More bad news emerged last night for former News of The World and Sun editor Rebekah Brooks when it was leaked that the BBC are to take out a civil prosecution for the attack on her ex-hubby Ross Kemp, who played the actor Grant Mitchell in the flags...
Ronnie O'Sullivan is the 2012 World Snooker Champion after potting his way to a 18-11 win over Ali Carter.
Resuming 10-7 ahead overnight, Rocket Ronnie never looked in danger of surrendering the lead and pocketed a 141 break - the highest in the history of the Final. Ronnie was also the oldest winner, at 36, since Ray Reardon in 1978. Carter did manage three frames in a row during the afternoon...
So today is the first day of the All-Essex Final, between 'Rocket' Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter 'the unstoppable snooker machine'.
Ronnie reached the final beating three previous world champs in the first three rounds - Peter Ebdon 10-4, Mark Williams 13-6, and Neil Roberston 13-10. In the semi-final he beat Matthew Stevens 17-10.
After a convincing 10-2 win over Mark Davis in the first...
Today is the first day of the semi-finals, which last three days (compared to the two day final)
There was no morning play, so I had to make do with Phil and Holly instead on This Morning. In a real emergency I could watch Ross Kemp In Afghanistan on DVD, but i normally save that for when Ross visits. He gave me a signed copy you know. Might fetch a few quid on ebay.
We are down to one table...
First up, the remaining quarter-final results.
Matthew Stevens beat Ryan Day 13-5
After trailing in the first session, Stevens reeled off 11 frames in a row to progress to the semi-finals, the sixth of his Crucible career, but first since a final defeat to Shaun Murphy in 2005.
Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Neil Robertson 13-10
O'Sullivan overturned a 5-3 first session deficit to win by three fr...
Day two of the Quarter-Finals.
Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Hendry 13-2
After a great start, Maguire finished off Hendry in two sessions, giving him an afternoon session off - but Hendry has plans for even more time off - by announcing his retirement after the match!
After an incredible career, including 27 years at the Crucible, winning seven world titles, 36 ranking tournaments in total,...
Stephen Hendry (Sco) v Stephen Maguire (Sco)
Jamie Jones (Wales) v Ali Carter (Eng)
Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) v Neil Robertson (Aus)
Ryan Day (Wal) v Matthew Stevens (Wal)
All four quarters cue off today, still best of 25, first to 13, and scheduled to last 3 sessions. That could be in doubt with the first match, as Stephen Maguire thumped fellow scot Stephen Hendry 7-1...
Today is the last day in the second round and Ali Carter, Matthew Stevens, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jamie Jones all book their place in the Quarter-Finals.
Jamie Jones is definitely not the same Jamie Jones who plays in goal for Leyton Orient. It would be spooky if he were, as Barry Hearn is the Chairman of Leyton Orient and World Snooker. Everyone would call it a fix. And we had enough of that tw...
Today saw the finish of the Joe Perry v Stephen Maguire match - which I have tenuously linked to Jerry Maguire - as in Perry Maguire - geddit? No-one said writing a daily snooker blog would be easy.
With foresight, I should have linked this match to yesterdays (Day 8) marriage proposal at the Crucible by Brian Wright to Lisa Dunks. "You had me at hello..."
Theirs no Tom Cruise in the arena...
Stephen Hendry booked his place in the quarter-final by wrapping up his comprehensive victory over defending Champion John Higgins 13-4. He joins Neil Robertson in the Quarters.
In the old days when the games finished early, Dennis Taylor would pop out and tell his 'WC1' joke. Or John Virgo would play a few trick shocks. Sometimes Willie Thorne would tell us where he got his hair cut.
The draw for the second round includes a few science, film and musical references to keep us interested..
Higgins v Hendry.
Perry v Maguire - Show Me The Money??
Jones v Higginson
Carter v Trump
Williams v O'Sullivan
Gilbert v Robertson - (shouldn't it be Gilbert v Sullivan?)
Day v Yupeng
Stevens v Hawkins...
The games are already underway and Robertson is the first man into the last...
Well as the first round nears completion, so far half of the sixteen seeds have been beaten.
World number one Mark Selby became the record-equalling eighth seed to be eliminated after a heavy 10-3 defeat by Barry Hawkins.
The jester from Leicester who reached the World final in 2007 wasn't laughing much at this result.
Other seeds to bite the (chalk) dust are Great Scot Graeme Dott, Ste...
Mark Williams beat Liu Chuang 10-6 to set up a match with another former winner Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Welshman has never beaten Ronnie at the Crucible in three attempts.
Williams was booed by the crowd for comments where he said he hates the Crucible and the tournament should move to China. Perhaps he really likes the food there?
Speaking of food, Ali Carter beat Mark Davis 10-2 and will f...
The expected fireworks between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Peter Ebdon never materialized - perhaps Health & Safety sent them a memo? Ronnie won comfortably by 10-4 and could face Mark Williams in the next round.
Also through is Andrew Higginson who beat Stephen Lee 10-6.
Andrew Higginson is not from Finland, therefore he is not the son of John (or Alex) Higgins.
Former champ Shaun Murphy w...
They say the sign of a misspent youth is being a good snooker player. Well Belgian teen Luca Brecel must have grown up playing snooker using a stool to reach the table.
He is the fifth seventeen year old in the history of the game to reach the Crucible - and he scored a century on his debut to celebrate - although it wasn't enough for him to beat Stephen Maguire, going down by 10-6 to the Scot.
The Crucible isn't the Crucible without a little bit of controversy and that was provided in the game between Mark Allen and Cao Yupeng. Cao won 10-6 but Allen was aggrieved that he never declared a foul on himself when leading 5-4.
Looks like Allen is keeping the spirit of his countryman Alex Higgins alive, but on this occasion, tv replays and commentators seemed to call in his favour, althoug...
Stephen Hendrys MAXIMUM break took as he built up a 7-1 lead over Stuart Bingham took the headlines on Day 1, but fellow scot John Higgins completed his first round match with a nailbiting 10-9 last frame victory over Liang Wenbo. Seven previous champions have fallen at the first hurdle including Hendry, Davis, Griffiths and Dennis Taylor, so at 9-9 Higgins must have been nervous when Wenbo had a...
Well thanks for joining me again as the first day is up and running - and in the words of cuddly Tony Blackburn off the radio (and from the jungle) 'sen-sational!'
Defending Champ John Higgins cued off the tournament this morning and grafted his way to a 5-4 lead over Liang Wenbo - who is no relation to Subo (Susan Boyle) or Wagbo - that guy from Harry Hills TV Burp. The match finishes Saturda...