Eriksson may still select Rooney for World Cup team
LONDON -- England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said he would select Wayne Rooney for his World Cup squad if he thinks the injured player has any chance to play in the later rounds. The Manchester United striker broke a bone in his right foot during United's 3-0 loss at Chelsea on Saturday and club officials say he will be out of action for six weeks. England begins its World Cup six weeks to the day Rooney injured his foot, but Eriksson must submit his roster by May 15. In Premier League play, Aaron Lennon's second-half goal moved Tottenham closer to a place in next season's Champions League with a 1-0 victory over Bolton on Sunday as fourth-place Spurs moved seven points ahead of neighbor Arsenal. Although the Gunners have two games in hand, Spurs will guarantee fourth spot by winning their final match at West Ham next Sunday. The biggest danger to Martin Jol's team now seems to be an Arsenal triumph over Barcelona in the Champions League final in Paris on May 17. If the Gunners win the title, they will return next season as defending champion and that means only the top three in the Premier League -- Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool -- will join them.
MADRID -- Valencia beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday to delay Barcelona's Spanish league title celebrations a little longer. The victory by the second-place side at its Mestalla stadium forced Barcelona to wait until at least Wednesday, when it can claim a second straight title and 18th overall with a victory against Celta Vigo. In Sunday's late game, Real Madrid beat Osasuna 1-0 on Julio Baptista's 51st-minute penalty and survived the subsequent ejection of goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Madrid's win, which extended its unbeaten record to 10 games, came at the end of a difficult week in which club president Fernando Martin resigned and Zinedine Zidane announced he would retire after the World Cup. Barcelona leads with 76 points from 34 games. Valencia has 68, Madrid 66, Osasuna 62 and Celta Vigo 60, all of whom have played a game more.
ROME -- Patrick Vieira, David Trezeguet and Adrian Mutu scored in the first 8 minutes as Juventus ended a five-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over Siena to stay three points ahead in the Serie A title race. After a slump that also included being knocked out of the Champions League by Arsenal, Juventus is back on track and hopes to take its record number of league titles to 29. Fabio Capello's team has 85 points with two games left, three points ahead of second-place AC Milan, which downed visiting Livorno 2-0 on two goals by striker Filippo Inzaghi. An own goal in injury time by defender Marco Materazzi meant that third place Inter Milan lost 1-0 at Empoli. Inter is well out of title contention, 11 points behind Juventus.
PARIS -- French champion Lyon celebrated its fifth straight French league title with blue hair, a pink wig and a 4-0 victory over local rival Saint-Etienne, breaking the record for points in a season. Brazilian striker Fred, countryman Juninho, and Benoit Pedretti all tallied after Saint-Etienne midfielder David Hellebuyck scored an own-goal in the eighth minute. Playing at home for the first time since it clinched the title two weeks ago, Lyon's players wore face paint and sprayed their hair with different colors. Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet played with a bright pink wig. The victory improved Lyon to 81 points from 36 rounds, two points more than the previous record it achieved the past two seasons. Nantes in 1995 and Monaco in 1997 also earned 79 points.
EDINBURGH -- Hearts scored twice in the first 9 minutes and moved closer to a place in next season's Champions League with a 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Scottish League. The victory at Tynecastle gives Hearts a four-point advantage over third-place Rangers with only two games to go. Second place means a spot in next season's Champions League, and the team that finishes third goes into the UEFA Cup. Celtic already has won the title and, despite the loss, leads by 16 points. Paul Hartley scored one and set up the other two Hearts goals, one of his crosses glancing off the head of Celtic midfielder Stephen McManus and another setting up a shot for Roman Bednar.
LISBON -- Sporting Lisbon won 3-1 at Rio Ave to consolidate its hold on second place and remain on track for a berth in next season's Champions League. With one round left, Sporting stayed two points ahead of crosstown rival Benfica, which beat Setubal 1-0 to remain in third.
ATHENS -- Nikos Dimitropoulos, Alban Bushi and Ivan Rusev each scored a goal to help struggling Levadiakos beat newly crowned champion Olympiakos Piraeus 3-2 in the Greek first division on Sunday. Silvio Maric and Michalis Konstantinou scored for Olympiakos. Olympiakos' sixth loss of the season meant little, having clinched the title for the second straight season two weeks ago.