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snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan admitted after his scintillating 147 at the Coral UK Championship that his motivation to get maximum breaks is not what it was - but joked that he had 40,000 reasons pushing him on against outclassed Matthew Selt.

snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan admitted after his scintillating 147 at the Coral UK Championship that his motivation to get maximum breaks is not what it was - but joked that he had 40,000 reasons pushing him on against outclassed Matthew Selt.

The five-time world champion completed a 6-0 demolition of Selt with another moment of magic in the final frame as he stormed into the quarter-finals.

O'Sullivan's maximum at the end of the fourth-round clash at York's Barbican Centre was the 109th in snooker history and the 13th of the Englishman's career - improving his own all-time record.

The 38-year-old could now earn a £40,000 bonus from the rolling 147 prize fund, plus £4,000 for the highest break in the tournament. And it was that financial reward that a smiling O'Sullivan said was on his mind as he edged closer to yet another maximum.

He said: "It was worth getting the maximum because unless it's over 40 grand you won't be getting a max out of me mate! You're not getting them cheap."

O'Sullivan is now two clear of Stephen Hendry at the top of the list for career 147s. The break also moved O'Sullivan a step closer to Hendry's record mark of 775 centuries.

Making the achievement even more remarkable is that he was playing on a broken left ankle, sustained while out running in Essex last week.

Next up for the former world number one is 23-year-old Anthony McGill, who will pose a tougher test.

England get better of Irish

squash: Ireland, eighth seeds, went down to second seeds England in their quarter-final clash at the Women's World Championship at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Canada.

First up was Aisling Blake against Alison Walters, with Walters closing out the match to win 3-1.

Next up Madeline Perry suffered an injury in her match, which meant she succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.

Breanne Flynn, 19, from Sutton, played the last match against Emma Beddoes, a much-more experienced player, and, despite playing well, Flynn went down 3-0.


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