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 (...)

Former world champion Doherty beat Lee Walker 10-6 in the World Championship qualifiers.

Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien led an Irish charge towards the Crucible yesterday in Sheffield. Former world champion Doherty (45) beat Lee Walker 10-(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan is set to begin his Coral UK Championship campaign on Thursday, despite suffering a nasty ankle injury. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/Pa

Ronnie O’Sullivan is set to begin his Coral UK Championship campaign on Thursday, despite suffering a nasty ankle injury. O’Sullivan is targeti(...)

Jimmy White: ‘I had one sneaky account with NatWest. I started dipping into this every now and then to fund my crack habit. I did the lot in less than three months. Every penny.’ Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Six-time World Championship finalist Jimmy White has told of his battle with crack cocaine addiction. The ‘Whirlwind’ (52) became a huge fans’ favouri(...)

Whyte’s auction of “History, Literature and Collectibles” in Dublin next Saturday features a selection of first editions by Seamus Heaney, including a(...)