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Murphy sets up Champion of Champions final with O'Sullivan

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Shaun Murphy will take on Ronnie O'Sullivan in the Champion of Champions final after coming through a rollercoaster semi-final with Luca Brecel.

Belgian Brecel raced into a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval and moved 4-2 ahead before Murphy rattled off four successive frames to seal victory.

The 22-year-old drew first blood with a composed 68 break in the opening frame but the Englishman hit back with runs of 41 and 46 to level the scores.

Brecel nudged back in front during a tight third frame before recording a break of 80 to move two ahead at the mid-session interval.

The pair traded the next two before Murphy reduced the deficit back to one frame with a stunning 131 clearance for the first century of the match.

A run of 73 was enough to bring parity to the scoreline before 'The Magician' took the lead for the first time by taking the ninth, followed by a tense brown-blue-pink finish in the 10th frame to secure an entertaining win.

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Bingham has been given a six-month suspension from snooker

Stuart Bingham has been given a six-month suspension Credit: PA

Former world champion Stuart Bingham has been given a six-month suspension for breaching snooker's betting regulations.

The 41-year-old, who won at the Crucible in 2015, has been found to have placed bets of close to £36,000 on matches - some of which he was playing in - over a period of 12 years.

The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) said Bingham had admitted to a small amount of betting using two accounts in his own name, but was actually guilty of "greater betting over at least seven years".

Half of the ban has been suspended until October next year, but the world number nine will miss the UK Championships and the Masters as he is not allowed to play again until January 26, 2018.

Barry Hawkins wins World Grand Prix

Barry Hawkins speaking to ITV Sport's Jill Douglas after his win. Credit: ITV Sport

Barry Hawkins survived a stirring fightback from Ryan Day to win the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix on Sunday night, live on ITV4.

Hawkins, the world number 12, raced into a 9-3 lead at Preston's Guild Hall courtesy of five century breaks.

But Welshman Day forced his way back into the best-of-19 final by winning four successive frames.

A relieved Hawkins however, held his nerve in the 17th frame to pot the black and clinch the title 10-7 to claim the £100,000 top prize.

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Robertson falls to Hawkins after defeating Ronnie

Robertson eased past five-time world champion O'Sullivan 4-1 in their second-round meeting. Credit: PA

Neil Robertson failed to build on his superb defeat of Ronnie O'Sullivan as Barry Hawkins claimed a place in the semi-finals of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.

Robertson eased past five-time world champion O'Sullivan 4-1 in their second-round meeting on Thursday afternoon but was unable to replicate that form later as he lost 4-2 to Hawkins in the last eight.

Hawkins, who beat Judd Trump 4-1 earlier in the day in Preston, did not trail against the Australian after taking the first frame with a break of 81 following a Robertson mistake.

Robertson levelled but Hawkins took the next two in scrappy circumstances. Hawkins missed a chance to settle the match in the fifth frame, and Robertson replied with a frame-winning run of 51, but he made no mistake in the sixth, securing victory with an 85 break.

Hawkins told ITV Sport: "I wouldn't say it was a solid performance, we both missed a few, but I'm pleased to get past Neil and be in the semi-final.

"I finished off well, I needed to win that frame, as I've started to get a name for myself for collapsing after getting in front."

Liang Wenbo claimed his place in the last four with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Joe Perry.

Wenbo rattled in two centuries but was never able to pull clear as the pair traded frames throughout.

Watch live coverage of the snooker from 12:45pm on ITV4.

Pro snooker player banned for 15 months for spot-fixing

Professional snooker player Leo Fernandez has been banned for 15 months after admitting spot-fixing.

The Irishman received the ban and was ordered to pay £2,000 costs after a hearing on his 40th birthday on Tuesday relating to the first foul of his World Championship first qualifying round match in April.

Leo Fernandez admitted planning to deliberately foul first in his World Championship qualifier. Credit: PA

He had been provisionally suspended on May 27 and cannot now return to the sport until August 2017.

Fernandez has been an intermittent presence on the professional tour since first qualifying in 2007, though a run to the quarter-finals of last year's Haining Open on the Asian Tour had earned him a return.

Ding Junhui sees off McManus to reach world snooker final

Ding Junhui is aiming to become world champion for the first time. Credit: PA

Ding Junhui reached his first World Championship final in record-setting style as he saw off Alan McManus at the Crucible.

China's number-one player fired his seventh century of the semi-final, a classy 123, and completed a 17-11 victory over Scottish veteran McManus.

Before Ding's masterclass, the record in Sheffield stood at six centuries in a match, achieved by Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan, but he has rewritten that corner of the history books and also becomes Asia's first World Championship finalist, a landmark moment for the sport.

His earlier tons in the match were 100, 131, 100, 128, 138 and 113, and in a startling run of scoring he also fired breaks of 84, 62, 90, 97, 80 and 60.

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