PBA’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame, returns to action with extensive coverage of the PBA Winter Swing, including the inaugural season of PBA League competition at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., starting at noon ET Saturday with eight-game Pre-Tournament Qualifier that will complete the field for the week of competition.
Xtra Frame’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Detroit Winter Swing continues Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 22-25, with qualifying rounds for the PBA League as well as the Carmen Salvino, Mark Roth and Don Carter Classics, and the Earl Anthony PBA Players Championship. Daily coverage includes qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, followed by round robin match play rounds each day at 5 p.m.
Xtra Frame is available by subscription for $7.99 per month, or $64.99 for a full year. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
WATCH THE GEICO PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING IV IN ONE MINUTE!
You can watch the entire GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV unfold in one minute in a new YouTube video created by Jason Thomas, PBA.com and Xtra Frame Producer, along with the still photography of Las Vegas photographer Steve Spatafore.
To view the video, click here.
ALL-NEW PBA LEAGUE T-SHIRTS NOW ON SALE
An all-new line of PBA League t-shirts, featuring the logo of each of the eight teams, is now available through the PBA Store on pba.com. Click on the “shop” link at the top of the pba.com home page or use this link.
SWEDEN’S SVENSSON WINS BALLMASTER OPEN, O’NEILL THIRD
Sweden’s Jesper Svensson defeated Finland’s Pasi Uotila, 206-163, Sunday to win the Brunswick Ballmaster Open at Tali Bowl in Helsinki, Finland. The tournament was the first WTBA-PBA International Tour event of 2013, the opening event on the European Bowling Tour’s 2013 calendar, and a WTBA World Bowling Tour points event.
Recently-crowned Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., finished third, the highest finish for a PBA Tour member, losing to Uotila in the semifinal match, 237-233. Uotila defeated Sweden’s Peter Hellström in the opening match of the stepladder finals, 213-180.
Because Svensson, the 17-year-old European Youth champion, is not a PBA member, no PBA International title was awarded in the event.
American and international PBA Tour members will travel halfway around the world this week to compete in the International Bowling Championships supported by DHC Thursday through Saturday in Nagoya, Japan. Tommy Jones is the defending champion.
NEW “PBA BOWLING CHALLENGE” DEBUTS ON GOOGLE PLAY STORE
If you’d like to try your hand at bowling against some of the sport’s biggest stars, you can now try it on your mobile device. Concrete Software unveiled a new version of its popular PBA Bowling Challenge on the Google Play store Tuesday.
The new offering includes improved graphics, updated physics, and a robust tournament system. With more bowling balls, venues and PBA stars than previous titles, PBA Bowling Challenge expands on every aspect of game content while retaining its most important core elements.
To order the PBA game in a version to fit your mobile device, visit play.google.com and enter “PBA Bowling Challenge” in the search bar.
● It’s a boy for four-time PBA Tour titlist Bill O’Neill and wife Christi. The couple’s first child, Gavin David O’Neill, arrived on Tuesday, Jan. 15, weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
● PBA champion Danny Wiseman has joined a group of well-known athletes in the Baltimore area as members of the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Task Force, aimed at eradicating animal abuse in the City of Baltimore. For more information, visit dannywisemanbowling.com.
Speaking of Wiseman, the 12-time PBA Tour titlist has withdrawn from the PBA Detroit Winter Swing due to a recurring wrist injury that has plagued him the past few years. Wiseman is hopeful he’ll be able to bowl the Tour’s major championship events later in the season.
● Please adjust your schedule: ESPN has revised the telecast time for the PBA League Round 2 and Carmen Salvino Classic title match on Sunday, Feb. 10, to 1 p.m. ET. The Feb. 10 coverage was originally scheduled for 3 p.m.