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David Moyes linked with Schalke manager"s job

Schalke wait to pounce for Moyes at end of season if talks over new deal at Everton falter

By
Chris Wheeler

PUBLISHED:

21:30 GMT, 4 April 2013

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UPDATED:

22:56 GMT, 4 April 2013

David Moyes is back at the top of Schalke’s wanted list as the German club prepare to appoint a new manager this summer — with Celtic’s Neil Lennon a strong candidate to replace the Scot if he leaves Everton.

It was thought Moyes had slipped behind Armin Veh in the Schalke running until the Eintracht Frankfurt coach signed a new deal last week.

Moyes, 49, has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and is keen to hear what Schalke have to offer.

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

In the frame: David Moyes is a Schalke target

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

Contender: Neil Lennon may replace Moyes at Everton

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also in the frame.

Lennon is on the verge of securing his second successive SPL title with Celtic.

But there is a growing sense that he could quit Parkhead for a new challenge this summer.

With Rangers not due to return to
Scotland’s top league until 2015 at the earliest, Lennon knows football
north of the border will not be seriously competitive for his side.

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

Interim boss: Schalke installed Jens Keller on a short-term basis

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

In the mix: Eintracht Frankfurt manager Armin Veh

Having the chance to take the next step in his management career at Everton may be too good an opportunity to turn down.

Lennon’s stock has grown considerably this season, despite the lack of competition on the domestic front, thanks to Celtic’s run to the Champions League knock-out stages — which included that euphoric win over Barcelona.

Moyes' 11-year spell in charge at Goodison Park makes him the third longest-serving manager in the Premier League, but he has put off talks over a new deal until the end of the season and will wait to hear what Schalke have to offer.

The Bundesliga club are looking for a top European coach after installing Jens Keller on a short-term basis when they sacked Huub Stevens in December.

Matthew Stevens beats Neil Robertson in Kaikou Open semi-final

Stevens nicks final two frames to squeeze past Robertson into first final for five years

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

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14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

Matthew Stevens reached his first ranking final in five years after winning the last two frames to secure a 6-5 win over Neil Robertson in the Haikou Open in China.

The Carmarthen 35-year-old finished with breaks of 60 and 51 respectively to overhaul his Australian opponent and book his place in his first final since the 2008 Bahrain Championship.

The match was not without controversy after referee Eirian Williams incorrectly replaced the balls following a Stevens foul in frame four, with Robertson winning the frame and levelling at 2-2.

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

John Higgins hits 147 but loses to Mark Davis

Higgins hits 147 but suffers agonising defeat to Davis in UK Championship

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UPDATED:

00:18 GMT, 6 December 2012

John Higgins fired the seventh maximum break of his career but it was small consolation as he bowed out to Mark Davis after a thrilling contest in round two of the williamhill.com UK Championship.

Davis won 6-5, having looked to have blown his chance when he led 5-2 but allowed Higgins back to 5-5.

A lifeline came his way though when Higgins, seemingly on a victory charge, missed the pink. Davis got it, and that was enough. He will take on Matthew Stevens in the quarter-finals.

Spot on: John Higgins after scoring a 147 during his second round match

Spot on: John Higgins after scoring a 147 during his second round match

'I'm gutted. Normally clearing up in the last frame I'd have done it,' Higgins said. 'I didn't deserve to win that match. Who knows where the 147 came from'

The four-time world champion initially looked a beaten man when Davis pulled to within a frame of victory with back-to-back breaks of 106 and 103.

A comeback by the Wishaw man was fired by the 147 in the eighth frame, bringing the crowd at York's Barbican Centre to their feet and rousing the 37-year-old Scot who earns 10,000 for his effort.

Higgins got back to 5-5 but again looked to be heading out as 40-year-old Hastings potter Davis built a 53-0 lead in the deciding frame.

There was a twist, as Davis missed a difficult red to centre that gave Higgins a half chance. In went a brilliant long red to the yellow pocket, and he reached 49, the pink seemingly a formality with the black surely to follow.

