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French Open

ATP World Tour / Men’s Singles / Round of 128

  • Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia, seeded WC is currently playing Daniel Evans of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, seeded 20. The current score is 5-3. . Current server is Daniel Evans

  • Patrick Kypson of United States of America, seeded WC is currently playing Radu Albot of Moldova, Republic of, seeded Q. The current score is 3-6, 2-6, current set: 0-0. . Current server is Radu Albot

  • Sebastian Ofner of Austria, seeded Q is currently playing Maxime Cressy of United States of America. The current score is 6-4, 7-6, current set: 0-0. . Current server is Maxime Cressy

  • Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation, seeded 11 is currently playing Constant Lestienne of France. The current score is 3-6, 1-6, current set: 1-2. Current game: 30-G. Current server is Constant Lestienne

  • David Goffin of Belgium is currently playing Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, seeded 13. The current score is 3-6, 7-5, current set: 2-1. Current game is at deuce. Current server is Hubert Hurkacz

  • Pedro Martinez of Spain, seeded Q is currently playing Tallon Griekspoor of Netherlands. The current score is 4-6, 6-2, current set: 4-0. . Current server is Tallon Griekspoor

  • Marton Fucsovics of Hungary is currently playing Hugo Grenier of France, seeded WC. The current score is 4-1. . Current server is Hugo Grenier

  • Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic is currently playing Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, seeded 5. The current score is 2-1. Current game: Love-15. Current server is Jiri Vesely

  • Jason Kubler of Australia is scheduled to play Facundo Diaz Acosta of Argentina, seeded LL, at 12:05. First server will be TBD

  • Mackenzie McDonald of United States of America is scheduled to play Sebastian Korda of United States of America, seeded 24, at 12:20. First server will be TBD

  • Matteo Arnaldi of Italy is scheduled to play Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia, at 12:20. First server will be TBD

  • John Isner of United States of America is scheduled to play Nuno Borges of Portugal, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Laslo Djere of Serbia is scheduled to play Andrey Rublev of Russian Federation, seeded 7, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Arthur Cazaux of France, seeded WC is scheduled to play Corentin Moutet of France, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Ben Shelton of United States of America, seeded 30 is scheduled to play Lorenzo Sonego of Italy, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Roberto Carballes Baena of Spain is scheduled to play Emilio Nava of United States of America, seeded Q, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Alexander Shevchenko of Russian Federation is scheduled to play Oscar Otte of Germany, at 15:00. First server will be TBD

  • Lucas Pouille of France, seeded Q is scheduled to play Jurij Rodionov of Austria, seeded LL, at 15:00. First server will be TBD

  • Lorenzo Musetti of Italy, seeded 17 is scheduled to play Mikael Ymer of Sweden, at 15:00. First server will be TBD

  • Adrian Mannarino of France is scheduled to play Ugo Humbert of France, at 18:00. First server will be TBD

WTA Tour / Women’s Singles / Round of 128

  • Panna Udvardy of Hungary is currently playing Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus, seeded Q. The current score is 7-6, 3-6, current set: 0-0. . Current server is Iryna Shymanovich

  • Nuria Parrizas Diaz of Spain is currently playing Storm Hunter of Australia, seeded Q. The current score is 6-4, 2-6, current set: 4-2. . Current server is Storm Hunter

  • Magdalena Frech of Poland defeats Shuai Zhang of China PR, seeded 29. 1-6, 1-6

  • Nadia Podoroska of Argentina defeats Jessika Ponchet of France, seeded WC. 6-0, 5-2

  • Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, seeded 2 defeats Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine. 3-6, 2-6

  • Maria Sakkari of Greece, seeded 8 is scheduled to play Karolina Muchova of Czech Republic, at 12:00. First server will be TBD

  • Sara Bejlek of Czech Republic, seeded Q is scheduled to play Kamilla Rakhimova of Russian Federation, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Magda Linette of Poland, seeded 21 is scheduled to play Leylah Fernandez of Canada, at 13:00. First server will be TBD

  • Elise Mertens of Belgium, seeded 28 is scheduled to play Viktoria Hruncakova of Slovakia, seeded LL, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Leolia Jeanjean of France, seeded WC is scheduled to play Kimberly Birrell of Australia, seeded WC, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Clara Tauson of Denmark, seeded Q is scheduled to play Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Alize Cornet of France is scheduled to play Camila Giorgi of Italy, at 13:30. First server will be TBD

  • Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia, seeded Q is scheduled to play Qinwen Zheng of China PR, seeded 19, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Taylor Townsend of United States of America, seeded Q is scheduled to play Anastasia Potapova of Russian Federation, seeded 24, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Danielle Collins of United States of America is scheduled to play Jessica Pegula of United States of America, seeded 3, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

  • Anna Bondar of Hungary is scheduled to play Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania, seeded 27, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

  • Mayar Sherif of Egypt is scheduled to play Madison Brengle of United States of America, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

  • Jule Niemeier of Germany is scheduled to play Daria Kasatkina of Russian Federation, seeded 9, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

  • Liudmila Samsonova of Russian Federation, seeded 15 is scheduled to play Katie Volynets of United States of America, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

  • Sara Errani of Italy is scheduled to play Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

UAMS Health Little Rock Open

ATP Challenger Tour / Men’s Singles / Qualifying 1st Round

  • Mateus De Carvalho Cardoso Alves of Brazil is scheduled to play Omni Kumar of United States of America, at 16:00. First server will be TBD

  • Maks Kasnikowski of Poland is scheduled to play Rubin Statham of New Zealand, at 16:00. First server will be TBD

  • Peter Gojowczyk of Germany is scheduled to play Alafia Ayeni of United States of America, at 16:00. First server will be TBD

  • Giles Hussey of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is scheduled to play Nick Chappell of United States of America, at 17:30. First server will be TBD

  • Colin Markes of United States of America is scheduled to play Strong Kirchheimer of United States of America, at 17:30. First server will be TBD

  • Beibit Zhukayev of Kazakhstan is scheduled to play Kris Van Wyk of South Africa, at 17:30. First server will be TBD

  • Donald Young of United States of America is scheduled to play Mukund Sasikumar of British Indian Ocean Territory, at 19:00. First server will be TBD

  • Christian Langmo of United States of America is scheduled to play Gustavo Heide of Brazil, at 19:00. First server will be TBD

  • Adam Walton of Australia is scheduled to play Gabriele Brancatelli of United States of America, at 19:00. First server will be TBD

  • Duarte Vale of Portugal is scheduled to play Alex Bolt of Australia, at 20:30. First server will be TBD

  • Marius Copil of Romania is scheduled to play TBD , at 20:30. First server will be TBD

