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Mark Allen queries Ronnie O"Sullivan"s late withdrawal from International Championship

Allen queries O'Sullivan's late withdrawal from International Championship

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UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 27 October 2012

Mark Allen has asked the first questions of Ronnie O'Sullivan's withdrawal from World Snooker's new flagship tournament in China.

The International Championship in Chengdu offers world ranking points on a par with the UK Championship and a first prize of 125,000.

O'Sullivan withdrew on medical grounds, prompting World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Jason Ferguson to say it would mean 'huge disappointment' for the Chinese supporters.

Northern Irishman Allen, among the likely title contenders after overcoming a passport blunder to travel out, wrote on Facebook: 'So ronnie pulls out of china again!! Thoughts'

Outspoken: Mark Allen

Outspoken: Mark Allen

The 26-year-old added in a later post: 'Don't understand why he enters though. If he doesn't wanna play don't enter. It affects draws, rankings, sponsors, seedings and all.'

O'Sullivan's condition was not disclosed – but he was able to play an exhibition match against Jimmy White in Liverpool on Thursday. Last year he suffered badly with glandular fever and pulled out of the Haikou World Open in China and the PTC finals in Ireland.

The Chigwell man has expressed a dislike for the heavy schedule and travel demands on players in the game, with the ranking system in its present guise placing an emphasis on the importance of players turning out each week.

Despite winning the German Masters and World Championship this year, by taking a four-month break from competition following his Crucible triumph O'Sullivan has drifted out of the world's top 16. His ranking – currently 17th – will continue to slide for not travelling to China.

While the 36-year-old recovers at home, Allen will be looking to claim his second major ranking title, having won his first also in China at the Haikou Open earlier this year.

Missing out: Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled out of the International Championship

Missing out: Ronnie O'Sullivan pulled out of the International Championship

That came after Allen, on arrival in Haikou, launched a fierce attack on the tournament and local people which saw him reprimanded by World Snooker.

He almost missed the trip this time, having taken his wrong passport initially, leaving behind his visa.

But Allen is a player full of confidence and form, having recently won a minor tournament in Belgium by defeating world number one Mark Selby in the final.

'That win has been a long time coming,' Allen said.

'I was really struggling earlier in this season, but I've spent a lot of time with my coach Terry Griffiths up at South West Snooker Academy.

'He's helped me get my mind right. And I've practised hard leading into this event. I had a good attitude throughout.

'I'm really pleased to be playing well again. We've got some very big tournaments coming up, the International in China next week and the UK Championship is not far away.'

In the title hunt: Allen has a chance of victory in China

In the title hunt: Allen has a chance of victory in China

A dark horse for the eight-day Chengdu tournament is Stuart Bingham, who enjoyed 6-0 wins over both Selby and Neil Robertson in the Premier League in Guildford on Thursday, firing in four century breaks.

He and fiancee Michelle are due to marry next year, and Bingham's 16,000 one-night winnings will cover the cost.

'We're getting married in Cyprus in May so that pays for everything,' Bingham said.

'In practice everyone can play like that but to do it on the main stage was unbelievable.

'I've beaten the world No 1 and former world champion – well I hammered them.'

Absent from China along with O'Sullivan will be Stephen Lee. The world number seven has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation by the WPBSA into betting matters.

The action in Chengdu sees former world champions Shaun Murphy, Robertson and Ken Doherty all start their campaigns.

David Haye hates Dereck Chisora, says trainer Adam Booth

'Frightening' Haye driven by hatred of Chisora, says trainer Booth

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UPDATED:

09:31 GMT, 11 July 2012

Adam Booth insists David Haye is in frightening condition as he prepares to meet an opponent he 'hates'.

Haye faces British rival Dereck Chisora at Upton Park on Saturday night in a heavyweight showdown mired in controversy.

Ready: David Haye

Ready: David Haye

The rivals brawled at a press conference after Chisora's WBC title loss to Vitali Klitschko in February, the final act of a series of outrageous incidents involving the 28-year-old.

