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WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIP 2013: Barry Hearn complains to BBC over Ronnie O"Sullivan coverage

We deserve better than this, BBC! Hearn complains after coverage of O'Sullivan ends… for Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

15:04 GMT, 21 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 21 April 2013

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn has complained to the BBC, after they left the climax of Ronnie O'Sullivan's first round match at the World Championship to show a 1970s comedy.

O'Sullivan, making his return to snooker after pulling out of virtually the whole season, was about to complete a 10-4 win over Marcus Campbell on Saturday night when BBC2 switched to the Michael Crawford sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

On the black: Ronnie O'Sulivan impressed during his snooker return at the Crucible

There were various complaints made by fans on social networking sites, and Hearn responded on Sunday by writing on Twitter: 'Sorry to all snooker fans for the poor BBC coverage last night. Letter of complaint sent to BBC today.'

The complaint from Hearn is surprising when you consider how much praise he has heaped on the BBC in recent times for their coverage of the sport.

The corporation, which has covered snooker for decades, has recently signed up as host broadcaster of the World Championship, UK Championship and Masters tournaments until 2017.

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Having his say: Barry Hearn with Ronnie O'Sullivan at a special media event ahead of the World Championship

Jason Ferguson, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association, welcomed the public response to the BBC's scheduling decision, saying on Twitter: 'Snooker Fans, World Snooker letter of complaint has been filed with the BBC over yesterdays coverage, thanks everyone for your comments.'

The BBC hasn't yet responded to Hearn's comments. They are almost certain to point towards their coverage on the 'red button' service, which showed the end of O'Sullivan's match.

Some fans of the sport might speculate on the timing of Hearn's complaints. The BBC have regularly left their coverage of more significant matches, at later stages of the tournament, in years gone by.

The overall picture on the opening weekend of the tournament is a positive one, with plenty of column inches accompanying O'Sullivan's win, as snooker fights its corner among other sporting attractions like key football matches, the London Marathon and Bahrain Grand Prix.

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Some mothers do 'ave 'em

Classic comedy: Millions of viewers watched Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em on the BBC when it was first screened between 1973 and 1978

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Tiger Woods should disqualify himself from Masters, says Sir Nick Faldo

You should disqualify yourself! Faldo says Woods will damage legacy if he plays on at Augusta

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

14:31 GMT, 13 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:58 GMT, 13 April 2013

Sir Nick Faldo has hit out at Tiger Woods after the American superstar was given a two-shot penalty for a controversial drop at the Masters, saying he should disqualify himself from the tournament.

Woods hit his third shot against the flag stick on the 15th hole at Augusta, with the ball bouncing into the water. He then took a drop from what appeared to be the wrong place, two yards away from its original lie.

It was thought at one time that the world No 1 could have been disqualified, but he was given a reprieve on Saturday morning by rules officials.

However, three-time Masters winner Faldo told the Golf Channel that he should elect not to play the final two rounds, saying he 'should think about mark this will leave on his legacy'.

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Drama: Woods reacts after his ball flies into the water (left) and then takes his drop (right)

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

Key moment: Woods seen here dropping the ball on the 15th after his third shot found the water

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Faldo added: 'For me, this is dreadful. Absolutely, no intention to drop this as close as possible. Simply, a breach of rules.

'The rules of golf are black and white and Tiger broke them. He’s admitted he broke them. He should stand up and earn himself some brownie points and say to all his fellow professionals: ”I’ve broken the rules, I’m going home and I will see you next week.” He should consider the mark this will leave on his legacy.’

Woods will start the third round on one-under par, five off the lead held by Jason Day.

Golf's rules were changed a year ago, with players now not being disqualified for signing the wrong card.

New rules state that 'if the Committee is satisfied that the competitor could not reasonably have known or discovered the facts resulting in his breach of the Rules, it would be justified under Rule 33-7 in waiving the disqualification penalty prescribed by Rule 6-6d.'

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

Way back when: Woods receives the green jacket from Sir Nick Faldo in 1997

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Former US Open champion Graeme
McDowell said on Twitter: '2 shot penalty for TW for wrong drop. New
rule applied for trial by tv. Instead of retrospective DQ, player
receives a penalty. Decent rule.'

The
leader after two rounds was Australia's Jason Day, on six-under. But
all the talk as the weekend began was once again about Woods.

Watch Tiger Woods' shot fly off the stick and into the water…

Masters 2013: John Higgins beats Ali Carter at Alexandra Palace

Higgins Masters Carter with fine victory to book quarter-final spot at Ally Pally

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

22:09 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

22:09 GMT, 14 January 2013

John Higgins fought back from 2-0 behind to beat Ali Carter and book a place in the last eight of the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

Higgins, winner of this great event in 1999 and 2006, lost the second frame despite Carter needing two snookers, and seemed really up against it at that stage.

