Dempsey helps Fulham to Premier League win

American midfielder Clint Dempsey helped Fulham beat Blackpool 3-0 in the English Premier League on Sunday. Manchester City routed Sunderland 5-0 to strengthen its chances of a top-four finish.

Dempsey has 10 goals in the league this season and almost made it 11 when he headed a free kick against the post in the 72nd minute. The ball rebounded to defender Brede Hangeland. He crossed for Dickson Etuhu, who completed the scoring.

Bobby Zamora, making his first league start for Fulham in seven months, had two goals before halftime. Fulham's win at Craven Cottage lifted the London club into the top half of the standings and six points clear of the bottom three.

City had five different scorers from five different nations: Adam Johnson (England), Carlos Tevez (Argentina), David Silva (Spain), Patrick Vieira (France) and Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast).

City moved into third place, one point above reigning champion Chelsea. The title appears beyond City's reach, with Manchester United 10 points in front. But a finish in the Champions League positions looks like a real possibility, with the club six points above fifth-place Tottenham.


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Christian Stuani scored twice for Levante, which maintained its excellent second half of the season with a 3-1 win over Malaga in the Spanish league.

Royston Drenthe scored twice, leading Hercules past Real Sociedad 3-1 in coach Miroslav Djukic's debut. It was the team's first away win since the second week and first away goals since Oct. 24. Hercules' first win in five weeks lifted it out of last place.

Racing Santander rallied to beat Espanyol 2-1, and Deportivo La Coruna came from behind to down Mallorca 2-1.

On Saturday, front-runner Barcelona beat Villarreal 1-0 to open an eight-point lead over Real Madrid. Jose Mourinho's club lost its first home match of the season, 1-0 to Sporting Gijon.


MILAN (AP) — Napoli rallied to beat Lazio 4-3 and move above Inter Milan into second place in Serie A.

Edinson Cavani scored a hat trick to complete the comeback with two minutes to go. Stefano Mauri and Andre Dias had given Lazio a 2-0 lead before Andrea Dossena and Cavani tied it for Napoli. Cavani shares the Serie A scoring lead (25 goals) with Udinese's Antonio Di Natale.

Napoli is second, three points behind AC Milan, with Inter another two behind in third.

Udinese missed a chance to close within two points of Inter, staying fourth after losing 2-0 at Lecce, which moved out of the relegation zone.

Andrea Bertolacci opened the scoring in the 48th, then added a second in the 65th when he turned in Jeda's cross from close range.


BERLIN (AP) — Milivoje Novakovic's late winner gave Cologne a 1-0 win over Nuremberg, extending the team's winning run at home to seven Bundesliga matches.

The Slovenian scored from close range in the second minute of injury time, deflecting Slawomir Peszko's cross past goalkeeper Ralf Schaefer. Cologne rises to 10th, while Nuremberg stayed sixth.

Mario Mandzukic scored to salvage a 1-1 draw for Wolfsburg at home to Eintracht Frankfurt. Wolfsburg climbs one place to the relegation playoff spot, and Frankfurt rise one to 13th, four points higher.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police made four arrests after five officers were injured from projectiles thrown by fans of AEK Athens during a Greek league game.

Police say the attack at Athens' Olympic stadium in AEK's 1-0 win over Atromitos was unprovoked. Violence against police are widespread in the Greek league. Fans were incensed by AEK's 6-0 loss at Olympiakos two weeks ago and booed their players Sunday.

With two rounds left, AEK is 24 points behind champion Olympiakos in third place.

AEK is in financial trouble and last week scrambled to find enough resources to receive a permit to play in the league next season.


PARIS (AP) — Benoit Cheyrou scored his third goal this season, and defending champion Marseille won 1-0 at Lens to stay within four points of league leader Lille with nine games left.

Lyon squandered a 2-0 lead at Nice, conceding two late goals in a 2-2 tie. Eric Mouloungui beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the 90th minute and Renato Civelli tied it in stoppage time. Kim Kallstrom and Lisandro Lopez scored in the first half for Lyon.

Saint-Etienne was held to a 1-1 home draw by Valenciennes.


EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Stephen Elliott scored a late goal to give 10-man Hearts a 2-2 draw at Hibernian in a game between Edinburgh teams in the Scottish Premier League.

Elliott volleyed from close range in the 83rd minute to push third-place Hearts 10 points ahead of fourth-place Dundee United.