Sporting Digest: Snooker

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Stephen Hendry has called for the resignation of Rex Williams, the chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Hendry, who last year claimed the game was "poisoned from top to bottom", is taking legal action against Williams over alleged remarks published in a tabloid newspaper yesterday. "Williams is incapable of uniting the various snooker factions and should resign immediately and let snooker progress in the way I know it can," he said. Williams is up for re-election as chairman at the game's annual general meeting in Birmingham on 23 December.

Steve Davis, suffering from flu, slipped to a rare whitewash yesterday in the first round of the German Masters. The six-times world champion, who felt "dreadful" on arrival, was beaten 5-0 by Scotland's Alan McManus.