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Ronnie O’Sullivan hits out over ‘urine’ smell at English Open snooker venue

• Former champion underwhelmed at Crawley K2’s facilities• ‘It’s just got no atmosphere in there,’ O’Sullivan saysRonnie O’Sullivan has described the English Open venue as a “hellhole”, with the five-times world champion claiming he could smell urine i…

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Stephen Hendry: ‘I hate the word yips, it trivialises it. It was much more than that’ | Donald McRae

The seven-time world champion on his duels with Davis, Higgins, White and O’Sullivan and how his famed mental strength disintegrated leaving him no choice but to quit“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen …

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Jamie Jones suspended by World Snooker over match-fixing allegations

• Welshman reached last eight of world championship in 2012• Investigation finds Jones ‘has a case to answer’Jamie Jones has been suspended from the World Snooker tour with immediate effect over allegations he was involved in match-fixing.The World Pro…

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Final-day football heroics, naked champions and ducklings on the pitch | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup features a near miss at the Tour de Yorkshire, a painful 102mph fast ball and a thirsty Didier Drogba1) It’s been a weekend of triumph and disaster across English football as the season reached its final throes in the Football Leagu…

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Trusting himself lets Mark Williams perform at his peak when bums turn squeaky | Paul MacInnes

Williams’ triumph at the Crucible, and Charlie Austin’s performance for Southampton, showed how top performers shrug off pressure by concentrating on what they do bestOn Monday evening I stood adjacent to history. Waiting for the delayed evening sessio…

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Mark Williams shows youngsters naked truth about snooker’s veterans

By winning a third world title at 43, in a thrilling final against the 42-year-old John Higgins, Mark Williams showed millennials the older generation still have what it takesTuesday morning and in the cafes of Sheffield’s Millennium Square, talk was s…

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Snooker champion Mark Williams keeps promise and strips naked – video

Mark Williams promised and delivered. The 2018 World Snooker champion was ‘over the moon’ after his unexpected victory, but he did not forget to strip naked for the press conference as he said he would if he won the tournament.• Mark Williams beats Joh…

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Mark Williams beats John Higgins in epic World Snooker Championship final

• Welshman secures third world championship with 18-16 victory• Higgins levelled at 15-15 but Williams sealed his third world titleMark Williams won his third title at the World Snooker Championship and completed one of the best comeback stories in the…

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World Snooker Championship final: Mark Williams v John Higgins – live!

Frame-by-frame updates from Sheffield’s Crucible theatreSunday’s report: Williams leads despite Higgins fightbackEmail Daniel Harris here. Tweet @DanielHarris 2.44pm BST Williams thinks he can swerve around a red to pot a red. He gets down on the shot …

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Mark Williams leads World Snooker final despite John Higgins fightback

• Welshman takes last three frames to build 10-7 overnight lead• Higgins had won four out of five frames to draw level at 7-7The Class of 92 revival has not disappointed as John Higgins and Mark Williams head into the second day of the World Championsh…

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John Higgins puts on the style to reach World Championship final

• Higgins beats Kyren Wilson 17-13 for his seventh final• ‘It’s going to be a mammoth final,’ four-time winner predictsJohn Higgins secured a 17-13 victory over Kyren Wilson to reach his seventh World Championship final at the Crucible.Higgins went int…

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John Higgins and Barry Hawkins stay ahead in world championship semis

• Higgins holds 13-11 lead over Kyren Wilson in race to 17• Hawkins fights back against resurgent Mark Williams to lead 9-7John Higgins maintained his two-frame World Championship semi-final advantage over Kyren Wilson after an intriguing evening sessi…

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John Higgins leads Kyren Wilson in world championship semi-final

• Four-times champion takes 5-3 advantage at the Crucible• Mark Williams faces Barry Hawkins in the second semi-finalJohn Higgins will take a 5-3 lead into the second session of his world championship semi-final with Kyren Wilson. The four-times champi…

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Barry Hawkins demolishes Ding Junhui to reach world snooker semi-finals

Hawkins wins 13–5 to reach fifth semi-final in past six yearsJohn Higgins v Judd Trump is 8-8 going into decisive sessionBarry Hawkins booked his place in the semi-finals of the Betfred World Championship with a ruthless demolition of the third seed, D…

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Barry Hawkins dominates Ding Junhui to close in on world snooker semi-finals

• Hawkins, on verge of fourth semi-final in five years, leads 11-5• Kyren Wilson leads Mark Allen by same scorelineBarry Hawkins moved to within two frames of a place in the world championship semi-finals in Sheffield after a superb second session in h…

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Judd Trump and Ding Junhui book world quarter-final spots

• Trump wins five frames in a row to defeat Ricky Walden• Ding completes 13-4 success against Anthony McGillJudd Trump secured his place in the World Championship quarter-finals by beating Ricky Walden 13-9.Trump, the world No 4, now faces the fou…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan knocked out after bitter clash with Ali Carter

• O’Sullivan snaps at his opponent and calls him ‘Mr Angry’• Carter responds by completing 13-9 second-round victoryRonnie O’Sullivan clashed with Ali Carter at the Crucible row as the five-times winner crashed out of the World Championship.O’Sullivan,…

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Sports quiz of the week: Mo Salah, Mo Farah, maximums and musicians

Who was quick? Who hit a hat-trick? Who scored spot-kicks? Related: Football quiz: Liverpool in Europe Which of these statements about Arsène Wenger is false?He was the first non-British manager to win the league championship in England He was the fir…

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Barry Hearn ups stakes in bid to solve mystery of the missing maximums | Paul MacInnes

A lack of financial reward for a maximum 147 break has been touted as one of the reasons for the recent gold rush not spreading to the world championshipThe 2018 snooker world championship has gone off like a rocket, pun intended. Mark Selby, the champ…

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Defending world champion Mark Selby knocked out in first round by Joe Perry

• Perry dominates world No 1 to win 10-4• Selby had won three of last four world titlesMark Selby suffered a huge shock on the first day of the world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield, losing 10-4 to Joe Perry.The Cambridgehire-based Perry…