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Barry Hearn strips top snooker stars of playing privileges

Hearn shakes up snooker with Trump and other top stars stripped of playing privileges



22:41 GMT, 18 December 2012

Snooker supremo Barry Hearn has thrown down the gauntlet to the top players.

The likes of Judd Trump and Mark Selby will have privileges removed and the top 16 will not be guaranteed a place at eight of 11 ranking events.

From June, all 128 tour pros will, for most events, be hurled in at round one in a draw with 64 seeds.

Wielding the axe: Snooker chief Barry Hearn is cutting player privileges

Wielding the axe: Snooker chief Barry Hearn is cutting player privileges

Judd Trump beats Neil Robertson to claim International Championship crown

Trump beats Robertson to claim International Championship title



22:50 GMT, 4 November 2012

Judd Trump became the first winner of the International Championship, beating Neil Robertson 10-8 in the final in Chengdu.

The 22-year-old Bristolian became
world No 1 with his semi-final hammering of Peter Ebdon and on Sunday added
the 125,000 first prize.

Champion: England's Judd Trump

Champion: England's Judd Trump

A tight match seemed to have swung Robertson's way when he led 8-6 but his rival left-hander found another gear, breaks of 96 and 119 helping him turn the contest around.

The first four frames were split before Robertson returned from the first interval to open up a 4-2 lead, with breaks of 51 and 41 in frame four.

Trump took two contrasting frames to level – the first at one visit after a stunning opening red, the second a messy affair – but Robertson took the last of the afternoon session with a 50 break to lead 5-4.

The evening began with a re-rack and then a cagey start to frame 10, but Trump took it with a run of 57 to level the match once more.

He nudged ahead but Robertson responded with breaks of 68 and 88, and a 73 after the interval took the Australian 8-6 ahead.

Trump looked to be in trouble when he hammered the black off the table having gone 22 ahead in the vital 15th frame, but responded to close to within one.

And the world number one proved his mettle, going close to a century in the next and then making 119 to go ahead at the perfect time with just one frame needed for the title.

He opened up in the next with a swerve to pot a long red and then split the pack well, but could only make 39. Robertson failed to respond, though, and another superb opening red and pink set Trump on the way to victory.

It was Trump's third ranking title, having won the China Open and the UK Championship last year, while for Robertson it was only a second defeat in 12 ranking finals.

Stephen Lee threatens to sue Judd Trump over fix claims

Snooker scandal as Lee 'to sue' Trump over fix claims



23:16 GMT, 12 October 2012

Stephen Lee has threatened to sue fellow snooker star Judd Trump for comments he made on Twitter questioning his performance against John Higgins.

Lee went 2-1 up in the Premier League match on Thursday only for Higgins to take three frames in a row and win 4-2.

Judd Trump

Suspended: Stephen Lee

Scandal: Stephen Lee (right) has threatened to sue Judd Trump (left)

The sixth frame went down to the pink and black and Lee had a chance to tie but missed it with the rest, allowing Higgins to win the match.

Lee, 38, has been suspended from the game while there is a probe into unusual betting patterns.

Trump tweeted to more than 90,000 followers questioning Lee’s effort.

Top star: Stephen Lee is ranked No 7 in the world

Top star: Stephen Lee is ranked No 7 in the world

Five-time ranking event winner Lee earlier this month saw the threat of criminal prosecution dropped for a match he played in 2009.

Lee said: ‘If Judd wants to go shouting off like that then I will get my lawyer involved. He obviously has a chip on his shoulder about something.’

John Higgins beats Judd Trump to win Shanghai Masters

Higgins completes stunning comeback against Trump to lift Shanghai title



16:19 GMT, 23 September 2012

John Higgins stormed back from a heavy deficit to lift the Shanghai Masters title with a thrilling 10-9 victory over Judd Trump in the final.

Despite a fantastic 147 break, Higgins was trailing 7-2 at the mid-session interval in the best-of-19 tussle as Trump looked odds-on to avenge his defeat to the Scot in the 2011 World Championship final.

However, Higgins reeled off six frames in a row and although Trump was able to force a decider, it was the 37-year-old who triumphed.

Trumped: John Higgins won the Shanghai Masters

Trumped: John Higgins won the Shanghai Masters

Snooker: Luca Brecel youngest ever to reach World Championship

Brilliant Brecel will be youngest ever at World Championship after qualifying win over King



19:24 GMT, 15 April 2012

Belgian teenager Luca Brecel shattered Stephen Hendry's record to become the youngest player to earn a place at the World Championship.

Brecel, who is 17 years and 36 days old, beat Essex's Mark King 10-8 in the final round of qualifying, his fourth win of the week.

And he will feature in Monday's first-round draw for the event which begins at the Crucible next Saturday.

Youngest qualifier: Luca Brecel is heading to the Crucible

Youngest qualifier: Luca Brecel is heading to the Crucible

Hendry, who was also 17 but almost two months older when he first qualified in 1986, also went through with a 10-6 win against China's Yu Delu.

Brecel believes he is destined to win the world title in his career, and he will go to the Crucible with a fearless attitude, ready to take on anyone, even reigning champion John Higgins.

He said: 'I feel absolutely fantastic. I didn't expect this to happen this week.
“I didn't think about becoming the youngest ever at all, although I knew about the record. I believe I can be a future world champion.

'Everybody is following me in Belgium and it's just going to go crazy there now.'

The youngster made a nine-minute 147 break aged just 12, and has been waiting for his big chance.

'I went to the Crucible last year to watch some matches so I'll know what to expect,' he said. 'I haven't thought about who I want to play next.'

Asked if he would gladly take on Higgins, he said: 'I wouldn't be afraid.'

He is the fifth 17-year-old in history to reach the Crucible, after Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Liu Chuang.

Ronnie O"Sullivan beats Ding Junhui in Masters first round at Alexandra Palace

Rocket Ronnie sends holder Junhui packing with first round Masters win at Ally Pally

Ronnie O'Sullivan put a mid-match stumble behind him to knock out defending champion Ding Junhui in the first round of the BGC Masters at Alexandra Palace.

Four-time champion O'Sullivan thrilled a packed crowd in the first match played at the tournament's new home after its move from Wembley, claiming the final two frames to win 6-4 and finishing off with a classy 125.

On cue: Ronnie O'Sullivan was on top form to dump holder Ding Junhui out of the Masters

On cue: Ronnie O'Sullivan was on top form to dump holder Ding Junhui out of the Masters

O'Sullivan had led 4-1 and looked to be cruising through to the quarter-finals, but Ding's fightback began with a fluked red and he levelled the match.

With the support of the London crowd firmly behind him, O'Sullivan flicked a switch and rediscovered his best form.

Sinking feeling: Ding Junhui looks on as O'Sullivan racks up his first round win at Alexandra Palace

Sinking feeling: Ding Junhui looks on as O'Sullivan racks up his first round win at Alexandra Palace

A break of 51 set him up to regain the lead before the century – almost a total clearance but the black stayed up – put an impressive seal on his success.

O'Sullivan will face either UK champion Judd Trump or Stuart Bingham in his next match on Thursday.