Hearn on the brink

SNOOKER: Promoter Barry Hearn looks set to take over as the new chairman of World Snooker after Sir Rodney Walker was ousted yesterday following a vote of no confidence.<br /> <br /> Walker put himself up for re-election after announcing plans to raise the number ranking events from six to 15. Hearn has the support of a host of top players including world champion John Higgins.