Ronnie O’Sullivan:  he had claimed  snooker’s lower reaches were populated by “numpties”

Ronnie O’Sullivan saw his hopes of snooker’s first £1 million jackpot end with a shock defeat at the Northern Ireland Open to world number 82 Elliot S(...)

Ian Poulter: “I play some of my best golf when I’m pretty confident. And I’m excited for this weekend. I can’t wait.” Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

Once upon a time, Ian Poulter was so immersed in chasing a Major title that he did whatever he wanted, it seemed. Like at Royal Troon, in 2004, when h(...)

Mark Selby dominated the Monday afternoon session to lead John Higgins by two frames in the World Championship final. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty

Mark Selby dramatically stormed ahead of John Higgins in the Betfred World Championship final as he began to dominate at the Crucible. The world numb(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan appeared to turn down a 147 maximum during his World Championship to Ding Junhui. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty

Barry Hearn has ruled out a return to snooker’s days of paying out massive jackpots for 147 breaks and told anyone who complains to “get out of the sp(...)

Mark Selby rallied to trail John Higgins by three frames at the Crucible. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty

John Higgins thought his days as a Crucible contender were gone but a fifth Betfred World Championship title is in his sights after he secured a three(...)

Mark Selby celebrates winning his semi-final match against Ding Junhui at the  Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Mark Selby moved one step away from a third World Championship title in four years as he saw off Ding Junhui again at the Crucible. Twelve months ago(...)

 Ronnie O’Sullivan plays a shot during his  World Championship  quarter-final match  against Ding Junhui at The Crucible in Sheffield. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Ronnie O’Sullivan bowed out of the World Championship despite producing another unforgettable Crucible moment on Wednesday. Ding Junhui claimed the s(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan in action against Ding Junhui on day eleven at the Crucible. Photograph: PA

Ding Junhui produced a sparkling display at the Crucible to lead Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-6 in their world championship quarter-final. Every frame featur(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan beat Shaun Murphy 13-7 to reach the last-eight of the World Championships in Sheffield. Photograph: Rui/Vieira/PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan insisted he was “really not that bothered” about winning the Betfred World Championship for a sixth time after he reached the quarte(...)

Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O’Sullivan during day six of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucble Theatre, Sheffield. Photograph: PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan bids to take another step towards more Crucible glory on Friday after setting aside off-table controversy to make a stunning start a(...)

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