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Ciminelli bowls for title Sunday

Top qualifier Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga and four others that include Hall of Famer Norm Duke and three relatively newcomers to the pro tour make up the stepladder for Sunday’s Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, in Columbus, Ohio (ESPN, 1 p.m.).

Ciminelli, who finished his qualifying play with a 300 game in his position round match against Graham Fach of Guelph, Ont., will have to wait out three other matches before getting his shot at the $50,000 top prize.

Duke, who will be trying to complete a career “Super Slam” -- the U.S. Open, USBC Masters, Tournament of Champions and PBA World Championship -- had to win his last three matches on Friday to get the No. 5 slot.

No. 4 will be 21-year-old Jesper Svensson of Sweden, a two-hand, left-handed stylies, who was the PBA Rookie of the Year.

It will be the first television final for No. 3 Sam Cooley of Australia and No. 2 Fach.

Ciminelli, 29, won three titles including the U.S. Open in 2015 and will be seeking his sixth Tour title overall.