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MARK WILLIAMS profited from two key lapses by Stephen Hendry in defeating the seven times world champion 9-6 to set up an all-Welsh final in the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship here today, the circuit's first since Doug Mountjoy beat Wayne Jones to win the Mercantile Classic in January, 1989.

Snooker: Higgins made to fight by Small

JOHN HIGGINS, who beat Mark Williams 9-8 to win last month's Grand Prix at Preston found a fellow Scot, Chris Small, blocking easy access to a place in the last 16 of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship at the Bournemouth International Centre.

Snooker: Carter lines up a payday

ALLISTER CARTER - Ali, as he likes to be known - is not yet the greatest, but in the last month he has certainly been having a great run.

Racing: Ace is grounded by fractured knee

COMPTON ACE, who had emerged as a St Leger contender when winning the Gordon Stakes at Goodwood on Tuesday, sustained a fractured knee in capturing the Group Three prize and will not run again this season. The son of Pharly was promoted to 14-1 for the Leger after his length-and- a-half success over Time Zone.

A play for three characters, a cast of thousands

Soon after Yasmina Reza's play Art opened in Paris in 1994, the French playwright received a telephone call from a woman she had never met. "I am in Paris," said the voice. "I am the wife of Sean Connery and I want to meet you immediately." Micheline Connery had seen the play, loved it, and told Reza when they met at the Paris Ritz that she wanted to buy the film rights. To Mrs Connery's surprise, Reza was not interested. Her dream was to put the play on in London.

You ask the questions: (Such as: Cynthia Lennon, if you could ask Yoko Ono one question about John Lennon, what would it be?

Cynthia Lennon, 59, from Hoylake in the Wirral, is an artist and the first wife of John Lennon. She met John in 1957, when they were students at the Liverpool College of Art. They married in 1962 and had one son, Julian, now a singer. They divorced in 1968, when John left her for Yoko Ono. In 1995, Cynthia enjoyed a fleeting taste of pop stardom, releasing a cover version of "Those Were the Days". She has been a regular on the Beatles convention circuit, but recently announced her intention to retire. Cynthia currently has an exhibition of drawings and paintings at Portobello Road's KDK Gallery. She lives in Normandy.

Comedy: Gig Of The Week - Simon Day

He may have had a funny part in Shakespeare in Love, but Simon Day is still best known for his wonderful gallery of characters in BBC2's highly influential sketch-show, The Fast Show. Figures such as Competitive Dad and Dave Angel, Eco-Warrior have quickly attained the accolade of having their catchphrases parrotted in pubs and playgrounds up and down the land. Day pinpoints the reasons for the popularity of The Fast Show: "People were just waiting for something new to happen. The Fast Show was such a good idea. People have always loved sketch-shows, but often the sketches go on too long. The idea of getting in, doing the catchphrase and then getting out again is brilliant. If you don't like a sketch, there'll be another one along in a minute." Day is currently warming up for his national tour.

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