  • Tristan Mccormick of United States of America is scheduled to play Bernard Tomic of Australia, at 20:30. First server will be TBD

UK Premier Tennis Series Week 7

Regional / Men’s Singles / Group Stage

Regional / Women’s Singles / Group Stage

Saturn Oil Open

ATP Challenger Tour / Men’s Singles / Qualifying 1st Round

  • Oriol Roca-Batalla of Spain defeats Ramkumar Ramanathan of British Indian Ocean Territory. 6-2, 6-2

  • Robert Strombachs of Latvia defeats Maxime Janvier of France. 6-3, 6-4

  • Marvin Moeller of Germany defeats Vladyslav Orlov of Ukraine. 6-1, 6-3

  • Terence Atmane of France is scheduled to play John Sperle of Germany, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Sumit Nagal of British Indian Ocean Territory is scheduled to play Sergey Fomin of Uzbekistan, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Constantin Bittoun Kouzmine of France is scheduled to play Aldin Setkic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Benjamin Hassan of Lebanon is scheduled to play Hazem Naw of Syrian Arab Republic, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Nick Hardt of Dominican Republic is scheduled to play Orlando Luz of Brazil, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Liam Gavrielides of Germany is scheduled to play Manuel Guinard of France, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Kenny de Schepper of France is scheduled to play Karl Friberg of Sweden, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Renzo Olivo of Argentina is scheduled to play Jose Pereira of Brazil, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Max Hans Rehberg of Germany is scheduled to play Louis Wessels of Germany, at 15:30. First server will be TBD

Trofeo FL Service – Citta di Vicenza

ATP Challenger Tour / Men’s Singles / Qualifying 1st Round

  • Roman Andres Burruchaga of Argentina defeats Ugo Blanchet of France. 7-5, 6-2

  • Vitaliy Sachko of Ukraine defeats Andrea Arnaboldi of Italy. 4-6, 2-6

  • Giovanni Fonio of Italy defeats Alexander Weis of Italy. 6-2, 6-4

  • Giovanni Oradini of Italy is scheduled to play Edoardo Lavagno of Italy, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Alejandro Moro Canas of Spain is scheduled to play Francesco Forti of Italy, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Luca Castagnola of Italy is scheduled to play Stefano Travaglia of Italy, at 11:00. First server will be TBD

  • Salvatore Caruso of Italy is scheduled to play Eduardo Ribeiro of Brazil, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Lorenzo Giustino of Italy is scheduled to play Daniel Dutra da Silva of Brazil, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Bor Artnak of Slovakia is scheduled to play Nerman Fatic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at 12:30. First server will be TBD

  • Edoardo Cherie Ligniere of Italy is scheduled to play Nino Serdarusic of Croatia, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Maxime Chazal of France is scheduled to play Alvaro Lopez San Martin of Spain, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

  • Federico Gaio of Italy is scheduled to play Gabriele Bosio of Italy, at 14:00. First server will be TBD

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Premier League Darts: Michael Smith defeats MVG, Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price to win in Sheffield

Michael Smith storms to a third consecutive nightly win with a 6-3 success against Gerwyn Price in Sheffield; P&J Live, Aberdeen will be the 16th of 17 individual venues on Thursday May 11 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday May 25

Last Updated: 11/05/23 11:42pm


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A look back at the best of the action from Night 15 of the Premier League in Sheffield as Michael Smith stormed to a third consecutive nightly win

A look back at the best of the action from Night 15 of the Premier League in Sheffield as Michael Smith stormed to a third consecutive nightly win

Michael Smith secured a hat-trick of Premier League Darts nightly wins by defeating Michael van Gerwen, Jonny Clayton and Gerwyn Price en route to more stunning success in Sheffield.

Price could have guaranteed top spot with victory in the Night 15 showpiece, but the St Helens star cut the Welshman’s lead at the summit to just three points after claiming the spoils in the Steel City.

Premier League – Night 15 in Sheffield Results

Quarter-finalsGerwyn Price6-2Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey6-4Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen4-6Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton6-4Dimitri Van den Bergh
Semi-finalsGerwyn Price6-2Chris Dobey
Michael Smith6-4Jonny Clayton
FinalGerwyn Price3-6Michael Smith

Smith ended Michael van Gerwen's hopes in Sheffield with this sensational 130 checkout on the bullseye

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Smith ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes in Sheffield with this sensational 130 checkout on the bullseye

Smith ended Michael van Gerwen’s hopes in Sheffield with this sensational 130 checkout on the bullseye

Smith began his campaign with a 6-4 win over reigning champion Van Gerwen, converting a stunning 130 checkout on the bull to defeat the Dutchman for a second week in succession.

The world No 1 continued his charge to defeat Clayton in a repeat of last week’s decider, averaging almost 108 and sealing the deal with a superb 11-darter.

Smith then capped off a terrific night of action by claiming the £10,000 winner’s bonus, extending his winning Premier League run to nine matches in the process.

Van Gerwen produced this brilliant 154 checkout against Smith

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Van Gerwen produced this brilliant 154 checkout against Smith

Van Gerwen produced this brilliant 154 checkout against Smith

“Three in a row, it took me 15 weeks to win one night last year and now I’ve won four,” reflected Smith, who has leapfrogged Van Gerwen into second spot after his fourth nightly win overall. “I am still in with a chance of finishing top.

“Me and Gez spoke about it backstage before the match, if it’s me and him in the final next week he finishes top. Hopefully I can be top.

“I know you get nothing out of finishing top but it is the prestige. I have qualified last week and I could have just laid down and let anyone beat me. But I still need to go to The O2 playing well and winning.”

Smith says he spoke to Gerwyn Price after their match and reminded the Welshman he can still finish in top spot

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Smith says he spoke to Gerwyn Price after their match and reminded the Welshman he can still finish in top spot

Smith says he spoke to Gerwyn Price after their match and reminded the Welshman he can still finish in top spot

Price – who was victorious in Sheffield 12 months ago – retained top spot after storming through to his eighth nightly final of 2023 with 6-2 wins over Nathan Aspinall and Chris Dobey.

In the evening’s other quarter-finals, Clayton moved two points clear of Aspinall ahead of their decisive Night 16 showdown, courtesy of a battling 6-4 victory against Dimitri Van den Bergh.

The 2021 champion conjured up a spectacular 170 checkout midway through the tie, and registered his sixth ton-plus average of the campaign to see off the Belgian.

‘The Ferret’ is in a straight shootout with Aspinall for the final spot, with the pair going head-to-head in the quarter-final next week in Aberdeen.

