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Post by Wubbalubbadubdub » Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:46 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42545425

Drinking and darts: Does alcohol improve performance?

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Dutch ace MVG - who has pocketed more than £5 million in prize money - posed for a pic with a darts sponsor - with no idea he had served jail time for manslaughter.

The man next to Van Gerwen and fellow players, Gary Robson, was jailed for killing former soldier Stan Dixon, 60, after a row over swearing in 2008.

Robson was given 27 months for manslaughter - a sentence which repulsed Dixon’s family.

When he was freed he set up his own energy firm, which now sponsors darts tournaments


An inside source said: “Robson has showed no remorse and now lives a lavish life as a successful businessman.

“He swans around darts tournaments like he’s one of the celebs.

“Stan’s family will be sickened by these snaps.”

Robson posted the pictures of him and the darts stars on his Facebook account.


Another snap shows him with Simon Whitlock - a top 20 player.

Stan’s partner Anne Fisher said after Robson, 33, was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court: “Stan was a good man with a great sense of humour who would do anything for anybody and wouldn't hurt anyone.

“He was standing up for what he believed in and was protecting me at the time.

“Since he died it’s been like a bad dream and I can’t imagine life without him.”


Robson’s Linkedin page says he lives in Sunderland.

Companies House records lists Robson at Start Energy.

He’s listed as a director with the occupation ‘energy broker’.

The sports was forced to bid a fond farewell to a legend of the sport recently, after the “crafty cockney” Eric Bristow died from a heart attack.

Hundreds made their way to Stoke-on-Trent to say goodbye to the five-time world champion.

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Post by Ginge » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:38 pm

Wouldn't be the first fantasist in darts to have connections to Sunderland.

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Post by Buzz Fledderjohn » Sat Apr 28, 2018 2:41 pm

Ginge wrote:Wouldn't be the first fantasist in darts to have connections to Sunderland.
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Post by markymark » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:28 pm

So, are "famous" people expected to have background checks on anyone who asks for a selfie?

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Ginge wrote:Wouldn't be the first fantasist in darts to have connections to Sunderland.
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Pro14 Rugby have signed a deal with Premier Sports and FreeSports to broadcast every game for at least three years.

The partnership, from the 2018-19 season, means subscription and free-to-air games will be available to fans in the UK.

Confirming the deal, CEO of Pro14 Rugby Martin Anayi said it was a "terrific achievement".

The Welsh Rugby Union welcomed it as a "fresh offer for Welsh supporters".

There had been some concern among fans that a deal would mean subscription-only viewing, but Pro14 Rugby have confirmed that no fewer than 21 games - or one per round - will be shown live and free-to-air on FreeSports.

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Who said?
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Fantastic read, and obviously a great prospect for the future!

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Post by Zapp Brannigan » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:32 pm

Seen this a lot in the local press and groups this week.

Not saying I don't believe it but it does seem too good to be true - Just so happened to be a pub league game where she got this 99 average, 4 180s AND a 164 checkout in a best of 7 match where only a few people (who all think shes better than Phil Taylor) saw it happen.

I think some of her local achievements are getting embellished a bit.

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Post by markymark » Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:35 pm

Lee Taylor wrote:

Fantastic read, and obviously a great prospect for the future!
Yet they aren't smart enough to give her a wildcard for the WDT, and the publicity from that.

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markymark wrote:
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Fantastic read, and obviously a great prospect for the future!
Yet they aren't smart enough to give her a wildcard for the WDT, and the publicity from that.
Great idea – that would be fantastic to see.

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An all-new England at this year's World Cup of Darts?

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It's set to be an all-new England at this year's World Cup of Darts, as neither Adrian Lewis or Phil Taylor will feature in the tournament for the first time since its inception in 2010.

World champion and world no 3 Rob Cross will make his debut and lead England's charge for a fifth World Cup crown, but there are three men - Dave Chisnall, Michael Smith and James Wade - battling it out for the right to partner 'Voltage' in Frankfurt later this month.

