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Friday 21 September 2018

Selby aims to steal limelight

SNOOKER: Ronnie O'Sullivan may well be the favourite for the UK Championship which starts today, but Mark Selby fancies his chances of retaining his title.

O'Sullivan is back on the professional tour after a self-imposed break and is arguably looking better than ever.

The Essex cueman on Sunday beat Stuart Bingham to take the inaugural Champion of Champions Event. Few will be backing against O'Sullivan – who starts out against Rhys Clark later in the week – but Selby hopes he can have his say in a tournament which sees the world's top 128 players start at the same round in pursuit of a £125,000 prize.

Selby toppled O'Sullivan in the final of the Antwerp Open.

"I feel in great shape with the defence of my UK Championship title just around the corner, and that's in stark contrast to how I've been for most of this season," said Selby.

"I've been stuck in a bit of a slump, anyone can tell you that judging by my recent results. But winning the Antwerp Open and getting to the semi-finals of the Champion of Champions has definitely lifted my confidence."

 

BUTTON IS ONE HAPPY CAMPER

FORMULA ONE: Jenson Button believes McLaren can make the most of the biggest rule change in the sport for many years.

Button's fourth place in Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix represented a minor victory at the end of the team's worst season for 33 years.

Button said: "I got the best result of the year at the last race, so we've made some progress."

The change in the regulations, as the V8 era bowed out at Interlagos to be replaced with 1.6-litre V6 turbo-charged powertrains for 2014, offers a chance for someone to end Red Bull's dominance.

 

CULLEN IN THE IRELAND TEAM

ATHLETICS: Mary Cullen has been selected for the European Cross-Country Championships in Belgrade on December 8 despite not racing in the recent National Inter-Counties.

The Sligo runner has made the six-woman team ahead of Maria McCambridge (DSD) who finished sixth at the Nationals, but the DSD runner is named as first reserve.

West Waterford's David McCarthy also gets into the men's team ahead of Raheny's Mick Clohisey who finished one place ahead of him at the Nationals but Clohisey is named as the first reserve.

Fionnuala Britton and the Irish women are defending champions.

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