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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Reds Tie Rangers, Inch Past Newcastle in Standings

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LONDON -- England's Premier Division now has Manchester United on top by virtue of goal difference after a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers. Newcastle, with two games in hand, was in position to regain the lead Monday with a draw or win against West Ham.


Manchester United took its paper-thin lead with on a tying goal by France's Eric Cantona three minutes into second-half injury time on Saturday. The game-saving draw gave Manchester United the league lead on goal difference over Newcastle. Both clubs have 61 points but the Reds, who lead for the first time since September, have a goal difference of 27 to 26 for Newcastle.


The draw extended Manchester United's unbeaten string to 13 matches, but snapped the club's string of consecutive victories at 10. The Reds last loss was New Year's Day to Tottenham.


In Glasgow, John Hughes' header with three minutes left saved a 1-1 draw Sunday for Celtic aginst Rangers.


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Italian soccer stadiums were silent Sunday as the sports-crazy nation struggled to come to terms with an unprecedented Serie A strike.


"We are living a weekend which feels like a century on a desert island that once was sacred to soccer," a columnist in the daily La Repubblica newspaper lamented. "Here we are, millions of poor Robinson Crusoes."


An opinion poll published Sunday showed that just 3.6 percent of the country was unaware the strike was happening but only 47.9 percent knew why there was no soccer. Of those who did know, 53.7 were in favor.


The players were adhering to a strike called by the players' union which wants more say in the running of Italian soccer and is protesting over a range of issues.


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