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Man City beats West Brom 3-1, boosts title hopes

Thursday - 4/24/2014, 7:52am  ET

Manchester City's David Silva, center, is stretchered from the pitch during the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester City kept alive its title hopes in the English Premier League by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 Monday night.

Goals by Pablo Zabaleta in the third minute and Sergio Aguero in the 10th built a 2-0 lead. Graham Dorrans cut the margin in half in the 16th, and Martin Demichelis scored for City in the 36th

City midfielder David Silva was carried off on a stretcher in the 69th minute after a seemingly innocuous challenge by Morgan Amalfitano. Silva's right ankle has been bothering him for a last few weeks.

City (23-6-5) has 74 points with four games left, six points behind league-leading Liverpool (25-5-5) and one point behind second-place Chelsea (23-6-6). Liverpool hosts Chelsea on Sunday.

West Brom (6-13-15) is 16th with 33 points, three above the relegation zone, one point ahead of Norwich (8-19-8), three in front of Cardiff (7-19-9) and Fulham (9-23-3), and four ahead of Sunderland (7-19-8).

Burnley beat Wigan 2-0 on first-half goals by Ashley Barnes and Michael Kightly to clinch promotion to the Premier League.

Relegated at the end of the 2009-10 season, Burnley (25-5-14) is assured of a top-two finish in the second-tier League Championship. First-place Leicester (28-6-9) clinched on April 5 and is returning to the top division for the first time since 2003-04.

Derby (24-11-9) and Queens Park Rangers (22-12-10) have clinched spots in the four-team promotion playoff.


BERLIN (AP) -- Cologne earned promotion to the Bundesliga after two seasons in the second division, defeating visiting Bochum 3-1 to clinch first place.

After falling behind on Adam Matuschyk's 42nd-minute own goal. Cologne tied the score on a 50th-minute goal by Marcel Risse, who entered at the start of the second half. Patrick Helmes converted a penalty kick in the 64th and Anthony Ujah scored in the 81st.

Cologne (18-3-10) has a 10-point lead over second-place Greuther Fuerth (15-7-9) with three games remaining. The second division's top two teams win automatic promotion, while the club that finishes third plays off against the 16th-place team in the 18-team Bundesliga.

Paderborn (15-8-8) is in the relegation playoff place, with Kaiserslautern (14-9-8) another three points back.

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