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Rocket's 147 rubs Selt into wound

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan finished off with a brilliant 147 break as he stormed into the quarter-finals of the Coral UK Championship with a 6-0 demolition of Matthew Selt.

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, who had a scare when the final blue wobbled in the jaws of the middle pocket before dropping, is set to earn £44,000 for the break, which is the first of the tournament.

Marco Fu and Shaun Murphy served up another dramatic encounter at the UK Championship before the Hong Kong potter sealed his place in the quarter-finals with a 6-5 win.

The Englishman had looked on course to seal a place in the last eight when he built a 5-3 lead - helped by a superb 137 in the fifth frame - but Fu battled back to level things up at 5-5.

Murphy again seemed to have the edge in the final frame but, after compiling a break of 54, he snookered himself on the final yellow and Fu did not let his opportunity slip, the 36-year-old potting all the colours to take the decider 74-62.

Judd Trump, the 2011 champion, also took his place in the last eight during yesterday afternoon's session after overcoming veteran Rod Lawler 6-3.

IOC investigate Russian doping

DOPING: The IOC is prepared to take action against any Russian Olympic athletes or officials involved in doping if allegations of systematic cheating and corruption in the country are proven to be true, according to IOC President Thomas Bach.

Bach met with World Anti-Doping Agency President Craig Reedie to discuss the allegations of Russian doping made on Wednesday by German TV channel ARD and French sports daily L'Equipe.

The ARD documentary appeared to show reigning Olympic 800m champion Maria Savinova admitting to using the banned steroid oxandrolone and reported that Liliya Shobukhova paid the Russian athletics federation €450,000 to cover up her doping.


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