McBride spoils Onyewu's debut
LONDON -- In a Premier League game with four Americans on the field, Brian McBride scored in the 73rd minute to lead Fulham to a 2-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday. McBride, defender Carlos Bocanegra and substitute Clint Dempsey were the U.S. players for Fulham. Newcastle featured defender Oguchi Onyewu, who joined the team four days earlier on loan from Belgium's Standard Liege. McBride scored his 11th goal this season after taking a cross from Papa Bouba Diop in the 73rd minute. Heidar Helguson had scored Fulham's first goal in the 49th minute. "I just wish McBride was five years younger," Fulham manager Chris Coleman of his 34-year-old player. "He showed again what a great striker he is." Onyewu played a physical game in his Premier League debut, tugging on Helguson's shirt while he was running with the ball in the 60th minute. "We've only had one training session with him since he came in from Standard Liege and on that basis I thought he did very well," Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder said. "There is obviously more to come from him." Dempsey came on in the 78th minute, and two minutes later McBride was taken off. There were six other Americans starting in Premier League games Saturday -- goalkeepers Brad Freidel (Blackburn), Marcus Hahnemann (Reading) and Tim Howard (Everton), midfielder DaMarcus Beasley (Manchester City) and defenders Jonathan Spector (West Ham) and Jay DeMerit (Watford). Chelsea cut Manchester United's advantage atop the Premier League to three points with a 1-0 win at Charlton. Frank Lampard scored with a long shot and defending champion Chelsea ran its point total to 57. Manchester United could restore the gap to six when it plays at Tottenham on Sunday. Chelsea moved seven points ahead of third-place Liverpool, which was held to a 0-0 tie by Everton in the 205th game between the city rivals.
MADRID, Spain -- Fernando Morientes scored twice and Roberto Ayala added another goal to help Valencia beat Atletico Madrid 3-1 and climb into third place in the Spanish league. Valencia's victory was the seventh in its last eight matches and positioned coach Quique Sanchez Flores' team as a serious candidate to win its third league title in six years. Atletico stayed in fifth place after its second defeat in nine matches on the road this season. In other games, Sergio Garcia scored twice to lead sixth-place Zaragoza over Espanyol 2-1, while Deportivo La Coruna beat Mallorca 1-0 on Fabian Estoyanoff's penalty. On Sunday, league leader FC Barcelona visits Osasuna, second-place Sevilla hosts Real Sociedad and Real Madrid entertains Levante.
MILAN, Italy -- All soccer in Italy this weekend was postponed after a policeman was killed in riots at a Serie A game. The officer was killed and more than 70 people were injured Friday when fans rioted at a game between Sicilian clubs Catania and Palermo, prompting the federation to postpone all league games this weekend and cancel an exhibition between world champion Italy and Romania on Wednesday. The suspension of games could be further extended. Police said the officer died after an explosive device was thrown into his vehicle.
BERLIN -- Huub Stevens' debut as coach of Hamburger SV was spoiled Saturday when Hertha Berlin won 2-1 on an injury-time goal by Brazilian midfielder Mineiro. Hamburg started the season as a Champions League team and has fallen into last place in the Bundesliga by dropping points on late goals all season. After just one win, coach Thomas Doll was fired Thursday. Mineiro's long shot went in off the crossbar seconds before the final whistle. It followed Berlin's 78th-minute equalizer when Germany defender Arne Friedrich headed in a free kick. Hamburg's Alexander Laas scored the opener. Co-leaders Werder Bremen and Schalke play each other Sunday and third-placed Stuttgart faces Borussia Dortmund. Moenchengladbach's new coach Jos Luhukay saw his team beat Bielefeld 2-0. His predecessor Jupp Heynckes was fired amid a club-record 12-game winless streak. On Friday, Ottmar Hitzfeld's return to Bayern Munich ended with a 3-0 defeat against FC Nuremberg. He replaced Felix Magath in his second stint with the club, having led Bayern to the 2001 Champions League title.
PARIS -- Seydou Keita, Eric Carriere and Issam Jemaa scored to give Lens a 3-1 victory at Valenciennes and second place in the French league. Former France midfielder Carriere headed Lens into the lead in the 28th minute, and Keita got his second goal in successive games after a defensive error just before halftime. Steve Savidan converted a penalty for Valenciennes in the 61st, but Jemaa sealed the win deep in injury time with a solo run and finish. Lens was 11 points behind league leader Lyon, which will attempt to snap a four-game winless streak when it plays at Troyes on Sunday. Lille drew 0-0 at home to struggling Nantes, which is third.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Dunfermline scored during injury time to beat Hearts 1-0 Saturday and eliminate the defending champion from the Scottish Cup. Scott Wilson headed in the goal for Dunfermline, which is last in the Scottish Premier League. Also in the fourth round, first division club St. Johnstone upset Premier League club Falkirk 3-0. On Sunday, league leader Celtic is at Livingston.
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- AZ Alkmaar rallied to win 3-2 at PSV Eindhoven for the first time in three years, handing the defending Dutch league champion a second straight loss. Substitute Koevermans scored the winning goal in the 87th minute. It was the first time PSV had lost consecutive games since February 2004. AZ moved into second place, six points behind PSV. Ajax can reclaim second if it beats Feyenoord on Sunday.