Sport Ronnie O'Sullivan in action

The world champion scored 556 points without reply at Alexandra Palace

Police are searching for Wiktoria Popiel (left) and Vitalija Sidlauskaite (right) who were reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop in north London

Two 12-year-old girls missing from north London found 'safe and well'

Girls reported missing after a walk to a local bus stop have been found, Scotland Yard said today, police had earlier been 'extremely concerned for their welfare'

Michael van Gerwen beat Adrian Lewis 6-0 to set-up a final against Peter Wright

Darts World Championships: Michael van Gerwen thrashes Adrian Lewis to set-up unlikely final against Peter Wright

Wright knocked out contender Simon Whitlock to reach his first final in the tournament while van Gerwen will be appearing for the second straight year

Fans at the World Darts Championship keep themselves entertained with the various fancy dress seen each night
Adrian Lewis in action at the Darts World Championships

Darts: Former world champions Adrian Lewis sends an early warning to his title rivals with a near flawless win over Dennis Smith

The 2011 and 2012 champion didn't concede a leg, while there were also wins for Justin Pipe, Michael Smith and Andy Smith

Dutchman Michael van Gerwen has beaten Phil Taylor in two finals this year

Darts World Championship: Young pretender Michael van Gerwen plots revenge on Phil Taylor

Phil Taylor will begin his quest for a 17th world championship title at Alexandra Palace, knowing that Michael van Gerwen is even more determined to take his crown this year.

Phil Taylor celebrates winning the title last year

World Darts Championship: Let 'Jesus' come and watch the darts, says Phil Taylor

A spectator was ejected from an event last year when his resemeblance to Jesus caused a stir among other fans

Rapper George Watsky jumps from the stage in Alexandra Palace, London

Rapper George Watsky apologises for breaking woman's arm in stage dive

The rapper jumped into the audience from the stage, injuring two fans

Book review: Armchair Nation, By Joe Moran

Our TV times, from Kingsley Amis's heaven to Orwell's hell

Two Door Cinema Club are the sort of band hacks love to sneer at: softly-spoken, sweet and undeniably generic.

Music review: Two Door Cinema Club, Alexandra Palace, London

Two Door Cinema Club are one of those bands that make you wonder what the point is. Not in a the-end-is-upon-us sort of way (there's very little apocalyptic about this lovely little Northern Irish troupe) but in that, if this is the band that makes it, this is the band that gets massive, this is what people want, then... what do music journalists know about anything? Why bother?

Snooker: Graeme Dott thrashes jaded Judd Trump

Judd Trump, the tournament favourite, crashed out of this year's Masters with a whimper today.

John Higgins feels he is in better form this season than last

Snooker: John Higgins' Masters plan is to prove he remains a threat

John Higgins, the four-times world champion, is no stranger to success. But even Higgins, regarded as one of snooker's greatest ever players, has found silverware hard to come by in recent times. Since winning the World Championship at the beginning of May 2011, the 37-year-old has failed to win any of snooker's three major titles – the World, UK Championship or Masters.

Stand up and admire the demotic nobility of darts

Surely the argument over whether this is a sport or not can be considered redundant

'It's what I do,' Phil Taylor said of his comeback to win a 16th title

Darts: Phil Taylor rejects retirement to swell mother's pride

Taylor won his 16th world title on Tuesday night, beating Michael van Gerwen

Phil Taylor

Darts: Eric Bristow backs Phil Taylor to win more titles after PDC victory

Taylor won his 16th world darts title after overcoming Michael van Gerwen

Darts: Winstanley throws nine-dart finish

Dean Winstanley hit a nine-dart finish in his second-round clash with Vincent van der Voort in the PDC world darts championship, but could not do enough to claim victory.

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