Ronnie wins the Premier League

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RONNIE O’SULLIVAN hailed his Premier League Snooker victory as a fantastic achievement.

O’Sullivan has now won the tournament for five consecutive seasons and eight in total after a 7-2 victory over Mark Selby in the final at the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

“I’m coming to the end of my career as I’m 33 now so I want to make the most of it when I can,” said O’Sullivan, who collects Ł75,000 from the competition.

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“To beat someone of Mark’s caliber and quality is fantastic for me. He’s coming after me so I just want to keep him at bay for as long as I can.

“It’s just good to win as in a lot of games I feel that I have to win.

“I was happy with my form and was scoring among the balls and as it’s the final, that’s when you want to produce your best snooker.

“This season I haven’t played too great but it’s nice to get it right when it matters.

“The Premier League is such a great tournament and the (25-second) shot clock can get you to do some strange things.

“At the start of the season I put this down as one of the events I wanted to do well as you have great crowds, it’s fantastic.”

O’Sullivan, who has now won the Premier League eight times, dominated the first five frames as breaks of 93, 62, 83 and 62 helped him to a 5-0 lead.

However, the sixth, which lasted 40 minutes, went Selby’s way as he stole the frame by two points when O’Sullivan had looked in the great position.

Selby hoped that could be a turning point but O’Sullivan raced to a 105 break in the next and was now one from victory.

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An 84 from Selby brought him within four frames and opened up the prospect of a memorable fightback but that dream died as O’Sullivan’s break of 74 saw him clinch the title.

“I’m obviously disappointed not to win the tournament but only a couple of months ago I was playing in the qualifier at Crandon Park to get here,” added Selby.

“To get to play someone like Ronnie in the final is a dream come true. If someone had offered me the chance of getting to the final and playing Ronnie I would’ve bitten their hand off.

“But knowing how I played against Stephen on Saturday I’m a little bit disappointed with how I played.

“Ronnie is a class act and when playing him you need to take your chances and I didn’t do that.”

Final: Ronnie O’Sullivan 7-2 Mark Selby

121-11 (O’Sullivan 93), 82-8 (O’Sullivan 62), 74-18 (O’Sullivan 31, 39), 83-14 (O’Sullivan 83), 83-48 (O’Sullivan 62), 58-60, 105-13 (O’Sullivan 105), 0-84 (Selby 84), 74-20 (O’Sullivan 74)

RONNIE O’SULLIVAN is the 2008 Premier League Snooker Champion.

O’Sullivan lifted the trophy after a 7-2 victory over Mark Selby in the final at the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk.

It means O’Sullivan becomes the first player to win the prestigious event, which was broadcast live on Sky Sports, five times in a row.

Selby had been in sensational form to thrash Stephen Hendry 5-0 in his semi-final on Saturday, while O’Sullivan had clinched his place in the final with a nerve-jangling 5-4 victory over Joe Perry.

O’Sullivan was bidding for his fifth title in a row and was given an early opportunity in the first after a loose shot by Selby.

But, after scoring 28, O’Sullivan missed a red into the center pocket to give Selby another chance. However, he then failed to pot a red, although he was hampered by having to cue over the pack of reds and use the rest.

That gave O’Sullivan the opportunity he needed and a break of 93 made it 1-0. He doubled his lead soon afterward after Selby, who had hardly made a mistake on Saturday in the semi-final, again could not sink his attempted red while using the rest.

Once again that proved costly as O’Sullivan fired a break of 62. Selby came back to the table needing a snooker but failed to get it and the frame was soon over.

O’Sullivan, the winner of the Premier League in each of the seasons where a shot clock has been employed, took another step closer to continuing that run by winning the third frame.

He made a break of 31 before he lost position on a loose safety but a terrible contact for Selby led to his targetted red not going into the pocket and O’Sullivan’s subsequent break of 39 made it 3-0.

His domination of the early stages of the match continued in the next frame as Selby had only scored 14 before O’Sullivan again showed his class with a run of 84 as the scoreboard now showed 4-0.

