Sunday 17 December 2017

Rocket hints career at end


Ronnie O'Sullivan (36) bowed out of the UK Championship yesterday and claimed he needs to end his career if he is to have a life away from snooker.

O'Sullivan's was forced to continue his two-year wait for a ranking event title when beaten 6-5 in the second round by Judd Trump.

Having gone through public battles with depression, O'Sullivan's says the penny has finally dropped as to why he has gone through turmoil.

"I want to enjoy my life. I feel like I've had a good go, I'm 36 and I would like to meet somebody and share my time with someone," he said.

"When I'm feeling the way I feel between tournaments I find that very difficult to happen. I think there's more to life, for me anyway."

The other game saw Ding Junhui see off 2003 champion Matthew Stevens 6-5.




Centre Evan Meleady struck for a hat-trick of tries to guide St Finian's to their first Leinster Schools Duff Junior Cup final at Maynooth yesterday in just their second year of playing rugby in the school.

Skerries led 10-8 at one stage after a try by wing Allan Wheeler and points from fly-half Billy Mulcahy.

But it was Meleady's second and third tries that took the game away from Skerries.

St Finian's -- B O'Reilly; C Fitzgerald, E Meleady, R Wallace, D Temple; B McNamara, S Kennedy; W Moran, D Raleigh, A Leahy, C Humphries, D Allen, E King, D Conway, A Leahy.

Skerries CC -- L Jones; K Joyce, C Frawley, D Lowndes, A Wheeler; B Mulcahy, C McMahon; O Dunne, M Gardiner, C McGuinness, T Mulvaney, J Fitzpatrick, B Jenkinson, I McCann, A Reem.

Ref -- J Bolger (IRFU)

•Due to an electrical storm, racing yesterday at the Sailing World Championships at Perth was been cancelled.

A return to normal conditions is expected today and an extra race will be held to return to the schedule.

If needed, the reserve day will be used later in the week.

Irish Independent

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