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

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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.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan claims he "detests" some of his rival players and would love to stage his own tournament without them.

Snooker: Authorities drop match-fixing case

The Scottish Crown Counsel has found insufficient evidence to justify a criminal prosecution following an investigation into the 2008 UK Championship match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.

Ted Lowe: ‘Whispering Ted’, the voice of snooker for half a century

The BBC television commentator Ted Lowe played a significant supporting role in one of the greatest yet most improbable sporting dramas, when on 28 April 1985, the snooker world championship culminated in the most nail-biting climax there had ever been or, to date, would ever be.

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