Haye's dislike for Chisora is genuine, according to his trainer Booth.

'This is personal. This is way more personal than the Wladimir Klitschko fight. That was business, but he hates Dereck Chisora,' Booth said.

'I've used his hatred of Dereck as fuel for training to make him do more. He wants it more.

'But come fight night he must fight an anonymous man and leave emotion out of it.

Rival: Derek Chisora

Rival: Derek Chisora

'David's got a lot of experience and has had grudge matches before. I know he can separate the two.

'David knows what's in front of him and he's sparred twice as many rounds for this fight as he has done for any other fight.

'He's in frightening shape and that's testament to the training he's done.'

Haye will be fighting for the first time since losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko in July last year.

Entering the fight as a national hero, his credibility and popularity plummeted after he blamed the defeat on a broken little toe.

Booth, however, believes he deserves more credit for his performance in Hamburg that night.

Warning: Haye's trainer Adam Booth (left) and Don Charles, the trainer of Dereck Chisora

Warning: Haye's trainer Adam Booth (left) and Don Charles, trainer of Chisora

'It's a shame that the toe was what the media chose to reflect on. David showed a genuine injury and got slaughtered for it,' Booth said.

'It was a shame because if you watch the first six rounds it was dead even and (US television network) HBO ever had David ahead.

'It was the second half of the fight that Wladimir used to put it away.

'David genuinely does not give a **** what people think about him, but it burns him that in the second half of that fight he didn't do what he was supposed to do.

'When has he ever failed to be aggressive before Fighters are complex creatures.'

Haye vs Chisora is live on BoxNation (Sky Ch 437, Virgin Ch 546). More details can be found at www.boxnation.com

Lewis Hamilton happy with third in Malaysia

Hamilton happy with third despite starting Malaysian Grand Prix on pole

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UPDATED:

07:45 GMT, 26 March 2012

Lewis Hamilton took comfort from Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix just a week after a similar performance in Australia left him bemoaning 'a bad day'.

For the second consecutive race Hamilton started from pole but was forced to finish third, a situation that left him seriously frustrated and angered Down Under.

Champagne moment: Hamilton celebrates after finishing third in Sepang

Champagne moment: Hamilton celebrates after finishing third in Sepang

Hamilton asserted afterwards his dislike of 'going backwards', yet he found himself experiencing the same situation at the Sepang International Circuit.

The 27-year-old finished 14.5secs behind Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, with Sergio Perez in his Sauber a career-high second.

On this occasion Hamilton said: 'We can be satisfied, definitely.

In the wet: Hamilton was happy to finish third in Sunday's rain-affected race

In the wet: Hamilton was happy to finish third in Sunday's rain-affected race

'Of course we would have liked to have more points this weekend, but I guess I can't really complain.

'I'm on the podium for the second week in a row, so I'm pretty happy.

'I feel pretty fortunate I was able to stay out of trouble with the conditions changing constantly. I think we did a great job.'

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Light rain at the start of the race became torrential soon after, sparking a suspension for 51 minutes after nine laps.

Even though McLaren appear to have the quickest car, Hamilton was unable to make any inroads on Alonso and Perez after finding himself behind the duo as the pit stops unfolded.

Asked as to his different demeanour with regard to third, he said: 'Overall I wouldn't say I was happy with third.

'I can never be happy with going backwards, but it's really just due to the conditions.

Perfect start: Hamilton led from Button in the early phase of the race

Perfect start: Hamilton led from Button in the early phase of the race

'The two guys in front did a better job, and the race was just really trying to keep the car on the track and bring home some points, and I did.

'The goal is always to try and be on the podium, stay consistent and so far I'm doing that.

'Again I would like to be a little bit higher up so I'm going to focus on my race pace for the next race (in China on April 15) and see if I can convert a good position to a better result.'

Craig Bellamy looks ahead to Carling Cup final at Wembley

Bellamy: I owe Carling Cup win to Liverpool… they've made me a changed man

Craig Bellamy insists he is a changed man since arriving at Liverpool and has put his volatile days of arguments and scuffles well behind him.

