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JOHN Higgins believes wounded pride will make Ronnie O'Sullivan a greater threat than ever heading into this year's Betfred.com World Championship.
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.
JOHN Higgins has suggested shaking up the Betfred.com World Championship to allow the finalists a day off ahead of the biggest match of the season.
JOHN Higgins clinched his third Crucible title last night and claimed it was the best yet.
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.
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 Betfred.com World Championship final.
JOHN Higgins and Shaun Murphy shared the opening eight frames as the Betfred.com 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.
JOHN HIGGINS was hoping to avoid another nail-biting finish as he resumed his semi-final against Mark Allen in the Betfred.com snooker World Championship today.
JOHN Higgins put himself on course to beat Mark Allen with a session to spare in their Betfred.com World Championship semi-final.
STEPHEN Hendry made a magical 147 maximum break to stretch his lead over Shaun Murphy in the quarter-finals of the Betfred.com World Championship.
STEPHEN Maguire last night insisted nothing would distract him as he bids for his first world snooker title.
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 Betfred.com World Championship last night.
NIGEL Bond caused the biggest upset of the 2009 Betfred.com World Championships so far after defeating former champion Peter Ebdon 10-5 at the Crucible last night.
STEPHEN Hendry believes leaving the Crucible on a permanent basis should be out of the question as the Betfred.com World Championship organisers consider the future of their event.
SEVEN-time champion Stephen Hendry conjured up a classic Crucible comeback to send Mark Williams crashing out of the Betfred.com World Championship last night.
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 Betfred.com World Championship.
POLICE are investigating the result of a snooker match between Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett.
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.