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O'Sullivan breaks century record snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan became snooker's most prolific century-maker as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Masters.

The five-time world champion eclipsed the record of Stephen Hendry as he reached his 776th career ton in the first frame of a convincing 6-1 win over Marco Fu at London's Alexandra Palace.

O'Sullivan had equalled Hendry's mark of 775 in Tuesday's win over Ricky Walden and he did not keep the crowd waiting long for his next century as he quickly settled into his quarter-final.

The 39-year-old drew a standing ovation after rattling in a break of 101 to get the match off to a perfect start.

"I was a bit nervous, to be honest, because I knew everyone was thinking about it, so to get it out of the way was nice," O'Sullivan said.

The victory took five-times winner O'Sullivan through to the semi-finals of the tournament for an 11th time.

tennis

JAMES MCGEE'S failure to convert his break points proved his undoing as he crashed to an unexpected defeat in the qualifying draw second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park.

After his shock win over Slovakia's 125-ranked Norbert Gombos on Wednesday, 224-ranked McGee headed into yesterday's contest against Australia's Dane Propoggia as a red-hot favourite to clinch a final-round place.

But against an opponent 99 places adrift of him in the world rankings, the 27-year-old Dubliner came up short on a 6-3, 6-4 scoreline after an hour and 15 minutes.

McGee set up a total of six break points but he managed to convert just one of them, while Propoggia, whom he had beaten twice in their three previous meetings in 2012, took advantage of the two chances he created, one in each set.

boxing

St Francis BC in Limerick will be aiming to advance two boxers to within one win each of matching current WBO world middleweight champion Andy Lee and Jimmy Moore at the Stadium this weekend.

Myles Casey and Matthew Tinker face Belfast's TJ Waite and Padraig McCrory tonight and Saturday in the flyweight and light-heavyweight classes. Lee and Moore won Elite titles for the St Francis BC in 2005 and 2006.

Casey, a brother of ex-European pro champion Willie 'Big Bang', meets the experienced Waite with his confidence boosted after securing a National Intermediate belt last month.

Tinker reached the Elite 81kg final in 2014, but was beaten by Joe Ward, who has had to relinquish the light-heavyweight belt because he is signed with AIBA Pro Boxing (APB).

Boxing begins at 7.0pm tonight.

Irish Independent