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Matt Butler: Tons of fun with a true colossus outweigh the claims of pub games

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Michael van Gerwen celebrates his victory in the PDC Darts World Championship final

Darts World Championship: Record breaking Michael van Gerwen delighted after 'unbelievable' final victory over Peter Wright

Van Gerwen became the youngest ever winner of the title having finished as runner-up last year

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

Michael van Gerwen celebrates during his third round victory over Gary Anderson

Darts World Championships: Mighty Michael van Gerwen avoids shock exit with comeback win over Gary Anderson

Adrian Lewis will join van Gerwen in the quarter-final's along with James Wade

Norad Santa Tracker 2013: Follow Father Christmas as he rockets around the globe delivering presents

You'll be able to track Father Christmas thanks to Norad

Fans at the World Darts Championship keep themselves entertained with the various fancy dress seen each night
Phil Taylor walks off stage after he's beaten by Michael Smith in the Darts World Championship

Darts World Championship: Michael Smith pulls off major upset after defending champions Phil Taylor is dumped out in second round

Taylor crashed out in his defence of the title losing 4-3 to the world youth champions

James Wade escaped an early exit at the Darts World Championship, fighting back to beat Darren Webster 3-2 in the first round

Darts World Championship: James Wade gets a lucky escape after Darren Webster misses six match shots to progress to second round

Wade was facing a shock exit in the opening round before clawing his way back into the match and taking the win 3-2

Postcard from... Brussels

There are only a few thousand of them left in the wild and fewer in captivity, but another snow leopard was lost this week when Belgian authorities were forced to shoot one that escaped from a zoo in the east of the country.

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.

Matt Butler: Poignant moments hidden behind Eric Bristow bravado in Sports Life Stories

View From The Sofa: Sports Life Stories, ITV

Video: The world's longest ever basketball shot

A number of other records were broken yesterday

Phil Taylor crushed Dave Chisnall 6-0 in the World Darts Grand Prix

Darts: Ruthless Phil Taylor is too strong for Dave Chisnall

Phil Taylor claimed his 11th World Grand Prix title after destroying rising star Dave Chisnall 6-0 in Dublin last night. 

Love blooms: Aldo Di Toro as Nemorino and Sarah Tynan as Adina in L’elisir d’amore

Classical review: L'elisir d'amore - Plant-food and pesticide make a knock-out elixir

Holland Park's Donizetti is set on an industrial farm and its hero wears a boiler suit, but the warmth of the singing still melts hearts

The defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in action yesterday

Snooker: Barry Hearn reduces toilet breaks to slam lid on gamesmanship

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn is cracking down on toilet breaks to avoid gamesmanship, having grown tired of the top stars wandering off mid-frame to spend a penny.

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

Nick Clegg the movie

Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

Make the most of British tomatoes

The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape