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# Darts

Last month
March 2023
# Darts
'When I was in the academy, I was given out to for doing hooker throws'
Josh van der Flier took on lineout throwing duties with aplomb in Murrayfield yesterday.
This year
2023
# bully boy
Michael Smith begins life as world champion on a high
Smith kicked off the Bahrain Darts Masters with a resounding victory.
# Take a Bow
Michael Smith throws stunning 9-darter en route to winning World Championship
Michael van Gerwen failed to win a fourth title.
Last year
2022
# Rocky End
Antrim's Josh Rock exits World Darts Championship in last-16 defeat
The 21-year-old was beaten 4-3 by world number seven Jonny Clayton on Thursday evening.
# Darts
James Wade knocked out of World Championship by Jim Williams
Williams caused the biggest shock of the tournament so far in beating the four-time semi-finalist 3-2.
# Darts
Michael van Gerwen up and running at Alexandra Palace
Van Gerwen had to withdraw from last year’s event after being struck down by Covid but he is among the favourites to regain the Sid Waddell Trophy.
# Winner winner
Price holds nerve in last-leg decider to win World Series
Price defeated Dirk van Duijvenbode to clinch the title.
# Darts
Michael van Gerwen wins epic against Gerwyn Price to claim World Matchplay crown
The Dutchman looked back to his best after an 18-14 victory over Price in Blackpool.
# The Iceman Cometh Again
Gerwyn Price into World Matchplay final against Michael van Gerwen
The Iceman punched his ticket with a 17-11 victory over Danny Noppert while Van Gerwen won a 17-14 thriller against Dimitri van den Bergh.
# Ouch
'Just trying not to eat crumpets caked in butter' - Wright waiting to have gallbladder removed
The world number one believes only a flare up of his gallstones will stop him from retaining the World Matchplay title.
# The Count
Darts champ Ted Hankey jailed for sex assault
The court was told that Hankey’s wife was divorcing him and his three children had cut off contact.
# no sympathy
Peter Wright does not feel sorry for Michael Van Gerwen
The Scot took advantage of his rival’s Covid-enforced exit to win a second world title.
# Snakebite
Covid withdrawals don’t devalue world title triumph, says Peter Wright
Wright edged out Michael Smith last night to win the Sid Waddell Trophy for a second time.
# Champion
Peter 'Snakebite' Wright triumphs in thrilling World Darts Championship final
It is the second time the 51-year-old Scottish player has won the illustrious prize, having previously been crowned champion in 2020.
# Snakebite
Peter Wright books World Championship final date with Michael Smith
The 2020 winner will face Michael Smith, the runner-up three years ago, in Monday’s decider.
# Job Done
Smith eases past Wade to reach second World Championship final
The 2019 runner-up prevailed after fourth seed Wade had rallied to threaten a tense finish.
All time
# arrahs
Dave Chisnall becomes latest coronavirus withdrawal at World Darts Championship
The Englishman follows Michael Van Gerwen and Vincent Van Der Voort in having to pull out of the tournament.
# Unimpressed
‘Angry’ Michael Van Gerwen queries Covid controls after shock championship exit
Chris Dobey was set to face the Dutchman in the third round at Alexandra Palace.
# misfortune
3-time champion Michael Van Gerwen withdraws from World Darts Championship
The Dutchman has been ruled out after a positive Covid test.
# Disappointment
Willie O'Connor exits World Darts Championship at the hands of 'Bully Boy'
The Limerick native bowed out of the competition at the last-32 stage.
# Worry
PDC reassures Championship attendees after Raymond Van Barneveld contracts Covid
The five-time world champion revealed he had tested positive after his defeat by Rob Cross on Thursday.
# Tune in
Here's your bumper TV sport guide for this Christmas
There’s plenty to get stuck into over the festive period.
# Close Call
Nathan Aspinall wins after playing through the pain at Alexandra Palace
The two-time World Championship semi-finalist has been troubled by golfer’s elbow and tendinitis.
# Darts
Florian Hempel claims shock win over Dimitri Van Den Bergh at Alexandra Palace
The German continued to impress on his tournament debut
# barney's back
Raymond Van Barneveld makes winning return to Ally Pally
The 54-year-old beat Filipino Ilagan 3-0 to set up a second-round clash with 2018 world champion Rob Cross.
# Stand Up If...
Meath teen Keane Barry edged out in Ally Pally classic by Jonny Clayton
Eighth-seed Clayton was pushed all the way for a 3-2 win on Sunday evening.
# Dream Debut
William Borland settles deciding leg with nine-dart finish at World Championship
Meanwhile Peter Wright, world champion in 2020, was not at his best but still proved to good for fellow Englishman Ryan Meikle.
# Lam to the Slaughter
Irish duo Keane Barry and Steve Lennon advance at World Darts Championship
The 19-year-old Meath native survived a scare before getting the better of Royden Lam at Alexandra Palace.
# Wrap
Anderson beats Lewis in battle of 2-time world champions, disappointment for Lisa Ashton
The pair had twice met in the final of the World Championship.
# Take a Bow
Limerick native O'Connor prevails at World Darts Championship
Elsewhere, there were victories for Steve Lennon and Daryl Gurney.
# William Hill
Will 'The Iceman' defend his crown? Talking points ahead of this year's World Darts Championship
Carl Fletcher looks ahead to the key storylines and gives tips – with the latest William Hill odds – as they prepare to get underway at Ally Pally.
# Queen of the Palace
Ground-breaker Fallon Sherrock makes history at the Grand Slam of Darts
The 27-year-old became the first woman to reach the knockout phase of the competition with an incredible 170 finish last night.
# The Viking
Former darts world champion Andy Fordham dies aged 59
The Viking was crowned BDO world champion after a thrilling 6-3 win over Mervyn King in 2004.
# being monitored
Van Barneveld recovering after collapsing during PDC Players Championship
The five-time world champion fell ill as he marked a match between Jeffrey de Zwaan and Zoran Lerchbacher today.
# breaking boundaries
'She hopes it encourages young girls to get into the game' - world-class Dublin teen the focus of new film
‘Seven Feet Nine and a Quarter Inches’ maps the meteoric rise of Katie Sheldon as she makes waves on the darts scene.
# Darts
Gary Anderson closes in on third world championship
He’ll meet Gerwyn Price in tomorrow’s final.
# Darts
Van Gerwen stunned by Chisnall as Gurney also crashes out at Ally Pally
The world number one suffered a 5-0 defeat in the quarter-finals of the PDC World Championship.
# Take a Bow
Gary Anderson beats Dirk Van Duijvenbode to reach World Championship semis
The other match of the afternoon session saw Stephen Bunting defeat Krzysztof Ratajski.
# PDC World Championship
'What a numpty' - Anderson hits out at Sky Sports commentator Mardle after reaching quarter-finals
The two-time champion saw off South African Devon Petersen before taking aim at the former pro over his comments about slow play.
# yesh
Michael Van Gerwen survives two match darts against Joe Cullen to reach last 16
James Wade recorded the first nine-darter at the tournament for five years but lost his match.