THE WORLD OF SPORT; Hendry Won't Be an Elder Statesman

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.EUROPEAN superfeatherweight champion Alex Arthur has failed to persuade Scottish rival Willie Limond to stand down as mandatory challenger for his title.

Arthur offered to give up his British crown to let Limond contest that title.

Arthur previously stopped Limond in eight rounds in July 2003 but Limond's manager, Alex Morrison, said yesterday: 'Willie wants to fight for the European title and, as the No1 contender, why should he simply settle for the British title?' STEPHEN HENDRY, snooker's record seventimes world champion, has vowed to walk away from the game rather than follow in the footsteps of former arch-rival Steve Davis.

Hendry, who will face Davis, now 48, in the [pounds sterling]126,000 Betfred Premier League launched yesterday, insists he is as hungry now as he was in winning his first Crucible title in 1990.

But the 36-year- old Scot, who is back at world No2 behind Ronnie O'Sullivan, has no intention of taking on the role of elder statesmanlike six- times world champion Davis. …