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first_imgRum-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 MADRID (AP): 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.last_img read more

Gordon overwhelmed by MVP, Tony Burrowes awards

first_imgFormer Montego Bay striker Owayne Gordon stole the show when he took four individual awards at the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) awards ceremony at the Courtleigh Hotel last Thursday night.The 24-year-old, who is currently overseas with his new club, Indy Eleven, led the league in scoring with 20 goals. However, the MoBay United frontman was also the league’s MVP and the recipient of the Tony Burrowes Award for exemplary leadership on the field and in one’s community.The young forward told The Gleaner via telephone in an interview on Friday that the awards brought him to tears, but said. It was a great motivation to work harder and take his career to the next level.”It’s an overwhelming feeling (getting four awards) because this is something that I have been working on as an individual player. So hearing the results of winning all those awards is a great feeling and it motivates me to push myself harder. It shows that there can be more awards like that once I work extremely hard,” he said.Picking up the two most prestigious individual honours, the Tony Burrowes award and the MVP trophy, also came as a big surprise for the man called ‘Turtle’.”Honestly, I didn’t expect them (MVP and Tony Burrowes), but as you can see, everyone is impressed with the work that I’ve put in and I am proud. Hats off to my teammates because without them, I could not have looked the way I did in people’s eyes.”When I heard I was the one receiving those awards, it brought tears to my eyes and it was a joyful moment and a wonderful feeling. In the Premier League, where you have so many great players, and you are able to come out with so many awards, is a great feeling,” he added.Gordon, who played in both legs of the semi-finals against Arnett Gardens but missed the final because of his departure to Indy, was happy MoBay United reclaimed the trophy they won in 2014.”I consulted my club in Indiana and asked if I could play the two semi-finals and come afterwards, and they gave me the go-ahead, so I knew that after the two legs of the semi-final, I would have been out of the country. To regain the championship is a big achievement, and that is what we have been working for, and we told ourselves that it would be our championship again, so to regain the title means a lot.”An ankle injury kept him out of the early part of the season, but Gordon eventually hit his stride in the third round and never looked back.FULL CONFIDENCENow, he is approaching his challenge in the US with full confidence.”I missed out on the start of the Premier League, but after the injury, I had an excellent start as in my first game, I scored, and after that, I kept scoring – me and Dino Williams. Second round, after Dino left and I went back to a normal level as I was not scoring any goals, then I realised that I had to take up the responsibility and lead the team, and from there on, I saw myself as the main man, and over the last few games I just took responsibility and did my job from there. I am pleased and everyone is pleased. It was an outstanding season for me in the Premier League,” he summarised.”(Overseas) I am actually getting into my own right now, getting comfortable because I am getting to know the players more, so it’s just a step up for me now. The first game I played, everyone was pleased with the performance, but I was not pleased because I know I could do more. But everyone is telling me I did a very good job in attacking and defending.”I have no doubt I will excel through the season and go on to greatness because I have that ability. So what you can expect from me in the overseas professional league is greatness as usual, and goals, and hard work.”- L. S.last_img read more