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‘The Power’ rules once more.
‘The Power’ rules once more.

Every New Years Day, there's only one match that sporting fans should look forward to, and it's not on the football pitch. The PDC World Championship final is always a spectacle and last night was no exception. 2012 was a monumental year of sport, but if there was ever a game to throw us into 2013 this was it. Phil 'The Power' Taylor, was poised and ready to take on his greatest challenge yet, the 23-year-old Dutch magician Michael van Gerwen. Van Gerwen almost completed the impossible when he missed out on two consecutive nine-dart finishes in his semi-final victory over James Wade. Fresh from this immense display of accuracy, he began the final as deserved favourite. Phil Taylor on the other hand, had just beaten one of his biggest rivals in recent years as Raymond van Barneveld crumbled under the pressure. 'The Power' certainly felt under threat as his emotions boiled over when his opponent tried to congratulate him in the match celebrations. ...

OPINION: Looking forward to the Ryder Cup
OPINION: Looking forward to the Ryder Cup

With a matter of minutes until the first foursome match kicks off in Chicago, I wanted to explain why I'm more excited than usual to watch the battle between USA and Europe rekindled once again (and yes it may have something to do with the rather long spell since my last post). The truth is that since the high emotions and superhuman efforts of the Olympic and Paralympic athletes, it has been difficult to find that same level of sporting drama and entertainment. Of course, when I say this to other sports fans they stare in some disbelief, as if I'm not aware that the new football season is well under way. This is true and, so far, both the English Premier League and Champions League have started from where they left off, with plenty of goals and unexpected comebacks already. Real Madrid's dramatic 3-2 victory in the Bernabeu has been one of the highlights.  ...

US Open final day
US Open final day

Fans at The Olympic Club in San Francisco should prepare themselves for a great US Open showdown today. Last year, the script was already written for an imperious Rory McIlroy to win his first major and come back from his Augusta disaster. Most golf fans would agree that McIlroy's skill and flair was simply breathtaking. However, this year will be different. With Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk tied at -1 and two shots ahead of the rest of the field, it could become a two-horse race. ...

Ronnie O’Sullivan or Stephen Hendry?
Ronnie O’Sullivan or Stephen Hendry?

As the World Snooker Championships begin today and Play with Flair has announced the creation of their Hall of Fame, what better way to celebrate than to discuss two of snooker's greats: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry. It is great news that this year both will be competing in the event again. Together they boast almost 50 years at the Crucible, which is an astonishing amount of time. ...