READ all about it and other sport stories which are making the headlines in today’s UK national papers - Sunday, February 13, 2011.
MAIL ON SUNDAY
Wayne Rooney last night hailed the wonder goal that kept Manchester United on top of the Premier League as his greatest ever. Also: Fabio Capello has warned crocked England captain Rio Ferdinand he could struggle to win back his international place.
The last time Wayne Rooney had scored from a bicycle kick was at school on Merseyside, before fame invaded his world and turned him from a teenage prodigy into a careworn star who has recently looked a bit like a burnt-out case. Also: In a week in which West Ham defeated Spurs in the race for the Olympic Stadium, the boys who will continue to be from White Hart Lane - at least for the time being - put a smile back on their collective faces with a hard-earned victory over a battling Sunderland side.
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Wayne Rooney smashed a sensational overhead kick to win the Manchester derby and then insisted: “That was the best goal of my career.” Also: Newcastle want Ipswich kid Connor Wickham to replace Andy Carroll.
Racing was left traumatised when two horses were electrocuted in the paddock at Newbury yesterday in a bizarre occurrence that might have come straight from the pen of Dick Francis. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson compared Wayne Rooney to Denis Law as an overhead kick described by Roberto Mancini has “pure genius” secured victory for Manchester United against Manchester City at Old Trafford.
Chris Ashton, the Northampton and England wing who is fast turning into the most dangerous finisher in world rugby, became the first England player since 1914 to score four tries in a championship match as England disposed of a wretched Italy by 59-13. Also: Sir Alex Ferguson hailed a wonder goal from Wayne Rooney as the best he has seen at Old Trafford after Manchester United beat Manchester City 2-1 in the Premier League to knock their neighbours out of the title race.
Wayne Rooney hailed his greatest ever goal after scoring a sensational derby winner. Also: Robin van Persie was back to his best as Arsenal swept Wolves aside.
Wayne Rooney scored the greatest goal of his career to scissor-kick Manchester City out of the title race. Also: The 2013 FA Cup Final will kick off at 5.30pm as part of the biggest overhaul in the competition’s 140-year history.
The FA Cup is heading for a major revamp to save it from football’s scrapheap. Also: Manchester United are poised to edge out Arsenal in the £10million scramble to sign Southampton’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
DAILY STAR ON SUNDAY
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has sensationally threatened to quit unless fans stop illegally watching Black Cats’ games in pubs. Also: Wayne Rooney was the talk of football last night after the best goal of his career settled the Manchester derby.
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Even Sir Alex Ferguson, in all his years in football, could not remember anything quite like it: Wayne Rooney’s spectacular bicycle kick at Old Trafford not only decided the Manchester derby and ended City’s hopes of winning the Premier League, but was unquestionably the goal of the season. Also: Three points, no injuries and a focused performance. This was just what Arsene Wenger wanted ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League tie against you-know-who.