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by | 15th, April 2004

‘IT’S not that often a sportsmen makes it to the Sun’s Page 3; but don’t fret, today brings no picture of a G-string-clad Paul Gascoigne holding a pair of hilarious comedy breasts.

Alex had pioneered the huge invisible spliff

No nudity is involved, which is a blessed relief when you learn that the man in the frame is none other than snooker player Alex “Hurricane” Higgins.

The story goes that in attending a stage play about his life, the former world champion openly smoked a joint in the stalls.

When asked to desist, the 55-year-old sauntered over to the bar at London’s Arts Theatre and carried on smoking.

Another request to stop, and the Hurricane was in the street, finishing his smoke before returning to reoccupy his seat.

A theatre employee said: “If you put on a play about his wild antics and he turns up in person, it’s all you can expect. I think some of the audience thought it was part of the show.”

Nothing more is said about the event but, given the nature of most small-scale theatre productions, Higgins may have hit on the ideal way to allow audiences to sit through fringe shows without growing restless.

Of course, the biggest show in this town or any other remains David Beckham. And the latest sporting news is that England’s captain is being wooed by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

The Express says that the Russian oligarch has offered Beckham a personal invitation to join his impressive array of midfield talent.

Meanwhile, someone eyeing a move in the other direction, from England to Spain, is Ruud Van Nistelrooy, who, the Sun says, is ready to leave Old Trafford for either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

And joining Van Nistelrooy in the rush to leave Manchester will be Diego Forlan and Brazilian flop Kleberson.

United fans will not lament the passing of the two average South Americans, but the departure of the Dutch ace will surely hit morale.

But at least the United leavers will all be moving on. Francis Jeffers, the player whose head is a flesh and bone tribute to the FA Cup, is not sure what happens next.

The Mail says that, at age 23, the Scouser is not wanted by his current employers Arsenal and not liked by Everton, the club he was loaned out to.

The paper picks over what it sees as the bones of the striker’s career to date and concludes that “the reality of his situation must be quite sobering”.

Although, his £30,000 grand a week wages can buy him a few bottles of something cheerful…’

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