Confident Ding Junhui is all smiles as he cruises through at the Crucible

Ding Junhui is hoping to smile all the way to the Betfred World Championship title.

EASING THROUGH: Ding Junhui in action against Xiao Guodong at The Crucible on Tuesday morning. Picture: Simon Cooper/PA

World Championship: Ding Junhui hits cruise control at The Crucible

DING JUNHUI underlined his Betfred World Championship ambitions by closing out victory over Chinese compatriot Xiao Guodong in little more than an hour in the first round.

Former world champion Shaun Murphy grimaces as he surveys a shot during his defeat to Jamie Jones Picture: Simon Cooper/PA Wire).

I’m glad I won the world title when I didn’t understand fear, says beaten Shaun Murphy

Former Crucible champion Shaun Murphy yesterday became the latest big-name casualty at the Betfred World Championship.

Ding Junhui

World Championship: Refreshed Ding feels right at home in Sheffield

Ding Junhui is hoping a break away from snooker can help his mission to win the Betfred World Championship.

Stephen Maguire and Ronnie O'Sullivan in action.

World Championship: I wanted to give Crucible fans their money back, says relieved O’Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan believes his lifestyle is so good he could live to the age of 200 but he apologised on Sunday to Crucible fans for the “embarrassing” start to his latest world title bid.

Top seeded players at The Crucible, Sheffield.  Picture Tony Johnson.

No Crucible drama for O’Sullivan in pursuit of Yorkshire hat-trick

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s mood was as bright as the sunshine which bathed Sheffield yesterday on the eve of the Betfred World Championship.

World champion Mark Selby.  Picture Tony Johnson.

World Championship: Pressure on for Selby to bring home trophy for daughter

Mark Selby has a special fan willing him to complete a hat-trick of Betfred World Championship titles – his three-year-old daughter Sofia.

Barry Hearn

Hearn determined to keep World Championships at its natural Crucible home

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has reaffirmed the sport’s long-term commitment to Sheffield as 500 million people worldwide prepare to tune in for the World Championships at the Crucible from today.

Ronnie O'Sullivan.

World Championship draw: No ‘numpties’ at Crucible, O’Sullivan is warned

Ronnie O’Sullivan faces an immediate stiff test of his Crucible title credentials after being warned there are no “numpties” at the Betfred World Championship.

Mark Selby

World Championship: Selby faces Perry in opening Crucible match

Mark Selby will launch the defence of his Betfred World Championship title on Saturday morning against Joe Perry.

Chris Wakelin.

World Championship: Former supermarket driver Wakelin aims to deliver at Crucible

Chris Wakelin vowed to deliver the goods on his Crucible debut after the former supermarket van driver earned a place at the World Championship.

Adam Duffy.

World Championship qualifiers: Sheffield’s Duffy misses out on Crucible debut

Adam Duffy yesterday missed out on the chance of being the first Sheffield snooker player to compete at the Crucible in the World Championship finals.

Classic encounter: Paul Hunter during his Embassy World Snooker semi-final match against Ireland's Ken Doherty.

Sporting bygones: Tragic star Paul Hunter’s part in Crucible classic

When Paul Hunter lost to Ken Doherty in the semi-finals of the 2003 World Snooker Championship, it seemed to be a case of “when, not if” that the Leeds cueman would be crowned Crucible champion.

West Yorkshire Blackball County Pool's title winning men's A team. Back row (left to right): Scott Peart (captain), Kieron Savage, Josh Juhasz, Steve Webster, Darren Brown (manager), Seb Web, Jack Heckingbottom and Sam Chambers. Front left to right: Nick Woolerton, Daz Cheetham and Geoff Allen.

Pool: National triumph for West Yorkshire’s ‘A Team’ on south coast

Sixty players from West Yorkshire Blackball County Pool put in some excellent performances in the national county finals with the men’s A team fighting back to claim a memorable title triumph in Selsey, West Sussex.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA.

Steve Davis backs Ronnie O’Sullivan to carry on winning

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Oliver Lines. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

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World Snooker chief Barry Hearn calls Yorkshire “the global centre for our sport”.

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