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Kyren Wilson bursts into tears after fluke green in thrilling deciding frame saw him reach World Championships final

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KYREN WILSON broke down in tears as he reached a maiden world snooker final after the greatest, most bonkers Crucible frame ever.

The Kettering ace, 28, finally overcame Anthony McGill 17-16 in a gripping semi-final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship.

Kyren Wilson broke down in tears as he reached a maiden world snooker final after the greatest, most bonkers Crucible frame ever

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Kyren Wilson broke down in tears as he reached a maiden world snooker final after the greatest, most bonkers Crucible frame ever

Yet it came down to a 61-minute final-frame madcap decider with Wilson securing his passage on the pink ball.

Tearful Wilson said: “I didn’t keep myself together and that’s what I’m annoyed about.

“I didn’t feel like I was quite there. Anthony was absolutely phenomenal. He stuck it up me basically. Every frame, every shot he was perfect.

“It’s a cruel game. I’ve dreamt of this moment – but I didn’t want to get there like this.

“I’m in a really good place mentally. I’m enjoying being part of these world champs. 

“With everything going on in the world, this is a bonus just being there. That was how I viewed it. If I was going out, it’d be fighting.

“I held myself together until the decider. It’s mad what can happen. It was probably one of the best semi-finals ever. Luck favoured me.

It’s a cruel game. I’ve dreamt of this moment – but I didn’t want to get there like this.

Kyren Wilson

“It was mental the way it panned out. This game is mad and can drive you mad or ecstatic.

“It was such a good standard. I’m annoyed it ended that way. But I’m a fighter and will give it my own in the final.

“How will I celebrate? Carlsberg Pilsner on draft!”

Wilson reckons he had seen a strange omen during his time in Sheffield – white bird feathers had followed him around, with one falling through the open sunroof of his car.

Five-time world champ Ronnie O’Sullivan may have criticised the youngsters coming through but Wilson has shown there is a bright future.

He said: “I don’t know what he is talking about there. There is a lot coming through. World Snooker are doing their best to promote the sport.”

Though there will be fans today for the final, this was the type of match, full of great snooker and drama, that the crowds would have loved and always remembered.

Wilson finally overcame Anthony McGill 17-16 in a gripping semi-final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship

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Wilson finally overcame Anthony McGill 17-16 in a gripping semi-final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship

The gut-wrenching, nerve-wrangling, hands-on-head tension was enormous – even Prince Andrew would have been sweating with nerves.

Though Wilson started the final session with a 94, McGill responded with successive breaks of 84, 87 and 122 – remarkably just his second century of the tournament.

The Glaswegian was cueing magnificently well – there was one special long pot on the red – and the 98 clearance moved him 16-15 ahead.

A re-rack after 10 minutes without a ball being potted of the penultimate frame did not help the blood pressure but Wilson ensured it went to the 33rd frame.

In the finale, there were an extraordinary 14 fouls between them – Wilson received an incredible 47 points – and the Englishman even apologised for a fluked green.

The total of 186 points accrued throughout was a record for a frame here at this iconic theatre.

Wilson will now bank £200,000 for getting to the final weekend but should he become world champion on Sunday evening he will scoop a £500,000 payday.

Unfortunately there has to be a loser and marathon man McGill was the one going home despite playing a record 100 frames in four matches.

The Tartan Nugget, 29, was a 300-1 outsider before qualifying started last month and he said: “I felt really unlucky. Kyren played a great match. It was the best I had played.

“I played well but I didn’t do anything wrong. It was stolen from me, not by Kyren, but from the snooker Gods. I enjoyed the fight. It was played in the right spirit.”

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Premier League clubs ‘expected’ to help bail out smaller clubs as fans banned from stadiums until next year

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MINISTERS “expect” Premier League clubs to help smaller clubs after fans were banned from stadiums until next year.

Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next month.

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Football fans have been banned from stadiums until next yearCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Now the Government has asked the wealthier outfits to step in while it negotiates a wider bailout to the sports industry.

Clubs in the lower ­leagues face a turbulent financial future as, unlike Premier League giants, they rely on ticket sales.

Under the PM’s new Covid plans, pilots allowing 1,000 fans into EFL matches are ditched.

Sports bodies want the Government to support the industry as it did with the arts, which was given access to a £1.57billion package.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to “identify ways we can support sport”.

Today the Premier League said they were “disappointed” fans would not be allowed in next month and said stadiums were safer than many other public spaces.

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Boris Johnson has scuppered plans to get supporters back on the terraces next monthCredit: Sky News
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to 'identify ways we can support sport'

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is said to be ­trying to ‘identify ways we can support sport’Credit: Getty Images – Getty

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RICH Premier League clubs should bail out lower league outfits facing Covid oblivion.

They are not just the lifeblood of their communities. They and their players are, in part, the lifeblood of the Prem too.

Some have rich owners, who must dig deep now that they are facing a season without fans. But many teams don’t. 

