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Michael van Gerwen showered with beer at PDC World Championship

• Fan throws beer before world No 1’s match with Alan Tabern• Dutchman beats Tabern 3-1 at Alexandra PalaceMichael van Gerwen, the world No 1, had beer thrown in his face by a fan before his PDC World Championship match against Alan Tabern.The Dutchman…

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Gary Anderson beats Kevin Burness to make third round of PDC World Darts

• Two-time world champion hits seven 180s during victory• Wins also for Ted Evetts, Chris Dobey and Danny NoppertThe two-time world champion Gary Anderson booked his place in the third round of the PDC World Championship by beating Northern Ireland’s K…

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Lisa Ashton goes to the oche and the nuns go wild at the PDC World Darts

Ashton took the opening leg in style but her first visit to Alexandra Palace ended in defeatBy 6pm the fairground outside Ally Pally is just beginning to wind down, the ferris wheel has stopped going, the merry-go-round is slowing and there is a sign o…

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From the Tavern to the Palace: the decade since darts went large – video

It’s now more than a decade since the PDC world championship moved from the Circus Tavern in Purfleet to London’s Alexandra Palace and the game of darts has grown beyond all expectations. We talked to a number of the figures behind the growth of the ga…

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Anastasia Dobromyslova: ‘Being a girl, I’ve had to fight for my spot in darts’

Ellesmere Port-based Russian is one of two women who have qualified for the PDC event at Alexandra Palace from ThursdayAnastasia Dobromyslova smiles as she remembers the first time she played darts, as a 12-year?old in her home city of Tver, just over …

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Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in …

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Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in …

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Rob Cross: ‘After the world darts final it was like I’d hit rock-bottom’

The world No 2 darts player went from winning £7 in pubs to winning the PDC world championship within 18 months, but, he says, quick success ‘drained me’“Do you ever get these feelings that something’s going to happen?” Rob Cross asks with surprise in …

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Stink hits darts grand slam as match features flatulent end

Gary Anderson and Wesley Harms both deny responsibility for ‘rotten’ fart smell during Wolverhampton tournamentThe world of professional darts has been rocked by two players accusing each other of repeatedly breaking wind during a match.Gary Anderson o…

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Boules v darts: which deserves Olympic recognition?

France wants boules on the bill when it hosts the games in 2024 and darts organisers are pushing for recognition, too. Here’s how the two sports compareFrench cultural power is fanning out across the world in a way not seen since Le Petit Caporal. Unde…

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Grand National memories, Eric Bristow and time for county cricket | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features Roma riffing on Barcelona’s pain, Hearts’ advert for a Lego bus and Jackman v Warne1) Grand National weekend makes it obligatory to begin with Red Rum. Here’s his lesser watched 1974 triumph, the second of three, when …

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Brilliant, arrogant, loved and loathed – Eric Bristow ruled darts’ golden age

The Crafty Cockney, who has died aged 60, transformed a pub game into part of the nation’s sporting and cultural landscapeEric Bristow was the high emperor of darts’ first golden age: brilliant and arrogant, admired and despised, a world champion and a…

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Eric Bristow obituary

The ‘Crafty Cockney’ who was darts world champion five times between 1980 and 1986 and whose charisma attracted new legions of fans to the sportDuring the 1980s darts was in its golden age, fuelled by new sponsorship deals and lucrative television cont…

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Eric Bristow, five-time darts world champion, dies aged 60 – video obituary

Eric Bristow, otherwise known by his nickname ‘The Crafty Cockney’, has died at the age of 60. Bristow was a five-time darts world champion, including three successive titles in the mid 1980s. Post-retirement he mentored Phil Taylor, widely regarded as…

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Eric Bristow, five-times world champion, dies of a heart attack aged 60

• Londoner was one of the biggest names in 1980s darts• Crafty Cockney later mentored 14-times champion Phil TaylorEric Bristow, the five-times world darts champion, has died aged 60 after suffering a heart attack at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.Bristow, kno…

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Martin Adams: ‘Men are terrible at talking about our health, aren’t we?’

The former darts world champion discusses his battle with prostate cancer and why these days he is as happy to play for free in the local county leagues as on the biggest stageWhen you are a professional darts player called ‘Wolfie’, a former three-tim…

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‘Grid girls’: F1 follows darts by calling time on women in hotpants

F1 boss says practice of parading women in pit lane before races no longer reflects sport’s brand valuesIn 2018, in a world where powerful men are falling and every industry is rocked by allegations of sexual harassment, the use of women as decoration …

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One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay

Photographer Alicia Canter went to the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green to sample the unique atmosphere of the BDO ChampionshipsThe BDO World Darts championships is one of the two annual world professional darts championships, the other being the…

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One hundred and eighty – a darts photo essay

Photographer Alicia Canter went to the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green to sample the unique atmosphere of the BDO ChampionshipsThe BDO World Darts championships is one of the two annual world professional darts championships, the other being the…

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Sports quiz of the week: FA Cup derbies, record breakers and Coldplay

Who lived the life? Who ruled Liverpool? And who rued a missed opportunity?• The big sports quiz of the year 2017Everton face Liverpool in the third round of the FA Cup. They have met twice in the final of the competition. Which player scored twice in …