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Former champion Ken Doherty made his last appearance at the World Snooker Championships in 2014. Photograph: Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Ken Doherty admits that he craves one last appearance at the spiritual home of snooker before packing away his cue for good. The 1997 world champion(...)

Alex Higgins looks on as Jimmy White is at the table during the 1986 World Championships. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Getty

Whenever you are asked about least favourite moments in sport or, it is impossible not to hear David Brent’s immortal answer to his biggest life disap(...)

 Jimmy White during the BetVictor Snooker Shoot Out earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images

“I’m flying,” Jimmy White says with that cheeky old grin. He pats his waistcoat, loosens his tie and looks ready to celebrate his 39 years as a profes(...)

Jenny McCartney’s debut is a well-meaning tale that falls down on the writing

A book lives or dies in its sentences. To paraphrase Anne Enright, in an interview to the New Yorker some years ago, a good sentence does many things (...)

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(...)

The soon to be opened George Best hotel on Belfast’s Donegall Square

Only the Best memorabilia will be on display in a soon to be opened Belfast hotel named in honour of the city’s most famous son and one of the most ta(...)

Danny Cipriani: few have doubted  his unsettling problems have stymied a career. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

In the spring of 2013 Danny Cipriani was taken to hospital in Leeds with bruising and concussion. He had been hit by a bus while on a team night out. (...)

Stephen Hendry celebrates his fourth World Championship victory in 1994. Photograph: Mike Cooper/Allsport

“It was a mixture of embarrassment, anger, frustration, sadness, everything,” Stephen Hendry says as he remembers how his dominance of snooker unravel(...)

Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred  World Championship with wife Vikki and daughter Sofia Maria  at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA Wire

What a difference a day makes. Mark Selby, completely unrecognisable from the wan, bottomed-out facsimile of himself who trailed 10-4 at one stage dur(...)

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(...)

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