Thomas
Hunter at the Crikey sports desk writes:

Rooney
going to Germany.
It’s official. Wayne Rooney is
going to Germany! But sadly for fans, there is still no news on when or if he
will play. He will join teammates on Monday for a 48 hour stay designed by the
FA to make him feel a part of the preparations for the World Cup. He’ll undergo
fitness tests at England’s base in Baden-Baden, but will jet back to the UK two
days later for further scans on his foot – a week earlier than originally
scheduled – to determine when he can start training again. If it turns out
Rooney has no chance of participating in World Cup matches, the earlier scan
gives English officials the chance to replace him in the squad before the 9 June
deadline. Meanwhile, England beat Hungary 3-1 at Old Trafford overnight, with
Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Peter Crouch all
notching up second half goals.

Handbag incident resolved by All Blacks. New Zealand rugby union fans awoke to the shocking
news earlier this week that one of their almighty All Blacks, Chris Mascoe, had
been made to cry when teammate and former All Black captain Tana Umaga slapped him with a handbag. It has now
been revealed that Umaga was intervening in a fight at a Christchurch pub,
deciding the most appropriate means of knocking some sense into Mascoe was with
a woman’s – not his own – handbag. And by all accounts, it was a decent whack:
Umaga has since replaced a mobile that was broken in the blow, but was
reprimanded by fashion consultants for choosing a handbag (pink) that clashed
with Mascoe’s shoes (orange). Mascoe has been fined $3000 for the disturbance
but hasn’t lost his place in the All Blacks squad. The only question remaining
for All Blacks fans is, how much mileage will upcoming opponents Argentina and
Ireland get from the incident?

Woods
on his way back.
Tiger Woods will appear at the US
Open, played at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, after taking more
than a month off following the death of his father, Earl. Woods’s last round of
competitive golf was at the US Masters on 9 April. Although he hasn’t missed a
major since turning professional in 1997, speculation arose this week that
Woods might break that streak when he missed Memorial Tournament in Ohio for
the first time in his career. “Am I definitely going to play? Yeah,” he told
the audience at a private clinic in Arkansas, before admitting he has plenty of
work to do to get himself ready for the 15 June tee-off.

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