Jonny Clayton took out this brilliant 170 during his victory against Dimitri Van den Bergh

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Jonny Clayton took out this brilliant 170 during his victory against Dimitri Van den Bergh

Jonny Clayton took out this brilliant 170 during his victory against Dimitri Van den Bergh

Victory will assure the Welshman another appearance at The O2 while even if Aspinall wins the quarter-final he also has to win his semi-final.

“It’s massive,” Clayton said. “All the pressure is on Nathan next week. He has to win, the ball is in my court because if I win I am through. I am going to try and relax and play my game.

“I was shaking like hell up there. It’s two points that are going to be massive.”

Meanwhile, Dobey cemented sixth spot in the table with an impressive 6-4 success against Peter Wright, crashing in six 180s and reeling off four straight legs from 4-2 down to advance.

Peter Wright found this 126 checkout after Chris Dobey just missed out on a spectacular 170 finish

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Peter Wright found this 126 checkout after Chris Dobey just missed out on a spectacular 170 finish

Peter Wright found this 126 checkout after Chris Dobey just missed out on a spectacular 170 finish

Live Premier League Darts

May 18, 2023, 7:00pm

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Where are we heading next?

Night 16 in Aberdeen: Thursday, May 18

Quarter-FinalsGerwyn Price vs Peter Wright
Jonny Clayton vs Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobey

The Premier League roadshow heads to P&J Live, Aberdeen on Thursday May 18 for Night 16 of the league phase.

League leader Price meets Wright in his quarter-final tie, knowing that a run to next Thursday’s final will see him top the table for the first time in his Premier League career.

Clayton and Aspinall meet in a huge encounter with fourth spot on the line.

Clayton would confirm his Play-Off qualification with victory, while Aspinall must progress to the Night 16 final to overhaul his Welsh rival, who will qualify via nights won if the pair finish level on points.

Smith will begin his bid for an unprecedented fourth straight nightly win against Van den Bergh, while Van Gerwen and Dobey also collide for a place in the semi-finals.

2023 Premier League Schedule

Night 16P&J Live, AberdeenMay 18
Play-OffsThe O2, LondonMay 25

We’re back for more Premier League Darts action from the P&J Live, Aberdeen on Thursday May 18 – live on Sky Sports Action from 7pm.



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Premier League Darts: Michael Smith defeats Nathan Aspinall, Michael van Gerwen and Jonny Clayton to win in Manchester

Michael Smith claims his third nightly win of the Premier League season by defeating Jonny Clayton in Manchester The Utilita Arena, Sheffield hosts the 15th of 17 individual venues on Thursday, May 11 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday, May 25

Last Updated: 05/05/23 1:07am


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Michael Smith went so close to a nine-darter during the final against Jonny Clayton in Manchester

Michael Smith went so close to a nine-darter during the final against Jonny Clayton in Manchester

Michael Smith wired a nine-dart attempt on his way to sensationally defeating Jonny Clayton in Manchester, cementing his position in the Premier League Darts top four.

World champion Smith saw off local hero Nathan Aspinall, reigning champion Michael van Gerwen and Welsh star Clayton to complete back-to-back Premier League night wins with a remarkable display.

Premier League – Night 14 in Manchester Results

Quarter-finalsPeter Wright5-6Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey6-2Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith6-3Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price2-6Michael van Gerwen
Semi-finalsJonny Clayton6-3Chris Dobey
Michael Smith6-4Michael van Gerwen
FinalJonny Clayton3-6Michael Smith

A look back at the best of the action from Night 13 of the Premier League in Manchester

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A look back at the best of the action from Night 13 of the Premier League in Manchester

A look back at the best of the action from Night 13 of the Premier League in Manchester

After seeing off Aspinall 6-3 in their quarter-final, Smith then landed six doubles from 11 attempts to overcame Van Gerwen 6-4 in a repeat of January’s World Championship final.

He then raced to glory in the final to seal the £10,000 winner’s bonus, saving his best display of the night for the decider as he missed double 12 for a nine-darter and landed five 180s in a stunning performance.

Clayton took out 72 and 121 to establish a 2-1 lead early in the final, but ‘Bully Boy’ turned on the style in a stunning four-leg burst to take command.

He firstly missed double 12 for a nine-dart finish, taking leg four in 10 darts, before landing six perfect darts in the next as a 12-darter moved him ahead, before he took the next two – including a 100 checkout – to lead 5-2.

Clayton punished a missed match dart from Smith to hit back in the eighth leg, but Smith sealed his second successive nightly triumph in the next leg on double 13.

Smith ended the final with a season’s best average of 110.05, and crucially opened up a six-point buffer over Clayton and Aspinall in the league table.

Smith beat Michael van Gerwen thanks to this 116 checkout

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Smith beat Michael van Gerwen thanks to this 116 checkout

Smith beat Michael van Gerwen thanks to this 116 checkout

He said: “Beating Michael, I think I’ve beaten every player in the Premier League.

“I’m starting to come good, I won night three in Glasgow, struggled for seven or eight weeks just picking up the odd points.

“Now it’s starting to come good at the right time and the O2 is in three weeks and I’ll hopefully lift that title going into the Matchplay with the perfect run and the triple crown.

The 32-year-old added: “It’s twice now I’ve missed a double (for a nine-darter) in the last few weeks, but if I hit that I might have got involved with the crowd a little bit, not played as well so I’m glad I missed and a bit disappointed I
didn’t hit it, it happens but as long as I got the victory, that’s all that matters.

“It’ll happen again I know it will but for now I keep putting it on the wire, I’m not a million miles away but keep coming close.”

Clayton’s run to the final moved him back into the top four in the race for Play-Off spots, as he defeated Peter Wright and Chris Dobey.

Van Gerwen ended a run of five successive defeats against Gerwyn Price with a superb 6-2 win in a high-quality quarter-final, with both players averaging over 103 and the Dutchman landing six doubles from 10 attempts.

Dobey hit a the big 170 finish against Clayton. It was his second 'Big Fish' of the Premier League Darts season!

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Dobey hit a the big 170 finish against Clayton. It was his second ‘Big Fish’ of the Premier League Darts season!

Dobey hit a the big 170 finish against Clayton. It was his second ‘Big Fish’ of the Premier League Darts season!

Defeats in the quarter-finals for both Wright and Dimitri Van den Bergh saw their feint hopes of being able to qualify for the Play-Offs ended, as both relinquished a 2-0 lead before losing out to Clayton and Dobey respectively.

Despite landing a second 170 finish of the Premier League season Dobey also cannot now reach the Play-Offs in his debut season, sitting 10 points adrift of the top four with two league nights remaining, with Clayton and Aspinall certain to meet on Night 16 in Aberdeen.

