Clint Dempsey sets US scoring record in England

Clint Dempsey became the first American to score 10 goals during a Premier League season, but could not prevent Fulham from losing 2-1 at Everton. Another U.S. player, midfielder Stuart Holden, sustained a deep knee gash during Bolton's 1-0 loss to first-place Manchester United on Saturday.

Dempsey struck a powerful low shot from the edge of the penalty area, beating U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard in the 62nd minute. Seamus Coleman and Louis Saha had earlier put Everton in front and the home team held on.

Dempsey topped the American mark set by Brian McBride, who scored nine times for Fulham in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.

Dempsey might no longer be joined by Holden next week in Cary, N.C.. The Americans will be preparing to play Argentina in an exhibition game March 26 in East Rutherford, N.J., and Paraguay three days later in Nashville, Tenn.

Holden was taken off the field by stretcher to a hospital. His left knee was cut after a cleats-up challenge by United defender Jonny Evans in the 76th minute at Old Trafford. Evans drew a red card.

Dimitar Berbatov capitalized on Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen's error to score the winning goal in the 88th minute for his league-high 20th of the season.

United is five points ahead of Arsenal, which scored twice in the final 20 minutes on goals by Andrey Arshavin and Robin van Persie to salvage a 2-2 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

Fifth-place Tottenham drew 0-0 at home to West Ham, which climbed out of the relegation zone. Wigan won 2-1 at home to Birmingham but is in last place by a point. Wolverhampton stayed in the relegation area despite its 1-0 victory at rival Aston Villa.

In the second-tier, American defender Eric Lichaj scored an own goal as Leeds was beaten 2-0 by Sheffield United.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Mallorca defeated 10-man Zaragoza 1-0 on a second-half goal by Jonathan De Guzman of Canada in the Spanish league.

Zaragoza went a man down when goalkeeper Toni Doblas was sent off for handling outside the area. De Guzman curled the resulting free kick past replacement goalie Leo Franco to give Mallorca its 67th-minute winner. Substitute Braulio Nobrega hit the crossbar in injury time in Zaragoza's best chance to pull even.

Mallorca's first win in three weeks lifted it within one point of seventh-place Sevilla.

Javier Aguirre's Zaragoza remained four points above the drop zone.


BERLIN (AP) — Franck Ribery scored a late winner for Bayern Munich in a 2-1 win at Freiburg in the Bundesliga, keeping his team two points from a Champions League qualification place.

Ribery blasted the ball past Oliver Baumann from 25 yards in the 88th minute after Mario Gomez's ninth-minute opening goal was offset by Papiss Demba Cisse.

Bayern keeper Thomas Kraft brought down Cedrick Makiadi in the penalty area, but made amends when he saved Cisse's penalty kick in the 14th.

Munich remains fourth, two points behind Hannover, which beat Hoffenheim 2-0 at home.

Michael Oenning marked his first game in charge of Hamburger SV with a 6-2 win at home over Cologne. Eintracht Frankfurt beat St. Pauli 2-1, and Werder Bremen won 3-1 at Nuremberg.


GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Rudi Skacel scored during injury time, rallying Hearts past St. Mirren 3-2 and strengthening its hold on third place in the Scottish Premier League.

The Czech midfielder smashed in a shot from close range following Craig Thomson's corner kick in the third minute of added-on time. Ryan Stevenson had made it 2-2 in the 82nd minute as next-to-last St. Mirren twice squandered the lead at Tynecastle.

Hearts moved seven points behind second-place Rangers but has played three more games. Fourth-place Dundee United beat Inverness 1-0 but stayed 12 points behind Hearts. Kilmarnock downed Motherwell 3-1 while last-place Hamilton drew 0-0 with St. Johnstone.