Interview: Why Leeds’ snooker star is philosophical over his ‘fall from grace’

DAVID GRACE has gone from playing at the Crucible to snooker’s amateur ranks in just over 12 months.

Mark Williams walks to his post match interview without any clothes on after winning the 2018 World Championshipat The Crucible. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

Darren Gough: Make or break time as snooker needs to attract wider audience

THE World Snooker Championship final at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre between Mark Williams and John Higgins may have got a load of headlines, but let’s face it – the only reason it got on the back pages was because the winner did his press conference naked.

NAKED TRUTH: Mark Williams - as promised - attends his post-match press conference (almost) naked. Picture: PA.

Darren Gough: Why snooker needs to reinvent itself and why Huddersfield Town are THE Yorkshire club

OUR new Sports Weekend columnist Darren Gough returns with plenty to say about the world of sport.

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Mark Williams and his family with the trophy after winning the World Championship at the Crucible, Sheffield (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).

Mark Williams has amazing journey from caravan to Crucible title

Mark Williams completed one of snooker’s most stunning comebacks on Monday night to win the Betfred World Championship.

Mark Williams with the trophy after winning the 2018 Betfred World Championship at The Crucible, Sheffield. Picture: Richard Sellers/PA

World Championship: Mark Williams holds off John Higgins to clinch third world title

Mark Williams has won the Betfred World Championship, beating John Higgins 18-16 in the final at The Crucible in Sheffield.

Mark Williams leads John Higgins 10-7.

World Championship: Williams proves to be Crucible’s leading man

The Coen brothers’ thriller No Country for Old Men may have a sequel after John Higgins and Mark Williams rolled back the years in Sheffield on Sunday.

Snooker referee Brendan Moore: New form of transport.

Life in the fast lane for World final referee Brendan Moore

Former Sheffield bus driver Brendan Moore will swap the double-decker for a Porsche when he takes charge of the Betfred World Championship final.

John Higgins

World Championship: Class of '92 reunited - Higgins to face Williams in Crucible final

John Higgins and Mark Williams will for the first time in their remarkable careers go head to head for the Betfred World Championship title.

Barry Hawkins hands over the 25,000 cheque.

World Championship: Hospice pocket £25,000 after century milestone

World Championship title sponsor Betfred has donated £25,000 to Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home after the 75th century of the tournament was made today.

Sheffield's Brendan Moore: Final referee.

Weekend Interview: Racking up the miles ahead of World final frame

‘He’s from Sheffield, he’s one of your own….’

Sheffield's Brendan Moore will preside over the final of snooker's World Championships in his home city.

The Yorkshire Post says: Referee’s big break. Snooker official was bus driver

SNOOKER referee Brendan Moore’s journey to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre to officiate this year’s World Championship final could not be shorter – or more familiar.

Barry Hawkins in action during his semi-final match against Mark Williams.

Defiant Hawkins has the edge over Williams at Crucible

Barry Hawkins showed the kind of defiance that could land him Crucible glory on Monday as he wrestled back control against Mark Williams in their Betfred World Championship semi-final.

Ding Junhui.

‘Yorkshire Dragon’ Ding sees fire go out on his Crucible dream

Ding Junhui insists he still believes he can be a future world champion after a crushing defeat at the Betfred World Championship.

TAKE A BREAK: Barry Hawkins during his match against Ding Junhui at The Crucible. Picture: Tim Goode/PA

World Championship: Hawkins quick to end Ding Junhui’s Crucible hopes

BARRY HAWKINS booked his place in the semi-finals of the Betfred World Championship with a ruthless demolition of third seed Ding Junhui.

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui gathers himself ahead of beginning his match against Barry Hawkins in the Betfred World Championship at the Crucible. Ding appears on the brink of losing with an 11-5 deficit to overhaul on Wednesday(Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire).

Barry Hawkins’s liking for Crucible in evidence again as he takes grip on contest with Ding Junhui

There Is something about Sheffield that brings out the best in Barry Hawkins.

Ding Junhui in action on his way to victory over Anthony McGill at the Crucible, Sheffield (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).

‘Phenomenal’ Ding Junhui proves way too strong for Anthony McGill

Ali Carter during his match against Ronnie O' Sullivan.

World Championship: O’Sullivan’s exit leaves duo as last champions left standing

‘Shouldergate’ may have grabbed the headlines, but the falling of former Crucible winners is the real story of this year’s Betfred World Championship.

Ding Junhui.

World Championship: Crucible high but Higgins misses out on 147 maximum

John Higgins missed out on a rare Crucible maximum, but he was at full throttle en route to the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship.

Mark Allen during his match against Joe Perry.

Unfamiliar territory as Allen secures quarter-final spot

Mark Allen is aiming to end his Crucible heartache after becoming the first player through to the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship.

Anthony McGill pictured during his match against Ryan Day on day six of the 2018 Betfred World Championship at the Crucible (Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire).

World Championship: I could get found out against Ding Junhui, says battling McGill

SCOTLAND’S Anthony McGill produced a remarkable fightback to stay in the Betfred World Championship, but feels he must step up his game to worry his second-round opponent, Sheffield-based Ding Junhui.

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