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Mark Williams defends controversial break-off after first-round win

Three-time world champion beat Sam Craigie 10-4 at CrucibleWilliams criticises decision to canvas opinion on techniqueMark Williams blasted a bid to ban his controversial break-off technique after cruising into the second round of the World Snooker Cha…

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Mark Allen pays tribute to departing Barry Hearn after sealing Crucible win

World Snooker Tour chairman handing role over to son EddieStuart Bingham edges out Ding Junhui in final-frame shootoutMark Allen beat Lyu Haotian 10-2 in the world championship first round, and then paid tribute to the outgoing World Snooker Tour chair…

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John Higgins blames Crucible pressure for struggling to defeat Tian Pengfei

Four-times champion fights back from 7-4 behind to win 10-7Anthony McGill and Kyren Wilson John Higgins blamed the suffocating Crucible pressure for his poor performance despite battling his way into the second round of the World Snooker Championship w…

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Neil Robertson plays down favourite status after beating Liang Wenbo

Australian into second round after 10-3 winJamie Jones and David Gilbert also throughNeil Robertson has vowed to take nothing for granted after underscoring his status as one of the favourites for this year’s World Snooker Championship by brushing asid…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan through but rattled by encounter with ‘boozed-up’ fan

‘It was so busy and this geezer was a nightmare’Champion fires three consecutive centuries against Mark JoyceRonnie O’Sullivan gave the returning Crucible fans a treat by firing three consecutive centuries to wrap up a first round win over Mark Joyce –…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan through but rattled by encounter with ‘boozed-up’ fan

‘It was so busy and this geezer was a nightmare’Champion fires three consecutive centuries against Mark JoyceRonnie O’Sullivan gave the returning Crucible fans a treat by firing three consecutive centuries to wrap up a first round win over Mark Joyce –…

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‘We’ve earned this’: Hearn savours return of ‘special’ Crucible crowd

Barry Hearn has guided snooker through a tough 12 months and is relishing idea of full house for world championship finalThere is not much that leaves Barry Hearn lost for words. But after what the 72-year-old admits has been the most turbulent 12 mont…

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Classic YouTube | Crucible classics, Matthew Hayden catches and a vaccinated vaulter

This week’s roundup also features plenty of football nostalgia, Shannon Courtenay and the art of trailer racing1) Nostalgia aplenty in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. West Ham play Newcastle nearly 35 years to the day since John Lyall’s Hammers…

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Classic YouTube | Crucible classics, Matthew Hayden catches and a vaccinated vaulter

This week’s roundup also features plenty of football nostalgia, Shannon Courtenay and the art of trailer racing1) Nostalgia aplenty in this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. West Ham play Newcastle nearly 35 years to the day since John Lyall’s Hammers…

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Louis Heathcote produces ‘most extraordinary’ snooker shot – video

Louis Heathcote produced what has been called ‘one of the most extraordinary shots in snooker history’ during his World Championship qualifier. The 23-year-old found himself snookered by Ryan Day, pinned tightly against the edge of the table and behind…

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Sports fixtures to be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral

EFL and Premiership Rugby fixtures to be rescheduledFA, Premier League and ECB also in dialogue with DCMSSporting bodies are in discussions regarding plans for next Saturday’s fixtures after confirmation that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at …

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Stephen Hendry’s hopes of Crucible return ended by China’s Xu Si

Seven-time world champion loses 6-1 to world No 82Hendry: ‘I didn’t contribute anything to the match’Stephen Hendry’s improbable quest to return to the Crucible was brought to a juddering halt against the Chinese player Xu Si in their World Championshi…

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Stephen Hendry defeats Jimmy White in World Championship qualifying

Hendry wins 6-3 as his comeback gathers paceMatch short on quality leaves White fighting to save tour placeThe more things change, the more they stay the same: especially for Jimmy White. The 61st professional meeting between White and his great rival,…

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FA ‘delighted’ Wembley will host pilot events for ‘Covid status certification’

Thousands to be admitted to finals of FA Cup and Carabao CupFactors for entry are vaccination, a negative test and immunityThe Carabao Cup final, the second FA Cup semi-final and the FA Cup final will serve as Wembley pilot events for the government’s …

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No social distancing at FA Cup final as government test reopening plan

Crowd of above 10,000 will watch football showpiece in MayWorld Snooker Championship will also see increased numbersThe FA Cup final will host a sizeable, non-socially distanced crowd this May, as part of a series of test events designed to trial the f…

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Outsider Jordan Brown stuns Ronnie O’Sullivan in Welsh Open final

World No 81 beats six-times world champion in final frameBrown started the tournament at Celtic Manor at 750-1Jordan Brown sealed one of snooker’s greatest upsets as he beat six-times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in a final-frame decider to clinch …

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Former UK snooker champion Doug Mountjoy dies aged 78

Players past and present pay tribute to WelshmanMountjoy reached world championship final in 1981Two-time former UK champion Doug Mountjoy has died at the age of 78, World Snooker has announced. The Welshman was a regular on the circuit for well over a…

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Yan Bingtao wins Masters snooker title on debut as comeback stuns Higgins

Chinese 20-year-old was 7-5 down but wins 10-8Higgins lauds ‘fantastic’ performance from opponent Yan Bingtao was crowned the youngest Masters champion since Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1995 after sinking John Higgins 10-8 in Milton Keynes. The 20-year-old Ch…

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Lewis Hamilton favourite as BBC aims to hit right tone with musical Spoty | Paul MacInnes

Sports Personality of the Year awards will be a socially distant affair but Rick Astley and Celeste will aim to raise spiritsSadly for the residents of Salford, there will be no opportunity to watch the nation’s finest athletes totter in heels and tail…

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Sports quiz of the week: boxers, dancers, dashers and bad throwers

Who stayed up? Who went down? Who changed course?There have been 16 foul throws in the Premier League this season. Which player has been responsible for five of them?Paul Pogba Héctor BellerínTrent Alexander-Arnold Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Neil Robert…