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Masters snooker final start time: What time is John Higgins vs Yan Bingtao?

What time is the Masters final? The Masters final will take place over two sessions in a best-of-19 match. The opening session is due to begin at 1pm GMT, with the evening session starting at 7pm. How to watch the Masters final Coverage of Higgins vs Bingtao will be available across BBC Two and Eurosport. Snooker fans can also stream the action via the iPlayer and Eurosport Player apps. Source:

Trainers, execs don't see NBA shutdown ahead

Baxter Holmes (@Baxter) is a senior writer for ESPN Digital and Print, focusing on the NBA. He has covered the Lakers, the Celtics and previously worked for The Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. Despite nine COVID-related postponements since Sunday, team health officials, team executives and sources around the NBA familiar with its health and safety protocols say that, while the situation remains fluid, they don’t expect it to warrant

Duke drops of AP Top 25 for first time since '16

Duke is unranked in The Associated Press men’s basketball poll for the first time since 2016, falling from the Top 25 for the first time since Feb. 8 of that year. The Blue Devils dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC after losing to the Hokies. Their streak of 91 consecutive weeks in the Top 25 was second only to Kansas, which extended its record to 229 weeks.

Texans interview QB McCown for head coach

Covered the Packers for ESPN Milwaukee Marquette University graduate HOUSTON — The Houston Texans have interviewed quarterback Josh McCown for their head coach opening, the team announced on Friday. Houston signed the quarterback to a two-year contract on Nov. 4 from the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad, with him joining Deshaun Watson and AJ McCarron on the active roster. The Texans also announced they have “continued discussions” about the vacancy with

Oladipo touts Rockets' potential after debut

Joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009 Covers the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks Appears regularly on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM Guard Victor Oladipo exuded optimism about the Houston Rockets after his franchise debut, presenting quite a contrast to James Harden’s final comments as a member of the franchise. “I know that better days are ahead for the Houston Rockets, and I’m looking forward to being a part of those special days,”

Giddey up: NBA prospect recovers from face plant to lift Sixers to win

There is no doubting Josh Giddey's talent and there is no doubting his heart, not after Sunday's double-overtime win over the South East Melbourne Phoenix. The Adelaide 36ers teenager has his eyes on the NBA Draft later this year but his head was solely in his second NBL game as he came off the bench to spearhead his undermanned side to a memorable 116-108 victory. Giddey (16 points, 11 rebounds,

How long are CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Trail Blazers stars

The Trail Blazers will be without two of their most important players for an extended period. Portland’s depth took another hit after guard CJ McCollum and center Jusuf Nurkic both suffered injuries during January games. The Trail Blazers, already dealing with the loss of Zach Collins after he underwent ankle surgery in late December, must now lean even more on Damian Lillard and figure out a way to avoid a major drop in the Western Conference standings.

Ronnie O'Sullivan delivers 'strange' Yan Bingtao verdict ahead of Higgins Masters final

Ronnie O’Sullivan clashes with Mark Allen during tense game Chinese wiz kid Yan Bingtao has been the surprise package at this week’s Masters and the 20-year-old is just one win away from getting his hands on the Paul Hunter Trophy – along with the £250,000 prize fund. An experienced four-time world champion John Higgins stands in Yan’s way – but he should not be afraid having already seen off Neil

Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns reveals he tested positive for COVID-19

Karl-Anthony Towns has dealt with tragedy all year after losing his mother and six other family members because of the coronavirus. Now, the Minnesota Timberwolves center has more hardships after testing positive for the virus himself. "I received yet another awful call that I tested positive for COVID," Towns wrote on his Twitter account Friday. "I will immediately isolate and follow every protocol. I pray every day that this nightmare of