Kurt Maflin reacts during his match against Mark Selby during the Betfred World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photo: Tim Goode/PA Wire

The survival instincts of Mark Selby rescued the defending world champion and left Kurt Maflin heartbroken as the Crucible witnessed an opening-day cl(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan has again expressed his frustration with snooker. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan has again voiced his disaffection with snooker, claiming he is just “using” the game and has not yet committed to entering next mont(...)

Seven-time World Championship winner Stephen Hendry could come out of retirement to compete in this year’s tournament. (Photograph: INPHO/Getty Images)

Stephen Hendry has confirmed he could come out of retirement and return to snooker in time for the World Championship in April.The 46-year-old Scot wa(...)

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 (...)

Judd Trump during the 2014 Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Judd Trump wants it to be third time lucky against Ronnie O’Sullivan at next month’s Masters. The swashbuckling left-hander has knuckled down t(...)

Leinster’s 24-18 defeat against Harlequins at The Stoop rounded off a mixed weekend for the provinces in europe
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 8, 2014, 08:35

Lacklustre Leinster The provinces enjoyed decidedly mixed fortunes as they returned to European competition this weekend. On Sunday Matt O’(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan in action at the during the Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York.

Ronnie O’Sullivan completed a stellar year by fending off a dramatic Judd Trump comeback to win the Coral UK Championship. A 10-9 victory gave 39-year(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan blows on his cue tip in his semi final match against Stuart Bingham during the 2014 Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan fought back off the ropes after fearing Stuart Bingham was about to deliver the knockout blow to his Coral UK Championship title (...)

Tiger Woods is propping up the leaderboard after carding a five over par opening round of 77 at the Hero World Challenge on his return form injury
The Morning Sports Briefing
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  • December 5, 2014, 08:35

World Cup bid The Rugby World Cup is less than a year away and hopes of an Irish victory are higher than ever. But, if Joe Schmidt’s men fall s(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan celebrates a maximum break of 147 in the final frame of his 6-0 victory over Matthew Selt during the 2014 Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Ronnie O’Sullivan finished off with a brilliant 147 break as he stormed into the quarter-finals of the Coral UK Championship with a 6-0 demolition of(...)