We run the rule over the talented trio….

England's World Cup Teams
2010 Phil Taylor James Wade
2012 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis
2013 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis
2014 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis
2015 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis
2016 Phil Taylor Adrian Lewis
2017 Adrian Lewis Dave Chisnall

Dave Chisnall - World No 7


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Chisnall could make his second straight World Cup of Darts appearance this year
Chisnall could make his second straight World Cup of Darts appearance this year

Dave Chisnall made his World Cup of Darts debut alongside Adrian Lewis last year, and 'Chizzy' is currently in pole position to feature as the second highest-ranked Englishman.

Chisnall and Lewis reached the semi-finals of last year's competition but were comprehensively beaten by eventual champions Netherlands - who were represented by Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld.

'Chizzy' currently sits seventh on the PDC Order of Merit, despite failing to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking televised event since the 2017 PDC World Championship almost 18 months ago.

This has seen him miss out on the Premier League for the first time since 2014, but he's enjoyed a strong start to the Pro Tour season - reaching one Players Championship Final and two semi-finals.

Michael Smith - World No 9

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Michael Smith has been touted to make his World Cup debut alongside Cross
Michael Smith has been touted to make his World Cup debut alongside Cross

Michael Smith has been touted by many as the perfect candidate to partner Cross at the World Cup following his blistering start to 2018.

'Bully Boy' received a Premier League recall following his elimination two years ago and he's been a revelation on return - securing his place with a draw against Daryl Gurney last Thursday and he sits second in the table.

Smith has impressed away from the televised stage this year, defeating Michael van Gerwen to win a UK Open qualifier in February, before clinching victory in Players Championship Seven last month.

Smith also featured in the final of the German Darts Open in April and was runner-up in UK Open qualifier One, which has seen him climb to ninth in the world rankings.

As a result, the former World Youth champion is highly fancied by many to make his World Cup debut this year.

James Wade - World No 10

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Could James Wade return to the World Cup fold after an eight-year hiatus?
Could James Wade return to the World Cup fold after an eight-year hiatus?

Like Chisnall, Wade also has previous World Cup of Darts experience, having featured in the inaugural staging of the tournament with Phil Taylor back in 2010.

Nevertheless, Taylor and Wade suffered a chastening opening-round defeat to the Spanish pairing of Carlos Rodriguez and Toni Alcinas, in arguably the biggest shock in World Cup of Darts history.

Wade endured a difficult 2017, suffering first-round defeats at the World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and World Championship, which saw him omitted from this year's Premier League.

However, 'The Machine' has enjoyed an impressive resurgence this year, reaching the final of Players Championship One and four more ranking semi-finals, including two on the European Tour.

Wade has now regained his spot in the world's top ten and given his pedigree as a multiple major winner, he could provide the perfect foil for Cross at this year's tournament.

The World Cup of Darts is back for four fun-filled days in Frankfurt from Thursday May 31 when coverage gets underway on Sky Sports Action and Main Event.

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Good find - cheers.

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Post by Lee Taylor » Sun May 13, 2018 8:26 pm

ssjsa wrote:Interesting article on Chris Mason

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/sport/oth ... on-1562623

Open and honest interview, as always, from Mace.

I’m pleased for him that he’s still involved in the game and making a living from it.

I was around at the same time, and were roughly the same age, so all the names and pubs he mentioned brought a load of good memories back.

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Premier League Darts: ‘I reckon in three years, I’ll dominate the game - I really do,’ says world champion Rob Cross

Cross rocked the sport of darts when he became world champion just 11 months after turning professional

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Rob Cross arrives for the interview clutching a bottle of Diet Coke, freshly purchased from the hotel bar in which we are meeting.

“You didn’t pay for that yourself, did you?” asks Dave, the Professional Darts Corporation’s head of media, reaching instinctively for his pocket.

“Yeah.”
“But we’ve got a tab open.”

