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Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. By Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    Anthony McGill

    Ronnie O'Sullivan's hopes of a record-equalling seventh Crucible title end with a second-round final-frame loss to Anthony McGill.

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  2. By Owen Phillips

    BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

    Mark Williams

    Mark Williams scores two tons as he hits back to lead fellow multiple world champion John Higgins 5-3 in the second round at the Crucible.

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  3. White v Knowles in World Seniors draw

    Draw for the World Seniors Snooker Championship: Stephen Hendry v Patsy Fagan, Lee Walker v Darren Morgan, Ken Doherty v Joe Johnson, Igor Figueiredo v John Parrott, Jimmy White v Tony Knowles, Barry Pinches v Dennis Taylor, Michael Judge v Patrick Wallace, David Lilley v Philip Williams

    Defending champion Jimmy White has been drawn again three-time World Championship semi-finalist Tony Knowles in the first round of the 2021 World Seniors.

    Knowles, 65, famously defeated defending champion Steve Davis 10-1 in the opening round of the 1982 World Championships.

    The Boltonian went on to make the last four at the Crucible in 1983, 1985 and 1986.

    White, 58, claimed his first World Seniors title in 2019 and followed that up last season with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Ken Doherty in the final to defend his crown.

    He will be looking to make it three titles in a row when the World Seniors Championship returns to the Crucible in Sheffield from 6-9 May.

    There are five former world champions in this year's draw - Doherty, Stephen Hendry, John Parrott, Dennis Taylor and Joe Johnson.

    BBC Sport will have full coverage of the tournament on Red Button, iPlayer and online.

  4. Murphy & Selby through to second round

    Shaun Murphy

    Shaun Murphy fought back from 5-3 down to secure his place in the last 16 with a 10-7 win over over Mark Davis.

    Davis, 48, was making his 12th appearance at snooker's showpiece event and outplayed the out-of-sorts 2005 champion in the opening session.

    But Murphy, buoyed by a century in the final frame, reduced the gap to 5-4 and was much improved on the resumption.

    Breaks of 56 and 92 and helped him win four of the next five frames for an 8-6 lead and, after sharing the next two, the world seven number got over the line with stunning 131.

    Three-time champion Mark Selby joined Murphy in the second round with a devastating 10-1 demolition of qualifier Kurt Maflin.

    Selby, 37, needed just two frames to progress having scored two tons and six further breaks of more than 50 in a one-sided opening session against a player who reached the Crucible quarter-finals last season.

    And the Leicester potter wasted little time in setting up a last-16 meeting with Northern Ireland's Mark Allen by taking the first two frames of the evening

  5. 'An absolute masterclass' - O'Sullivan makes back-to-back centuries

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    Video caption: Best shots: O'Sullivan makes back-to-back centuries against McGill at World Snooker Champs

    Watch the best shots as reigning world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan makes consecutive centuries during his second-round match against Anthony McGill.

  6. Last time out

    Last year’s final saw Ronnie O'Sullivan claim his sixth World Championship title with a dominant 18-8 victory over Kyren Wilson at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

    O'Sullivan drew level with Ray Reardon and boyhood hero Steve Davis on world crowns, and surpassed Stephen Hendry on the all-time list of ranking event wins with a record 37 titles.

    Although Wilson battled back to 10-7, O'Sullivan wrested total control with a run of eight frames on the Sunday.

    O'Sullivan, 44, was the oldest champion since Reardon, who was 45 in 1978.

    It was the biggest winning margin in a final since 2008, when O'Sullivan defeated Ali Carter by the same scoreline.

    Read the full report here.

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    Video caption: How the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan won world title number six
  7. How can I watch the World Championship?

    All times are BST and subject to late changes

    BBC iPlayer

    Full BBC TV and online listings for day seven of the World Snooker Championship.

    Friday 23 April

    Live coverage

    10:00-12:00 - BBC Two

    13:00-18:00 - BBC Two

    19:00-21:00 - BBC Four

    10:00-14:00, 14:30-18:00 & 19:00-22:30 - BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website & mobile app


    23:20-00:10 - BBC Two

    06:20-07:10 & 09:10-10:00 - BBC Red Button (repeat)

    World Championship Extra

    00:10-02:10 - BBC Two

    07:10-09:10 - BBC Red Button (repeat)

  8. What is it?

    2021 World Snooker Championship

    The World Championship is snooker's biggest event and has been staged since 1927. It has been hosted in its modern form by Sheffield's Crucible Theatre since 1977.

    It is one part of snooker's 'Triple Crown' events alongside the UK Championship and the Masters.

    The event has seen some of the biggest names in snooker throughout the decades win the trophy, including Stephen Hendry (seven titles) and Ronnie O'Sullivan (six titles).

    The event returns to its usual spring dates after 2020’s edition was held in August due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

    World Snooker Championship trophy
  9. How to get into snooker

    Get Inspired


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    Video caption: Get Inspired: How World Snooker is helping build confidence in the community

    Whether you choose to play competitively or socially, snooker is sure to get your brain working.

    It requires skill and concentration and will improve your focus and hand-eye coordination.

    Anyone can play regardless of age, gender or ability and it's not an expensive sport to get into.

    Snooker is essentially a simple sport, once the rules of the game have been learnt - to do just that click here.