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Quiz: sport in the 1980s

Following on from his quiz about football in the 1980s, Steven Pye has 15 questions about other sporting occasions of the decade At which football ground in London did Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to win the world featherweight title in 1985?Wem…

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Barry Hearn: ‘The mental health of a nation is strengthened by sport’

The promoter says the balance sheet feels irrelevant amid a pandemic but hopes snooker will lead live sport’s return“It’s a strange thing about this covid epidemic,” Barry Hearn says, in a contemplative mood. “I find it really stimulating in a bizarre …

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Taylor v Sherrock: a thrilling but bloodless glimpse of the future | Jonathan Liew

Phil Taylor edged out rising star Fallon Sherrock in a wonderful match but darts, like any other sport, needs a crowdEverything was different. The dartboards were electronic. The players were standing in their living rooms. There was no crowd, no rauco…

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My favourite game: Van Gerwen v Van Barneveld, 2017 PDC World Championship | Rob Smyth

This was darts at its most compelling and brilliant, and from Van Gerwen came a display of genius under pressureI have a few favourite games, probably around 20. Most are memorable for reasons of drama or partisan euphoria, but there are a couple that …

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Oche computer: Darts at Home shows vital importance of bells and whistles

PDC’s commendable new idea, in which stars of the game play from their own homes, is undone by nonexistent production values, shonky wifi and a total absence of atmosphereThrew the Keyhole. One of several tricks missed by the Professional Darts Corpora…

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Trouble top: Gary Anderson misses PDC Home Tour due to wifi issues

Players to face off against each other on video callsAnderson: ‘My wifi is just not reliable enough’Gary Anderson’s dodgy internet connection has put paid to his chances of competing in the Professional Darts Corporation’s (PDC) inaugural home event.Th…

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PDC Home Tour: darts to be broadcast daily for fans starved of live sport

PDC launches 32-night competition for world’s best playersEvent available to fans via video calls from competitors’ homes The world’s top darts players will take part in a 32-night competition from within their own homes to entertain fans starved of li…

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Barry Hearn returns home after surgery following minor heart attack

High-profile snooker and darts promoter ‘in good spirits’Boxing promoter son Eddie reveals news on Twitter Barry Hearn has undergone surgery after suffering a minor heart attack over the weekend. The 71-year-old sports promoter is chairman of Matchroom…

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Fallon Sherrock falls just short of more darts history on Premier League debut

• Sherrock draws 6-6 with Glen Durrant in Nottingham• ‘That was the toughest game I’ve ever had,’ says DurrantFallon Sherrock narrowly failed to create more history as she drew 6-6 with Glen Durrant at the Premier League in Nottingham.The 25-year-old, …

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Fallon Sherrock falls just short of more darts history on Premier League debut

• Sherrock draws 6-6 with Glen Durrant in Nottingham• ‘That was the toughest game I’ve ever had,’ says DurrantFallon Sherrock narrowly failed to create more history as she drew 6-6 with Glen Durrant at the Premier League in Nottingham.The 25-year-old, …

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Fallon Sherrock: ‘All the hate just makes me more determined’ | Donald McRae

The 25-year-old on becoming the first female dartist to win a match at the PDC world championship, internet trolls, life as single parent and coping with her new-found fame“Every little bit of hate just gees me on to do better and prove them all wrong,…

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Lisa Ashton: ‘I don’t want special treatment as the first woman on the men’s darts tour’

Four-time women’s world champion qualified for the PDC tour by a tiny margin and she celebrated with tea and a takeawayThe Barnsley Metrodome is not exactly the first place you think of when it comes to the twists and turns of women’s sport. But on Sat…

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Lisa Ashton creates history as first woman to win PDC Tour card

• Women’s world No 1 claims 12th and final spot• Ashton can now compete on full PDC circuitLisa Ashton has become the first woman to win a PDC Tour card at the qualifying school in Wigan. The 49-year-old, who is the women’s world No 1, claimed the 12th…

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Delusions, chaos and a shot at a new life at Q-School, darts’ dream factory | Jonathan Liew

At a Wigan leisure centre hundreds of hopefuls, from ex-pros to chancers, face a gruelling race to claim a place on the PDC tourThe little girl in the blue leotard grips her mother’s hand tightly, but her gaze is elsewhere. She is spellbound, perhaps e…

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Wayne Warren beats Jim Williams to become oldest BDO world champion

• Warren, 57, wins 7-4 after trailing 2-0 at O2 Arena• ‘This is a dream and might be my last chance,’ says winnerWayne Warren won an all-Welsh final to become the oldest BDO world champion with a 7-4 victory over Jim Williams at the O2 Arena.The 57-yea…

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BDO world darts championships failing to find their target

Event at the O2 Arena is losing its appeal with prize money slashed and spectators staying awayOn Thursday afternoon in the Indigo at the O2 Arena, two men appeared at the British Darts Organisation World Championship filled with enthusiasm for the day…

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Sports quiz of the week: goals, gifts, gaffes and a garden fence

Who dominated the decade? Who is acing it? Who lost his way? How did cricketer Rory Burns injure his ankle before England’s match against South Africa?Playing cricket Playing football Playing touch rugby Playing the drums It’s the FA Cup third round th…

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Peter Wright’s romantic tale from darts nearly man to world champion | Jonathan Liew

Peter Wright’s triumph on returning to darts after a string of dead-end jobs will remain one of the year’s great storiesAlmost everything is different. For one thing the BBC graphic bills him as English, not Scottish. The throwing motion is not taut an…

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Peter Wright beats Michael van Gerwen to win his first PDC world title

• Scot denies his world No 1 opponent 7-3 in final• Underdog won three successive sets in title chargePerhaps we should have believed Peter Wright when he told us that this time things would be different. Perhaps, knowing what we do now, we should have…

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Michael van Gerwen v Peter Wright: PDC world darts championship final – live!

Leg-by-leg updates from the final at Alexandra PalaceWright ‘ready’ to shock defending championSend your thoughts to Rob by email here 7.14pm GMT The tournament stats are almost identical: both are 44 per cent on the doubles, with MvG averaging 98.14 …