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Apr 10

Barry Hearn: ‘I hit my son with a proper shot but he dropped me twice’

When Eddie Hearn was 16, his father decided to see if he had what it takes to be big in business. The pair’s competitiveness is the bedrock of Matchroom Sport – the force behind the Joshua-Klitschko world title fight at Wembley Stadium

April is a huge month in the money-spinning world of Barry and Eddie Hearn and the father-and-son promotional duo are in knockabout form. Eddie saunters into his dad’s office in Romford and says: “How was Miami?”

“Great,” Barry beams as he rocks in his chair, having landed at Heathrow a few hours earlier. “They’re going crazy about you selling 90,000 tickets for Joshua-Klitschko. They can’t believe it. Where’ve you been?”

Related: Wladimir Klitschko praises Anthony Joshua’s strength but queries his ability

The modern snooker player is in bed at eight with his eye mask and glass of milk

How do they feel about the rise of UFC? ‘People are trying to lure us in’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/10/barry-eddie-hearn-hit-son-matchroom-sport-joshua-klitschko

Feb 15

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 always seem to raise their game to beat him, and 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.

Related: Michael van Gerwen blitzes Raymond van Barneveld to set up dream PDC final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/15/raymond-van-barneveld-best-darts-but-keep-losing

Jan 27

Phil Taylor says 2017 will be his final year on professional darts circuit

• World No6 won first of 16 world titles in 1990
• Taylor confirmed decision before Masters event in Milton Keynes

Phil Taylor said 2017 will be his last year on the professional circuit. The 16-times world champion and the undisputed greatest player in history confirmed his decision before the Masters event in Milton Keynes that started on Friday night.

The 56-year-old stands alone as the man to have done more than anyone to make darts the force it is today.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/27/phil-taylor-darts-2017-final-year

Jan 07

Deta Hedman determined to finally deliver women’s darts world title

Beaten three times in the BDO final at Lakeside in the deciding set, the 57-year-old Royal Mail worker clocks up 14-hour shifts to be able to find time for darts

Deta Hedman knows better than most about the challenges of elite semi-professional sport. Hedman spent this week working her usual 14-hour shifts for Royal Mail, finishing at 4am, so that she could take time off for the BDO World Championship at Lakeside in Frimley Green. In the next week she will do a bit of daylighting as one of the world’s best darts players and an analyst for Channel 4, who are showing the tournament for the first time.

Related: BDO world championship is a faltering relic that’s worth clinging on to | Sean Ingle

Related: Trina Gulliver takes 10th BDO world title with victory over Deta Hedman

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/07/bdo-darts-world-championship-deta-hedman

Jan 03

Darts quiz: how much do you know about the PDC World Championship?

Michael van Gerwen became a two-time world champion when he beat Gary Anderson at Alexandra Palace on Monday. Do you know your darts history?

Where was the PDC World Darts Championship held every year before it moved to Alexandra Palace in 2008?

Wembley Arena

Circus Tavern

Riverside Sports Arena

Swan Hall

No one pulled off a nine-dart finish at this year’s PDC World Championship. Who threw one in the semi-final last year on his way to winning the tournament?

Jelle Klaasen

Raymond van Barneveld

Gary Anderson

Adrian Lewis

How many times has Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor won the PDC World Darts Championship?

12

14

16

18

What is the highest possible checkout to win a game of darts?

160

168

170

180

How old was Michael van Gerwen when Phil Taylor won his first PDC World Darts Championship trophy?

Five

Eight

11

14

Which of these is a genuine Sid Waddell quote?

‘He had it on a plate, he had the sausage, bacon and eggs on it as well, but he couldn’t take it’

‘Braver than a matador in a pink tutu he was’

‘They tell me that all men are equal in God’s eyes, this player makes you seriously think about those words’

‘The atmosphere is so tense, if Elvis walked in, with a portion of chips, you could hear the vinegar sizzle on them’

When was the first PDC World Darts Championship?

