Manchester United beat Derby 4-1 behind two goals by Carlos Tevez on Saturday to move within a point of Premier League leader Arsenal.
Ryan Giggs and Cristiano Ronaldo also scored at home for the Red Devils, who have 36 points. Arsenal plays Middlesbrough on Sunday. Chelsea kept pace with a 2-0 win over Sunderland and has 34 points for third place.
Aiyegbeni Yakubu scored a hat trick in Everton's 3-0 win over Fulham; Sulley Muntari scored twice for Portsmouth in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa; and Newcastle scored an injury-time winner to beat Birmingham 2-1.
Giggs put United ahead in the 40th minute, scoring from a rebound after Ronaldo's initial shot had been blocked by Derby goalkeeper Stephen Bywater. It was Giggs' 100th league goal, and he's the 11th Manchester United player to reach the landmark. The 34-year-old Giggs has been at United for 17 years.
Tevez made it 2-0 in the 45th when he tapped in a free kick from Ronaldo and added his second in the 60th after taking a cross from Wes Brown. Ronaldo converted a 90th-minute penalty kick.
Derby pulled one back in the 76th, with Steve Howard scoring the first away goal for the Rams this season.
Chelsea was without striker Didier Drogba, who underwent a knee operation before the game. That gave Andriy Shevchenko the start, and he seized the chance by scoring on header in the 23rd. Frank Lampard doubled the lead with a penalty kick in the 75th.
Mike Hanke scored three goals to lead Hannover 96 past Werder Bremen 4-3 in the Bundesliga, ending Bremen's 10-game unbeaten streak.
Hanke boosted his chances of making Germany's European Championship team by scoring in the 12th and 24th minutes and sidefooting in a cross for the winner in the 77th.
Bremen fell two points behind leader Bayern Munich, which drew 0-0 with Duisburg. Bremen rallied from a 3-1 deficit and came close to taking the lead several times before Hannover scored again.
"We had the winner on our foot and we didn't convert it,'' Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf said.
The teams were separated after the final whistle. Bremen was upset at several calls by the referee, who disallowed an injury-time equalizer by Marcus Rosenberg because of a foul.
Players from Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke were also involved in a shoving match at the end of their 2-2 draw. Frankfurt reserve Carlos Grossmueller was ejected after rushing onto the field and bowling over an opponent.
Bayern was at home against a team one spot above last place. Bayern's Miroslav Klose and Luca Toni - who top the league with nine goals - had just one chance apiece against Duisburg in the early going. Their team couldn't score even after Duisburg's Mohamadou Idrissou was ejected in the 80th minute for a foul on goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
Defending champion Stuttgart continued its slow climb after spending the early season near the relegation zone, with a 3-1 win against Wolfsburg. Hamburger SV and Energie Cottbus also drew 0-0, while Bochum and Karlsruher SC played a 2-2 draw. On Friday, Dortmund routed Bielefeld 6-1.
St. Mirren, which is in 11th place in the 12-team league, had taken the lead in the 74th through Stephen McGinn, who scored on a rebound after Billy Mehmet's shot was pushed away by Celtic goalkeeper Mark Brown.
Celtic leads the league with 33 points, followed by Rangers with 31. Rangers' weekend game was postponed so it could concentrate on its Champions League match against Lyon on Wednesday.
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