It would be a calamity to let them fail through no fault of their own.

A few, admittedly, are badly run — and the Prem would need strict guarantees on how a £200million donation would be spent by the 72 EFL clubs. 

Some people will say the Government should step in. But it cannot bail out every industry. That way lies ruin. In football’s case there’s another solution.

It’s right for wealthy Prem giants to fund a rescue. It’s in the national interest and their own too.

In a statement they said: “Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

“Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month.

“This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities.”

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Micah Richards nearly MISSED Monday Night Football after getting locked in his dressing room!

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Micah Richards has admitted that he almost missed the start of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage after he found himself trapped inside his own dressing room for an hour and a half.

Behind the scenes footage hilariously showed an exasperated and very relieved Richards race into the studio as co-hosts David Jones and Jamie Carragher laughed at the former defender, just minutes before the trio were set to go live on Sky Sports.

Richards has revealed that it was the on-set staff who helped him reach his chair just in the nick of time, allowing him to analyse Manchester City‘s clash with Wolves at the Etihad in its entirety.

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky's Monday Night Football

Micah Richards (R) has revealed how he nearly missed presenting Sky’s Monday Night Football

A day after his close shave, Richards tweeted: ‘Loved being on Sky Sports last night, but managed to get myself locked in the changing room for 90 mins before the show! 

‘Thanks to the staff for getting me out with 2 mins to spare – you’d never have known! @Carra23 & @DavidJonesSky were bricking doing the show without me.’

After managing to compose himself for the show, Sportsmail’s newest columnist went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott, following criticisms on social media.

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

Richards makes a mad dash for the studio set after being locked in his dressing room

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

The footballer-turned-pundit reveals that he was locked in his changing room for 90 minutes

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail's newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

Sportsmail’s newest columnist made it to the set just minutes before the live broadcast

In the last year, Richards has developed into one of Sky‘s most used and highly-respected analysts and has made a career for himself in journalism after retiring from professional football at the highest level. 

While his comments on both football and the Black Lives Matter movement have been heavily praised, Richards said on Monday night that he believes he is unfairly targeted online, as is Scott.

He went on to dismiss claims he was only hired because of the BLM movement and said he was hired on the merit of his hard work up until that point. 

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards went on to deliver an impassioned defence of his career and fellow pundit Alex Scott

Richards also leapt to the defence of former England international Scott, who has herself been a victim of social media abuse in recent months after rising to prominence as a pundit.

Scott, the ex-Arsenal footballer and TV presenter aged 35, has been at the centre of much discussion – and relentless online trolling – amid rumours she’s set to become the new host of BBC’s A Question Of Sport, replacing Sue Barker, who was axed after 24 years.

But Richards described Scott as ‘absolutely incredible’ and ‘one of the best’ pundits he’s worked with.

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Frank Lampard challenges Callum Hudson-Odoi to ‘flourish again’ with starting berth against Barnsley

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Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley with Frank Lampard‘s challenge to ‘flourish again’ ringing in his ears.

Blues boss Lampard has confirmed that England wing Hudson-Odoi will make just his second start since February 1 in Wednesday night’s League Cup clash at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has shot to prominence with both Chelsea and England since making his Blues debut in 2017, but a torn Achilles in March 2019 dented his progress. 

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea 's Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Callum Hudson-Odoi will start Chelsea ‘s Carabao Cup clash against Barnsley

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to 'flourish again' for Chelsea

Frank Lampard has challenged the English winger to ‘flourish again’ for Chelsea 

Hudson-Odoi has long since shaken off that issue but continues to battle for regular football, with manager Lampard now accepting it ‘remains to be seen’ whether he could be loaned out before the October transfer window.

‘We know in a Premier League squad and the number of games we’re going to play, we need competition in those areas, back-ups in those areas and players competing to make that position their own,’ said Lampard.

‘That’s where Callum is at and that’s why I keep saying he needs to train, he needs to show in training every day and when he gets his opportunity in games, which he will have tomorrow because he will play against Barnsley.

‘At the moment we have Christian Pulisic injured, Hakim Ziyech injured. We played Timo Werner out wide against Liverpool. 

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it 'remains to be seen' whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

Lampard accepts that it ‘remains to be seen’ whether Hudson-Odoi could be loaned out

‘But the absolute natural winger who is fit at the minute is Callum. He has to show in every minute, on and off the ball, what he can do for the team and that’s the position Callum is in at the minute.

‘He’s had an early breakthrough in his career because of his talent, he’s had an injury and now I want to see him flourish again.’

Chelsea paid for Barnsley’s Covid-19 tests ahead Wednesday’s clash in west London, with Blues bosses not anticipating any issues with the fixture.

Bayern Munich have failed in the past with a concerted effort to prise Hudson-Odoi away from Chelsea, and the Bavarians are rumoured to retain their interest in one of England’s top young talents.

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