1986

1990

1994

1998

Phil Taylor won the championship in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Who broke his chain of consecutive victories by winning the title in 2003?

Dennis Priestley

John Part

Gary Anderson

Raymond van Barneveld

Which player has the nickname ‘The Menace’?

Michael van Gerwen

Gary Anderson

Andy Jenkins

Dennis Priestley

Who used Tony Christie’s song Is This the Way to Amarillo as his entrance music?

Peter Manley

Vincent van der Voort

Andy Smith

Steve Hine

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/03/darts-quiz-pdc-world-championship-michael-van-gerwen-gary-anderson

Jan 02

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.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/02/michael-van-gerwen-beats-gary-anderson-win-world-darts-championship

Jan 02

Gary Anderson v Michael van Gerwen: PDC World Darts Championship final – as it happened

Michael van Gerwen was in imperious form to beat the two-times defending champion Gary Anderson 7-3 to clinch his second world title

10.10pm GMT

Here’s a report of the action for you to digest …

Related: Michael van Gerwen beats Gary Anderson to win World Darts Championship

10.09pm GMT

A bit of housekeeping for you … there were 42 180s which is comfortably a record. These two really have taken darts to the next level.

And in a minute or two, Van Gerwen is going to be officially presented with the trophy he’s already hoisted. Twice. First though, Sky Sports reverts to full montage mode.

10.03pm GMT

A teary Van Gerwen seizes the trophy again, this time at the instruction of Dave Clark …

10.01pm GMT

MvG doesn’t bother waiting to be presented with the trophy, grabbing it off the plinth instead. Superb.

10.01pm GMT

“That was a bit said to be fair, you always get people like that, they try to be funny. He wanted to give me the trophy but you’re not allowed to do that,” says Van Gerwen of the invader.

Anderson is phlegmatic in defeat: “The year that this man has had, it’s been a walk in the park for him. It’s well deserved but I’ve had a good three years, the crowd has been fantastic and we’ve had a good couple of weeks.”

9.59pm GMT

Van Gerwen is relishing his moment. In truth he was far too good for Anderson, who really did pay the price for failing to go 3-1 up in sets. The Dutchman’s form when streaking clear of the two-times defending champion was out of this world. A worthy champion indeed.

“I feel absolutely over the moon,” says Van Gerwen. “I’m a very happy man at the moment.”

9.54pm GMT

Tenth set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-3 in sets): Van Gerwen is back to within one leg again. Oooosh, that’s ominous, a 180 from Van Gerwen but Anderson responds with one of his own! He may need 134 to stay in the match though. He can’t do it so Van Gerwen has 85 for the title, make that bullseye … AND HE NAILS IT!

9.53pm GMT

Tenth set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-3 in sets): The crowd are bellowing Anderson’s name. And a timely 140 puts a bit of pressure on Van Gerwen’s throw. As does another 180 for Anderson. Van Gerwen checks out on 100 though – his fifth three-figure finish.

9.52pm GMT

Tenth set: Van Gerwen 1-2 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-3 in sets): It’s another 180 for Anderson though. And another for Van Gerwen. Woof! Anderson needs 103 to take this leg. Not this time. Van Gerwen needs 124 to move to the brink. But he can’t find it and Anderson takes the leg with tops.

9.50pm GMT

Tenth set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-3 in sets): Van Gerwen responds the only way he knows how, with a maximum. Van Gerwen needs 87 for this leg and needs just two darts for an 11-dart leg. Emphatic.

9.49pm GMT

Tenth set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-3 in sets): He couldn’t, could he? Anderson has the darts. And he racks up another maximum. Van Gerwen seems rattled by that invader and Anderson is all of a sudden hitting his doubles!

9.48pm GMT

Ninth set: Van Gerwen 2-3 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-2 in sets): So Van Gerwen has the darts and needs to close out this leg for his second world title. Anderson is going down swinging though with 180 No17. And another! What a champion! Anderson needs 81. And he nails it. THAT IS DARTS AT ITS FINEST!

