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Barry Hearn 'in good spirits' after suffering 'minor heart attack' World Snooker Tour and Professional Darts Corporation chairman Barry Hearn is in "good spirits" after suffering a heart attack on Sunday. Hearn, 71, is set to return home on Wednesday after having surgery.

Snooker's Struggles In The Pre-Crucible Era Everyone involved in the game is looking forward to its return but this is not the first time snooker has been forced to take a break, as journalist and commentator David Hendon explains… Without Joe Davis, snooker's first World Professional Championship may have arrived much later than 1927.

Ten best players of the season? Today, I should have been traveling to Sheffield for the World Championship qualifiers. Instead, I'm sat in a small condo in Santorini. There are worst places to be stuck in, although, under strict lockdown, I can't really enjoy the island wonderful sceneries.

Decide Your Decider Over the next week we will be filling the snooker void by giving you a chance to vote for which classic deciding frames you would like to watch. Tomorrow would have seen Betfred World Championship qualifying get underway in Sheffield. Instead, we will be offering two deciding frames each day for you to choose between, running from April 8th-14th.

COUNTDOWN: Who is the best player to not win a ranking title? Again? Knowing who in the current tour is the best player to not win a title yet is a fascinating debate. I wrote a similar countdown more than three years ago and it is about time it requires an update. Since I published that article in February 2017, many players who lived up to that billing have achieved their goal.

Hall and office plan for former Anglesey snooker hall A FORMER Anglesey snooker hall looks set to be demolished if given the go-ahead by council planners. The plans, earmarked for the former Boys Institute at Awel y Mor in Rhosneigr would see the current building flattened and replaced by new office units and a community hall.

Neil Robertson assesses Ronnie O'Sullivan's World Championship chances this year Ronnie O'Sullivan's chances of winning the World Championship this year have improved thanks to the event being postponed, reckons Neil Robertson. The 2020 Snooker World Championship has been moved due to the coronavirus crisis, with WST hoping to start the tournament on 25 July at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

Top Ten Players Of The Season So Far The Rocket still looked snooker's man to beat when he won the first tournament he contested this season. He landed the Shanghai Masters crown for the third year in a row, beating Shaun Murphy 11-9 in the final of the lucrative invitation event. "I don't have anything to prove to anyone," he said.

Ronnie O'Sullivan Shares Coronavirus Message Ronnie O'Sullivan has posted a video of himself offering an unusual commentary of the recent events surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. The former world number one - lying on a sofa and offering a cryptic synopsis of the ongoing crisis - repeatedly referenced China's influence following the coronavirus outbreak.

Snooker Players Given Sporting Chance The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has partnered with Sporting Chance, one of the world's most innovative centres for the treatment of emotional and mental health problems among professional and former professional sportsmen and women.

Can Snooker Help Cope With Autism? An autistic snooker fan has described how she uses snooker videos, particularly featuring Steve Davis, to cope with her autism and consequent mental health issues. Ann and her autism job coach recently concluded a successful search to find a range of snooker matches from the 1980s which were not available on YouTube.

Is Staging the World Snooker Championship in July Realistic? "We are waiting to hear back from the BBC if that is acceptable to them." It's clear that Hearn feels pretty confident that there will be a World Snooker Championship in July, going on to state, "we're prepared if necessary to stage a Crucible behind closed doors." But how realistic is this?

Snooker news - Neil Robertson: Ronnie O'Sullivan favourite for sixth world title Neil Robertson believes Ronnie O'Sullivan will be the favourite to win a summer World Championship despite his recent indifferent form.

Neil Robertson offers financial help to fellow snooker stars affected by coronavirus shutdown KIND-HEARTED Neil Robertson has offered to financially help any struggling snooker players during the coronavirus crisis. Australia's 2010 world snooker champion says he would support close pals if they find it hard to pay their mortgage before the rescheduled World Championships this July.

Barry Hearn plans to play the World Championship end July… This was reported in the press today:. And here is the article in "The Sun" the above is citing:. Two puzzling thoughts… Right… maybe if that happens WST should rebrand itself UKST and the event be renamed "Summer UK Championship".

World Snooker Championship secures postponed Olympics slot this summer on BBC THE Snooker World Championship is set to replace the Tokyo Olympics in the TV schedules this summer. SunSport can reveal the Crucible event has been moved from this month to July 25 - the same slot vacated by the rescheduled Olympics on the BBC.

Snooker's Shaun Murphy on moving to Ireland and how lockdown will hit players hard Shaun Murphy was in a hotel room in the Welsh town of Llandudno when he realised that our way of life was about to change. 'I had decided to get the ferry over to Holyhead and drive to the venue, because it was only an hour up the road.

1981/82 Snooker Season: Alex Higgins, My Baby Old rivals Alex Higgins and Terry Griffiths, as well as fresh-faced challenger Jimmy White, tried to halt what was quickly becoming the Steve Davis express train throughout the 1981/82 snooker season. Beginning the term as a first-time world champion didn't seem to have any impact on the pressure Davis was shouldering.

Barry Hearn reveals plan for rescheduled Snooker World Championships The Snooker World Championships has provisionally been moved to July but could still be played behind closed doors at the iconic Crucible Theatre.

Snooker's top 10 toughest pressure players, according to Terry Griffiths Snooker legend Terry Griffiths has picked out his top 10 'toughest pressure players' of all time, with seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry coming out on top.

Snooker stars raising money for NHS trusts with Blue Ball Challenge Some of the world's finest snooker players are helping raise money for NHS trusts during the coronavirus crisis, and providing a bit of live sport to enjoy with the Blue Ball Challenge.

Players - pros and amateurs - are taking the blue ball challenge Jason Francis came up with the idea. Here is WPBSA explaining what it's all about:. This is a great initiative and players have really embraced it. Gary Filtness, the Super Seniors n°1, was first to take it and made it ten out of ten! Stuart Bingham made nine.

Snooker World Championship can't be played behind closed doors, says Judd Trump The Snooker World Championship cannot go ahead without a crowd, despite the coronavirus hiatus, believes the reigning world champion Judd Trump. The World Championship has been postponed from its scheduled start date in April, with WST hoping to rearrange the event for either July or August.

Stephen Hendry picks his favourite snooker memory away from World Championship Stephen Hendry is best known as the King of the Crucible after racking up seven World Championship titles, but he had tremendous success elsewhere and singles out a sensational 1994 win as his favourite victory away from Sheffield.

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