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All top four seeds reach last 16 at UK Championship

All top four seeds reach last 16 at UK Championship YORK, Britain, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- All top four seeds, Ronnie O' Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui, reached the last 16 at the UK Championship here on Tuesday. Five-time world champion O'Sullivan beat Marcus Campbell 6-2 after fighting back from an early 1-2 down. O'Sullivan drew level at the interval thanks to a break of 58. He then won four on the spin, including 108 and 100 century breaks and will take on Robert Milkins in the next round.

Snooker: Lee appeals against record 12-year ban

England's Stephen Lee has appealed against his 12-year ban from snooker for match-fixing, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) announced Wednesday. Lee, the former world number five, had repeatedly insisted upon his innocence of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009. He was banned last month by an independent tribunal headed by leading English sports lawyer Adam Lewis and Lee's appeal was widely anticipated.

Lee handed 12-year ban for match-fixing

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - British snooker player Stephen Lee was handed a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Wednesday that will effectively end his top level career in the game. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said in a statement that the former world number five was barred from playing until Oct 12, 2024, which will be his 50th birthday. The ban has been timed from the start of his initial suspension last year.

Snooker: Match-fixer Lee to learn fate Wednesday

Snooker player Stephen Lee will discover Wednesday his punishment for match-fixing, the sport's global governing body announced Tuesday. The 38-year-old Englishman was found guilty of seven match-fixing charges by an independent tribunal last week and now Adam Lewis, one of England's leading sports lawyers, is on the brink of delivering his verdict. "The hearing in the case of Stephen Lee to decide the sanction took place today (Tuesday)," said a statement issued by the World Professional Snooker and Billiards Association (WPBSA).

Snooker: O'Sullivan plays down fixing claims

World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has "clarified" comments he made that match-fixing could be widespread in snooker. O'Sullivan took to Twitter after former world number five Stephen Lee was found guilty on Monday of fixing matches in 2008 and 2009. Lee could be handed a lifetime ban at a hearing next week. O'Sullivan told his Twitter followers on Tuesday: "I've heard there's many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out." He added that "plenty of people have got loads to hide".

O'Sullivan explains match-fixing comments

LONDON (Reuters) - World snooker champion Ronnie O'Sullivan issued a statement on Thursday to clarify his comments after former world number five Stephen Lee was found guilty of match-fixing this week. Lee faces a lifetime ban from the sport and O'Sullivan tweeted that he believed many other players had been involved in throwing matches. The five-times world champion was asked to explain his comments by World Snooker chief Barry Hearn.

Snooker: Lee might not be only fixer - O'Sullivan

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan on Tuesday alleged that Stephen Lee may not be the only top-level snooker player to have taken part in match-fixing. Lee, a former world number five, was found guilty of match-fixing on Monday over matches in 2008 and 2009. He could be handed a lifetime ban at a hearing next week. O'Sullivan claims Lee's case may only be the tip of the iceberg, and accused the snooker authorities of not doing everything in their power to bring corruption in the sport to light.

Snooker: Lee found guilty of match fixing

Former world number five Stephen Lee was found guilty of fixing seven snooker matches on Monday. England's Lee could face a lifetime ban after the verdict was confirmed by Nigel Mawer, the chairman of the disciplinary committee of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPSBA). The 38-year-old's sanction will be announced at a separate hearing on September 24.

World Champion O'Sullivan guarded over snooker future

Ronnie O'Sullivan refused to say for definite if he would return to the Crucible Theatre after retaining snooker's World Championship title at the Sheffield venue with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins on Monday. His fifth World Championship title in total was all the more impressive as O'Sullivan had effectively taken a year out from the sport since his 2012 triumph. Fans' favourite O'Sullivan said during this year's edition that he was only playing to pay his son's overdue school fees and, not for the first time, threatened to retire from snooker.

O'Sullivan retains Snooker World Championship crown

Ronnie O'Sullivan retained snooker's World Championship title with an 18-12 win over Barry Hawkins at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Monday. O'Sullivan's victory saw him become the first player to mount a successful title defence since Stephen Hendry in 1996 and gave the 37-year-old his fifth world championship in total. His latest World Championship was all the more impressive as O'Sullivan had effectively taken a year out from the sport since his 2012 Crucible triumph.
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