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

The big work out: Where better to start a small business than in a shed?

I'm feeling jealous. Dawn Fry has a chocolate-making factory in her garden. Hidden in her shed. Actually, it's more of a summer house, with pretty gingham curtains and proper lead flashings over the windows made by her blacksmith husband Joe. But it's a chocolate factory, all right. Jars full of cocoa solids line the dresser, while an electronic warmer keeps the mixture at exactly the right temperature for working. And the air is full of the scent of melty chocolate, which leaves us all in a bit of a trance. "It's very relaxing, that smell," explains Dawn. "People come here for the day, they start off and then they get all noddy, and start telling you all kinds of secrets."

Snooker: Quarter-final exit for Higgins in China

World no 1 John Higgins was knocked out of the China Open at the quarter-final stage yesterday, falling to former world champion Shaun Murphy.

Snooker: O'Sullivan considers hanging up cue after latest 'frustrating' defeat

Ronnie O'Sullivan has cast fresh doubt over his future after another dismal defeat at the China Open. Since early December, the former world champion has lost in the first round at the UK Championship, Wembley Masters, Welsh Open and now in Beijing. He also withdrew from the German Masters, and has slumped to 10th in the world rankings.

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan drops hint over retirement

Ronnie O'Sullivan cast fresh doubt over his snooker future after another dismal defeat at the Bank of Beijing China Open.

Snooker: O'Sullivan to meet Dale in World draw

Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins have been handed tough-looking first-round draws for the World Snooker Championship. O'Sullivan, who has fallen to 10th in the rankings, faces the Welshman Dominic Dale, while the world No 1 Higgins takes on Stephen Lee.

Mark King: I was thinking about a robbery to get money to gamble

One of the world's best snooker players but also a gambling addict who squandered £500,000, he put his young family through hell, sent his career into a tailspin and even contemplated suicide. Hector Nunns meets Mark King

Snooker: No skin off snooker's nose if Rocket quits, says Davis

Steve Davis has revealed his fears that Ronnie O'Sullivan's career has reached a dangerous crossroads, and insists that only a swift rediscovery of the joy of competition can prevent a misfiring "Rocket" from losing touch with his rivals.

Snooker: Higgins out of Masters after death of father

World number one John Higgins has withdrawn from the German Masters in Berlin following the death of his father. John Snr passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

Snooker: Ding keeps cool to capture Masters title

China's Ding Junhui was victorious in the first all-Asian major snooker final as he brushed aside Marco Fu, of Hong Kong, to win the Masters here last night.

Snooker: Beaten Robertson tips Allen for the title

Neil Robertson declared Mark Allen the favourite for the Ladbroke Mobile Masters after the Northern Ireland man ousted the world champion to reach the semi-finals.

Snooker: Ding reaches last four in fine style

Ding Junhui was in imperious form as he dispatched Graeme Dott 6-2 yesterday in the first quarter-final of the Masters at Wembley Arena.

Snooker: Robertson is too strong for Hendry

Neil Robertson advanced to the quarter-finals of the Masters at Wembley Arena yesterday with a 6-3 win over seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry. Australian Robertson, the reigning Crucible champion, recorded three breaks in the 80s as he kick-started his campaign with a comfortable win. He will face Ronnie O'Sullivan's conqueror Mark Allen in the next round.

Snooker: Allen holds nerve to oust O'Sullivan

Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a first-round exit at the Masters yesterday as Mark Allen battled to a 6-4 win at Wembley Arena.

Snooker: Fate starts to smile on the Leicester Jester

After overcoming family heartache, Selby is now ready to master O'Sullivan

Snooker: Higgins revels in UK title reward

John Higgins is hoping the "hardest six months of his life" are behind him after winning his third 12bet.com UK Championship title.

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