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Newcastle, Sunderland experience FA Cup shocks

LONDON (AP) — Newcastle was ousted from the FA Cup by fourth-tier Stevenage in Saturday's biggest third-round upset, following Premier League rivals Blackpool, Sunderland and West Bromwich out of the competition at the hands of lowly opposition.

While Stevenage is 15th in League Two, Newcastle is eighth in the Premier League.

"We've had a really tough period — the injuries and the effort took its toll tonight and unfortunately we were on the end of a defeat that we wouldn't like," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew said. "The Premier League is all well and good, but a few young boys got caught out tonight by the passion and the physical side of Stevenage."

It was also a bad day for northeast rivals Sunderland, which lost 2-1 to third-tier Notts County, and League Championship's Middlesbrough, which lost 2-1 to fourth-tier Burton.

Blackpool went down 2-0 at third-tier Southampton and West Bromwich lost 1-0 at Reading of the second-tier League Championship.

Leeds looked set to follow last season's victory over Manchester United by ousting Arsenal before Cesc Fabregas canceled out Robert Snodgrass' spot kick with one of his own in the 90th minute to earn a 1-1 draw.

"Leeds were well organized, they were quickly on us and maybe our game was not quick enough to get out of their pressure," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who made nine changes from the team which drew 0-0 with Manchester City

Stoke and Wolverhampton will also have to contest replays, but Premier League rivals Aston Villa, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Everton, Fulham, West Ham and Wigan all secured places in Sunday's fourth-round draw.

Tuncay Sanli canceled out Michael Chopra's goal for Cardiff to earn a 1-1 draw for Stoke, and Stephen Hunt's spot kick salvaged a 2-2 for Wolves at Doncaster.

Goals from Kyle Walker Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov clinched a 3-1 victory at Sheffield United for Aston Villa. Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander scored in Bolton's 2-0 win against non-league York, Everton routed League Championship side Scunthorpe 5-1, and Fulham crushed Peterborough 6-2 behind Diomansy Kamara's hat trick.

West Ham, which was at the bottom of the Premier League, beat Barnsley 2-0 on goals from U.S. midfielder Jonathan Spector and Frederic Piquionne. Birmingham won 4-1 at Millwall, Blackburn ousted League Championship leader Queens Park Rangers 1-0, and Wigan edged Hull 3-2.


MADRID (AP) — FIFA player of the year finalists Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta scored to lead Barcelona to a 4-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna. Barcelona has won 12 straight league games, three shy of the record set by Real Madrid in 1960-61.

David Villa and Pedro Rodriguez also scored and Messi had two assists for Barcelona, which extended its overall unbeaten streak to 26, one short of the club record set in 1973-74. Messi has 28 goals in 26 games this season, including 18 in the league, one behind Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

Villa scored in the 26th minute after Messi played him clear, and Messi, the reigning FIFA player of the year, scored on a free kick in the 51st, curling a left-footed shot around a defensive. Iniesta evaded to score in the 80th, and Messi fed Pedro for the final goal a minute later.

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez, the third finalist for FIFA player of the year, was an unused substitute.

Barcelona (16-1-1) has 49 points, five ahead of second-place Real Madrid (14-1-2), which plays third-place Villarreal (11-3-3) on Sunday.

In other games, Athletic Bilbao rallied for a 1-1 draw at Malaga and Sevilla won 3-2 at Real Socieded.


PARIS (AP) — Fifth-division Chambery caused a French Cup sensation by knocking out last year's finalist Monaco 3-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the round of 32 on Saturday.

The amateur side moved ahead after four minutes when defender Thomas Dubard collected Stephane Chmielinski's cross in the box to beat goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.

Midfielder Chris Malonga leveled for Monaco in the 19th but Daniel Niculae, Jean-Jacques Gosso and Stephane Puygrenier then missed their penalties.

Auxerre was knocked out by another fifth-division team 2-1 at Wasquehal, while on Friday, Toulouse was defeated 2-1 by Paris FC, which plays in the French third tier.


ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Defending champion Panathinaikos kept the pressure on Greek league leader Olympiakos by beating Aris Thessaloniki 1-0 in its empty stadium on Saturday.

The match was played before empty stands in the 74,000-seat Olympic Stadium as Panathinaikos served a one-match fan ban due to violent fan behavior.

Panathinaikos is two points behind Olympiakos, which plays at Kerkyra on Sunday.

Also on Saturday, Kavala beat last-place Larissa 1-0.