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  Friday, 27 April, 2001, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Our man at the Crucible
Throughout the tournament BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson filed exclusive reports from backstage at the Crucible.

Ronnie O'Sullivan No ordinary genius
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson marvels at the extraordinary talents of new World Champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Swail hails genius Ronnie
Joe Swail tips Ronnie O'Sullivan to go on and win this year's Embassy World Championship.
Vine takes his cue
Former face of TV snooker, David Vine, joins the Crucible crowd for the World Snooker Championship.
Fortune favours Higgins
John Higgins and Matthew Stevens talk to BBC Sport Online after their epic World Snooker Championship semi-final.
Eirian calls the shots
BBC Sport Online talks to the man charged with refereeing this year's Embassy World Snooker Championship final.
Tale of two Ronnies
The Rocket's career has been a tale of two Ronnies - let's just hope for the sake of snooker that the right O'Sullivan turns up on Sunday. BBC Sport Online investigates.
Cliff hangs on past memories
BBC Sport Online speaks to Cliff Thorburn about 147s, the demise of the game in Canada and being called "Champagne Cliff".
The final four
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson profiles the four remaining contenders in this year's Embassy World Championship.
Feast of Stevens
Matthew Stevens is in dreamland following his win over Stephen Hendry in the World Snooker Championship.
That sinking feeling
Mick Price relives Ronnie O'Sullivan's 147 at The Crucible in 1997 - against him.
Wallace in wonderland
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to Patrick Wallace as the 250-1 outsider cruises into the last eight.
Higgins hungry for success
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to John Higgins after his 13-8 win over fellow Scot Chris Small.
Have I got Hughes for you
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson speaks to snooker introducer Alan Hughes about life as the loudest man in the game.
Snooker's forgotten man
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson speaks exclusively to snooker's forgotten man Joe Johnson at The Crucible.
Virgo's second-round verdict
John Virgo gives BBC Sport Online his predictions for the second round of the Embassy World Championship.
Quick to make big splash in pool
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to new women's world champion Lisa Quick after her 4-2 victory over Lynette Horsburgh in the final.
Rocket Ronnie reflects
Ronnie O' Sullivan talks exclusively to BBC Sport Online after booking his place in the last-eight at the Crucible.
Swail never fails
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to comeback king Joe Swail after his stunning 13-12 victory over world number one Mark Williams.
Stevens is Taylor made
Dennis Taylor tells BBC Sport Online that he is rooting for last year's beaten finalist Matthew Stevens to win in Sheffield.
Snooker's pin-up posse
John Higgins was the subject of some interesting female attention on Thursday - BBC Sport Online investigates.
Smith charming snooker's elite
Matt Smith speaks exclusively to BBC Sport Online about becoming the new face of snooker.
Indian Master right on cue
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to four-times World Billiards champion Geet Sethi about the rise of snooker in his homeland.
Fortune favours Higgins
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to former world champion John Higgins about his dream of winning this year's Embassy World crown.
Fortune favours Higgins
BBC Sport Online speaks exclusively to former world champion John Higgins about his dream of winning this year's Embassy World crown.
McManus admits to laziness
World number eight Alan McManus admits he "couldn't be bothered" after receiving a 10-2 thumping from Patrick Wallace.
Dressed down for success?
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson chats to Stephen Hendry about plans to introduce a casual dress code to afternoon sessions.
Parrott ponders poor form
BBC Sport Online's Peter Sanderson speaks exclusively to John Parrott about his first round exit at The Crucible.
Net widens for Davis and snooker
BBC Sport Online columnist Steve Davis believes that snooker's coverage on the internet can only help the game's global reach.
O'Sullivan doubts Ebdon's chances
After both players' first round wins, Ronnie O'Sullivan dismisses Peter Ebdon's Crucible title chances.
Colour no obstacle for Ebdon
BBC Sport Online speak exclusively to Peter Ebdon about his colour blindness after his first round win over James Wattana.
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