Higgins through to last eight

SNOOKER: World number three John Higgins secured his place the quarter-finals of the Masters at Alexandra Palace, beating Matthew Stevens 6-2. Higgins amassed his highest break of 90 in the opening frame, only for Stevens to level. He went in 3-1 up at the break before the 2000 champion won the fifth frame. The 36-year-old took the remaining four frames with 69 in the penultimate one, his second most notable contribution of the match.