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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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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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Peter Wright ‘ready’ to shock Michael van Gerwen and win first PDC world title

Wright has lost all seven major finals against DutchmanVan Gerwen: ‘When Peter plays me, he blows it up’Peter Wright insists he is “ready” to be world champion and put his poor record in finals behind him by shocking Michael van Gerwen in Wednesday’s P…

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Michael van Gerwen eases into PDC World Championship last 16

Dutchman beat Ricky Evans 4-0Steve Beaton defeats eighth seed James WadeMichael van Gerwen secured a rapid victory over Ricky Evans to progress into the last 16 of the PDC World Championship. The three-time winner of the competition thrashed the London…

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Michael van Gerwen survives scare from Jelle Klaasen on PDC opening night

Van Gerwen recovers from set and a break downKim Huybrechts and Luke Humphries also throughThe defending PDC world champion, Michael van Gerwen, came through a big scare against Jelle Klaasen before winning 3-1 at Alexandra Palace.The world No 1 was fa…

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Light lies the crown before Michael van Gerwen’s visit to the Palace | Jonathan Liew

Dutchman is strong favourite to retain his world title while Gerwyn Price looks best equipped to offer a challengeTo the Palace, then, for the 27th edition of a tournament that over its rich and eclectic history has come to occupy a cherished and stran…

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Michael van Gerwen coasts past Michael Smith to win World Darts Championship

• Van Gerwen prevails 7-3 after exploiting Smith’s nerves• Defeat of Smith takes Dutchman to third world titleThe eyes bulged, the fists pumped and Michael van Gerwen’s lips pursed as he let out a booming whoop. The Dutchman celebrated his third PDC Wo…

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Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith: PDC World Darts Championship final – live!

PDC World Darts Championship final from Alexandra PalaceThe Recap: sign up for our weekly email of editors’ picksAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 7.44pm GMT Related: Van Gerwen ready for ‘phenomenal’ world darts final with Micha…

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Michael van Gerwen v Michael Smith: PDC World Darts Championship final – live!

PDC World Darts Championship final from Alexandra PalaceThe Recap: sign up for our weekly email of editors’ picksAnd feel free to email Barry or tweet him @bglendenning 7.44pm GMT Related: Van Gerwen ready for ‘phenomenal’ world darts final with Micha…

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Van Gerwen ready for ‘phenomenal’ world darts final with Michael Smith

• Dutchman bids to win third world title at Alexandra Palace• England’s Smith: ‘I’m one step from fulfilling my dream’Michael van Gerwen is determined to make sure the hard work he has put in to reach his fourth PDC World Darts Championship final ends …

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England’s Michael Smith to face Michael van Gerwen in PDC world final

• Van Gerwen seeks third title after easy semi-final win• Smith, seeded 10th, on target 6-3 to reach first finalMichael van Gerwen will attempt to win a third PDC World Championship title after sweeping aside Scotland’s Gary Anderson 6-1 in their semi-…

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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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Debutant Rob Cross stuns Michael van Gerwen to set up final with Phil Taylor

• No20 seed Cross beats defending champion in sudden-death leg• Taylor beats Jamie Lewis 6-1 in his final world championshipWorld championship debutant Rob Cross will face 16-time champion Phil Taylor in Monday’s final after the No20 seed shocked world…

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Michael van Gerwen beats Raymond van Barneveld in World Championship thriller

• Champion holds nerve to make the final four• Jamie Lewis storms into semis with Darren Webster whitewashMichael van Gerwen remains on course for back-to-back World Darts Championship titles after seeing off Raymond van Barneveld in a thriller at Alex…

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Michael van Gerwen holds off Gerwyn Price in World Championship darts

• Defending champion survives scare to win 4-2• Dutchman faces Van Barneveld in next roundMichael van Gerwen, the defending champion, survived a scare to book his place in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship. He defeated Gerwyn Price 4-2 a…

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Retiring Phil Taylor can ensure it is all about him at World Darts Championship

Phil Taylor is hoping for a 17th world title and animosity could stir up again if he meets old foe Michael van Gerwen in the finalGreat sportsmen write their own scripts but they rarely have much input when it comes to the final scene. Donald Bradman, …

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Raymond van Barneveld: ‘I’m playing the best darts of my career … but keep losing’

No matter how well the great Dutchman plays, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson raise their game to beat him, while he knows his time at the top is limited

Raymond van Barneveld has an unusual problem. Since Moses wore short pants, sportsmen have been frustrated by poor performance – but Van Barneveld is being driven to distraction by arguably the best form of his career. The reason is simple: no matter how well he plays, Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson tend to play even better.

Van Barneveld last won a major in 2014, when he was Premier League champion. Since then he has had some of the greatest victories of his career, including the famous win over Van Gerwen at the 2016 world championship, and his languid, elegant throw has rarely been more accurate than in the past few months. But he has nothing tangible to show for it.

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Michael van Gerwen beats Gary Anderson to win PDC World Darts Championship

• World No1 Van Gerwen wins 7-3 against Scotland’s two-time champion
• Dutchman wins his second World Darts Championship title

Michael van Gerwen completed a remarkable 12 months by claiming his second PDC World Championship title with a stunning 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace.

The Dutchman was far too good as he came from behind to beat Anderson, who was aiming for a third consecutive world crown. It was Van Gerwen’s 26th title in the past 12 months.

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Michael van Gerwen beats Gary Anderson to win PDC World Darts Championship

• World No1 Van Gerwen wins 7-3 against Scotland’s two-time champion
• Dutchman wins his second World Darts Championship title

Michael van Gerwen completed a remarkable 12 months by claiming his second PDC World Championship title with a stunning 7-3 victory over Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace.

The Dutchman was far too good as he came from behind to beat Anderson, who was aiming for a third consecutive world crown. It was Van Gerwen’s 26th title in the past 12 months.

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Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen: PDC World Darts Championship final – live!

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Excitement x 10 …

HERE. WE. GO #WHDarts pic.twitter.com/iImqjkTjCt

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Simon McMahon has this to say … wise words indeed.

Evening Gerard. The contest between these two darting heavyweights is like the tungsten version of The Rumble in The Jungle, with MVG as George Foreman, seemingly unbeatable, and The Flying Scotsman as Ali, trying for one last shot at glory.

It’s hard to see even the brilliant Anderson beating Mighty Mike, but we all know what happened in Zaire. The heart says Anderson, the head says Van Gerwen. Let’s hope it’s a classic, whoever wins. The Finalé at the Pally?

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