The Wales international's reputation means he is right up there when it comes to Premier League players opposition fans take an instant dislike to.

But ask any supporter of a club he has played for, and there have been many, and you get a different response.

Ready to rumble: Craig Bellamy is fit to face former club Cardiff in the Carling Cup final at Wembley

Ready to rumble: Craig Bellamy is fit to face former club Cardiff in the Carling Cup final at Wembley

That was highlighted in the second leg of the Carling Cup semi-final at Anfield where the 32-year-old received generous applause from Manchester City's travelling contingent despite the fact he had scored the goal which ended their hopes of a Wembley appearance.

Instead it will be Liverpool facing Cardiff, Bellamy's hometown club where he spent last season on loan, in the final on Sunday.

Bellamy is expected to start as he searches for his first medal in English football but if the Bluebirds think they can affect his game by winding him up they may be mistaken.

'I probably speak to and see people more than I have ever done in my life,' said the Welshman.

All smiles: Bellamy is pleased to be back and playing well at Liverpool

All smiles: Bellamy is pleased to be back and playing well at Liverpool

'I am aware of the people I need to surround myself with and have more of a focal point of where I want to be in my life and how I want to be as a person.

'Football is a complete hobby and I enjoy myself every day. I used to think I was obsessed but I am truly committed to my sport.

'I am committed to the club and the profession I am in and by doing that I give myself the best opportunity to be able to play well on a Saturday.

'When I go out I don't think about scoring or anything else apart from trying my hardest.

Changing man: Bellamy spent last season at Cardiff

Changing man: Bellamy spent last season at Cardiff

'If anything comes off then great. If it doesn't I can walk off truly knowing I have given my all and if someone was better then great.

'Going with that approach every day in training and in life has just clicked, it has made a difference.

'I have been able to control so many different things in my performance and the football looks after itself – it is a nice feeling every day.

'It isn't just about football. I try to be at ease but I still have my moments.

'It has been eventful because it has all been in practice in training, taking weeks, not yelling when someone gives the ball away.

'The 'chimp' still comes out every now and then but I have to think about the rational, human being side.'

The chimp reference is in relation to a mind-management book by Dr Steve Peters, whom Bellamy has spoken with.

The Chimp Paradox explains how to separate the human from the ape element in the brain and therefore control your responses.

But it is not just the psychological side of the game that Bellamy has started to pay more attention to, he is working hard on keeping himself in shape.

'I am in (training) as early as I can to make sure I do everything right to be able to play well,' he added.

'I am one of the last ones to leave because I have to do ice baths, swimming pools and treatments and work with my knees on a daily basis.

'It has been a complete revamp for me but it is amazing.'

So with his new-found serenity how will Bellamy react if he is told he is not starting against Cardiff

Point to prove: Bellamy is determined to show he is a different character

Point to prove: Bellamy is determined to show he is a different character

'When you are young you are always pushing for a point to prove and you listen to the media more – “Bellamy dropped” – and it hits you,' he said.

'I have realised that isn't usually the case and I believe in myself.

'Honestly, I feel so comfortable in myself at the moment that even if I wasn't on the bench it wouldn't mean too much to me because it would be someone else's opportunity.'

Bellamy has already dismissed the idea that Sunday is a dream final for him, suggesting the best result for him would be a narrow Liverpool win with him not involved in the winning goal.

He also insists the Carling Cup final will not make or break the Reds' recovery from a difficult time in their history.

'Six years (without a trophy) isn't the worst. I can live with that because seven years ago they won the European Cup and six years ago it was the FA Cup,' said Bellamy.

'There have been one or two semi-finals since then and it is not as bad as people think.

'They like to mention the club haven't been to Wembley in 16 years but it was shut for eight or nine of them.

'This club will win trophies, it is primed to win trophies. Every day I walk into training I have to walk past the European Cup – that says it all.

'Winning on Sunday will not make a difference to the next few years.'