TEN--WILLIAMS-FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Serena Williams' will was on display time and again in 2015, along with her best-in-the-game serve and other skills, fashioning comeback after comeback to nearly become the first tennis player in more than a quarter-century to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a season. In a vote by U.S. editors and news directors, Williams has been chosen as The Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year for the fourth time. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 676 words, photos.
MELBOURNE, Australia -- The West Indies attempts to make up for a poor showing in the first test -- an innings and 212-run loss to Australia -- when the teams begin play Saturday in the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The start of play was delayed by morning rain. By Neil Frankland. UPCOMING, 500 words, photos by 0600 GMT.
BC-CRI--NEW ZEALAND-SRI LANKA
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Sri Lanka wins the toss and elects to bat on Saturday in the first of five one-day internationals against New Zealand. Toss SENT. Will be updated.
SYDNEY -- Defending champion Wild Oats XI and its biggest threat to a ninth line honors title, American yacht Comanche, set sail with more than 100 other entries on Saturday in the annual Sydney to Hobart race. UPCOMING, 350 words. By 0500 GMT.
SAI--ISRAELI ATHLETES WITHDRAW
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Malaysian government says it has accepted the withdrawal of two Israeli windsurfers from the ISAF world youth sailing championships which begin Sunday. The Israel Sailing Association said windsurfers Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan and coach Meir Yaniv would not be attending the event at Langkawi, Malaysia because they had not received visas. SENT, 127 words.
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- A former top FIFA official caught up in a U.S. probe of corruption in soccer has pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges in his native Uruguay. SENT, 124 words, photos.
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