Nathan Aspinall received a brilliant homecoming from the Manchester crowd

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Nathan Aspinall received a brilliant homecoming from the Manchester crowd

Nathan Aspinall received a brilliant homecoming from the Manchester crowd

Peter Wright was unhappy with the movement of the camera but still manage to take out this 86 before telling the crowd what he thought!

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Peter Wright was unhappy with the movement of the camera but still manage to take out this 86 before telling the crowd what he thought!

Peter Wright was unhappy with the movement of the camera but still manage to take out this 86 before telling the crowd what he thought!

Where are we heading next?

Night 15 in Sheffield: Thursday, May 11

Quarter-FinalsGerwyn Price vs Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

The Premier League roadshow heads to the Utilita Arena, Sheffield on Thursday, May 11 for Night 15 of the league phase.

Van Gerwen takes on Smith in another repeat of the World Championship final, while Price takes on Aspinall.

Dobey faces Wright and Clayton squares up to Van den Bergh.

2023 Premier League Schedule

Night 15Utilita Arena, SheffieldMay 11
Night 16P&J Live, AberdeenMay 18
Play-OffsThe O2, LondonMay 25

We’re back for more Premier League Darts action from the Utilita Arena, Sheffield on Thursday, May 11 – live on Sky Sports Action & Sky Sports Main Event from 7pm.



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If in doubt, sit them out: New concussion guidelines for grassroots sport


Concussion has become more of a subject in professional sport in recent years – but grassroots still lags behind

Awareness of concussion injuries in professional sport has been at times dramatically highlighted in recent years.

Across several sports, involving both female and male athletes, numerous head injuries have been seen by thousands in the stands and millions on the TV. Much more work in research, mitigation and aftercare is widely recognised as a priority though.

However, professional sports account for just a fraction of the amount of people who take part in sport across any given week. The vast majority participating in sport are hundreds of thousands of children, teenagers and adults playing just for the love of it. The ‘grassroots’.

But just how aware are coaches, teachers, parents and those who play when a concussion injury may have occurred and how to deal with it?

The Government, Sport & Recreation Alliance and a panel of medical experts are hoping that from today that new guidelines will increase awareness greatly as a huge difference between professional and amateur sport is that the pro’s will typically have dedicated healthcare professionals on site, while grassroots sport does not.

The government guidance isn’t medical advice, it’s about being aware and doing the right thing. In this case, it’s following what has been used in Scotland for several years now. A catchy headline: “If in doubt, sit them out.” It kind of does what is says on the tin.

It’s to make people think first and then know how to act. So why would you be ‘in doubt?’ A concussion is a brain injury that affects the way a person thinks, feels and remembers things, and in sport concussion can arise from an injury to the head.

Former England defender Matthew Upson said earlier this year football's approach to concussions should be the same across the board

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Former England defender Matthew Upson said earlier this year football’s approach to concussions should be the same across the board

Former England defender Matthew Upson said earlier this year football’s approach to concussions should be the same across the board

A clash of heads, falling heavily to the ground and hitting your head, even a heavy collision that doesn’t involve a blow to the head can cause a concussion. The key, say the guidelines, are to look out for 4 key elements; physical, mental processing, mood and sleep.

  • Physical – for example headaches, dizziness, vision changes.
  • Mental processing – for example not thinking clearly and feeling slowed down.
  • Mood – for example being short tempered, sad and emotional.
  • Sleep – for example not being to sleep or sleeping too much.

The full guidelines give greater details on visible clues of concussion.

If any of those traits are obvious, there must be doubt, so ‘sit them out.’ Remove the player from the field of play. The guidelines recognise that in fast moving sports it can be difficult to spot visible clues of concussion, but they urge players, coaches, teachers, referees, spectators and families to watch out and remove anyone with a suspected concussion from play immediately.

The guidelines also advise on not returning anyone back into play. That is crucial. The next step is an evaluation by a healthcare professional. That practically means accessing the NHS by calling 111 within 24 hours of the incident.

Rest and sleep as required within the first 24-48 hours is now seen as good for recovery while limiting smartphone, screen and computer time for the first 48 hours has also been shown to improve recovery. The don’ts are classic bits of advice, don’t leave someone on their own, don’t drink alcohol and certainly don’t drive a car.

As most grassroots sports don’t have professional healthcare professionals on site, the onus is on players, coaches, teachers and those watching on. Hence these guidelines are really about creating greater awareness.

Sports Minister Stuart Andrew said: “Sport keeps us healthy and active, but it is not without risk and major injuries to the head can and do happen.

Rugby League's Stevie Ward recently hosted a panel discussion on concussion in rugby league with fellow professionals James Graham, Tom Johnstone, Tyrone McCarthy and Greg Burke

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Rugby League’s Stevie Ward recently hosted a panel discussion on concussion in rugby league with fellow professionals James Graham, Tom Johnstone, Tyrone McCarthy and Greg Burke

Rugby League’s Stevie Ward recently hosted a panel discussion on concussion in rugby league with fellow professionals James Graham, Tom Johnstone, Tyrone McCarthy and Greg Burke

“Research has shown the importance of fast and effective tailored treatment and we are issuing expert guidance to help people spot and treat head injuries. Whether used in a local leisure centre during a swimming lesson or on a village green during a cricket match, the guidance will make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Development of the guidelines has been led by the Sport and Recreation Alliance, Professor James Calder, chair of the expert drafting group, and Laurence Geller, the government’s adviser on concussion in sport.

The expert drafting group drew upon existing field research, with the aim of producing a consistent and preventative approach across all sports in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It builds upon the world-leading work conducted in Scotland, which was the first nation in the world to produce guidelines covering all types and levels of sport. Its guidance was updated in March 2021.

Professor Calder said: “For the first time we have UK-wide guidance that raises awareness of concussion in grassroots sport at all levels. It provides practical evidence-based advice for those who may have sustained a concussion and gives a step by step plan for their safe return to work, education, exercise and full sport.

“Participation in sport and exercise is crucial for the nation’s mental and physical health and, with appropriate management, the vast majority of those who sustain a concussion during sport should make a full recovery.”

Professor Willie Stewart of Glasgow University added: “The release of these guidelines represents a world-leading landmark in sports concussion management.

“Based on the pragmatic, precautionary approach to immediate concussion management of ‘if in doubt, sit them out’, followed by an emphasis on individualised, self-managed return to normal life and sport, these guidelines set the standard for grassroots concussion management that all sports across the UK will follow.”

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‘I am concerned’: Emails from Tasmanian premier to AFL boss show strains before funding offer increased

The AFL squeezed an additional $54 million out of the Tasmanian government for a new state team, despite the premier initially arguing extra funding would “compromise sound economic governance”, right to information documents reveal.