The Scot soon found his feet however, firing in a clearance of 117 to reduce Carter's lead, and then winning the fourth frame to level at 2-2.

Job done: Higgins came from 2-0 down to beat Carter on Monday

Job done: Higgins came from 2-0 down to beat Carter on Monday

Higgins soon went 3-2 up, and then he won the sixth frame with a 97 to take control of the match.

Carter pulled one back with an 83, and looked set to win another when he was first in with 54 in the ninth frame, but he missed a pink to middle, and Higgins made him pay with a 65 clearance to seal his win.

'I was thinking Ali was going to pull it back to 5-5 because I was beginning to feel the pressure a bit, but luckily I held myself together,' Higgins said afterwards.

On his poor start, he added: 'I was still feeling okay. I hadn't missed much and felt fine and that's half the battle. It's only you and your mind out there and I was still in the game so you just get on with it.'

LIVE World Darts Final: Scott Waites v Tony O"Shea at Lakeside

BDO World Darts Championship final: All the live news from Waites v O'Shea

By
Nick Metcalfe

PUBLISHED:

17:59 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

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O'Shea 0 Waites 1 Have your say here

18.18: Waites with the darts in the third leg of the second set, and he's always too far ahead to be under any pressure. Waites goes 2-1 up.

18.16: O'Shea levels it up in the second set, with a double 10 finishing it off.

18.15: The Chelsea pensioners are in attendance. No personalities so far, from what I can see. You used to be able to rely on a few snooker players to make it, but with the Masters starting today, I'm not so sure any will be here.

18.14: Best leg of the match so far, with successive 180s in the middle of it. Waites misses a couple of doubles, but makes no mistake with double four and goes one leg up in the second set.

18.12: Scott Waites wins the opening set.

O'Shea is not at the races in this fourth leg of the match, leaving Waites with six darts to make 42. He doesn't make the first three count, but with his fourth he hits double 16 and puts the first set on the board. He really does look determined here, does Waites.

18.10: O'Shea misses a chance with bullseye, and Waites takes full advantage, with a treble 16 and double eight finish seeing him break the darts.

18.09: This is bringing back nice memories of my own days at the Lakeside. It's always a fun night out, I remember when it was seen as really raucous in Frimley Green, but with the antics of the crowd up at Ally Pally these days, it seems positively innocent in Surrey.

18.07: Waites hits the first 180 of the final in the second leg, and is on a finish in no time. He misses a few doubles, before eventually nailing double six and levelling the scores.

18.05: Waites has a chance to win the first leg with a 170, but falls well short, O'Shea misses a chance with double 16, Waites then can't hit double 20, before O'Shea holds his nerve to pick off a double eight and make sure he holds with the darts.

18.03: We're under way, so we are. Both these men are going for their first title. Who will be picking up the famous old trophy in a couple of hours

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

Into the final: O'Shea celebrates his semi-final match win over Wesley Harms

18.02: It's been some month for us darts fans, has it not All the thrills of the PDC event at Alexandra Palace, with a 16th world title for Phil Taylor. And after a week of BDO action, here comes the climax to it all. All eyes on the oche.

18.00: The atmosphere at the Lakeside is terrific, as the players make their entrance for this final. Plenty of fancy dress on display at what the commentators remind us is 'the spiritual home of darts'.

Welcome to our live coverage of the world darts final. Let's hope for a thriller between Scott Waites and Tony O'Shea.

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Looking good: Scott Waites celebrates reaching his first final

Manchester City v Sunderland – LIVE

Manchester City v Sunderland – All the latest action as it happens from the Etihad

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UPDATED:

12:49 GMT, 6 October 2012

MANCHESTER CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

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13.49: We're a little late getting under way, City players were waiting for Yaya Toure it seems. Oh well, away we go…

13.47: Thanks for all your nice messages at half-time, and one that isn't so nice from somebody called James. Poor show from you, old chap.

13.32: HALF-TIME CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

That's your lot for the first 47 minutes. A decent enough game, and City much the better team. See you back here in 15 minutes, give or take.

13.30: We are going to play two additional minutes at the end of this first half. Well, when I say we…

13.28: Barry seems to be having more of an influence as the game progresses. Again he charges though midfield, and supplies Yaya Toure. His cross is weak though, and cleared away. Sunderland are playing for half-time here.