9.47pm GMT

Ninth set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-2 in sets): Anderson has the arrows. And his 16th 180 takes him to 125. He’s left himself 40 but Van Gerwen is nowhere in this leg. Maybe not after a 180. Anderson misses three darts at tops so Van Gerwen has 115 for the title. It’s not going to be this time, and after a brief interlude for a stage invader, we’re back. And Anderson hits double five.

9.44pm GMT

Ninth set: Van Gerwen 2-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-2 in sets): Ooosh. And a 180 from Anderson.But Van Gerwen needs 148. Anderson needs 120. He’s got one shot at tops, but misses. Van Gerwen has double four and takes the leg on double two. Van Gerwen is one leg away now.

9.43pm GMT

Ninth set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-2 in sets): Anderson to throw first. He’s left himself 130 and has six darts at it. He’s left himself 40 … and gets it. So we’re level in the set at one apiece.

9.41pm GMT

Ninth set: Van Gerwen 1-0 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 6-2 in sets): Van Gerwen has the darts. And van Gerwen opens up with his 16th 18. 100 from Anderson. 44 from Van Gerwen though, and a 180 from Anderson. 51 from Van Gerwen. Chance. Anderson has 140 to finish but can only manage 60. He’ll be back though. 80 then. 20, 20, 20 … so Van Gerwen needs 145. Anderson is back, AGAIN. He needs 20. And doesn’t get it. He’s gone. And Van Gerwen comes back to win the leg with double three.

9.35pm GMT

Eighth set: Van Gerwen 3-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 5-2 in sets): Van Gerwen starts with 180. Of course he does. And just misses another. The Dutchman is streets ahead in this leg and has six darts at 100. He needs three and he needs just one more set for victory. It’s becoming a procession.

9.34pm GMT

Eighth set: Van Gerwen 2-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 5-2 in sets): It’s when Anderson is in the 200s that things aren’t really going his way. But he’s left himself with 104. No three figure finish for him yet. Now is a good time to start … nope. He misses double 12. Van Gerwen needs 75 … and he hits double 12. And that’s the story of this match.

9.32pm GMT

Eighth set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 5-2 in sets): Anderson hits his first maximim for a while. And follows up with 140. Van Gerwen needs 76 though and requires just two darts … ruthless.

9.31pm GMT

Eighth set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 5-2 in sets): Anderson with the darts. If there is to be any comeback now is the time to start Gary … 100 to start. Van Gerwen is just relentless at the moment but Anderson has his nose in front in this leg. But visits of 40 and then 45 are not good enough. He’s in trouble again. Van Gerwen has 72 to break again. 16, 16, but he misses tops. Anderson needs 117. Ooouch. He misses tops as well. But Van Gerwen misses three darts at 40 … but Anderson misses three darts at 20!!!!! Van Gerwen needs double one … and misses. Yikes. Anderson finally hits double two to hold. And breathe.

9.25pm GMT

An email from Simon McMahon …

Anderson on the ropes here. It will take a superhuman effort for him to win from here. He might still be Ali, but it appears he’s facing George Foreman and Larry Holmes now.

9.24pm GMT

Seventh set: Van Gerwen 3-0 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 4-2 in sets): The Touré brothers are back. Van Gerwen has 125 for the set. Of course he does. Van Gerwen is threatening to race away with this and burst a number of blood vessels in the process.

9.23pm GMT

Seventh set: Van Gerwen 2-0 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 4-2 in sets): Anderson begins with a 180. The commentators are saying there is no ceiling to how good the darts can be … hmmm. Van Gerwen is about to break again though, double 16 again … Yep. The Dutchman has won 10 of the last 11 legs.

9.22pm GMT

Seventh set: Van Gerwen 1-0 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 4-2 in sets): Van Gerwen has the bit between the teeth now. He has the darts and requires 47 wih Anderson not on a finish. He can’t do it but he’ll be back. Anderson bounces out. Typical. Van Gerwen hits double 32 at the second attempt.