The series of emails — dated between June 7 and November 17 last year — appear to show the relationship between AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and Tasmanian Premier Jeremy Rockliff becoming increasingly tense, as the pair negotiate the state’s funding contribution to a new team.

The emails show the premier’s correspondence but do not include responses from Mr McLachlan.

In May last year, the Tasmanian government made an offer to the AFL of $10 million per year for 10 years, plus an additional $50 million to cover the team’s establishment costs.

On June 7, Mr Rockliff met with Gillon McLachlan in Hobart to discuss that offer further and sent a letter to all 18 existing club presidents asking them to support Tasmania’s funding proposal, describing it as “well above what has been acceptable to the AFL for new teams in the recent past”.

Following that meeting, Mr McLachlan described the funding offer to the media as “a good start”.

Macquarie Point has been chosen as the site of a yet-to-be-funded AFL stadium in Hobart.()

More than a month later, on July 23, Mr Rockliff sent an email to Mr McLachlan saying the offer had not changed, calling it “fair and strong” and at the high end of the range outlined in the report compiled by former Geelong president Colin Carter on the establishment of a 19th AFL team.

The report had recommended state funding of between $7-11 million per year.

Premier to Mr McLachlan, July 23:

…No expansion club has ever come near replicating an offer like this, and while there is value because the state will derive a return, I will be clear that our government will withdraw its offer if the AFL doesn’t respect its magnitude.

In the email, Mr Rockliff also referred to state’s need to contribute funding to a new purpose-built AFL stadium, which the AFL had outlined the need for in its business case for a Tasmanian team.

…The government has made it publicly clear that we will not fully fund a stadium, and in fact we will draw a line under a maximum contribution of up to 50 per cent, delivered on a site and at a cost that is acceptable to Tasmanians.

This is a decision for the State of Tasmania, not the AFL.

Premier ‘concerned’ by AFL’s ‘latest requirements’

A month later, Mr McLachlan sent an email to Mr Rockliff which is not included in right to information release. However, it includes a cover letter that describes it as including “the key elements of the proposed partnership between the AFL and Tasmanian Government for a 19th AFL licence”.

While it is not clear exactly what the AFL CEO considered the “key elements” for a deal to be, the premier appears to have been unimpressed. A week later, he wrote back:

Premier to Mr McLachlan, August 29:

…I am concerned that the latest AFL requirements compromise current community expectations, sound economic governance and ultimately the sustainability of the club.

Achieving a common objective … will require further substantive engagement between our respective teams that is both socially responsible and mutually beneficial.

In respect of timelines and having only received the response to our May offer last week, I believe this engagement should be expedited as a matter of priority.

But less than a month later, on September 14, Mr Rockliff sent another email to Mr McLachlan, saying Tasmania had now upped its offer to $10 million per year for 15 years.

Mr Rockliff said this upgraded offer came following a “shift in the economic environment and the increase in forecast operating costs for a Tasmanian team since the formulation of the taskforce’s business case”.

He also stressed that Mr McLachlan did not have free rein to speak for Tasmania when talking with other club presidents.

“I must also reiterate that any information going to club presidents that represents Tasmania’s position and interests in regard to the Tasmanian team bid, must first be approved by me,” Mr Rockliff wrote.

He ended the letter with:

Premier to Mr McLachlan, September 14:

My very strong view is that the government’s commitment … underpins a case that cannot be refused by any fair minded person, particularly anyone that has the best interests of the code at heart.

I look forward to your response to the above.

The stadium will only become a reality if the federal government commits funding to it, with a decision expected in next month’s federal budget.()

That revised offer was presented to the AFL club presidents, again calling for their support.

A week later, the Tasmanian government announced that the taxpayer contribution to the team has been revised to $144 million over 12 years, plus $60 million to establish a high-performance complex in Hobart.

That equates to an increase of $44 million for yearly funding since the initial offer plus an additional $10 million in establishment costs.

Concept designs and a “cost plan” for the “AFL Team High Performance Training and Administration Facility” were attached to an email to Mr McLachlan on August 11 but those documents were not available in the freedom of information document release.

The government had initially hoped a vote by the club presidents on whether to offer Tasmania a 19th licence would take place in August last year, and continually stressed the need for the AFL to agree on a funding deal so the clubs had a proposal to vote on.

However, the funding of the Hobart stadium has become a sticking point.

While the Tasmanian government is willing to contribute $375 million, it will need substantial federal investment to get the project off the ground.

While the state is hoping funding will be provided in the May federal budget, no pre-funding announcement has been made, and it appears the AFL would not take the Tasmanian team bid to the club presidents until they feel assured the stadium will be built.

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Neurodiversity Celebration Week: British rower Caragh McMurtry, ironman Sam Holness on being autistic


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Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Caragh McMurtry and Sam Holness talk to Sky Sports News reporter Nick Ransom about being athletes with autism

Neurodiversity Celebration Week: Caragh McMurtry and Sam Holness talk to Sky Sports News reporter Nick Ransom about being athletes with autism

This week is Neurodiversity Celebration Week, celebrating the one in five people who think differently. These include autistic, dyslexic, dyspraxic athletes, or those with ADHD, who often face invisible barriers in sport.

In Neurodiversity Celebration Week, former British rower Caragh McMurtry and ironman triathlete Sam Holness talk to Sky Sports News about life thinking differently.

McMurtry, founder of Neurodiverse Sport, an organisation supporting athletes who are neurodivergent, was initially diagnosed with bipolar disorder while competing.

Five years later, she was diagnosed as autistic which allowed her to access more support. She is now using her platform to campaign for better access and understanding within sport.

She explained: “It completely revolutionised my performance and my well-being and I went from being spare to making the Olympic team. I got 17 seconds faster on my 2K and I was generally a lot happier.

“Ultimately, I still faced quite a lot of stigma and discrimination and a lot of that came down to a lack of understanding from the people around me and that’s where I decided to step away and create Neurodiverse Sport.

McMurtry was initially diagnosed with bipolar disorder while competing, before a correct diagnosis of autism five years later

McMurtry was initially diagnosed with bipolar disorder while competing, before a correct diagnosis of autism five years later

“Neurodiverse Sport is ultimately there to change people’s perceptions around neurodiversity, to show them in a positive light or that they can be positive. Difference is not less, it’s not scary, it requires out-of-the-box thinking. It could provide that extra edge.

“We want to create role models because that is something that is really lacking, particularly in sport, because athletes are advised not to disclose their neurodivergence.

