Pele, Marcelo and Tony O’Shea: Diogo Portela on flying the flag for Brazilian darts, worshiping Ronaldo and growing up with a Real Madrid legend

Diogo Portela is a trailblazer. Based in Barnes after growing up in Rio de Janeiro as an aspiring footballer, he became the first Brazilian to reach the PDC World Darts Championship when he took on Peter Wright at Alexandra Palace last December. He lost but impressed those who watched him

“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