Manch­ester United Strug­gles to 1-1 Tie

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Manch­ester United was held to a 1- 1 tie by Mid­dles­brough yes­ter­day, drop­ping two points in the Pre­mier League ti­tle race.

Kieran Richard­son gave United the lead in the third minute, but Mark Viduka tied the score with a header in the 45th.

United has 82 points. Chelsea, bid­ding for a third straight Pre­mier League ti­tle, has 78 points and plays at New­cas­tle to­day.

Tot­ten­ham held Arse­nal to a 2- 2 tie be­hind an in­jury- time goal by Jer­maine Je­nas. The last time Tot­ten­ham beat Arse­nal in any com­pe­ti­tion was 2- 1 in Novem­ber 1999.

Liver­pool beat Wi­gan, 2- 0, on a pair of goals by Dirk Kuyt to en­sure it will fin­ish in the top four and play in next sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League. . . .

Ju­ven­tus opened a seven- point lead in Italy’s sec­ond di­vi­sion by beat­ing Genoa, 3- 1, on goals by Pavel Nedved, Gior­gio Chiellini and David Trezeguet. Ron­aldo scored twice to lead AC Mi­lan over Cagliari, 3- 1, in Italy’s top league. . . .

David Beck­ham re­turned to Real Madrid af­ter a six- week ab­sence and set up the win­ning goal in a 2- 1 win over Va­len­cia in the Span­ish league. The win puts Madrid in sec­ond place be­hind Barcelona. . . .

Schalke stayed in first place in the Bundesliga af­ter beat­ing En­ergie Cot­tbus, 2- 0, and Bay­ern Mu­nich’s ti­tle hopes ba­si­cally ended af­ter a 2- 0 loss at VfB Stuttgart. . . .

Lyon won its sixth straight French league ti­tle with­out even play­ing be­cause sec­ond- place Toulouse lost to Rennes, 3- 2. K MLS: Chad Bar­rett and Chris Rolfe scored for the Chicago Fire in a 2- 1 win over the Kansas City Wiz­ards in Bridgeview, Ill.

Chicago took a 1- 0 lead in the 36th minute when Bar­rett, off a pass from Rolfe, beat a Wiz­ards de­fender and sent a shot to the left of goal­keeper Kevin Hart­man.

Rolfe gave Chicago a 2- 0 lead in the 74th minute, send­ing a penalty kick into the lower left cor­ner of the net. Car­los Marinelli scored on a penalty kick for Kansas City in the 90th minute. . . .

In East Ruther­ford, N. J., Jozy Alti­dore scored for the sec­ond straight game and Ron­ald Water­reus posted his sec­ond shutout to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 1- 0 win over the Hous­ton Dy­namo.

BY MARTIN RICK­ETT — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Manch­ester United’s Wayne Rooney con­trols the ball en route to set­ting up Kieran Richard­son for an early goal against Mid­dles­brough at Old Traf­ford.

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