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Stephen Lee will start his appeal against his 12-year ban from snooker on Thursday.

Snooker: Higgins seals fairytale triumph on his return

John Higgins staged a remarkable comeback to overcome Mark Williams 10-9 last night and win his third UK Championship in Telford. The Scot was on the brink of defeat after trailing 7-2 and then 9-5 in the best-of-19 final. But Higgins held his nerve in adding to his 1998 and 2000 victories in dramatic fashion.

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With John Higgins enjoying a day's respite prior to attempting today to convert his 36th appearance in a ranking final into his 22nd title, the second semi-final of the UK Championship here saw Mark Williams, seeking his third UK title eight years after his second, take a 5-3 interval lead over Shaun Murphy.

Snooker: Bold Higgins eases past Allen to book place in UK final

John Higgins defeated Mark Allen 9-5 in Telford last night to book his place in the 12Bet.com UK Championship final and close in on a dream return to major championship competition.

Snooker: Higgins recovers from bad start to beat Maguire

John Higgins continued his comeback from his six-month ban by reaching the semi-finals of the UK Championship after a high-quality last-eight win over Stephen Maguire last night.

Snooker: O'Sullivan beaten by qualifier in surprise first-round defeat

Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a shock 9-6 defeat to qualifier Stuart Bingham last night in the first round of the UK Championship.

Snooker: Higgins prevails in first match back on British soil after ban

John Higgins made a winning return to competitive action in Britain yesterday with a 9-6 victory over Stephen Lee at the UK Championship in Telford.

Snooker: Long winding road to the top

Tournament organisers heave a sigh of relief when Neil Robertson, the world champion and world No 1, actually arrives at the venue as he did yesterday to take a 7-1 overnight lead over Rory McLeod in their best of 17 frames first round match in the 12BET UK Championship at Telford.

Snooker: Higgins crowns triumphant return with victory in Germany

John Higgins celebrated a successful return to professional snooker last night after easing to victory in the final of his comeback tournament in Germany.

Snooker: Higgins shines on return in Germany

John Higgins quickly found his form after returning to the game at the European Players Tour Championship in Hamm, Germany last night, beating Martin Gould 4-3 to reach the last 16.

Snooker: Higgins back at 'the dentist' with low-key return

John Higgins is set to return from his six-month ban today when he competes in the Euro Players Tour Championship in Hamm, Germany. The three-time world champion faces Joe Jogia in the first round as he makes a tentative comeback.

Snooker: Organisers welcome Higgins return

The organiser of this week's Euro Players Tour Championship event in Germany is excited by John Higgins' return to the game tomorrow.

Snooker: Higgins poised for 'anxious' return to tournament circuit

World number four John Higgins is set to return from his six-month ban today to compete in the Euro Players Tour Championship in Hamm, Germany.

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To the Groucho Club, naturally, to see "contemporary circus visionary" Nell Gifford win the inaugural Groucho Maverick Award for her visionary contemporary circus. The prize was presented by Janet Street-Porter, who took the opportunity to debunk a pair of legends surrounding the club's snooker table, which she supposedly donated some years ago.

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