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The highs and lows of sporting comebacks ahead of Stephen Hendry's return

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A look at sporting comebacks as Stephen Hendry prepares for his snooker return

Stephen Hendry is set to launch his improbable snooker comeback in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, nine years after retiring from the professional tour.

The 52-year-old joins a long list of major stars who could not resist giving their respective vocations one last shot after a significant period on the sidelines.

Here the PA news agency re-lives some of the best – and worst – experiences of those who succumbed to the comeback trail.

GEORGE FOREMAN

George Foreman grilled Michael Moorer to retain the world heavyweight title (Johnny Green/PA Archive)

Former world heavyweight champion Foreman announced his comeback at the age of 38 in 1987, after 10 years out of the ring. After close defeats to Evander Holyfield and Tommy Morrison, Foreman remarkably claimed the world title when he outpointed Michael Moorer at the age of 45 in 1992.

BJORN BORG

Bjorn Borg’s professional tennis comeback is best forgotten (Chris Beacon/PA)

Borg retired at the age of 26 after winning 11 grand slam titles but inexplicably launched a comeback bid in 1991. Palpably unfit and insistent on still playing with a wooden racket, the Swede suffered 12 straight first round defeats before finally accepting enough was enough.

MARK SPITZ

Mark Spitz launched an audacious bid to reach the 1992 Barcelona Olympics (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Not content with winning seven gold medals, all in world record time, at the 1972 Munich Olympics, swimming star Spitz returned at the age of 41 to try to qualify for the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Although his times roughly mirrored those from his Olympic triumphs, he finished two seconds outside the mark to make the US Trials.

LESTER PIGGOTT

Lester Piggott won the Breeders’ Cup at the age of 54 (PA Archive)

Piggott announced his retirement from horse racing in 1985 after a stunning career including riding five Derby winners and 11 Ascot Gold Cups. But after five years out, including a spell in prison for tax fraud, he announced his return which culminated, at the age of 54, in his victory aboard Royal Academy in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

TORVILL & DEAN

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean had to settle for bronze in Lillehammer (Adam Butler/PA)

Having swept the board in Sarajevo with a string of perfect sixes in 1984, British ice dance pair Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean promptly turned professional. But 10 years later they returned for one more shot at the Olympics in Lillehammer. Amid such huge anticipation, their eventual bronze medal was considered a somewhat disappointing return.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City32235467234474
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd31189461342763
3Leicester CityLeicester31175955371856
4West Ham UnitedWest Ham31167851391255
5Chelsea31159750311954
6Liverpool31157953371652
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs311471052351749
8Everton30146104138348
9Arsenal31136124335845
10Leeds UnitedLeeds31143144949045
11Aston Villa301351243331044
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves31108133141-1038
13Crystal Palace31108133352-1938
14Southampton31106153956-1736
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton31712123338-533
16Burnley3189142542-1733
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle3188153251-1932
18Fulham32511162442-1826
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom3159172859-3124
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd3142251755-3814
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