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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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Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry to come out of retirement

Scottish 51-year-old receives invitational tour card Hendry to return for at least next two seasonsSeven-time world champion Stephen Hendry has come out of retirement and will return to the World Snooker Tour for the next two seasons.The Scot retired 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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Ronnie O’Sullivan demolishes Shaun Murphy to seal UK Championship title

• O’Sullivan wows York Barbican with a majestic 10-5 victory in final• Win sees 42-year-old equal records held by Steve Davis and Stephen HendryRonnie O’Sullivan equalled two of snooker’s great records as he landed his sixth UK Championship title in st…

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Marco Fu tips match back in his favour against Mark Selby at Crucible

• Two centuries against world No1 offset incident with cue in semi-final
• Ding Junhui misses maximum but leads Alan McManus 14-10

Marco Fu lost his cue tip but not his nerve as he levelled his World Championship semi-final against Mark Selby at 8-8.

Fu had started the afternoon trailing 5-3 but outplayed the world No1 and was looking to take the lead in the 15th frame when the unthinkable happened.

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How Steve Davis won his sixth and final World Snooker Championship in 1989

The reigning champion had not enjoyed a great season in 1988-89 but he showed his true class at the Crucible, where he beat Stephen Hendry and John Parrott on his way to winning snooker’s greatest prize for the sixth time

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

As the last World Snooker Championships of the 1980s neared, a debate was raging as to whether the sport had lost its appeal with the viewing public. There were arguments to be heard from both sides. On the one hand, the BBC had just paid £11m to secure television coverage until May 1996, but on the other the number of hours devoted to the sport on our screens was steadily declining. In the 1985-86 season, 400 hours of snooker had been shown, dropping to 350 in 1987 and 300 in 1988, giving the impression that over saturation in the peak days of the mid-1980s had led to apathy among TV executives.

Related: Seven of sport’s biggest thrashings: from Stirling Albion to Steve Davis

Related: How Nick Faldo made the most of Scott Hoch’s miss to win the Masters in 1989

Related: The best and worst things about watching sport on TV in the 1980s

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Stephen Hendry turns down wild card to qualify for world championship

• Seven-times champion does not rule out playing at Crucible in future
• Steve Davis and James Wattana also offered wild cards

Stephen Hendry, the seven times world champion, will not be returning to the professional tour to try to qualify for this year’s tournament, but has not ruled out doing so in the future.

The Scot, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, retired in 2012 but has spoken several times since of being tempted to play again. He is one of three men to be offered a free wild card to qualify for this year’s Crucible showpiece. Steve Davis and James Wattana are the others.

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Stephen Hendry considering ending retirement and returning to snooker

• ‘I will only play if I think I can play well and do myself justice’
O’Sullivan records 776th century to break Hendry’s record Continue reading…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan records 776th century to break Stephen Hendry’s record

• O’Sullivan broke record in Masters quarter-final against Marco Fu
• ‘It hasn’t been in doubt from very early on,’ said Hendry Continue reading…

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Stephen Hendry turns down wild card to qualify for world championship

• Seven-times champion does not rule out playing at Crucible in future
• Steve Davies and James Wattana also offered wild cards

Stephen Hendry, the seven times world champion, will not be returning to the professional tour in order to try and qualify for this year’s tournament, but has not ruled out doing so in the future.

The Scot, considered by many as the greatest player of all time, retired in 2012 but has spoken several times since of being tempted to play again. He is one of three men to be offered a free wild card to qualify for this year’s Crucible showpiece. The active players Steve Davis and James Wattana are the others.

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Stephen Hendry turns down wild card to qualify for world championship

• Seven-times champion does not rule out playing at Crucible in future
• Steve Davis and James Wattana also offered wild cards

Stephen Hendry, the seven times world champion, will not be returning to the professional tour to try to qualify for this year’s tournament, but has not ruled out doing so in the future.

The Scot, considered by many to be the greatest player of all time, retired in 2012 but has spoken several times since of being tempted to play again. He is one of three men to be offered a free wild card to qualify for this year’s Crucible showpiece. Steve Davis and James Wattana are the others.

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How Steve Davis won his sixth and final World Snooker Championship in 1989

The reigning champion had not enjoyed a great season in 1988-98 but he showed his true class at the Crucible, where he beat Stephen Hendry and John Parrott on his way to winning snooker’s greatest prize for the sixth time

By Steven Pye for That 1980s Sports Blog, part of the Guardian Sport Network

As the last World Snooker Championships of the 1980s neared, a debate was raging as to whether the sport had lost its appeal with the viewing public. There were arguments to be heard from both sides. On the one hand, the BBC had just paid £11m to secure television coverage until May 1996, but on the other the number of hours devoted to the sport on our screens was steadily declining. In the 1985-86 season, 400 hours of snooker had been shown, dropping to 350 in 1987 and 300 in 1988, giving the impression that over saturation in the peak days of the mid-1980s had led to apathy among TV executives.

Related: Seven of sport’s biggest thrashings: from Stirling Albion to Steve Davis

Related: How Nick Faldo made the most of Scott Hoch’s miss to win the Masters in 1989

Related: The best and worst things about watching sport on TV in the 1980s

Continue reading…

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Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis invited back to play on snooker tour

Pair are to play at a number of tournaments next season Barry Hearn has not issued full, two-year tour cards Continue reading…