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LONDON -- Chelsea dropped its first points of the season in a 0-0 draw against local rival Queens Park Rangers, and the non-handshake between Anton Ferdinand and John Terry upstaged big home wins by Arsenal and Manchester United in the English Premier League on Saturday. Arsenals 6-1 thrashing of Southampton and a 4-0 victory for United over Wigan -- sparked by Paul Scholes goal in his 700th game for the club -- allowed both teams to leapfrog defending champion Manchester City, which was held to 1-1 at Stoke. A top four filled with the likely title contenders is led by Chelsea, whose perfect start to the campaign ended with the stalemate at QPR in a game overshadowed by Ferdinands snub of Terry in the pre-match handshake. It continued their feud following a racism row that began last season when Terry, the Chelsea and England defender, was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand in the corresponding match at Loftus Road. Terry was acquitted in court in July but awaits a Football Association charge relating to the same case, and feelings continue to run high. Ferdinand blanked both Terry and Ashley Cole, who gave evidence on behalf of his Chelsea teammate in the court case, in the team handshake while Terry was booed and jeered throughout by a hostile crowd. "Everybody focused on the football and of course there would be high emotion but both sets of players played very professionally," Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo said. "As far as we are concerned, our players offered (their hands to Ferdinand) and if the other player doesnt want to receive it, then we move on." After three straight wins, Chelsea will not be too unhappy with a point after being stretched for long periods by a west London neighbour which has picked up only two points from four games this season. Park Ji-sung, who also refused to shake Terrys hand, headed a great chance straight at Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech before Bobby Zamora wasted another second-half opportunity after intercepting a dreadful back pass by John Obi Mikel. After dribbling around Cech, Zamoras shot was cleared off the line by Terry. "We acquitted ourselves really well," QPR manager Mark Hughes said. "We were assured and calm and we dictated to the European champions for long periods." Chelsea is a point clear of United, whose third straight victory came after four second-half goals at Old Trafford. The 37-year-old Scholes scored his 163rd goal for United to put the team ahead in the 51st minute before strikes by Javier Hernandez, Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell -- the last two scoring on their debuts -- in a 20-minute span. Hernandez missed a fifth-minute penalty in a sluggish first half for the hosts. "We had to start all over again after the missed penalty," Ferguson said. "They slowed the game down a lot, but we werent playing at the speed we play at. The second half we did after becoming more aggressive and played some penetrating football." Arsenal condemned last-place Southampton to a fourth successive loss with a masterful attacking display that could help fans forget about the departure of Robin van Persie, who was on the bench for United on Saturday ahead of the start of the Champions League next week. Gervinho, playing as a central striker instead of his usual place on the wing, scored twice while Arsenal was helped out by two own goals. Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott were the other scorers at Emirates Stadium. "We have a chance for the title but first we must show consistency," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose team is a point behind United and level on eight with City. "We have the quality to do it but we have to show how much we can do it." City dropped points for the second time this season, needing a goal by debutant Javi Garcia in the 35th minute to cancel out a controversial early effort by Peter Crouch, who appeared to handle the ball in the buildup to his goal. "It was basketball, not football," City manager Roberto Mancini said. "I didnt see it at the time but now Ive seen a replay -- its incredible." Liverpool ended an emotional week following the release of new evidence about the Hillsborough tragedy in 1989 with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland, leaving the fallen English giants fourth from bottom and still without a win this season. Uruguay striker Luis Suarezs 71st-minute goal for Liverpool cancelled out the opener scored by Steven Fletcher, his third of the season. Flags flew at half mast for the match at the Stadium of Light in honour of the 96 fans who died 23 years ago in a crush at Hillsborough -- Britains worst sporting disaster -- while Liverpools players walked out wearing tracksuit tops with the number "96" on the backs. Dimitar Berbatov scored twice for Fulham in a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, the Bulgarians first goals since joining from United on transfer deadline day, while Swansea lost 2-0 at Aston Villa following goals by Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke. West Brom and Swansea were unbeaten and in the top four at the start of the day. Norwich and West Ham drew 0-0 in the other game. Devin Hester Jersey . Stauffer has been on the disabled list all season with a strained right elbow. He is 23-31 with a 3.92 ERA in 95 appearances, including 69 starts, over six seasons with the Padres. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Padres optioned left-hander Josh Spence to Triple-A Tucson. Matt Slauson Jersey . After Baltimore pulled even with the Yankees atop the division on Tuesday, New York managed to go a game ahead of the upstart Os on Wednesday, as they salvaged the finale of their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, while Buck Showalters crew lost in Toronto. ... ji-30.html . -- Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D. Jon Bostic Jersey . 