SNOOKER: White is off colour again

Jimmy White slumped to another defeat in Swindon yesterday which jeopardises his place among the game's elite top 16 for next season.

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Snooker: Hendry secures swift victory

Stephen Hendry, the world champion, defeated Terry Griffiths for the 15th time in succession to reach the semi-finals of the Thailand Classic in Bangkok yesterday.

Snooker: Griffiths hands out a lesson

Terry Griffiths taught his younger countryman, Darren Morgan, a comprehensive lesson in reaching the quarter-finals of the Thailand Classic in Bangkok yesterday.

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SNOOKER: Francisco banned for five years

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site unseen The Old Loos on Shepherd's Bush Common

in 1937, the social historian Thomas Burke devoted a book to London's loos. He concluded that their availability was based on class distinction: "Places are most frequent in those districts where there is a large consumption of tea and beer; least frequent in those districts where sherry and claret rule."

Poker-faced and playing snooker

Once again the Snooker World Championships delivered the spectacle of human muscle tutored into a mechanical perfection. I don't mean all that stuff with the balls, though admittedly that's compelling enough - a beautiful Newtonian dance of vectors and transferred momentum. But the really gripping bit is the cutaway to the non-player - obliged to sit there without a twitch as his opponent wipes the table clean. Where do you learn the sort of self-control that allows you to sit as expressionless as a line-judge, just after you've bunny-hopped the white ball over a sitting-duck colour?

Hendry has world in his pocket

DESPITE unexpected resistance from Nigel Bond, the reigning world snooker champion Stephen Hendry was well on his way to a fifth title by the close of play at the Crucible yesterday.

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