Ding into semi-finals after defeating O’Sullivan

Ding Junhui held his nerve to knock out five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the World Snooker Championship 2017 at The Crucible. In a classic quarter final match Ding edged to a 13-10 win despite a strong start from O’Sullivan including a magnificent 146 break. It is Ding’s first ranking-event win against O’Sullivan since 2006. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed was at The Crucible.

Snooker chief Hearn rejects bullying allegation

The head of World Snooker Barry Hearn has defended himself against charges of bullying aired by snooker star, Ronnie O’Sullivan. Hearn responded at a press conference in which he rejected the allegations, adding “I don’t like being called a bully”. Discussing the future of the game, he predicted Europe as well as China will have a big say in shaping its direction. Hearn also announced that the the prize fund for the World Snooker Championship is set to increase again in 2018, with the winner to receive a whopping £425,000, an increase of £50,000 on 2017. Hearn spoke to Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake.

Fitness campaign targets Meadowhall shoppers

Meadowhall Shopping centre are trialling a new fitness scheme using wristbands to record customers step count whilst they visit the indoor shopping centre. The Move More campaign saw volunteers participate using fitness technology with the aim of contributing to making Sheffield the most active city in the UK by 2020. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Bath, Book, Bed campaign promotes reading to children

Sheffield Libraries have launched their Bath, Book, Bed campaign to promote reading to children as part of the bedtime routine. Parents and young children were invited to join the launch event at The Moor Market featuring a special appearance by Pepper Pig, children’s stories from the Little Library and advice on safe sleeping from the Lullaby Trust. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Charity toolkit aims to reduce isolation

Age Better in Sheffield has launched a neighbourhood toolkit to promote the well-being of older people and to combat loneliness and isolation. The initiative, launched at the Terminus Café in Lowedges, provides a menu of options and things to do in Beauchief and Greenhill Ward to help older people connect, stay active and engage in the local community. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hannah Thornton of Age Better in Sheffield.

Turkish community fears after referendum result

Following the Turkish referendum granting sweeping new presidential powers, Sheffield Live! spoke to members of Sheffield’s Turkish community. The narrowly-won constitutional amendments replace the country’s parliamentary democracy with a presidential system and abolish the role of prime minister. International observers said the vote took place in a political environment where “fundamental freedoms essential to a genuinely democratic process were curtailed”. Simon Thake reports.

Fu beats Robertson in tight snooker drama

Aussie snooker star Neil Robertson was edged out of the World Championship in a closely fought battle with Marco Fu. Before the match Robertson spoke to Sheffield Live! about his Aussie temperament, the buzz of The Crucible and which players he believes pose the strongest challenge. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Shetland ponies offer fun and therapy

A working livery school in Norton is home to six Shetland ponies being trained as therapy ponies to help children and vulnerable adults. Smile at Lightwood is an initiative of the Lightwood Livery at Mansion House Farm, Norton. Six miniature Shetland ponies came to live at the farm in late 2014 and have since been training for careers in pony parties and as therapy ponies helping young people, the elderly and vulnerable adults, at the farm and in the local community. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield cycling campaigners hit the streets

The Space for Cycling campaign bike ride took place at the weekend to promote cycle routes and cycle-friendly transport planning. Coordinated by Cycling UK, the family-oriented cycle event set off from Devonshire Green with hundreds of cyclists joining the Big Ride. Space for Cycling is a national campaign calling for investment in a network of cycle routes accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Local group Cycle Sheffield have called for Sheffield City Council to include cycling as a part of the transport infrastructure. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!