World Snooker Championships

World Snooker Championships

Graeme Dott severs Pat Mooney ties over snooker 'match-fixing' claim

WORLD Championship runner-up Graeme Dott has parted company with Pat Mooney following allegations of match-fixing against his manager.

Stuttering champion Higgins rallies to keep title defence on course

JOHN Higgins offered a hint of weakness to his title rivals before eventually showing his world champion class to clinch an opening-day victory at the Crucible.

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John Higgins wary of Crucible threat from wounded man Ronnie O'Sullivan

JOHN Higgins believes wounded pride will make Ronnie O'Sullivan a greater threat than ever heading into this year's World Championship.

Andrew Mackenzie: Final Curtain: Last World Snooker Championship to be held away from the Crucible (1976)

JOHN Higgins, the defending world snooker champion and second favourite for this year's tournament, was a babe in arms on the last occasion the championship was held anywhere other than the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Likewise this year's tournament favourite, Ronnie O'Sullivan. Neither had yet turned a year old when, in 1976, the game's best players gathered in the north of England to contest the title.

Triumphant Higgins calls for day of rest for future world title finalists

JOHN Higgins has suggested shaking up the World Championship to allow the finalists a day off ahead of the biggest match of the season.

Higgins eases to his third world title

JOHN Higgins clinched his third Crucible title last night and claimed it was the best yet.

Snooker: Shaun must come back from the dead

SHAUN MURPHY was setting out to rewrite snooker's record books today after allowing Scotland's John Higgins to move within sight of Crucible glory.

Higgins stays on cue for third world title

JOHN Higgins set himself on course to join the all-time greats as a three-time Crucible winner as he surged ahead of Shaun Murphy in the World Championship final.

Higgins and Murphy tied after final's first session

JOHN Higgins and Shaun Murphy shared the opening eight frames as the World Championship final got under way. They finished at 4-4 after the first session as the close contest which had been widely predicted looked to be materialising.

Higgins close to final berth

JOHN HIGGINS was hoping to avoid another nail-biting finish as he resumed his semi-final against Mark Allen in the snooker World Championship today.

Higgins stretches lead in Crucible semi-final

JOHN Higgins put himself on course to beat Mark Allen with a session to spare in their World Championship semi-final.

Stephen Hendry scores maximum 147 break against Murphy

STEPHEN Hendry made a magical 147 maximum break to stretch his lead over Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals of the World Championship.

Practice makes perfect for Maguire

STEPHEN Maguire last night insisted nothing would distract him as he bids for his first world snooker title.

Snooker: Maguire in control despite missing maximum break

STEPHEN Maguire missed out on maximum-break glory and had to settle for the consolation prize of a healthy lead over Jamie Burnett at the World Championship last night.

Snooker: Bond causes first Crucible shock with Ebdon defeat

NIGEL Bond caused the biggest upset of the 2009 World Championships so far after defeating former champion Peter Ebdon 10-5 at the Crucible last night.

Crucible must remain home of snooker, insists Hendry

STEPHEN Hendry believes leaving the Crucible on a permanent basis should be out of the question as the World Championship organisers consider the future of their event.

Hendry turns back clock to oust Williams

SEVEN-time champion Stephen Hendry conjured up a classic Crucible comeback to send Mark Williams crashing out of the World Championship last night.

O'Sullivan fails to be on cue with 147 shot

RONNIE O'Sullivan rattled in three centuries and threatened a maximum 147 break but gave himself marks of only five out of 10 for his first-round win at the World Championship.

Police investigate snooker result

POLICE are investigating the result of a snooker match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.

Ex-snooker star Chris gives up cash battle

FORMER snooker champion Chris Small is facing a future on benefits after accepting defeat in his battle for money from a World Snooker disability fund.

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