“We want to do those things by campaigns, raising awareness and educating sports teams and sports organisations and that’s something we’ve really started to do.”

“There have been a lot of athletes that have come forward and it increases exponentially. A month ago I would have said I’d had 100 athletes come to me and now I can probably say I’ve had 150. A lot of them are elite or people on the Olympic programmes.

McMurtry said many who have contacted her have said, while they are not ready to talk publicly about being neurodivergent, the organisation’s presence has made a difference.

While competing as a rower, McMurtry’s blunt and honest manner often caused issues, as did sensory challenges. She points towards unconscious bias and wants coaches to be aware of neurodiversity.

“It could make a real difference, if something goes wrong with the team, to not pinpoint it down to the person that looks different. It’s human nature really, but it really sent me on a downward spiral.

McMurtry says her autism diagnosis 'completely revolutionised my performance and my wellbeing', as she 'got 17 seconds faster on my 2K'

McMurtry says her autism diagnosis ‘completely revolutionised my performance and my wellbeing’, as she ‘got 17 seconds faster on my 2K’

“It baffles me that neurodiversity is something that is still stigmatised in sport. I just don’t understand how you’re trying to get 0.001 out of your performance, like why are we not looking into that?

“I really think that people, athletes that are different, shouldn’t be made to feel as bad as they do, as isolated as they do. Their differences can be embraced, optimised, then if they don’t make it, that’s fine, it’s fair.”

One athlete McMurtry has already endorsed through her work is Sam Holness, an ironman triathlete who was diagnosed as autistic aged three. He did not speak until he was six and lives in west London with his parents.

Now a Guinness World Record holder for being the first autistic person to compete in the Ironman World Championships, Holness wants to inspire others.

While preparing for this week’s ironman in Lanzarote, Holness said his aims for the next year are to complete a full Ironman in less than 10 hours and complete a marathon in less than three.

On his achievements, he said: “I get comments on Instagram about how inspiring I am during races and training. It’s very enjoyable but sometimes I feel like ‘wow’.”

Holness is an Ironman triathlete who was diagnosed as autistic aged three, and didn't speak until he was six

Holness is an Ironman triathlete who was diagnosed as autistic aged three, and didn’t speak until he was six

Holness continues to overcome communication difficulties, something his dad Tony says is one of his biggest achievements. Meeting new people in new environments is particularly hard.

Enthusiasm for exercise and routine is what Holness puts his success down to: “It helps with my confidence and self-esteem. It takes my anxiety away and makes me feel more relaxed.”

Life away from the soothing repetition of training and competition is more difficult. He says: “At the track, sometimes I have to get away because it gets overwhelming”.

Holness is a Guinness World Record holder for being the first autistic person to compete in the Ironman World Championships

Holness is a Guinness World Record holder for being the first autistic person to compete in the Ironman World Championships

Despite this, Holness has got better at managing crowds. He grew up struggling with parties and gatherings, even attending church, but it was at university, fellow students helped introduce him to new environments.

Thanks to the support of parents Tony and Marilyn, Holness is now able to travel all around the world and compete. As well as difficulties socially, he struggles with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) which requires a carefully constructed diet.

Despite all the difficulties, Holness is clearly enjoying breaking stereotypes as an ironman and using his love of repetitive activity to his advantage.

Holness says for the next year, his aim is to “get to the podium and become a professional triathlete.” This year’s World Championships will be held in Finland, for which he hopes to qualify again.

McMurtry and Holness’ experiences offer an insight into the strengths and challenges of thinking differently in sport. However, like many athletes, they wonder when sport will more openly discuss neurodiversity.



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Jessica Ennis-Hill: Returning from maternity leave to elite sport was ‘one of my biggest challenges’

Jessica Ennis-Hill gave birth to her son in July 2014, before returning to win a third world title in 2015 and claim a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics; “It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve done… There is no clear maternity package; it’s still very much a grey area”

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill says the conversation around women’s health in sport is changing, but progress still needs to be made in many areas.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill says the conversation around women’s health in sport is changing, but progress still needs to be made in many areas.

Two-time Olympic medallist Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill described the birth of her first child and her return to elite-level athletics as “one of the most challenging things I’ve done.”

The London 2012 heptathlon champion gave birth to her son Reggie in July 2014, before returning to win a third world title in Beijing in 2015 and claim a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio before announcing her retirement.

With Paris 2024 on the horizon, Ennis-Hill claimed she still gets “that adrenaline rush” when watching her heptathlon event, but stressed that her time at the top is over and she is instead eager to see how an exciting, young Team GB perform on the biggest stage.

Ennis-Hill was speaking to Sky Sports News on a range of topics, including maternity policies in elite sport and the “important conversation” to be had around women’s periods and breaking that taboo…

Ennis-Hill on new government funding for women’s sport

Girls will be granted equal access to all school sport in England as part of a package of measures unveiled by the government to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The government is now promising more than £600m to improve PE across the next two years and up to £57m in funding for facilities outside school hours.

“It makes a huge difference.

“High-profile female athletes performing on the greatest stage, winning medals and taking trophies – doing what they do in such a gracious, incredible way – that transcends down to young girls everywhere, inspiring them.

“And where does it start? At school level.

“So if we can have that funding and that support to really keep those girls engaged at that time, it’s an amazing thing.”

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill says the success of high profile sportswomen can help inspire younger females to take part.

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Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill says the success of high profile sportswomen can help inspire younger females to take part.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill says the success of high profile sportswomen can help inspire younger females to take part.

Ennis-Hill on importance of International Women’s Day

“We’re making steps forward. And we’re seeing it more visibly now.

“We’re not just seeing more high-profile athletes out there performing, but we’re seeing them in the public domain more frequently – hearing their back stories and journeys.

“That’s transcending into younger age groups, which is starting to make a big difference.

“It takes time. It’s a process. But we are making change.

Ennis-Hill on her experience with maternity policies in sport

“I think the conversation around women’s health and female athletes’ physiology – delving deeper into what makes us different and how we perform differently – is so important.

Jessica Ennis-Hill returned to win gold at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing a year on from the birth of her first son

Jessica Ennis-Hill returned to win gold at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing a year on from the birth of her first son

“For me, having my son during my career and then coming back was a real catalyst to that. I didn’t see many athletes do it.

“I didn’t really know it was a thing you could do. I thought you had to have your career, retire and then start your family. But that is beginning to change now. We’re seeing more and more athletes do it – Allyson Felix, Serena Williams.

“And it’s not just athletes starting a family and coming back to participate… they’re coming back to win, at the top of their game again.

“It’s one of the most challenging things I’ve done. There’s so much to navigate your way through. There is no clear maternity package; it’s still very much a grey area.

