Reanne Evans and Chloe Hamilton, right, get a grip at World Snooker’s Ladies Day

Ladies' snooker: the new maidens of the green baize

It's big in the Far East, but it still has a long way to go here. Chloe Hamilton went to Sheffield to meet some potting pioneers...

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.

Steven Finn and Andrew Strauss contest Steve Davis' decision yesterday

'Dead ball' controversy adds to Strauss frustration

Finn punished for dislodging bails in his delivery after 'dismissing' Smith as England struggle in second Test

Barry Hearn, or Lord Leyton as he may never be known

The Last Word: It's 2035 and our sport stars are running Britain

At the Treasury, Kenny Dalglish and Damien Comolli teamed up on a Keynesian ticket

Judd Trump: 'I'd love to become the world No 1, it's a big ambition of mine'

Snooker: Trump holds nerve to end Allen fightback

Judd Trump, snooker's latest exciting prospect, toasted sweet success last night when he was crowned the new UK Championship winner in York. The 22-year-old from Bristol bravely fought back from 3-1 down to clinch an impressive 10-8 victory over Mark Allen in a gripping best-of-19 frame final.

Moira Starkey of Storridge, Herefordshire, has become one of the first people to be chosen to carry the Olympic torch for London 2012

Outside Edge: Is that a rocket in your pocket?

Oh no, not another tittle-tattle talk about a prurient sportsman.

O'Sullivan was paid, a fee of around £25,000 to play at the recent Power Snooker tournament in Manchester

Snooker: O'Sullivan's big fee upsets rivals

Ronnie O'Sullivan has triggered an appearance-money row on the eve of the UK Championship which starts on Saturday.

Snooker: Higgins hits out at Hearn for 'ruining' UK event's true identity

Defending UK champion John Higgins has accused the snooker authorities of "ruining" a tournament that is widely seen as the second-biggest on the calendar after the World Championship in Sheffield.

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

Robin Scott-Elliot: 'I do believe in power snooker, I do believe in power snooker...' No, I don't

View From The Sofa: Power Snooker, ITV / Final Score, BBC1

Snooker: Leading referee Ganley dies at 68

Tributes have been paid to snooker referee Len Ganley, who has died at the age of 68.

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: O'Sullivan: get rid of boring players

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.

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
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