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Dec 21

James Wade strolls into second round at PDC World Darts Championship

• Sixth seed Wade eases past Ronny Huybrechts 3-0
• Mensur Suljovic and Robert Thornton also progress at Alexandra Palace

Related: PDC World Darts Championship: Raymond van Barneveld eases through

James Wade produced a match-winning 141 checkout to crush Ronny Huybrechts 3-0 and move into the second round at the PDC World Darts Championship.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/21/james-wade-pdc-world-darts-championship-ronny-huybrechts

Dec 20

PDC World Darts Championship: Raymond van Barneveld eases through

• Dutchman beats Robbie Green 3-0 to sweep into second round
• Simon Whitlock and Brendan Dolan also reach next stage

Raymond van Barneveld thrashed Robbie Green 3-0 to ease into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace.

Related: Adrian Lewis cruises into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/20/pdc-world-darts-championship-raymond-van-barneveld-through

Dec 20

Adrian Lewis cruises into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

• Two-time title winner beats Magnus Caris despite early finishing problems
• Now set to meet Joe Cullen, who defeated Australian Corey Cadby

Adrian Lewis, twice a winner of the PDC World Darts Championship, eased into the second round with a 3-0 victory over the Swede Magnus Caris. Despite missing 14 doubles inside the opening six legs, Lewis saw off Caris with little fuss, hitting five maximums as he lost only four legs.

Indeed even with his early problems finishing, the 31-year-old fifth seed from Stoke threw a three-dart average of 93.25. Lewis will now face Joe Cullen, who beat the Australian Corey Cadby.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/20/adrian-lewis-magnus-caris-pdc-world-darts-championship

Dec 18

Phil Taylor cruises into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

• !6-times world champion hits three maximums in 3-0 victory
• Daryl Gurney defeats Jermaine Wattimena 3-1 at Alexandra Palace

Phil Taylor, the 16-times world champion, progressed into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 defeat of David Platt at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Related: Phil Taylor: ‘Players today are different. What are you on about? Snapchat?’ | Donald McRae

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/18/phil-taylor-cruises-pdc-world-darts-championship

Dec 16

Peter Wright eases into second round of PDC World Darts Championship

• Wright claims 3-0 win over the Netherlands’ Jerry Hendriks
• Gerwyn Price becomes first seed to exit but Steve Beaton advances

The third seed, Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, moved into the second round of the PDC World Darts Championship with a 3-0 defeat of Jerry Hendriks.

Related: Gary Anderson beats Mark Frost in PDC World Darts Championship first round

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/16/peter-snakebite-wright-pdc-world-darts-championship-jerry-hendriks

Dec 16

Gary Anderson beats Mark Frost in PDC World Darts Championship first round

• Reigning champion Anderson sealed victory inside 36 minutes
• Kevin Painter and Michael Smith also through to second round

Gary Anderson launched the defence of his PDC World Darts Championship crown at Alexandra Palace in London with a routine 3-0 first-round win over Mark Frost.

Two-time defending champion Anderson, who beat Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis in the last two finals, never hit top form but required just 36 minutes to see off his unseeded opponent.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/16/gary-anderson-pdc-world-darts-championship-report

Dec 15

The arras, a Walter Swinburn tribute, an awful NFL pass and a non-league dust-up

This week’s roundup also features concrete football in the French suburbs, 10 managers showing their skills and better days for London Welsh

1) Darts! Darts! Darts! It’s that time of year again … the PDC world championship begins on Thursday which is the perfect excuse to dig into the archive for a few gems. Here’s a look at all of the champions from 1994 to 2016, or how about the biggest shock in darts history … almost? And to really get you in the mood, here’s the 2015 final, in full – or, if you’re pushed for time, two minutes of darting perfection from Michael van Gerwen.

