McBride dislocates knee as Fulham loses
LONDON -- Brian McBride dislocated his left knee while scoring for Fulham in a 2-1 loss at home to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on Saturday.
The American striker had no opponent close to him when a cross from Alexei Smertin found him unmarked in the penalty area in the 16th minute. He turned and shot the ball into the net from close range before collapsing.
McBride was treated for several minutes and then carried from the field. He was soon followed to the hospital by teammate Hameur Bouazze, who dislocated his shoulder in the 31st minute.
A late tying goal by Fulham's David Healy was disallowed even through TV replays suggested the ball crossed the line.
"A bad day all round at the office,"' manager Lawrie Sanchez said.
Three months after it avoided relegation with a victory on the final day of the season, Wigan went to the top of the league standings with a 3-0 victory over promoted Sunderland. Emile Heskey scored in the 19th minute strike and Denny Landzaat and Antoine Sibierski made penalty kicks during a seven-minute span in the second half.
Tottenham escaped last place with a 4-0 victory over promoted Derby, easing the pressure on manager Martin Jol after losses in the first two games. Bolton slipped to last place after losing 3-1 at Portsmouth.
West Ham won 1-0 at Birmingham, and Everton was knocked out of first with a 1-0 loss to Reading. Michael Owen made his first appearance of the season, entering as a 63rd-minute substitute for Newcastle in a 0-0 tie with Aston Villa.
FRANKFURT, Germany -- New signings Franck Ribery and Luca Toni helped Bayern Munich to an impressive 4-0 victory at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.
Hamit Altintop and Andreas Ottl also scored.
Bremen's fans gave Miroslav Klose a tough time for leaving the club for Munich. Klose injured his knee and could miss Wednesday's exhibition against England at Wembley.
"He has a lot of pain. He's very, very questionable for Wednesday," manager Ottmar Hitzfeld said.
Schalke outplayed Borussia Dortmund 4-1 and defending champion Stuttgart squandered a 1-0 lead and lost 3-1 at Hertha Berlin.
GLASGOW, Scotland -- Rangers scored four times in the last 15 minutes to beat Falkirk 7-2 and move two points ahead at the top of the Scottish Premier League.
Daniel Cousin and Jean-Claude Darcheville scored two goals each and Walter Smith's team made it a maximum nine points from three games. Second-place Hibernian was held to a 0-0 tie by Dundee United.
Defending champion Celtic, which is five points behind, visits Aberdeen on Sunday.