9.20pm GMT

Sixth set: Van Gerwen 3-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 3-2 in sets): Van Gerwen is throwing for the set. And piles it on with a 140. Anderson replies in kind. But Van Gerwen has 161 for the set. No dice so Anderson has 124 but it’s just not happening for the champ and Van Gerwen checks out in style on 64.

9.18pm GMT

Sixth set: Van Gerwen 2-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 3-2 in sets): Van Gerwen hits 180 No2. Anderson does the same. This MC’s “180” is just fantastic. Anderson has 81. Oh, bends the wire but he misses double six. Van Gerwen pinches the leg with double eight.

9.17pm GMT

Sixth set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 3-2 in sets): A timely 140 from Anderson but Van Gerwen responds with a 180 to leave 48. 16, double 16. Simples.

9.16pm GMT

Sixth set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 3-2 in sets): Van Gerwen has won the last five sets – Anderson is clearly rattled but has the darts and must respond. Scrappy start but Van Gerwen has a chance to make it six in a row. Van Gerwen leaves himself 84 and will be back. Hits the treble but misses two darts at double 12. Oosh. That was a vital double tops for Anderson and he’s back in the groove.

9.10pm GMT

Fifth set: Van Gerwen 3-0 Anderson (2-2 in sets): Anderson hits 137 after 57 from Van Gerwen. But manages only 60 on his next visit. Another maximum from Van Gerwen, who has 130 for the set. Not this time. 164 for Anderson. 140 but Van Gerwen checks out at 65 and it’s the fifth set in double quick time.

9.08pm GMT

Fifth set: Van Gerwen 2-0 Anderson (2-2 in sets): Anderson surely must hold this set to stop Van Gerwen opening up a big lead. Van Gerwen applies pressure with a maximum … 136 for Anderson. Nope. So 94 for Van Gerwen to break. And he’s done it with tops.

9.07pm GMT

Fifth set: Van Gerwen 1-0 Anderson (2-2 in sets): Van Gerwen to throw first. How much will Anderson dwell on that missed opportunity? Van Gerwen is bouncing to oche. But that’s a timely maximim for Anderson who has 128 to break. Bullseye for it – nope. Van Gerwen needs 68 to hold, teble 20 but no dice on double four or double two. Anderson needs 35. 15, misses double 10 and misses double five! Van Gerwen nails double one to hold.

9.01pm GMT

Fourth set: Van Gerwen 3-2 Anderson (Anderson leads 2-1 in sets): 361 plays 362. Wow. 171 for Anderson just when he needed something. Van Gerwen hits back with 180. Anderson needs 132, not this time. Van Gerwen has 86 to break back. Oh my! He’s done it. And he’s pretty happy about it! Anderson could have opened some daylight there but Van Gerwen loves that kind of finish. Game on.

8.59pm GMT

Fourth set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson (Anderson leads 2-1 in sets): Van Gerwen with the darts and he’s left himself 170. This one looks like ANOTHER fifth leg … only 58 for the Dutchman but Anderson is nowhere. 112 for Van Gerwen, nope, it’s now 32. And Anderson is now down to 78. Van Gerwen eventually comes through.

8.58pm GMT

Fourth set: Van Gerwen 1-2 Anderson (Anderson leads 2-1 in sets): Anderson is looking good here. 140 leaves him 222, make that 124. What can Van Gerwen do, not much with 95. Anderson needs 124 … but takes 84 with Van Gerwen struggling. Struggling but then nailing a 180. Anderson hits tops though so he leads again.

8.56pm GMT

Fourth set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Anderson leads 2-1 in sets): A 180 from Van Gerwen, he looks visibly cross, and he should hold this one at least. He’s left himself 40, Anderson is toiling at 249. Van Gerwen nails tops. One apiece.

