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 (...)

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(...)

 Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ which is coming out on Valentine’s Day

The owners of a cinema in Buncrana, Co Donegal, have rubbished a press report that the Catholic Church leaned on it not to show 50 Shades of Grey whic(...)

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(...)

ESB workers in Drumcliffe, Co Sligo continue to restore power after Storm Rachel.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The clean-up in the wake of Storm Rachel, which claimed one life and left thousands of homes and businesses without power, continues this morning.Met (...)

Shaun Kelly’s car after the crash in which eight people died. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The man charged with dangerous driving killing eight people in a road crash in Co Donegal has had his case adjourned until next week for sentence.Shau(...)

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(...)

A man was shot in the chest and beaten after a gang of masked men burst into his home in Co Donegal. The man was shot at close range when the raiders (...)

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 (...)

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(...)