2) There’s nothing quite like a good old non-league football dust-up. Take it away Newton Aycliffe and Morpeth Town.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/15/the-arras-a-walter-swinburn-tribute-an-awful-nfl-pass-and-a-non-league-dust-up

Dec 14

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

Dutchman won his one and only world title in 2014 but he sets off after another at Alexandra Palace on Saturday the overwhelming favourite in a season where he has 91% win percentage

Michael van Gerwen is arguably the most dominant sportsman in the world, yet he is not world champion of his own sport. That paradox dominates the buildup to the PDC World Championship, the festive jamboree that begins at Alexandra Palace on Thursday night. In the past 12 months the Dutchman has seen his own 2015 brilliance and raised it by winning a staggering 25 tournaments, including nine of the 10 that have been televised live. But it is three years since he won his only world title.

If these was any doubt how much the tournament means to him, it disappeared during his forlorn interview after he lost an epic third-round match to Raymond van Barneveld. Van Gerwen won 18 tournaments in 2015 but ended a staggering year on a crushing low. “I want to win this one,” he said. “I want to throw all the other titles in the bin for this one.” When he was asked: “What next for you?” a solemn Van Gerwen replied: “Not much.”

Related: Phil Taylor: ‘Players today are different. What are you on about? Snapchat?’ | Donald McRae

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/14/michael-van-gerwen-pdc-darts-world-championship-alexandra-palace

Dec 12

Phil Taylor: ‘Players today are different. What are you on about? Snapchat?’ | Donald McRae

The 16-time world champion did more than anyone to elevate darts on to the big stage but, as the world championship draws closer, he doesn’t like all that he sees

“You sacrifice your life for it,” Phil Taylor says on a gloomy late afternoon in Stoke. The last grey streaks of light are fading as the greatest darts player in history sighs and considers the personal cost of creating a legacy built on a record 16 world titles. The latest world championship starts on Thursday and Taylor shrugs. “These players on TV now have got a lot to thank me for. Without me they wouldn’t be there. But my time is coming to an end.”

Taylor seems introspective and weary – without much of his old cheek and sparkle. But this is the man who, beyond his extraordinary capacity to win final after final, year after year, dragged darts out of cramped pubs into huge arenas around the world filled with thousands of singing fans, gleaming television lights and prize money piled in the millions. Is the enormity of his achievement, and all it took to create, in danger of being forgotten?

Related: Phil Taylor’s sweet 16: how he powered to his world title triumphs

Related: Can Phil Taylor, the greatest darts player of all time, step away from the game that made him? | Ed Caesar

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/12/phil-taylor-darts-interview

Dec 10

The Agenda: Cristiano Ronaldo up for Ballon d’Or, darts comes to Ally Pally

Portuguese seeks to cap triumphant year; world champion Michael van Gerwen is back at the oche; and snooker heads to Glasgow

Football’s most prestigious prize for individual achievement, the Ballon d’Or, has been shared between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi since Kaká’s win in 2007 and the idea of anyone else winning seems farfetched even by 2016’s high standards. The Portuguese is overwhelming favourite after a season that culminated in European triumph for club and country. Barcelona won La Liga but Messi’s missed penalty in the Copa América final and failure to deliver Argentina’s first trophy in 20 years will likely rule him out of a fifth award. Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez are outside bets while Jamie Vardy is the only Englishman nominated. (The last English winner was Michael Owen in 2001.) As of this year, the Ballon d’Or is no longer a Fifa-sanctioned gong since football’s world body has ended its six‑year bond with the event, which has been run by France Football since 1956. Those Zurich-based blazers will now relaunch their world player of the year prize under a new name, details of which remain sketchy. Perhaps they will broaden it out to 48 players.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/10/the-agenda-christiano-ronaldo-ballon-dor

Dec 06

Win tickets to the PDC World Championships

Answer a simple question and you could be off to Alexandra Palace in London to soak up the atmosphere as the best darts players do battle for the world title

The Guardian has teamed up with the PDC and Universal Pictures to offer readers the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to an evening session of the world’s biggest darts tournament. Seventy-two players from across the globe compete at Alexandra Palace in north London across 15 days live on Sky Sports, from 15 December to 2 January.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/06/win-tickets-to-the-pdc-world-championships

Dec 02

The Joy of Six: flawed sporting competitions

Inspired by the abject failure of the revamped EFL Trophy, we take a look at half a dozen other competitions with obvious shortcomings

In 2000, WWE supremo Vince McMahon announced the launch of a new league to rival the NFL: the XFL. It would take place in the off-season and do away with the traditional American football rulebook for a more extreme interpretation inspired by wrestling’s emphasis on outrageous entertainment, all of which boiled down to pre-game fireballs, on-field violence and a disturbing focus on cheerleaders.

