Stephen Hendry, the seven-times world champion, clung on for dear life to maintain his interest in this year's World Championship here in Sheffield. But despite his battling 10-9 first-round victory over Joe Perry, the 42-year-old dropped the biggest hint yet that he could retire this summer after a record 26th appearance at snooker's biggest tournament.
'The next O'Sullivan' is in fine form and could cause Neil Robertson some lost sleep ahead of their Crucible match, he tells Neil Goulding
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.
Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a first-round exit at the Masters yesterday as Mark Allen battled to a 6-4 win at Wembley Arena.
The coffin of snooker player Alex Higgins WAs carried by his son Jordan and the former snooker player Jimmy White (back) from his family home in Belfast, Northern Ireland yesterday.
Snooker legend Alex 'Hurricane' Higgins struggled to cope with the fame and fortune thrust upon him at a young age, a memorial service heard today.
He wanted to be known as Alexander the Great. Instead, he became the "Hurricane", the "People's Champion", or to many, simply the best snooker player who has ever picked up a cue.
The Hurricane was an anti-hero but, despite the controversy, the two-time world champion will be remembered as one of the greats
The Rocket seems to have won his battles with drink, drugs and depression. Here he speaks out about Hearn's masterplan, his bid for a fourth world title and the fact his dad must watch him on TV from prison. Hector Nunns speaks to Ronnie O'Sullivan
The Brian Viner Interview: As he heads to the World Championships hoping to keep hold of the trophy, the Scot discusses stalkers, alcohol and how his sport must adapt to survive
Champion knows he must up his game as he seeks to avenge defeat by Williams
Ding Junhui made snooker history last night when he defeated John Higgins 10-8 to win the UK Championship for the second time at the Telford International Centre.
John Higgins joined The Crucible greats last night as he completed an 18-9 world championship victory over Shaun Murphy to win a third title and join the illustrious trio who have won more than two at this venue. Success for the 33-year-old Scot brings a winner's cheque of £250,000.
By John Skilbeck at the Crucible
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