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STUART BINGHAM says it was a great honour to get an invite to this year’s star-studded BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in Belfast.

Athletics hero Jessica Ennis-Hill, newly-crowned Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and tennis world No 2 Andy Murray are among the favourites to win the coveted prize at the SSE Arena on Sunday, December 20.

But Bingham, whose fairytale world title win at the Crucible in May captured the imagination of the British sporting public, says he would love to be in the running for an award not won by a snooker pro since Steve Davis’ success 27 years ago.

Read more: Bingham delight at BBC Sports Personality invite

STUART BINGHAM warmed up for his latest challenge in China with a week of exhibitions in England.

The world champion entertained fans at the opening of a new private snooker room in Harlow on Thursday (Oct 15) before playing ex-pro John Astley in a swanky-do at the Marriott Hotel in Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Ball-run says he is now looking forward to jetting off for China on Monday on route to face 19-year-old Steven Hallworth in the opening round of the International Championship in Daqing on Sunday, November 1.

Hallworth, from Skellingthorpe, only turned pro last year and had to qualify but world No 2 Bingham says he will not be taking the teenager lightly at the third ranking tournament of the season where the winner will take home £125,000.

Read more: Bingham warms up for China with week of exhibitions

ESSEX'S snooker world champion Stuart Bingham will aim to impress BBC TV viewers again this autumn when he makes his debut on A Question of Sport.

The world No 2 from Basildon, who wowed millions of armchair sports fans with his exciting Crucible final win over Shaun Murphy in May, drove up to Manchester this week for filming of an episode of the cult classic quiz show.

Read more: Stuart Bingham ready for his Question of Sport debut

STUART BINGHAM was thrilled to see his stablemate Rory McLeod claim his first ranking title - despite his own early exit from the tournament in Germany.

World No 61 McLeod, who is 44-years-old and snooker's only black professional, beat China's Tian Pengfei in the final of the Rhur Open on Sunday, October 12.

Bingham lost his opening match 4-3 against Ireland's Fergal O'Brien but still had something to celebrate when McLeod (right), who also works with SightRight coach Stephen Feeney, triumphed at the European Tour event.

Read more: Bingham delighted with McLeod success

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