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Raymond van Barneveld is counting on more support from the Netherlands than for his compatriot Michael van Gerwen in this week’s Premier League Darts duel. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Terrell-Owens-Jersey/ . Sky Live: Judgement Night Thursday, 7pm, Sky Sports 1 HD The Dutch pair are the star attraction in Cardiff on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports, in the latest chapter to their exciting rivalry.And elder statesman Barney insists fans in their homeland still prefer him to world No 1 Van Gerwen because they remember his early, iconic world championships. Michaels always told me he didnt have an idol in darts. But everyone started to play darts when they saw me playing, and winning Lakeside. Raymond van Barneveld Yes of course, because nobody forgets 1998 and 1999, Van Barneveld told Sky Sports. It was all over our TV stations at the time.People watch the darts in Holland but they especially watch the World Championship and Premier League, and they saw me beating Michael again [in January]. So Im more popular than Michael in Holland.But in England, I dont know. When we play exhibitions together I see a lot of people who want his autograph and picture. Two years ago Van Barneveld pipped Van Gerwen to the Premier League title Michael has never told me Im his hero. Hes always told me he didnt have an idol in darts. But everyone started to play darts when they saw me playing, and winning Lakeside.The most recent meeting between the Dutch heavyweights was in January at Ally Pally, when Van Barneveld ended a three-match losing streak to eliminate his younger foe from the World Championship.Barney, who sits seventh in the Premier League with six points, knows he must produce a flawless follow-up to record successive wins against table-topper Van Gerwen. Relive the match which saw Barney shock MVG at the World Championship I was very proud [of the World Championship win] but, at the end, it didnt matter because I didnt win the title, he said.Everyone was talking well about me but, for me, it was just one game that I won. Youre always happy to go further in the World Championship but, unless you win it, its just one game. Last year he beat me 13 times, I beat him four times.You try to play your best every week but especially in these games against Michael. You cant slow down, this man is in world form. The standard Michael is playing is not normal, its bizarre.Watch Premier League Darts Judgement Night on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD at 7pm.  Or watch live for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. Also See: Fixtures/Results On Sky TV Prem Table Darts betting Get Sky Sports http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Brandon-Fusco-Jersey/ . Spiller left Week 3s 27-20 loss to the New York Jets with a thigh injury, but fully practiced with the team all week and expects to be ready to go on Sunday. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Daniel-Kilgore-Jersey/ . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Laken-Tomlinson-Jersey/ . "It was nerve-wracking, but we pulled through," said Collaros, who threw four touchdown passes to lead the Toronto Argonauts (8-4) to a 33-27 win over the Calgary Stampeders (9-3) in front of 28,781 fans at McMahon Stadium.ARDMORE, Pa. -- Adam Scott and Steve Stricker dont have much in common except for how infrequently they play golf tournaments. Scott began to scale back on his schedule two years ago, devising a plan that would help him practice more, play less and be ready for the biggest events. Stricker, who turned 46 in February, decided this year to spend more time at home in Wisconsin. The U.S. Open is only his seventh tournament this year, and he might only play three more. "I congratulated him on his semi-retirement," Scott said. "Welcome to the club." Stricker would love to part of another club to which Scott belongs -- a major champion. Since returning to the top of his game in 2006, he has given himself a couple of reasonable chances. Stricker was the 36-hole leader at Winged Foot in 2006 until a 76-73 weekend dropped him into a tie for sixth, three shots behind. He was tied for the lead after 63 holes at Oakmont a year later, only to shoot 42 on the back nine to tie for 13th. He also played in the final group at Carnoustie in the 2007 British Open. He tied the major championship record at Atlanta Athletic Club in the 2011 PGA Championship with a 63 in the opening round, though he couldnt keep it going. At 46, and playing a limited schedule, Stricker is running out of time. And thats OK with him. "Im kind of past that," he said Tuesday. "I think that the decision that I made earlier this year about playing less has taken some of the pressure off me. Im completely fine with my career and what Ive done. And dont get me wrong -- Im still very competitive and I still really want to win. I still want to play well. But Im just enjoying it. "Im enjoying coming out here and playing and not really having any expectations at all." He is far from a forgotten figure. He has a pair of runner-up finishes this year -- to Dustin Johnsoon at Kapalua and to Tiger Woods at Doral -- and is No. http://www.49ersrookiestore.com/49ers-Aaron-Lynch-Jersey/. . 13 in the world. He remains No. 8 in the Presidents Cup standings, so his form is not far off. What makes him intriguing at this U.S. Open is his wedge game. Stricker is vastly improved off the tee, turning that into one of his strengths. As for his putting? Not only is he regarded one of the best in the game, hes so good with the flat stick that even Woods sought him out for advice in March -- and then beat him to win the World Golf Championship at Doral. But its the wedge play that typically allows Stricker to set up birdie putts. And there are a lot of wedges to be struck at Merion, a course that starts and finishes with holes that are long and strong, and features a stretch of short par 4s in the middle where birdies figure to be made. "I like the setup," Stricker said. "Theres a lot of short irons when you get into certain parts of the course, but there are also a lot of long clubs into some of these holes. I think that still the advantage kind of goes to some longer hitters here, just because were not getting any roll in the fairway at all. But I like that theres a lot of short irons. Theres a good mixture of long and short. You dont really get to play to your medium game too much, unless they move up some of the tees on the par 3s." One thing he can count on is being fresher than anyone else in the field. Stricker hasnt played in a month. He tied for 37th in The Players Championship, where he was coming off another monthlong break since the Masters. Thats not to suggest hes been lounging around the house all day. "Im busier now than I ever have been for some reason," Stricker said. "I dont know what it is -- I guess kids. People know that Im playing less, so theyre asking me for things and to do things. Im staying extremely busy." 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