Pete Reed: GB Olympic champion who nearly gave up because of two chihuahuas

Tests revealed Royal Navy officer Pete Reed (top row, second from right) had lost fitness because of an allergy to his pet dogs

Gary Anderson takes on the winner of Mark McGrath v Scott Kirchner

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Phil Taylor faces Jyhan Artut

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A full schedule of the Darts World Championship on Friday 19th December 2014

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Dmitry Sukhotsky (R) faces Adonis Stevenson this weekend

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One of the last major boxing events of 2014 takes place in Canada on Friday night, as Adonis Stevenson looks to finish a fairly ordinary year in style

Anthony Crolla celebrates his win over John Murray back in April

Anthony Crolla: Teenage boy arrested on suspicion of fracturing boxer's skull with concrete slab

The boxer chased men who tried to burgle his neighbour's house

Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather

Amir Khan donates £30,000 shorts to Peshawar school following Taliban massacre

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Michael van Gerwen was pushed all the way in his 3-1 victory over Joe Cullen

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Newton faced qualifier Cristo Reyes who had beaten Christian Perez earlier in the night and the final match went to sudden death before confusion struck

Carl Froch celebrates his win over George Groves in front of 80,000 at Wembley Stadium

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Amir Khan hopes for a Floyd Mayweather fight next year

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Reigning darts world champion Michael van Gerwen

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Adam Gemili says he is now more established with the 100m

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Tragedy touched 21-year-old athlete in a year when he turned promise into medals. Life is short, he tells Matt Majendie, and now he wants to be the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m

Fury celebrates in the ring after securing victory
Anthony Crolla celebrates his win over John Murray back in April

Anthony Crolla: Boxer's trainer Joe Gallagher fears he may never fight again after burglar attack

The Mancunian suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle in brutal attack

Anthony Crolla (left) in action against John Murray as Crolla is in hospital after confronting burglars

Anthony Crolla: Boxer hospitalised after being hit over the head with a concrete slab by burglars

The athlete was due to face Richard Abril for the WBA world lightweight title

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BOXINGBut injured boxer initially thought it was a wind-up from his mates
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Clarke Carlisle applauds the Northampton fans in his final appearance before retirement
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Dylan Hartley is given his marching orders on Saturday
rugbyEngland hooker available for opener with Wales – if selected
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MORE CRICKETA shaken Shane Watson had to quit training with Australia after being hit on his helmet by a bouncer
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Cook bounced back from one-day sacking with darts win over Anderson at Alexandra Palace
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BOXINGBoxer leaves hospital after suffering a fractured skull when he tried to stop two burglars
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