Through: Mark Davis recovered to beat Higgins and progress in York

Through: Mark Davis recovered to beat Higgins and progress in York

Somehow Higgins missed, and after a safety tussle he left Davis a difficult cut to the yellow pocket, which he made quite brilliantly. It was the ball he required, and Higgins rose from his chair to offer a congratulatory handshake.

Delighted winner Davis said: “I didn't expect John to miss the pink but he wasn't just rolling it in. It was a tough shot under pressure.

'It gave me another chance which in the end I managed to take. I was going for doubles and all sorts in the end. It was like the 1985 World Championship final.'

Asked where it ranked in his victories, Davis said: 'This is at the top. I've not got a good record against John at all. It's my best result for a very long time.'

Neil Robertson into second round of International snooker Championship

Robertson overcomes passport issues to make it into second round of inaugural International Championship

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17:52 GMT, 28 October 2012

Neil Robertson advanced to the second round of the inaugural International Championship in Chengdu before revealing a passport mix-up almost cost him his place in the tournament.

Former world champion Robertson beat Welshman Ryan Day 6-3 in the evening session to set-up a potential meeting with Matthew Stevens in the next round.

But the Australian, who is currently living in England, had visa issues ahead of his trip to China and could have missed the chance to win the new 600,000 world ranking event.

Going through: Neil Robertson made it into the second round in in Chengdu

Going through: Neil Robertson made it into the second round in in Chengdu

'The past week has been a nightmare,” he told worldsnooker.com.

'I sent the passport recorded delivery to the DVLA's Peterborough office, but then they sent it by normal post to Swansea and then back to me. The Post Office was no help and I couldn't track it.

'The passport finally turned up at my house half an hour before I was due to leave to go to Heathrow to fly to Shanghai. So I just had to hope that when I arrived they would give me a visa.'

Robertson also praised the sport's governing body for supporting him during the mishap and thanked the staff who sorted the visa upon landing in China.

He said: 'Luckily World Snooker helped me a lot and I was able to provide all of the supporting documents to prove that I am a snooker player and I was going to the biggest tournament in China.

'As it turned out, the immigration staff in Shanghai all knew who I was and wanted pictures with me.

'I was there for about five hours, then I was given the visa and was able to fly to Chengdu. Obviously it was not ideal preparation so I'm just really pleased to have played well tonight and got the result.'

Shaun Murphy labelled the new tournament the “fourth major” on the snooker calendar.

The 30-year-old Englishman needed only 89 minutes to secure a spot in the second round, seeing off compatriot Andrew Higginson 6-0 with breaks of 67, 52, 86 and 96.

Murphy, who lifted the World Championship title in 2005, revealed he has been looking forward to what he considers an important new fixture in the sport.

'It's been a long time coming this tournament, and it's exciting to come to a city in the west of China where we've never been before,' he said.

'In terms of ranking points and prize money it's on a par with the UK Championship, so it can be seen as the fourth major.'

Jamie Burnett will face fellow Scot Stephen Maguire in the first round after beating Niu Zhuang 6-0 in their wild-card match.

Aditya Mehta of India also reached the first round proper after seeing off Zhu Yinghui 6-5.

He is joined in the final 32 by countryman Pankaj Advani after his wild-card opponent Zhou Yuelong pulled out of the tournament.

Fergal O'Brien set up a first round match against Judd Trump after a 6-3 success over Chen Feilong.

Three other wild-card matches were completed earlier in the day with 14-year-old Lu Haotian coming from 5-2 down to beat Michael White 6-5 in front of his home support.
White, who required treatment on an ankle he injured playing tennis yesterday, was forced to compete in just his socks to try and minimise the pain.

Lu will now progress directly into the second round after receiving a bye due to Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to pull out of the tournament.

Veteran Ken Doherty also bowed out to youthful Chinese opposition, the Irishman losing 6-5 to 15-year-old Zhao Xintong.

The all-Chinese tie between Cao Yupeng and Wang Yuchen saw the former fight from 4-1 down to secure a 6-5 win and secure a meeting with John Higgins in the last 32.