Related: US finds it just ain’t sport

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Related: The Joy of Six: sporting family ties | Simon Burnton

Related: The Joy of Six: nefarious goal-line handballs | Lawrence Ostlere

Related: The Joy of Six: F1’s strangest racing cars | Simon Burnton

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/02/the-joy-of-six-flawed-sporting-competitions

Nov 30

Eric Bristow confronted by mother of sexually abused children – video

Former world darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for his tweets suggesting victims of child sexual abuse are wimps. In an interview with Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, he eventually accepts he has caused offence. Before his apology, Bristow is confronted by Marilyn Hawes, a mother of three sexually abused children, who called him a bully

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/video/2016/nov/30/eric-bristow-confronted-by-mother-of-sexually-abused-children-video

Nov 30

Eric Bristow apologises for Twitter football sex abuse comments

Former darts champion, who has lost Sky Sports role, says it was ‘miswording’ to suggest victims were wimps

The former world darts champion Eric Bristow has apologised for a number of offensive tweets he sent out in relation to the football sexual abuse scandal.

Bristow, 59, was sacked by Sky Sports, where he had been a regular contributor to darts coverage since the early 1990s, after writing on social media: “Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out.”

Bristow Defends Tweets, Eric Bristow speaks to @susannareid100 and @piersmorgan, #GMB pic.twitter.com/ZQdOYVOnIj

Disgusted with Eric Bristows remarks tonight #stoneagementality

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Nov 29

Eric Bristow’s toxic tweets matter. These attitudes silence abuse victims | Owen Jones

The darts player’s extreme comments reflect a mindset shared by all too many which shames survivors and causes anguish and intimidation

Child abusers and rapists mostly get away with it. That’s the harrowing truth. “The problem is much bigger than shown in official statistics, as most crimes are not disclosed and/or reported,” says the NSPCC. “Most sexual abuse isn’t reported, detected or prosecuted. Most children don’t tell anyone they’re being sexually abused.” The vast majority of abuse isn’t committed by random strangers: it’s by relatives, carers, people in positions of authority. It’s about exploiting a disparity of power, with the belief that the victim wouldn’t dare speak out. A society that leaves survivors of sexual abuse and rape with internalised shame and guilt silences them, too.

That’s why Eric Bristow’s disturbing tweets matter. They are extreme but indicative of a mindset shared by all too many. “Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when I was a kid as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out,” he tweeted. “Dart players tough guys footballers wimps,” continued his tirade. “U got to sought him out when u get older or don’t look in the mirror glad I am a dart player proper men.” An apology did eventually come: “Sorry meant paedo not poof.”

what i was saying was when the football lads got older and fitter they should have went back and sorted him out

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/29/eric-bristow-twitter-toxic-attitudes-stop-abuse-victims

Nov 29

Eric Bristow loses Sky Sports role after Twitter sex abuse story comments

• Five-times world darts champion sacked as pundit for channel
• Victims not ‘proper men’ for failing to ‘sort out’ abusers, tweets Bristow

The former darts world champion Eric Bristow has been sacked by Sky Sports after he tweeted comments about the football sexual abuse story on Monday.

Related: FA sets up review into child sex abuse in football after Barry Bennell claims

Might be a looney but if some football coach was touching me when i was a kid as i got older i would have went back and sorted that poof out

Related: Eric Bristow’s toxic tweets matter. These attitudes silence abuse victims | Owen Jones

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/nov/29/eric-bristow-loses-sky-sports-role-twitter-sex-abuse-story-comments

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