Selby ready to retain UK title

SNOOKER: World No2 Mark Selby is confident of retaining the revamped UK Championship, which begins today in York. All 128 players on the tour will enter the first-round stage, including Selby’s 15-year-old amateur opponent Shane Castle. Selby, with only one win so far this season, said: “I feel in great shape. That’s in stark contrast to how I’ve been for most of this season.”