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Phil Taylor broke his own record for a major final when producing a brilliant display to hammer Raymond van Barneveld 7-1 in the World Darts Championship and take his 14th world title in London last night.

Imperious Taylor puts Dutch prodigy in place

Phil Taylor was in ominous form as he dismantled the Dutch prodigy Michael van Gerwen with a 4-0 victory at the Ladbrokes.com World Championship at Alexandra Palace on Saturday. Van Gerwen was expected to provide the multiple world champion with serious opposition and even though he had a 99 average, the 19-year-old was powerless to stop Taylor, who produced a scintillating display and managed a 102 average.

Robin Scott-Elliot: A bunch of hairy mammals on the telly? It must be Christmas

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The Crafty Cockney, by Eric Bristow

A petty thief and violent gang member in his youth, Eric Bristow went about his north London business with a claw hammer down his trousers. He soon realised his future lay in his precocious ability with the tools of his other trade, darts. In the early 1980s he reigned supreme, winning five world titles. His lippy arrogance made him a player the crowd loved to hate, and his autobiography shows it's not hard to see why.

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'Is a ladies' team unusual? Well, there are about eight pubs locally with ladies' teams, whereas the men have about 25. Our team came about after another pub in the area closed down and we inherited theirs.

The last-chance saloon: Can anyone save the great British boozer?

Fruit machines that never pay out, '9 to 5' on the jukebox, photos of the Queen Mum – you know when you're in a proper pub. Here (with the help of some bar-room veterans), Kate Burt explains why she is campaigning to save this cornerstone of British culture from extinction

Tank shell that sprays deadly darts killed cameraman in Gaza, say doctors

Bordered by lemon trees on one side and an olive grove on the other, the country lane leading to Joher Al Dik, where Fadel Shana was killed doing his job, was all but deserted yesterday afternoon. But two teenage boys from the Nusseirat refugee camp displayed half a dozen of the dull, black, inch-long darts which they said they had found among the cactus growing along the verge opposite where Mr Shana had parked his unarmoured SUV to film a tank on Wednesday afternoon.

Retro delights: Darts

In the 1970’s it seemed a beer belly was a requirement for any aspiring ‘oche jockey’. Now with talk of darts becoming an Olympic sport, Chris Maume looks at its history

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A celebration that's larger than life

Darts: Webster holds steady to claim world crown

The top seed Mark Webster held off a fightback from Australia's Simon Whitlock to claim his first BDO World Championship title in thrilling style last night.

Murder On The Darts Board, by Justin Irwin

Writer competes against professional sportsmen and discovers that while it's not as easy as it looks, it can yield a good yarn. The genre, invented by George Plimpton in 1960 with his baseball book 'Out Of My League', has a welcome new addition from Justin Irwin, who quit his job as the director of a national charity to spend a year discovering whether hard work alone can make him a great darts player. Practising for hours every day, he builds up to entering the PDC World Championship, where he is unlucky to draw a former quarter-finalist in the first round. Despite throwing a maximum 180 in one leg he is predictably whitewashed 5-0, but that, one suspects, is what his readers want; after all, if it was easy, they might regret not having had a go themselves. Irwin chronicles his "journey to the heart of dartness" – and darkness, in the form of oceans of Guinness – with humour and perception. He may have been found wanting on the oche but he's hit the bull's-eye here.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Bobby George, darts player and commentator

'I was called thick. Today it's dyslexia'

Sport on TV: It's strictly business as Olympic dreams turn to golden sequins

Darts at Alexandra "Ally Pally" Palace? Whatever next? Surely it would be a more suitable venue for 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Yet the Queen is apparently a big fan of the arrows, and Ladbrokes asked her if she would like to attend the PDC Darts Championship. Buckingham Palace could be the next step, with Phil "The Power" Taylor taking on Elizabeth "The Real Power" Windsor. But the Queen may find her crown jewels are rather outshone by the bling of her rivals.

Darts: Mardle finds cut and thrust after shaky start to give Carver the chop

Wayne Mardle fought back from a set down to see off the challenge of the American Ray Carver on the opening night of the PDC World Championship on Monday.

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