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After Michael van Gerwen was held to another draw, we pick out five talking points from night eight in Liverpool. Air Force 1 Mens Store . The world No 1 had to share the points with Robert Thornton, just a week after his draw with Phil Taylor, but he still retained top spot at the Echo Arena.The Power was also denied by Peter Wright, who hit back to claim a 6-6 draw, and Thornton ended on a high as his earlier win over Michael Smith meant he moved out of the bottom two.   MVG letting it slipAfter setting sky-high standards, Van Gerwen was visibly unhappy with himself after being frustrated by Thornton.Few would have expected Thornton to take a point from Van Gerwen, particularly after his torrid start to the campaign, but he deservedly took the final leg to leave Mighty Mike looking disgusted with himself. Michael van Gerwen took out 130 just moments after Robert Thornton had the same opportunity Van Gerwens average slipped to a rather routine 97.57 and Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle believes the lost points could even be costly as the race for the top four intensifies. Michael van Gerwen fluffed his lines really for two weeks running now, said Mardle. Hes thrown away some points and may be made to pay.Taylors taste of medicine Peter Wright and Phil Taylor shared the spoils in Liverpool but one man was more grateful for the point than the other The Power may have pinched a point against Van Gerwen in the previous week, but he received a taste of his own medicine as Wright hit back in the last leg.Taylor counted the cost of three missed match darts and admitted he was gutted in the post-match interview. Phil Taylor hit an impressive 141 checkout during his match with Peter Wright Despite that frustrating result, Taylor is still level on points and just a leg behind Van Gerwen in the table, and can draw positives from a performance which saw him average 101 and included a 141 checkout.Anderson flying high Gary Anderson made it six wins in a row after beating Dave Chisnall Gary Anderson is also level on points with the leading Van Gerwen after his comfortable win over Dave Chisnall, his sixth successive victory.The Flying Scotsman needed time to find his fitness and form after a virus, but his determined title defence is gathering pace by the week.Anderson said he was nipping at the heels of his rivals and has shown in the past that he has the bite to beat Van Gerwen.Robert on the rise Thornton transformed his fortunes in his two matches At the start of the evening, Thornton was rock-bottom of the table without a win and appeared set for an early exit from the competition.But Thorntons fate is now in his own hands after he collected three precious points and he might not even need a result on Judgement Night to beat the drop.Mardle was full of praise for the Scot after he produced the best performance of his campaign when he needed it the most.Well we said tonight was all about Robert Thornton and it turned out just that way, said Mardle. He has now given himself a fantastic opportunity to not be eliminated.Exit signs Dave Chisnall produced wasteful finishing against Anderson Smith and Dave Chisnall sit in the bottom two ahead of next weeks Judgement Night and the two strugglers showed little to suggest they can avoid elimination.In a crucial survival scrap, Smith averaged just 92 as he slumped to defeat against Thornton, while Chisnall hit just four of his 19 darts at a double in the defeat to Anderson.Both men face tough tasks next week, with Smith against Taylor and Chisnall against Wright, and Thornton could even survive with a loss against Adrian Lewis.Watch the Premier Leagues Judgement Night next Thursday, starting at 7pm on Sky Sports 1By 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: WATCH: Wright kisses Taylor Mardle: Robert on the rise Air Force 1 Store . The 23-year-old Woods, Tiger Woods niece, closed with a 4-under 69 at Royal Pines to finish at 16-under 276. Lee also shot 69 in the event sanctioned by the European and Australian tours. Woods birdied the par-5 15th to open a two-stroke lead, hitting a wedge from about 120 yards to 4 feet. Fake Air Force 1 For Sale . Chile applied pressure in midfield right from the beginning, challenging aggressively and continually surging forward. Eduardo Vargas beat the offside trap and fired home a stinging shot for Chiles opening goal in the fifth minute.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is committed to supporting linebacker Aldon Smith like a family member in the wake of his latest legal trouble — and keeping Smith around for the long haul, too. "You continue to work as you would with any family member, you continue to work until they leave you no choice," Baalke said Friday in his annual sitdown with media leading up to the draft. "Does character matter? It does." Baalke repeatedly referenced the word "disappointed" during his 59-minute session when discussing a recent list of off-the-field problems for his 49ers, who lost in the NFC championship game to eventual Super Bowl winner Seattle. Regarding a May 3 deadline whether to exercise Smiths 2015 contract option, Baalke gave all indications he hopes to have the menacing pass rusher in a Niners uniform well into the future. Baalke said for 2015, "and 16, and 17 and 18." Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Police say the 24-year-old NFL star was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became unco-operative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb. The district attorney has referred the case for misdemeanour consideration. Baalke said Smith is "growing, starting to understand, starting to realize the importance of his own accountability." Yet this follows Smiths five-game absence last season to undergo treatment after his September DUI arrest. In November, Smith pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a June 2012 party at his home. Investigators say several shots were fired, two partygoers were injured and Smith was stabbed. In the subsequent investigation, prosecutors say detectives found five unregistered, illegal weapons in Smiths house, including two Bushmaster rifles and an Armalite AR-10T. When it comes to how to best deal with Smith going forward, Baalke said thats going to be a process. "Thats still being discussed internally," Baalke said. "Everything factors in, you take a look at everything. The one word I can use to describe the situation is disappointing. The important thing is that its equally as disappointing to Aldon. "Like all of us, you have the keys to your own car. You make decisions and you live with the consequences of those decisions. Life is a growing process, its a growing process for all of us. He knows what needs to bbe done. Air Force 1 Yellow Outlet. Were all accountable. Each and every one of us in this organization is accountable." The 49ers also still hope to reach agreement on a long-term extension with quarterback Colin Kaepernick before the start of training camp. Baalke said the team would let the investigation play out regarding Kaepernick being linked to a Miami police report earlier this month involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there. Kaepernick has strongly denied any wrongdoing via Twitter. "Any time an individual puts himself in a situation that becomes newsworthy, we certainly pay attention to it," Baalke said. "To say theres no concern, that would probably be a misrepresentation of the facts. At the same time, lets let this thing play out and lets see where it goes." In addition, cornerback Chris Culliver — who became famous for the wrong reasons when he made anti-gay remarks before the Super Bowl in February 2013 — has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanour hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles from a March 28 arrest. "Are we disappointed weve had a string? Absolutely," Baalke said. "One is too many. So if ones too many, then five or six is way too many. This isnt something we take lightly. We expect a lot from our football players. We expect a lot from ourselves." He said he is sorry a few players have hurt the reputation of the entire roster and organization. "Im adamant in my thoughts that this is a good group of men. Have they made some mistakes? Absolutely they have," Baalke said. "Im not going to sit up here and defend them. There is concern. We hold ourselves to a high standard. The community deserves that. We represent the community." Baalke also addressed his working relationship with coach Jim Harbaugh: "To say its always two rams butting heads is so false and misleading. To say theres no tension would also probably be false and misleading, but its good tension." Notes: Baalke said he hasnt heard from LaMichael James or his representatives to formally request a trade, but knows the RB said on Twitter he could benefit from a change. Baalkes understanding is James isnt at the voluntary off-season program because of a new baby at home. ... LG Mike Iupati is out of a walking boot for his broken left leg suffered in the NFC title game. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ' ' '
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