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O'Sullivan shrugs off row to take command against Murphy

 

By John Skilbeck

Ronnie O'Sullivan fired out a World Championship warning to his rivals by taking a 6-2 overnight lead against 2005 winner Shaun Murphy at the Crucible.

Five-time champion O'Sullivan has been embroiled in controversy this week over the Rocket's "bullying" claims against snooker chiefs, but that has not hurt his game as he turned on the style against Murphy in the first to 13 frame clash for a place in the quarter-finals of the £1.9million showpiece.

Neil Robertson has admitted he was losing his life and career to video games. The 2010 world champion has pulled the plug on his console addiction to focus on landing a second Crucible title.

He took a first step towards that goal by beating Thailand's Crucible newcomer Noppon Saengkham 10-4 in the first round in Sheffield yesterday.

Then Robertson opened up about his obsession with gaming.

"I've decided to make a clean break," the 35-year-old Australian said. "I can easily play for 12 hours straight."

Ulsterman Mark Allen starts his last-16 match against John Higgins today.

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