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Monday 21 January 2019

No extra money for Ronnie's 147 Irish hoping it will be all White on the night

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan had to be persuaded to pot the black to secure a 147 break at the 12bet.com World Open in Glasgow after learning there was no bonus prize for a maximum.

O'Sullivan shook hands with Mark King after potting the pink to take his break to 140 in the final frame of his quickfire 3-0 triumph. But referee Jan Verhaas convinced the former world champion to finish off the 10th maximum of his career, putting him in pole position to claim the highest break prize of £4,000.

O'Sullivan said: "I wasn't going to pot the black because to make 147 and not really get a nice bonus was a bit disappointing because they are magical moments and they deserve magical bonuses.

"But the ref played a guilt trip on me and said 'Come on, do it for your fans'. And I thought, 'Okay, because I haven't got long to play anyway, so I might as well go out on a high'. But I wasn't going to pot it because four grand, once you've paid the taxes..."



Strauss still set on Butt action following slur

CRICKET: Andrew Strauss was making no idle threat when he mentioned the possibility of legal action against Ijaz Butt over the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman's accusations of match-fixing by England.

Butt astounded millions when he claimed on Sunday that England players might have deliberately lost the third NatWest Series match at the Brit Oval on purpose in return for "enormous amounts of money".

After England also lost the fourth match last night by 38 runs at Lord's, as Pakistan levelled the series at 2-2 with only tomorrow's final match to play at the Rose Bowl, Strauss was asked if legal recourse was still on his mind.

"Absolutely, we are going to explore every avenue available to us to make sure our names aren't sullied in this manner," he said.



Irish hoping it will be all White on the night

CRICKET: Andrew White continued his love affair with the Intercontinental Cup in Harare yesterday, scoring 97 not out to leave Ireland well-placed on 340-6 after the opening day against Zimbabwe.

But the Belfast schoolteacher's hopes of playing in a fourth successive final rest on how well his colleagues bowl over the next three days. The three-time champions need to beat Zimbabwe on first innings and overall to stay in the Cup.

MLB: Florida 4 St Louis 0, NY Yankees 8 Tampa Bay 6, Detroit 7 Kansas City 5, Washington 2 Houston 8, Philadelphia 3 Atlanta 1, Boston 2 Baltimore 4, Minnesota 9 Cleveland 3, Milwaukee 2 Cincinnati 5, LA Angels 7 Texas 4, Oakland 3 Chicago White Sox 0

NFL: San Francisco 22 New Orleans 25.

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