Selby looked like winning his first frame of the match in the fifth as he accumulated a 48-point lead. However, his attempt to slow roll a long red into the top corner failed and that gave O’Sullivan another chance, which he took with a break of 62 to now lead 5-0.

The sixth frame was the longest of the weekend by far and one of the longest of the tournament as it lasted more than 40 minutes.

Both players produced some exceptional safety play before they made several errors in what was looking like a critical frame.

Selby, leading by two points, fouled when he hit the black instead of a red but O’Sullivan later made a bizarre mistake when he potted the yellow but instead of playing for position on the green, played again for the yellow.

This lack of concentration proved costly as he now had to play safe instead of finishing off the frame. O’Sullivan still had one further chance but a missed cross double on the pink let in Selby to steal a tense frame by two points.

Selby hoped that might prove to be a turning point but it was not the case as he made an unforced error earlier in the seventh before O’Sullivan raced to a 105 break and was now one from victory.

Just when Selby needed something special, he produced it in the eighth with a break of 84, his best of the contest so far to pull a frame back and make it 6-2 to O’Sullivan.

But a break of 74 gave O’Sullivan the victory and his eighth Premier League Snooker title.

Semi-final: Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-4 Joe Perry

68-55 (O’Sullivan 32, Perry 40), 0-93 (Perry 85), 93-20 (O’Sullivan 79), 8-76 (Perry 72), 93-24 (O’Sullivan 31, 62), 0-95 (Perry 95), 69-6 (O’Sullivan 52), 4-100 (Perry 100), 104-4 (O’Sullivan 104)

RONNIE O’Sullivan will meet Mark Selby in the final of the 2008 Premier League Snooker.

O’Sullivan stayed on course for his fifth consecutive title with a nerve-jangling 5-4 victory over Joe Perry in the second semi-final.

“I’m pleased with the win and to be in the final but there were so many mistakes the match could’ve gone either way,” said O’Sullivan.

“Joe deserved to win as he won more frames in one visit than I did but maybe my experience told.

“I always think I have a chance as long as I’m still in the game but I made it difficult for myself and Joe played well under pressure.

“But I like playing deciding frames, it’s an adrenaline rush but I should be like that from the off and taking more of my chances instead of having to find some inspirational stuff at the end.”

The second semi-final at the Potters Leisure Resort in Hopton-on-Sea, Norfolk, was between defending champion O’Sullivan and tournament newcomer Perry.

In the league phase, Perry finished second and recorded a 4-2 win over O’Sullivan, who came third.

O’Sullivan had dominated the Premier League for the last few seasons, winning in each of the last four events and was hoping for more success.

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He clinched a scrappy opening frame by 13 points to move into an early lead in this best of nine matches. But a break of 85 from Perry leveled the scores before O’Sullivan took advantage of a poor Perry miss on a red for a run of 79 in the third and a 2-1 lead.

There was a lengthy safety battle at the start of the fourth before Perry had an opportunity and he took it thanks to a break of 72 to bring the scores back level at 2-2.

Both players made errors in the fifth as both players missed reds into center pockets that they would usually pocket before Perry had some bad luck with a bad kick. However, he then missed a later red and that proved costly as O’Sullivan hit 62 to regain the lead.

It again did not last long as Perry, for the third time in the match, leveled the scores thanks to an effort of 95. But O’Sullivan claimed the seventh frame to move only one away from the final.

A missed red had looked like proving costly from O’Sullivan but Perry could only manage six before the Rocket was back at the table. This time he took advantage with a break of 52 for 4-3.

The match then went down to the wire as Perry responded in perfect fashion with a century break. One frame would decide who advances to the final and who would be out.

The decisive moment came in the early stages of the last frame. O’Sullivan’s break was short and left Perry a chance on a long red but he missed it and left O’Sullivan in a great position.

He produced a magnificent 104 break under pressure to advance to the final again.

