The summer is traditionally a downtime for snooker's great and good, but that doesn't stop them making the news.

The Sun reports that Alex Higgins, no exactly a strabger to aggravation over the years, was throttled so badly in a row outside a pub that he couldn't speak for a week.

Steve Davis, not short of a few quid following a glittering snooker career, pocketed more than $28,000 at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is living on his own in a rented apartment after the breakdown of his relationship, reports the Sunday Times.

In their own ways, all three stories are revealing about the personalities of these world champions.

They also prove that snooker is still thought to be worth writing about, even when there are few tournaments to report.

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