13.27: City are well and truly in charge here, and again they test the visitors with a decent attack. They seem wary of having a shot on goal, but eventually Barry fires a decent effort wide of the post.

13.25: You're right about Sunderland fans, Nick. I always thought they quite liked United until that day in May. I've spoken to many Sunderland fans who were embarrassed by it. Dave, Manchester

13.22: More City pressure, and when Sunderland don't clear properly away from a corner, Balotelli curls a rather tame effort wide.

13.19: Not an awful lot is happening right at the moment. I wouldn't say City are coasting, but they're certainly good value for their lead.

13.17: 'If you hate Man United, clap your hands' seems to be doing the rounds at the Etihad. It seems like some in the away end might be joining in. I've traditionally had a lot of time for Sunderland. I do like visiting the town and its delightful, warm people. But I was surprised by a way a few of their fans behaved on the final day of last season, going so mad as United lost the title. It didn't seem very dignified to me. Oh well, every set of fans has a day when they don't distinguish themselves, I suppose.

13.15: Colback gives the ball away, and City nearly take advantage as a dangerous low ball is played across the area and Balotelli's effort is deflected behind. Wouldn't you know it, we've played half an hour here. This one is traditionally rushing by.

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

Battle: Mario Balotelli is challenged by Sunderland's Craig Gardner

13.10: City win another dangerous free-kick just outside the Sunderland area, but this time Kolarov has his effort deflected behind. Some cheeky wags in the Sunderland end refuse to give the ball away for a while, when it is returned City have a corner, but it's cleared away easily enough.

13.08: Mancini didn't seem happy in his interview before the game with City having to play on a Wednesday night and then early on a Saturday, but his team are pretty bright here.

13.05: City show their class with a fine probing move, and Sunderland are lucky to survive. A fortunate deflection sees the ball fall to Zabaleta inside the Sunderland area, but his close-range effort is well saved by Mignolet. From the rebound, Tevez fires a dangerous ball across the six yard box, from which Zabeleta just fails to make contact.

13.01: Come on Sunderland. Man City's Bogey side lets go one better than last season and take all 6 points off City this season instead of the 4 from 6 last season. Jack Colback to stamp his authority on Y.Yore and co in city midfield. Predict a cheeky 2-1 win to Sunderland. Ger Carney, Sunderland Supporter in Yeovil. ps watch out for Sol Carney aged 15 playing for Yeovil Town FC U-18's …the next Jack Colback…the next Paul Scholes!!

12.59: Two corners in succession for Sunderland, but neither are any good frankly. Martin O'Neill stalks the touchline, as is his trademark. He really does live and breathe every game.

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Eye for goal: Aleksandar Kolarov fires home with a free-kick

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

Pure delight: Kolarov celebrates after scoring for City

12.57: Messrs Mancini and Platt are in animated conversation. Meanwhile, Gardner's fine cross aimed at Fletcher has to be headed behind by Zabaleta. A Sunderland corner, and the visiting fans find their voice.

12.55: Not a bad effort from Sunderland, as City fail to clear properly from a free-kick and Sessegnon fires a volley narrowly over the crossbar. There's a nice open feel to this match.

12.53: You can rest assured that as soon as I see pictures come through from this match, I will publish the best of them.

12.51: The worst possible start for the visitors, they're really up against it now. City fans are delightedly singing about being champions.

12.49: GOAL! CITY 1 SUNDERLAND 0

Sunderland pay the price for Cuellar's poor challenge as Aleksandar Kolarov curls a brilliant free-kick into the net. Some might say Sunderland keeper Mignolet should have done better, but there was a lot of power in it. Smashing strike.

12.47: Balotelli sets Tevez up with a nice pass, and Cuellar upends the Argentina with a ghastly challenge on the edge of the Sunderland penalty area. A yellow card for Cuellar, I wouldn't have been amazed to see a red.

12.46: Joleon Lescott loses the ball in midfield in the opening minute, and Sunderland string a few passes together. Both teams are feeling each other out.

12.45: Goodness, they are being prompt here. We're under way on time.

12.44: Here come the strains of Blue Moon. Beautiful song.

12.43: The usual teams will be up there. It's between City and United again for me.
Gary, London

12.41: The teams are coming out. The cameras are focused on Joe Hart. No surprise there, the England keeper was sensational in City's midweek clash with Borussia Dortmund.

12.40: With those wages one of them deserve the title. A decent manager would remind them that they are footballers not prima donnas. Can you imagine Norman Hunter or Tommy Smith in the game now Jon Dearden

12.37: Whether it's a good morning, good afternoon or good evening, your company is appreciated as we head into another big weekend of sport.

