Sport Ronnie O'Sullivan in action

The world champion scored 556 points without reply at Alexandra Palace

Hendry thrives on 'freedom'

Snooker's world champion is as hungry as ever after removing title millstone

Snooker: Hendry puts Williams in semi-finals

STEPHEN HENDRY reached the last four of the Liverpool Victoria Champions Cup in Croydon last night after his 4-1 victory over Steve Davis denied the six-times world champion a place in the semi-finals. The score meant Mark Williams also reached the last four.

Snooker: Davis has his eye on pot not politics

STEVE DAVIS took a break from snooker politics to keep his 100 per cent record intact in the Liverpool Victoria Champions Cup here yesterday.

Real lives: Cue new babes on the baize

Snooker was a lads' preserve until JANE HOLLAND elbowed her way to the top. It was a struggle but well worth the sweat, she says

Snooker: Hendry inspired by the cue guru

Snooker's world champion owes his latest Crucible title to guidance that restored self-belief.

Snooker: O'Sullivan's mood back in the pink

WITH RONNIE O'SULLIVAN you wonder what is more damaging: the troughs of depression he visits too often or the mood swings that speak of greater confusion. "A troubled talent" seemed too glib a description yesterday.

Snooker: Hendry closing on magnificent seven

THERE HAVE been days when Stephen Hendry does not think about winning the Embassy World Championship but he cannot remember them. With every ball he pots, with every chalk of his cue, he visualises lifting the trophy. If that sounds obsessive it probably is, but the 30-year-old Scot is so close to snooker immortality he would be odd if it did not preoccupy him. And after beating James Wattana 13-7 he is nearer to it still.

Snooker: Higgins closes in on victory

MARK KING gave John Higgins an early scare at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield last night but could not prevent the defending champion moving inexorably towards the quarter-finals of the Embassy World Championship.

Snooker: Hann's theatrics earn a rebuke

CONTROVERSIAL AUSTRALIAN Quinten Hann was again criticised by another fellow professional after his Scottish Open hopes were dashed by Graeme Dott in Aberdeen yesterday.

SNOOKER: Ebdon slow show ends in defeat

THE CHORUS of disapproval from a Wembley crowd is normally reserved for a poor performance by England's footballers. But last night the jeers were for the decision to call a premature halt to a snooker match next door at the Wembley Conference Centre.

Snooker: Davis takes hard task on board

Clive Everton studies snooker's options after a turbulent week

SNOOKER: Fu earns his reward

HONG KONG'S Marco Fu has been rewarded for his meteoric rise to prominence with the award of a wild card into next year's Liverpool Victoria Charity Challenge. However, news of Fu's elevation alongside 11 of the game's leading players took his new manager Ian Doyle by surprise.

SNOOKER: Hunter's prize scalp

STEVE DAVIS, who turned professional the year UK Championship semi-finalist Paul Hunter was born, paid a glowing tribute to the 20-year- old Leeds player after losing to him 9-4 in Bournemouth last night.

Snooker: Davis fights `boardroom amateurs'

Former world champion seeks solution to a power struggle. By Guy Hodgson

SNOOKER: Hendry humbled by world No 73

MARCUS CAMPBELL admitted to being "dumbfounded" last night after inflicting the worst-ever defeat on the six-times world champion, Stephen Hendry.
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