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Thursday's Sport: Former world champions clash in York

Snooker's UK Championship is into the last-16 stage and a pair of former world champions are engaged in a mouth-watering afternoon tussle at the Barbican Centre. 

Rafael Nadal brings the curtain down on his season at the ATP Tour Finals in Turin, while Rory McIlroy's bid for Race to Dubai glory gets under way and Michael van Gerwen takes on a rising star at the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton. 

Snooker: Former world champions meet

WhatShaun Murphy v Judd Trump, UK Championship
WhereBarbican Centre, York
When13:00, Thursday 17th November
How to watchBBC2, Eurosport
OddsShaun Murphy 11/5, Judd Trump 4/11

With so many seeded players already gone, the UK Championship has a wide open look in York. Another big name will tumble in the last-16 as former world champions Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump lock horns on the baize this afternoon.

Murphy edged out Dave Gilbert in a tense decider on Tuesday, having notched a terrific 133 total clearance at 4-5 down to stay in contention.

Trump, meanwhile, rather fell over the line in his 6-5 win over Xiao Guodong and the Ace in the Pack will surely need to raise his game to justify 4/11 favouritism in this best-of-11 tussle. 

Later, Hossein Vafaei's reward for dumping out Mark Selby is a clash with in-form Jack Lisowski at 19:00 and the Iranian potter is 6/5 to stage another upset. 

Golf: McIlroy bids for rare double

WhatDP World Tour Championship
WhereJumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course,  Dubai, UAE
WhenThursday 17th - Sunday 20th November 2022
How to watchSky Sports Golf 
Odds (pre-tournament)Rory McIlroy 3/1, Jon Rahm 9/2, Matt Fitzpatrick 9/1, Viktor Hovland 10/1, Tommy Fleetwood 14/1, Shane Lowry 14/1

Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick and Jon Rahm all have the opportunity to make history by becoming the first player to win the DP World Tour Championship for a third time, as the 14th edition of the season-ending tournament is held in Dubai this week.

Four-time Major winner McIlroy has already won the FedEx Cup on the PGA Tour for a record third time and he has a chance to become just the second player to win the FedEx Cup title and Race to Dubai in the same year, with Henrik Stenson having done the double in 2013.

McIlroy tees off in round one at 08:45 alongside Ryan Fox and the Northern Irishman is 5/9 to outscore his playing partner in the opening 18 holes. 

Tennis: Nadal playing for pride in Turin

WhatRafael Nadal v Casper Ruud, ATP World Tour Finals
WhereTurin, Italy
When13:00, Thursday 17th November
How to watchAmazon Prime Video
OddsRafael Nadal 13/8, Casper Ruud 1/2  

Rafael Nadal's hopes of a first ATP Tour Finals title are already over after he was knocked out of the tournament in the group stage.

He was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Felix Auger-Aliassime after an opening-round loss to American Taylor Fritz in Turin, ensuring that Spanish compatriot Carlos Alcaraz will finish 2022 as world number one.

Nadal has now lost four matches in a row going back to the US Open and he'll complete his season with a clash with already-qualified Casper Ruud in Turin on Thursday.

Later on, 4/6 Auger-Aliassime faces 6/5 Fritz in the concluding game of the group stages. The pair have a win and a defeat each from two games in the tournament and, with Nadal out, this is a winner-takes-all showdown for a semi-final spot. 

Darts: Rock relishes MVG showdown

WhatMichael van Gerwen v Josh Rock, Grand Slam of Darts
WhereAldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton
WhenFrom 19:15 Thursday 17th November
How to watchSky Sports
OddsMichael van Gerwen 4/9, Josh Rock 7/4

Emerging star Josh Rock joined Luke Humphries in the last-16 at the Grand Slam of Darts after running out a 5-3 winner in a captivating showdown between the pair on Tuesday evening.

His reward is a knockout clash with Michael van Gerwen on Thursday evening - the first time Rock has stepped up to the oche to face the Dutch ace and three-time Grand Slam champion.

Insisting that he believes he can win the tournament, Rock - 20/1 in the outright betting - added of his opponent: "He's the second best player of all-time in my opinion, but I'm not scared of playing him."

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