Morning Sports Update

DARTS

Michael van Gerwen is on course to retain his World Darts Championship title after making it through to his fifth final at Alexandra Palace.

The Dutchman beat Nathan Aspinall 6-3 to set up a rematch of the 2014 final against Peter Wright.

Earlier the Scotsman defeated Welshman Gerwyn Price 6-3.

SOCCER

Derby have ended a run of seven Championship games without a win.

Despite playing the majority of the match with ten men, they hung on to clinch a 2-1 victory in a frantic finish at home to Charlton.

The result moves Derby up to seventeenth in the table – two points above their opponents.

RACING

Sizing John makes a long-awaited return to action this afternoon at Punchestown.

The 2017 Gold Cup hero lines up in the Bet With Tote At Punchestown Hurdle at the Kildare course.

The nine-year-old will be ridden on his return after two years out by Barry Geraghty.

That race will be the fourth of a seven-race jumps card – the first goes to post at five past twelve.