Battle Of The Kings 


Ronnie took part in this exhibition match in Prague with Neil Robertson on Friday 28 November 2008. It was the first time Ronnie had played in the Czech Republic.

The event itself was an enormous success, with a sell out crowd of nearly 2000 people to watch the current World Champion play against the current Bahrain Champion.

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Ronnie soon warmed the crowd up with a century break and Neil responded with a 147, the first maximum he has ever made in front of such a big crowd.

The 10 frames were very closely fought but Neil is the form player at the moment and edged it 6-4.

Both Neil and Ronnie enjoyed the tournament immensely.

Neil said: “The people are excellent and I have enjoyed my time here.

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“I’m pleased that one of us made a 147 and hopefully we can play more snooker in Prague in the future.”

Ronnie added: “The arena is great and it’s been a long time since I played in front of such a large crowd.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen people clapping every shot from start to finish.

“The European audiences are very appreciative of snooker and I hear all the time that it is continuing to grow in popularity here.”

After the end, the players spent time with VIPs and fans signing autographs and chatting.

Rubio is ready for the playoffs; Willy takes advantage of the last minutes of the league

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Base Ricky Rubio maintained his good form in the face of reaching the playoffs in full form and was again decisive in another victory that got his team from the Utah Jazz, as well as being the best Spanish player in the day of the NBA.

Rubio was commissioned to be part of the winning attack of the Jazz, who won by beating 119-79 to the Golden State Warriors after playing 20 minutes and contributing 13 points.

The player of El Masnou was present in the attack of the Jazz to score 5 of 10 field goals, although he failed four of the five triple attempts, and hit 2-2 from the personnel line.

Rubio also captured five rebounds, including three defensive ones, and distributed five assists, without losing any ball or pointing out personal fouls.

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Again he was decisive at the start of the game when the Jazz broke the score in his favor with a great team game that had the Spanish international base as the protagonist.

The Jazz dominated both sides of the field during the first quarter with an 18-3 run that left them with the advantage of 24-9 and Rubio returned to be the leader who stole a ball with a basket penetration, followed by the wing -pivot Derrick Favors, who got two more mates baskets that opened the way to victory.

Also enjoyed the triumph the center Willy Hernangómez, who played as a reserve with the Charlotte Hornets and won at home 93-119 against the Indiana Pacers in what was the last game of the regular season for his team.

Hernangómez played 21 minutes in which he contributed six points and returned to become the second best of the team in the paint to capture 10 rebounds, only surpassed by the 17 that got the owner Dwight Howard.

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The Madrid player scored 2 of 7 field goals and hit 2 of 3 from the personnel line, in addition to capturing seven defensive rebounds, while he recovered one ball, lost another two and committed a personal foul.

Despite the victory the Hornets (36-46) are already eliminated from the competition of the final phase and Hernangómez already began to enjoy the anticipated vacations at the end of what was his second season in the NBA, which began with the Knicks of New York to be transferred at the beginning of last February to the team of Charlotte, owned by the legendary Michael Jordan.

Hernangómez, 23, finished the season with averages of 5.1 points and 3.8 rebounds in the 48 games he played, 26 with the Knicks and 22 with the Hornets, where he had more minutes and came close to his game. the first rookie season when in 72 games he averaged 8.2 goals and 7.0 balls collected under the hoops.

92-113. The Warriors’ display against the Spurs with Thompson as a leader

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The Golden State Warriors won at the start of the NBA playoffs 92-113 to the San Antonio Spurs in the first game of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs to the best of seven.

Despite the absence of star point guard Stephen Curry – he will not play in the entire tie – the Warriors were always the best team on the track at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, where guard Klay Thompson emerged as the current attack leader. league champions getting 27 points, with 11 of 13 field goals scored, including 5 of 6 triples.

The forward Kevin Durant supported him with another 24 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and two recoveries, which left him as the Warriors’ most complete player who, at halftime, had the match decided with a partial of 41-57.

