Ronnie O'Sullivan sets new retirement deadline as fresh snooker quit threat made

O’Sullivan confirmed that Peters would be at the Crucible for the World Championships to help the Rocket, who does not want to retire from snooker. The 48-year-old enjoys the lifestyle and travel that comes with being a professional sportsman, but insisted that another year of similar performances would be enough to tempt him into hanging up the cue. “I’ll only retire if I think I’m not playing well enough for long enough, which has been going on a while now,” O’Sullivan added. “That’s obviously something that distresses me enough to think. ‘I don’t want to keep doing that.’ But like I said, if I can learn to live with it. “I don’t have to win, you know, I just likeContinue Reading

Mercedes may sign Sainz but axe him after 12 months in Toto Wolff masterplan

Mercedes are reportedly in talks with Carlos Sainz over a one-plus-one-year contract in a deal that could allow Toto Wolff to part ways with the Spanish racer after just 12 months with the team. This move would keep the Silver Arrows competitive in 2025 with Sainz joining forces with George Russell while allowing 17-year-old starlet Kimi Antonelli to hone his skills in preparation for his ascent into the Mercedes seat. According to a report from RacingNews365, talks are already underway between Sainz and Mercedes representatives with the Silver Arrows courting a one-year deal with the option of extending the Spaniard’s contract for a second year into 2026. No agreement is expected on the proposal before the conclusion of this weekend’sContinue Reading

F1 LIVE as Ferrari warn Lewis Hamilton and Brundle shuts down Verstappen

Fernando Alonso has admitted he spoke to multiple rival F1 teams before signing a new contract to stay at Aston Martin. The Spanish veteran, a two-time world champion, had been tipped to join Red Bull and Mercedes but will see through 2025 and 2026 in an Aston instead. Yet he has suggested he held talks with both teams as the Silver Arrows look to replace Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull explore whether or not to axe Sergio Perez. He explained: “I did speak with other people as well, yes. I think it’s normal when you enter negotiations, you need to balance a little bit [and ask] ‘what is the market?’ “You need to listen to everyone else as well. It’sContinue Reading

Fuming Mauricio Pochettino issues no-nonsense ultimatum to Chelsea squad

Mauricio Pochettino handed the Chelsea players a no-nonsense ultimatum after a penalty fiasco marred the Blues’ win over Everton. Three Chelsea players squabbled over who was taking the second-half spot kick, leaving Pochettino furious after full-time. The altercation took place in the second half of Monday night’s victory, with Chelsea already 4-0 up at the time. Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson were seen arguing over who was going to take the penalty, before Man of the Match Cole Palmer arrived on the scene shortly after. The trio were eventually separated by Chelsea skipper Conor Gallagher, who snatched the ball away from Madueke. That wasn’t the end of it though, as Jackson, still incensed by the decision attempted to slap the ball out of Palmer’sContinue Reading

Cole Palmer sends blunt message to fuming Chelsea stars after pen embarrassment

Cole Palmer has insisted that he is Chelsea’s penalty taker after he was involved in a three-man squabble to take the spot kick against Everton. Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson were both adamant that they wanted to step up from 12 yards, with Conor Gallagher forced to intervene and try and diffuse the bizarre scenes. Chelsea cruised to a 6-0 victory over Everton on Monday night, though the gloss was taken off of the win in the second-half. With the Blues leading 4-0, Palmer went down under a challenge inside the penalty area, prompting referee Paul Tierney to eventually point to the spot. However, the scenes that followed left Chelsea fans with their heads in their hands. Both Jackson andContinue Reading

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Jimmy Carr has revealed how his childhood battle with meningitis led him to make his mother laugh for the first time. The stand-up comedian, 51, contracted the disease when he was three years old. Appearing on today’s (16 April) episode of the podcast Where There’s A Will, There’s A Wake with Kathy Burke, Carr said: “‘You’ve got to be cruel to be kind’… I think that is the first thing I ever said that my mother thought was funny.” He explained: “I had meningitis when I was a child. So my first memoryContinue Reading

Chewing gum has been linked to better diets – but it’s no way to improve your health

Halay Alex/Shutterstock The relationship between chewing gum – both the sugary and the non-sugary kind – and whether chewing gum might prevent conditions like gum disease, bone loss around teeth, and caries, was studied in research published in the Journal of the American Nutrition Association in early 2024. The researchers used data from people who were enrolled in a large population-based study between 2013 and 2019. In addition to reporting on their oral health, participants were also asked questions about their diet, weight and waist circumference – the size of their waistline. Analysis of the data showed no relationship between chewing gum and oral health. However, out of the of 15,178 participants in the study, 2.4% reported to chew gumContinue Reading

Andy Murray's Wimbledon hopes still alive as Brit will not have surgery on ankle

Andy Murray’s hopes of competing at Wimbledon are still alive after it was confirmed the Scot would not undergo surgery on his injured ankle. The two-time Wimbledon winner ruptured ankle ligaments at the recent Miami Open, but no timescale on his return has been given. A spokesperson for the tennis star confirmed on Monday that he is now out of a walking boot and won’t be having surgery on his ankle, before adding that he is hoping to get back on the practice court soon with his rehab going well. It was confirmed in March that Murray had ruptured his anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) and he also tore his calcaneofibular ligament (CFL). The injury came during his dramatic 7-5, 5-7,Continue Reading

African athletes step aside so Chinese runner could win Beijing half-marathon

Allegations that three African runners deliberately slowed down to allow Chinese athlete He Jie win the Beijing half-marathon are being investigated by the event’s organisers. Footage from the race shows He running behind three other athletes before they appear to let him go past. In footage shared on social media, all four runners close in on the final stretch of the race. He is behind Kenyan duo Robert Keter and Willy Mnangat, and Ethiopia’s Dejene Hailu. Bizarrely, one of the runners points towards the finish line while the others visibly slow down. He ran beyond his three competitions and went on to win the race. He finished one second ahead of the trio, who all passed the finish line atContinue Reading