Fearsome Frankel searching for Queen Anne rivals after Lockinge Stakes demolition

Fearsome Frankel searching for Queen Anne rivals after Lockinge Stakes demolition

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22:01 GMT, 20 May 2012

Unstoppable: Frankel

Unstoppable: Frankel

The search is on for legitimate rivals to Frankel as he heads to Royal Ascot for the Queen Anne Stakes next month.

Coral slashed Sir Henry Cecil's colt to 2-5 to finish his career unbeaten after Saturday's five-length Lockinge Stakes defeat of race-fit Excelebration, his fourth and biggest win over that rival, and spokesman Dave Stevens said: 'The Queen Anne looks a penalty kick.'

Frankel, recording his 10th win, has developed into a calmer, more muscle-bound model than in his Classic-winning season and Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khaled Abdullah, said the desire to present new challenges to Frankel would not prompt Cecil to deviate from his planned programme.

The Eclipse and the Juddmonte International remain options at 10 furlongs.

Snooker: Ronnie O"Sullivan claims early lead over Ali Carter in world final

Three-time champion O'Sullivan claims early lead over Carter in world final

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 6 May 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan hit a streak of devastating form to surge ahead of Ali Carter in the World Championship final.

A total clearance of 141 in the final frame of the afternoon carried him into a 5-3 lead in their all-Essex tussle at the Crucible, a match O'Sullivan has revealed could be his last before retiring.

The century, O'Sullivan's second of the session, followed his 92 in the previous frame.

Big clash: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter in early action in the world final

Big clash: Ronnie O'Sullivan and Ali Carter in early action in the world final

That rush of heavy scoring from the
firm title favourite was barely in keeping with the earlier action,
though, because for much of the session the pair were engaged in safety
combat.

Carter had got the better of Stephen
Maguire on the back of high-precision snooker and intense focus, the
influence of Peter Ebdon shining through his play.

Ebdon is helping Carter with mental
aspects of the game from behind the scenes in Sheffield, and clearly
their relationship is proving fruitful.

A break of 56 steered O'Sullivan
ahead, after the pair spent almost 12 minutes engaged in a safety battle
before the first red dropped.

Looking good: O''Sullivan at the table in Sheffield

Looking good: O''Sullivan at the table in Sheffield

O'Sullivan's first century, a 117, was triggered by a fine long red and pushed him 2-0 in front.

When the 36-year-old Chigwell man missed from long range in the third frame, Carter punished him with a run to 84.

It was 2-2 after a battle of the
minds in frame four, with every red grouped around a corner pocket.
O'Sullivan had the first real chance but spurned it by potting a red
when attempting to knock in the black, and Carter seized his chance.

They split the next two frames,
before O'Sullivan found the form which carried him to earlier wins over
Peter Ebdon, Mark Williams, Neil Robertson and Matthew Stevens.

WORLD SNOOKER CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ronnie O"Sullivan beats Matthew Stevens 17-10 to make Crucible final

Unstoppable Rocket makes fourth Crucible final: O'Sullivan bids for another title

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20:50 GMT, 5 May 2012

Ronnie O'Sullivan put the Crucible on retirement alert again as he powered into the Betfred.com World Championship final and warned he was ready to quit snooker.

The three-time champion will take on Ali Carter tomorrow and on Monday after both men posted convincing semi-final victories.

O'Sullivan crushed Matthew Stevens 17-10 and Carter was a 17-12 winner against Stephen Maguire, to set up an all-English battle for the title.

This tournament has already seen the sport's most successful player of modern times, Stephen Hendry, call time on his career, and now crowd favourite O'Sullivan says he is seriously considering following the Scot into a life beyond the green baize.

Title in sight: Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Matthew Stevens to make the final

Title in sight: Ronnie O'Sullivan beat Matthew Stevens to make the final

'I don't intend to stay in the game long, even though I feel in a lot better place,' O'Sullivan said.

'I've made that decision and this might – I'm not saying it is – be my last time in this tournament.

'I might consider having a good long break, a couple of years off or whatever. I've weighed up the pluses and the minuses and I'm quite comfortable with that decision.

