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LONDON BRAWLING!

Story by Ted Lerner Photos by Lawrence Lustig-Matchroom Sport Article courtesy of Billiards Digest  OVER THE course of four bitterly cold days December in a gritty section of East London, the Mosconi Cup returned home. Pool’s annual transatlantic showdown has been one of the sport’s most entertaining tournaments. The 17th version, however, took the team title to a new level. Forget, for a moment, Team Europe’s heart-stopping 11-8 victory over the never-say-die Americans. The actual tournament, arguably one of the most thrilling events in recent history, was one part of a much larger picture, a vision of everything the...

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LONDON BRAWLING!

Story by Ted Lerner Photos by Lawrence Lustig-Matchroom Sport Article courtesy of Billiards Digest  OVER THE course of four bitterly cold days December in a gritty section of East London, the Mosconi Cup returned home. Pool’s annual transatlantic showdown has been one of the sport’s most entertaining tournaments. The 17th version, however, took the team title to a new level. Forget, for a moment, Team Europe’s heart-stopping 11-8 victory over the never-say-die Americans. The actual tournament, arguably one of the most thrilling events in recent history, was one part of a much larger picture, a vision of everything the...

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Dennis Orcullo on Top of the World

Then it was time for the Championship match between Dennis Orcullo of the Philippines and Niels Feijen of the Netherlands. Orcullo won the lag and broke and ran the first rack. It then became the Orcullo break ad run show as repeated this performance ever and over until the score stood at 5-0. Orcullo had to play in local qualifiers to get into the tournament and he was making the most of the opportunity. When he broke the rack in game 6 he scratched in the side pocket and Feijen had his first opportunity. Feijen polished off that rack...

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Day One of the World 8-Ball Championships

Earl Strickland of the USA, who with VIncent Facquet of France put on an excellent trick shot show for the opening ceremony, led Sumit Talwar 6-1 and was in command to easily take the 7-game match when Talwar began a comeback and brought the score back to 6-5 before he missed a shot that would have gotten them to hill-hill. With that miss as strength Strickland finished out the set for a narrow 7-5 victory. Shane Van Boening had taken a nap in the afternoon and was sleeping soundly only a few minutes before his match when his roommate...

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Thorsten Hohmann Returns to the UAE

Thorsten Hohmann, who won the World 9-Ball Championship in 2003, is returning to Fujairah intent on adding this discipline to his crown. Hohmann, who now makes his home in the USA, is a fine example of the classic European style of play. Studious and precise in his workmanship, he makes run-outs appear automatic and his ready smile belies the killer instinct that dwells within him. Hohmann won the prestigious All_japan Open in 2010 and had multiple top-ten finishes throughout the year.  A great ambassador for the game of pocket billiards, Hohmann makes friends wherever he goes and never fails...

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