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    Holland win fourth World Cup of Darts title

    Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld cruised to Holland's fourth World Cup title with a 3-1 victory over Scotland in Sunday's final.The established pair were simply too clinical throughout the tournament, certifying their Dutch darting dynasty with another major honour to add to both of their glistening trophy cabinets.'We both played phenomenal. Any more we had to do, we did it at the right times and that's what makes you a champion,' said Van Gerwen after lifting one handle of the trophy alongside his countryman in front of a noisy crowd in Frankfurt. Dutch duo Michael van Gerwen (left) ...

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    Jorge Lorenzo secures first win for Ducati at the Italian Grand Prix

    Spain's Jorge Lorenzo took his first win for Ducati in a home one-two for the Italian team at Mugello on Sunday while MotoGP leader Marc Marquez crashed and failed to score.The win ended a long drought for the three-times MotoGP champion, who has struggled since joining the factory outfit at the start of 2017 and whose last victory was for Yamaha in Valencia at the end of 2016.Italian team mate Andrea Dovizioso was second, with compatriot Valentino Rossi third for Yamaha, making the 39-year-old great the first rider to score more than 5,000 points in the top category. Spain's Jorge ...

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    Drama at the dogs: Dorotas Wildcat's Derby win eases the pain for Kevin Hutton after kennel raid

    Rarely has the pinnacle of achievement in this sport been tinged with a more bitter sadness.Dorotas Wildcat powered to victory in Saturday's Greyhound Derby, leading from the front and leaving young upstart Droopys Verve with too much ground to make up. But trainer Kevin Hutton's delight was tempered by a raid on his kennels while the same three-year-old was competing in the quarter-final here, two weeks ago, which saw five of his greyhounds stolen.Four have since been found abandoned in random locations, though Jovial Monk, a light brindle-coloured dog known to Hutton and his kennel staff as 'Monkey' and a ...

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    Geraint Thomas recovers from high-speed crash at Criterium du Dauphine

    Britain's Geraint Thomas recovered from a high-speed crash to limit his losses after the opening time-trial stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.Thomas crashed on a right-hand bend on the 6.6 kilometre prologue in Valence, but finished just 21 seconds behind Team Sky team-mate Michal Kwiatowski.Kwiatowski, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Saturday, crossed the line in seven minutes 25 seconds to win by a single second from Jos van Emden.  Geraint Thomas suffered a heavy crash at high-speed as he went round a tight corner The Team Sky rider slid into a fence on the side of the road but ...

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    England survive Singapore scare in PDC World Cup of Darts

    The PDC World Cup of Darts provided entertainment in abundance as the second round concluded on the third day at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt.England stumbled through to the quarter-finals by beating Singapore despite world champion Rob Cross losing to an inspired 64-year-old Paul Lim in the first match of the tie. Cross achieved a respectable three-dart average of 103.5 but his form on the doubles was far below his usual standard. Lim, meanwhile, nailed four of his eight shots at a double.Chisnall was able to manage a clear victory to take the tie to a deciding doubles rubber. The English ...

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    Valentino Rossi claims first MotoGP pole since 2016 on home soil at the Italian Grand Prix

    Yamaha's Valentino Rossi delighted his home Italian Grand Prix crowd on Saturday with his first MotoGP pole position since 2016, and at the age of 39. The nine-time world champion celebrated his 55th pole in the top category with a record lap of one minute 46.208 seconds around one of his favourite tracks, scenic Mugello north of Florence.  Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi's former team-mate, was second fastest for Ducati with a lap 0.035 seconds slower. Valentino Rossi secured pole position at the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello on Saturday Rossi's Spanish team-mate Maverick Vinales completed the front row, with championship leader Marc ...

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    England storm into second round of World Cup of Darts with convincing 5-3 win over Czech Republic

    England have surged through to the second round of the PDC World Cup of Darts with a convincing 5-3 victory over the Czech Republic.Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall sent a statement to the rest of the field with a 93.27 three-dart average. The St Helens boy proved his worth to represent his country with a stunning 134 checkout in the fifth leg.The Dutch superiors Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld provided no surprises as they whitewashed Gibraltar. They set the standard for the rest, with the highest three-dart average of the first round of 102.95. Dave Chisnall helped England ...

