Adebayor, Dempsey lift Spurs into fourth
LONDON (AP) -- Clint Dempsey scored the tying goal on a sliding shot into an empty net from 30 yards, then crossed to Emmanuel Adebayor for the a goal-ahead in the 83rd minute to lead Tottenham over Stoke 2-1 Sunday and into fourth place in the Premier League.
Steven Nzonzi gave Stoke the lead in the third minute, and Dempsey put the ball in the net in the 15th, only to have it disallowed for offside.
Five minutes later, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic rushed out for a long ball into the penalty area by Scott Parker as defender Mark Wilson cleared it near Dempsey. The American midfielder, seeing Begovic off his line, chipped the ball into the net for his seventh league goal of the season and 12th overall.
Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam was ejected in the 47th after earning a second yellow card for a foul on Jan Vertonghen. American defender Geoff Cameron entered in the 75th minute for host Stoke.
In the race for the Premier League's final two berths for next season's Champions League, Chelsea (21-7-9) is third with 72 points, followed by Tottenham (20-8-9) with 69 and Arsenal (19-7-10) with 67.
Arsenal hosts FA Cup champion and relegation-threatened Wigan on Tuesday night. The season ends next Sunday, when Chelsea hosts Everton, Tottenham is home against Sunderland and Arsenal is at Newcastle. Because of a superior goal difference, Chelsea likely needs at most a draw.
Newcastle and Norwich secured their Premier League survival with victories. Newcastle won 2-1 at already relegated Queens Park Rangers and Norwich won 4-0 at home over West Bromwich Albion.
Wigan, which is 18th, probably will need to win its last two games to have any chance to avoid relegation. Sunderland opened a four-point gap for 17th by tying visiting Southampton 1-1. Phil Bardsley scored on a deflected shot in the 68th but Jason Puncheon tied it in the 74th.
Manchester United beat Swansea 2-1, giving manager Alex Ferguson a winning sendoff in his final game at Old Trafford. Rio Ferdinand scored in the 86th minute, his first Premier League goal since January 2008.
David Moyes won his final home game as Everton manager, with Kevin Mirallas scoring twice in a 2-0 victory over West Ham. Moyes is taking over from Ferguson at Manchester United at the end of the season after leading the Toffees for 11 years.
In the League Championship, Watford will play Crystal Palace or Brighton in the promotion playoff final on May 27 at Wembley after a thrilling 3-1 win over Leicester for a 3-2 aggregate win. Manuel Almunia saved Anthony Knockaert's penalty kick in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time and Knockaert's shot off the rebound. Troy Deeney scored the decisive goal for Watford about 30 seconds later.
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