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Taylor storms to 15th crown Henin wins in Oz

DARTS: Phil Taylor won the PDC World Championship final by defeating Simon Whitlock 7-3 at Alexandra Palace last night.

Taylor trailed the Aussie by two sets to one but produced a stunning run of form to seal his 15th world title.

The No1 opened with a 180 and although Whitlock won the leg the unseeded 40-year-old lost the first set.

However, Whitlock surprised Taylor, winning the next two sets to take a surprise 2-1 lead.

That was as good as it got for Raymond van Barneveld's conqueror, as Taylor then took control of the contest.

Taylor won the fourth set, then the fifth with a checkout of 161, before winning the next two to set a commanding 5-2 lead.

Taylor then took the eighth set 3-2 in legs to move within one set of victory, but Whitlock checked the slide in the ninth.

However, the contest was over in the next set as Taylor wrapped up the win with a 131 checkout.

Taylor said: "That's one of the greatest finals. It's been brilliant and I'm so chuffed."

England push on

CRICKET: Andrew Strauss' shrewd decision to bowl first in the third Test at Newlands seems to have paid off early on day two as Graeme Onions claimed Jacques Kallis's -- unbeaten on 108 overnight with the South Africans on 279-6 -- wicket with the second ball of the day and James Anderson took those of Dale Steyn (26) and Morne Morkel (0) to rattle the Proteas, who now sit on 281-9.

Overnight, James Anderson said England took a long-term view, assessing not just the initial advantage for their bowlers but the promise of better batting conditions for the rest of the tie.

"The forecast for the rest of the week is pretty good, and we think days two and three will be pretty good to bat on," he said.

Henin wins in Oz

TENNIS: Belgium's Justine Henin made a triumphant return to professional tennis today with a 7-5 7-5 win over Russia's Nadia Petrova in the first round of the Brisbane International.

Playing her first official match since retiring in May 2008, Henin showed she had lost none of her fighting qualities as she ground out a hard-fought victory over the tournament's second seed.

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