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Adrian Lewis has grown tired of being described as "Phil Taylor's former protégé". After taking his one-time practice partner's crown at the PDC world championship the 25-year-old hopes he will be recognised in his own right.

Anderson: 'It's obvious that Cook's talented, probably even more so than Pietersen'

It is bound to happen – in cricket teams, as in offices and on what used to be factory floors – that some colleagues rub along better than others. Presumably, it happens in city trading rooms, if anybody gets on with anybody there, before going for the jugular.

Darts: Nine-dart finish propels Lewis to maiden title

Phil Taylor was only here as a spectator, but the legend of the greatest player in history lived on as his former protégé, Adrian Lewis, won the Professional Darts Corporation's Ladbrokes.com World Championship for the first time here last night. Lewis, another product of the Potteries hotbed that has produced a succession of world-class players, beat Scotland's Gary Anderson 7-5 in a final of the highest quality.

Darts: Lewis takes revenge for mentor’s defeat to set up Anderson duel

Prince Harry was in the crowd here last night and today the historic venue will witness the coronation of a new king. Gary Anderson and Adrian Lewis will both make their debuts in tonight's final as they chase the £200,000 prize on offer to the winner of the Professional Darts Corporation's Ladbrokes.com World Championship.

Darts: Taylor back on track to cruise past Laursen

Phil Taylor eased his way into the third round of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace as he recorded a comfortable straight-sets victory over Denmark's Per Laursen last night.

McCoy's victory in BBC contest marks first for the racing world

Jockey says Grand National win is to thank for poll win as Taylor and Ennis take second and third in voting

Darts: Shepherd gets the crook from Jones

Former finalist Kirk Shepherd suffered a first-round exit at the hands of 13th seed Wayne Jones in the PDC Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace last night.

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Snooker: Hearn uses power to plot transformation of the baize

Power Snooker promises glitz, glamour and fast potting as the game chases a new television audience

Darts: Barney 'was blackmail target'

Prosecutors have demanded a two-year prison sentence for a man charged with attempting to blackmail Raymond van Barneveld by claiming he had a sex tape of the former darts world champion and a mistress.

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Book Of A Lifetime: Voss, By Patrick White

Writing about books that were important to him, Patrick White once said that one seems to "go on living in them for ever, possibly because they give glimpses of a heartbreaking perfection one will never achieve". Such was the case when, as a young aspiring novelist, I first read 'Voss' 50 years ago and watched its pages open like a vast geological fissure in the domesticated landscape of English fiction. Not that the book is perfect – its scale is too grand for that – and its terrain is Australian not English. But just as that continent's early explorers found its native species so strange they hardly knew how to see them, so White'saccount of a venture to the deep interior of both land and soul speaks to dimensions of experience so rarely examined that he felt hardly anybody would "understand what I am on about".

Now action-man Putin takes aim at a grey whale

Vladimir Putin fired darts from a crossbow at a grey whale off Russia's Far East coast yesterday in the latest in a series of man-versus-nature stunts designed to cultivate the image of a macho leader.

My Life in Ten Questions...Dave Gorman

Television comedian Dave Gorman spoke to The Independent Online about his hidden talent for rock balancing, his passion for darts and the time he saw Tony Bennett urinating. His new show 'Genius,' will air on BBC 2 in September.

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