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    Michael van Gerwen won the World Matchplay for a second successive year after thumping 15-time Winter Gardens champion Phil Taylor in Blackpool. The Dutchman collected his 12th tournament title in 2016 by inflicting only Taylors eighth defeat on the seaside resort since 1994 with a crushing 18-10 victory.Taylors eccentric behaviour on stage could do little to disrupt Mighty Mike from cleaning up with an emphatic performance. In what was billed as a blockbuster showpiece between the two arch enemies, Taylor saw his challenge to capture a 16th crown come to a shuddering halt as Van Gerwen averaged 103.60, landing 32 ton-pluses, hitting 12 140s and 180s with a 61 per cent success rate on the doubles. Van Gerwen defeated Taylor 18-10 in Sundays final The triumph sees The Green Machine become only the third player - alongside Taylor and Rod Harrington - to retain the prestigious title.Not even Taylors Thunderclap behind van Gerwens back in the 18th leg could do little to perturb the world No 1 who, after losing the opening leg, romped away with the match thanks to several breaks of throw.I thought I dominated the final, Van Gerwen told Sky Sports. Ive played well throughout the tournament. I didnt make a lot of mistakes and I didnt even play my best but against Phil you have to step it up and thats what I did.Now I have the title back again and it feels amazing. I did the right things at the right moments and my finishing was fantastic. The match started in electrifying fashion with the 55-year-old from Stoke-on-Trent taking the opening leg and then Van Gerwen stepped on the gas breaking in the third leg after crucial missed doubles.In the next, the Dutch ace looked to be on for a nine-darter, but his seventh arrow wired the treble 20. He still completed an 11-darter. Taylor stayed in touch with a stunning bull finish to stay 3-2 behind.The 27-year-old nailed another 11-darter in the 10th leg for a 6-4 lead and then broke for the second time with a neat 65 finish with his last dart in hand. Phil Taylor gets the crowd hyped up with the newly famous Thunderclap during his match with Michael van Gerwen After that Van Gerwen rallied, winning the next four, including a 110 on double 16 for his eighth three figure outshot of the week.Taylor appeared to be wilting under increasing pressure and attempted to rattle Van Gerwen by starting a Thunderclap. He did break throw for only the second time to claim his sixth leg for 12-6.The Green Machine then struck with a 112 checkout in the 23rd leg, before his opponent responded with a 130 in the next - the highest of the match.Van Gerwen won the last three legs and sealed back-to-back triumphs in brilliant fashion with double 16. Taylor hailed Van Gerwen the greatest player hes ever played against Taylor, who turns 56 next month, admitted he let the Winter Gardens crowd down, as well as hailing Van Gerwen as the best ever.I just faded. I was shattered, he said. Im gutted with myself. My energy levels were not there and he killed me - he bullied me. Hes very, very aggressive. When he hits a good shot he lets you know. Hes a nasty player. We need to turn to tables - thats the only way you can beat him.Were not giving him quality practice. This was like a practice session for him. My energy levels were not there and he killed me - he bullied me. Hes very, very aggressive. When he hits a good shot he lets you know. Hes a nasty player. Taylor on Van Gerwen He does everything. Darts has changed. I was lucky enough to play against every great thats ever played - this is the greatest [Van Gerwen] as far as Im concerned. This is a fella thats domineering the game. Theres only one way to beat him - match him - he believes in himself and at the minute were not.Ive got to start making changes and that starts tomorrow morning. Trust me, maybe Im too old now, but Im going to lead the way. If I get a player, Im going to teach him to beat a player like him. He is phenomenal. Check out daily Darts news on, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportsdarts.By purchasing a Sky Sports Day Pass for £6.99 or Sky Sports Week Pass for £10.99, you can enjoy access to all seven Sky Sports channels and watch on a TV with a NOW TV Box or on a range of devices. Also See: How MVG beat Taylor... 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Lawrie was hit on the hand by Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto in the second inning of Sundays 4-3 loss to the Reds.ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Bills crossed off a draft need by acquiring running back Bryce Brown in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday. The teams swapped seventh-round picks in this years, with the Eagles moving up five spots to land the 224th selection. The Bills also gave up a conditional draft pick -- either a fourth-rounder next year or a third-round selection in 2016. In landing Brown, the Bills filled a need for depth without having to address it in the draft. Hell serve in a backup role behind co-starters Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. The Eagles, by comparison, had what coach Chip Kelly called "a logjam" at running back. Brown was also regarded as expendable in Philadelphia because his side-to-side running style didnt fit Kellys offence. Kelly and Bills director of player personnel Jim Monos both said the trade had been in the works for the past month. Brown has 190 carries for 878 yards and six touchdowns in 32 games in two seasons with the Eagles. He overcame fumbling issues during his rookie season to finish with 564 yards rushing and four touchdowns in 16 games, including four starts. Brown sset the Eagles single-game rookie rushing record in his first start, when he had 178 yards and two scores against Carolina on Nov.dddddddddddd 26, 2012. He followed that up a week later with 169 yards rushing and two scores at Dallas. In Buffalo, Brown joins an offence that ranked second in yards rushing last season. "Yeah, I was definitely surprised," Brown said. "But I think its a great opportunity for me to come in and be able to contribute any way that I can. Im excited about the journey. And I cant wait to get started." This was the latest in a series of trades the Bills have made over the past month. 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