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We tend to find European sports terminology hilarious, mainly because it points to how equally absurd American sports terminology is. To someone not familiar with the lexicon, "a blooper to left" is nonsensical babbling. So here's a look at the big news of the week in odd, confusing sports in other lands, with our translation.

Sir Alex Ferguson claimed Wayne Rooney has a "chip on his shoulder" because he's a Scouser. Fergie was asked about the temperament of the England star who was sent off last week for sarcastically applauding in the referee's face. [BBC News]


Scouser: a person hailing from the city of Liverpool, who speaks a dialect called "scouse." Often stereotypically associated with loafers, thieves or scoundrels — in other words, as if Don King were born in England.

Organizers of what they claim will be Germany's largest brothel on Thursday unveiled the building, which is set to open in time for the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament. ... "Sex and football go together," said spokesman Norman Jacob. [World Cup Web]

An alternative to going back to the hotel and "scoring an own goal," if you know what we mean.

Due to the large number of ODI games in Series 3, we've made a few changes for this game — you now select 4 Batsmen, 2 All-Rounders, 4 Bowlers and a Wicket-Keeper. [Fantasy Cricket Club]

It's Fantasy Cricket, but somehow we know we're still going to get stuck with Gus Frerotte.