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    Top seeds Scotland thrash USA in World Cup of Darts first round

    Scotland avenged last year's nightmare first round exit with victory over USA as the PDC World Cup of Darts kicked off for its eighth year.The tournament's top seeds, Gary Anderson and Peter Wright, were on top form in front of a lively crowd at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, with a 5-1 victory over Larry Butler and Darin Young.Anderson and Wright demonstrated their rank with a 94.39 three-dart average, however were unsuccessful in finding a maximum in their curtain raiser. The 2018 World Cup of Darts kicked off in Germany on Thursday evening This didn't seem to dampen their spirits on ...

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    Usain Bolt suffers gold medal blow after Nesta Carter loses appeal against failed drugs test

    Usain Bolt's hopes of regaining one of his Olympic gold medals have been killed off after Jamaican relay team-mate Nesta Carter lost his appeal against a failed drugs test.Carter appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport last year after a sample taken at the 2008 Games in Beijing was retested in 2016 and was positive for a banned stimulant.That positive was upheld on Thursday, meaning no reprieve for the Jamaican 4x100m team of Carter, Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, who had to forfeit gold - the third out of nine won by Bolt, which leaves the track legend ...

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    Usain Bolt unveils superhero alias as he dons specially made all-in-one costume

    New pictures reveal Usain Bolt as you've never seen him before - as he unveils his superhero alias, 'Super Bolt'.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist's costume features the yellow, green and black of the Jamaican flag. Now retired, the 31-year-old looks to be in great shape in his all-in-one outfit - which also includes a power source on his chest similar to Iron Man's arc reactor. Usain Bolt was pictured as his superhero alias 'Super Bolt' in a Jamaican-inspired costume Bolt was often considered almost super human for his remarkable feats on the trackThe pictures of 'Super Bolt' were taken for a ...

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    Paula Radcliffe linked to shamed track spin doctor Nick Davies

    Paula Radcliffe has made the curious decision to join a PR company that uses sacked former IAAF communications chief Nick Davies.Last year Davies was fired after 24 years at the world governing body of athletics for lying to investigators about receiving secret payments totalling €30,000 from the disgraced former IAAF marketing executive Papa Massata Diack.But Radcliffe, who serves as vice-chair of the IAAF athletes commission, has become the first major client of the new sports division at London-based Pagefield PR. Paula Radcliffe has become the first major client of a company that uses Nick Davies On Wednesday, Pagefield partner Liam ...

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    Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall ready to start new era for England at PDC World Cup of Darts

    Rob Cross and Dave Chisnall are ready to begin a new era for England as they aim to follow Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis' footsteps, with the PDC World Cup of Darts beginning on Thursday.England will face the Czech Republic pairing of Karel Sedláček and Roman Benecky on June 1 at the Eissporthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.England are one of two countries to ever win the tournament with four victories, as the PDC prepare for the eighth edition since its birth in 2010. Rob Cross (pictured) and Dave Chisnall are aiming to emulate Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis Netherlands are the ...

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    Chris Froome wins Giro d'Italia to complete Grand Tour treble

    Chris Froome won the Giro d'Italia on Sunday to join Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault on a list of cycling greats who have achieved three consecutive Grand Tour victories.The four-time Tour de France champion had no trouble in maintaining his 46-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage through historic Rome.'I'm without words,' Froome said. 'It's a dream to be here in the pink jersey. For a cyclist there is nothing greater.' Chris Froome won the Giro d'Italia in Rome on Sunday to maintain his dominance in the sport British star Froome, who wore pink on ...

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    Brit Reece Prescod continues blistering form with stunning 100m time of 9.88 in Oregon

    Reece Prescod ran the second fastest 100m in British history in finishing third at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on Saturday night - albeit with an illegal tailwind.His stunning run of 9.88 seconds was just one hundredth shy of Linford Christie's mark of 9.87sec, set in Stuttgart in 1993.The 2.4m/s tailwind kept it from a formal place in the British sprint standings but it is nonetheless further evidence of Prescod's excellent and emerging form, with his third-place in a strong Diamond League field coming on the back of his career-best win in Shanghai a fortnight ago.  Reece Prescod ran the ...

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    Chris Froome spat at by fan as he holds off Tom Dumoulin to all but secure Giro d'Italia triumph

    Chris Froome is set to complete a remarkable victory in the Giro d'Italia after retaining the leader's pink jersey at the end of stage 20.However, an otherwise triumphant day was soured when he appeared to be the target of a spitting incident.The Team Sky rider need only safely negotiate Sunday's largely ceremonial final stage to lay his hands on a third straight Grand Tour title, following his wins at the Tour de France and La Vuelta last year.Froome, who held off reigning champion Tom Dumoulin, will become the first British rider to take the honours at the Giro and join ...

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