Time to tinker?

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Is it time to change the format of the World Championship semi-finals?

That's the question being asked and answered by snooker fans over the past 24 hours.

The last four battles at the Crucible have been played over a best-of-35-frame format since 1997 when it changed from 31 frames.

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O'Sullivan creeps in front

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Ronnie O'Sullivan: %-3 lead after first session of semi-final against Matthew Stevens

Ronnie O'Sullivan moved into a narrow 5-3 lead after the first session Betfred.com World Championship semi-final with Matthew Stevens.

In what what a surprisingly slow and scrappy opening to the match, O'Sullivan benefited from the sportsmanship of Stevens who...

Carter takes narrow lead

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Ali Carter: Narrow lead after first session

Ali Carter edged ahead of Stephen Maguire in the first session of their World Championship semi-final, taking a 5-3 lead at the Crucible.

Both men struggled to find the form which had carried them through to the final four, 32-year-old Carter having knocked out Judd Trump on the way and 31-year-old...

O'Sullivan's quit fears

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Ronnie O'Sullivan: Has claimed more players could quit

Ronnie O'Sullivan has warned more players could follow Stephen Hendry in quitting snooker.

Seven-time world champion Hendry has elected to focus on the promotion of pool in China, believing there was no prospect of combining that role with a competitive snooker career.To maintain a lofty...

Rocket leads semi-finals march...

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Can anyone beat Ronnie O’Sullivan?

That’s the question being asked after he led the charge to this year’s World Championship semi-finals.

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The Rocket’s 13-10 win against Neil Robertson brought strokes of genius and saw him beat the most complete player in the world.

All you could do was sit back and enjoy the show as...

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The Jamie Jones show

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Jamie Jones’ fairytale run at the Crucible came to an end last night but it’s time to celebrate not commiserate.
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The Neath potter has been the star qualifier of this year’s World Championship and looks like he’s destined for a spell at the top of the game.

Jones has quickly established an excellent reputation this season...

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Rocket rolls into semis

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Ronnie O'Sullivan: Through to the semi-finals

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter booked their places in the semi-finals of the Betfred.com World Championship after tough victories over Neil Robertson and Jamie Jones respectively.

O'Sullivan remained on target to become the oldest Crucible champion since Ray Reardon in 1978 as he brushed aside...

Superb O’Sullivan into Semis

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Superb O’Sullivan into Semis

Ronnie O’Sullivan produced some scintillating snooker to see off Neil Robertson and reach the semi-finals of the World Championship for the first time since 2008.

Of course, that year the ‘Rocket’ went on to claim his third title against Ali Carter and he is arguably in his best form since that period.

The former world no1 resumed 5-3 behind to

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Hearn Announces Asian PTCs

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Hearn Announces Asian PTCs

Barry Hearn made a wave of announcements for the second week in a row after another exciting press conference at the World Championship in Sheffield today.

Last week, the European market was discussed as well as alterations made to the format of the Welsh Open and German Masters – not to mention the confirmation that the rankings system will be d...

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Masters Snooker Returns To Alexandra Palace

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Snooker’s most prestigious invitation event, the Masters, will be staged at Alexandra Palace for the next three years.

 

A new agreement between World Snooker and the north London venue will see the tournament staged there until at least 2015.

 

The Masters, which features the world’s top 16 players and boasts a top prize of £150,000, moved to Ally Pa

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Hearn: I retired Hendry

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Barry Hearn: His new schedule of events is too much for many older players

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said he feels responsible for the retirement of Stephen Hendry, whom he says should be knighted.

Hendry quit after losing 13-2 to Stephen Maguire on Tuesday night, an ignominious final curtain for the seven-time champion.But, at the age...

Crucible Diary: Day Twelve

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Crucible Diary: Day Twelve

The night after the day before at the Crucible as the dust settles on the momentous decision taken by Stephen Hendry to retire from tournament snooker. A full tribute will follow from me in due course, but in the meantime we still have a World Championship to be decided, as the semi-final line-up will be decided…

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Stevens into semis

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Matthew Stevens: Remarkable turnaround

Matthew Stevens won 11 frames in a row in his all-Welsh Crucible quarter-final against Ryan Day as he clinched a 13-5 victory.

The two-time former beaten finalist at the Betfred.com World Championship trailed 5-2 at one point on Tuesday but won nine consecutive frames on Tuesday night and two on Wednesday...

Maguire hails Hendry

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Stephen Maguire: Believes Stephen Hendry is Scotland's greatest ever sportsman

Stephen Maguire believes Stephen Hendry is Scotland's greatest ever sportsman in the wake of his retirement after bowing out of the World Championship.

The 43-year-old called time on his illustrious career after a 13-2 quarter-final exit to Maguire in Sheffield,...

Goodbye to a legend!

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White leads Hendry tributes

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Jimmy White: Battled Hendry on numerous occasions

Jimmy White has led the tributes to seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry after he announced his retirement from snooker.

The 43-year-old called it quits after a 13-2 quarter-final defeat by Stephen Maguire at the World Championship at the Crucible.Hendry won four of his seven Crucible titles...

Hendry calls it quits

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Stephen Hendry: Called time on his career after Crucible loss

Snooker legend Stephen Hendry announced his retirement from the game after a quarter-final loss to Stephen Maguire at the Crucible on Tuesday.

Seven-time world champion Hendry was comprehensively beaten 13-2 by fellow Scot Maguire, and immediately announced his retirement after the...

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