Snooker: Stephen Maguire blows golden chance against Ronnie O’Sullivan

Stephen Maguire says he has almost given up hope of becoming world champion after he blew a four-frame lead against Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Betfred World Championship.

Ronnie O'Sullivan was in good spirits as he took part in a media day in Sheffield. Picture: Getty.

Which Ronnie O’Sullivan will be on show at the Crucible?

Ronnie O’Sullivan is 42 years old yet ageless. The grey flecks about his head have no purchase on his talent, which, given five ranking title victories already this season, might even be delivering better snooker than ever. 
Imagine that.

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Neil Robertson holds aloft The Stephen Hendry trophy. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Practice is perfect for Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson says he’ll continue to practise and improve despite playing the best snooker of his career to claim the dramatic Dafabet Scottish Open final on Sunday night.

Neil Robertson on his way to a 9-8 victory in the Scottish Open final.

Robertson battles back to win thrilling Scottish Open final

The battle for the Stephen Hendry Trophy went down to the wire as Cao Yupeng and Neil Robertson delivered one of the most nerve-wracking finals in recent memory before the Australian triumphed 9-8 to win the Scottish Open title at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow last night.

Wishaw's Chris Totten is forced to watch as former world champion Neil Robertson of Australia closes out their match in Glasgow. Picture: Bruce White/SNS

Chris Totten finds form but Neil Robertson is just too strong

Stephen Maguire and John Higgins are both through to the last 16 at the Dafabet 
Scottish Open.

Anthony McGill said his first-round performance was 'so bad' that he should have lost . Picture: Getty.

Anthony McGill overcomes nerves for ‘bonus’ win at English Open

If finding a way to win when you should have lost is the sign of a champion, then you might as well write Anthony McGill’s name on this year’s Dafabet English Open trophy now.

Mark Selby with the World Cham[ionship trophy after his 18-15 win over Scotland's John Higgins in the final. Picture: Warren Little/Getty Images

Mark Selby insists he can match Stephen Hendry’s record

Mark Selby believes he could match Stephen Hendry’s record of seven Crucible titles if he can show the same level of durability as John Higgins.

Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred Snooker World Championship. Picture: PA

Mark Selby beats John Higgins to win snooker World Championship

Mark Selby pulled off one of the most astonishing victories in a Crucible final as he landed his third Betfred World Championship title.

John Higgins has a three-frame lead over Mark Selby. Picture: Getty

John Higgins on verge of completing spectacular turnaround

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-frame overnight lead in the final against Mark Selby.

John Higgins acknowledges the crowd after winning his place in the final at the Crucible.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

John Higgins says he must improve for world snooker final

John Higgins has admitted he will have to play a lot better than he has over the last two days if he is to become snooker’s world champion for the fifth time.

Stephen Hendry retired in 2012 but is making a comeback.' Picture: Neil Hanna

Stephen Hendry plots World Championship return at age of 48

Stephen Hendry has vowed to give it his best shot as he begins a Rocky-like bid to qualify 
for next month’s World 

Scotland's John Higgins watches from his chair as Mark Allen plays a shot at the Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace, London. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

John Higgins rues missed chances after early Masters exit

John Higgins was left to rue missed opportunities after suffering his twelfth first round Dafabet Masters exit in 23 appearances on Monday afternoon, losing 6-5 to Mark Allen.

John Higgins was disappointed for the home fans after he lost to Marco Fu in the Scottish Open final. Picture: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

John Higgins ‘gutted’ for home fans after Scottish Open loss

John Higgins admitted he was “gutted” for his fans after a chance of home glory slipped through his fingers with an incredible eight successive frames for Marco Fu giving him the Coral Scottish Open title.

John Higgins led Marco Fu 4-1 after the early exchanges but his opponent rallied to clinch the title. Picture: Colin Poultney.

Heartbreak for John Higgins as Marco Fu wins Scottish Open title

John Higgins’ bid for the inaugural Coral Scottish Open title ended in heartbreaking style as Marco Fu won eight frames in a row to snatch a dramatic victory in Glasgow.

John Higgins was delighted with his quarter-final win over Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Scottish Ope. Picture: Getty Images

John Higgins thrilled with Glasgow victory over O’Sullivan

John Higgins cut a jubilant 
figure after a “special” victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan kept his bid for home glory in the Coral Scottish Open firmly alive

John Higgins reached the quarter-finals of last week's UK Championships. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

John Higgins to play Alan McManus in Scottish Open opener

The draw for the Coral Scottish Open has thrown up a mouth-watering meeting between two of the country’s most successful players, John Higgins and Alan McManus.

Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betway UK Championship with his daughter Sofia Maria and wife Vikki Layton. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

World No 1 Mark Selby whrugs off accusations he is ‘boring’

World No 1 Mark Selby has vowed he will make no compromises to win the affections of snooker fans who find him boring.

John Higgins has won �350,000 from two recent tournament victories and believes his game 'couldn't be better right now'. Picture: SNS Group

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.

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.

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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