It’s the week­end Look out for …

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1 Flights to the fin­ish

The BBC’s broad­cast of last year’s PDC Cham­pi­ons League of Darts brought in, at its peak, 850,000 view­ers – about half as many as saw the end of the BDO World Cham­pi­onship in 2016. It still signed up for three more years, and the 2017 event starts in Cardiff today.

2 Slim pick­ings

In June Billy Joe Saun­ders looked out of shape as he in­ter­rupted a Lon­don press con­fer­ence in­tended to pub­li­cise the Ge­nady Golovkin v Saul ‘Canelo’ Ál­varez megafight (which fi­nally takes place tonight) to de­mand a go against the win­ner. Golovkin told him “to lose a lot of pounds” be­fore ask­ing again and he seems to have been heeded – a slimmed-down Saun­ders de­fends his WBO mid­dleweight world ti­tle live on Sky against Wil­lie Mon­roe Jr.

3 Base­ment cracks

It is too early for rel­e­ga­tion six­point­ers but today’s meet­ing of the league’s bot­tom two, Port Vale and For­est Green Rovers, might come to be seen as one.

3 A long and wind­ing road

As if he hasn’t won enough al­ready this year, Chris Froome is go­ing for a cou­ple more gongs at the UCI Road World Cham­pi­onships in Ber­gen (Eurosport). Sky have never won the team time trial but send a strong group to Nor­way in­clud­ing Froome and Geraint Thomas for to­mor­row’s race; Lizzie Deignan’s Boels-Doel­mans team will hope to re­peat last year’s suc­cess in the women’s event.

5 Po­etry and mo­tion

A host of big-name per­form­ers will en­ter­tain fans at the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix over the week­end, in­clud­ing Calvin Har­ris, Ari­ana Grande, Du­ran Du­ran and, in­con­gru­ously, the Neas­den-based spo­ken-word artist Ge­orge the Poet.

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