Veteran pivot JaVale McGee, who came out of the starting line, in a great decision of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, contributed 15 points, with four rebounds and two blocks.

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The power forward Draymond Green was also decisive inside and outside the paint and proved it by staying at the doors of a triple-double after getting 12 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, recover two balls and put a stopper.

The best of the bench of the Warriors was the base Shaun Livingston, who achieved 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in just 19 minutes he was on the field.

As a team, the Warriors achieved a 54 (44-81) percent of accuracy in field goals, and 46 (10-22) triples, compared to 40 (32-80) and 41 (9-22), respectively. , of the Spurs, who were swept under the Golden State team hoop to capture just three offensive rebounds by 10 of their rivals.

The game ended with 51 rebounds for the Warriors and only 30 for the Spurs, a clear demonstration of the superiority of the current league champions in all facets of the game, with the exception of the control of the ball, which the Californian team committed 15 losses by 12 of the Texan team.

The reserve power forward Rudy Gay with 15 points was the leader of the Spurs attack that had only three players with two-digit numbers and missed the absence of franchise player the forward Kawhi Leonard.

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Another tall man and franchise player of the Spurs, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, did not have his best individual performance and the contribution of 14 points with just two rebounds did not give him the option to fight for the win.

Backup reserve Bryn Forbes, who contributed 14 points, with two rebounds and one assist, scored 4 of 8, including a three-pointer on four attempts.

Veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili, who came off reserve, became the fourth highest scorer of the Spurs to provide nine points in the 17 minutes he was on the track.

Ginobili, 40, scored 3 of 6 field goals, including the two triple attempts he made, and 1 of 2 from the personnel line, in addition to capturing three rebounds, he handed out an assist, recovered three balls and lost three more…

While the Spanish center Pau Gasol, who also left reserve, played 20 minutes and contributed six points.

The Sant Boi player scored 3 of 5 field goals, captured four rebounds-two defensive-and lost two balls.

The second match of the tie will be played next Monday at the same stage of the Oracle Arena.

Johnson revalidates the title of champion in the Masters of Houston, after defeating Sandgren

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The American Steve Johnson revalidated on Sunday the title of champion of the Tournament of Houston, Masters 250 of the ATP when winning in the final by 7-6 (2), 2-6 and 6-4 to his compatriot Tennys Sandgren.

Johnson, 28, 51 in the world, took a cash prize of $ 99,375 and 250 points for the ATP classification, while Sandgren, who played his first professional final, won $ 52,340 and 150 points.

The champion became the first American to repeat the title in Houston since Andy Roddick did it in 2001 and 2002, after also being the first player to repeat the final since his compatriot Jack Sock won it in 2015 and 2016.

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In addition, he became the first local tennis player to eliminate four compatriots to the final since the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga did it when the tournament, played on a clay surface, was played at the Charlotte headquarters in 1991.

The game that lasted two hours and 22 minutes, was decided thanks to the many decisions that Johnson got with his serve when he won the first heat in the “tie-break” to which they arrived without having lost their serve.

Despite having lost the set, Sandgren, who faced Johnson for the first time, played his best tennis in the second and broke the serve to the champion in the sixth game and in the eighth to win and force the third and decisive.

Again both players, with safe service, and hits from the back of the court kept the score 4-4 until in the ninth game Johnson made the “break” that was all he needed to then ensure with his serve the victory and revalidate the title.

Johnson, who won the ninth straight game at the clay court at River Oaks Country Club, played the fourth final in an ATP tournament and got his third professional title.

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Despite the defeat, Sandgren, 26, 56 in the world, will join the 50 best in the ATP classification. The furthest thing that had come before was the quarterfinals he reached this year at the Australian Open.

Sandgren, who was the executioner of the Argentines Nicolás Kicker and Guido Pella, became the sixth player in the tournament to play his first professional final in Houston.

The Houston Tournament, unique on a clay surface, distributed prizes worth 557,050 dollars and 250 points for the world ranking of the ATP.