Ronnie O’Sullivan and his son, Ronnie, hold the winner’s trophy aloft last night

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan defends world title against Barry Hawkins as if he'd never been away

Ronnie O'Sullivan was the toast of Sheffield on Monday night as he beat Barry Hawkins 18-12 to become the first player for 17 years to make a successful defence of the World Championship.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan in action at the World Championships

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump level after first session in their World Championship semi-final

O'Sullivan took a 4-1 lead before being pegged back

Ronnie O'Sullivan at the table in his second round match against Ali Carter during the Betfair World Championships at the Crucible, Sheffield

Snooker: 'Worn out' Ronnie O’Sullivan through to quarter-finals of Betfair World Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan powered through to the quarter-finals of the Betfair World Championship on Monday, but admitted he already feels worn out.

Snooker: Alan McManus back at the Crucible

Scotland's Alan McManus ended a seven-year wait for a Crucible return yesterday when the two-time World Championship semi-finalist earned his place in the main draw.

Mark Selby lines-up a red at the York Barbican yesterday

Snooker: Mark Selby surges to first UK crown as Shaun Murphy stalls

Mark Selby clinched his first UK Championship title last night after a dominant display in the evening session took him to a 10-6 victory over Shaun Murphy in the final.

Snooker: Walden claims title in China

Ricky Walden beat fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham 10-4 in the final of the Wuxi Classic in China yesterday.

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.

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.

Snooker: Higgins bows out

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

Snooker: Selt continues run by stunning Hendry

Matthew Selt claimed another scalp in the Australian Goldfields Open with victory over seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry. World No 43 Selt, who came through qualifying, beat John Higgins on Tuesday and saw off Hendry 5-1 yesterday in the last 16.

Snooker: Does the rise of 'jaw-dropper' Trump herald game's second coming?

Boy-band haircut, breathtaking potting and sense of humour fuel hopes 21-year-old can help revitalise the sport

Snooker: Higgins takes crown but hails beaten Trump as 'a sensation'

Turbulent season ends with fourth world title for Scot who says his 21-year-old opponent is game's future

Snooker: Spectator calls Higgins 'a disgrace'

John Higgins was challenged by an angry fan here last night who called him "a disgrace" over last year's frame-fixing furore. The three-time world champion was engulfed by the affair 12 months ago following a newspaper sting operation on a trip to Kiev with former manager Pat Mooney.

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