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LONDON - Chelsea overcame a difficult start to beat Newcastle 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, moving two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League after Manuel Pellegrinis side was held to a 1-1 draw at Everton. Eric Dickerson Rams Jersey .Oscar led Jose Mourinhos team to victory, putting Chelsea ahead in the 43rd minute against the run of play after a quickly worked corner by Willian and Branislav Ivanovic.Oscar then set up Diego Costas second-half goal by controlling Eden Hazards chipped pass and flicking it into the path of the onrushing Costa, all in one movement, before the striker slotted in his 15th goal of the season to make the game safe.Newcastle had started well and Chelsea had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank for keeping out a fierce drive by Remy Cabella. Cech was standing in for regular stopper Thibaut Courtois, who dropped to the substitutes bench with a finger injury.In the first half, they caused us some problems but (it was) a much improved performance in the second half and in the end we were good value for a 2-0 win, Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland said. Jose was quite clear in what he wanted the team to do at halftime. We had to show more personality with and without the ball.At Goodison Park, City took the lead through Fernandinhos strike in the 74th, but Steven Naismith headed an equalizer for Everton four minutes later to end its slide of four straight defeats.City introduced Sergio Aguero in the 67th for his first appearance since sustaining a knee injury in December, but the Argentina striker was unable to find a winning goal for the Premier League champions.If you said at the beginning you are going to draw at Everton away, maybe it is not so bad, City manager Pellegrini said. Everton grew in the second half and it was a very close game in the last 35 minutes. We had a lot of chances but were maybe missing the last pass.Earlier Saturday, Liverpool won 1-0 against 10-man Sunderland thanks to Lazar Markovics first-half strike. Brendan Rodgers side produced an impressive first-half display but Sunderland went close to equalizing when Adam Johnson hit the crossbar from long range in the 52nd, three minutes after teammate Liam Bridcutt had been sent off for two yellow cards.Their sending-off probably threw us a little bit more than them for about 10 minutes, Rodgers said. But once we regained the ball, started to move and get good positions on the field to pass it, we started to create chances again.Liverpool is only four points away from the top four, though 17 points behind Chelsea.In the late game of the day, new Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew began with a 2-1 comeback victory against Tottenham.Harry Kane continued his formidable scoring form when he put Mauricio Pochettinos side ahead in the 49th. He received a low pass from Nacer Chadli, turned into space and drilled a low shot across Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni and into the far corner of the net.But Pardews team equalized through Dwight Gayles penalty, after Joe Ledley was felled by a challenge from Benjamin Stambouli.And substitute Wilfried Zaha then weaved beyond Tottenham defender Kyle Walker and teed up Jason Puncheon, who curled his shot low into the left corner of Hugo Lloris goal.Elsewhere, Swansea fought back to earn a point at home to West Ham. Andy Carroll put the London club ahead with his fourth goal of the season before an own goal from Mark Noble brought Swansea level.West Bromwich Albion took all three points in its first Premier League game under new manager Tony Pulis with a 1-0 triumph against Hull, courtesy of a strike in the 78th from Saido Berahino.Burnley consigned Queens Park Rangers to a record 10th straight league defeat away from home with a 2-1 win. QPR replaced Burnley in the bottom three of the league standings.Last-place club Leicester, meanwhile, continued its resurgence with a 1-0 victory at home to Aston Villa.Paul Konchesky put Leicester ahead on the stroke of halftime, before a clash in the final minutes between Leicesters Matty James and Villas Ciaran Clark resulted in both players being shown red cards. Jack Youngblood Womens Jersey . Nine-year veteran Danny Granger did not make his debut with the Clippers because of a technicality on the teams active list, which is signed by coach Doc Rivers before every game and relayed to the officials. Grangers name was printed by hand by a member of the public relations staff under the heading: "Updated Roster Additions," but the number on the sheet was not circled along with the other active players by the required deadline of 6:30 p. Orlando Pace Jersey . TSN was honoured with several awards, with Rod Smith and James Duthie sharing the win for Best Sports Host for SportsCentre and the NHL: Season On The Brink coverage, respectively. . Helwani said that Weidman has been dealing with recurring swelling and pain in his knees related to torn meniscus he suffered as a teenager and the problems came to a head last week when he suffered prolonged swelling and pain in his left knee, resulting in the decision to undergo an arthroscopic scope procedure to clean up the tear in both knees.BIRMINGHAM, England -- Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, who admits to a dislike of competing on grass, moved within one win of her first final on the surface with her third confident victory in a row at the Aegon Classic on Friday. The top-seeded Serbian beat the sixth-seeded Czech, Klara Koukalova, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the Wimbledon warm-up event. Ivanovic has described playing on grass as "like being stuck to the ground all of a sudden," but there was little wrong with her movement nor any evident lack of self-belief as she forcefully completed her win in 72 minutes. There was a 20-minute phase in the second set when Koukalova, who has a grass-court title to her name, seemed capable of regaining parity and held service up until 4-3. But Ivanovic boldly attacked off the ground to break serve in the psychologically crucial moments of the ninth game, and closed out the match without fuss. "Its a tough transition, not only in the body and thhe movement, but also in the mindset," Ivanovic said of her improved grass-court showing. Jack Youngblood Jersey. She was even now able to believe she could win the tournament. "I have more confidence. Its about rhythm and getting ready for the next match. Now I have the flow," she said. Ivanovic will meet surprise semifinalist Zhang Shuai, the ninth-seeded Chinese player who patiently took advantage of an error-prone, self-critical Sloane Stephens, the third-seeded American, to win 6-3, 6-1. There will not be a fairytale finalist in the bottom half. Kimiko Date-Krumm, the 43-year-old Japanese who ousted defending champion Daniela Hantuchova on Thursday, was unable to emerge fresh for a fourth consecutive day, lasting only three-quarters of an hour in a 6-1, 6-0 loss to 16th-seeded Casey Dellacqua of Australia. In the remaining quarterfinal, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic defeated fourth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-4, 6-2. ' ' '

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