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Sport on TV: French provide kiss of death but everyone's lips are sealed

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Snooker: O'Sullivan loses world crown

Allen dethrones champion to reach the last eight in style reminiscent of Jimmy White

Snooker: O'Sullivan aiming to be The Crucible's George Best

Ronnie O'Sullivan wants to be remembered as a showman more than as a prolific winner of trophies. The 33-year-old began his World Championship campaign with a 10-5 victory over Stuart Bingham at the weekend.

Snooker body investigating suspicious betting

Snooker's governing body is investigating a match at the U.K. Championship after British bookmakers reported suspicious betting patterns.

Ed Byrne: Me Again, Soho Theatre, London

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Snooker: O'Sullivan makes it black day for White

Ronnie O'Sullivan unceremoniously exploded sentimental hopes that Jimmy White might regain the Masters title 21 years after his sole success here with an emphatic 6-1 victory over the 42-year-old Londoner which pits him against John Higgins, a 6-3 winner over Peter Ebdon, in today's best of 19 frames final.

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