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Yorkshire is snooker’s “global centre for our sport” claims Hearn, as Barnsley to host English Open

Snooker chief Barry Hearn has hailed Yorkshire as the “global centre for our sport” after selecting Barnsley to stage the English Open.

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Treeton Club, John Smith's Star Cup winners

Treeton Club are Sheffield snooker league’s champion of champions

Treeton Club are the Sheffield and District Assocoation Snooker League’s champion of champions.

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Glowing BBC tribute puts Sheffield, Crucible and snooker on world stage

Glowing BBC tribute puts Sheffield, Crucible and snooker on world stage

It’s one of the greatest love letters in the city’s history.

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Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred Snooker World Championship. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire

Snooker: Mark Selby’s pride as he retains his World Championship crown at Crucible

Mark Selby pulled off one of the most astonishing victories in a Crucible final as he landed his third Betfred World Championship title last night.

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"It's an absolute joke" - Snooker fans go potty as ticket sales for 2018 World Championships in Sheffield are disrupted due to Crucible website issues

Snooker fans were going potty this morning when tickets for the 2018 World Snooker Championships in Sheffield went on sale... and The Crucible's website crashed under the demand.

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Mike Watterson at home in Chesterfield, 40 years after bringing the World Snooker Championship to the city

The man who gave snooker to city’s theatre of dreams

The Crucible is a venue of legends, heroes and champions but, as the World Snooker Championship celebrates 40 years in the heart of the Steel City, it is worth remembering the man who made it all happen in the first place.

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Ding Junhui during his match against Mark Selby on day thirteen of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

World Snooker: Ding edges in front against champion Selby

DING Junhui’s revenge mission started perfectly as he nudged into a 5-3 lead against defending champion Mark Selby in the first session of their Betfred World Championship semi-final.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan reacts after a shot as he faces defeat against Ding Junhui (left),  at the Crucible. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ding Junhui in mood for winning his first Crucible World Championship title after victory over Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ding Junhui insists that having the backing of Ronnie O’Sullivan has given him more confidence he can finally lift the Betfred World Championship after dumping out the fans’ favourite at the Crucible Theatre.

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Brian Wright (42) from Coventry proposes to Lisa Dunks (38) from Chesterfield (left) during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 28, 2012. See PA story SNOOKER World. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Snooker-loopy fans pocketing an annual city Crucible break

Although only one of his World Snooker Championship titles was won on Sheffield soil, six-time champion Ray Reardon knows a thing or two about the famous old Crucible Theatre in the heart of the Steel City.

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Dennis Taylor and Steve Davis, the 1985 finalists

Crucible Snooker: Recalling one of Sheffield theatre’s biggest dramas – The 1985 Black Ball Final as Dennis Taylor toppled Steve Davis

Heroes have come and gone, dreams realised and shattered almost in equal measure.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan (right) studies the table in his match against Shaun Murphy on day seven of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan ahead against Shaun Murphy

Ronnie O’Sullivan is still hunting Crucible glory after all these years and moved a step closer to a sixth world title on Friday.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan during day six of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucble Theatre, Sheffield. Richard Sellers/PA Wire

World Snooker: Ronnie O’Sullivan delights in getting the edge on Shaun Murphy

Ronnie O’Sullivan took obvious pleasure in putting Shaun Murphy to the sword as he hit top form in their Betfred World Championship tussle.

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Ding Junhui during his match against Zhou Yuelong

Snooker: Relaxed Ding cruises into the second round of the World Championships

Sheffield-based potter Ding Junhui compared his latest warm Crucible welcome to that which he gets in his home country of China as he reached the second round of the World Championships.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan in action against Gary Wilson  on day two of the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Behind the fall-out: Why Ronnie O'Sullivan believes he is being bullied by World Snooker bosses

Ronnie O'Sullivan claims he has been "bullied" by snooker's top officials.
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Ronnie O'Sullivan celebrates beating Gary Wilson.
Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

World Snooker: I’ve had enough of being bullied, says Ronnie O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan accused the snooker authorities of bullying and intimidating him in a breathtaking outburst at the Betfred World Championship.

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Crucible is transformed ready for the World Snooker Championships

World Snooker Championship has boosted Sheffield's economy by £100m over 40 years

The World Snooker Championship has boosted Sheffield's economy by more than £100m over 40 years.

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Barry Hearn, chairman of World Snooker, at The Crucible ahead of the World Championships

‘I’d like World Champs to stay in Steel City forever’

Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, has given Sheffield a huge boost on the eve of the World Championships by admitting: “I’d host it at the Crucible forever if I could!”

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Mark Selby won the Betfred World Snooker Championship for the second time after beating China's Ding Junhui 18-14 in the final in Sheffield last year

Snooker: No luck of the Irish for Fergal O’Brien as he draws world No.1 Mark Selby

After winning the longest frame in professional snooker history to reach the Crucible, the first-round draw of the World Snooker Championship could hardly have been less kind to Fergal O’Brien.

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Ronnie OSullivan, right, has been told to grow up by World Snooker chief Barry Hearn

Snooker: Barry Hearn tells Ronnie O’Sullivan to grow up ahead of World Championships at Crucible

Barry Hearn, the chairman of World Snooker, has risked igniting a row with arguably the sport’s biggest name on the eve of the World Championship by telling Ronnie O’Sullivan: It’s time to grow up.

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