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December 7, 2022

Snooker: Higgins world champion for the fourth time

John Higgins has set his sights on matching Stephen Hendry’s record haul of seven World Championship titles after winning his fourth on Monday. The 35-year-old, who only returned in November from a six-month ban imposed for infringements of betting regulations, beat Judd Trump 18-15, bbc.co.uk informs.

He said: “I want to get to seven world titles now, because I’ve won three in the last five years. I’ve rededicated myself in recent years and I want to keep winning it.”

It was only 12 months ago that Higgins’s career was in jeopardy after frame-fixing allegations came to light on the morning of the 2010 final.

The Scot fought a battle to clear his name and was later cleared of deliberately throwing frames, but he was suspended for not reporting the illegal approach made to him.

Higgins has won five tournaments since his return, including the UK Championship and the Welsh Open, but he admitted his latest victory at the Crucible is “by far and away the biggest and best” of his career. (S.G.)

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