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The world champion scored 556 points without reply at Alexandra Palace

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Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan dumped out of UK Championship after shock defeat to Stuart Bingham

The 'Rocket' pocketed two centuries but was still lost 6-4

Ronnie O’Sullivan and his son, Ronnie, hold the winner’s trophy aloft last night

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan defends world title against Barry Hawkins as if he'd never been away

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the toast of Sheffield on Monday night as he beat Barry Hawkins 18-12 to become the first player for 17 years to make a successful defence of the World Championship.

The defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in action yesterday

Snooker: Barry Hearn reduces toilet breaks to slam lid on gamesmanship

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn is cracking down on toilet breaks to avoid gamesmanship, having grown tired of the top stars wandering off mid-frame to spend a penny.

Ronnie O'Sullivan in action at the World Championships

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump level after first session in their World Championship semi-final

O'Sullivan took a 4-1 lead before being pegged back

O'Sullivan: 'I don’t think snooker is for me'

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan - I'm only back for money, I may not stay

Ronnie O'Sullivan has vowed “this is my last farewell” as he announced he would quit snooker for good before next year's World Championship.

Ronnie O'Sullivan at the table in his second round match against Ali Carter during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield

Snooker: 'Worn out' Ronnie O’Sullivan through to quarter-finals of Betfair World Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan powered through to the quarter-finals of the Betfair World Championship on Monday, but admitted he already feels worn out.

Ronnie O’Sullivan in first round action at the Crucible

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan's defence fuelled by big-name departures

Steve Davis says it will take someone special to stop O’Sullivan retaining his world title

Reanne Evans and Chloe Hamilton, right, get a grip at World Snooker’s Ladies Day

Ladies' snooker: the new maidens of the green baize

It's big in the Far East, but it still has a long way to go here. Chloe Hamilton went to Sheffield to meet some potting pioneers...

Graeme Dott

Snooker: Shock at the Crucible - literally for Graeme Dott

Static shocks affect last-16 encounter at the World Snooker Championships

Snooker: 'Dechawat Poomjaeng can win title,' says Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui has claimed his "crazy" friend Dechawat Poomjaeng can prove he is far from a one-match wonder by landing the World Championship title.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is back on the green baize

Snooker: Ali Carter ready for Ronnie O'Sullivan rematch

Ali Carter believes his big opportunity to topple Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Crucible may have arrived.

Ronnie O’Sullivan is back on the green baize

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan under 'no pressure' on return to defend his crown

Back after a year off, the world champion is ready to go into the unknown in Sheffield

Snooker: Alan McManus back at the Crucible

Scotland's Alan McManus ended a seven-year wait for a Crucible return yesterday when the two-time World Championship semi-finalist earned his place in the main draw.

Snooker: Stephen Maguire and Graeme Dott fight back in China Open

Graeme Dott and Stephen Maguire both recovered from two frames down to reach the last 16 of the Bank of Beijing China Open.

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