World of Sport

  • World Snooker Championship: LIVE

    Follow live coverage of the World Snooker Championship from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield here.

    The Twitter feed below will keep you up-to-date for the first week of the tournament and then for the second week Desmond Kane will be with you with full live comments and reaction for every session.

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  • Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr suffered a horrific facial injury but is taking it in good spirits.

    The 21-year-old Georgia native, who was drafted by Houston in 2010 but mostly features for their feeder teams, was struck on the side of the face during a Double-A match on Friday night.

    While he was able to walk off unaided, DeShields - who is the son of namesake and former MLB star Delino Snr - was rushed to hospital for evaluation.

    His team-mates then photographed and Tweeted his swollen mush, much to his own mirth:

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  • News emerged this week that China have embarked on their latest attempt to convince World Snooker to switch the sport’s showpiece event – the World Championship – from Sheffield to the Far East.

    China have gradually increased their influence in snooker in recent years with the arrival of new ranking events and an influx of fledgling talent, spearheaded by the rise of Ding Junhui over the last decade from prodigal teenager to one of the world’s top-ranked players.

    The latest attempt by the nation – who are aggressively seeking to continually raise their profile in global sport, including

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  • With its lyrics about "Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece, jet planes, islands and tigers on a gold leash," it may surprise you to learn that Lorde's monster hit "Royals" wasn't inspired by P. Diddy or some other bling-loving rapper, but legendary baseball player George Brett.

    Now, after months of near-misses, Lorde, 17, and Brett, 60, have connected. The two finally met on Tuesday in Las Vegas, following Lorde's concert at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

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    Brett called the meeting "awesome" and described the Grammy winner as "such a sweet little girl." Speaking to TMZ, the baseball legend

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  • Who could Ronnie get? World Championship draw live at 12:00

    The draw for the World Snooker Championship takes place at 12:00 and you can watch it here live courtesy of World Snooker.

    Ronnie O’Sullivan will start his bid for a third consecutive title – and sixth in all – at 10am on Saturday in the first session of the 17-day tournament but who will he face in the first round?

    The top 16 players in the world are seeded and have their positions in the draw set but they could meet any of the qualifiers which includes the likes of Ken Doherty, Alan McManus, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale.

    Top half of draw

    Ronnie O’Sullivan (1)

    Joe Perry (16)


    Marco Fu (8)

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  • Super Bowl winner takes autistic girl to her prom

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    A couple months after being part of a Seahawks team that won a Super Bowl, Christine Michael couldn't have looked any happier dancing at a high school prom.

    His date, Taylor Kirkwood, looked even happier.

    Kirkwood, from Houston, is autistic and suffered from scoliosis until surgery a couple years ago. Michael, a former running back at Texas A&M, was a friend of the family and gladly accepted an invitation to be Kirkwood's prom date, according to a story on

    That's how the running back, a second-round pick of the Seahawks last year, ended up at Anahuac High School getting

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  • Why has Mo Farah got two waxworks?

    Marathon man Mo Farah has two wax figures to go with his two Olympic golds but he isn't likely to be running the distance between them any time soon.

    The two wax figures are around 250 miles apart with one given pride of place in Madame Tussauds in London, and the other taking up residence in their Blackpool branch.

    According to Madame Tussaud's official website: "The British track and field World Champion will be portrayed in his trademark “Mobot” pose, and will take up residence in the interactive sports zones at both attractions.

    "Here in London he'll join fellow Olympians Usain Bolt, Tom

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  • Donations pour in after tragic London Marathon death

    Donations have now topped £23,500 for Robert Berry's money-raising effort after he died having crossed the finish line at the London Marathon.

    The 42-year-old, who was previously not named by organisers, collapsed after completing the marathon on Sunday and was pronounced dead upon reaching hospital despite having received medical attention on the course.

    Berry was running to raise money and awareness for the National Osteoporosis Society, and his Just Giving page has now received a staggering amount of donations.

    On his JustGiving donations page, Mr Berry - who is from Reading - said he was

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  • Snooker legend Stephen Hendry has reportedly left his wife of 19 years "heartbroken" after walking out on her and his two sons for an actress.

    Hendry has left his family and is now seeing 26-year-old Lauren Thundow - who has appeared in kids' stage productions - according to a report in the Daily Mail.

    The 46-year-old is understood to have left the family home in Perthshire, Scotland, which he shared with wife Mandy, also 46, and boys Blaine (17) and Carter (nine).

    Thundow, who is 20 years Hendry's junior, has starred in a stage production of the TV show Noddy in Toyland and is an aspiring

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  • The device that makes pub sports possible out of hours

    Even us hacks, with our limited brain cells, found it easy to set up (above)

    As you can imagine, this past weekend was a testing one for us at Eurosport Towers.

    Two dramatic FA Cup semi-finals, one of the biggest games in the Premier League season, the Masters golf, the London marathon, a huge Manny Pacquiao fight and of course the usual schedule of other live sporting events.

    Workload was high, and free time to actually take in the events unfolding around us – something we’re usually able to enjoy every occasional weekend – was extremely rare.

    And then we were asked to try out a new product, one which the makers believe could enhance the experience of anyone stuck

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