With the World Snooker Championship just a fortnight away and Sheffield set to host two internatoional sporting competitions in the space of just a few months, is Sheffield the city of sport? Richard Caborn, former sports minister With Sheffield United on the brink of automatic promotion to the Premier League, Sheffield Wednesday battling for the playoffs, Sheffield Eagles flying high in the Rugby League Championship, Sheffield Hatters winning the WBBL cup final, Sheffield Sharks swimming strongly into the BBL play-off places and Sheffield United Women are set to be the only women’s football club in the country with its own stadium, who can question Sheffield’s right to be the City of Sport, bestowed on it by the Government in 1995.Sheffield is recognised nationally and internationally for its sporting achievements and famous athletes who grace the playing fields of the world, together with delivering the legacy projects that came out of the London 2012 Olympics including … [Read more...] about Is Sheffield the city of sport?
World snooker champion
LONDON (Reuters) - Ronnie O'Sullivan recorded a memorable snooker landmark on Sunday when he became the first player ever to compile 1,000 career century breaks en route to winning the Players Championship final in Preston. The English five-times world champion, the most gifted and arguably greatest cueman the game has known, recorded the three 100-plus breaks in his 10-4 victory over Australian Neil Robertson that he needed to reach the milestone. The player known throughout snooker as "the Rocket" made breaks of 116 and 105 as he shot into a 7-2 lead at the end of the first session before achieving the landmark, fittingly, in the final frame with a 134 to retain his title. A measure of the 43-year-old's achievement in his 50th career final is that Scottish players Stephen Hendry (775) and John Higgins (745) are the only others in the history of snooker to have passed 700. "It's great for snooker fans all over the world, but those in Preston tonight, they're lucky," O'Sullivan said … [Read more...] about Snooker -‘Rocket’ O’Sullivan blasts to 1,000th century break
JASON Prince became the first Irish professional to achieve a 147 in competitive snooker. But it couldn’t prevent the Derryman from losing in the qualifying round of the British Open at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. Prince was 4-1 down against Liverpool’s Ian Brumby when he potted his first red in frame six. Fourteen reds, fourteen blacks and six colours later, Prince was £5,000 richer after achieving the 25th competitive maximum in history. Even so, the perfect break could not prevent the world number 39 Prince from losing to the Liverpudlian even though the Bogsider did bring the match to a deciding frame. The 28-year-old Derryman, who fired his first ever maximum in practice as a 16-year-old, eventually lost 5-4 in the final qualifying round of the £370,000 British Open at the Norbreck Castle Hotel. “The 14th red was probably the most important shot,” said Prince, who slammed it in from distance despite being forced to bridge awkwardly over the yellow. … [Read more...] about Back in the day- Jason Prince first Irish professional to hit 147 in competitive snooker
PARIS (Reuters) - Billiards and snooker continued their bid to get included in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris with an exhibition to showcase their sports at the Eiffel Tower on Friday. Leading cue sports players travelled to Paris to press their case to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). gi "It's not like kicking the football into the goal or hit the ball with a golf club. Billiards sports are, I believe, the most difficult range of sport in the entire world," former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy said.Athletes from 33 sports will participate in the next Games in Tokyo in 2020, including the newly added ones of baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing. The admission process usually takes years and involves massive lobbying to convince IOC delegates, and cue sports face an uphill battle as many believe they do not require enough physical effort to be considered as real sports. Snooker and billiards enthusiasts, however, believe they have a trump … [Read more...] about Billiards, snooker cue up for 2024 Games inclusion
BIRTHDAYS Mike Powell (athletics) - American who set world long jump record of 8.95 metres in 1991, born 1963. Eddie Irvine (motor racing) - Northern Irish former Formula One driver, born 1965. Faustino Asprilla (soccer) - former Newcastle and Colombia striker, born 1969. Jens Lehmann (soccer) - former Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper, born 1969. Patrik Berger (soccer) - former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Czech Republic midfielder, born 1973. Aleksandar Kolarov (soccer) - Serbian former Manchester City defender, born 1985. Wilfried Zaha (soccer) - Crystal Palace winger, born 1992. ON THIS DAY 1951: The BBC televised their first rugby league game - an international between England and New Zealand at Swinton. 1965: 'Sugar' Ray Robinson announced his retirement from boxing after more than 25 years in the professional ring. 1970: Henry Cooper won the European heavyweight title for the third time when he stopped Jose Urtain of Spain in the ninth round. 1986: Sir Gordon Richards, one of the … [Read more...] about On This Day, Nov 10, 2013: Kilcoo have that bit extra to get past Crossmaglen