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Snooker: World champion O'Sullivan in race against time

Reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is concerned the years are against him as he bid to equal Stephen Hendry's modern-day record of seven global titles. The 38-year-old O'Sullivan, a five-time world champion, begins his quest on Saturday for a third straight triumph after winning the World Championship in 2012 and 2013. Since the tournament moved to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, northern England, in 1977 only Steve Davis and Hendry have won three successive world titles.

Snooker: O'Sullivan downs Ding to win Welsh Open with 147

World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan made a record 12th competitive maximum 147 break to round off a 9-3 win over China's Ding Junhui in the Wales Open final in Newport on Sunday. The English snooker great had all but assured himself of the title by going 7-1 up in a lopsided first session, although Ding then responded creditably with back-to-back centuries. However, O'Sullivan quickly resumed control before finishing with a flourish as the normally right-handed potter used his left hand to sink the final black that sealed another maximum break.

Snooker: Robertson comes from behind to win UK final

Australia's Neil Robertson came from 5-1 down to beat defending champion Mark Selby and win the UK Championship final 10-7 in York, northern England, on Sunday. Robertson, the 2010 world champion, became the first player from outside Great Britain to win snooker's 'triple crown' of the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters tournaments. And he was only the eighth player in history to win all three tournaments following Alex Higgins, Terry Griffiths, Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Mark Williams and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

China's Liang Wenbo misses maximum break at UK Championship

China's Liang Wenbo misses maximum break at UK Championship YORK, Britain, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- China's Liang Wenbo came within six pots of making the 100th maximum break in snooker history during a 6-2 win over Elliot Slessor at the UK Championship here on Wednesday. Liang potted 15 reds with blacks in the last frame of the match, but left himself a difficult cut on the yellow, and left it in the jaws. A bumper bonus of 55,000 pounds plus the 4,000 high break prize is a available for a maximum at the York Barbican Center.

Snooker: 'No way back' for Lee says snooker chief

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said he couldn't see a way back for Stephen Lee after the Englishman was given a 12-year ban for match-fixing on Wednesday. The 38-year-old Lee, the former world number five, was found guilty by an independent tribunal last week of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 with the sanction imposed Wednesday.

Snooker: England's Lee gets 12-year ban for fixing

England's Stephen Lee was banned for 12 years on Wednesday after being found guilty of seven charges of match-fixing, snooker's world governing body announced. The 38-year-old Lee, the former world number five, was found guilty by an independent tribunal last week of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 and the sanction imposed Wednesday. Lee was also ordered to pay £38,000 ($61,000) costs.

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.

Britain's Lee found guilty of match-fixing

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number five snooker player Stephen Lee could face a life ban after being found guilty of match-fixing. "Stephen Lee is found guilty of 'agreeing an arrangement... (and of) ...accepting or receiving or offering to receive... payment or... other... benefit... in connection with influencing the outcome or conduct of' each of the seven matches in breach of Rule 2.9," the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said on Monday.

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.
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