Sunday 22 April 2018

In brief: O'Sullivan proves too hot for White

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan won the battle of snooker's great entertainers as he eased past veteran Jimmy White to reach the World Open last 16.

The three-time former world champion was too strong for the man who lost six finals at the Crucible, running out a 3-1 winner at Glasgow's SECC venue.

O'Sullivan opened up a 2-0 lead, with a break of 79 in the second frame, but 88 from White in the next third frame was a reminder of his ability.

When White opened up a 57-0 lead in the fourth frame it looked as though the English pair would have to thrash it out for victory in a decider.

But White missed a tricky red, and O'Sullivan punished him with a match-clinching run of 80.

O'Sullivan's victory sets up another appetising clash, with Scotland's Stephen Hendry awaiting him in the next round today.

Meanwhile, two-time world champion Mark Williams also progressed to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over Barry Hawkins, the Welshman making breaks of 112, 55 and 51 to advance.

Tennis

IRISH pair James Cluskey and Colin O'Brien yesterday clinched a doubles semi-final place in the ITF Men's Futures event at Wrexham, north Wales.

The top-seeded north Dubliners put unseeded British duo Miles Bugby and Marcus Willis to the sword, 6-3 7-5, to set up a semi-final clash with another British duo, Daniel Evans and Lewis Burton.

Cluskey and O'Brien's opponents are unseeded, but Evans figured in Davis Cup singles action for both of Britain's ties this year -- against Lithuania and Turkey.

Meanwhile, James McGee crashed out in the second round of the corresponding tournament in Tangiers, Morocco.

Spain's No 8 seed Gerard Granollers-Pujol sent the unseeded Dubliner packing on a 6-3 6-4 margin.

Boxing

Ricky Hatton had his boxer's licence withdrawn yesterday by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC).

The 31-year-old, who is to be investigated over allegations he snorted cocaine in a hotel room, was admitted to a rehab clinic 10 days ago.

He was charged by the BBBC with bringing boxing into disrepute, and also had his manager's and second's licences revoked.

But he kept his promoter's licence, as taking that away could have led to employees of Hatton Promotions losing their jobs.

BBBC general secretary Robert Smith said: "Hatton Promotions is a large organisation. They employ about 30 people.

"Ricky does not have a great deal of day-to-day influence on the organisation.

"It was felt that in taking his licence away as a promoter, we would affect many other people with regard to them being able to work."

Irish Independent

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