Mark Williams

snooker player Mark Williams

Mark James Williams, MBE is a Welsh professional snooker player who has been World Champion twice, in 2000 and 2003. Often noted for his single-ball potting, he has earned the nickname, The Welsh Potting Machine. He has been ranked the world number 1 for a total of three seasons in his career. The first left-handed player to win the World Championship, Williams has won 18 ranking tournaments, including the UK Championship twice, in 1999 and 2002.
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Work Resumes on HOF Stadium
NPR - 6 months
The new stadium at the Hall of Fame Village already looms over I-77 on Canton’s northwest side, but another phase of construction for the NFL’s newest venue is getting under way. Crews worked around-the-clock to get the main stands, luxury suites and press box ready for last month’s Hall of Fame festivities and game. But some internal infrastructure and things like the east end zone seating still have to be finished. Lead architect Mark Williams says when they are, the completed structure will be special. "That one-of-a kind stage embedded in the grandstand doesn’t exist anywhere else. And the fact that 23,000 people are as close, and can almost feel the players ... that just doesn’t happen.” “I’ve worked on a lot of NFL venues, and I can tell you that this place is unlike any other.” Cost estimate for the stadium about $137 million,
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Abikanile "Bika" Mack-Williams, lawyer
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Abikanile "Bika" Mack-Williams, an attorney in the state public defender's office in Baltimore, died Sept. 14 of heart failure at a friend's Hanover home.
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Can Banks Cause Another Financial Crisis?
Fox Business News - over 4 years
Boston University finance professor Mark Williams weighs in on the financial crisis five years later.
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Morgan Park's Williams cleared to play by CPS
Chicago Times - about 5 years
Morgan Park’s loaded backcourt is now complete.
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(Snowless) Mountains Beyond (Snowless) Mountains: A Two-Minute Interview with Mark Williams
Nature Blogs - almost 6 years
Inspired by the 70-degree temperatures that have settled in recently, last week I invited a couple of writer friends over for lunch al fresco. While we sat in my yard under a cloudless sky, eating cauliflower-and-leek omelets and gabbing about work, the butter pooled in its glass dish and a bar of chocolate melted in its wrapper. All of which was a bit disconcerting, given that it was early March. In Boulder, Colorado. My season ski pass, meanwhile, sits forlornly in my desk drawer. Some near...
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WELSH OPEN 2012: Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens crash out
Daily Mail (UK) - about 6 years
<a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> and <a class="fplink fp-596885" href="/matthew+stevens+1">Matthew Stevens</a> were dumped out in the last 16 of the 888 Welsh Open to end home involvement in Newport. Williams was beaten 4-1 by the in-form Ronnie O'Sullivan.
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Mark Williams secures close win against Andy Hicks in Round 1: 2012 Welsh Open
Bettor - about 6 years
<a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> secures close win against <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> in Round 1: 2012 Welsh Open Snooker fans present at the Newport Centre arena in Newport, Wales, witnessed another tussling first-round clash after the previous close encounters between Steve Davis and Ali Carter, Mark Selby and Sam Baird. This time they watched their home favourite, <a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> sneaking through a topsy-turvy first-round affair against Englishman <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> by the score line of 4-3. In the beginning, the match seemed to h...
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Mark Williams beats Andy Hicks in 888 Welsh Open
Daily Mail (UK) - about 6 years
World number two <a class="fplink fp-590052" href="/mark+williams+2">Mark Williams</a> squeezed past <a class="fplink fp-325685" href="/andy+hicks+1">Andy Hicks</a> 4-3 in the first round of the 888 Welsh Open in Newport.
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MPs fail in S4C Parliament vote - BBC News
Google News - over 6 years
Plaid Cymru&#39;s Hywel Williams, Labour&#39;s Susan Elan Jones and Liberal Democrat Mark Williams serve on a committee looking at the Public Bodies Bill. They tabled an amendment that would have removed the Welsh language broadcaster from the scope of the
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Lib-Dem calls for Welsh consumer powers - WalesOnline
Google News - over 6 years
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT MP Mark Williams yesterday led calls for the Welsh Government to be given the power to set up its own body to deal with consumer issues. The Ceredigion MP fears that if the Consumer Focus watchdog is
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WPBSA chairman Jason Ferguson inquires red-pink controversy in 17th frame of ... - (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
Snooker governing body, World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) chairman, Jason Ferguson, has launched an inquiry over the red-pink dispute that arose in the 17 th frame of 2011 Shanghai Masters final match between Mark Williams
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Shanghai dispute between Mark Selby and Mark Williams - Daily Mail
Google News - over 6 years
By Sportsmail Reporter World snooker chiefs are to probe a controversial incident involving Mark Selby and Mark Williams in Sunday&#39;s Shanghai Open final. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association confirmed they have launched an inquiry ...&nbsp;-
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Williams: Joke referee cost me Shanghai title - Yahoo! Eurosport UK
Google News - over 6 years
Mark Williams accused referee Eirian Williams of costing him the chance to win the Shanghai Masters title after he slipped to an agonising 10-9 defeat to Mark Selby in China. The pivotal point of an often tension-ridden final between the world&#39;s top ...&nbsp;-&nbsp;-
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Mark Williams Announces Bid for State House Post -
Google News - over 6 years
Lifelong Duluth resident Mark Williams today (Sept. 1) announced that he will be a Republican candidate in 2012 for the State House District 96 position representing parts of Duluth and Norcross. The seat is currently held by Democratic State Rep
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Illegal cages bound for Poland - Farming UK
Google News - over 6 years
Mark Williams, chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council, said at Pig and Poultry Live this year that he expected 50 per cent of Poland&#39;s laying hens to be &#39;illegal&#39; when the EU ban came into force. Poland is not alone
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Williams
  • 2014
    Age 38
    Williams lost in the second round of his first two ranking events of the 2014/2015 season.
