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pride at stake

[BB] LONDON – Tonight’s derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur has far wider-reaching ramifications than the usual matter of north London pride, with the destination of the Premier League title and European qualification at stake. Chelsea will be watching impatiently, aware that anything but an Arsenal win will send the championship to Stamford Bridge for the first time in 50 years.

The title has long been out of Arsenal’s realistic reach but they desperately want to clinch second spot and automatic entry to the Champions League group stage.

South Africa

in control

BRIDGETOWN – AB de Villiers, Boeta Dippenaar and Jacques Kallis earned South Africa a commanding lead in the third Test against West Indies on Saturday.

South Africa were 8-521 at the close of play on the third day, an advantage of 225 runs.

Opener De Villiers scored a career-best 178.

World snooker

title hots up

SHEFFIELD, England – Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, veteran Steve Davis and Alan McManus all booked places in the quarter- finals of the World Snooker Championship with victories yesterday.

O’Sullivan eased into the last eight with a comfortable 13-7 second round victory over Allister Carter before once again casting doubts over his future in the game.

At 46, Davis is the oldest player in the tournament and he appeared to be on his way out when trailing 8-2 to Michael Holt.

However, he ended the second session 9-7 behind and completed an impressive comeback with a 13-10 win.

McManus secured his place in the last eight with a hard fought 13-11 win over Ireland’s former world champion Ken Doherty.

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