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.
Spain win the world handball championship in the most lopsided final in the history of the competition, defeating Denmark by 16 (35-19). The previous biggest margin of victory was 10 (Sweden beating Czechoslovakia 22-12 in 1958. The defeat was the second biggest ever for Denmark in a major international competition. Torrid detail: Denmark entered the final as the tournament’s lone remaining undefeated team in the tournament.
HANDBALL - Spain and Denmark to meet in final of 2013 World Men’s Handball Championship. Spain will attempt to secure a fifth world championship gold in front of a home crowd, following Germany (1938), Sweden (1954), France (2001) and Germany (2007). Denmark will hope to become the fifth side to win the title after finishing runners-up in the previous world championship, following Soviet Union (1982), Yugoslavia (1986), France (1995) and Sweden (1999).
CYCLING - The Cycling Road World Championships are taking place in Valkenburg, Netherlands, and for the fifth time in history this will be the locale of the Men’s Elite Race. The town thereby overtakes Copenhagen’s four. The Danish capital served as venue of last year’s championship, that saw Mark Cavendish collect the rainbow jersey. Click Read More to see the four previous world champions to claim the rainbow jersey in Valkenburg.
FOOTBALL - Miroslav Klose is 34 years old today. He has collected 116 caps and 63 goals for Germany. Klose is the only player that has scored at least four goals in three different tournaments. On 14 World Cup goals, he joins Gerd Müller in second place among FIFA World Cup goalscorers. He is looking to join Jean-François Domergue and Wesley Sneijder as the only players to score at the Euros on their birthday.
Shares birthday with: Michael J. Fox, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman
ICE HOCKEY – This year’s final at the World Ice Hockey Championship will not be as common as last year’s, however it will be the seventh final fixture that has been contested twice in the competition. Tonight, Russia will hope to exact revenge on Slovakia, who won their first and only world title at the expense of Russia in 2002.
ICE HOCKEY - The 2012 Ice Hockey World Championship starts on Friday and Team Canada is sending three potential new members to the Triple Gold Club, an elite fellowship of players that have won the Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a world championship gold. Ryan Getzlaf, Duncan Keith and Corey Perry can complete the set and secure membership of the club.
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.
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.
FORMULA ONE - Ayrton Senna was born 21 March, 1960. When he was 14 years old he began his motorsport career in karting. He made his Formula One debut in 1984. He won the World Championship in 1988, 1990, 1991 and he recorded 41 Grand Prix victories. His 1994 season got off to a disappointing start, leaving him yearning for rehabilitation. The third race was coming and he started in pole position. In lap 7 it all went wrong as he flew out of curve. He died in that race at San Marino on 1 May 1994.
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.
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.
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’.