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Rum-Bar national darts league
The Rum-Bar National Darts League continued on Sunday at Big Guy's Lawn, Priory, St Ann. Eight matches were contested, with Central Miners taking sole leadership in the standings with narrow 4-3 victories against MoBay Darters and Chelsea Precision, who were dropping their first point.
Weekend Results: BOJ Gators 5, Portmore Stimulus 2; Dynasty MoBay 3, Central Miners 2; Guy's Darters 3, Chelsea Precision 4; Shooting STARS 4, MoBay Darters 3; Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3; MoBay Darters (MISSING), Dynasty MoBay 7; Portmore Contenders 3, Guy's Darters 4; Portmore Stimulus Shooting STARS 3.
Standings: Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3, Guy's Darters 3, Dynasty MoBay 2, Portmore Contenders 1, BOJ Gators 1, Portmore Stimulus 1, Shooting STARS 1, MoBay Darters 0.
Serena SI's Sportsperson of the Year
NEW YORK (AP):
Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year - the first female athlete honoured on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years. Williams came within two matches of tennis' first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with a semi-final loss at the US Open. In all, the 34-year-old American went 53-3 during 2015 with five titles, including at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. Williams was No. 1 in the WTA rankings all season.
"She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she's done this for so many years at such a high level," said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group. "She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates."
The cover photo of Williams - in high heels, sitting on a throne - was "her idea, intended ... to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power," managing editor Christian Stone wrote on SI.com.
Honduras ex-president headed to US for probe
MEXICO CITY (AP):
Honduras' foreign minister says ex-President Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to United States authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer's scandal-plagued governing body. Arturo Corrales said yesterday that Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers but would not say exactly where or when the ex-president would turn himself in. The United States previously requested Callejas' extradition.
Callejas served as president from 1990-94 and is a current member of FIFA's television and marketing committee. He was one of about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges with bribes and kickbacks in a 92-count indictment. Callejas was president of Honduras' soccer federation from 2002 to 2015.
Court drops tax fraud probe into Messi
A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches. Spain's Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offences over games held between June 16, 2012, and July 6, 2013, in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru.