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.

Stephen Lee denies all charges of match fixing and betting breaches

Snooker: Stephen Lee has 'case to answer' over match-fixing and suspicious betting, rules world body

World snooker No 8 Stephen Lee has "a case to answer", the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association has decided after an investigation into suspicious betting. Lee, 38, insists he is innocent.

Quiet perfection: Musial at bat for St Louis Cardinals at Philadelphia Phillies in 1946

Stan Musial: Baseball player considered one of the best in history

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".

Neil Robertson lines up a shot during yesterday’s final

Snooker: Masterful Mark Selby denies Neil Robertson repeat

Selby wins the Masters

Snooker: Graeme Dott thrashes jaded Judd Trump

Judd Trump, the tournament favourite, crashed out of this year's Masters with a whimper today.

Snooker: Judd Trump scrapes past Barry Hawkins

World No 2 Judd Trump survived a huge scare to seal his spot in the quarter-finals of the Betfair Masters today with a nail-biting 6-5 victory over Barry Hawkins, claiming the win with a superb century.

John Higgins feels he is in better form this season than last

Snooker: John Higgins' Masters plan is to prove he remains a threat

John Higgins, the four-times world champion, is no stranger to success. But even Higgins, regarded as one of snooker's greatest ever players, has found silverware hard to come by in recent times. Since winning the World Championship at the beginning of May 2011, the 37-year-old has failed to win any of snooker's three major titles – the World, UK Championship or Masters.

Snooker: Crucible keeps Championship

Snooker's World Championship is to stay at the Crucible until at least 2017 after the BBC extended its contract to broadcast the sport's blue-riband event.

Caravan, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

"It's surprising how physical those spoons were," Geoff Richardson confesses after his feverish spoon-playing on the giddy "Golf Girl", a song about affairs of the heart on a Canterbury golf course.

Mark Selby lines-up a red at the York Barbican yesterday

Snooker: Mark Selby surges to first UK crown as Shaun Murphy stalls

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.

Snooker: Brecel targets O'Sullivan record

Luca Brecel believes he can strip the absent Ronnie O'Sullivan of his record of being the youngest winner of a ranking event by lifting the UK Championship.

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

Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan to make shock comeback at next year’s World Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan has accepted an invitation to make a shock comeback at next year’s World Championship at the Crucible, where he will defend his crown after holding a series of secret meetings with the the World Snooker chairman, Barry Hearn.

Snooker: 'Shocking' Mark Williams joins major casualties

The UK Championship in York has now lost four of the world's top 10 inside the opening round after a "shocking" Mark Williams last night became the latest big name to make an early exit.

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Stephen Lee in the Betfred World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in 2009

Snooker: Stephen Lee has ban appeal turned down

Stephen Lee's appeal against the suspension he is currently serving has been dismissed by the sport's governing body.

Snooker: Fresh betting inquiry for Lee

The world No 7 Stephen Lee has been suspended by snooker's world governing body, the WPBSA, pending the results of a new investigation into suspicious betting patterns.

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