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post Oct 21 2015, 07:57 PM
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I begin the darts thread.


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From BBC Sport Website:

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Former world darts champion Richie Burnett has been banned for 18 months after testing positive for cocaine.

Welshman Burnett, 48, won the British Darts Organisation (BDO) title in 1995 but was removed from the 2015 PDC World Championship for "personal reasons".

It can now be revealed Burnett failed a drugs test and had an appeal against an 18-month ban, which runs from 3 November 2014 to 2 May 2016, dismissed.

He tested positive for cocaine at a PDC Grand Slam qualifier in Wigan.

Burnett, from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, won the BDO World Masters in 1994 before claiming the world title the following year.

He has played on the PDC circuit for more than a decade and tested positive for the presence of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following an in-competition test at Robin Parks Sports Centre in Wigan.

UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) said Burnett was suspended from all sports for 18 months, and an appeal against the ban had been rejected.

Burnett would normally have received a two-year suspension, but this was reduced because of mitigating circumstances he offered to the anti-doping tribunal.


Burnett said he was grateful the suspension had been reduced to 18 months, but argued the ban was effectively two years and two months because he would miss PDC qualifying in January, and be unable to compete and earn money until January 2017.


"All athletes adhere to the principle of strict liability. No matter what the circumstances, they are solely responsible for any prohibited substance found in their system," said Ukad legal director Graham Arthur.

"This can be challenging for athletes, as the onus falls to them to prove how, and why, their sample tested positive, and to show there was no significant fault."

At his appeal, Burnett cited the recent case of Hull City footballer Jake Livermore, who was not banned by the Football Association after testing positive for cocaine following the death of his newborn child.

The exact details of mitigating circumstances in the darts player's case have not been made public, but the appeal panel ruled there were "clear differences" with Livermore's situation.

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post Oct 25 2015, 07:08 PM
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yay darts thread....many years ago, here at a local pub in the US, I was just messing about throwing some darts for the fun of it, and was approached by someone who asked me if I'd be interested in having a go at 501 double in/out....I said sure, why not....came to find out after having my arse handed me the third time, this guy who asked me if I fancied a go was a former Canadian darts champion....don't recall his name, sadly, as it was 25/26 years ago now...


Don't really get much on telly here in the US about any darts tourneys....
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post Oct 31 2015, 12:05 PM
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Unibet European Championship


Second Round

Afternoon Session (12.45pm-5pm UK time)
John Henderson v Rowby-John Rodriguez
Stephen Bunting v Dave Chisnall
Adrian Lewis v Justin Pipe
Gary Anderson v Simon Whitlock


Evening Session (7pm-11pm UK time)

Peter Wright v Kim Huybrechts
Phil Taylor v Michael Smith
Michael van Gerwen v Cristo Reyes
James Wade v Jelle Klaasen


Anyone gonna be watching the European Darts Championship this weekend on ITV4?

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post Jan 30 2016, 12:23 PM
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This weekend we have The Masters live on ITV4. For the Top16 players. Anyone going to be watching this?
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post Jan 30 2016, 09:24 PM
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Adrian Lewis losing to Kim Huybrechts 10-4. Quite a shock there.
A real complete choke there today in the match between Thornton and Chishall with Thornton being 8-0 up and losing 10-9.
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post Jan 31 2016, 03:43 PM
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Cracking stuff here between Taylor and Wright in the quarter-finals. Currently 9-8 to Wright.

EDIT- Taylor wins 10-9 at the end with back to back 180s in the last leg.

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post Feb 4 2016, 07:00 PM
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Gary Anderson has pulled out of his Premier League match with Adrian Lewis due to illness.

Does anyone watch the Premier League darts by the way?


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post Feb 4 2016, 07:48 PM
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I keep half an eye on it but I don't follow it proper. Just the knockout tournos for me.
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post Feb 9 2016, 06:57 PM
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BBC will be showing the new Champions League of Darts which will be held on 24th and 25th September in Cardiff. Surprising news really considering BBC have always had a long association with BDO. This will that the BDO version will not be on the BBC anymore from next year after 38 years.

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post Feb 11 2016, 08:32 PM
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2 out of 2 for Peter "Snakebite" Wright in the Premier League match with a 7-5 win over Van Barneveld. Only a 88 average from Wright though.

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post Feb 18 2016, 08:39 PM
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QUOTE(Mack @ Feb 11 2016, 08:32 PM) *
2 out of 2 for Peter "Snakebite" Wright in the Premier League match with a 7-5 win over Van Barneveld. Only a 88 average from Wright though.

Make that 3 out of 3 for Peter Wright after a 7-4 win over Wade.

In the other match, Dave Chishall and Terry Jenkins draw 6-6 at Dublin.
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post Feb 27 2016, 04:01 PM
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Was at the inaugural Cheltenham Masters Event last night and it was amazing. Even got to meet MVG and get a signed picture!
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post Mar 4 2016, 10:15 PM
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Anyone watching this weeks UK Open darts with a random cup draw on ITV4?
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post Apr 18 2016, 02:36 PM
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RIP former darts master of ceremonies Martin Fitzmaurice passed away aged 75 best known for his catchphrase:
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"Are you ready? Ladies and Gentlemen... Let's... Play.... Darts
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post Jul 21 2016, 08:23 PM
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Anyone been watching the World Matchplay this week?

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post Jul 21 2016, 08:27 PM
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Of course! MVG looking extremely impressive so far including that 10-0 whitewash of Caven in Round 1 but equally Gary Anderson looking strong looks like it'll be them 2 in the final but never rule out the Power!
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post Jul 23 2016, 09:57 AM
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Taylor & Anderson both getting through close encounters to make it a Semi-final billing of the top 4 seeds.

Still very much MVG vs Anderson final for moi.


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post Jul 23 2016, 06:36 PM
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Good to see Mervyn King and Steve Beaton give Phil Taylor and Gary Anderson a scare. Nice to see Beaton back in a quarter-final. I'm expecting a MvG v Anderson final as well.

Did you see this Dobbo?



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post Jul 23 2016, 09:26 PM
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I did yes, very needless the whole situation but proved for a hilarious few couple of legs! Lewis loves running his mouth but Price wasn't backing down either with ended up in a bit of a stinker of a game really.

Absolute masterclass from The Power tonight brushing aside Gary Anderson with consummate ease. Quite the showdown with MVG in the final it should be a cracker!
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post Jul 23 2016, 09:33 PM
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That game with Lewis & Price was pretty crap.

Can never write off Phil Taylor can you?

Really looking forward to MVG v The Power tomorrow.
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