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Interview: John Higgins on why life’s too short to hold grudges

Killing time while waiting for John Higgins, I’m watching the five best shots from his last match on my phone. The pick of them is a thwack from the far end of the table which brings two reds into play. The reds had been skulking by the right-hand cushion like they were shilpit characters from snooker halls of the past, shuffling around in the back lane, fags stuck to bottom lips and very possibly up to no good.

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John Higgins clinched the Champion of Champions title in Coventry. Picture: Robert Perry

John Higgins beats Ronnie O’Sullivan to win Champions title

John Higgins produced a fine recovery in the final session to claim the Champion of Champions title with a 10-7 victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan in Coventry.

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Stephen Maguire survives scare at English Open

Stephen Maguire survives scare at English Open

Stephen Maguire was a relieved man after surviving an almighty scare in the first round of the English Open to eventually overcome Gareth Allen 4-3.

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Mark Selby celebrates beating Ding Junhui in the final. Picture:: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Mark Selby seals Leicester double with world snooker title

Mark Selby did his part to secure a famous Leicester double last night as he triumphed 18-14 over Ding Junhui to win the 2016 Betfred World Snooker Championship in style.

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Alan McManus lost his semi-final 17-11 against Ding Junhui of China. Picture: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Alan McManus undone by Ding’s seven centuries in world semi

Alan McManus’ Betfred World Snooker Championship fairytale finally came to an end yesterday and while he was disappointed, the veteran, pictured, believes he was beaten by one of the all-time great performances.

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Alan McManus in action against Ding Junhui at the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Ding Junhui edges 14-10 ahead of Alan McManus in world semi

Alan McManus might be 45 years old but he is producing the snooker of his life to just about hang on in his record-breaking Betfred World Championship semi-final with Ding Junhui as he trails 14-10 following last night’s third 
session.

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Ding Junhui brings Alan McManus down to earth

It is amazing how quickly things can change in sport, as Alan McManus found out to his cost at the Betfred World Snooker Championship yesterday afternoon.

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Mark Selby celebrates his 13-8 victory over Kyren Wilson, who had the consolation of a 143 break. Picture: PA

Alan McManus wins battle of Scots against John Higgins

Alan McManus produced one of the most remarkable displays in Betfred World Snooker Championship history as he rolled back the years to book his place in the semi-finals.

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Alan McManus plays a shot as fellow Scot John Higgins watches on at the Crucible yesterday. Picture: Getty

John Higgins battles back to take lead

Alan McManus is convinced that fellow Scot John Higgins could have seven World Championship titles to his name by the time he retires but is in good shape to stop him 
winning the fifth of those this year with their quarter-final finely poised.

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Alan McManus came from behind to beat Ali Carter at the Crucible. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Alan McManus beats Ali Carter at World Snooker Championship

At 45 years old, Alan McManus is acutely aware that the clock is ticking on his career – which means he won’t be taking for granted the Indian summer he is currently enjoying.

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John Higgins celebrates after his comprehensive first-round win over Ryan Day at The Crucible. Picture: PA

John Higgins happy with form at last

In the last decade it has been difficult to know which John Higgins will show up at the Crucible.

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John Higgins in action against Ryan Day at the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA

Graeme Dott out in first round

A decade on from his Crucible triumph, Graeme Dott exited the World Snooker Championship at the first hurdle and fears he will never lift the 
trophy again.

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Snooker great Steve Davis has announced his retirement at the age of 58. Picture: PA

Snooker great Steve Davis retires from sport aged 58

Snooker great Steve Davis has announced his retirement at the age of 58.

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Stephen Maguire will face veteran Alan McManus. Picture: PA

All-Scottish clash in snooker World title first round

The first round of the Betfred World Championship title will see an all-Scottish clash between Stephen Maguire and Alan McManus.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan equals Stephen Hendry's tally of six. Picture: PA

Ronnie O’Sullivan earns record-equalling sixth Masters title

Ronnie O’Sullivan eased to a record-equalling sixth Masters title as he outclassed Barry Hawkins in last night’s final at London’s Alexandra Palace.

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John Higgins produced high-quality snooker to reach the last eight of the Masters with a 6-4 victory over Liang Wenbo yesterday. Picture: PA

John Higgins discovers old touch to reach Masters last eight

John Higgins insists that his confidence is soaring again after producing consistently high-quality snooker to reach the Masters quarter-finals yesterday.

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Stephen Maguire studies the table during his match against Judd Trump yesterday. Picture: Getty

Stephen Maguire falls at first hurdle in Masters

Stephen Maguire admits it may be time to go back to the drawing board after his poor form this season continued and resulting in him crashing out of the Masters at the first hurdle yesterday afternoon.

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Neil Robertson celebrates knocking in the final black of his 147. Picture: PA

Robertson makes history with maximum in final

Neil Robertson made history with a magical maximum break during the UK Snooker Championship final in York yesterday afternoon.

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Stephen Maguire in action against Neil Robertson. Picture: PA

Snooker: Beaten Stephen Maguire backs rampant Robertson

STEPHEN Maguire admits there was simply nothing he could do to stop a rampant Neil Robertson after exiting the UK Snooker Championship yesterday afternoon.

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Judd Trump. Picture: PA

Judd Trump exits UK Championship to Liang Wenbo

Judd Trump bowed out of the UK Championship after losing the final five frames to Liang Wenbo, while Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed out on a £44,000 windfall after failing to pot the final black when poised for a 147 break.

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