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s : sport.online@ebs.bbc.co.uk 1 May 2009 • 11:48PM -0400

This Weekend on BBC Sport
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RISHI PERSAD AT THE WORLD SNOOKER
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Playing at the Crucible provides the ultimate test of character,
temperament and mental strength and John Higgins has all of those in
droves.

To keep your concentration and playing standards up for such a prolonged
period is a difficult art and it can take its toll, but Higgins's
stamina has amazed me.

His epic wins over Mark Selby and Jamie Cope must have taken it out of
him, yet he has shown no sign of this at all and Mark Allen now has a
mountain to climb if he is to beat the Scotsman and reach the final.

I'm surprised Allen hasn't made more of a fist of it so far. He seemed
unsettled by the extra humidity in the Crucible on Thursday and the slow
cloth seemed to knock him out of his stride.

I expect the other semi between Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson to go to
the wire.

Murphy has gone through some difficult times on and off the table but he
burst back into life at the UK Championship and is coming to the boil
nicely here.

Robertson is such a great talent and crowds are drawn to him.

He suffered a bit of criticism from people that said his safety play was
poor and he played too quickly. He slowed down and was more measured but
felt it made him play worse, so he has reverted to his old style and is
reaping the benefits.

It has been so refreshing to see so many young players making their mark
at what has been one of the best world championships in memory.

The standard of play has been top notch and with the likes of Allen,
Robertson, Jamie Cope and Mark Selby, the game looks to have a rosy
future.

That said, I'm backing Higgins's priceless experience to see him lift
his third world title.

Enjoy the weekend,

Rishi

<b>Rishi Persad presents coverage of the World Snooker final on BBC
TV.</b>

<i>Rishi was talking to Paul Birch</i>

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THIS WEEKEND ON BBC SPORT
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SNOOKER
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/default.stm
Saturday: World Championship (1000-1300 BBC Red Button/online; 1300-1630, BBC
One/online; 1630-1730, BBC Two/online; 1900-2200, BBC Two/online).
Sunday: World Championship final (1400-1725, BBC Two/online; 2000-2300, BBC
Two/online).
World Championship final concludes on Monday at 1400-1645, BBC
Two/online and 2000-2300, BBC Two/online.


FOOTBALL
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/default.stm
Saturday: Football Focus (1210, BBC One/online); Premier League commentary (1245 &
1500, BBC Radio 5 Live/online); Final Score (1430, BBC Red
Button/online; 1630, BBC One/online); Match of the Day (2230, BBC
One/online).
Sunday: Match of the Day repeat (0735, BBC One/online); 5 Live Final Score
(1300, BBC Red Button/online); Championship commentary (1315, BBC Radio
5 Live sports extra/online); Premier League commentary (1330 & 1600, BBC
Radio 5 Live/online); Match of the Day 2 (2200, BBC One/online).


MOTOGP
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/motorbikes/default.stm
Saturday: MotoGP: Jerez - qualifying (1200-1500, BBC Red Button/online);
Qualifying re-run (1500-0300, BBC Red Button).
Sunday: MotoGP: Jerez - 125cc and 250cc races (0950-1205, BBC Red
Button/online); 125cc and 250cc races re-run (1200-1200 Monday, BBC Red
Button); Live race (1230-1400, BBC Two/online); MotoGP Extra (1400-1430,
BBC Red Button/online); Race looped (1500-1100 Tuesday, BBC Red Button).


OTHER SPORT
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/default.stm
Saturday: Rugby league: Wigan v St Helens (1855-2045, BBC Radio 5 Live sports
extra/online).
Sunday: Boxing: Ricky Hatton v Manny Pacquiao (0300, BBC Radio 5 Live/online);
Rugby union: Heineken Cup semi-final - Cardiff v Leicester (1510-1645,
BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online); Rugby league: Catalans v Leeds
(1645-1845, BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online).
Rugby league's Super League Show is on Monday at 1215-1300 on BBC One
North and then 0315-0400 on BBC Two.


All the latest TV and radio times:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tv_and_radio

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...AND ON THE WEBSITE THIS WEEK
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bbc.co.uk/sport

Snooker's new aggressive breed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/8026833.stm

Crucible pictures
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/8006995.stm



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