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

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World champion John Higgins suffered a second-round defeat to Peter Ebdon at the China Open in Beijing yesterday.

White says: 'The morning after we met, we went out for a drink. We got home three days later'

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'The morning after we met, we went out for a drink. We got home three days later'

Snooker: Ding's surprise slip proves Jin's tonic

Ding Junhui followed up his Welsh Open triumph 10 days ago bycrashing out of the World Open in China in the first round. A surprisingly under-par Ding was thrashed 5-1 by wild-card entrant Jin Long.

Snooker: Ding Junhui back 'stronger'

Ding Junhui insists that he is a better player and a stronger character than the last time he faced Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Masters.

Snooker: China to stage the World Open

The World Open will be held in the Chinese city of Haikou for the next five years, World Snooker has announced.

Judd Trump: 'I'd love to become the world No 1, it's a big ambition of mine'

Snooker: Trump holds nerve to end Allen fightback

Judd Trump, snooker's latest exciting prospect, toasted sweet success last night when he was crowned the new UK Championship winner in York. The 22-year-old from Bristol bravely fought back from 3-1 down to clinch an impressive 10-8 victory over Mark Allen in a gripping best-of-19 frame final.

Moira Starkey of Storridge, Herefordshire, has become one of the first people to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch for London 2012

Outside Edge: Is that a rocket in your pocket?

Oh no, not another tittle-tattle talk about a prurient sportsman.

Soho celebs strip off for charity show

Sadie Frost and Jaime Winstone have posed naked in photographs at London's Groucho Club to raise money for the National Autistic Society. Frost is stretching naked on a bed and Winstone is sitting on a chair, with nothing but a vintage red gypsy curtain over her lap. Organised by Bernie Katz, the club's manager, this collection of nude and semi-nude portraits of stars of Soho, snapped by Andrea Vecchiato, are on show this week at London's The Gallery Soho.

O'Sullivan was paid, a fee of around £25,000 to play at the recent Power Snooker tournament in Manchester

Snooker: O'Sullivan's big fee upsets rivals

Ronnie O'Sullivan has triggered an appearance-money row on the eve of the UK Championship which starts on Saturday.

Snooker: Higgins hits out at Hearn for 'ruining' UK event's true identity

Defending UK champion John Higgins has accused the snooker authorities of "ruining" a tournament that is widely seen as the second-biggest on the calendar after the World Championship in Sheffield.

Ricardo Teixeira: The Brazilian in charge of the 2014 World Cup is accused of taking bribes

Robin Scott-Elliot: 'I do believe in power snooker, I do believe in power snooker...' No, I don't

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Snooker: Leading referee Ganley dies at 68

Tributes have been paid to snooker referee Len Ganley, who has died at the age of 68.

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