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Category: World Snooker Championship

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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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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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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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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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‘I was the king of sabotage’: Ronnie O’Sullivan on controversy, comebacks and becoming a carer

The greatest, most charismatic snooker player of all time prefers long-distance running. He discusses drugs, breakdowns, victory – and his unexpected new career path Ronnie O’Sullivan is driving over from Essex and says he’s bringing a friend. “Gloria’…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan outclasses Kyren Wilson to win sixth world snooker title

One evening-session frame required to wrap up 18-8 winO’Sullivan had dominated the afternoon session 7-1Perhaps when you weigh everything up, it is only right that this unique World Snooker Championship belongs to Ronnie O’Sullivan. There are many word…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan v Kyren Wilson: World Snooker Championship final – live!

Frame-by-frame coverage of the action at the CrucibleO’Sullivan leads Crucible final despite fightback from Wilson Any comments? You can email Daniel | tweet @DanielHarris 12.01pm BST How are we all? I ask, not out of general politeness else all such b…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan leads Crucible final despite fightback from Kyren Wilson

Five-time world champion has 10-7 advantage overnightWilson had trailed 8-2 at one stage in his first Crucible finalRonnie O’Sullivan holds an overnight lead in the 2020 World Snooker Championship final, but both he and Kyren Wilson know that snooker’s…

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Ronnie O’Sullivan sparks snooker debate after an event like no other

Ken Doherty hits back at five-time champion’s attack on lower-ranked players and says the standard has never been higherFrom the automated crowd noise to the swathes of empty seats, nothing about this year’s World Snooker Championship has been normal. …

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Wilson into Crucible final after fluke settles incredible decider with McGill

Kyren Wilson wins 17-16 after wild final frame ends 103-83Anthony McGill says place in final ‘stolen by snooker gods’Kyren Wilson won one of the wildest frames in snooker history to beat Anthony McGill 17-16 and advance to his first world championship …

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Mark Selby edges ahead of O’Sullivan in world championship semi-final

Rocket trails 9-7 after starting the day 5-3 upKyren Wilson and Anthony McGill all-square at 8-8Mark Selby turned the tables on a frustrated Ronnie O’Sullivan as he fought back to take a 9-7 lead in their world championship semi-final.Selby, who had ma…

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Anthony McGill makes strong start in semi-final against Kyren Wilson

Scot leads the No 8 seed 6-2 after first sessionMcGill is trying to reach his first World Snooker finalFive years after shedding his losing mentality, Anthony McGill moved closer to a first World Championship final by opening up a 6-2 lead in the first…

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Defending world snooker champion Judd Trump beaten by Kyren Wilson

World No 1 beaten 13-9 by Wilson in quarter-finalsMark Selby wins 12-7 against Neil RobertsonThe defending champion Judd Trump crashed out of the world championship after a 13-9 defeat against the eighth seed Kyren Wilson. Trump became the 18th player …