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  • 2013
    Age 37
    In July 2013 he won the Rotterdam Open defeating Mark Selby 4–3 in the final.
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  • 2012
    Age 36
    Williams first ranking event of the 2012/2013 season was the Wuxi Classic, where he beat Tom Ford and Mark Allen, before losing 3–5 to Marcus Campbell in the quarter-finals.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    At the 2011 World Snooker Championship, Williams defeated Ryan Day 10–5 in the first round, and Jamie Cope 13–4 in the second round.
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    Williams won the first ranking event of 2011, the German Masters, by defeating Mark Selby 9–7 in the final.
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  • 2010
    Age 34
    He was selected to compete in the 2010 Premier League, due to his success from the previous season, the first time he has competed in the event for five years, but failed to reach the semi-finals.
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    After these signs of form, in April 2010 he won his first ranking tournament in four years – the China Open.
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  • 2009
    Age 33
    The 2009/2010 season started badly however when Williams broke his wrist in a fall at home, less than a month before the first ranking event of the season, the Shanghai Masters.
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  • 2008
    Age 32
    In 2008/2009 he reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters and UK Championship, but also suffered three qualifying defeats.
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    On 8 July 2008 it was announced that Williams had split from his management company 110 Sport, following O'Sullivan and Stephen Maguire.
    At the World Championship he defeated Mark Davis, however a 7–13 defeat to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the second round forced him out of the top 16, pushing him into the qualifiers for 2008/2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 31
    His first win of the 2007/2008 season came in the Grand Prix with a 4–3 win over Ian McCulloch, but he still failed to qualify for the last 16 of the event and was outside the top 32 on the provisional ranking list.
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    Following his second World Championship his form declined, and he dropped out of the top 16 following the 2007/2008 season, but regained his place for 2009/2010.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    However, Williams had perhaps the worst season of his career in 2006/2007, losing his first match in a string of tournaments (including the World Championship, for the first time ever), but he retained his top 16 place, mainly through the ranking points he had earned the previous season.
    On 2 September 2006, Williams won the Pot Black trophy, after compiling a century break (119) in the final against John Higgins.
    He also showed good form in the 2006 World Championship, beating Anthony Hamilton 10–1 and Mark Selby 13–8 to set up a quarter-final clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan, the first time the two had met at the Crucible.
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    On 26 March 2006, Williams won his 16th (and first ranking event in two and a half years), the China Open in Beijing, beating Higgins 9–8 in the final.
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  • 2005
    Age 29
    On 20 April, in 2005 he became the first Welshman, and the fifth player in history to score a maximum break at the Crucible Theatre in the World Championship.
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  • 2004
    Age 28
    The following season, he lost in the first round of the UK Championship to Fergal O'Brien, a match which ended his record run of 48 tournaments in which he had won his first match, His defence at the 2004 World Championship started with a 10–7 win over Dominic Dale, but he lost 11–13 in the second round to Joe Perry, and saw him endure a run of poor form over the 2004/2005 season where he slid to 9th in the world rankings for 2005/2006.
  • 2003
    Age 27
    On his way to winning the 2003 World title, he had a relatively untroubled route to the final with wins over Stuart Pettman 10–2, Quinten Hann 13–2, Hendry 13–7 and Stephen Lee 17–8 before facing Doherty in the final.
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    In the UK Championship final he beat Ken Doherty 10–9, and in the Masters he beat Hendry 10–4, Before the 2003 World Championship he had a scare with his cue when it was damaged and badly bent on his flight with Ryanair to play in the Irish Masters, but he had it repaired before the tournament.
  • 2002
    Age 26
    Another strong performance came in 2002/2003 season when he won the UK Championship, Masters and World Championship titles.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    In the 2001/2002 season Williams also only won one ranking tournament, as he struggled to find the form from the previous season, winning the China Open, where he defeated Anthony Hamilton 9–8 from 5–8 down in the final.
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  • 2000
    Age 24
    In a rematch of the 2000 final, Williams played Matthew Stevens in the first round of the World Championship and was thrashed 10–2.
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  • 1999
    Age 23
    The 1999/2000 season was a very successful one for Williams, winning both the UK Championship and the World Championship.
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    The first left-handed player to win the World Championship, Williams has won 18 ranking tournaments (fifth on the all-time list), including the UK Championship twice, in 1999 and 2002.
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  • 1998
    Age 22
    In the 1998 World Championship, he reached the semi-finals, losing 14–17 to Ken Doherty.
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  • 1997
    Age 21
    At the 1997 World Championship, he was drawn against Terry Griffiths, the latter's last appearance at the Crucible as a player; he eventually beat his coach 10–9 on the black, but lost 8–13 to Hendry in the last 16.
    In April 1997, he also won the British Open, beating Stephen Hendry 9–2 in the final.
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  • 1996
    Age 20
    After failing to qualify for the 1996 World Championship, he won the first ranking event of the new season – the Grand Prix – in October 1996, beating surprise finalist Euan Henderson 9–5 in the final.
    Williams` first ranking tournament win came in January 1996, when he claimed the Welsh Open title, beating John Parrott 9–3 in the final.
  • 1992
    Age 16
    He turned professional in 1992 and finished his first season ranked 119th, and within three seasons was ranked in the Worlds top 16, breaking into the 16 for the 1996/1997 season.
  • 1975
    Born on March 21, 1975.
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