8.55pm GMT

Fourth set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (Anderson leads 2-1 in sets): Anderson is flying and opens with a 180. Anderson needs 40 for an all important hold but before that Van Gerwen has 170. He hits both trebles … but misses the bull. Anderson hits tops with his second effort so the champ holds.

8.53pm GMT

Third set: Van Gerwen 2-3 Anderson (1-1 in sets): Van Gerwen to throw for the set. Both are averaging more than 107 at present. Van Gerwen has 208, Anderson 161. That’s a finish but not any more after a poor first dart. Van Gerwen has 74 for the set … No! He just misses his double and Anderson nails double 12 to pinch the set! Woof!

8.52pm GMT

Third set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson (1-1 in sets): Anderson begins with a 180. Van Gerwen with a 177. Then a 174 from the Dutchman. The nine-darter is still on. He needs 150 … Hits the treble 20 but misses the treble 18 and Anderson holds his nerve.

8.50pm GMT

Third set: Van Gerwen 2-1 Anderson (1-1 in sets): Anderson is reeling a bit. Not hitting his trebles in this leg. 140. Better from Anderson but Van Gerwen will have 130 to hold. And six darts at it. He’s down to double eight but he’s wide. Van Gerwen is back at 16, then eight, but nails double four with his third dart.

8.48pm GMT

Third set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (1-1 in sets): 83 from Anderson – he’s not starting that well – and Van Gerwen nails a maximum. Almost another but it’s 140 for Van Gerwen. 149, just like that for Van Gerwen, who has three darts at 32 to break back. Second time lucky and we’re back on through. That was some reply.

8.47pm GMT

Third set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson (1-1 in sets): Van Gerwen with the arrows – 58 is not a good start. 140 from Anderson and the pressure is on the Dutchman. 59 opens the door for the champ. Anderson has left himself 170 to finish. No dice. Van Gerwen has 110 to save but misses double 16 so Anderson has 52 to steal … and does it. That’s our first break.

8.44pm GMT

Both players are averaging 107 after two sets, yet it feels like they haven’t hit top gear yet. That was a huge last dart from Anderson to take the second set. Van Gerwen blew him away with a furious start in the Grand Prix final in October, eventually winning 5-2, and there was a danger the same thing would have happened had Van Gerwen broken to go 2-0 up.

8.42pm GMT

Second set: Van Gerwen 2-3 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 1-0 in sets): Anderson opens with 60, not great, but he hits back with a 180. His sixth. A 140 leaves Anderson 121 for the set, but a 180 from Van Gerwen piles on the pressure. Anderson can’t do it so Van Gerwen has 84 for the set, but he slips into the treble nine rather than 14. So Anderson has 80. He doesn’t leave much room for double tops but he squeezes dart No3 in! It’s all square.

8.39pm GMT

Second set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 1-0 in sets): If the crowd are to be believed, the Touré brothers are on the oche. Van Gerwen has left himself 90 and should be fine with Anderson on 141. Bull, misses tops, hits tops.

8.38pm GMT

Second set: Van Gerwen 1-2 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 1-0 in sets): Yet another 180 for Anderson, Van Gerwen would have done likewise but for a deflection. Anderson looks certain to hold, down to 62 after nine darts but that’s a costly missed four. Van Gerwen has 146 to pinch it but just misses his second dart so Anderson is relieved to hold.

8.37pm GMT

Second set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson (Van Gerwen leads 1-0): Anderson is down to 161 on Van Gerwen’s throw but it’s a tall order. The Dutchman will have to check out on 116 though … Anderson has left himself 40. Van Gerwen nails it! Wow!

8.35pm GMT

Second set: Van Gerwen 0-1 Anderson: Anderson throws first, 97 to open up. Woof. Maximum for Van Gerwen but 58 at his next visit. Anderson is under pressure with Van Gerwen down to 124. Single 20, treble 18 but he misses the bull. Anderson needs 105 to hold. One shot at double 14, but he drags it. Ooosh, but Van Gerwen misses his three darts at 25. Anderson has double seven for the leg and he gets it on his third dart.

