Alex Higgins came from seven frames behind in the first session to win 16-15 in December 1983. Photograph: Mirrorpix/Getty Images

Alex Higgins’s life was in a state of turbulence in late 1983. First-round defeats in the International Open and Professional Players Championship sho(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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
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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(...)

Ronnie O’Sullivan in action against Ben Woollaston during the third round of the Coral UK Championship at the Barbican Centre, York.

A new pair of shoes and a more playable table helped Ronnie O’Sullivan cruise into the last 16 of the UK Championship. A typically outspoken O’Sulliva(...)

Ken Doherty in action in the Ruhr Open against Stuart Bingham last week

In McSorley’s in Ranelagh there’s a shrine dedicated to one of the village’s most famous sons.From newspaper cuttings showing him lifting trophies and(...)

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(...)