Stuart Bingham

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Former world champion Stuart Bingham beat local favourite Ashley Carty, who was making his Crucible debut, on Saturday. Photograph: PA

Stuart Bingham blamed sanitised balls for his struggle to get over the line against qualifier Ashley Carty in an empty Crucible on Saturday. The form(...)

 Ken Doherty was beaten 6-3 by Mark King on Sunday. File photograph: Getty Images

Ken Doherty’s hopes of reaching the Crucible for the first time in six years were ended by Mark King on Sunday after a 6-3 defeat in the penultimate r(...)

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(...)

Alex ‘’Hurricane’’ Higgins of Northern Ireland smokes between shots during the 1983 Embassy World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England. Photo: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

Snooker loopy nuts are we Me and him and them and me We’ll show you what we can do With a load of balls and a snooker cue So went the chorus of Chas (...)

Robert Milkins celebrates after winning his first-round match against Neil Robertson during day five of the World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Australia’s Neil Robertson became the fifth former champion to crash out in the opening round of the Betfred World Championship as he lost to Robert M(...)

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(...)

Stuart Bingham gives a thumbs up to the crowd after losing his first-round match to Ali Carter  during day one of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. Photograph:  Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

Stuart Bingham became the latest victim of the ‘Crucible curse’ as the man who lifted the trophy last May crashed out on day one of the Betfred World (...)

Mark Allen will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of US Masters winner Danny Willett at the snooker World Championships. Photograph: PA

Mark Allen has vowed to put himself into Crucible contention by taking inspiration from golf’s Masters champion Danny Willett. Keen golfer Allen pla(...)

 Golan Lodge, with Jack Kennedy up, left, jumps the last on their way to winning the Coral.ie  Maiden Hurdle at Leopardstwon. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

‘He has very little mileage on the clock,” said Ted Walsh. “He’s like a car you brought home and stood on blocks for three years.” In that sense, th(...)

 Ronnie O’Sullivan of England reacts after missing a shot during his quarter-final match against Mark Selby at the  Masters at Alexandra Palace  in London, England. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Ronnie O’Sullivan completed a tremendous clearance to beat Mark Selby and book his spot in the semi-finals of the Masters. O’Sullivan is back on the (...)

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