Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Europe Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Europe | Showmanship, and Conflict, as Darts Goes From Smoky Pubs to TV Spectacle Supported by ByBenjamin Mueller Dec. 28, 2018 LONDON — By conventional measures, dart players are not the telegenic type. They mutter to themselves onstage. They wear flamboyant polyester polos. They cradle their handful of tiny spears and stare a lot at a fibrous board seven-feet, nine-and-a-quarter inches away. But professional darts has catapulted itself from musty British pubs onto millions of television sets across Europe, an insurgency by a working-class sport that has turned the best of its mostly middle-aged players into stars. The premier darting event, the William Hill World Championship, has grown into a three-week, $3-million-purse affair, replete with cheerleaders and thunderous walk-on music, and the sport’s … [Read more...] about Showmanship, and Conflict, as Darts Goes From Smoky Pubs to TV Spectacle
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Timothy Bella, The Washington Post Published 4:02 am PDT, Thursday, November 1, 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame Giant Willie McCovey holds two Peanuts comic strip reprints that originally published in 1962 and 1963 that depict Charlie Brown's reaction to the 1962 World Series in his Woodside, Calif., home on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. less Baseball Hall of Fame Giant Willie McCovey holds two Peanuts comic strip reprints that originally published in 1962 and 1963 that depict Charlie Brown's reaction to the 1962 World Series in his Woodside, ... more Photo: Russell Yip, The Chronicle Caption: Bobby Richardson slides safely into first as Willie McCovey stretches for the late throw during game 5 of the 1962 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. The Yankees defeated the Giants 4 games to 3. less Caption: Bobby Richardson slides safely into first as Willie McCovey stretches for the late … [Read more...] about Willie McCovey, Charlie Brown, and the hit-that-wasn’t in the 1962 World Series. Neither could forget it.
ZELENOGORSK, Russia — With indie music blaring out around the training complex, England's players strolled out for their first World Cup practice session in Russia and were soon bestowed with a large tea urn and a loaf of bread as symbols of local hospitality. Later, they would joke around and take selfies with school children from the local area — Zelenogorsk, just outside St. Petersburg — who waved England flags as their idols trained in front of them. About the same time Wednesday at the other end of Russia, Spain fired its coach and was starting the World Cup seemingly in turmoil. For England, nothing of the sort. In fact, rarely has an England squad come to a major soccer tournament with such a relaxed and easygoing attitude. "I think that's how we've wanted to make it as a team," England striker Jamie Vardy said, "nice and relaxed and enjoyable, where we can have a laugh and a giggle." The real business begins Monday, when England plays Tunisia in Volgograd in … [Read more...] about Youthful England intent on enjoying the ride at World Cup
Supported by Obituaries By RICHARD SANDOMIRAPRIL 8, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Eric Bristow, a British laborer’s son who began mastering the pub game of darts as a teenager and became a dominant world champion in the 1980s, died on Thursday in Liverpool. He was 60.The cause was a heart attack he suffered outside the Echo Arena after a tournament, where he was working as a hospitality host, the Professional Darts Corporation said.“I’m just a great darts player,” Mr. Bristow said in “Arrows,” a 1979 documentary filmed after he had started winning tournaments.He became nearly unstoppable in the 1980s. Nicknamed the Crafty Cockney, he won five British Darts Organization world titles from 1980 to 1986 using an unusual technique: Before letting a dart fly, he would raise his right pinkie, as if he were daintily lifting a cup of tea. Advertisement Continue reading the main story When … [Read more...] about Eric Bristow, the First Superstar of Darts, Dies at 60
Ex-Raiders punter signs with AFC rival DenverMarquette King has signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Denver Broncos less than a week after his surprising release from the Oakland Raiders.King said he wasn’t sure if his oft-flagged on-field antics led coach Jon Gruden to release him, but said, “the Broncos encourage you to be yourself.”King is also looking forward to facing his former team twice every season.The sixth-year pro was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All-Pro in 2016. King, who averages 50 yards per punt in Denver, is the only punter in NFL history to post at least a 40-yard net average in each of his first five seasons. (AP)Ridley, Hunter stick with Steelers • Running back Stevan Ridley and wide receiver Justin Hunter will remain with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Both players signed one-year contracts Thursday to stay with the two-time defending AFC North champions.Hunter, 26, caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown … [Read more...] about Digest: Ex-Raiders punter signs with AFC rival Denver