Outside Edge: Is that a rocket in your pocket?

 

Oh no, not another tittle-tattle talk about a prurient sportsman.

Quite the opposite, actually. Ronnie O'Sullivan reacted to his defeat by the 22-year-old tyro Judd Trump at the UK Snooker Championships by declaring he's looking for love after being single for two years. The three-time world champion even hinted that he may give up the game tohave a chance to share his life with a lady friend.

Ah, but the "Rocket" is always hinting he may give up on snooker.

True, he has fought long and traumatic battles with depression and the snooker authorities and tends to pick and choose his events nowadays. But this might go beyond his claims of boredom. The 36-year-old bemoaned: "Snooker dominates my life and there's more to life. I'd like to meet someone and settle down." He said he finds it hard to do so when he's playing tournaments because "I go into my own little world and carry my emotions. It's not fair to put someone you want to be with through that".

Snooker's not the most romantic sport – apart from the low-level lighting.

And nor is boxing, but Amir Khan has been gushing about his new-found love as he prepared for last night's title defence against Lamont Peterson. The WBA and IBF light-welterweight, champion who is now based in Los Angeles and turned 24 last week, has bought a ring for New York student Faryal Makhdoom, although he did tell the world before he told her. Presumably the other ring is keeping him too busy.

Classy. Why do girls go for these guys? Look at all those love-rat footballers...

You should try putting a few grand in your wallet next time you're out on the town. Then there's the glamour factor. Even the former chairman of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Alan Savage, has got himself into trouble. A woman he is said to have courted for two years after his wife died is suing the 61-year-old for half a million quid because he allegedly promised to marry her but then didn't.

Blimey, that seems rather unusual. He must be absolutely loaded.

He is a millionaire, but she is running short. Julie Ann Zelent, 51, says she spent £6,992 on clothes because Savage told her to only wear a dress once at functions. She frittered £2,012 on health clubs and £4,200 on beauty treatments, and wants compensation for "stressful" holidays to places such as Australia. She also wants £400 for a TV licence and council tax payments.

Living the high life in the Highlands eh? At least it wasn't a player for a change.

Don't you worry, a Premier League star has also got himself into trouble. Ivan Klasnic of Bolton Wanderers is being divorced by his wife Patricia after she found women's clothes hanging in her wardrobe that didn't belong to her. She suspects infidelity. Unlike Ms Zelent, she has got herself a few new dresses that she will never even wear once.

Moira enters hall of flame

Talk about old flames... Moira Starkey of Storridge, Herefordshire, has become one of the first people to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch for London 2012. The 83-year-old completed her first marathon last year even though she requires the assistance of two sticks: she covered the distance by walking 1,800 times around her village hall, raising £10,000 for the charity Breast Cancer Haven. "I don't know how I'm going to carry it on two sticks but I'll do the best I can," she said. She plans to stick to her training regime. "I'll go on walking around the hall to get fighting fit." The Village Hall of Fame beckons.

Sofa, so fast

Last week Doncaster Council seized an 8mph mobility scooter which was being driven around a park at 60mph with a souped-up 140cc petrol engine. Here are some other unlikely racing cars:

Rev Darrell Best of Illinois turned a 1940s fire engine into the world's fastest wedding chapel, which can reach speeds of 62mph.

Glenn Suter's sofa, complete with coffee table, fruit bowl and a 1.4-litre Suzuki superbike engine, reached 101mphin Sydney in September.

Martin Bacon reached 75mph in a 1974 Rover SD1 3500 powered by coffee grounds at Elvington in September.

Don Wales reached 87mph, a record for a sit-on lawn mower, last year on Pendine Sands, where his grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record in 1924.

Symonds to showcase Australian culture

The renegade Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds is set to appear in India's version of the Big Brother reality TV show, known as Bigg Boss. The 36-year-old English-born all-rounder, who has been sidelined by Australia due to persistent disciplinary problems, has found a new fanbase from his participation in the T20 Indian Premier League. He intends "to showcase the Australian culture, which involves fun-filled activities like barbecues, throwing people into the pool and being completely at peace." It sounds like he might not have much to offer then, but he wants to stick around in order to make friends with another contestant, the Canadian porn star Sunny Leone. "I've seen her in the industry," he said cryptically. "I hope she is a fun girl."

Run up the bills

The London 2012 sprint prospect James Ellington has resorted to auctioning himself on eBay in order to secure the financial backing to compete at the Games after his funding was cut when he sustained a series of injuries over a four-year period. The 26-year-old Londoner , clocked the second fastest 200m time by a British runner this year but has had no response to his requests for sponsorship, so he has now put himself up for sale for £30,000 to cover costs, and he will wear the sponsor's branding at every opportunity. At last count he had reached £31,500 with a week to go. This one looks set to run and run.

On a slippery slope

A skating rink in Evesham, Worcestershire has had to close for health and safety reasons after it was built on a slope and was "quite steep in places," according to father-of-two Daniel Lewis. Erected in the town square using 50-foot square panels, it now resembles a "cobbled street". The mayor Jim Bulman has called it "a diabolical mess". Perhaps he's fallen down on the job.

News
Young Winstone: His ‘tough-guy’ image is a misconception
people
Sport
Adnan Januzaj and Gareth Bale
footballManchester United set to loan out Januzaj to make room for Bale - if a move for the Welshman firms up
Arts and Entertainment
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children
bookNew children's book primes the next generation for politics
News
Outspoken: Alexander Fury, John Rentoul, Ellen E Jones and Katy Guest
newsFrom the Scottish referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Sport
Yaya Sanogo, Mats Hummels, Troy Deeney and Adnan Januzaj
footballMost Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
Arts and Entertainment
L to R: Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Captain America (Chris Evans) & Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Avengers Assemble
film
News
Nigel Farage celebrates with a pint after early local election results in the Hoy and Helmet pub in South Benfleet in Essex
peopleHe has shaped British politics 'for good or ill'
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell Williams' “Happy” was the most searched-for song lyric of 2014
musicThe power of song never greater, according to our internet searches
Sport
Tim Sherwood raises his hand after the 1-0 victory over Stoke
footballFormer Tottenham boss leads list of candidates to replace Neil Warnock
Voices
Strictly Come Dancing was watched by 6.9m viewers
voicesIt has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Arts and Entertainment
Roffey says: 'All of us carry shame and taboo around about our sexuality. But I was determined not to let shame stop me writing my memoir.'
books
News
Danielle George is both science professor and presenter
people
News
i100
News
Caplan says of Jacobs: 'She is a very collaborative director, and gives actors a lot of freedom. She makes things happen.'
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant- NY- Investment Bank

Not specified: Selby Jennings: VP/SVP Credit Quant Top tier investment bank i...

Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executive- City of London, Old Street

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Marketing Executiv...

Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager

£40000 - £43000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: An international organisa...

Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwickshire

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Internal Recruiter -Rugby, Warwicksh...

Day In a Page

War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015