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Category: Snooker

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Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Mark Allen to secure seventh UK snooker crown

• Win comes 25 years after he first won the UK Championship• O’Sullivan equals Stephen Hendry’s haul of triple crown titlesRonnie O’Sullivan claimed a record-breaking seventh UK Championship title with a 10-6 victory over Mark Allen at the York Barbica…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan v Mark Allen: UK Championship snooker final – live!

Live updates from the final session at York BarbicanWhen Alex Higgins gave snooker its greatest comeback storySend your emails to Nick here, or tweet @NickMiller79 7.46pm GMT Allen looks in a bit of a jam as he misses a snooker from right on the baulk …

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O’Sullivan into UK Championship final as war of words with Hearn goes on

Six-time champion defiant over his breakaway plansO’Sullivan beats Tom Ford 6-1 in semi-finalRonnie O’Sullivan cruised into his eighth UK Championship final with a 6-1 victory over Tom Ford, after stoking his war of words with the World Snooker chairma…

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Ada Hegerberg, a dog’s goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concent…

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Ada Hegerberg, a dog’s goal-line clearance and vomit in Madras | Classic YouTube

This week’s roundup also features a British boxing love-in, a jazzy hockey song for the World Cup and Kevin Keegan singing1) Let’s have a look at the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg being really good at football, rather than concent…

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When Alex Higgins gave snooker its greatest comeback story 35 years ago

Higgins fought back from an overdose, a stint in rehab and an awful start against Steve Davis to win the UK ChampionshipBy Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports BlogAlex Higgins’ life was in a state of turbulence in late 1983. First-round defeats in the Int…

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No one will trust Ronnie O’Sullivan and his cranky schemes, says Barry Hearn

• World Snooker chairman dismisses talk of breakaway tour• O’Sullivan into third round of UK Championship after 6-0 winBarry Hearn has hit back at Ronnie O’Sullivan’s claim that he is ready to form a breakaway competition and called it a “cranky scheme…

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Chinese snooker players Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng banned for match-fixing

World No 52 Yu banned for 10 years and nine months Cao banned for six years with three and a half suspendedTwo Chinese snooker players, Yu Delu and Cao Yupeng, have been banned from the sport after being found guilty of match-fixing. Yu, the world No 5…

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Sports quiz of the week: Thierry Henry, unicorns and the smell of urine

Who broke a record? Who won twice? Who missed a penalty?Hiromu Inada completed the Ironman World Championship on Saturday, swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles and running 26.2 miles in just under 17 hours. What made his achievement extra special?He i…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan takes it to the max with ‘hellhole’ 147 break

• Fifteenth career maximum secured at English Open• O’Sullivan had said Crawley venue smelled of urineTwo days after Ronnie O’Sullivan described the venue as a “hellhole”, the five-times world champion treated the crowd at the K2 Leisure Centre in Craw…

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Bemusement in Crawley over Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘hellhole’ comments | Sean Ingle

Fellow players and staff do not share O’Sullivan’s dim view of the leisure centre that is hosting the English Open, while Barry Hearn has a theory on why the snooker star hit outIt is not – you suspect – a question that the four-times world champion Jo…

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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 …