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland moved her Australian Open preparation into high gear when she beat Belgiums Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4 to win the ASB Classic, her 11th career title. Kyle Long Jersey . Albert, Alta., has an easy time of it Sunday at the world senior curling championship.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Baltimores long trip to the West Coast ended the way it began -- with back-to-back wins. J.J. Hardy and Manny Machado each hit a two-run homer off Jerome Williams in his first start of the year, leading the Orioles to an 8-4 victory over the reeling Los Angeles Angels on Sunday. Baltimore went 7-4 on its longest road swing of the season and has won five of its last six series. "Anytime you go to the West Coast for 12 days and you can walk out of there with even a .500 mark, youre feeling pretty good about yourself. But to come away with seven wins out of 11, thats pretty impressive," winning pitcher Jason Hammel said. Hammel (5-1) allowed four runs and nine hits through six innings, helping the Orioles tie the New York Yankees for second place in the AL East. The right-hander came in 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in three previous starts against the Angels. Mike Trout homered for the Angels, whose 11-20 start has matched the worst in franchise history. They have lost seven of nine and are a season-worst nine games behind first-place Texas in the AL West despite a payroll that swelled to $142 million after the off-season addition of 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton. Their only victory in this four-game series came Friday night, when Jason Vargas won 4-0 with a three-hitter. "We have to do a much better job making pitches, getting hitters out and controlling the defensive side of this game," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Weve been terrible at that." Hammels biggest pitch of the game was his 107th and final one, when he slipped a called third strike past Trout to strand Erick Aybar at second base and preserve a 5-4 lead. Hammel, who struck out five, is 5-0 with a 3.41 ERA in five road starts. "I still havent really gotten it going, and I havent been as good as labeled, I guess. So I still have some work to do," he said. "Im a (beneficiary) of a lot of run support right now, and the bullpens been awesome. Its that simple." Darren ODay retired four of the five batters he faced, including Trout on a grounder with two runners in scoring position on a slider away in the eighth. ODay finished up for his first save since Sept. 8, 2009, with Texas. Orioles closer Jim Johnson, who has converted a career-best 32 consecutive save opportunities, was up and ready just in case. "Jim better watch out. Im coming for his job," joked ODay, who has three saves in the big leagues. "That team over there is very talented. So for us to take three of four here is huge. Weve been consistent. We might not blow your doors off, but were going to play baseball. And we probably havent played our best baseball yet." Orioles first baseman Chris Davis returned to the lineup after missing Saturdays game with a knee problem. He was 1 for 4 with an RBI single in Baltimores three-run eighth. Ryan Flaherty drove in the final two runs with a bases-loaded single against Garrettt Richards.dddddddddddd Williams (1-1) threw 93 pitches in 4 1-3 innings, giving up five runs and four hits while striking out six and walking three. The right-hander, who made eight appearances out of the bullpen with a 1.69 ERA, was coming off a six-inning stint last Monday at Oakland in which he allowed an unearned run from the 10th through the 15th before the Angels lost 10-8 in 19 innings. Richards was bumped from the rotation after going 1-2 with a 5.54 ERA in four starts for injured Jered Weaver. "Two homers and three walks, thats basically it," Williams said. "Those three walks, I was around the zone. It wasnt an issue about command, it was about executing pitches." Williams gave up an RBI double with two outs in the first by Adam Jones after a leadoff double by Nate McLouth. The Angels responded in the bottom half with two-out RBI singles by Alberto Callaspo, Howie Kendrick and Hank Conger. Hammel ended his 38-pitch inning by striking out J.B. Shuck with the bases loaded. "One thing Ive learned over the years is that if you grind it out youre going to have a chance to come out with a W," Hammel said. Shuck came up again with the bases loaded in the third and flied out to right, and the Orioles tied it 3-all in the fourth with a leadoff walk to Jones and a home run to left-centre by Hardy -- his fifth of the season and second in two days after a 14-game drought. Trout regained the lead for the Angels in the bottom half with his fifth home run, driving a 2-2 pitch out onto the rock pile in left-centre. But the Orioles pulled ahead 5-4 in the fifth when McLouth walked and Machado homered into the second tier of the double-decker bullpen in left, where his teammates welcomed the souvenir. "Were a great hitting team and were all clutch," Machado said. NOTES: Plate umpire Larry Vanover left after two innings because of concussion-like symptoms and a headache. Second base ump Manny Gonzalez called balls and strikes the rest of the way. ... The Angels stranded 11 runners. ... After homering in five of his previous six games, Mark Trumbo was back in the cleanup spot and started at 1B while No. 3 hitter Albert Pujols sat out for the first time this season. The Angels are 0-9 when Trumbo starts as the designated hitter. ... Hamilton batted in the three-hole for the first time with the Angels -- his regular spot last season with Texas -- and was 1 for 4 with a walk as his average remained at .208. ... The Orioles were 6 for 11 with runners in scoring position after going 1 for 17 in their previous two games. ... Baltimore has won a franchise-record 107 consecutive regular-season games when leading after seven innings, the second-longest streak by any team since 1961. The 1998-99 Yankees won 116 straight under those circumstances. ... Weaver, sidelined since April 8 because of a broken bone in his non-pitching arm, is scheduled to start throwing from a mound this week. ' ' '
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