Ding Junhui in action during his Betfred World Championship semi-final against Alan McManus at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph:   Steven Paston/PA Wire

The World Championship’s great underachiever Ding Junhui became China’s first Crucible finalist on a dramatic day in Sheffield. Ding will tackle the (...)

Alan McManus in in the World Championship semi-finals after beating John Higgins. Photograph: Getty

Marco Fu withstood one of the Crucible’s finest fightbacks to book his place in the semi-finals of the World Snooker Championships for the second time(...)

Stuart Bingham gives a thumbs up to the crowd after losing his first-round match to Ali Carter  during day one of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Stuart Bingham became the latest victim of the ‘Crucible curse’ as the man who lifted the trophy last May crashed out on day one of the Betfred World (...)

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the black off its spot for a 147 against Neil Robertson at the UK Championships. Photograph: PA

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed out on a £44,000 (€62,000) windfall after failing to pot the final black when poised for a 147 break against Nei(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is through to the quarter-finals of the snooker World Championships after a 13-5 win over Matthew Stevens. Photograph: PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan admitted his motivations have changed when it comes to winning the World Championship after easing into the quarter-finals with a 13(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is spoken to by referee Olivier Marteel in his second round match against Matthew Stevens during day nine of the Betfred World Championships at the Crucible Theatre. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan found himself in more bother at the Betfred World Championship after making a rude gesture during his second-round match against Mat(...)

Ding Junhui of China in action during his match against John Higgins at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

John Higgins saw his hopes of a fifth world title ended for this year as Ding Junhui advanced to the quarter-finals in Sheffield.World number three (...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has broken Stephen Hendry’s for career centuries after he notched up his 776th in the opening frame of his Masters quarter final against Marco Fu. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Ronnie O’Sullivan claimed one of snooker’s great records on Thursday as he began his Masters quarter-final against Marco Fu. The 39-year-old fired in (...)

Mark Selby (left) congratulates David Morris after he won their second-round match during the  Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre in York. Photograph:   Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Kilkenny’s David Morris caused a huge shock at the Coral UK Championship when he knocked out world champion Mark Selby. Selby, who became a father for(...)

Fergal O’Brien is into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien will meet Mark Selby in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals after fighting back to beat Zhao Xintong on Thursday.Zhao, the 17(...)