malott, 11th, Russell, 14th; Book, 17th and Williams, 37th in the 240-player field.

Bowling fans can follow all the World Series of Bowling action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.  For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork

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New York’s Anthony Pepe Wins First Title in PBA Cheetah Championship

by Jerry Schneider December 14, 2014 06:06

Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, in his national television debut, won the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game at the new South Point Bowling Plaza with an emotional 224-206 come-from-behind victory over top qualifier Dick Allen of Columbia, South Carolina.

The Cheetah finals, the first of five GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI title events, aired Sunday on ESPN. It also was the first national telecast originating from the new state-of-the-art 60-lane bowling facility at the South Point Casino, Hotel and Spa complex on Las Vegas’ south side.

After converting the 6-10 in the first frame of the title match, Allen ran off a string of six strikes to take control of the match, But a 2-4-6-7-9-10 split in the eighth frame, a 6-7 split in the ninth frame and a pocket 7-10 in the 10th frame opened the door for Pepe. After leaving back-to-back 6 pins in the eighth and ninth frames, Pepe threw three strikes in the 10th frame to clinch the title.

“I couldn’t believe it when (Dick) left that split in the 10th frame, but I just told myself to stay calm and execute a good shot,” Pepe said. “After all of those hours of working hard, practicing alone, for this moment, it’s unbelievable.”

In the opening three-player, all-New York shootout match, Pepe, a 26-year-old self-proclaimed healthy-lifestyle advocate, thrilled the crowd by taking a perfect game to his final shot, where he faltered, leaving the 2-4-6-7-8 for a 295 game. It was more than enough to eliminate Brad Angelo of Lockport, who rolled a 226 game, and to spoil the title dreams of Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, who finished with a 224. The first woman ever to qualify for two PBA TV finals had hopes of joining Kelly Kulick as the second woman to win a PBA Tour title, but Pepe made sure she never had room to recover after she left the 4-6-7-10 split in her second frame.

Pepe came within one shot of matching a feat performed only one other time in PBA history: a 300 game in a player’s first-ever game on national television. Bob Benoit of Topeka, Kansas, is the only player to do that, winning the 1988 Quaker State Open in Fort Worth, Texas, with a 300-255 victory over PBA legend Mark Roth.

“On that 12th shot, I was a bundle of nerves,” Pepe admitted. “To think I had the first 11 strikes in my first game on TV…I kinda grabbed (the ball) at the bottom (of my arm swing) and I paid the penalty.”

Pepe also refused to give in to Allen in the title match, despite missing a 7 pin in the sixth frame which put him in a 29-pin hole with four frames to go.

“I just told myself to make better shots,” he said. “It was unfortunate what happened to Dick, especially in the 10th frame – he threw that (7-10) shot really well – but I came up in the 10th and knew I only needed a mark a win. When all 10 pins fell down, I fell down, too.

“There are no words to describe the feeling,” Pepe continued. “I’ve dreamed of this since I was a little kid. (PBA Tour champions) Patrick Allen, Mike Fagan and Ryan Shafer all told me to get my PBA card because they thought I had the potential to be successful out here. That kinda gave me a little confidence. That meant so much to me and the fact I’m now holding this trophy, well, it’s an indescribable feeling.”

The next GEICO PBA WSOB VI final to air on ESPN will be the Viper Championship on Sunday, Dec. 21, at 1 p.m. ET. In the title match, top qualifier Connor Pickford of Charlotte, N.C., making his PBA television debut, will bowl the winner of a three-player shootout match involving No. 2 Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind.; No. 3 Dom Barrett, England, and No. 4 Mika Koivuniemi, Finland.

A preview of the Viper Championship telecast, and all other WSOB VI telecasts, will be available on Xtra Frame and PBA’s YouTube page on Monday prior to the ESPN telecast.

PBA CHEETAH CHAMPIONSHIP

presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game

South Point Bowling Plaza, Las Vegas

Championship: Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y. ($20,000) def. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., ($10,000), 224-206.

Shootout Match (winner advanced to championship match; eliminated players earned $6,000): Pepe (295) def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. (226) and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. (224).

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PBA Tour Action Returns to ESPN With Cheetah Championship Sunday at 1 p.m. ET

by Jerry Schneider December 8, 2014 03:55

The 2014 PBA Tour season heads down the homestretch when the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game finals return to ESPN on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The Cheetah Championship will be the first of seven consecutive GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI events to air on Sundays on ESPN.

The Cheetah finals will feature Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who became the first woman to qualify for two PBA nationally-televised finals by qualifying fourth for Sunday’s three-player “shootout” format first match. She will be trying to join Kelly Kulick as the second woman to win a PBA Tour title. Kulick won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions to become the Tour’s first woman titlist. Johnson narrowly missed becoming PBA’s first woman champion when she finished second in the 2005 Banquet Open, losing to Tommy Jones, 219-192, in the title match.

Joining Johnson in the all-New York shootout round from the brand new 60-lane South Point Bowling Plaza, are two-time PBA Tour title winner Brad Angelo of Lockport and 26-year-old rookie Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, who will be trying for his first Tour title in his first career TV appearance.

The player who bowls the highest score in the shootout round will advance to the championship match against top qualifier Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., who will be trying for his fourth Tour title.

