The Premier League of Darts has announced it will expand from eight to 10 players next season. The Professional Darts Corp. has opted to change the format for the 15-night darting tour of the U.K. and Ireland. Sixteen-time world champion Phil Taylor was already guaranteed a place along with the other top three in the world rankings -- Adrian Lewis, James Wade and beaten World Champinship finalist Michael van Gerwen. The league will begin Feb. 7 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast before traveling to Aberdeen, Bournemouth, Exeter, Nottingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Brighton for the first phase of the event. The five final league nights will be held in Sheffield, Dublin, Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle before the top four players progress to the playoffs at London's O2 Arena on May 16 (PDC).
Events and Attractions
The host venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events "is set to launch an annual event inspired by the Games," according to the BBC. Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy's Open Handicap regatta is set to take place during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Three races, inclusive of all classes, will take place Aug. 24-25 (BBC, 1/2). ... The year '13 marks Fijian rugby's 100th anniversary, and the Fiji Rugby Union has "lined up fixtures leading up to its celebration." The Pacific Rugby Cup in March has been planned as sevens rugby gears up for the Rugby World Cup in Moscow in June. The union's CEO Manasa Bravilala said that it hopes to "mark the event with some test matches, details of which were being finalized." The centennial celebration will coincide with the 2013 Federation of Oceania Rugby Union Annual General Meeting that Fiji will host (XINHUA, 1/3).