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Four-time winner John Higgins crashed out of the Betfair World Championship today as Mark Davis sent the Scot packing.

Ben Okri appears at the Oxford Literary Festival on 17 March. (oxfordliteraryfestival.org)

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'The Rocket' will defend his world title despite not playing at top level since quitting last May

Ronnie O'Sullivan has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia since landing his fourth Crucible title

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The monumental title of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln may suggest that it's a definitive biopic, but if you're after a comprehensive account of Honest Abe's ascent from prairie lawyer to American president, you'd be better off watching last year's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and fast-forwarding through all the bits with blood-sucking demons in them.

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