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Roy Hodgson is confident that the midfielder Zoltan Gera will become West Brom's third new signing of the summer – and the manager is also stepping up his search for a goalkeeper.

Snooker: O'Sullivan shows resilience against Hendry

Stephen Hendry was on target in Preston yesterday afternoon to become the Liverpool Victoria UK champion for a record-equalling sixth occasion. With 10 frames remaining after the first session of the final, Hendry held a 5-4 lead over Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Snooker: Hendry sees off Stevens to reach eighth UK final

Stephen Hendry last night smoothly secured a place in the final of the Liverpool Victoria UK championship for the eighth time in his remarkable career.

Snooker: Money rolls in for Stevens

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Snooker: Stevens in commanding form

Matthew Stevens produced a sparkling display yesterday to virtually book his passage into the semi-finals of the UK Championship in Preston.

Snooker: Hendry's miraculous comeback

Stephen Hendry produced one of the most amazing comebacks of his career to transform almost certain defeat into a 9-8 victory over Anthony Hamilton in the last 16 of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship at Preston on Saturday night.

Snooker: Stevens sprints through

Matthew Stevens sprinted into the quarter-finals of the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship at Preston last night as he trounced his fellow Welshman Mark Williams 9-1.

Biiliards: Attractions of the masse men cannot entice the masses

For the followers of snooker's elder brother, billiards, the thrills are of a distinctly cerebral variety, but three-ball mind games, as Greg Wood discovers, are failing miserably to win over those many converts to the pot black bonanza.

Billiards: Attractions of the masse men cannot entice the masses

For the followers of snooker's elder brother, billiards, the thrills are of a distinctly cerebral variety, but three-ball mind games, as Greg Wood discovers, are failing miserably to win over those many converts to the pot black bonanza.

Snooker: Ebdon falls to Prince

Peter Ebdon was knocked out of the Liverpool Victoria United Kingdom Championship in Preston yesterday and then said his farewells to two of his three racehorses.

Snooker: Ebdon breaks season's duck

Peter Ebdon breathed a sigh of relief in Preston last night after recording his lfirst victory of the season. He did it in style with a 134 clearance to round off his 9-6 win over the teenager David Gray in the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship.

Snooker: Higgins has costly off-day

Gary Ponting left John Higgins far behind yesterday after opening up a 7-1 lead in the first session of their second-round match at the Liverpool Victoria UK Championship in Preston.

Letter: Into battle over EMU

Sir: So, with a combination of nudges, winks and denials, plus encouraging "come on in, the water's lovely" noises from across the Channel, the process of creating an atmosphere in which British participation in European monetary union (EMU) becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy has started.

Letter: Mourning class

Joan Smith says that the media reaction to Diana's death was excessive ( 21 September). This is quite contrary to my experience here. There were red eyes to be seen in the streets before the funeral, and I know several people who signed the local book of condolences. On the bus, total strangers said to me: "What a shame about Diana". Nobody has yet expressed Joan Smith's viewpoint. Normally I don't like to mention the C-word. But could it be that the different experiences of Smith and myself are due to the different social classes we move in?
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