Mark Williams in the pink after defeating John Higgins

The comeback had been completed and John Higgins looked set to clinch his fifth Betfred World Snooker Championship title in the most remarkable way but Mark Williams’ naked ambition ultimately denied the Scot his moment of glory.

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John Higgins, left, and Mark Williams pose with the trophy before the start of the World Championship final at The Crucible. Picture: PA

Mark Williams leads John Higgins as veteran duo trade punches

JohnHiggins was compared to a Mexican boxer in the early stages of the Betfred World Snooker Championship final and will need to show all of that fighting spirit to overhaul Mark Williams and claim a fifth world title.

Carlton batsman Rory McCann plays an unorthodox shot during his side's Edinburgh derby win over Watsonians at Grange Loan.  Photograph: Ian Rutherford.

Grange rely on golden Gordon Goudie against Forfarshire

Former Scotland bowler Gordon Goudie turned back the clock with a vintage display as Eastern Premier title favourites Grange edged out Forfarshire at Forthill.

John Higgins spotted a fault in his game while watching himself on TV between sessions. Picture: Getty.

TV clip helps John Higgins reach seventh World Snooker final

A magnificent seventh World Championship final beckons for John Higgins, yet he may not have made it at all but for accidentally leaving his television on.

John Higgins during his semi-final against Kyren Wilson at The Crucible. Picture: Linnea Rheborg/Getty Images)

Higgins uses his experience to stay just ahead of Wilson

John Higgins uses his experience to keep Kyren Wilson at bay

John Higgins surveys the table, while Kyren Wilson watches on, as the two battle for a place in the World Snooker Championship final. Picture: PA

John Higgins edges semi as he bids to win first world title since 2011

At 42 years of age, John Higgins is much closer to the end of his career than the start, so he fully intends to cherish every moment of his Betfred World Snooker Championship semi-final with Kyren Wilson.

John Higgins poised to pot a red against Judd Trump. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

John Higgins prevails in Last-frame thriller against Judd Trump

Judd Trump must be sick of the sight of John Higgins.

John Higgins celebrates after defeating Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Picture: Getty

John Higgins battles into last 16 at World Championship

It is 20 years since John 
Higgins first won the Betfred World Snooker Championship but he still looks a major threat despite having to battle through to the second round in Sheffield.

Stephen Maguire led Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-0 and 6-3 before eventually going down 10-7 to the Englishman in their first-round match. Picture: PA.

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.

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