Contested on PBA’s Cheetah lane condition pattern, the Cheetah Championship is the first of five PBA title events originating from the World Series. Following the Cheetah finals will be the Viper Championship (Dec. 21); Chameleon Championship (Dec. 28) and the Scorpion Championship (Jan. 4).  The PBA World Championship will wrap up the PBA Tour’s 2014 season with a live telecast on Sunday, Jan. 11 from the South Point Bowling Plaza at 1 p.m. ET.

ESPN’s coverage of the PBA World Series will continue with the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, featuring PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Regional and Teen Masters finalists on Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET, followed by the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.

For a video preview of the Cheetah Championship click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXC89HrbVYk

Road to the PBA World Championship Finals:

The Cheetah Championship was the first of four qualifying events for the PBA World Championship, the third major and final tournament of the 2014 season.

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas; Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas; Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana; Todd Book of Russells Point, Ohio, and Stuart Williams of England advanced to the World Championship finals based on 52 games of qualifying and match play during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

After the seven-game Cheetah qualifying round, Malott was in 8th place, Book was 13th, Fagan was 14th, Williams was 30th and Russell was tied for 62nd.

Bowling fans can catch all the World Series of Bowling action through the PBA Network which includes wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24/7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world. For additional PBA Network information visit http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/

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PBA Returns to ESPN Dec. 14 With Cheetah Championship

by Jerry Schneider December 2, 2014 03:28

As the 2014 PBA Tour season enters the homestretch, the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Bowling Challenge Mobile Game begins nearly five months of ESPN television coverage on Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. The winter return of PBA coverage to ESPN will wrap up a year that saw PBA fans discover unprecedented access to the PBA through the expanded PBA Network, reaching around the world with its multi-faceted media exposure.

On Dec. 14, PBA’s ESPN broadcast team will again feature Mike Jakubowski as play-by-play announcer, PBA Hall of Famer Randy Pedersen entering his 14th season as color analyst and Miss USA 1999 Kimberly Pressler in her fifth season as sideline reporter.

“After 14 years as color analyst, I’ve seen quite a bit,” said Pedersen, who will surpass the late Hall of Famer Billy Welu for the second most seasons as PBA color analyst. “There has never been a dull moment giving fans the inside information on the world’s greatest players competing in an ever changing sport. I’m just honored to be one hall of famer trying to fill the shoes of another one of the greats on PBA telecasts. 

ESPN, which will begin its 35th year of televising the PBA Tour in 2015, will televise four one-hour “animal pattern” championship events from GEICO World Series of Bowling, giving fans a first look at the brand new state of the art South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas. WSOB coverage begins with the PBA Cheetah Championship which will be followed on consecutive Sundays by the Viper Championship, Chameleon Championship, Scorpion Championship and the final PBA Tour event of the 2014 season – the PBA World Championship – which will be televised live from the Plaza at 1 p.m. ET Jan. 11.

“It feels good to be back in the broadcast booth for ESPN and Xtra Frame and to give our fans unprecedented coverage of the PBA Tour,” said Jakubowski, who also spends hundreds of hours providing PBA fans with exclusive coverage on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel. “Now, there’s hardly a place a bowling fan can turn without getting the latest PBA coverage.”

Pressler, who had worked a variety of sports prior to joining the PBA team, has found her experiences working with the bowling community highly rewarding.
"The thing that intrigues me most during my time covering the PBA is the genuine passion and love of bowling from fans not just in the U.S. but from around the world,” she said. “They truly are the heart of this sport and I'm honored to be back as part of the ESPN broadcast crew to showcase this beloved pastime."

Additional World Series events will return to the schedule on Jan. 18 with the PBA Challenge presented by the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame at 3 p.m. ET and the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Both will be two-hour telecasts.

Through the newly introduced PBA Network, fans will have access to the PBA through a wide variety of outlets, including wall-to-wall coverage of an expanded schedule of live events on Xtra Frame, player interactions through Facebook and Twitter, mobile gaming, original programming, archived events and immediate news updates 24-7 on varying communications devices anywhere in the world.

For a sneak peek at the new opening to the PBA’s ESPN telecasts, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X22It6b4UMU

PBA.com, the official website of the PBA, will be the home base for the PBA Network (http://www.pba.com/PBANetwork/), linking fans to all of its media touch points. Xtra Frame, the PBA’s streaming video service, is the lynchpin of the PBA Network with a yearly subscription fee of $64.99 ($5.41 a month) or monthly subscription rate of $7.99, available at xtraframe.tv/pba/.

Fans can follow the PBA broadcast team on Twitter, @mikejlaneside, @stone8RP and @MissPressler.

2014-15 ESPN-PBA TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(All times are Eastern)
Sunday, Dec. 14 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Cheetah Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 21 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Viper Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 28 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Chameleon Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 4 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Scorpion Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA World Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 18 – GEICO WSOB VI PBA Challenge (PBA50 Tour Finals, PBA Women’s Regional Finals, PBA Regional Finals, Teen Masters Grand Championship), 3 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 25 (ESPN2) –GEICO WSOB VI World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by PBA, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 1 – Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8 – United States Bowling Congress Masters, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 15 – 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Championships, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 22 – PBA Players Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 – Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 5 – PBA League Quarterfinals, 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 12 – PBA League Semifinals, 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 – PBA League Elias Cup Finals, 1 p.m.

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