Cross simply shrugs. Getting to put your drinks on somebody else’s tab is just another of those things he has been trying to get used to over the last few months. Plenty has changed in his life ever since the former electrician pulled off one of the greatest shocks in darts history to become the PDC world champion earlier this year. He gets recognised in the street. Random people even turn up at his front door in Hastings asking for a cup of tea and a chat. (He allows them a chat, but not the tea.) But perhaps the most symbolic change in his life, since picking up the £400,000 winner’s cheque in January, has been the pots.

“We used to have seven or eight pots at home,” he says. “One pot would be the water bill, that’d be the electric bill, the gas bill. Every week when I got paid, I’d chuck £20 in one pot, £50 in another. And I’d do this religiously, every month. Now I go home and look for the pots, and they’re not there anymore.”

In many ways, Cross has changed very little. He still lives in the same house in Hastings with his wife Georgia and three children. The only indulgence he has allowed himself since becoming world champion was a new car. “I’m not a massive spender,” he admits. “I look at the bank balance building, but it just looks like Monopoly money, really.”

If success has come as something of a shock to Cross, then it’s had a roughly similar effect on everyone else. It’s hard to think of a comparable rise in modern sport: from turning professional in early 2017 to becoming world champion at his first attempt just 11 months later. Ever since, he has proven it was no fluke, rising to No3 in the world and reaching the Premier League finals. Aged just 27, Cross is the rising force in darts, and his semi-final with Michael van Gerwen on Thursday night at the O2 will be the next milestone in a duel that looks set to define the sport for the next few years.

Of course, everyone has been desperate to find out how he did it. And unlike many players who shun self-analysis and simply step up and throw, Cross has devoted a good deal of thought into his own rise, and puts it down to a combination of smart tactics, ferocious work-ethic and industrial vats of self-belief.

“I would say darts is probably 15 per cent throwing,” he explains. “The rest of it is mental strength. Being able to hold your nerve. I’ve had people tell me for years I should have gone professional. I’m a big believer, though, that if I’d gone earlier, the game would have broken me mentally. Because you’re not mature enough to deal with what’s put in front of you: the stage, the pressure. Some people would probably call it arrogance. And I suppose you have to have that bit of arrogance to do what you do.”

Was he always this confident?

“No, not really. For instance, if someone was to say, ‘Right Rob, go up on that stage and read from a piece of paper’, I probably couldn’t do it. But if you’d said: ‘Rob, there’s a set of darts, go and put three in the treble-20’, I would have gone and done it. It’s a different kind of confidence. Having this job has brought me out of my shell a little bit.”

Cross was, by all accounts, a fairly normal kid. His mother worked in a school, his father in a warehouse. But for as long as he can remember, he was crazy about darts. He hit his first 180 at the age of 11, his first nine-darter at the age of 17. But then, life kicked in. “You get your first house, I had the kids, and you have a bit more responsibility to pay the bills,” he said. I didn’t play for a couple of years.”

And so he trained as an electrician, playing the odd local competition to keep his eye in. In October 2015, he tried to qualify for the smaller British Darts Organisation world championship, and was disqualified for sipping a glass of water. No drinks were allowed on stage. “I was branded a cheat,” he says. “I’ve never cheated at anything. That hurt me. For a few months, I fell out of love with the game.”

Then, in early 2016, his uncle persuaded him to give it one more go, at a UK Open qualifier in Norwich. Cross won, reached the last-32 of the main tournament, and was sufficiently encouraged to try and earn his tour card. When he finally decided to hang up the claw hammer and pliers in early 2017, he gave himself two years to make it as a professional.

“I’d been telling myself it was going to be so hard,” he said. “That I probably wasn’t going to win a leg. So when I got annihilated, it wouldn’t hurt as bad. And then, after two or three months on tour, I thought: it ain’t that bad. Let’s kick on. When you’ve worked five days a week, you learn that work ethic. I could play decent darts when I was 18, but did I have that work ethic? Probably not.”

