All Things Snooker
Chen Zifan has become the eighth Chinese player to be suspended from the World Snooker Tour. The world number 93 has been sanctioned by the the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) as part of a match-fixing investigation. Chen's suspension takes effect immediately and will remain in place until the investigation is concluded. The 27-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of 76 last year, has the right to appeal against this decision. "No further comment will be made except in the event of any significant further developments," read a statement by the WPBSA, the sport's world governing body.
Three-time world champion Mark Williams has become the oldest player to make a competitive 147 break. The Welshman, 47, achieved the total clearance in a 5-3 quarter-final defeat by defending champion Neil Robertson at the English Open. Williams collected just 17 points as he lost the first three frames in Brentwood. But he went on to celebrate the third maximum break of his career, even though he lost the match. Williams' 147 is the seventh maximum break of the season so far and 183rd officially recorded in snooker history. He made his first competitive 147 break against Robert Milkins at the 2005 World Championship and his second at a minor event in 2010.
Shaun Murphy says reaching "the bottom of my mental health" convinced him to brave "life-changing" stomach surgery. Former World, UK and Masters champion Murphy, 40, had a gastric sleeve operation during the summer. The procedure involves removing a large part of the stomach, limiting the ability to consume excessive amounts. "I just wish I had done it 20 years ago, because it does feel as if it's changed my life for the better," Murphy told BBC Sport's Framed podcast. "I've struggled with my weight all my life. I was the fat kid in school, I feel like I've been dieting ever since I was 15, probably younger, and I just reached the end of my tether with it. "I'd reached the bottom of my mental health, I was on the ground. I was very close to going to the doctor about depression, anxiety, not being able to go out, because I was getting shouted at in the street.