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Hearn hits back at O'Sullivan

After claiming to have considered forming a breakaway competition, Barry Hearn has hit back at the five time world snooker champion, claiming he is "living on a different planet". O'Sullivan had claimed that playing conditions as well as the 128-player draw was enough to see him consider a champions league style event if he had other players backing the idea. Hearn didn't hold back, adding; "I am incredulous as usual with Ronnie. He gets headlines, I will give him that, but it’s a nonsensical thought. Ronnie needs someone to play and it’s quite clear there is not one single player on the 128-member pro tour that will ever trust Mr O’Sullivan and his rather cranky schemes"

Trump achieves century in Dale win

Judd Trump had to dig deep in his match with Dominic Dale, a 6-5 win enough to reach the 3rd round of the UK Championship. After missing match ball twice in the 10th frame, the former champion composed himself to see out a win over Dale and heads into the final 32 with a tough tie against Mark King now awaiting on Tuesday.

Trump added: “I’m very happy with the way I got over the line. I could have folded after missing that black and chucking the frame away. I really had to dig in, as much as I ever have done in my career. I tried to draw a bit of inspiration from Ronnie’s come back earlier because I could see how much it meant to him. I had to produce the goods under pressure"

UK Championship gets underway in York

The York Barbican Center is the host of the UK Championship with a total of £850,000 up for grabs at this ranking event. Current champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan and a host of others enter the event to take on the likes of Judd Trump, Neil Robertson, Mark Selby and others. BBC and Eurosport will be broadcasting the event on television with online-streaming also available.

Ding Junhui v Adam Stefanow – Tuesday November 27, 2.30pm
Neil Robertson v Kishan Hirani – Tuesday November 27, 2.30pm
Judd Trump v David Lilley – Tuesday November 27, 7.30pm
Shaun Murphy v Chen Feilong – Wednesday November 28, 2.30pm
John Higgins v Dechawat Poomjaeng – Wednesday November 28, 7.30pm
Mark Allen v Basem Eltahhan – Wednesday November 28, 7.30pm
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Luke Simmonds – Thursday November 29, 2.30pm
Barry Hawkins v Jamie Clarke – Thursday November 29, 2.30pm
Mark Selby v James Cahill – Thursday November 29, 7.30pm
Mark Williams v Adam Duffy – Thursday November 29, 7.30pm

Scottish Open returns to the Emirates

On December 10th, the Scottish Open is back in Glasgow at the Emirates Arena on London Road, running for 6 days once again featuring 128 of the top players competing for the Stephen Hendry trophy. Neil Robertson (pictured) is the current holder with a 9-8 win (and a fantastic match) against Cao Yupeng in 2017.