England's Abbie Ward hopes other nations and other sports' governing bodies will follow the RFU in reviewing and improving their maternity policies.

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England’s Abbie Ward hopes other nations and other sports’ governing bodies will follow the RFU in reviewing and improving their maternity policies.

England’s Abbie Ward hopes other nations and other sports’ governing bodies will follow the RFU in reviewing and improving their maternity policies.

“The likes of Allyson Felix campaigning against big brands, putting policies in place and creating real change makes a difference for so many female athletes thinking about doing it.

“It is a challenging time and it still needs some clear definition about how to support those female athletes.”

Ennis-Hill on breaking the taboo topic of women’s periods

“We have to break so many taboos, but it’s an important one for all of us. Not just for young girls and women, but also for men, for dads, for husbands to understand.

“There’s the physiological changes that female athletes go through, and the barriers they face during those hormonal fluctuations throughout their life, but also the mental side of things.

“We see it with tennis at Wimbledon, and the conversation with high-profile tennis players about how uncomfortable they feel wearing certain colours like white.

“That’s a great conversation to have. We have to move with the times, we have to adapt the way we compete and the kit we have in order to feel comfortable and supported, so we can be the best we can be.”

Ennis-Hill on Team GB’s Paris 2024 hopes

“I’m not going to say I miss it. I feel like I’ve had my time at the top and I really enjoy being part of athletics in a different way now.

Keely Hodgkinson celebrates winning gold in the Women 800 meters at the European Athletics Indoor Championships

Keely Hodgkinson celebrates winning gold in the Women 800 meters at the European Athletics Indoor Championships

“It’s looking very strong. There’s some incredible Team GB athletes coming through, like Keely Hodgkinson, Dina Asher-Smith.

“There were some great performances at the European Indoor Championships – we had three gold medals from three female athletes, Hodgkinson, Laura Muir and Jazmin Sawyers. All had sensational performances.

“I’m really looking forward to the Olympics and seeing how Team GB perform, and how many medals we can get.”



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Premier League Darts schedule and TV times: Michael Smith, Michael van Gerwen, Gerwyn Price and Peter Wright star

Darts’ biggest party is back in 2023 as the Premier League roadshow heads to a venue near you!; the SSE Arena in Belfast plays host as the first of 17 individual venues from Thursday February 2 with the Play-Offs returning to The O2 in London on Thursday May 25

Last Updated: 30/01/23 4:50pm


Michael van Gerwen and Michael Smith will clash on Premier League opening night in Belfast

Full schedule and TV times as Michael Smith takes Michael van Gerwen in a repeat of the World Darts Championship final on the opening night of this year’s Premier League.

This year’s tournament will see eight of the sport’s top stars contesting 16 mini-events during the season, with each league night comprising quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final over the best-of-11 legs.

The Premier League season gets under way at The SSE Arena in Belfast, with the opening night’s quarter-finals headlined by a blockbuster showdown between Smith and reigning champion Van Gerwen.

Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

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Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

Van Gerwen was one dart away from a nine-darter before Smith nailed the hold grail in the World Championship final

Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

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Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

Dan Dawson looks at the growing rivalry between MVG and Smith

This will be the pair’s first meeting since their Alexandra Palace epic on January 3, which saw Smith land a history-making nine-darter en route to clinching his maiden World Championship crown.

Two-time world champion Peter Wright plays newly-crowned Masters champion Chris Dobey, who celebrated his first televised triumph in Milton Keynes on Sunday night.

Gerwyn Price hit TWO nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast

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Gerwyn Price hit TWO nine-dart finishes in one night in Belfast

Dimitri Van den Bergh marks his Premier League return with a clash against 2021 champion Jonny Clayton, while 2020 runner-up Nathan Aspinall plays Gerwyn Price – who famously landed two nine-darters in Belfast last year.

Night Two will take place at Cardiff’s International Arena on February 9, with Price pitted against Dobey on his homecoming, while Clayton makes his return to home soil with a tie against Smith.

Wright will headline Night Three at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro when he takes on Van den Bergh, with six-time champion Van Gerwen up against Aspinall in a repeat of October’s World Grand Prix final.

Michael Smith will be looking for Premier League success having claimed World Championship glory earlier this year

Michael Smith will be looking for Premier League success having claimed World Championship glory earlier this year

The sport’s biggest roadshow rolls into Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday February 23, as Smith and Wright lock horns in a repeat of the 2022 World Championship final.

Night Five in Exeter will then see a repeat of two televised finals from 2022, with Van Gerwen meeting Price in a repeat of July’s World Matchplay decider, before Aspinall and Smith battle it out in a rematch of November’s Grand Slam showpiece.

Quarter-final fixtures for 14 of the 16 league phase nights are listed below in draw bracket order, with fixtures for Night Eight and Night 16 to be determined by league standings heading into each night.

All matches will be played over a best-of-11 legs format, with a £10,000 bonus on offer to each night’s winner.

Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

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Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

Watch every nine-darter that has been hit in the Premier League

2023 Premier League Fixtures

Night One – Thursday February 2
The SSE Arena, Belfast
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall vs Gerwyn Price

Live Premier League Darts

February 2, 2023, 7:00pm

Live on Sky Sports Arena HD

Night Two – Thursday February 9
Cardiff International Arena
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Live Premier League Darts

February 9, 2023, 7:00pm

Live on Sky Sports Arena HD

Night Three – Thursday February 16
OVO Hydro, Glasgow
Quarter-Finals

Nathan Aspinall vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Gerwyn Price vs Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton vs Chris Dobey

Night Four – Thursday February 23
3Arena, Dublin
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Jonny Clayton vs Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey vs Michael van Gerwen

Night Five – Thursday March 2
Westpoint Exeter
Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen vs Gerwyn Price
Nathan Aspinall vs Michael Smith
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton vs Peter Wright

Night Six – Thursday March 9
M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Quarter-Finals

Gerwyn Price vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey vs Nathan Aspinall
Michael Smith vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night Seven – Thursday March 16
Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey vs Michael Smith

Night Eight – Thursday March 23
Utilita Arena, Newcastle
Quarter-Finals

Fixtures based on league table following Night Seven

Night Nine – Thursday March 30
Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael Smith
Nathan Aspinall vs Chris Dobey
Jonny Clayton vs Michael van Gerwen
Peter Wright vs Gerwyn Price

Night Ten – Thursday April 6
Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Quarter-Finals

Michael van Gerwen vs Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall vs Jonny Clayton
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Michael Smith