Crowd pleaser: O'Sullivan salutes the crowd as he makes the final

Crowd pleaser: O'Sullivan salutes the crowd as he makes the final

'There's no better way for me than to have a good run at Sheffield and get to the final and if I win it, great, absolute bonus.

'I've had a fantastic time and it's got to come to an end sooner or later. I don't want to drag it out too long. I always said I'd like to go out on a high and getting to this final has been great. I'd love to go on and win it now.

'I'm not saying it's a guarantee but I think now is as good a time as ever. I know it might seem crazy but people close to me know what's going on. I've not been afraid to show how I feel. I feel in a good place to be able to say that. I've weighed up lots of things.

'Sometimes you've got to live life a little bit, maybe do a little bit of Strictly Come Dancing.'

To give O'Sullivan's remarks a little context, today's was the latest of many retirement threats to have come from the 36-year-old Essex cueman, the first having been made while he was still a teenager.

What is certain is that O'Sullivan is brimming with desire and belief in Sheffield this year. His work with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters has produced a focused sportsman with impressive drive.

Come the final, Carter will be hoping for a more favourable outcome than he experienced in 2008, having been soundly beaten 18-8 then. It could easily be one-sided again though.

On the way to the final: O'Sullivan cruised to a 17-10 win over Stevens

On the way to the final: O'Sullivan cruised to a 17-10 win over Stevens

O'Sullivan made a slow start against Stevens this morning before picking up his performance after the mid-session interval, and the consolidation of his overnight six-frame lead meant he returned for the evening session with a handsome 15-9 cushion.

Stevens bit into that large advantage with a 116 break, missing the yellow when a crowd-pleasing total clearance looked inevitable.

The spectators did not need to wait long to see the table cleared in one visit though, with O'Sullivan sinking all the balls in a supreme 130 run to move one frame away from the final.

Well done: Matthew Stevens congratulates Ronnie O'Sullivan

Well done: Matthew Stevens congratulates Ronnie O'Sullivan

And the end for Stevens' fine fortnight was not long in arriving, O'Sullivan having breaks of 35 and 26 in securing another visit to the title match.
On hearing of O'Sullivan's retirement warning, Stevens said: 'I hope he does (retire).

'I can't see him doing it, but you never know with Ronnie. If he did retire as world champion, what a perfect way to do it.

'But I think he loves the game too much – he loves the buzz out there, no matter what he says.

'But if he does go, then it's good for all the other players.'

World snooker championships 2012: Ronnie O"Sullivan edges in front of Neil Robertson

O'Sullivan bursts past Robertson but Aussie clings on heading into final session

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17:26 GMT, 2 May 2012

Ronnie came from behind to carry a two-frame lead into the crunch final session of his Betfred.com World Championship quarter-final against Neil Robertson.

Trailing 5-3 overnight, O'Sullivan went on a six-frame burst to lead 9-5 before Robertson gave himself a chance for when they returned at 7pm by taking the final two of the afternoon.

The winner needs 13 to set up a semi-final starting on Thursday against Matthew Stevens, a 13-5 winner over Ryan Day this morning.

Leg up: Ronnie O'Sullivan edged in front of Neil Robertson at the Crucible on Wednesday afternoon

Leg up: Ronnie O'Sullivan edged in front of Neil Robertson at the Crucible on Wednesday afternoon

Close encounter: O'Sullivan holds a slender lead

Close encounter: O'Sullivan holds a slender lead

Robertson would have known O'Sullivan was well capable of turning their match around, given the way the three-time champion played in the middle session of his second-round match against Mark Williams.

But being aware of O'Sullivan's threat is one thing and being able to stop him entirely another, so by the interval Robertson had seen his opponent fire in breaks of 44, 47, 97, 62 and 42 to nudge into a two-frame lead.

He looked sure to make a century in the second frame of the afternoon but fell three points short, seeming to refuse the chance of a ton after failing to make a kiss in the way he wanted.

Rather than play a double, O'Sullivan nudged the white off a red and into the middle pocket.

