Ronnie O’Sullivan plays in his socks against Craig Steadman, during the Betfred World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ronnie O’Sullivan urged Britain’s leading shoemakers to “send your boys down” and spare him Crucible agony after getting through three pairs in a chao(...)

Chinese President Xi Jinping: A brokerages boom appears to have added more than half a percentage point to Chinese GDP in the first quarter as equities turnover surges. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Just what is going on in the Chinese stock market? There is a frenzied feeling about the equity market, where a world-beating rally has seen the bench(...)

Shaun Murphy became the 10th player to secure snooker’s triple crown after thrashing Neil Robertson 10-2 in the Masters final. (Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Shaun Murphy became the 10th man to win the Triple Crown after thrashing Neil Robertson 10-2 at Alexandra Palace to win the Masters. Robertson, the wo(...)

Ireland’s David Morris in action during his third-round game against  David Gilbert at the  UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA

David Morris followed up his giant-killing victory over world champion Mark Selby with an equally impressive win over Dave Gilbert at the Coral UK Cha(...)

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(...)

David Morris in action against Mitchell Travis at the williamhill.com UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ireland’s David Morris ended the dream run of Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis with a 6-1 third round win at the UK Championship in York.Morris only(...)

The reaction among analysts and businesspeople to the recent Third Plenum of the Communist Party’s ruling elite seems to be positive, hardly surprisin(...)

The third plenary session of the 18th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party. The title’s far from snappy, but the event has the potential (...)

Ireland’s David Morris is into the quarter-finals of the Wuxi Classic. Photograph: worldsnooker.com

Kilkenny’s David Morris took his biggest scalp yet when beating Ali Carter 5-4 to move into the Wuxi Classic quarter-finals today.The Irishman only r(...)

John Higgins was a 5-1 winner over Dechawat Poomjaeng at the Wuxi Classic. Photograph:  Michael Regan/Getty Images

Kilkenny’s David Morris claimed a place in the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in China today as he beat Northern Ireland’s Gerard Green(...)