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City downs Newcastle to emerge as lone unbeaten

Mario Balotelli and Sergio Aguero both 1 win over Newcastle.

Balotelli struck the first blow in the battle of unbeatens as he converted in the 41st minute for City, which used the early goal to take control and cruise to its 11th win in 12 EPL games.

Micah Richards followed the early goal in the 44th to push City's lead to two goals before half, and Aguero was on target from 12 yards in the 72nd as City maintained its five-point lead atop the Premiership.

Dan Gosling scored a consolation goal for Newcastle, which had seven victories and four draws from its first 11 games and slipped nine points off the pace.

Balotelli nearly ended the stalemate after 30 minutes but his snap header was pushed over the bar by Newcastle goalie Tim Krul. The opener came 11 minutes later, as a handball by Ryan Taylor set up Balotelli's easy conversion.

Taylor also played a role in the second goal, as his defensive mistake on the edge of the area gave Richards the ball and a clear shot at goal and the City man converted to the right post to double the lead before the break.

Hatem Ben Arfa found the post as Newcastle looked to get back in the game, and Fabricio Coloccini struck a volley wide right as the visitors wasted another chance.

Then a foolish challenge from Ben Arfa set up the second penalty, and Aguero picked out the bottom right - just like Balotelli - for his 10th goal of the season.

Gosling scored the final goal in the 89th, but it couldn't spoil City's win.

Manchester United 1, Swansea City 0

Swansea, Wales - Javier Hernandez scored in the 11th minute and Manchester United handed promoted Swansea City its first home defeat, 1-0 on Saturday at Liberty Stadium to remain five points behind English Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United notched the lone goal after Angel Rangel turned the ball over near the edge of his own box, and Ryan Giggs picked out Hernandez and the Mexican found the net for the fifth time this season.

United won its third straight following a two-game winless skid as it remained on City's heels. United's neighbors beat Newcastle, 3-1, to emerge as the lone unbeaten club remaining in the EPL.

Swansea was unbeaten in three games, but is just four points above the bottom three after 12 matches in its first-ever season in the Premier League.

Arsenal 2, Norwich City 1

Norwich, England - Robin Van Persie scored two more goals to give him 13 this season in the English Premier League, and Arsenal erased an early deficit for its fifth straight win Saturday, 2-1 over Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Steve Morison handed Norwich the lead after 16 minutes, but City was not able to contain the in-form Dutch striker, who scored in the 27th and 59th to lead the Gunners to just their second road win in six attempts.

Van Persie erased Morison's opener before the half-hour mark when he deposited a low cross from Theo Walcott into the net. Van Persie followed with his 31st goal this calendar year as he chipped Alex Song's pass past goalie John Ruddy.

The Arsenal hitman leads the Premier League with 13 goals this season, and has lifted his club into the top five in the table. Norwich dropped its second in a row as its winless streak reached four matches.

QPR 3, Stoke City 2

Stoke-on-Trent, England - Heidar Helguson's brace helped QPR edge Stoke City, 3-2, on Saturday at Britannia Stadium as the hosts lost for the first time at home in the English Premier League.

Jonathan Walters scored inside 10 minutes for Stoke, but Helguson scored both his goals and Luke Young also scored as QPR struck for three in a row bridging the first and second halves to snap a two-game losing streak.

Ryan Shawcross scored midway through the second for Stoke as it pulled within a goal, but the hosts lost their fourth consecutive and for the fifth time in their last six.

QPR has 15 points from 11 matches as it moved into the top half, and Stoke has 12 points from 12 games and sits 14th.

West Bromwich 2, Bolton 1

West Bromwich, England - Shane Long scored the game-winner 11 minutes after halftime, as West Bromwich downed Bolton, 2-1, on Saturday at The Hawthorns in the English Premier League.

Jerome Thomas scored the opener after 16 minutes for West Brom, but Bolton was on level terms 5 minutes later when Ivan Klasnic converted a penalty kick for his sixth goal of the season.

Long's match-winner ended West Brom's two-game losing streak and gave the side its third win in its last five to move five points above the relegation zone. Bolton suffered its third defeat in its last four and is just three points off the bottom in 18th.

Wigan 3, Blackburn 3

Wigan, England - Yakubu Aiyegbeni converted a penalty 9 minutes into stoppage time as Blackburn tied Wigan, 3-3, on Saturday at DW Stadium to remain off the bottom of the English Premier League.

Albert Crusat broke a 2-2 tie in the 88th when he scored for Wigan, but Rovers - even after David Dunn was sent off early in the second half - scored for the second time a man down when Aiyegbeni converted deep in injury time.

Wigan did snap an eight-match losing streak, but remained last on six points. Blackburn earned its seventh point, and is one point off the bottom in 19th as its winless run reached seven games.

Everton 2, Wolverhampton 1

Liverpool, England - Leighton Baines converted a penalty in the 83rd minute as Everton snapped a two-match skid with a 2-1 win over Wolverhampton on Saturday at Goodison Park in the English Premier League.

Stephen Hunt handed Wolverhampton the lead after 37 minutes from the spot, but Phil Jagielka leveled before half and Baines notched the winner 7 minutes from time.

Everton moved four points above the relegation zone, while Wolverhampton sits just two points above the bottom three.

Sunderland 0, Fulham 0

Sunderland, England - Fulham and Sunderland settled for a 0-0 draw Saturday at the Stadium of Light as both clubs remained level on 11 points near the bottom of the English Premier League.

Fulham did manage its third result in its last three, following a victory two matches ago, while Sunderland posted its second draw in its last three and has just one loss in its last four.

Both sides are two points out of the relegation zone, and five points off the bottom of the table.