SPORTS IN BRIEF

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GIN KINGS TAKE ON ALASKA ACES IN GAME ONE TONIGHT
Barangay Ginebra and Alaska Aces will clash at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Game One of the best-of-seven finals series of the 38th Philippine Basketbal Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum. The PBA earlier decided to scrap the battle for third place, which means San Mig Coffee will be declared third placer while Talk ‘N Text, the reigning Philippine Cup titlist, is the fourth placer.
FRANK CALAPRE

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PBA COMMISSIONER’S CUP BEST-OF-FIVE FINALS
Games on Wednesday
(Araneta Coliseum)
7:30 p.m. Barangay Ginebra
vs Alaska (Game 1)
Game 2: May 17 (Mall of Asia Arena)
Game 3: May 19 (Araneta Coliseum)
Game 4: May 22 (Araneta Coliseum)
Game 5: May 24 (Araneta Coliseum)

BLACKWATER BEAT HOG’S BREATH CAFÉ AS FRUITAS SHAKERS COP PLAYOFF BERTH
Blackwater Sports notched an 85-75 win against Hog’s Breath Cafe while Fruitas Shakers clinched a playoff spot with a 73-69 victory over Cafe France Bakers on Monday in the PBA D League Foundation Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
JIM WILSON

BOLT CONFIRMS ZURICH DATE
PARIS: Sprint legend Usain Bolt will compete at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich in August, the Jamaican athlete confirmed on Monday. The fastest man on the planet and defending 100m and 200m champion from the Beijing and London Olympics said he would decide whether to run the longer or shorter sprint nearer the time of the meeting on August 29. AFP

MERRITT PREDICTS 110M RECORD WILL BE LOWERED SOON
PARIS: Olympic 110m hurdles champion Aries Merritt said in an interview published on Monday that he believes his world record at the distance could soon be lowered. “I think that the world record will come down below 12.8secs. Soon,” he was quoted as saying in French sports newspaper L’Equipe. “Many of us can run 12.9 and a lot are working hard to break the record and the magic number 12.8,” the 27-year-old American added. Merritt shattered the previous record of 12.87secs held by Cuba’s Dayron Robles at the final Diamond League meeting last September in Brussels. AFP

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