Man United overwhelm Tottenham Hotspur

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LONDON — Two Ashley Young goals helped Manchester United slice Manchester City’s lead at the top of the Premier League to two points with a clinical 3-1 win at third-placed Tottenham Hotspur last night.

England winger Young scored twice in the space of nine second-half minutes at White Hart Lane after Wayne Rooney’s 44th-minute header had given United a somewhat fortunate half-time lead against a toothless Spurs.

Substitute Jermain Defoe scored a late consolation for Spurs who suffered their second heavy defeat in eight days after last week’s 5-2 thrashing at north London rivals Arsenal.

With 11 games remaining champions United have 64 points to the 66 of City with Tottenham on 53, four points ahead of Arsenal in the race for an automatic Champions League spot.

lShola Ameobi scored in stoppage time as Newcastle fought back to draw 1-1 against 10-man Sunderland in a heated north-east derby in the English Premier League yesterday.

Six yellow cards were shown in the first half-hour as rash challenges flew and tempers flared and Sunderland’s 24th-minute goal was in keeping with that atmosphere.

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson pulled Sunderland’s Michael Turner by the shirt and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot with on-loan striker Nicklas Bendtner then striking the penalty into the bottom left corner.

Tension spilled over among backroom staff too with Newcastle’s goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman sent to the stands after an altercation in the tunnel at half-time, television reports on ESPN said.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 58th minute when Stephane Sessegnon swung his elbow into the chest of Cheick Tiote, who took a couple of seconds to fall to the ground clutching his face.

Newcastle waited until the first minute of stoppage time to make their man advantage count with Ameobi stabbing the ball into the right-hand corner to snatch a point for his sixth-placed team against their bitter local rivals.

At the other end of the table, Wolverhampton Wanderers slid into the relegation zone with a 5-0 thrashing by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Russian Pavel Pogrebnyak scored a hat-trick and American Clint Dempsey added two second-half goals as Fulham jumped five places to eighth. —Reuters