Papiss Demba Cisse leads Newcastle
WEST BROMWICH, England -- Papiss Demba Cisse scored twice as Newcastle won 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday to maintain its push for a top-four finish in the Premier League and a Champions League berth.
Cisse has five goals in six league games since joining Newcastle in January from Germany's Freiburg.
Newcastle (14-8-8) trails fifth-place Chelsea (14-8-8) on goal difference, five points behind fourth-place Tottenham (16-7-7), which is in the last Champions League spot but is winless in five matches.
GLASGOW -- Rangers prevented Celtic from clinching the Scottish Premier League title, beating its rival 3-2 in a typically heated Old Firm match in which American defender Carlos Bocanegra was among three players ejected.
Three-time defending champion Rangers, who also started American midfielder Maurice Edu, built a 3-0 lead at Ibrox on goals by Sone Aluko in the 11th minute, Andy Little in the 72nd and Lee Wallace in the 77th.
Celtic defender Cha Du-Ri was sent off in the 28th for a professional foul and midfielder Victor Wanyama in the 57th for a studs-first lunge. Celtic manager Neil Lennon was dismissed for reportedly abusing match officials at halftime.
Bocanegra, the U.S. national team captain, was sent off in the 88th minute for a foul on Georgios Samaras, which led to Scott Brown's penalty kick a minute later. Thomas Rogne got the final goal in the second minute of stoppage time.
There have been 19 ejections in the last 21 matches between the rivals.
Celtic (24-3-4) has an 18-point lead over Rangers (21-6-4), who were penalized 10 points for filing for bankruptcy protection. Celtic can clinch when it hosts St. Johnstone next weekend.
MILAN -- Alessandro Del Piero came off the bench and scored in the 70th minute to help second-place Juventus defeat visiting Inter Milan 2-0 and pull within four points of Serie A leader AC Milan.
Martin Caceres scored on a header in the 57th minute for Juventus (15-0-14), a day after AC Milan (19-4-6) defeated Lazio. Each team has nine games left.
American midfielder Michael Bradley was a part of both goals as Chievo Verona tied visiting Siena 1-1.
Lazio (15-8-6) moved into third place, defeating visiting Cagliari 1-0 when Modibo Diakite headed in Cristian Ledesma's free kick in the 88th minute.
Napoli (12-5-12) is three points back and even with Udinese (13-7-9) after wasting a two-goal lead and being held to a 2-2 tie by visiting Catania.
After goals by Blerim Dzemaili in the 61st and Edinson Cavani in the 67th built a lead for Napoli, Nicolas Spolli scored in the 75th and Davide Lanzafame tied it in the 80th, two minutes after entering.
MADRID -- Malaga moved into fourth place by rallying for a 2-1 at Espanyol.
Malaga (14-10-5) is even with third-place Valencia (13-7-8) at 47 points.
BERLIN -- Shinji Kagawa scored two goals and set up two others, helping Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win at Cologne that extended its club-record league unbeaten streak to 21 games and reopened a five-point lead over second-place Bayern Munich n the Bundesliga.
After Milivoje Novakovic put the hosts ahead in the 13th minute, Lukasz Piszczek tied it in the 26th. Kagawa scored in the 47th and 80th, and Dortmund also got goals from Robert Lewandowski in the 52nd and Ilkay Guendogan in the 79th off Kagawa setups, and Ivan Perisic scored in the 84th.
Defending champion Dortmund (19-3-5) has 62 points with seven games left.
Cacau scored in the 78th minute as Stuttgart beat visiting Nuremberg 1-0 and moved into seventh, likely the last Europa League qualification place.
PARIS -- Paris Saint-Germain was held to a 1-1 draw by visiting Bordeaux, ending a week that saw it fall into second place in the French league behind Montpellier and get knocked out of the French Cup in the quarterfinals.
Montpellier (18-5-6) leads PSG (17-3-9) on goal difference with nine games remaining.
Toulouse climbed above Lyon into fourth, beating last-place Auxerre 1-0 on Franck Tabanou's 38th-minute goal. Toulouse is 5-0-1 in its past six league games, conceding only one goal.
AMSTERDAM -- American forward Jozy Altidore entered at the start of the second half and crossed to set up Johann Berg Gudmundsson's 49th-minute goal in AZ Alkmaar's 1-0 home win over RKC Waalwijk.
Defending champion Ajax beat PSV Eindhoven 2-0 to stay within a point of league-leading AZ.
COPENHAGEN -- American defender Michael Parkhurst scored his first goal since October 2007 with Major League Soccer's New England Revolution, helping Nordsjaellandwin 2-0 at AC Horsens in the Danish league.
Parkhurst scored in the 28th minute to put Nordsjaelland ahead. He joined the team in December 2008.
OSLO -- Forced to stay in Norway rather than play with the U.S. under-23 team in Olympic qualifying, defender Josh Gatt scored in the 70th minute for Molde in a season-opening 2-1 win over visiting Stromsgodset on Friday.
Gatt ran down the right flank and scored with a left-footed shot from the middle of the penalty area to give Molde a 2-0 lead. Gatt scored five goals for Molde last year in his first season with the club.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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