It helped that Cross has always been something of a workaholic - even when he took a few days’ holiday after becoming world champion, he still made sure to take his dartboard with him. It helped, too, that he had the sort of quirky, unconventional style that often threw opponents. Before a big dart, he would often take a few seconds, step away from the oche, and recompose himself. His finishing combinations are unusual, and yet meticulously thought-through. Warning: the next few sentences contain some extremely nerdy darts tactics chat.

“I’ve got three predominant trebles,” he says. “If I drop short on 20s, I’m going to go 19s. If I drop short on 19s, I’m going to throw at 18s. Anything else, I don’t really need. So the 161 against Michael [Van Gerwen] in the worlds, I went 54, 57, bull. It was unconventional. I don’t think anyone’s ever hit it like that on TV before. But I don’t throw treble-17. I’d always go 18s, 19s, because I throw at them more. Play to your strengths.”

Cross arrived at the World Championships on the back of a stellar season, with those in the know confiding that he was far, far more dangerous than his modest seeding of 20 suggested. And so it proved. Cross scrapped his way to the semi-finals, where he faced the great Van Gerwen. In what many observers have described as one of the great darts matches of all time, Cross shocked Van Gerwen by triumphing 6-5 in a sudden-death leg.

“Before the match I was thinking to myself: just don’t get whitewashed,” he admits. “But I was playing that well at the time. When it went to the sudden-death leg, I felt totally out of my comfort zone. You knew the importance of the leg, but the adrenalin blocks a lot of it out. I couldn’t even tell you what I hit in that last leg.”

Even so, everyone expected Cross to be swept aside in the final by Phil Taylor, the 16-time world champion playing his last ever match. Everyone, that is, except Cross himself. “When I got past Michael,” he says, “I had no doubt in my head I was going to win. Because Michael was the only thing that had stopped me in the previous six TV tournaments. And pretty much all game, I was relentless.”

Taylor never got a look-in. Cross trounced him 7-2, the biggest margin of victory in a world final since Taylor himself had beaten John Part nine years earlier. And yet, while the darts world reeled in stunned appreciation of its new star, Cross felt strangely at ease. “It was really weird,” he says. “When I first lifted the trophy, I felt... I don’t know what you call it. A premonition. I thought: this ain’t going to be the last time I’m lifting this. It felt right. It felt good.”

That self-belief again. And when the conversation moves to talk of the future, you get a measure of the simple, solid certainty with which Cross believes he is destined to reign. “I still feel like I’ve got another 20 per cent to give,” he says. “The learning, the progressing, is going to be done over the next two or three years. I’ve learned even more this year than last year. I reckon in three years, I’ll dominate the game. I really do.”

The journey from money pots and fuse boxes to darting immortality is, it seems, not all that great a leap. The shock of success may have jolted Cross, but it’s certainly not daunted him. The urge to provide for his three young children is what spurs him now. “I’d like to give them a better life,” he says. “Ideally, what I’d like to do is get each of them a house. But I believe nobody gets nothing in life for free. So they’d get a tiny mortgage they’d have to pay off. Just to give them a bit of responsibility.”

It seems appropriate, when talking about the next generation, to wonder whether Cross’s ambition to dominate the sport is really as realistic as he makes out. After all, this is a sport that has always seen new challengers, new faces, new pretenders to the throne. The late Eric Bristow begat Phil Taylor. Taylor begat Van Gerwen. Van Gerwen begat Cross. Surely whoever comes next will provide a greater challenge still.

“Don’t matter,” Cross says firmly, pushing his Diet Coke to one side with the air of a man who means business. “I’m going to be too strong. I’m not being funny. I know it’s going to sound harsh. But no-one else is going to feed your family. You’ve got to do it yourself.”
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Post by Ginge » Thu May 17, 2018 12:57 pm

"everyone expected Cross to be swept aside in the final by Phil Taylor, the 16-time world champion playing his last ever match'

Erm, no they didnt.

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