Night 11 – Thursday April 13
The Brighton Centre
Quarter-Finals

Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Michael van Gerwen
Chris Dobey vs Gerwyn Price
Peter Wright vs Nathan Aspinall
Jonny Clayton vs Michael Smith

Night 12 – Thursday April 20
Rotterdam Ahoy
Quarter-Finals

Chris Dobey vs Jonny Clayton
Michael Smith vs Gerwyn Price
Dimitri Van den Bergh vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Nathan Aspinall

Night 13 – Thursday April 27
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Quarter-Finals

Michael Smith vs Chris Dobey
Michael van Gerwen vs Peter Wright
Gerwyn Price vs Jonny Clayton
Nathan Aspinall vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 14 – Thursday May 4
AO Arena, Manchester
Quarter-Finals

Peter Wright vs Jonny Clayton
Chris Dobey vs Dimitri Van den Bergh
Michael Smith vs Nathan Aspinall
Gerwyn Price vs Michael van Gerwen

Night 15 – Thursday May 11
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Quarter-Finals

Gerwyn Price vs Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey vs Peter Wright
Michael van Gerwen vs Michael Smith
Jonny Clayton vs Dimitri Van den Bergh

Night 16 – Thursday May 18
P&J Live, Aberdeen
Quarter-Finals

Fixtures based on league table following Night 15

Play-Offs – Thursday May 25
The O2, London

Semi-Finals and Final



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Quad Series 2023: England head coach Jess Thirlby calls for more ‘maturity’ ahead of Netball World Cup

England sealed third in the 2023 Quad Series by beating hosts South Africa in Wednesday’s third-place play-off; the Roses suffered defeats to Australia and New Zealand to miss out on a place in the final

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England head coach Jess Thirlby says it was important her team ended the Quad Series with a win ahead of the World Cup this summer.

England head coach Jess Thirlby says it was important her team ended the Quad Series with a win ahead of the World Cup this summer.

England head coach Jess Thirlby praised her side for showing “grit” to seal third place in the Quad Series but has admitted more “maturity” is needed ahead of this summer’s Netball World Cup.

The Roses came through a tightly contested third-place play-off against hosts South Africa to claim a first victory in their four matches at the tournament.

England had drawn with South Africa in the opening phase of the tournament, either side of defeats to champions Australia and runners-up New Zealand.

The competition marked the final opportunity for England – and their rivals – to prepare for the World Cup, which begins on July 28 in Cape Town.

“It was scrappy, it wasn’t the prettiest of wins,” Thirlby told Sky Sports. “But I think given the journey through the Quad Series that we’ve had, I thought it was a good way for us to finish and show the grit, in particular, that I think this team have become known for.”

Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

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Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

Watch the highlights of the third-placed playoff between England and South Africa in the Netball Quad Series.

“It’s been a good journey. We’ve just got to keep finding away to compete with those ranked above us.

“We’re respectful of the likes of New Zealand and Australia, but we’ve actually found ways to get a foothold against them, which is a little bit of new territory for us that we’ve got to grow a maturity around how to finish those games and punish them more.”

The Quad Series quickly followed England’s three-match home contest with Jamaica, against whom Thirlby’s side delivered an impressive 2-1 triumph.

England are ranked third in the word, a place ahead of Jamaica. Australia top the rankings from New Zealand, while South Africa are fifth.

Thirlby reflects on a 'bittersweet' loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

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Thirlby reflects on a ‘bittersweet’ loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

Thirlby reflects on a ‘bittersweet’ loss against New Zealand but says several players have stood out for selection to play in the netball World Cup this summer.

“In the couple of weeks after this, there’s going to be so much information for us to take, and it’s important to acknowledge that,” Thirlby said.

“These games are here for a purpose. We put ourselves out in two back-to-back series, it’s a big ask of the group but it’s exactly what we needed ahead of the summer.”

The Quad Series brings to an end a congested period for England, which saw them miss out on a medal at a home Commonwealth Games in the summer, and then beat Uganda at home before losing 3-0 as they toured Australia in October and November.

Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

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Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

Highlights of the Netball Quad Series clash between England and New Zealand.

“I don’t think I can combat all of the noise and the criticisms, but I will absolutely defend this group to the hilt,” Thirlby said.

“Their cohesion, togetherness and loyalty to one and other is unquestionable. They review wins and losses exactly the same way, which is exactly what any championship winning side that’s on track to try to learn to win more consistently should be doing.

“So this team for me, they’re the most together group that I’ve worked with and it’s an absolute joy to see their team resilience grow over the course of January.”

‘No ignoring Fadoju’ | ‘Wrap her up in cotton wool’

Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of England’s performances during the Quad Series was the continued emergence of Funmi Fadoju, who has established herself as a key player ahead of the World Cup.

Having made her senior international debut against Uganda in October, the 20-year-old defender looks set to become one of the biggest stars in the sport.

Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

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Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

Funmi Fadoju showed off her quick reaction skills with two stunning interceptions against South Africa in the netball Quad Series.

Her brilliance was on show against South Africa as a series of turnovers helped England to victory.

“There’s no ignoring Funmi Fadoju,” Thirlby said. “If there’s anyone to give a little bit more credit to, I think it’s Funmi today.

“She really picks her moments, with such maturity, to sense that intuition when in the game we need it the most.

“I just think her contribution was excellent, but those around her really allow her to flourish.”

Fadoju reflects on England's win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

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Fadoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

Fadoju reflects on England’s win over South Africa in the Quad Series third place playoff and praises teammate Jade Clarke on her 200th cap for England.

Former England player Pamela Cookey agreed with Thirlby’s assessment that the Roses have found the ideal setup to allow Fadoju to thrive.

“This was the defensive team that we know and love,” Cookey said on Sky Sports.

“That support that Fadoju had from Geva (Mentor) at the back allows her to go and play out the front – she had Jade (Clarke) at centre and Layla (Guscoth) at wing defence.

“That combination is safe, it’s tried, it’s tested and we’ve seen them get so much ball, so once you put that on there, she can then fly.”

How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

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How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

How can England prepare for the World Cup? Tamsin Greenway and Pamela Cookey discuss ahead of England and South Africa in the semi-final in the Quad series.

Former Roses player Tamsin Greenaway was also wowed by Fadoju’s performance, but expressed concern over England’s deficiencies in attack.

“Defensively, they were brilliant,” Fadoju said. “I can’t fault it all through the court, they are doing such a good job.

“But attack was static at times, the highest quarter was a 13-goal quarter. Even if that last quarter where Funmi got us about seven balls, we still only put 13 on the board.

“We’re going to have to look it and adjust. I think playing the strongest line-up just helps you get a good run.

“Defensively brilliant, and just wrap Funmi in cotton wool (until the World Cup).”



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