Will Taylor find the doubles for one final time in Blackpool?

The traditional illuminations that shine brightly on the Lancashire seaside city might set to be switched on at their usual September date. However, the stars of the darts world look primed to provide fireworks as the PDC World Matchplay kicks off this weekend.

For many, darts is all about Christmas and New Year, when the Darts World Championships take place. Yet, for the hardcore, there is nothing like the swagger of the best Arrowsmiths going head to head at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens in the heat of the summer.
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The 146th British Open tees off at Royal Birkdale

HENRIK STENSON got the better of a fantastic tussle with Phil Mickelson at Royal Troon last year, eventually capturing his first Major by three strokes, with a massive 11 shots back to the third. He had finished runner-up to Mickelson at Muirfield in 2013 and recorded top-three finishes in 2010 (St Andrews) and in 2008 (here at Royal Birkdale). The Swede, ranked eighth in the world, would be the first repeat winner since Padraig Harrington in 2008. Stenson is currently 25/1 with Grosvenor Sport to win The Open outright.

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Silverstone is a must-win race for Hamilton

After the excitement of Azerbaijan, Formula 1 fans were brought back down to earth last week when Mercedes driver Valterri Bottas led from start to finish in Austria . Excitement levels had peaked during Friday’s qualifying when Lewis Hamilton was hit with a five-place grid penalty for an unauthorised gearbox change. Hamilton had dominated up to that point and was in a great position to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

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Konta can climb to the summit

Two years ago Britain’s Jo Konta was practically a tennis nobody.

Ranked a lowly 157th in the world, cursed by a reputation for mentally crumbling when the going got tough, it looked as if it may be prudent to start weighing up her options for a career outside the sport.

Now 26, ranked 6th seed at the All England Club after two phenomenal bounce back seasons, Konta stands just a couple of matches away from Wimbledon immortality.
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