Moon Of Liberty Snooker – Gibraltar Open

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Gibraltar Open Final – Murphy v Trump

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Murphy continues great form to win on the Rock

Shaun Murphy followed up his Semi Final apparent last week at the Shoot Out by winning his first ranking title of 2017. He defeated Jud Trump in the best of seven Final at the Tercentenary Sports Hall. They shared the first two frames before Trump’s break of 86 gave him the lead. Murphy leveled again with a break of 56 then took the key fifth which was a cagey affair with some fine safety play. Murphy eventually got the chance to clear yellow to pink to take a 3-2 lead. Trump nailed a long range red early in the sixth but missed his chance missing a further red later on. This let Murphy in for a match winning 96 to claim his seventh career title. It is Trump’s second final defeat this year after falling short at the Welsh Open. Meanwhile Murphy’s form is on the up not far away from Sheffield.

Report (WorldSnooker.com)

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Snooker Results

Gibraltar Open – At The Tercentenary Sports Hall, North District, Gibraltar

Semi Finals (Best of 7)

Shaun Murphy (England) 4Nigel Bond (England) 0

Jud Trump (England) 4Ryan Day (Wales) 2

FINAL (Best of 7)

Shaun Murphy (England) 4Jud Trump (England) 2

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – Coral Shoot Out

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Snooker – Coral Shoot Out

Coral Shoot Out Final – McGill v Goudong

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Scot McGill is king of the shoot out

The annual 10 minute shoot out tournament yet again produced a surprise winner and showed no respect for usual reputations. Former world finalist Andy Hicks and former World Champion Shaun Murphy were dispatched in the semi final to ensure a final between Anthony McGill of Scotland and Xiao Goudong of China. The match lasts 10 minutes with a shot clock to ensure speedy play with whomever had the most points when the time runs out declared the winner.

In the final Goudong got in first but could only score 15. He then missed a red which allowed McGill in to make a break of 59 that ultimately gave him the title. The final few minutes saw McGill playing excellent safety to ensure Goudong could not score any more points allowing McGill to claim the trophy. This is now classed as a ranking tournament, it is McGill’s first, indeed this is the first time he has won more than one match in a tournament. For Goudong this was his second shoot out final, but he has come up short on both occasions.

Report (WorldSnooker.com)

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Snooker Results

Coral Shoot Out At The Watford Colosseum, Watford (1 Frame shoot out)

Semi Finals

Xiao Goudong (China) 73Andy Hicks (England) 0

Anthony McGill (Scotland) 64Shaun Murphy (England) 41

FINAL

Xiao Goudong (China) 19Anthony McGill (Scotland) 67

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – World Grand Prix – Hawkins v Day

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Snooker – World Grand Prix

World Grand Prix Final in Preston – Hawkins v Day

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Hawkins takes third ranking title

Barry Hawkins produced some top class snooker to take his third ranking title against Welshman Ryan Day. Hawkins scored four centuries in the first session and it was credit to the dogged resistance of Day that the lead was only 6-3 going into the evening. Breaks of 128 and 85 helped Hawkins take the first three frames of the evening session to move 9-3 away and just one frame from the title. Hawkins should have sealed it in frame 13 but missed a straight forward red letting Day in to take it. Day then launched a mini comeback taking the next three frames to pull it back to 9-7. Day then lead by 31 points in frame 17 but Hawkins laid a snooker on the final red that led to Day opening the balls up for Hawkins to clear the table and take the title 10-7. and claim his second World Grand Prix title as he won here in 2014.

Full Report (World Snooker.com)

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Snooker Results

World Grand Prix – At The Guild Hall, Preston

Semi Finals (Best of 11)

Barry Hawkins (England) 6Liang Wenbo (China) 1

Ryan Day (Wales) 6Marco Fu (Hong Kong) 4

FINAL (Best of 19)

Barry Hawkins (England) 10Ryan Day (Wales) 7

2017 World Grand Prix ChampionBarry Hawkins (England)

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – German Masters

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German Masters Snooker

German Masters Final in Berlin – Hamilton v Carter

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Nottingham’s Hamilton takes first ranking title in Germany

Anthony Hamilton came from behind against Ali Carter to win his first ranking title of his 26 year career in Berlin.Carter dominated the early stages after defeating defending champion Martin Gould in the semi-final. Carter came out with that confidence flowing and raced into a 5-2 lead. Key to the comeback was Hamilton winning the final frame of the first session to go it only two down out the break.