8.29pm GMT

First set: Van Gerwen 3-2 Anderson: 43 for Van Gerwen to start. The door opens for Anderson but he replies with 40. Both darters exchange 140s. Then Van Gerwen nails his second 180. He’s on a finish of 138, he has six darts at it so ends up with 36. Anderson piles on the pressure with another 180 but Van Gerwen nails his double at the first attempt. First blood to the world No1.

8.27pm GMT

First set: Van Gerwen 2-2 Anderson: Another maximum for Anderson. He’s got one in every leg so far! Anderson moves to 81 after nine darts. Another 11-dart leg on the cards. Oooh. Needing double four he slips into the single but he’ll be coming back. Double two … double one … got it.

8.26pm GMT

First set: Van Gerwen 2-1 Anderson: Van Gerwen begins with his first 180 of the night, and he’s moved to 135. He’ll have three darts at it at least but Anderson is on a finish. Tops for the leg … too low. Anderson needs 164 but misses his treble. Van Gerwen is left on 20, single 10 but double five and it’s on throw.

8.24pm GMT

First set: Van Gerwen 1-1 Anderson: Anderson responds with a 140 to open up. Makes that two of them. Anderson is comfortably ahead here, and registers another 180. He’s got plenty of darts at 41 … and he needs two. 11 for Anderson in total there.

8.23pm GMT

First set: Van Gerwen 1-0 Anderson: Van Gerwen throws first with a solid 100. 99 from Anderson. Already close. First 180 from Anderson but he can’t check out at 163. So Van Gerwen goes at 122 – and it’s there with the bull.

8.20pm GMT

Anderson is out first … the MC is giving it beans. He comes out to House of Pain’s “Jump Around” – of course he does. Van Gerwen swiftly follows, to a few boos, to the riff from Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” and then “Seven Nation Army”. Hmmm. No doubting the crowd are with the Flying Scotsman.

8.17pm GMT

Niall, who was in the chair I’m currently occupying 12 months ago, has made his prediction. Thoughts?

Prediction: MVG wins 7-4, and a nine-darter #lovethedarts

8.15pm GMT

Wayne Mardle and co are waxing lyrical about Van Gerwen’s performance against Barney last night, and they have every right to. As Mardle points out, Anderson is averaging 104 for the tournament so far, Van Gerwen 106. Both are likely to top that tonight.

8.13pm GMT

I will stop embedding tweets soon … but this tickled me.

https://t.co/cLhXrXhuzF

8.06pm GMT

Excitement x 10 …

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

8.05pm GMT

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?

8.02pm GMT

Not long to go now … Sky Sports is in full montage mode.

MvG v Anderson | This #WHDarts World Champs Final could NOT be set up more perfectly – Dan and Jamie explain why……… pic.twitter.com/3hHy9RH52Y

8.00pm GMT

Here’s an update from our man on the ground at Ally Pally.

Darts fans live by a different calendar. The new year doesn’t begin until the end of the World Championship. It’s New Year’s Eve at Alexandra Palace, with an atmosphere to match: everybody is high on life, booze (there will be a few existential incidents in offices around England tomorrow), Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond – and especially the prospect of a World Championship final between Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson. Unlike most New Year’s Eves, this surely can’t be an anti-climax. These two usually bring out the best in each other, and a high-speed thriller is on the cards. Even if one player runs away with it, the likelihood is they will have produced a legendary performance to do so. If it’s an anti-climax, I’ll eat my bobble hat.

7.56pm GMT

First email of the night award goes to JR in Illinois …

Hey Gerard,

One very nice thing about darts is that you know no referee is going to ruin the match <cough> MIKE DEAN <cough>

7.45pm GMT

Dogs and darts … what’s not to like?

Amazing dog chasing after darts pic.twitter.com/74iEAEB2Tz

7.38pm GMT

Let’s familiarise ourselves with both finalists’ route to tonight shall we?

