A numbers game: Kirk Bevins on an obsession with numbers, life as a darts referee and conquering Countdown

To enter Apterous.org is to arrive in a different realm, a Narnia of the sharpest minds waiting beyond a digital wardrobe. On its homepage – for this is no mythical haven, but the home of a thriving online community – is a disclaimer. ‘Apterous is definitely not Countdown; it is not

“You have to play with the hand you’re dealt with”: Jamie Caven on defeating both logic and adversity

Much of the populist appeal of darts – first, in its takeover of terrestrial television screens in the 1970s and 1980s, and then in its unprecedented revival and growth under Barry Hearn’s chairmanship – has been aligned to the sport’s accessibility and its promotion of the ordinary accomplishing the extraordinary. As

“I love the game and I’m in love with the game”: Deta Hedman on rewriting history, darts’ gender pay gap, working nights and an elusive world title

Deta Hedman is a trailblazer. Quite simply, it is what she has always done. She laughs as she recounts the details of an extraordinary sporting career that has found space for itself in amongst a life packed full of challenges. “You could say that I’m a freak,” she says. To afford

“I have to actually pinch myself”: Barry Hearn on changing lives, the BDO and the role of golf in darts’ meteoric rise

If boxing was Barry Hearn’s first love, and snooker was where he first made his name as a pioneering innovator, it is darts where his influence has been most evident in recent years. Since taking charge of the Professional Darts Corporation in 2001, a derided pub game has become a marketable

“I don’t practice at all”: Gary Anderson on family, Taylor, Van Gerwen and a 3-year-old child prodigy

At 46 years-old and a two-time world champion, Gary Anderson is content with life as his year reaches its pinnacle, with the PDC World Championship descending on London’s Alexandra Palace next week – two months after the birth of his daughter. The Flying Scotsman, as he is known, has appeared in