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The Toe Poke
By ESPN Staff

Howard returns in Everton win

LONDON -- Tim Howard played for the first time since dislocating a finger while in goal for the United States against Brazil on Sept. 9, and Everton beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to move up to fifth place in the Premier League.

Joleon Lescott and Steven Pienaar scored at Goodison to give Everton 13 points, six fewer than first-place Arsenal, which won 1-0 at West Ham on Saturday.

Everton opened the scoring on a seventh-minute goal by Lescott. Middlesbrough poorly defended a corner kick and had to clear a header by former Boro striker Yakubu Ayegbeni off the line. Lescott easily got to the rebound about six yards out and headed the ball in for his fourth goal of the season and third in the league.

Pienaar added the insurance goal in the 58th minute.

Everton moved up six places while Middlesbrough dropped a place to 14th with eight points. Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool, who all played Saturday, are above Everton in the standings.

ROME -- AC Milan's winless streak in the Italian league reached five games Sunday following a 1-1 tie with Catania.

Jorge Martinez put Catania ahead in the 26th minute at San Siro and Kaka tied it with a penalty kick in the 48th. After opening the season with a win over Genoa, the European champions have drawn four games and lost one in Serie A.

"We're not going through a good period. We're a bit inattentive and a little slow," coach Carlo Ancelotti said.

Milan is tied for 11th place with seven points.

Inter Milan leads with 14 and Juventus, which beat Torino 1-0, is second with 13, followed by Fiorentina with 12 and Roma with 11. Napoli, Palermo and Udinese are tied with 10 each.

David Trezeguet scored for Juventus three minutes into second-half added time with a volley from the center of the area for his seventh goal this season, tying him with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the league lead.

Napoli was beaten 2-1 at home by Genoa in a game played without fans. Palermo lost 3-1 at Empoli and Udinese edged Parma 2-1.

MADRID, Spain -- Sergio Ramos' goal helped Real Madrid edge struggling Getafe 1-0 and reclaim the Spanish league leadership.

The defender ran to turn Arjen Robben's pass over the line in the 65th minute and briefly required treatment after colliding with the goal post.

Madrid has 16 points, one more than Villarreal and Valencia.

Villarreal beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 with a looping header from Fabricio Fuentes for its fifth win in six games. Valencia defeated Recreativo Huelva 1-0 with a goal from David Villa in the sixth minute.

FC Barcelona follows with 14 points. On Saturday, Thierry Henry scored his first Spanish league goals with a hat trick that helped Barcelona beat Levante 4-1.

Fifth-placed Atletico Madrid improved to 11 points after downing Osasuna 2-0.

BERLIN -- Energie Cottbus coach Bojan Prasniker had his debut spoiled after Eintracht Frankfurt rallied in the second half for a 2-2 draw in the Bundesliga.

Last-placed Cottbus remain winless in eight rounds despite going ahead 2-0 with Dimitar Rangelow's first two Bundesliga goals in the seventh and 18th minutes. Ioannis Amanatidis leveled for Frankfurt with goals in the 49th and 79th.

Prasniker replaced the fired Petrik Sander on Friday.

Hannover 96 moved up from 10th to seventh with two goals from Christian Schulz in the 2-1 victory over MSV Duisburg 2-1.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Ajax rallied with two goals from Alberto Luque to thrash VVV Venlo 6-1 and reclaim the top spot in the Dutch league.

Feyenoord temporarily took the leadership Saturday after beating SC Heerenveen 2-0 with first-half goals from Roy Maakay and Nicky Hofs. Defending champion PSV Eindhoven was held to a 1-1 draw at NAC Breda.

Ajax has 16 points, one ahead of Feyenoord. PSV has 14 points.

GLASGOW, Scotland -- Hearts won 3-1 at St. Mirren to boost its flagging start to the Scottish Premier League season.

Hearts, which finished fourth last season and second the year before, won in Paisley through goals by Andrew Driver, Michael Stewart and Andrius Velicka.

Hearts has 11 points, eight fewer than Celtic and Rangers. Defending champion Celtic beat Dundee United 3-0 on Saturday to move to the top on goal difference after city rival Rangers tied 1-1 at Motherwell.

LISBON, Portugal -- Second-placed Maritimo drew 1-1 with Amadora and slipped five points behind Portuguese league leader Porto.

On Saturday, American midfielder Freddy Adu made his league debut as a late substitute in Benfica's 0-0 draw with Sporting.

ATHENS, Greece -- AEK beat Levadiakos 4-0 to move to the top of the Greek league with two goals in each half.

AEK has nine points, two more than Panathinaikos, Panionios and Xanthi. OFI, which beat Ergotelis 4-1, has six points and defending champion Olympiakos Piraeus has five.