7.26pm GMT

For the anorak’s out there, feast your eyes upon these little beauties.

Stats @SkySportsDarts
39,582 darts thrown
666 x 180’s
4x 170 c/o
114.05 high av
66,000 fans
100+ c/o 161
100+ av 24
1/2 million pints sold

6.24pm GMT

Hello world! 2017 is merely hours old but already we have the first seismic sporting event of the year to feast upon. This one is, put simply, the showdown that we all wanted to see. World No1 against the two-times defending champion, tungsten-wielding titan versus tungsten-wielding titan, irresistible force meets unmovable object.

Gary Anderson is on a 17 (SEVENTEEN) match winning streak in the competition but Michael van Gerwen is playing on a higher plane that everyone else, he won 25 tournaments in 2016 and has been the favourite to reclaim the crown he won for the one and only time in 2014, before Anderson’s two titles.

2.32pm GMT

Gerard will be here shortly. Until then, relive Sunday’s action, in which Michael van Gerwen produced a record-breaking display to beat Raymond van Barneveld:

Related: Michael van Gerwen blitzes Raymond van Barneveld to set up dream PDC final

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/jan/02/gary-anderson-v-michael-van-gerwen-pdc-world-darts-championship-final-live

Jan 02

Michael van Gerwen blitzes Raymond van Barneveld to set up dream PDC final

• World No1 produces record-breaking display to beat fellow Dutchman
• Van Gerwen meets reigning champion Gary Anderson in Monday’s final

There are dream finals, there are probable epics, and there is Gary Anderson versus Michael van Gerwen in the final of the PDC World Championship. The two best players on earth will meet tonight after emphatic victories in the semi-finals. The reigning champion, Anderson, won his 17th consecutive match at the worlds, beating Peter Wright 6-3. The world No1 Van Gerwen’s response was to shatter the record for the highest average in this tournament during his 6-2 win over Raymond van Barneveld.

On the oche the two are very similar, rapid-fire geniuses who have taken darts to another level. Their contrasting backstories will add even greater spice. Anderson, champion in the past two years, says he does not need to win; Van Gerwen says a year in which he won 25 tournaments will be a disaster if he does not become world champion. “This means nothing,” he said after the semi-finals. “My hands are still empty. The final is all that counts. I made my goal very clear, and anyone in my path needs to get out of my way.”

Related: Gary Anderson sees off Peter Wright to stay on track for PDC World Darts treble

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Jan 01

Gary Anderson sees off Peter Wright to stay on track for PDC World Darts treble

• Anderson reaches final again after 6-3 win over fellow Scotsman
• I don’t want to give title up, says 2014 and 2015 champion

Gary Anderson is one game from true greatness. Only Phil Taylor and Eric Bristow have won three consecutive world championships, but Anderson has the chance to join that club after an ultimately comfortable 6-3 win over Peter Wright in the semi-final. It was his 17th victory in a row at Alexandra Palace, and he has the aura to match.

For so long Anderson was the underachieving genius of darts. He won his first world title two years ago at the age of 44, beating Phil Taylor 7-6 in a classic final, and followed up by retaining his title with formidable authority a year ago. Once he struggled under extreme pressure; now he is a big-game specialist, who saves his best darts for the biggest tournament of all.

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Dec 31

Raymond van Barneveld beats Phil Taylor to make PDC World semis

• The 16-times world champion bows out at Alexandra Palace
• Van Barneveld sets up semi-final with Michael van Gerwen

Raymond van Barneveld reached the semi-finals of the PDC World Championship after a 5-3 win over his old rival Phil Taylor at Alexandra Palace.

The 77th meeting between the pair was not a classic in terms of big checkouts or consistent scoring but it was not short on drama. Van Barneveld, who famously defeated Taylor in the 2007 final, got off to an ideal start by taking the opening set 3-1 but Taylor soon responded to level the match.

