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View from the Sofa: World’s Strongest Man, Channel 5/ PDC World Darts, Sky Sports 1

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

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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

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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

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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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