Rooney returns from injury as United wins in cup

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LONDON (AP) - Wayne Rooney returned from a monthlong injury absence, helping Manchester United to a 2-1 victory Wednesday that eliminated Newcastle from the League Cup. Arsenal and Tottenham advanced with ease on Wednesday.

Anderson and Tom Cleverley scored for United. Rooney, recovering from a right leg injury, played 76 minutes.

Arsenal advanced to the fourth round by thrashing Coventry 6-1, with Olivier Giroud scoring his first goal for the London club and Theo Walcott getting two goals.

Tottenham dispatched another third-tier club, winning 3-0 at Carlisle.

Norwich progressed with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster. Reading edged Premier League rival Queens Park Rangers with a 3-2 win at Loftus Road.

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MILAN (AP) - Stephan El Shaarawy scored twice to help crisis-ridden AC Milan to a much-needed 2-0 victory over 10-man Cagliari in Serie A.

El Shaarawy scored in each half and also had an effort deflected onto the crossbar.

Elsewhere, Inter Milan had a 2-0 win at Chievo Verona on goals from Alvaro Pereira and Antonio Cassano. Catania beat Atalanta 2-1, Genoa drew 1-1 with Parma, Torino hit the goal frame three times in a 0-0 tie with Udinese, and Vladimir Weiss scored a stunning 87th-minute goal to give Pescara its first Serie A win in 20 years, a 1-0 victory against 10-man Palermo.

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SEVILLE, Spain (AP) - Radamel Falcao scored twice and Atletico Madrid beat nine-man Real Betis 4-2 to move into second place in the Spanish league.

Diego Costa and Raul Garcia also scored in undefeated Atletico's fourth straight victory.

Falcao took the league goals lead, one ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - American midfielder Fabian Johnson scored his second goal in four days to lead Hoffenheim to a 3-0 win over Stuttgart.

Johnson's goal came in the 58th minute and made it 3-0.

American defender Timmy Chandler scored in the 73rd minute for Nuremberg in a 4-1 loss Hannover. Didier Ya Konan scored twice to help Hannover climb to third place in the Bundesliga. Borussia Moenchengladbach got a goal in injury time to earn a 2-2 draw at home against Hamburger SV. Augsburg lost 3-1 to Bayer Leverkusen, and Freiburg was beaten 2-1 by Werder Bremen.

Bayern Munich, a 3-0 winner over Wolfsburg on Tuesday, leads the standings with 15 points. Eintracht Frankfurt is second, two points behind after holding defending champion Borussia Dortmund to a 3-3 draw on Tuesday. Hannover is five points behind, ahead of Schalke on goal difference.

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