Rooney's bicycle-kick goal a 'moment of genius'
Wayne Rooney called it the best goal he's scored, while Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson claimed it was the greatest strike he's seen in 25 years at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.
It was so good, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart didn't even move. Rooney used a spectacular bicycle kick with his back to the goal for the 2-1 win over rival Man City. The United and England striker leaped to meet a right-wing cross with an overhead strike that flew into the top corner after 77 minutes.
"I saw it coming over, and I thought why not? Nine times out of 10 they go into the stand," Rooney told Sky Sports.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who sat out the game with an injury, said the quality of the strike reminded him of United great Denis Law, who scored 171 goals in his career with the club.
"It was stunning," Ferguson said. "We've had some fantastic goals here but, in terms of execution ... you'll never see that."
Manchester City Manager Roberto Mancini said his side had been beaten by a "moment of genius."
"When a fantastic player like Rooney scores a goal like that, you should clap," the Italian said. "He scored a fantastic goal."
Raiders' Bush arrested for DWI
Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush was arrested Saturday for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in southern Indiana, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Bush, 26, was pulled over for a traffic violation in Jeffersonville, Ind., at 3:47 a.m., and Clark County police Maj. Chuck Adams told the Courier-Journal that Bush was booked into the Clark County jail and released on his own recognizance at 1 p.m.
Bush, who starred at Male High School and the University of Louisville, rushed for a career-high 655 yards on 158 carries, scored eight touchdowns, and teamed with Darren McFadden to help give the Raiders the NFL's second-ranked running game this past season.
Redskins' Banks stabbed outside club
The agent for Washington Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks said the player was stabbed while coming to the aid of a longtime friend, who was critically injured. Agent James Gould said in a statement released Saturday afternoon that Banks suffered a surface knife wound to his side that required stitches. Gould said Banks' unidentified friend underwent surgery for a stab wound. The altercation occurred shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday outside a nightclub in downtown Washington. Gould said Banks' friend was attacked and that Banks tried to help him.
■ The Jacksonville Jaguars have their third quarterbacks coach in less than a month. The Jaguars hired Cincinnati's Mike Sheppard to replace Todd Monken, who returned to college football earlier this week as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator. Jacksonville promoted Monken to QBs coach in January, after Mike Shula took the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Sheppard, who has 17 years of NFL coaching experience, spent the last four seasons coaching receivers for the Bengals.
■ Tennessee Titans Coach Mike Munchak filled one of the biggest openings on his staff by hiring Jerry Gray away from the University of Texas to become Tennessee's defensive coordinator. Gray was hired by Texas, his alma mater, to be defensive backs coach and assistant head coach to Mack Brown last month.
McMurray to backup car for Daytona 500
Defending Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray scraped the wall in practice and will switch to a backup car for NASCAR's season opener. McMurray apparently drove over a broken brake rotor from his No. 1 Chevrolet, slicing his right-front tire and sending the car into the wall Saturday.
■ Bobby Gerhart held off the field for the final 10 laps to win Saturday's ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway — his seventh Daytona win in the minor-league stock car racing series.
Bobcats stun Hawks on Jackson's jumper
Stephen Jackson hit a last-second jumper over two Atlanta defenders, and the Charlotte Bobcats rallied after trailing by 22 points to beat the host Hawks 88-86 on Saturday night. Jackson, a former Atlanta player, scored 32 points, including the winning shot over Maurice Evans and Al Horford. Jackson hopped onto the scorer's table before running off the court yelling, "That's what I do!"
■ Tony Parker scored 10 of his 18 points in less than 2 minutes during the first quarter to jump-start the San Antonio Spurs to a 118-94 rout of the Washington Wizards. Tim Duncan scored six points in 12 minutes, the fewest he's played in a game since Dec. 2, 2007. Duncan got the most rest as the Spurs' starters played sparingly in the second half.
Lagat breaks American indoor record
Bernard Lagat set a new U.S. indoor record in the two-mile run, breaking a 21-year old mark to become the American record-holder at the five distances from 1,500 meters to two miles. Lagat finished in 8 minutes, 10.07 seconds during a college meet at the Armory on Saturday night in New York, beating the mark of 8:15.02 that Doug Padilla set on Feb. 16, 1990, in Los Angeles. Lagat now holds the U.S. indoor marks in the mile and 2 mile, and 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters. He is also the U.S. outdoor record holder for the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000.
■ Newcomers Emily Holsopple and Henri Junghänel's performances in air rifle helped Kentucky qualify for the NCAA Championships with a score of 4,675 in NCAA qualifying at UK's Barker Hall. Junghänel led the way in air rifle with a 595, while Holsopple scored 593. In smallbore, Junghänel led the team with a 584, followed by Heather Greathouse's 582.
The last word
Former Washington Huskies 7-footer Todd MacCulloch, to Rivals.com, on the medical issues that derailed his NBA career:
"I had a podiatrist tell me I had a Hummer body on Toyota feet."