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CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS SNOOKER

The famed Ricoh  'Champion of Champions'  Tennis Tournament began this week in Coventry with top class players competing.  Defending Champion Shaun Murphy was fully up for the £100K prize, as he opened the contest against James Robertson. However, it was 'Murphy's Law',( i.e. anything that can go wrong will go wrong) as Murphy started off by making two glaring errors when he missed  a few black balls. After that he got himself into gear, to lead by 3 frames to 2. Robertson was no match for the Champ and soon capitulated , losing the match by 4 frames to 2.  Next up was Ding Junhui aka 'The Dragon' against Cypriot Michael Georgiou. The Dragon has won the 'UK Snooker Championship' twice, and is ranked 8th in the World compared to Georgiou's 50th ranking. But it was the Cypriot who went into an early lead, one frame up, as The Dragon took time to settle. He then really came to Life, playing some stylish Snooker, showing his capability., and going into the lead by 3 frames to 2. Georgiou had some chances  to go ahead in the match, especially when The Dragon missed an important black , thereby throwing Georgiou a lifeline. Finally, however, The Dragon's skill and experience triumphed, and he won the match by 4 frames to 2. He competed in the evening against Murphy, whose nickname is 'The Magician,'  as he often makes his opponents 'disappear!' So, it was The Dragon against The Magician. Murphy started well, but proceeded to miss some crucial chances. He should have been up by 4 frames to 0, but instead Junhui was still in the mix at 2 frames each. Eventually Murphy again found his form, going into a 5-3 lead, and winning the match by 6 frames to 3.

 

Five times World Snooker  Champion  the charismatic Ronnie O' Sullivan, aka 'The Rocket' ,  took on Stuart Bingham on the second day of this Tournament. The Rocket is so named due to his speedy Play, and has won the Champion of Champions Tournament twice. Bingham won the opening frame, but the packed arena crowd were secretly hoping that The Rocket would win, to have a potential thrilling  showdown between him and four times World Champion Scotsman  John Higgins would play later that day. Living up to his nickname The Rocket lost no time in winning the next two frames with two back-to-back centuries! Bingham won the next frame, levelling the match to 2 frames each, but The Rocket then blasted off to win the next two frames and the match. Next up was Higgins, known as 'The Wizard of Wishaw ' for his ability to use his snooker cue almost like a magic wand, at times! He has also won this Title, and  faced off against the talented Ryan Day. The Wizard has won 6 of the 11 contests against Day, and conjured up another win after a slow start, in which he conceded the first frame. At one stage he lagged behind Day by 2 frames to 3, and looked to be on course to exiting the contest, but he caught up with his superb focus, and it would all come down to the wire at 3 frames each. The final 7th frame would decide the match, by the narrowest possible margin! Both players had - and missed -their chances to win, but it was The Wizard's greater persistence that saw him victorious after a colossal struggle. 

This all led to what the crowd had hoped for: a match -up between The Rocket and The Wizard, two of the greatest Snooker players of all Time! The Rocket has never failed to reach the Finals of this Tournament, and he was the 5/2 Favourite to win it. The Wizard made a costly error on the pink ball , which led to him  losing him the first frame. The Rocket then played his third century of the day to force a 2-0 lead. 
Of course Higgins would fight on, and  after upping the ante he won the third frame with a score of 91. The Rocket then made some mistakes, but made up for them by scoring his fourth century. This was his 965th career century, as he bids to hit the awesome 1000 mark.
Still, the match was now level at 3 frames each. But from then on, The Rocket played beautifully, and was  unstoppable, finally winning the match by 6 frames to 3. It was an epic battle. After O'Sullivan declared: "A win against John is always an achievement!!"

In Horse Racing the 'Melbourne Cup' was won for the very first time by a British horse 'Cross Counter'. Also, the horse had been trained for the very first time by a British trainer, Charlie Appleby, at Newmarket. The coveted Melbourne Cup is Australia's biggest horse race, with this year's prize a hefty $7.3m! Winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy stormed home to victory in spite of the trying conditions due to previous heavy rainfall, and exclaimed: "I'm so delighted! I can't tell you how good it feels!"

Christmas has come early, as it was the last ever series of 'Big Brother', doubtless due to the falling ratings. The very last winner was eighteen year old Vlogger Cameron Cole,  who 'came out' as gay live on TV . Host Emma Willis tearfully embraced 'Big Brother's Bit On The Side' host Rylan Clark-Neal, who was equally tearful.  Bye Bye, Big Bro!

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