He stormed forward at the start second session taking the opening frame and hitting a 118 break to level at 5-5. He then took the next two and took advantage of Carter missing a black off the spot to clear up and make it 8-5. Carter did stop Hamilton’s run of six straight frames by winning the 14th frame, but only one away, Hamilton was able to finish the job in the 15th frame  Hamilton trapped Carter in a tough snooker from which came the mistake allowing Hamilton to make a break of 57, enough to claim the frame and title in his first ranking final for 15 years. A triumph for perseverance.

Full Report (World Snooker.com)

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Snooker Results

German Masters SnookerAt The Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany

Semi Finals (Best Of 11)

Ali Carter (England) 6Martin Gould (England) 2

Anthony Hamilton (England) 6Stuart Bingham (England) 4

FINAL (Best of 17)

Anthony Hamilton (England) 9 – Ali Carter (England) 6

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Moon Of Liberty Sportsround – 24th Jan 2017

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Sports News Digest – 24th Jan 2017 @ 6.10 pm

Sky Sports – Nadal stages excellent recovery to beat Alexander Zverev – Tennis

BBC Sport – Clermont knock Exeter out of the Champions Cup – Rugby Union

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Saturday Soccer round-up – Soccer

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist’s Echo – Southampton v Leicester City – Soccer

Sky Sports – Saracens confirm home Quarter Final after win over Toulon – Rugby Union

BBC Sport – Ronnie O’Sullivan does it again – Snooker

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – One Day Internationals round-up – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ Th Elitist – 2nd Test Match – New Zealand v Bangladesh – Cricket

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – NFL Championship Games round-up – NFL

The Moon Of Liberty/ The Elitist – UK Masters Snooker Final – Snooker

BBC Sport – Nicole Cooke says British cycling is run ‘by men for men’ – Cycling

BBC Sport – How America fell in love with Carl Frampton – Boxing

Sky Sports – Three new signing for Munster – Rugby Union

Sky Sports – Boris Becker has not ruled out re-joining Novak Djokovic – Tennis

Sky Football – Sunderland sign Joleon Lescott until the end of the season – Soccer

BBC Sport – Tiger Woods has concerns over his current schedule – Golf

Rugby League World – Joe Burgess refuses to rule out a move back to the NRL – Rugby League

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – UK Masters Final

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UK Masters Final in London – O’Sullivan v Perry

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O’Sullivan claims record seventh UK Masters Title

Ronnie O’Sullivan won a record seventh Masters title with a 10-7 win over Joe Perry at the Alexandra Palace in London. It was Perry who started the better taking a 4-1 lead but missed a red to clinch the next. O’Sullivan took advantage and then won the next two to end the first session 4-4. The Rocket kept the momentum going winning the next four frames to go 8-4 up. Perry took the next two but O’Sullivan wiped out hopes of a comeback with his only century break to move 9-6 ahead and one away. Perry took the 16th frame but after a long safety exchange on the final red, Perry made the error to allow O’Sullivan in to clear up and surpass Stephen Hendry’s six Masters titles without having played at his best by his own admission. A scary though for the rest of the field heading towards the World Championship’s

Full report (BBC Sport)

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Snooker results

UK Masters SnookerAt The Alexandra Palace, Harringay, London

Semi-Finals (Best of 11)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (England) 6Marco Fu (Hong Kong) 4

Joe Perry (England) 6Barry Hawkins (England) 5

FINAL (Best of 19)

Ronnie O’Sullivan (England) 10Joe Perry (England) 7

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Moon Of Liberty Snooker – Paul Hunter Classic

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Paul Hunter Classic

World Champion Mark Selby has won his first ranking tournament of the Season winning the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany.It was an all Leicester affair as World number 40 Tom Ford had played some superb snooker to get to his first ranking final. It was nip and tuck early on the the best of seven final. Selby took the first with a break of 85 but Ford settled and hit back to level in the second. They took one more each to go into the mid session at 2-2. Selby then took control with a break of 72 to make it 3-2, and after a scrappy opening Selby scored 58 in the decisive frame to take the trophy. It is his eight career ranking title and his first since winning at the Crucible. For Ford it was his first final, but surely not his last.

Full Report (World Snooker.com)

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Paul Hunter ClassicAt Stadhalle, Furth, Germany

Semi-Finals

Mark Selby (England) 4Dominic Dale (Wales) 2

Tom Ford (England) 4Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Thailand) 2

FINAL

Mark Selby (England) 4Tom Ford (England) 2

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