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Full house at Crucible sees Selby win world snooker champs

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) – In front of a packed house at the Crucible Theatre, Mark Selby won the world snooker championship for the fourth time beating Shaun Murphy 18-15 in the final on Monday.

Only four players – Stephen Hendry (7), Ronnie O’Sullivan, Ray Reardon, and Steve Davis (all 6) – have won more world titles than Selby, who also captured the biggest prize in the sport in 2014, ‘16 and ’17.

The 17-day tournament in Sheffield, England, was part of the pilot program enabling the safe return of mass gatherings and indoor events as lockdown restrictions ease the country during the pandemic. The Crucible operated at 33% in the first round, 50% in the second round, and complete by the two-day final. All spectators had to take a COVID-19 test before they arrived and confirm a negative result to enter the venue.

Selby has bounced back from a severe 17-16 loss to O’Sullivan in last year’s semifinals.

Murphy was aiming to become a two-time champion after his victory as a qualifier in 2005.

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