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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

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Northern Irishman Allen was heavily critical of the decision to shorten the early rounds of the UK Championship, where he was a first-round victor over Adrian Gunnell on Monday.

Snooker: Allen attacks Hearn over 'darts factor'

Mark Allen booked his place in the second round of the UK Championship in York yesterday then launched an attack on World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn, during which he suggested he should leave his post.

Robbie Williams gets darts lessons

Robbie Williams is receiving secret darts lessons from Phil Taylor to help him beat his Take That bandmates.

Matthew Norman: After the tornado, Murdoch will still be left standing

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Darts: Adams holds off dogged rookie to win world title

Martin Adams prevailed after a thrilling duel with BDO World Championship debutant Dean Winstanley to secure his third title in last night's final at Frimley Green.

Darts: Adams blazes a trail into the last four

Defending champion Martin Adams reached the semi-finals of the BDO World Darts Championship at Frimley Green with a 5-1 win over Ross Smith.

Howard Jacobson: The self-contempt needed to love darts

Lose at darts and you compound ingloriousness with disgrace. It’s even worse if all you’re doing is watching

Darts: Lewis hopes to have moved out of master's shadow

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.

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.

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