The lead was extended to four frames as O'Sullivan, without being quite at his best, punched in enough small breaks to plunge Robertson further into trouble.

The Australian, world champion two years ago, desperately needed to take the final two frames and finally halted O'Sullivan's run before ending the session with a morale-boosting break of 63, his previous highest of the session having been a mere 29.

Ali Carter, the 2008 runner-up, returns with a 9-7 lead over qualifier and Crucible debutant Jamie Jones, who fired back-to-back centuries during their morning session.

Among the balls: Aussie Robertson fought back late on to peg back O'Sullivan

Among the balls: Aussie Robertson fought back late on to peg back O'Sullivan

Snooker World Championships 2012: Matthew Stevens beats Barry Hawkins to reach quarter-final

Stevens keeps Crucible dream alive after beating Hawkins to reach quarters

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UPDATED:

17:05 GMT, 30 April 2012

Matthew Stevens held his nerve to fend off Barry Hawkins and edge through to the Betfred.com World Championship quarter-finals.

His second-round match against Hawkins was close throughout, as the man from Dartford refused to be shaken off.

Eventually Welshman Stevens crossed the winning line, sealing a 13-11 success, with a break of 57 in a final-frame victory march.

Big break: Matthew Stevens is through to the quarter-finals at The Crucible

Big break: Matthew Stevens is through to the quarter-finals at The Crucible

More to follow…

Edged out: Barry Hawkins was sent packing in Sheffield despite his best efforts, losing 13-11

Edged out: Barry Hawkins was sent packing in Sheffield despite his best efforts, losing 13-11

WELSH OPEN 2012: Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens crash out

Welsh duo Williams and Stevens crash out of home tournament

Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens were dumped out in the last 16 of the 888 Welsh Open to end home involvement in Newport.

Williams was beaten 4-1 by the in-form Ronnie O'Sullivan, who ominously appears to be hitting his stride, while Stevens fell to a 4-2 defeat to last year's finalist Stephen Maguire.

Pocket rocket: In-form O'Sullivan brushed aside Williams

Pocket rocket: In-form O'Sullivan brushed aside Williams

Williams has failed to beat O'Sullivan in 10 years and that run was extended after the two-time world champion paid the price for errors in the fourth and fifth frames.

The match got off to a terrific start as the players compiled a century apiece from the first two frames.

O'Sullivan, fresh from his 23 ranking tournament victory in Germany earlier this month, made a sharp start as he forced Williams to spend the opening frame sat in his chair as he effortlessly compiled a break of 125 to take an early lead.

But Williams fought back instantly in front of his home crowd as he punished an early O'Sullivan error to put together a magnificent run of 133 and level.

O'Sullivan reclaimed the lead as a tremendous long shot helped him set up a 90-plus break, and Williams was left kicking himself as he fell 3-1 down after throwing away a winning position.

The Welshman had put together a break of 41 when he missed a red down the side cushion to allow O'Sullivan in for a clearance of 45.

Williams' error was compounded when he missed a long red after a poor positional shot and O'Sullivan made no mistake as he put together a break of 56 to complete another victory over his fellow world champion to set up a quarter-final against Judd Trump or Stuart Bingham.

In the other game Maguire stole an early march by taking the first two frames. But Stevens hit back with an excellent break of 84 in the next frame to put himself back in contention.

Maguire quickly reasserted his authority by compiling 111, but Stevens continued to battle hard and his 66 in the fifth frame kept the contest alive.

Stevens looked set to level the match in the sixth frame, but he missed the final red down the side cushion which would have given him the frame, allowing Maguire to make a clearance that clinched his last-eight spot.

The afternoon session also saw world number nine Joe Allen complete a second straight 4-0 win as he brushed aside Stephen Hendry.

An opening frame break of 81 gave Allen the lead before he fought his way back from 58-22 down with the help of a snooker to win it.

A disconsolate Hendry then conceded the third despite only needing two snookers, and Allen sealed the win with a 68 break in the fourth.

Stephen Lee beat Tom Ford 4-1 in the remaining match as he built on a stunning opening break of 129 to seal a comfortable win.