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This Sunday’s four-player stepladder finals on ESPN for the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold PBA Cheetah Championship from the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas includes a diverse mix of players looking for a win to give their careers new momentum.
The opening match, which begins on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET, features three-time Tour titlist and 2010 U.S. Open winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., challenging Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio. O’Neill is trying for his first win in more than two years. Loschetter is hoping to win his first Tour title and end a 142-tournament winless streak.
The winner of the opening match will take on No. 2 qualifier, veteran PBA Central Region player Jeff Roche of Dearborn, Mich., in the semifinal match who is also trying for his first Tour title.
The semifinal winner will face off against four-time Tour winner Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., in the championship match. Wolfe, who averaged 253 in the tournament to gain the No. 1 seed, is trying for his first title since winning the 2008 Ultimate Scoring Championship.
In qualifying, O’Neill made a dramatic run to make it into the finals. He averaged 255 in the final round to advance from 16th to secure the No. 4 spot for the stepladder finals.
Roche will be attempting to win a PBA title in his first PBA career TV appearance. His best previous Tour finish was 18th in the 2009 Cheetah Championship.
Loschetter, who has finished second four times, hopes to end the third longest winless streak among active players.
The next four consecutive Sundays will feature World Series of Bowling finals with all 90-minute programs airing at 1 p.m. ET. The Viper Championship will air on Dec. 23, the Chameleon Championship on Dec. 30, the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship on Jan. 6, and the PBA World Championship on Jan. 13.
Each ESPN telecast will be preceded by a special pre-game show on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, and each will feature a post-game show on Xtra Frame with an interview with the tournament winner.
Three easy steps to enhance your PBA telecast experience:
1) Tune into pba.com’s Xtra Frame for free interviews with the finalists as they give their insight into strategy and equipment selection. All preview shows on Xtra Frame are available the Monday before each Sunday ESPN telecast at no cost.
2) Watch the ESPN finals on Sunday, 1 p.m. ET. ESPN’s coverage of the Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship.
3) Turn into the post-event show at Sunday 2:30 p.m. ET. Xtra Frame’s post-tournament show interviews the winning player and provides in-depth ball rep analysis of the winner’s equipment selection and ball preparation.
Bowling fans can get additional Tour coverage and provide their feedback on PBA Tour telecasts through PBA’s social networking platforms on Facebook and Twitter