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4. OFF THE POST: A Boston Celtic nearly hurts Wayne Rooney
December 13th, 2006 1:48AM

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England star Wayne Rooney used a three-day break granted by Manchester United coach Alex Ferguson for a New York visit and nearly got injured at a basketball game.

Rooney and fiancee Coleen McLoughlin had courtside seats for Monday's New York Knicks game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden.

Early in the game, the Celtics' 6-foot-8 Paul Pierce lunged for a loose ball and banged into Rooney's right foot -- the one Rooney injured and barely rehabilitated in time for last summer's World Cup.

"It was scary," said Rooney, who was unhurt. "He rolled right over my foot."


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