Louis Heathcote produces ‘most extraordinary’ snooker shot – video

Louis Heathcote produced what has been called 'one of the most extraordinary shots in snooker history' during his World Championship qualifier. The 23-year-old found himself snookered by Ryan Day, pinned tightly against the edge of the table and behind the black ball. He then hit the ball at the pocket to the right hand side of the table only for it to rebound off it, down the table, striking the yellow and seeing the ball fall into the pocket

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Sports fixtures to be moved to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral

  • EFL and Premiership Rugby fixtures to be rescheduled
  • FA, Premier League and ECB also in dialogue with DCMS

Sporting bodies are in discussions regarding plans for next Saturday’s fixtures following confirmation that Prince Philip’s funeral will take place at Windsor Castle that afternoon.

A national minute’s silence will be observed as the ceremonial royal funeral begins at 3pm. The funeral will take place on a busy sporting weekend with the FA Cup semi-finals, a full Football League programme, the Women’s Six Nations and the opening day of the World Snooker Championship among the events on the calendar.

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Stephen Hendry’s hopes of Crucible return ended by China’s Xu Si

  • Seven-time world champion loses 6-1 to world No 82
  • Hendry: ‘I didn’t contribute anything to the match’

Stephen Hendry’s improbable quest to return to the Crucible was brought to a juddering halt against the Chinese player Xu Si in their World Championship qualifying match in Sheffield.

Despite being ranked only one place higher than Jimmy White, whom Hendry brushed aside on Monday, Xu proved a different proposition with five consecutive half-centuries easing his way to a 6-1 win.

Related: Stephen Hendry defeats Jimmy White in World Championship qualifying

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Stephen Hendry defeats Jimmy White in World Championship qualifying

  • Hendry wins 6-3 as his comeback gathers pace
  • Match short on quality leaves White fighting to save tour place

The more things change, the more they stay the same: especially for Jimmy White. The 61st professional meeting between White and his great rival, Stephen Hendry, was unlike any other of their previous clashes, especially given the more modest prize for the winner here: a meeting with 23-year-old world No 82, Xu Si, in the second round of qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.

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