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Dec 30

Fans in fancy dress at the World Darts Championship – in pictures

The international fans that follow the world’s biggest darts tournament have outdone themselves again with their wild and wacky costumes. Here are some of the best dressed from this year’s event at Alexandra Palace in north London

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Dec 30

Michael van Gerwen sees off Darren Webster to reach PDC quarter-finals

• Comfortable 4-1 victory puts Dutchman into last eight at Alexandra Palace
• Phil Taylor also in quarter-finals after beating Kim Huybrechts 4-2

Michael van Gerwen showed some of his best form as he reached the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship with a 4-1 victory over Darren Webster at Alexandra Palace.

Starting at a frantic pace, Webster hit 100 and 68 finishes to match his formidable opponent to go 2-2, and by doing so nearly took the opening set with two darts at doubles, but failed to convert. The Dutchman duly obliged by taking the first and then the second set.

Related: Daryl Gurney reaches world darts championship quarter-finals

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Dec 29

Daryl Gurney reaches world darts championship quarter-finals

• Northern Irishman beats Mark Webster 4-3 in fluctuating contest
• Dave Chisnall and James Wade also progress into last eight

Daryl Gurney reached the quarter-finals of the world championship for the first time after overcoming the Welshman Mark Webster in a topsy-turvy 4-3 win at Alexandra Palace.

The 30-year-old lost the first set 3-0 in the opening match of an entertaining afternoon session before he capitalised on Webster’s trouble hitting the doubles to level the match with a tight 3-2 second-set success.

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Dec 29

Gary Anderson seals place in last eight of PDC World Darts Championship

• Defending champion defeats Benito van de Pas 4-2 at Alexandra Palace
• Raymond van Barneveld knocks out Adrian Lewis in 4-3 thriller

The defending champion, Gary Anderson, booked his place in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 4-2 win over Benito van de Pas at Alexandra Palace.

Anderson, the second seed, held off a spirited display from the 23-year-old Dutchman to open up a 3-0 lead without missing a double and producing nine maximums. After the Scot had missed a dart at double top to win 4-0, Van de Pas rallied to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

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Dec 27

Michael van Gerwen pushed hard before World Darts Championship victory

• Van Gerwen beats Spaniard Cristo Reyes 4-2
• Phil Taylor cruises to 4-0 win against Kevin Painter

Michael van Gerwen had to be at his best to see off a spirited Cristo Reyes in the last 16 of the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

After a three-day break play resumed on Tuesday and the final match of the evening provided a thrilling climax as the Dutch world No1 saw off his Spanish opponent 4-2. Reyes had a three-dart of average of 106.7 – the highest ever by a losing player – as he gave the Dutchman a real scare.

Related: Michael van Gerwen ready for another tilt at PDC world darts championship

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Dec 24

How Hallam FC began Feast of Stephen’s glut of Christmas football

Since the first Boxing Day match 156 years ago, fans have gorged on festive servings of goals, none more so than in 1963 when Fulham beat Ipswich 10-1

When Hallam FC entertain Pontefract Collieries in the North Eastern Counties Football League Division One at Sandygate Road on Boxing Day, the club based in the Sheffield suburb of Crosspool will continue a tradition they helped start exactly 156 years ago. An offshoot of the local cricket club, Hallam FC are the world’s second oldest football team and were formed to provide opposition for nearby Sheffield FC. The sides clashed in football’s first Boxing Day fixture in 1860, with the hosts forced to call on extra bodies from the nearby hamlet of Stumperlowe to make up the numbers for a match that was won by the visitors, whose three years of extra experience clearly proved telling.

As they reflected on the action over a few snifters in The Plough, an adjacent watering hole that remained open until earlier this year, the supporters of both teams could have had little or no idea they had unwittingly drawn up a blueprint that would dictate the behaviour of millions of like-minded individuals of future generations courtesy of the peculiarly British tradition of scheduling football matches on each year’s Feast of Stephen.

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