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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Snooker world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has been given a suspended fine and a warning after being found guilty of failing to attend eight tournaments in 2010.

Snooker: World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan set for playing return

World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has settled his differences with the sport's governing body and is set to return to the main tour.

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Who knew that Damien Hirst is close friends with the snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, and attends many of his matches? Hirst, who was watching O'Sullivan win the world championship at The Crucible in Sheffield the other week, compares his friend to legendary figures from his own world. "To me, he's like Picasso," he says. "Or perhaps more like Francis Bacon, because what he does is instinctive. Anything done to the level Ronnie has taken it is art."

Gun gang guilty of killing dancer in south London

A teenage gang who went "on the prowl" with a loaded gun have been found guilty of killing a professional dancer.

Ronnie O’Sullivan (left) and Ali Carter shake hands before the final

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan warns of players burning out

Ronnie O'Sullivan has called for snooker's top players to rally together to prevent burnout. The "Rocket" went in search of a fourth world title yesterday when he kicked off his World Championship final against Ali Carter in Sheffield. However, O'Sullivan has threatened to quit because of the daunting domestic schedule.

Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez in a brand new Fisker Karma car

Trending: Boys and their £100k, 500-horsepower toys

In the 1960s a young Twiggy joined Mary Quant, Peter Sellers and The Beatles in picking the modest Mini as her car of choice to cut across swinging London. Today's young stars don't quite seem to have grasped the concept of stealth wealth. So as the typical 18-year-old gets to work in a battered-old Corsa, teen idol Justin Bieber, One Direction's Harry Styles and snooker player Judd Trump and are all bombing around in £100k-plus supercars.

Heat is on: Ali Carter on his way to beating Stephen Maguire at the Crucible

Snooker: Carter returns in style to face O'Sullivan in final

Ali Carter came back from the brink of retirement to take his place in today's World Championship showpiece after he beat Stephen Maguire 17-12 in the semi-final.

Ardent fans of Ronnie O'Sullivan turned out to watch him play Matthew Stevens at the Crucible yesterday

Snooker: O'Sullivan steamrollers his way towards final

Ronnie O'Sullivan looked every inch the champion as he reeled off six straight frames against Matthew Stevens in a masterclass yesterday to take one step to the World Championship final at the Crucible.

Snooker: Stevens helps O'Sullivan lead

Ronnie O'Sullivan has not seemed like a man in need of a helping hand as he pursues a fourth World Championship title but he benefited from the sportsmanship of Matthew Stevens at the Crucible in Sheffield last night.

Ronnie O’Sullivan reacts to a shot during his match against Mark Williams at the Crucible

Snooker: Last eight in sight as Rocket fires on all cylinders

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.

Out of reach: Stephen Hendry during his win over fellow Scot John Higgins

Snooker: Hendry quick to secure 'weird' win over Higgins

Stephen Hendry won the frame he needed to complete a crushing13-4 victory over John Higgins to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship yesterday. The seven-time champion's long-awaited first encounter here with his fellow Scot, a four-time winner in Sheffield, failed to live up to the expectations that it would go close.

Judd Trump in action

Snooker: Trump defies food poisoning

Judd Trump, last year's beaten finalist, considered withdrawing from the World Championship in Sheffield after being struck down with food poisoning on the eve of his first-round match with Dominic Dale.

Mark Allen

Snooker: Mark Allen apologises for remarks about Chinese players

Mark Allen has vowed to smarten up his act after appalling snooker chiefs with his criticism of Chinese players.

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