As Ian White prepares for his 2019 PDC World Darts Championship entrance, he does so as Stoke’s number one player. To the untrained eye, it is an insignificant statistic – the home to the pottery industry and close to 270,000 residents.
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Chris Dobey had never seriously thrown a dart until eight years ago. His sport – when he had a spare moment – was football. Bornin Bedlington, a former mining town north of Newcastle, the game was in his blood, as were the black and white stripes of the region’s famous
“That damn horse gets more publicity than I do,” Bob Anderson chuckles. “None of it was my idea. I think horses are fabulous creatures, but there isn’t one alive that likes me. For a cowboy to say that, it’s pretty hypocritical. That horse was incredible — an ex-police hunter, 17 hands.
There is not a sport without a recognised voice. Each and every one has its familiar noise, a distinct sound unmistakably entrenched it its game, the mere sense of which provides a blanket of reassurance to its audience. Attached to each iconic tone is a name that – over time
The Fang dialect is spoken throughout Central Africa – it spans one million speakers spread across Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo and the minute islands of Sao Tome and Principe.
Its part in the burgeoning growth of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) could scarcely register on even the most microscopic scale
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
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.
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.
At the beginning of June, the sport of darts grew immeasurably. The rise in prize money at the PDC World Championship – now at £2.5 million – is, indeed, quantifiable. The sheer value, though, of the increase of participants – from 72 to 96 – is far more significant. It
It has been a World Cup of firsts – both on and off the field. Television networks worldwide are broadcasting the tournament with a virtual reality option, Germany are relying on artificial computerised intelligence for real-time statistics to be passed down to Joachim Low, the Video Assistant Referee is in