Stephen Hendry

Hendry hints at retirement after coming through first-round thriller

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.

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: White tribute as Higgins laid to rest

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.

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Snooker: Higgins celebrates 'most special' title

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.