Barry Hawkins in action during his World Championship quarter-final against   Ronnie O’Sullivan  at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph:   Tim Goode/PA Wire

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s quest for a sixth World Snooker Championship is under threat after in-form Barry Hawkins edged the first session of their quarter-(...)

 Ronnie O’Sullivan of England reacts after missing a shot during his quarter-final match against Mark Selby at the  Masters at Alexandra Palace  in London, England. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ronnie O’Sullivan completed a tremendous clearance to beat Mark Selby and book his spot in the semi-finals of the Masters. O’Sullivan is back on the (...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan in action during his match against Mark O’Sullivan at the UK Masters   at Alexandra Palace in London.  Photograph:  Anthony Devlin/PA

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan marked his return to major tournament action with a battling 6-5 victory over Mark Williams in the first round of(...)

A damaged fire truck at the site of the massive explosions in Tianjin, the world’s 10th largest port. Photograph:  Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

The emergency may have eased at the port of Tianjin in northeastern China, but economic activity there has yet to get back to normal days after the de(...)

China’s main share markets have lost about 30 per cent of their value since the middle of June. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

While the headlines celebrated Beijing winning the bid to host the Winter Olympics in 2022, there was grimmer news again from China’s bourses as the r(...)

Construction site in Beijing’s central business district:  report by London-based research house Capital Economics believes that China’s economic growth is being overstated by one to two percentage points because of a glitch in the way the data is calculated. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Lee

Economists regularly complain that Chinese gross domestic product (GDP) data is not to be entirely trusted, because they believe political manipulatio(...)

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(...)