Sport Stephen Lee will begin his appeal against a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Thursday

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

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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.

Kevin Garside: Apologies to my wife, but the two sides of Ronnie are a must-see

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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: Prize-money at record high

Next year's world champion will be paid a highest-ever prize of £300,000, the game's governing body has confirmed.

Sportonomic$, by Gavin Newsham

"Statistics are like bikinis – they show a lot, but not everything." Gavin Newsham sets out his stall on the opening page with this teaser from the baseball manager Lou Piniella, and his sideways look at sport by numbers is certainly revealing, if not displaying quite the originality of Freakonomics, the book that inspired the title.

Paula Radcliffe is helped up after pulling out of the women’s marathon at the Athens Olympics

Kevin Garside: Nothing can erase what Radcliffe has achieved but her race is run

One more 10k is all she asks, one more crack. She is 39. It’s over

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.

Mick Philpott and his wife, Mairead, break down as they speak to the media yesterday. They thanked emergency services and rescuers for their help

Derby house fire trial: Mairead Philpott says it is 'possible' her husband Mick started the fatal blaze that killed their six children

Woman accused of killing her six children in fire at their home rejects accusations she was responsible for tragedy

An artist's impression of how the new sport, technology and education facility will look if it is given the go-ahead

£40m plan unveiled to prevent Don Valley stadium being used for housing redevelopment

The site of the doomed Don Valley stadium, where Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis began her career, could be transformed into a new sport, technology and education facility.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 4 March 2013

Villas-Boas sees the gap as Spurs win vital derby

Snooker: Allen repeats China triumph

Mark Allen retained his Haikou World Open title after beating Matthew Stevens 10-4 in the final in China yesterday.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has missed ranking tournaments in China and Australia since landing his fourth Crucible title

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan will return to defend world title

O'Sullivan has been on sabbatical

A History of Billiards, by Clive Everton

As news broke on Friday of more snooker match-fixing charges, at the Welsh Open a more wholesome piece of history was being made: Pankaj Advani became the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of a ranking event.

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