Back after a year off, the world champion is ready to go into the unknown in Sheffield
On a late summer's day in San Francisco in 1962, a modest crowd gathered to watch the visiting St Louis Cardinals baseball team do battle with the hometown San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals were not strong that year, while the Giants were challenging for the National League divisional baseball championship. Still, the Cardinals were always interesting to watch because of the presence on the team of their aging superstar, Stan Musial, known down the years to anybody exposed to the sport as "Stan the Man".
Selby wins the Masters
Mark Selby clinched his first UK Championship title last night after a dominant display in the evening session took him to a 10-6 victory over Shaun Murphy in the final.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, the triple world champion, powered to within a whisker of securing his quarter-final place here at the Betfred.com World Championship yesterday.
Mark Allen has vowed to smarten up his act after appalling snooker chiefs with his criticism of Chinese players.
He has enjoyed himself after reaching last year's world snooker final. But his fun will be limited to the table next week
The BBC television commentator Ted Lowe played a significant supporting role in one of the greatest yet most improbable sporting dramas, when on 28 April 1985, the snooker world championship culminated in the most nail-biting climax there had ever been or, to date, would ever be.
Shaun Murphy, the 2005 world champion, is confident he can overcome Ronnie O'Sullivan in their eagerly-anticipated last-16 showdown here at the World Championship.
He lost his mentor to cancer, his wife miscarried and he was diagnosed with depression. Now the Scottish cueman has rediscovered his zest for life
'The next O'Sullivan' is in fine form and could cause Neil Robertson some lost sleep ahead of their Crucible match, he tells Neil Goulding
Ding Junhui was in imperious form as he dispatched Graeme Dott 6-2 yesterday in the first quarter-final of the Masters at Wembley Arena.
Neil Robertson was crowned world champion in the early hours of this morning with a hard-fought victory over Graeme Dott here in Sheffield.
Neil Robertson duly converted his commanding 15-9 overnight lead against Allister Carter into a 17-12 victory, a place in the final of the Betfred.com World Championship and a chance to secure a title which eluded his fellow Australian, Eddie Charlton, by a single frame against Ray Reardon 35 years ago.
Steve Davis yesterday welcomed the announcement of a new five-year deal that will see the World Championship played at The Crucible until 2015.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's World Championship hopes are over for another year after he crashed out at The Crucible last night in a surprise 13-11 defeat to Mark Selby.