12.35: Hi, I'm from Australia and I'm following your updates on the City-Sunderland game on the Daily Mail site Just saying thanks very much for this because we can't watch any Premier League matches here, unfortunately and so it's great to be able to keep up with the action! Tipping Chelsea for the title this year, but hoping City can manage two in a row! Cheers 🙂 Tessa.

12.30: The ground is really starting to fill up now, with 15 minutes until kick-off. It's a big sporting day in Manchester, what with the big rugby league final this evening. And what a beautiful autumnal day, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness at its best.

12.20: Come on City, let's get our title bid really going now.
James, Chalfont St Peter

12.15: I've just remembered this fixture last season. I was in Koh Samui on a boiling hot Saturday night. That late City recovery from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 was rather important as things turned out.

12.10: Funny old game. And a funny old season so far. None of the big guns have been properly firing in these opening couple of months. Who do you fancy as the title winners Don't be shy, drop me a line to [email protected]

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

Hoping for victory: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini

12.05: Here are the teams for this lunchtime match:

Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Richards, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Barry, Y. Toure, Silva, Balotelli, Tevez.
Subs: Pantilimon, Clichy, Rodwell, K.Toure, Nasri, Dzeko, Aguero.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.
Subs: Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Bramble, Saha, Westwood.

12.00: Manchester
City have had a mixed start to the season, but will be expected to beat
Sunderland and move into second place in the Premier League.

Wayne Rooney horse Yourartisonfire wins at Haydock

Yourartisonfire lands Rooney first triumph as racehorse owner… but he missed it!

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UPDATED:

15:21 GMT, 5 July 2012

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney enjoyed his first taste of victory as a racehorse owner as Yourartisonfire scored at Haydock.

Rooney – away on holiday in Los Angeles – owns the Elaine Burke-trained two-year-old in partnership with Sunderland defender John O'Shea, among others.

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

First past the post: Yourartisonfire (Yellow), ridden by Michael Metcalfe, triumphed at Haydock to score Rooney's first win as a racehorse owner

Sent off the 6-4 favourite in the Distinction Doors EBF Maiden Stakes, the
Dutch Art colt built on his debut fourth at Nottingham, staying on strongly
throughout the final furlong to win going away by two and a quarter lengths from Mayaasem.

Winning jockey Michael Metcalfe told Racing UK: 'They went quite steady – you can sit and wait but I thought I would get him rolling and I always thought he would pick them up in the end.

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

Missing out: Rooney was not at the meeting as he is on holiday in Los Angeles

'When I got him wide he picked up nicely and he'd probably even get an extra furlong the way he settled.

'He's very professional.'

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: Day four news as it happens

WIMBLEDON 2012 LIVE: Follow all the latest news from day four at the Championships

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UPDATED:

11:07 GMT, 28 June 2012

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12.05: Laura Robson is out there on the practice courts. She is in doubles action with Heather Watson later.

Laura Robson

Laura Robson

11.57: Errani has taken the first two games on Court Two. There are still thousands of empty seats by the way.

11.50: Keothavong is under way in her match. She's right up against it though

11.45: I'm watching pictures of Virginia Wade and John Lloyd speaking with Sue Barker, with people in the background setting up picnics and trying to gain a good vantage point in front of the big screen. Pure Middle England.

11.35: Rafael Nadal is also in action later, against Czech player Lukas Rosol. Whisper it quietly, but this might just be the most interesting day of the tournament so far.

11.25: There's plenty of British interest on this fourth day. James Ward takes on Mardy Fish first up on Court One. Anne Keothavong plays Sara Errani first on Court Two, and that match begins shortly.

11.15: It's an absolutely lovely day here in London by the way. It feels genuinely hot out there.

Fan-tastic: There were long queues again outside Wimbledon on the fourth day of the tournament

Fan-tastic: There were long queues again outside Wimbledon on the fourth day of the tournament

11.10: Come on, Andy. That's something that might well be heard at Wimbledon today. Murray is in second round action against Ivo Karlovic. To mark your card timings wise, the match is second on Centre Court after Serena Williams plays Melinda Czink. With that first match beginning at 1pm, we expect Murray to begin some time between 2pm and 3pm.

11.00: If I'm not mistaken, the time has ticked round to eleven o'clock. It's time for day four of Wimbledon. Yes. you're invited too.

Raring to go: Andy Murray (left) takes on Ivo Karlovic for a place in the third round of Wimbledon

Raring to go: Andy Murray (left) takes on Ivo Karlovic for a place in the third round of Wimbledon