Thursday 19 September 2019

Taylor brushes past Painter Darts

Raymond VAN BARNEVELD and Phil 'The Power' Taylor both eased into the last-16 of the PDC World Darts Championships by recording two 4-0 victories in Alexandra Palace.

Taylor followed up Barney's triumph over Alan 'Chuck' Norris, by recording an unanswered result against Kevin Painter.

The Dutchman will now face England's Adrian Lewis, who also had a resounding 4-0 win beating Joe Cullen last week while The Power is action against Kim Huybrechts or Max Hopp.

NFL

Dez BRYANT'S first career touchdown pass highlighted a dominant second-half showing from the Dallas Cowboys, as they kept the Detroit Lions waiting to secure a play-off place with a resounding 42-21 triumph.

The game was tied at 21-21 at half-time but it was all Dallas from there on as the Cowboys - who have already wrapped up home-field advantage - matched their franchise record for wins by moving to 13-2.

Dallas' rookie quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 212 yards and three touchdowns, but the highlight of the night belonged to Bryant. He took a reverse pitch from Prescott before lofting a left-handed pass to Jason Witten in the end zone for a 10-yard score which made it 35-21.

Motorsport

Kilkenny's Enda O'Brien was the runaway winner of yesterday's Carlow CC Rallysprint at Mondello Park, with his Escort finishing 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Pat O'Connell - O'Brien securing his lead in the second of five runs.

More Escorts occupied the next four places, headed by hillclimber Peter McKinley, who got the better of rally drivers James Coleman, Ryan Loughran and Gary McPhillips.

Meanwhile, Daniel Byrne took a narrow win in TDC's Autosolo at Gormanston, two seconds ahead of Richard Meeke.

However, it was Formula Ford ace Niall Murray who surprised everyone by taking third place, just 2.7 seconds behind the winner, despite collecting 20 seconds in pylon penalties during the day.

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