INFOGRAPHIC: Century breaks at the Crucible

SNOOKER - The World Snooker Championship will get underway on Saturday, 20 April, and recent years have seen a tremendous growth of century breaks, compared to previous decades. Ronnie O’Sullivan is on top of the wave of prodigal break builders. Click on the picture below to see our full Infographic.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Rocket reaches snooker stratosphere

Ronnie O'Sullivan: "Nog niet met pensioen"SNOOKER - Ronnie O’Sullivan won his fourth Crucible Snooker World Championship title by seeing off Ali Carter 18-11 in the final on Monday. The similarly unstoppable Slavko Jeric and Ruud Dankers teamed to produce this Infographic showing how high The Rocket has soared in Crucible history.

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PREVIEW: Sizing up the Crucible’s semifinalists

SNOOKER - Stephen Maguire, Ali Carter, Matthew Stevens and Ronnie O’Sullivan have reached the semifinals of snooker World Championship in Sheffield. We will preview the semifinals by looking into the numbers about their performance in the last eight competitions.

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BREAKING - ‘Pearl’ Hendry retires from snooker

SNOOKER - Stephen Hendry has announced his retirement from professional snooker following a 13-2 rout at the hands of fellow Scot Stephen Maguire in the quarterfinals of the 2012 World Snooker Championship. The 43-year-old ‘Pearl of Scotland’ has won the Crucible crown a record seven times.

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REVIEW: First WCh round hard on snooker seeds

SNOOKER – So far, the 2012 World Snooker Championship has been highly unpredictable, with eight seeded players eliminated in Round 1 at the Crucible. For the favourites, the seeded players, the outcome of the first round has not been as unkind in the last 20 years, since the 1992 World Snooker Championship.

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IN THE NEWS: Hendry completes third WCh 147

SNOOKER - Seven time world champion Stephen Hendry set the Crucible Theatre alight at the first day of the 2012 World Snooker Championship by rattling in a 147 maximum break, a record-tying third for him in the history of the competition, which has welcomed only 10 such achievements. Click to Read More.

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ON THIS DAY - 1997: O’Sullivan rattles in fastest maximum

Ronnie O'sullivan Ronnie O'Sullivan of England plays a shot against Mark Selby of England during the quarter finals of the World Snooker Championships at the Crucible Theatre on April 27, 2010 in Sheffield, England.SNOOKER - Oh, how fitting that the 2012 World Snooker Championship should start precisely 15 years after Ronnie O’Sullivan showed us all how the game should be played. He shoots a 147 maximum in 5 minutes and 20 seconds (averaging 8.8 seconds per shot), only two seconds shorter than it took Dave Brubeck’s jazz ensemble to produce the classic ‘Take Five’.

OFF THE WALL - Zero in 147 days, 147 in 5 minutes

FOOTBALL - On Wednesday, 14 March, Fernando Torres’s Champions League cameo against Napoli failed to produce his elusive next goal. His side went through to the quarterfinals, but the Spaniard is now 147 days without an official goal. Click here to see snooker’s Ronnie O’Sullivan rack up a maximum 147 points in little over 5 minutes. Idea for stat provided by Twitter follower @Joostsat.