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Snooker: O'Sullivan wins fifth Masters title

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fifth Masters title with a 10-4 win over defending champion Mark Selby in the final at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday. World champion O'Sullivan all but put the result against his fellow Englishman beyond doubt by storming into a 7-1 lead at the end of the first session in the best-of-19 frames contest. 'The Rocket', cheered on by some raucous fans in what is effectively a 'home' tournament given he hails from Chigwell, just east of London, then won the opening frame of the evening session.

Snooker: Masters final result

Result of the Masters snooker final at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday: Final (best of 19 frames) Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) bt Mark Selby (ENG) 10-4 Frame scores (O'Sullivan first) 97-0 (O'Sullivan 97 break), 70-14 (70), 102-0 (96), 72-43, 84-9, 53-64 (53), 63-56 (re-spotted black), 71-37, 91-0 (90), 61-63, 27-67 (67), 60-23, 0-76 (67), 80-25 (72) afp

Snooker: O'Sullivan wins fifth Masters title

Ronnie O'Sullivan won his fifth Masters title with a 10-4 win over defending champion Mark Selby in the final at London's Alexandra Palace on Sunday. World champion O'Sullivan all but put the result against his fellow Englishman beyond doubt by storming into a 7-1 lead at the end of the first session in the best of 19 frames contest. 'The Rocket', cheered on by some raucous fans in what is effectively a 'home' tournament given he hails from Chigwell, just east of London, then won the opening frame of the evening session.

Snooker: O'Sullivan pulls away in Masters final

Ronnie O'Sullivan raced into a 7-1 lead against defending champion Mark Selby in the final of the Masters snooker tournament on Sunday. World champion O'Sullivan now just needs three more frames to win his fifth Masters title when the match resumes later Sunday at London's Alexandra Palace. The 38-year-old raced into a 5-0 lead against fellow Englishman Selby, himself a three-time Masters champion. O'Sullivan rattled off the first three frames with breaks of 97, 70 and 96 before taking a scrappy fourth, the last before the mid-session interval.

Snooker: O'Sullivan, Selby into Masters final

Ronnie O'Sullivan eased past Stephen Maguire 6-2 to set up a Masters final showdown with defending champion Mark Selby. O'Sullivan, 38, finished off the semi-final with a century break. Sunday's title match will be a repeat of the 2009 and 2010 finals, with O'Sullivan chasing his fifth Masters title. "This is the final of the Masters and you have to enjoy occasions like this," O'Sullivan told the BBC. "You have to beat all sorts of players and Mark is going to make it very difficult for me.

Snooker: Masters results - collated

Semi-final results in the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace on Saturday (best of 11 frames): Mark Selby (ENG) bt Shaun Murphy (ENG) 6-1 Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) bt Stephen Maguire (SCO) 6-2 afp

Snooker: Masters results

Semi-final results in the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace on Saturday (best of 11 frames): Mark Selby (ENG) bt Shaun Murphy (ENG) 6-1 Playing later Stephen Maguire (SCO) v Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) afp

Snooker: Masters results

Quarter-final results in the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace on Friday (best of 11 frames): Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) bt Ricky Walden (ENG) 6-0 Playing later Neil Robertson (AUS) v Stephen Maguire (SCO) (1900GMT) afp

Snooker: Masters results

Quarter-final results in the Masters at London's Alexandra Palace on Friday (best of 11 frames): Ronnie O'Sullivan (ENG) bt Ricky Walden (ENG) 6-0 Playing later Neil Robertson (AUS) v Stephen Maguire (SCO) (1900GMT) afp

Snooker: Murphy fightback ends Fu's Masters quest

Hong Kong's Marco Fu saw his dreams of Masters glory ended by Shaun Murphy after letting a 4-1 lead slip in a 6-4 quarter-final defeat on Thursday. Fu led 3-0 and 4-1 in the last-eight encounter at London's Alexandra Palace, only for Englishman Murphy to mount a stirring comeback that saw him claim five frames in succession. After levelling the match with a break of 117, Murphy edged a tactical battle in frame nine before sealing his place in the last four with a break of 90.
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