• File photo dated 02-05-2017 of Mark Selby celebrates winning the Betfred Snooker World Championship.

    Gateshead snooker player Astley hails ‘unstoppable’ World Champion Selby

    May 16, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Gateshead potter John Astley, 28, calls Mark Selby “unstoppable” after claiming the 2017 World Championship in Sheffield. The world no. 1 overcame John Higgins 18-15 in the final to pick up his fifth ranking title of the season and Astley feels that Selby is in the form of his career. […]

  • Gary Wilson will be met by Ronnie O'Sullivan on his Crucible debut.

    Gary Wilson to face Ronnie O’Sullivan in World Snooker Championship first round

    April 13, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    North East snooker star Gary Wilson will make his Crucible debut against five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 32 of the World Snooker Championship. Wilson, from Wallsend, qualified for the prestigious event after winning three gruelling matches, including making his second career maximum 147 break in his opening […]

  • John Astley at the International Championship 2016. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

    Astley qualifies for German Masters in dramatic style

    December 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Gateshead cueist John Astley secured his spot at the 2017 German Masters in Berlin in dramatic fashion, seeing off top ranking players Jimmy Robertson and Kyren Wilson. The 27-year-old beat Robertson 5-1 in the first round before an incredible comeback saw him beat Wilson 5-4 and book his place at […]

  • Astley

    John Astley to face Jimmy Robertson in German Masters Qualifier

    December 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    John Astley takes to the baize at the Barnsley Metrodome on Thursday to face No. 34 seed Jimmy Robertson in the first round of the German Masters Qualifiers. With the disappointment of the UK Championship exit behind him, Astley now looks to pass Robertson in hope of qualifying for the […]

  • Astley has been knocked out of the UK Open.

    Astley rues missed chances after UK Championship exit

    November 28, 2016 at 10:01 am

    John Astley saw his time at the 2016 Betway UK Championship cut short on Thursday night after suffering a 6-3 defeat to Xiao Guodong in the first round at the York Barbican.  Astley got off to a good start taking the opening frame with a break of 54. The match was tied […]

  • Astley takes positives from Belfast into UK Championship

    Astley takes positives from Belfast into UK Championship

    November 24, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The 2016 Betway UK Championship has gotten underway in York and local pro John Astley is still in positive spirits despite a second round exit at the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast last week. “I didn’t feel like I played that great in either of my matches but still, picking up some […]

  • Astley has been knocked out of the UK Open.

    Gateshead snooker star Astley eyes top ranking spots

    November 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Andrew Wilson, Scott Paddon, Joe Ramage, Gary Mutimer Professional snooker player John Astley, 27, is performing well on the Main Tour thus far and feels his form can carry him up the rankings. Astley credits his role as a coach for helping to improve his own game and has targeted […]

  • Sporting Chance Clinic is the brainchild of former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams after he was inspired by his own recovery from alcoholism. Picture credit: Mike Egerton/Unique

    Depression in sport: What are sports governing bodies doing?

    August 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Having examined the issue of depression across multiple sports, Sam Lightle’s concluding piece in his investigative series questions the position of the respective sports governing bodies responsible for safeguarding their players. Exposing depression has always been a key to providing sufferers with a way out of the darkness, and it […]

  • FIFPro chief medical officer Dr Vincent Gouttebarge. Picture credit:

    Depression in sport: The expert’s opinion

    August 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

    With depression paid lip service by many in sport, but still a complete taboo for many others, Sam Lightle uses the fourth of five articles on the topic to investigate the type of mental health issues which afflict sporting professionals – and, crucially, what can be done to fight them. […]

  • England's Marcus Trescothick trudges back to the pavillion after being dismissed by Pakistan's Umar Gul during a Test match at the Brit Oval in 2006. Picture credit: Chris Young/PA

    Depression in sport: Beyond football – and it’s not just cricket

    August 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Having discovered that depression is an issue within football for both current and former professionals, the third of Sam Lightle’s series of investigative articles on mental health issues in sport analyses the battle against depression in less celebrated – and often less well rewarded – sports. To fans sitting at […]